Best Places for Scenic Photography in Tallahassee, Florida
From the outdoors and nature to the nightlife and culture, Tallahassee, Florida is a great place to go for some of the best scenic photography. The Appalachian Trail was a dream for Jim Kern, a wildlife photographer who helped start the non-profit nature trail. It features vast wastelands that sink down under the river and resurface in several sinkholes throughout. It is also the home for a two of the largest Ogeechee Tupelos in the world, similar to giant sequoias-trees and the endangered red cockaded woodpecker. The website below will show detailed maps, activities and sponsored hikes. More information about the Apalachee.
The Sopchoppy River runs along the Apalachicola National Forest and is another great way to get some nice scenic photography in while visiting Tallahassee, Florida. The Sopchoppy River varies in a beautiful mixture of colors depending on the weather and depth. If you plan to go by boat rather than hike the trail, it is best to go when the level of the swamp waters are between 8.5 and 11 in depths. If too low, your boat could drag and too high, you may get quick rough drafts. On the other hand, the Sopchoppy River runs for several miles through unspoiled banks of the forest and can race around white sandbars. It has artful cypress roots and you may even spot a deer swimming in the river or along the shore. This next web link will take you to a site to help you check the gauge of the Sopchoppy River.
Every January Russell Carter Festival Organizer and president of Russell Carter Artist Management brings together a mixture of well-known bands to newcomers to get together and perform along scenic Hwy 30A which is known for its sandy white beaches, aqua turquoise clear waters and architectural show of seaside communities. It began with only 30 bands in the first year and now in its third year features over 125 bands. The price for a three day pass is $150.00. You can purchase a day pass at the Watercolor Inn box office. The number for contact is 850-622-5970 or you can visit the 30A Song Writers Festival website.
This is a fantastic time and place to take some great cultural pictures mixed with beautiful scenery. The shops along the coast there are normally closed for the winter. However, they open to welcome and accommodate visitors during this time. Most people are locals, yet many come from as far as England, Texas and the Midwest. Of course if you plan to go during this time, it would be wise to book a room ahead of time. The Watercolor Inn is usually booked in advance for this festival.
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President Theodore Roosevelt designated Florida's Pelican Island as the first National Refuge in 1903. Birds and other wildlife may be your thing. ST. Mark's refuge was established in 1931 as a refuge for migrating birds. Just South of Tallahassee, it spreads over 68,000 acres, and stretches across several counties along the Gulf Cost of Northwest Florida.
There are nature trails and fishing spots. The pelicans are there now and the reserve is featuring several activities for the months to come, including workshops in the spring. The link below is to a page on the website that helps photographers who are fairly new to take professional looking pictures. There is even a link on the page to a photography contest for the wildlife. Many pictures that have been taken at this refuge have been featured in National Geographic magazine. While you are there, check out St. Marks Lighthouse, a remarkable landmark with a long time history.