A Bird Island Sunset

There is little doubt that one of the most picturesque & tranquil places along Our Carolina Shore is Bird Island. Bird Island is one of the very few stretches of undeveloped shoreline in the Carolinas thanks to the efforts of the town of Sunset Beach and the state of North Carolina.

In 2002, the state of North Carolina purchased Bird Island with funds from the North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund, Natural Heritage Trust Fund and the North Carolina Department of Transportation. Bird Island is now part of the North Carolina Division of Coastal Management’s Coastal Reserve Program. For more information on keeping Bird Island undeveloped, click here.

Of course, one of the main highlights of any trip along the shore of Bird Island is a visit to the Kindred Spirit Mailbox. If you are not familiar with the mailbox, here is a little background on it:

“The Kindred Spirit Mailbox has a long history. Over 35 years ago, Frank Nesmith and his girlfriend left behind a single mailbox for travelers to share their thoughts and intimate secrets. Now it’s popular worldwide and has been covered by CBS News and dozens of news programs, blogs and dedicated Kindred Spirit fan sites.
Today, it still stands (although there has been a repair or two) with notebooks constantly replenished with amazing stories of life, love, loss and triumph. After all these years, the Kindred Spirit Mailbox is letting others share their stories in amazing ways that surprise everyone that opens them.”

Here are some photos from my recent sunset bike ride out to Bird Island. Click on any photo to view it full size. You may send any photo as a *FREE* E-Card by clicking on the E-Card link.


FYI….some of these photos as well as many other Bird Island/Kindred Spirit photos will be available at the upcoming Sunset Beach Holiday Market just in time for your Christmas & Holiday gift giving! (or just to keep for yourself!) Click here for more details.


We’d like to announce that you can now order any of these photos printed on canvas and delivered right to your door. These will make great Christmas or birthday gifts or even a great gift just for YOU! Our vendor uses the latest printing technology, high end materials and strict quality control. Their PureWhite™ canvas is specially developed for HP Latex printing technology and is HP Latex certified. They also use the latest HP Latex Inks with their surface-treatment technology to producing rich, vibrant, saturated colors to inspire bare walls. All of these canvas prints come already stretched on a standard depth 3/4″ frame (1.5″ depth frame is available on request at an additional cost). No assembly required. No extra cost to you. Their team carefully stretches each canvas onto the frame to give you a professional gallery wrapped canvas print. We are pleased to offer any of these photos in 3 sizes:

  • 12×16 – $29.00
  • 16×24 – $39.00
  • 30×40 – $59.00

Shipping is a flat rate $9.90 regardless of quantity for UPS ground. Photos are printed and shipped 24 hours after they have been ordered and arrival is 2-5 days depending on specific location. You can use the order form below to order your favorite print. If you have any questions, please feel free to use our chat support below. If we are not immediately available, we’ll return your message as soon as possible.




Bird Island/Kindred Spirit Canvas Order Form

Please use this form to order your favorite photo

On the order form, please indicate the title of the photo. Copying and pasting will work best.

Once you place your order, you will be redirected to PayPal where you can complete your purchase. All debit and/or credit cards are accepted. You do not need a PayPal account and there are no additional fees for the transaction.



If you’d like to share your love of the Kindred Spirit Mailbox this Christmas, how about sending our original design & photo Kindred Spirit Christmas cards? Click on the photo for more details and ordering information. You can also see and purchase them at our upcoming events in Shallotte and Sunset Beach.


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