Best Coastal Photos from the South

Check out some of the Best Coastal Landscape Photos from the Georgia Coast and Pensacola Florida. These are just a few images of our travels to Georgia and Florida.  We capture these images along the Georgia coast at Jekyll Island Driftwood Beach, St. Simons Island and Pensacola Beach in Florida.

#1 Driftwood Beach,  Georgia

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Driftwood Beach – On Jekyll Island in Georgia you find these wonderful beaches with these dead trees that somehow have managed to stay upright in the sands. What was neat was this beach looked like some foreign landscape with all the driftwood and the deadwood trees upright. it was kind of like you were on a different planet. Jekyll island has one section callled driftwood beach with these fabulous dead trees as the tide rolls in they are part of the ocean landscape. We did long exposures on several shot so that the water would get this smooth texture. There isn’t a lot of surf here so that helps. Before sunrise we made our way to the beach but the water greeted us almost as soon as we step on the beach. Yes the tide had come in. We took photos in the water but our tripod kept sinking which made it difficult sometimes. We like the way this capture the gnarly twisted tree with the deadwood at it base and the surf swirling around the tree. The sky was just lightingin up on Jekyll island at the driftwood beach when we got there and the color was just starting to show for the morning sunrise. Driftwood beach was why we came here we had seen some wonderful images and wanted to come and take some ourselves but four days is not enough. Jekyll island is part of the Golden Isles barrier islands on the Alantic Coast of Georgia. The barrier islands are Jekyll island, St. Simon island, Little St. Simon island, Sea Island, and Brunswic Georgia. This area is known for its driftwood beach and salt marshes.

#2 Sunrise Driftwood Beach,  Georgia

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Sunrise at Driftwood Beach – Jekyll Island driftwood beach with trees in the sand at sunrise. It was a beautiful morning sunrise with these fablous trees that seem to magicly grow from the sands along driftwood beach at Jekyll island. This has been a location we have wanted to go to for some time now. Driftwood beach or boneyard beach as some have coined the phase because of all the trees and limbs that seem to magically grow from the sands along the beach in this tree graveyard. This view of this tree at sunrise looks out over the Altantic Ocean something we never get to see. This old deadwoodtree that is still planted in the sand gave some nice reflections along the wet sand at sunrise reflecting back the wonderful colors from the sky. Jekyll island is part of the Golden Isles of the Gerogia coast. The island gets its name from a short-lived Yamassee Indian village known as San Simon, which was established near Fort Frederica during the late 1660s to 1684. The English shorten the name later.

 

#3 Driftwood Beach B W, Georgia

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Driftwood Beach B W – Sunrise on Driftwood beach at Jekyll island was a spectacular site on the early morning at the beach in black and white. I love this image in black and white with only the driftwood, morning surf as the tide came in with the sunrise as it rays shoot into the sky through the clouds. It was difficult because the water was up to our knees and our tripods kept sinking in the wet sand but in the end we go the image. We have been wanting to come to Jekyll island to see the driftwood beach or boneyard beach as some call it for all the dead driftwood that wash up on the beach. There are many pieces of dead driftwood just laying around on the beach some were full grown dead trees and some just limbs and other pieces of deadwood. I think the most interesting part was the trees that were dead but were still standing upright and would be pounded daily as the surf and tide would flow in and out yet they still managed to stand. We did a long exposure to capture the surf as the tide came in creating this soft smooth surface over the water. It was difficult because the water was up to our knees and our tripods kept sinking in the wet sand but in the end we got the image. It was a lovely morning except for the midge flies biting. Evidently they don’t mind Off! They call this area the Golden Isles barrier island and jekyll is just part of this group of barrier islands in the Alantic coast. We hope that these dead trees can hang on for a long time in this unique beach landscape on Jekyll Island Georgia.

