Changed and Unchanged: Ocracoke Island

Fishing Cabins Ocracoke

For about a decade I’ve been traveling to Ocracoke once a year or so. It’s not the long history some folks have with this tiny little village but it’s enough that I have my favorite spots. At the end of the day, when the light goes golden I put my cameras in a backpack and jump on my bike. I like to find the Ocracats that hang out at the old fishing cabins.


I like the fading paint on old buoys and the grey boardwalks. I like the way the marsh grass waves gently in the breeze underneath a pink sky.

marsh backside of Ocracoke

buoy and rope 02

blue boat, green building, tree shadow

There’s no pretense here. The weathered patina is not some faux fashion look. It’s the texture of a place and a people who love the sea, who live by the sea, who live from the sea. There’s a long long history and I like to get quiet and see how much of it I can feel.

ocracoke fish net at sunset

I grew up deep in the Appalachian Mountains, so the trappings of a fishing village are details I know nothing of. I’m enamored with simple things like old fishing nets, or abandoned ropes. And I’m infatuated with that rocking chair bathed in the setting sun. I think I’ll sit and stay a while.

ocracoke ropeOcracoke rocking chair

6 responses to “Changed and Unchanged: Ocracoke Island

  1. Another favorite entry, Julie. Love the Ocracats. I know several people who visit Ocracoke. Believe it or not, I have never been to OBX or that area. Thanks for sharing your quiet thoughts.

  2. love the cats…….

  3. Thanks for sharing your posting about Ocracoke with us. It made me feel quiet and peaceful, imagining an Ocracoke I don’t really know from passing through or spending a few hours waiting for the ferry. Your whole blog made me feel peaceful, including your thoughts on Dexter Romweber, because you went to such depths to attempt an understanding of where he’s coming from, who he really is. I like your photos, too. They are not stagey. They are just like what you see, if you look and absorb. Less drama, more power.

  4. Dave Russo

    Really like the slow pace of the post. I especially like the line: “There‚Äôs a long long history and I like to get quiet and see how much of it I can feel. “

  5. Julie,
    You have a poet’s eye, an artist’s sensibility and the heart of a lover of culture and life. Nothing is too big or too small to set your sights on and it’s a joy to witness your relationship with the world. Thanks for the opportunity.

  6. Lovely, Julie. I like the spare language that sets up your evocative photos. I’ve never been there but can imagine I’d love it.

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