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 captured these images along the Georgia coast at Jekyll Island Driftwood Beach, St. Simon 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 dead wood tree 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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Ocean Serenity – 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 mostly a waterscape along the beach with the ocean waves as they gently roll in shortly after sunrise for this tranquil, serene beach scene for a nice waterscape along the georgia coast. This area of Georgia is known as the golden isles which is a group of barrier island on the alantic ocean which include Jeklly island, St. Simons island, and several others.


#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

 

 

Scenic Fall Frio River

Scenic Fall Frio River – We captured this scenic fall frio river on one of our many trips this year into the hill country to capture the autumn season in Garner State Park and nearby areas. The image of the bald cypress which were turning different shades of orange, to rusty red color for the fall season and gave some nice reflections in the water we thought gave the feeling of serenity. I think this is one of my many favorites fall landscape from here from this location in the texas hill country, This fall landscape image of these wonderful cypress tree was the winning part of this image. In the Texas hill country. we don’t have a big fall season, but this year turn out very nice for the Texas Hill country. It is alway dependent on weather condition not being too hot or dry then we can get see some nice autumn colors in the area. In Texas we go from drought to floods not to mention the temperature can affect the color changes. So if our summers not too bad and we get a little more rain then we can see some fall colors changes on some years. If not then the leave will fall off before they change colors. Always a delicate dance with mother nature. Luckily for us this year looks like we are getting some nice color. Getting to the park when it open was the best time to capture the best light. The light was soft, and with no wind the water was still and we captured some excellent reflections of the bald cypress up the Frio River in the Garner with nice blue skies and whispy clouds. Cypress trees turn a golden shade and then turn a rusty red right before they go brown and fall off. Garner State Park is a popular park and it visited year round by many people in some cases they close the park before noon for day visiters especially in the summer time because as usual it is loved to death. Still it worth a visit to the Texas Hill country no matter what time of year it is.

 

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Scenic Fall Frio River – We captured this scenic fall frio river on one of our many trips this year into the hill country to capture the autumn season in Garner State Park and nearby areas. The image of the bald cypress which were turning different shades of orange, to rusty red color for the fall season and gave some nice reflections in the water and this is one of my many favorites fall landscape from here ‘I think’. This fall landscape image of these wonderful cypress tree was the winning part of this image. In the Texas hill country. we don’t have a big fall season, but this year turn out very nice for the Texas Hill country. It is alway dependent on weather condition not being too hot or dry then we can get see some nice autumn colors in the area. In Texas we go from drought to floods not to mention the temperature can affect the color changes. So if our summers not too bad and we get a little rain then we can see some colors changes on some years. If not then the leave will fall off before they change colors. Always a delicate dance with mother nature. Luckily for us this year looks like we are getting some nice color. Getting to the park when it open was the best time to capture the best light. I had waded out into the cold Frio River to get this image of the cypress along the Frio river and old baldy with these great reflections. So I got my bathing suit on and waded into the cold Frio river to capture this image it was in the 40s, I got a few looks but hey it the best way to capture the shot. The light was soft, and with no wind the water was still and we captured some excellent reflections of the bald cypress up the Frio River in the Garner with nice blue skies and whispy clouds. Cypress trees turn a golden shade and then turn a rusty red right before they go brown and fall off. Garner State Park is a popular park and it visited year round by many people in some cases they close the park before noon for day visiters especially in the summer time because as usual it is loved to death. Still it worth a visit to the Texas Hill country no matter what time of year it is.

Guadalupe River Sunset Landscape

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A waterfall along the Guadlupe river at sunset in the Texas Hill Country. Using a long exposure of the waterfall coming over the dam soften the water as it flow over the dam in the heart of Texas Hill Country. If there is anything Texan like it their outdoors activities on the rivers and lakes. When you our out in nature with the birds, trees, and running water it give you sense of adventure as we listened to the roar of the river as it flowed over the dam head on the guadalupe river today. The guadalupe river run from Kerr county to the gulf of mexico. The upper part of the river is mostly smaller faster streams with bank of limestone usually lined with Pecan trees or bald cypress. The lower part begins at the Canyon Dam and run through New Braunfel where even more rafting takes place then down to the coast to San Anotonio Bay. The water flow is controled by Canyon Dam depending on the amount of rain it has received.

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A waterfall landscape along the Guadalupe River at sunset in the Texas Hill Country. Using a long exposure of the waterfall coming over the dam soften the water as it flow over the dam in the heart of Texas Hill Country.  If there is anything Texan like it their outdoors activities on the rivers and lakes. When you our out in nature with the birds, trees, and running water it give you sense of adventure as we listened to the roar of the river as it flowed over the dam head on the guadalupe river today.

Texas Hill Country Sunset Panorama

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Texas hill country sunset panorama along the Pedernales river landscape. The sun was just setting and back lit these clouds which were reflected nicely into the water along the river. The pedernales river is a tributary of the Colorado river and flows approximately 106 miles through the heart of the Central Texas region. The river flow through the hill country from springs near Kimble County east through Fredericksburg, Blanco County, Stonewall, LBJ Ranch, Johnson City, and continues it flow into Lake Travis on the west side of Travis County in Central Texas. Pedernales watershed represents the diverse culture, hydrology and landscape of much of the greater Hill Country region. Also along the river many species of birds live including the federally endangered black-capped vireo and golden cheeked warbler along with the Pedernales spring salamander. Today we​ got some nice colors in the sky as the sun set through the trees along the banks of the Pedernales river a gem in the heart of the hill country in this rural landscape scene.

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Texas Hill Country Sunset Panorama –
Texas hill country sunset panorama along the Pedernales river landscape.  The sun was just setting and back lit these clouds which were reflected nicely into the water along the river. The pedernales river is a tributary of the Colorado river and flows approximately 106 miles into Central Texas region.  The river flow through the hill country from springs near Kimble County east through Fredericksburg through Blanco County through Stonewall, LBJ Ranch,  Johnson City, and continues it flow  into Lake Travis on the west side of Travis County in Central Texas. We got some nice colors in the sky as the sun set through the trees along the banks in this rural landscape scene.

Misty Morning at Oak Alley Plantation BW

This is another capture of the mansion and oak trees right before the sun was fully up and before the mist lifted on this early morning at the Oak Alley Plantation which I thought worked best as a black and white image. This misty look give this image a moody feel with the mansion and large old oaks in BW as the the morning mist settles over the property seems to transport you back in time. The Oak Alley plantation is a popular spot for tourist looking for history of the deep south and a feel for what life long ago was like on these plantations. The plantation was created in the early 1800’s as a surgar cane plantation and was worked by slaves so it rich in historic value. The plantation got it name from the many live oak trees that were planted over 300 years ago prior to the plantations existance. Some refer to this area as Oak valley or Seven Oaks and it is near the community of Vacherie St James Parish in Louisiana. Many movies has been made here especially including anything releated to the deep south civil war era along with many spooky movies. The Oak Alley Plantation is a National Historic Landmark as it is rich in history and is visited by many toursit yearly. The Foudation maintains the property today for the this historic site.

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Misty Morning Oak Alley BW – I got up early before the sunrise hoping to capture the sun rise and the mist was everywhere so I shot the photo.  Luckily for me a little later on the sun cleared the mist and I captured my shot. After looking at this I said this works too so I made it a black and white to enhance that haunting spooky look thru these wonderful old oak trees at Oak Alley. This image os looking toward the Mississippi river from the mansion.  Oak Alley is located in Varcherie St James Parish in Louisiana in the southern united states and is now a National Historic Landmark..  This wonderful old plantation with its 300 year old live oak trees run along the Mississippi along the river rd.