#4 Beach Seascape Georgia

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Beach Scene Golden Glow – This wonderful seascape taken in early morning right after sunrise presented a nice golden glow over the blue ocean. We had been taking image of the driftwood and this presented itself with these gentle blue waves as the tide was going back out along the beach made for a nice beach scene. This is an image with a beach and ocean as the wave gently roll in shortly after sunrise for this tranquil beach scene for a nice waterscape along the coast.

#5  Jekyll Island Marshland Sunset, Georgia

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Jekyll Island Marshland Sunset – We captured these wonderful marshland of Jekyll Island just as the sunset in the distance. We love the way these marsh create these tributaries though out. As the sun went down things got even better as the sun reflected back into the waters below. As we came into Jekyll Island area we noticed these wonderful marshlands on the way in and thought they were lovely and said we should photograph them and I am glad we did. Now we find that the area gets it name from these salt marshs as they change to a golden color during the colder season of the year. Also without these marsh wetlands there would be no shrimp industry here. So they are very important to ecosystem in the area.

 

#6 St. Simon Island Lighthouse, Georgia

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Sunrise at St. Simon Lighthouse – St. Simon island light house at sunrise along the Georgia coast in a panorama. This pano shows the lighthouse at sunrise with the alantic ocean in view. The St. Simons Lighthouse Museum is located near the village and pier area. The Lighthouse along with keeper’s dwelling were built in 1872 to replace the original lighthouse built in 1810 after it was destroy by the confederate. Now the lighthouse and keepers dwelling are part of the Lighthouse museum. You can climb the 129 steps to the top of the lighthouse and over the Alantic ocean and Jekyll island. It is still an active lighthouse and it light can go 23 miles out to sea and warns ship of the many sandbars and nearby hazards along the coast.

#7 Palms at Sunrise, St. Simmon Island Ga

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Palms at St. Simon Island Sunrise – St. Simon island at sunrise looking out over the Alantic Ocean along Neptune park walkway with these lovely palms along the beach was a nice scene. St. Simon Island is part of the Golden Isles barrier island and this village of around 12,000 inhabitants was very scenic place. It has it all the ocean, palms, sunrise, sunset, views, not to mention the lighthouse museum, the quaint town area with shops, restaurants right there along the alantic coast. What could be better. I had read that it was named the most romantic place to visit in Georgia. Now recently it received a lot of attention as a cargo ship capsized here which just created a frenzie to the St. Simon Pier to see the ship and watch the sunset there. You can see the ship which has been move on ground to be dis-assemble at the St. Simon Pier.

#8 Pensacola Lighthouse, Pensacola Florida

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Pensacola Lighthouse with Pelican – This was the Pensacola lighthouse pelican which is refered to as Jeremiah the Pelican which was an art project that was created in 2004 and this is one of serveral of them in the area. Pensacola is located in the florida panhandle and is known for the white sand beaches. The lighthouse is on the US Naval Base and is managed by Pensacola Lighthouse Association. Be sure to bring id for all adults to get on the base to go to the lighthouse. This lighthouse made the National Registry of Historical Place in 1974.

#9  Red Umbrellas, Pensacola Beach Florida

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Red Umbrellas at Pensacola Beach – Pensacola beach Florida have this beautiful white sand and emerald green waters and the red beach umbrellas and chairs popped against this backdrop with the blue sky this morning. To me it what you think of when you want to relax at a beach resort. In the distance you can see the pensacola beach gulf pier out over the emerald green waters. Pensacola beach is know for it white-sand beaches, emeral water and is part of Gulf Islands National Seashore. Pensacola Beach Boardwalk has shops, eateries, nearby, and the Pensacola Beach Pier stretches into the Gulf of Mexico. It is a top destination for travel.

#10 Emerald Waters, Pensacola Beach Florida

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Pensacola Beach with its emerald blue green waters along the white sandy beach is just what we were expecting. In this image you can see the Pensacola Gulf Pier along with the white sandy beach as people stroll along this beautiful beach in floriday. Pensacola beach is know for it white-sand beaches, emeral water and is part of Gulf Islands National Seashore. Pensacola Beach Boardwalk has shops, eateries, nearby, and the Pensacola Beach Pier stretches into the Gulf of Mexico.

