If you drive down NC 58 and cross NC 24, you will see a bridge in your future. The bridge goes over the Inter-coastal Waterway and takes you to Emerald Isle, home of quaint towns, colorful beach houses and beautiful beaches. But wait!! Before you go over the bridge, note the flowers planted to the right! And note the very tiny turn off to park your car.
Actually there are fields up near the intersection of 58 and 24 too, but they don't have the water for background setting. And I didn't know how to access those fields.
I wasn't really feeling that well, but we had to stop per my bucket list. I was too lazy to change lenses on my camera, but figured we would be back. I definitely wasn't in the mood for photos that involved me laying on my belly, or really, kneeling down at all. I kept thinking we would come back later.
We never made it back later - traffic leaving the island was insane on Memorial Day.
The state plants fields like this across North Carolina. I think the red poppies are planted to honor fallen soldiers on Memorial Day. Whether or not that is true, the state quickly changes the field to a new flower by mid-June. Here is more information.