This is Walter Gresham’s final calendar in his outer banks series. We wish him well in his future endeavors. This 2017 calendar is the 35th Annual and FINAL Edition by Walter Gresham, a local artist on our beloved Outer Banks. Beautiful moments of time, captured and shared with you for your enjoyment. After the year is done, these pictures make awesome additions for your scrapbook or to hang on your wall in frames. This Outer Banks calendar is sure to please not only locals, but vacationers that travel hundreds of miles to see our pristine beaches, which we call home!
One of the spectacular beauties of the Outer Banks are its gorgeous sunsets! There is never any two sunsets alike! The time of sunset is defined in astronomy as the moment when the trailing edge of the Sun’s disk disappears below the horizon. Near to the horizon, atmospheric refraction causes the ray path of light from the Sun to be distorted to such an extent that geometrically the Sun’s disk is already about one diameter below the horizon when sunset is observed.
Sunset is distinct from twilight, which has three phases, the first being civil twilight, which begins once the Sun has disappeared below the horizon, and continues until it descends to 6 degrees below the horizon; the second phase is nautical twilight, between 6 and 12 degrees below the horizon; and the third is astronomical twilight, which is the period when the Sun is between 12 and 18 degrees below the horizon. Dusk is at the very end of astronomical twilight, and is the darkest moment of twilight just before night. Night occurs when the Sun reaches 18 degrees below the horizon and no longer illuminates the sky.
Our featured Local Artist for the month of March is Terry Burton! Here is just a little bio of what inspired her work: After moving to Virginia in the 1960’s, Duck became her new beach favorite. Her family has owned a vacation home in Duck for over 30 years. This is where she came to be inspired to paint. The sand in Duck is a different color, the flora is unique, and the wild life is abundant. She wants people to feel what she feels about this magical place called Duck.
Working in watercolor allows her to capture the brilliant light and rich depth of color that the ocean, clouds, and sky offer. Her paintings instill a restful feeling of wellbeing and the warm fun of sunny days. They conjure up breezy ocean days where the rolling waves caress the sun soaked sand.
The unique color of Spider Opal comes from Bragg Diffraction of light. Just as in natural Opal. This handcrafted opal gives the distinctiveness of genuine opal with a more durable life. It does not use dye to create the unique webbing and patterns resulting in infinite combinations of beauty in each piece. These one of a kind stones are inlayed by Native American Navajo Artisans.
Charoite is found only in the Murun Mountains in Yakutia, Siberia, and Russia. It was discovered in the 1950’s, but became known in the states since 1978. This beautiful purple stone has striations of color shadings. Charoite has a hardness of 5 on the Moh’s Scale of Hardness with Diamonds being a 10. Charoite is said to enhance ones self-esteem, accelerate spiritual growth and give a feeling of security. Charoite is also said to dissolve negative energy. Many of our Charoite designs are Native American made. Those pieces will have a signature or initials imprinted in the 925 silver.