St. Andrews State Park

by Bethany Plonski June. 12, 2019 364 views

We just spent a long weekend in Florida with my family, and during the trip I got to visit St. Andrews State Park, which is right along the coast near Panama City. In addition to beaches and dunes, it also has marshes, lagoons, and pine scrub forests that are common in Florida’s panhandle region.

We had double red flags and unpredictable weather all weekend.

We had double red flags and unpredictable weather all weekend.

Near the beaches there is a pier and some jetties where people fish and swim.

But more importantly, pelicans!!!

Farther inland there is a manmade lake called "Gator Lake," which had a boardwalk and observation deck, as well as a walking trail plastered with warning signs about alligators. I visited the park for the the first time last summer, and then I was too chicken to leave the boardwalk and take the trail. This year I decided to risk it and take what was probably the most hyper-vigilant walk of my entire life! :) I jumped about two feet every time I heard or saw something move.

I didn't see any alligators, but I did see a lot of exciting birds and critters, which you'll see in my next post.

Gator Lake

Gator Lake

This area of Florida was hit by Hurricane Michael after I visited last year, so coming back, I wasn't sure what to expect in terms of damage.

Trailhead by Gator Lake in 2018

Trailhead by Gator Lake in 2018

Trailhead in 2019

Trailhead in 2019

I didn't quite nail the framing on the two shots above, but you can still see the tree damage and the loss of the beautiful hanging moss. These effects were pretty consistent for the entire trail.

Still beautiful however you look at it.

I'm running behind on everything this week - it feels like any time I take two days off, I come back to 5 days worth of new work. But hopefully soon I can get caught up on new photos and see what you've all been up to while I was gone!


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Russell Smith 1 year, 7 months ago

Sweet series. I love how oak trees on the coast get twisted and gnarled . They look like magical charters to me.

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Russell Smith 1 year, 7 months ago

Thank you! It's amazing, isn't it? I love when they are draped in moss too.

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Russell Smith Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year, 7 months ago

I love Spanish Moss also the small ferns that grow on the bark of the larger Live Oaks. I forget its name but it is in the same family as spanish moss.

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Buster Bruce 1 year, 7 months ago

I enjoyed #4 & 7 very much. I have a place in Florida and cant wait to get back there. So much photo cheddar! Beautiful imagery Bethany.

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Buster Bruce 1 year, 7 months ago

Thank you so much! That must be wonderful to have a place there. It's a beautiful place to visit!

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Camellia Staab 1 year, 7 months ago

Great series. I love photographing in Florida especially along the beaches and inter coastal areas. So much to see and shoot.

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 7 months ago

Thank you! The wildlife and landscape/plant life in Florida is really amazing.

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Jay Boggess 1 year, 7 months ago

I spent lots of time along the Gulf of Mexico around Rockport & Padre Island. Makes me want to go back for a visit this Summer. Nice shots!

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year, 7 months ago

Thank you! I love the Gulf, to me there's no contest between it and the Atlantic side. And I've never been, but I've heard Padre Island is beautiful!

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Jay Boggess Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year, 7 months ago

My pleasure!!
Lots of fond memories down that way....

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Susan Adam 1 year, 7 months ago

Beautiful.  The way Florida use to be 50 years ago.

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Susan Adam 1 year, 7 months ago

Thank you! It was really nice to visit a spot on the coast that is still more or less undeveloped.

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Bill Baird 1 year, 7 months ago

Great set...……. I can't pick a favorite ! Beautiful !

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Bill Baird 1 year, 7 months ago

Thank you, Bill! It was such a great place to visit. Don't even get me started on the birds! smile

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Pete 1 year, 7 months ago

wow looks like a great place to visit. Are those pelicans?

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Pete 1 year, 7 months ago

Thank you, it was wonderful! I believe those are brown pelicans.

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Pete Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year, 7 months ago

Thanks

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