Francie Stoutamire Photography | February 2015 - A Perfectly Lovely 10 Day Visit!
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Located just south of Tallahassee off of North Florida's Gulf Coast, the 28-mile long St. George Island (SGI) is one of the last inhabited yet unspoiled barrier islands in Florida. It has miles of uncrowded beaches for sunning and shelling, clear Gulf waters for swimming and fishing, and pristine marshes for wildlife viewing. The island is protected by low-density zoning and strict building codes plus one-third of it is a Florida State Park.
Although more developed than the island I remember as a child, when the only approach was by ferry (now accessible by a modern bridge), this exquisite retreat along the "Forgotten Coast" is still a wonderful spot for a fabulous vacation!

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Beautiful sunrise taken from the deck of the house we were staying in. {11"x14"}

Beautiful sunrise taken from the deck of the house we were staying in. {11"x14"}

Dunes at the Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park. {11"x14"}

Dunes at the  Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park.  {11"x14"}

I was one very happy camper exploring the State Park!

I was one very happy camper exploring the State Park!

Boardwalk leading to East Slough in the Park. {11"x14"}

Boardwalk leading to East Slough in the Park. {11"x14"}

View of East Slough from the end of the boardwalk. {11"x14"}

View of East Slough from the end of the boardwalk. {11"x14"}

The Park beaches are so beautiful! {11"x14"}

The Park beaches are so beautiful! {11"x14"}

Cape St. George Light, moved & reconstructed on SGI from Little SGI after it collapsed into the Gulf. {8"x10"}

Cape St. George Light, moved & reconstructed on SGI from Little SGI after it collapsed into the Gulf.  {8"x10"}

View to the north of the bridge and the mainland taken from the top of the lighthouse. {11"x14"}

View to the north of the bridge and the mainland taken from the top of the lighthouse. {11"x14"}

Looking west - colors are changing - from Nick's Hole Estuarine Reserve. {11"x14"}

Looking west - colors are changing - from Nick's Hole Estuarine Reserve. {11"x14"}

An old dock, and the deep water cove at Nick's Hole Estuarine Reserve. {11"x14"}

An old dock, and the deep water cove at Nick's Hole Estuarine Reserve. {11"x14"}

6:11 pm, pre-sunset looking west towards the Bob Sikes Cut. {11"x14"}

6:11 pm, pre-sunset looking west towards the Bob Sikes Cut.  {11"x14"}

These sanderlings came running towards me after receding waves, when they quickly probe the sand for the small crustaceans that are their diet, and then race ahead of the next wave. {11"x14"}

These sanderlings came running towards me after receding waves, when they quickly probe the sand for the small crustaceans that are their diet, and then race ahead of the next wave. {11"x14"}

And just as quickly they ran past and on down the beach! {11"x14"}

And just as quickly they ran past and on down the beach! {11"x14"}

6:32 pm it pays to look behind you, a view of the sunset as reflected to the east. {11"x14"}

6:32 pm it pays to look behind you, a view of the sunset as reflected to the east. {11"x14"}

6:33 pm and gorgeous colors to the west as the sun has just set! {11"x14"}

6:33 pm and  gorgeous colors  to the west as the sun has just set! {11"x14"}

6:48 pm, the sun has been set for 20 minutes, colors are still there, but are now gentler hues. {11"x14"}

6:48 pm, the sun has been set for 20 minutes, colors are still there, but are now gentler hues. {11"x14"}

7:05 am and cloudy, at the beach pre-sunrise colors are beginning to show. {11"x14"}

7:05 am and cloudy, at the beach pre-sunrise colors are beginning to show. {11"x14"}

7:32 am. Pelicans, my favorite bird, soar over me against a colorful sky. {8"x10"}

7:32 am.  Pelicans, my favorite bird, soar over me against a colorful sky.   {8"x10"}

7:34 am, I love how it takes clouds to bring out the colors in a sunrise! {11"x14"}

7:34 am, I love how it takes clouds to bring out the colors in a sunrise! {11"x14"}

The beach is perfect for early morning jogging or walking. {11"x14"}

The beach is perfect for early morning jogging or walking. {11"x14"}