Donna Banks/Special to The Independent
Sampson Community College Shutterbugs II photography student Donna Banks capture this unique photo of a bear crossing Vandemere Creek just after Hurricane Arthur. In her words: ‘It was around 6 p.m. on July 5, the day after Hurricane Arthur came through, when I took this picture. While watching the dolphin from a dock on Vandemere Creek, I spotted this bear swimming across the creek. My husband and I jumped in the boat and sped across the creek, following alongside him as he quickly swam and retreated from the water.’Vandemere is in Pamlico County, where Vandemere Creek flows into the Bay River.