I realize this is not a “nature photo” per se, but it certainly speaks to the pure joy and exhilaration children have when hunting for shells on our beautiful beach.
Good friends of our’s came down from Oklahoma for the weekend with their children. We took them to visit Shell Island where I did a serious of action shots featuring these two bundles of energy. The north wind had knocked the waves down on the Gulf side of Shell Island giving us an extremely calm day to frolic in the surf.
Not much is more fun as a photographer than watching a two and three year old hunting for shells. These two were literally in constant motion running back and forth to their Mom with each new shell find. Little did it matter to them wither the shells were broken or in perfect condition… it was a true treasure in either case.
We could all learn something from these two. This beach is a treasure that we locals all too often take for granted. Visit my blog to see more of these photos.
I happened upon this scene one day while exploring Shell Island with the kids. Sea Urchin “shells” are the extremely fragile exoskeleton of the spiny urchins that remain after the urchin dies. These break easily with the slightest pressure. To have so many washed up unbroken and in horizontal line was simply amazing.
Photo Description: Interwoven with seagrass, the urchins shells aligned along the bayside shore of Shell Island.
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This black water bayou is located just off Hwy 30A east of Port St. Joe on the road to Cape San Blas. Wildlife abounds in this area with herons, egrets, gulls and even swimming deer.
Lone palm reflects off the perfectly calm watery paths through the bayou. Morning mist is burning off as the sun rises.
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First off, a big thank you to Jason allowing me access to this forum to showcase my nature photography of Panama City Beach and the surrounding Emerald Coast. I’ll be bringing you the natural side of PCB with a weekly feature photo.
From the peaceful black water bayous to the sugar white sands, the Emerald Coast is like no other coastline in the world. Like all cities, Panama City Beach has its faults, but at the end of the day we have beautiful beaches, emerald waters, abundant wildlife and glowing sunsets… what’s not to love!
The first feature photo is titled “Kissing Pelicans”. I caught these two pelicans “touching” beaks as if kissing just after sunrise on Grand Lagoon, in front of Baypoint.
Feel free to checkout more nature photos of the beach and the area’s wildlife at my photoblog Sand between Your Toes.