Places to Photograph in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

I recently sprung for this awesome new camera, and was really hoping that we’d have a repeat of last winter: lots of rare southern snow, an excellent setup for picture-taking.

Obviously, that hasn’t happened this year, and it doesn’t look like there will be snow anytime soon. Maybe I should take this winterless January as a sign and get myself to Gulf Shores & Orange Beach for some beach photography.

And as photogenic as the white-sand Alabama beaches are, they’re not the only picturesque draw of the area. Gulf Shores nature attractions like Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge and Gulf State Park offer some very camera-friendly scenery (sand dunes, marshes, nature trails, to name a few) and wildlife. The Hugh S. Branyon Back Country Trail in Orange Beach is another prime nature spot—10 miles of nature and wildlife.

A Gulf Coast golf course could present an excellent photography situation as well. The greens themselves are scenic all on their own; golfing with a couple friends could make for a pretty cool action photograph.

And, of course, there’s the Gulf itself. I would love to get a shot of a sun setting over the water, or just cresting the horizon early in the morning. This should be easy enough to accomplish right from the balcony of my Gulf-front Brett/Robinson condominium. Now to plan a time to get down there…soon!