Past Photos of the Week

My granddaughter was picking up shells at Oak Island when rays of sunlight shone through the clouds and reflected on the ocean. —Elaine Moorefield, Colfax, EnergyUnited
This lightning strike is in Greensboro at I-40 and High Point Rd. The Koury Convention Center is the red-lighted building on the left. —Bob Belcher, Hope Mills, Lumbee River EMC
I found these visitors on our deck enjoying one of my plants. A Cooperative Extension agent told me they were immature apple aphids. —Kayla Woodruff, Denton, EnergyUnited
Cullasaja Falls spills from Cullasaja Gorge along the mountainous, twisting stretch of scenic US Rte. 64 between Highlands and Franklin.  – Douglas Mcpherson, Sylva
This is an old shed door in my backyard here in Goldsboro. —Lewis Braswell, Goldsboro
I saw this when the children and I went to feed the ducks and geese. It just beams with peace! —Darby Sadler, Gastonia
The peaceful surroundings of a small lake in Davie County inspire this young lady to reflect on bygone days. —Rebecca Yarbrough, Mocksville
Here on the Blue Ridge Parkway I touched clouds for the first time in my life. I thought I was standing in the heaven. —Hadiqa Hassan, Wake Forest
At a pond in Calabash, with overcast skies. —Frank Ellison, Clemmons
Fish houses used to be the working center and community center for people who made their living fishing the sounds and backwaters of Carteret County. —Pamela Holliday, Beaufort, Carteret-Craven Electric
At first glance, you would think that this Carolina Mantis is soaring through the sky. It actually landed on my car window one morning as I was leaving for work. —Lori Lynn, Rockingham, Pee Dee EMC
Sunset on the sound at Nags Head —Wesley Moore, Elizabeth City, Albemarle EMC
I found this tiny box turtle while I was working in the garden with my family. My parents would not let me keep him, but they let me play with him. I named him Woody. My parents made me put him back in the garden. —Hannah King, Walnut Cover, EnergyUnited
This picture is from the last set of chickens I raised for the Four County 4-H Poultry Show & Sale before I aged out. The pullet’s was Firebird.—Selena Bullock, Kittrell, Wake EMC
The kids and I were strawberry picking with friends at Buck’s Corner Farm near our house. This is the picture that Emma, my 4-year-old, did NOT want taken. It turned out to be the best one! —Amanda Robles, Swansboro, Carteret-Craven Electric
“A Hatteras Rainbow.”  The fishing fleet in Hatteras Village on Thanksgiving Day 2011 —Daphne Keller, Little Egg Harbor, NJ, Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative
After Hurricane Irene we were finally allowed back onto Hatteras Island. Amid all the damage and debris in Salvo, the magic of the Outer Banks remained unscathed. —Benjamin Goldstein, Raleigh, Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative
Just goes to show you never know what you will find while taking a walk in the North Carolina mountains. —Jerry Rogers, Apex
This is an October sunset in Nags Head, NC. We hope to view the same beautiful sight as we share our vows next May. —Andrea Chaney, South Mills, Albemarle EMC
This was my first attempt to catch some magic starlight. It is a picture of Second Falls from the Graveyard Fields trail on the Blue Ridge Parkway. —Rondal Campbell, Morganton
A beautiful sunrise over the Wake Forest reservoir. —Chris Howard, Wake Forest
A sunrise as I rode my bike on the country roads along the Pungo River near Winsteadville. In the fall, the air over the shore is cooler than the air over the water, leading to very diffuse light situations. —Ulrich Alsentzer, Belhaven
This little guy was on a post in the gardens at Tryon Palace, New Bern. —Wes Walter, West Jefferson
Atop Pilot Mountain on a late fall day. The granite stone seems to protect this community in the valley below, where it looks like the people work hard and are proud of their homes and families. —Dawn Farmer, Raleigh, Wake EMC
This was the last night at our favorite vacation spot, Oak Island, N.C. —Cindy Martin, Maiden, Rutherford EMC
I woke up one morning and saw the red sky and knew it would be an opportunity to get some great sunrise shots down at the local dock. Such beauty is a gift from God. —Patricia Dixon, Oriental, Tideland EMC
My granddaughter Abigail Grace Lyall is ready for a day at the Ocean Isle beach. —Linda Badger, Jefferson, Blue Ridge EMC and Brunswick EMC
My son Adam at 4 years old with his proud catch at High Rock Lake. He’s 29 now, and still fishing! —Lisa E. Mize, Lexington, EnergyUnited
Many kids anymore don’t want to play outside, but my grandkids do, and there’s nothing like a country road. The scooter belonged to my husband when he was a little boy. Andon is 8 and Alaina is 2. —Melinda Morgan, Richfield, Union Power
A peaceful scene in Pisgah National Forest, Transylvania County, near The Blue Ridge Parkway. —Paul DuBose, Waxhaw Union Power
A beautiful afternoon with one grandson playing ball and the other hoping that his day out on the field will come soon. —Warren Mills, Nebo, Rutherford EMC
I stopped by the natural meadow area in the yard to take a few pictures of the coreopsis. I think that they are one of the prettiest fall flowers we have in North Carolina. —Donna Spencer, Seagrove, Randolph EMC
Two of these are my twin boys, Caleb Baucom (#4) and Connor Baucom (#3). They were 8 years old. Playing a tournament in Matthews one warm weekend, they found some shade and Italian ice to cool off. —Shannon J. Baucom, New Salem, Union Power
Rogers Road barns —Gregg Buonomo, Wake Forest, Wake EMC
Wayne Dellinger, Kings Mountain, views his brother's name, Robert Larry Dellinger, killed in action in the Vietnam War. It is one of 10 on a memorial honoring veterans from the Kings Mountain area who were killed in action. —Tammy Farley, King’s Mountain
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From Kevan and Nina McEvoy, Statesville
Sunrise in my front yard in Sarecta, N.C. —Bryan Pinkey
Two pelicans in flight at Beaufort with Carrot Island beach in the background. —Glenn Howell, Rodanthe
This barred owl was in our north Raleigh backyard at dinnertime one evening. —Kimberly Sminkey, Raleigh, Halifax EMC
At Cataloochee, October 2012. —Bruce M. Johnson, Waynesville, Haywood EMC
This is my grandson after a long day of play. He has fallen asleep in the tire swing his dad made him. What better way to spend a day in North Carolina than playing hard and taking a nap outside in the beautiful weather. —Susanne Lambert, Concord
The Old Swimmin Hole.  A few young people enjoying a dip in Wilson Creek near Collettesville on a hot summer day. —Dave Custer, Granite Falls, Blue Ridge Electric
On a hot summer day, my niece Madelynn played dress up with some of my mom's costume jewelry. We had a photo shoot downtown Thomasville. She wanted to do nothing but eat a Happy Meal, so I couldn't get her to smile. —Tinah Price, Lexington, EnergyUnited
This is clary sage harvest on our farm in Woodard, Bertie County. The harvest goes by truck to Avoca in Merry Hill, where the oil is extracted and used in perfume, cologne, scented candles and more. —Lillian Harden, North Windsor, Roanoke Electric
By Hope Abbott, Walnut Cove, EnergyUnited.
On the way home, I snapped this photo of the evening sky. I love how the sun’s rays blast from the clouds. If you look real hard you can see our power lines running across the photo as well. I love country life.  —Sylvia McKoy, Erwin, South River EMC