#11  Lifeguard Station Sunset Pensacola Florida

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Pensacola Lifeguard Station Sunset – Sunset at Pensacola Beach with Lifeguard Station almost a silouette again the oranges, yellows, and pinks in the colorful sky. This scene at Pensacola beach at gulf. Pensacola Beach is a Florida resort community on the Gulf Coast barrier island of Santa Rosa. Pensacola beach is know for it white-sand beaches include Opal Beach, part of Gulf Islands National Seashore. Pensacola Beach Boardwalk has shops, eateries and, nearby, the Pensacola Beach Pier stretches into the Gulf of Mexico. West is the 1834 Fort Pickens

 

 

Sunrise at Port Isabel Lighthouse

Sunrise at Port Isabel Lighthouse – Port Isabel lighthouse was built in 1852 for the sea captains to help them navigate the Texas coastal waters. While this lighthouse is no long needed as technology improve navigation it sit as a reminder of the past and a historical landmark for the city. Now the lighthouse acts as a museum with its reconstructed lighthouse keeper’s cottage which sit below. The Port Isabel’s 72-foot lighthouse is open to the public where you can the winding stairs case and enter the outside area where you can take in the view. From this site you can see the Port Isabel and beyond along with South Padre Island with the Queen Isabella Causeway in view and the coastal beach. Port Isabel is located in south Texas or as the locals call it the valley which stands for the Texas Rio Grande Valley. We loved this capture of this wonderful Port Isabel lighthouse right before the sun came up with these wonderful pastel color in the sky showing the Queen Isabella Causeway along with the down town historic district. This is a historic site and located across the street is a museum with the past history of the island.  The Port Isabel Lighthouse is the last light house that is still open to the public. Port Isabel has a lot to offer for tourist, and locals from the beach, to some wonderful restaurant with great fresh seafood to all kinds of activities for all ages.

 

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Sunrise at Port Isabel Lighthouse – Port isabel lighthouse was built in 1852 for the sea capitains to help them navigate the Texas coastal waters. While this lighthouse is no long needed as technology improve navigation it sit as a reminder of the past and a landmark for the city. Now the lighhouse acts as a museum with its reconstructed lighthouse keeper’s cottage which sit below. The Port Isabel’s 72-foot lighthouse is open to the public where you can climb the winding stairs case and enter the outside area where you can take in the 360 degree views of the area. From this site you can see the Port Isabel and beyond along with South Padre Island with the Queen Isabela Causeway in view and the coastal beach. Port Isabel is located in south texas or as the locals call it the valley which stands for the Texas Rio Grande Valley. We loved this capture this of of the Port Isabel lighthouse right before the sun came up with these wonderful pastel color in the sky showing the Queen Isabela Causeway along with the down town historic district. This is a historic site and across the street they have a wonderful museum where you can get tickets to go into the lighthouse which is the last light house that is still open to the public.

 

 

Sunrise at St. Simon Lighthouse Pano

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Sunrise at St. Simon Lighthouse Pano – St. Simon island light house at sunrise along the Georgia coast in a panorama. This pano shows the lighthouse at sunrise with the alantic ocean in view. The St. Simons Lighthouse Museum is located near the village and pier area. The Lighthouse along with keeper’s dwelling were built in 1872 to replace the original lighthouse built in 1810 after it was destroy by the confederate. Now the lighthouse and keepers dwelling are part of the Lighthouse museum. You can climb the 129 steps to the top of the lighthouse and over the Alantic ocean and Jekyll island. It is still an active lighthouse and it light can go 23 miles out to sea and warns ship of the many sandbars and nearby hazards along the coast.

