Jekyll Island - Driftwood Beach

by Bethany Plonski July. 10, 2019 358 views

I've been excited about 4th of July weekend for months now, ever since we made plans to visit one of the most beautiful parts of Georgia with Andy's family. Down in the far southeastern corner of the state, on the Atlantic coast, there is a collection of barrier islands called the Golden Isles. It's absolutely gorgeous there - gorgeous enough to make me willing to forgive and forget the absurd amount of mosquito and bug bites I accrued during our trip! :)

I'm excited to share more pictures, but I've come home to a ridiculously busy week. I decided to start with a smaller batch from Driftwood Beach at Jekyll Island because some of the photos are due tomorrow for my class, so technically they are on my to-do list. But there will be more coming from St. Simon's Island and Cumberland Island eventually.

We had overcast skies and scattered storms for most of the weekend, but the sun did pop out for a little while the day we visited Jekyll Island. The clouds were just starting to clear when we got there, so I didn't use a polarizer at first, and in retrospect I really wish I had. I did use it in photos 1-3, and it captured much richer colors in the sky and water.

In comparison the other photos seemed a little washed out, so I tried to compensate for that with Lightroom edits. I still see a difference even after editing, but I'm happy LR has some handy tools to help with things like this.

If you're curious about Driftwood Beach, you can learn more about it here. It's an amazing and incredibly beautiful place.

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Jay Boggess 1 year, 6 months ago

I love to shoot driftwood.....especially when the Sun is setting sets or just before rising.....in the low light..... 
I love to imagine what other fantastical images the shapes can invoke....grinning

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year, 6 months ago

It's beautiful and has so much character! I really wish I'd been able to get there during sunrise or sunset - so many possibilities with the shapes of these amazing trees. The weather was not on my side this time!

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Jay Boggess Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year, 6 months ago

There's always next time....right??? 
That's what I love about photography: the scenes are always changing, due to weather conditions, time of day, our moods, and certainly luck.....grinning

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Pete 1 year, 6 months ago

imagine the storm that uprooted these big trees

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Pete 1 year, 6 months ago

It's wild to think about, especially because they are so old! Farther back away from the water, you can see other trees in the process of dying, I guess because there isn't enough soil to support them anymore, but I'm sure it's the wind that finally takes them out.

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Russell Smith 1 year, 6 months ago

It is such a epic and  cool spot . Outside of the history of the island the views and tranquility of it is amazing.

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Russell Smith 1 year, 6 months ago

I loved it there - it's nice that the island is still relatively quiet and undeveloped (at least compared to the mid-Atlantic beaches I grew up visiting). Hope I can get back there sometime soon.

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Russell Smith Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year, 6 months ago

It is still relatively undeveloped I think you would have liked it in the late 80s to early 90s . It is developed now compared to then but they were just starting to rehab the old buildings back then too.

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Bill Baird 1 year, 6 months ago

Beautiful. My inlaws used to have a condo at Sea Palms on St Simons so that was our vacation destination for many years. Great area.

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Bill Baird 1 year, 6 months ago

Thank you! And how lucky to have had a place to stay there. So much nature and wildlife everywhere, I can't wait to go back.

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Antonio Gil 1 year, 6 months ago

Nature true sculptures. beautiful

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 6 months ago

Thank you! The kinds of trees that grow there are amazing to see both living and dead, so many twists and turns. :)

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Berckmans Peter 1 year, 6 months ago

What a great place for a photographer. I would be like a kid on a playground. You have dome very good captures here,must be nice with sunset. Love it

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 year, 6 months ago

It was - I felt the same way! I wish I'd been able to get there for sunrise or sunset, but I guess that means I'll just have to go back again sometime. grinning Thank you.

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year, 6 months ago

Every reason is good to go back

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Björn Roose 1 year, 6 months ago

Looks like a little paradise for nature photographers. Great shots, Bethany smile

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Björn Roose 1 year, 6 months ago

Thank you! It was - except for the people taking selfies everywhere, but that tends to be the case with anywhere pretty these days. smile

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Björn Roose Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year, 6 months ago

Yeah, they do it anywhere. And I don't see the use of it, because if you fill 3/4 of the image with yourself, why would you leave the house ?

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