Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #203 – Local Vistas

The Georgia coast is about 110 miles long and includes 15 barrier islands, miles of salt marsh, the city of Savannah, historic towns, and beautiful beaches. Jekyll, St. Simons, Sea and Tybee are the only islands accessible by car. The rest of Georgia’s islands can only be reached by boat. Cumberland Island National Seashore and Sapelo Island can each be reached by ferry.

Tybee Island is Georgia’s northernmost barrier island. Just 20 minutes east of downtown Savannah, Tybee is a popular tourist destination with miles of beach, many fun restaurants, the tallest lighthouse in Georgia, and Fort Pulaski National Monument and Cockspur Island Lighthouse nearby.

South of Savannah, St. Simons and Sea Island are the next islands that can be reached by road. With miles of beach, a village area by the fishing pier, Ft. Frederica National Monument, and golf courses, St. Simons is a popular beach destination.

The southernmost island that can be reached by road is Jekyll Island. Jekyll Island was once the winter home for many of America’s wealthiest families. Visitors to Jekyll can see many of these historic homes, ride bikes on its many bike trails, and enjoy its beautiful driftwood beach. Jekyll Island is owned by the state of Georgia.

Most of Sapelo Island is owned by the state of Georgia and is one of the barrier Islands that can only be reached by boat. A ferry runs from near the town of Darien.

Ancient Live Oaks dripping in Spanish Moss, spring Azaleas, salt marsh, waterways, shrimp boats, fresh seafood, and wild life are all part of what makes coastal Georgia so special.

Many thanks to guest host Anne of Slow Shutter Speed for this week’s Lens Artists photo challenge #203:Local Vistas.

28 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #203 – Local Vistas

  1. Beth, this is a great selection of pictures! Of course, my very favorite is the Bottle Nose dolphin, that is a wonderful picture! All of your other pictures really show off the beauty of the Georgian Islands.

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    1. Thank you Tina. In the last gallery most were from around Savannah and Tybee. The Spanish Moss and azaleas were taken one spring at Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah. The shrimp boat at the dock was taken in Darien. I’m really glad you enjoyed the post.

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  2. Gorgeous! I’m sure you love living there! What other locations do you like along the coast and why? Florida, Carolinas? Have you lived other places and this one is your favorite? Our goal is to always be within driving range of the ocean.

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    1. Pam, yes, I love living here! We have lived in our current home for almost 40 years and have lived on the Georgia coast since 1974. We have traveled all around both coasts of Florida and used to go to the Keys every year. I prefer small, less crowded places. We have found a few places on the Florida Gulf Coast that we like. We have also enjoyed South Carolina, the Outer Banks, and the Texas Gulf Coast.

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