August 03, 2004
The tracks you see in the photo above, taken on June 11, 2004, belong to a fisherman's truck on the Hatteras National Seashore beach at Ocracoke Island in North Carolina. Accessible only by ferry, the beautiful island's beach is also home to fiddler crabs, ghost crabs (whose homes these tire tracks barely missed burying) and coquina clams. Habitat encroachment here, as well as at many Atlantic seashore locations, is an ongoing tug of war between man and nature.
The first hurricane of the season, Hurricane Alex, is positioned just off the North Carolina coast and may effect Ocracoke later today. Alex is currently a minimal hurricane with winds of about 75 mph -- category 1 on the Saffir-Simpson Intensity Scale.