– St. Simon island light house at sunrise along the Georgia coast in a panorama. This pano shows the lighthouse at sunrise with the alantic ocean in view. The St. Simons Lighthouse Museum is located near the village and pier area. The Lighthouse along with keeper’s dwelling were built in 1872 to replace the original lighthouse built in 1810 after it was destroy by the confederate. Now the lighthouse and keepers dwelling are part of the Lighthouse museum. You can climb the 129 steps to the top of the lighthouse and over the Alantic ocean and Jekyll island. It is still an active lighthouse and it light can go 23 miles out to sea and warns ship of the many sandbars and nearby hazards along the coast.

Sunrise Under the Pier

Sunrise Under the Pier – We had started working our way down the Texas Coast beach in Port Aransas early morning before sunrise and just as the sun was slightly above the horizon we shot this one and loved the look of the underside of the Caldwell Pier. Today the sunrise under the pier was just peeking above the horizon reflecting off the clouds and surf below as it gently rolled in carry some sea weed with the morning light for a nice coastal scene. The sun light was also reflecting off the water and wet sand which reflected the sunrise colors back under the pier to make for a pretty texas coastal landscape scene. The texas coast is located in the gulf of mexico and Port A has about 18 miles of beach with plenty to do from sport fishing, parasailing, swimming, surfing, birding, and many other event on the island to keep you from getting board. Just to get to the island can require a ferry ride to get to the island or you can come around the long way as we call it through Corpus Christi maybe a thirty drive down the shoreline of mustang island.

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Sunrise Under The Pier – We had started working our way down the beach in Port Aransas this early morning before sunrise and just as the sun was slightly above the horizon we shot this one and loved the look of the underside of the Texas Caldwell Pier. Ths  sunrise under the pier was just peeking over the horizon with morning light reflecting off the surf and sand as it gently rolled in carry some sea weed onto the sandy beach to make for a pretty coastal landscape scene from under the pier. This Texas pier at sunrise is what I think of when I think about the beach here in Port A. D82-0840 .

Heavenly Texas Coastal Sunrise

We captured this Heavenly Texas coastal sunrise as it was coming up from under the Caldwell fishing pier at Port Aransas sea shore as we walked along the beach early morning. You never know what the surf will bring in and today we found some red sea weed on to the beach with the tide from the night before. This heavenly texas coastal sunrise landscape today with the nice waves and wonderful colorful sky is a great way to view the beach. This is a favorite vacation spot on the texas beach where many come tourist and texans come to enjoy what it has to offer. This laid back community is always fun with it many fishing, swimming, bird watching, opportunities along with many other things to do. Port Aransas is a city on Mustang Island along the Texas coast. The Gulf of Mexico has many beaches and fish-filled waterways that tourist have been visiting this area for many years. There are many things to do here like the Turnbull birding center where you can see all kinds of birds along with a alligators or two along the boardwalk. Also the Roberts Point Park offers an observation tower for bay views. You can also catch a boat out to the secluded San José Island while there. The island has a very laid back atmosphere with some great restaurants and music venues.

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Another gorgeous capture of the Texas coast at sunrise with the sand and waves creating ripples in the sand and the beautiful waters with their gentle waves and wonderful surf to entice us in as the sun gently rises over the Caldwell fishing pier with these wonderful colors of red, pink, orange and blues make for a beautiful.

Texas Coastal Sunrise

Captured this stunning Texas coastal sunrise as it was coming up under the Caldwell fishing pier at Port Aransas sea shore as we walked along the beach early morning. You never know what the surf will bring in and today we found some red sea weed on to the beach with the tide from the night before. This texas sunrise landscape with the nice waves and wonderful colorful sky is a great way to view the beach. This is a favorite vacation spot on the texas beach where many come tourist and texans come to enjoy what it has to offer. This laid back community is always fun with it many fishing, swimming, bird watching,opportunities along with many other things to do.

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Captured this sunrise as it was coming up under the fishing pier at Port Aransas sea shore as we walked along the beach where the surf brought in some red sea weed on to the beach with the tide from the night before.  This is the Caldwell pier along the Texas coast, a favorite for locals and tourist to enjoy this little piece of paradise. The summer brings all kinds of water activities like swimming, surfing, sailing, boating, fishing, etc.