Story By Andrea – Founder of Gaia Conceptions
Nags Head, NC
We visit amazing places to photograph our new designs and I wanted to share a little bit more info about one of our favorite spots. In March of 2013 we visited Jockey’s Ridge State Park located in Nags Head, North Carolina, it covers 426 acres and includes the tallest active sand dune system in the eastern United States. It is the most visited park within the NC park system. The park is about a 5 hr drive from the Gaia Studio in Greensboro, NC.
I knew I was going to need a very neutral background to shoot our newest Blockprint designs and the sand dunes along our coast make for a perfect backdrop. It also evokes the deserts of India which had inspired the blockprint fabrics and our wonderful Sari Design Series that where photographed at this location. This area is rich in History and a wonderful place to visit if your looking for a laid back vacation.
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The islands are home to herds of feral horses, sometimes called “banker ponies,” which according to local legend are descended from Spanish Mustangs washed ashore centuries ago in shipwrecks. Populations are found on Ocracoke Island, Shackleford Banks, Currituck Banks, and in the Rachel Carson Estuarine Sanctuary.
These amazing dunes are the location where the Wright Brothers had their first successful, sustained, powered flight in a heavier-than-air machine. From 1900 to 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright came here from Dayton, Ohio, based on information from the U.S. Weather Bureau about the area’s steady winds. They also valued the privacy provided by this location, which in the early twentieth century was remote from major population centers.
Now this location is world renowned for it’s great hang gliding.
Ocracoke was the home base of pirate Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard. It is also where the famed pirate was killed.