Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Special Spot Shots

Hi, everyone,

For the first photo challenge of 2020, Leya has asked us to share a special spot shot; that is, a place that we, individually, regard as special. I could argue that my entire blog fits that category, haha! Scotland is, after all, my heart and soul. I decided today, though, to step out of the Scottish box and share with you another place that is really meaningful to me. It’s a place that I wish I could visit much more often, but when I do have the chance, I never feel more relaxed or in awe of God’s majesty.

I am speaking of the Florida Panhandle. Specifically, the area dubbed the Emerald Coast, a one-hundred mile stretch of pristine beaches along the Gulf of Mexico. Renowned for its emerald green waters and white-as-snow beaches, I think it is one of the prettiest places on earth.

A white sandy path through dunes and the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Sunrises on the Gulf are always lovely, but sometimes they can be downright magnificent! The following two photos were taken the morning after a storm in January when the sun came up directly over the water. It completely took my breath away.

A brilliant sunrise over the Gulf of Mexico.
A seagull and a brilliant yellow sunrise over the Gulf of Mexico.

Sunsets on the Gulf are pretty magical too.

An old wooden pier against a sunset on the Gulf of Mexico.
Sunset over the Gulf of Mexico.

I love the way the sea is always changing. Sometimes it’s moody…

Rough surf in the Gulf of Mexico.

and sometimes it’s a sparkling sheet of glass.

A man standing on a sand shelf in the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Bird watching at the beach is always a joy.

A great blue heron on a white sandy beach.

The pelicans are my favorite!

A fat pelican on a white sandy beach.
A pelican mid flight against the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

I am not the only one who feels happy and relaxed on the Gulf. A certain young man I know also enjoys the sea breeze in his hair.

A dog sitting on a deck with the Gulf of Mexico behind him.

So there you have it. Another of my happy, special places. Thank you so much for stopping by today. In my next post, I will be taking you to a castle ruin along the coast of Aberdeenshire.

I look forward to seeing you again soon! Have a terrific week.

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