I spent last weekend in Carrabelle, Florida, with a friend (Jim). Carrabelle is a small town in the Panhandle of Florida on the Gulf of Mexico that is surrounded by State and National forests, parks and preserves. Carrabelle is in Franklin County, and there are no traffic lights in the entire county. It is very rural and looks much like Florida used to look many years ago, and I loved that.
Jim owns a home on the Carrabelle River with gorgeous views of the river and surrounding salt marshes. He keeps a boat at the end of his dock, which we used to go fishing and to see some of the area from the water. Jim knew that I am a serious nature photographer, and therefore, we explored the Gulf Coast around Carrabelle from his boat and by car. I had a fantastic long weekend, took a lot of photographs, and was able to capture some of Carrabelle’s and Franklin County’s natural beauty.
The opening image was taken from Jim’s boat as we were returning from fishing, and the below image is of the same sunset but shot from his dock.
As the sun fell below the horizon, in the opposite direction the full moon was rising, as seen in the following image also shot from Jim’s dock. It was obviously a beautiful evening.
Saturday morning, we got up early and went to Carrabelle Beach to shoot the sunrise (below two images). It was spectacular and well worth getting up early on a chilly morning.
While out on Jim’s boat, I shot the following two images of pelicans in flight on the Carrabelle River.
Sunday morning was overcast but still beautiful on the river (below image).
Since the tides in Carrabelle were extremely low in the mornings that weekend, we could not go fishing so instead we explored Franklin County. One of the places we visited is known locally for its colony of white squirrels. Most white squirrels in North America are genetic color variants of the gray species. They are not albinos, breed normally and may have gray siblings. It is thought that the genes that normally produce a white underbelly in the gray squirrel are active in a wider area of their bodies, often leaving discernible gray patches on the spine and head. Below are two of the many images I took of the white squirrels. There were many of them in the area (approximately 10), and it was a very unusual sight.
We also went to Wakulla Springs State Park, which has one of the largest and deepest (over 180 feet) springs in the world. Wakulla Springs is home to many manatees during the winter, and when we were at the spring, there were over twenty manatees swimming gracefully in the clear water. Below are some of the manatees.
Above, a young manatee is nursing.
In the above image, the manatee appears to be smiling. The below image is of a manatee that was watching me as I was taking photographs of it and the others.
The following images were taken as I left Carrabelle and headed to St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge. A weather front was moving east and the sun was lighting up the salt marsh.
I spent the day at St. Marks photographing birds and the landscape, which I will post in my next blog article.
I love how you “narrate” your photos. It really draws me into the story of your trips and sets a pace that really helps me appreciate your photographs. I loved them all, but the Carrabelle Beach sunrise was awe-inspiring.
Increadible shots. Looks like you ar enjoying your time in Florida. Hard to return to work after all the fun.
We have come to expect super photographs and you have not disappointed me and/or other admirers. Is this the result of the new lens or simply your super ability to click at the right time. These pictures evoke a loud :WOW. :”Great” doesn’t seem adequate.
What an amazing place … maybe a place to retire to? Gorgeous photos (as always)!
I am a Canadian and I have a house in Carrabelle and we can’t wait to be able to retire there. Only 5 more sleeps until I can go back and spend my Christmas vacation. Thanks for the reminder.
This is a marvelous collection, journal of your time in Florida! Breathtaking sunsets, sunrises, and all — just marvelous!
It was a great trip to Florida, and sharing it with others, like you through my photography, has made it even better.
I’d like to thank you for the efforts you have put in penning this site. I really hope to view the same high-grade content
by you later on as well. In fact, your creative writing abilities have inspired me to get my own blog now. 😉
Fantastic pictures. We are currently staying at a state campground (Jacob Lake at the north rim of the Grand Canyon) and we saw a white tailed squirrel . We quickly looked it up on Google and came across your website. Thanks for letting us in on this very interesting squirrel. Very nice work. Toni C.