Nothing beats an ice-cold beverage while relaxing on the beach. Nothing is worse than reaching for an icy drink and finding your cans swimming. Coolers are essential for family days on the sand. A good modern cooler will keep food and drinks fresh for days. In addition to beverages, fishermen rely coolers to keep bait fresh, and hopefully the catch of the day. Walk onto any beach or pier in North or South Carolina and you’ll see a plethora of cooler models and sizes. Cooler technology has advanced rapidly in modern years. Top-end hard-sided coolers can keep ice frozen for a week. Soft coolers are easier for one person to carry onto a beach, but can still keep food cool for days. Cooler materials and price points vary wildly, so we put together this guide with our recommendations for your coastal vacation.
For nearly 40 years, Michael Halminski has been photographing the Outer Banks. His work reflects his knowledge and love of the area and includes fauna, landscapes, seascapes, forests, weather images and all the beautiful aspects of coastal living.
His gallery has been operating for over 25 years and offers more than 30 images on reasonably priced, blank note cards. He also has a variety of prints for sale, which he prints himself.
Halminski has a delicate touch and shoots like an artist. Most of his work has been shot on Hatteras Island, but his portfolio also includes images from his travels to coasts and rainforests of Costa Rica. He also compiled a pictorial record as he worked two winters as an oysterman on a sailing skipjack in the Chesapeake Bay.
His work has appeared in numerous publications such as Newsweek, Orion Nature Quarterly, the Washington Post, Philadelphia Enquirer, Christian Science Monitor, Southern Living, Our State, Coastwatch and others.
Halminski also has worked as an assistant to National Geographic / Magnum photographer David Alan Harvey on some Outer Banks assignments.
If you can't get by during regular business hours, give them a call. They will do their best to work with you year round. Call in advance during the off-season to make sure the gallery is open the day you would like to visit.
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