St. Augustine Lighthouse

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St. Augustine Lighthouse
The lighthouse at St. Augustine [gallery] is a wonderful place for outdoor photographers to visit, even if you don't pay to go up to the top of the lighthouse.  One day I will do that, but right now I want to show you the wonderful things you can see and photograph for free.

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St. Augustine Lighthouse
(I suppose if I cared more, I should correct the distortion here)
First, there's the lighthouse itself.  I don't think it really competes with the lighthouses in Maine, but it's a beautiful lighthouse, and the old Live Oak trees in front of the house are very interesting photographically as well.  I've spent more than an hour just photographing the lighthouse and the grounds around it.

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Fishing Pier by St. Augustine Lighthouse
But I'm more of a nature photographer at heart, so I'd also recommend walking to the beach.  There's a fishing pier there, and fishermen walk out and fish from it.  There's also a cleaning location where you can use a hose to clean the fish you catch.  And believe it or not, this is what makes the pier so great.  Every time I've been there, there have been many Brown Pelicans on the pier next to the public fishing pier.  When you turn on the water hose, they fly over to the where the water hits the ocean looking for fish remains.  So then you can photograph them up close from the pier or from the shore, flying back and forth, and it's great fun.

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Brown Pelicans
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Brown Pelican
Brown Pelican with Fish
Brown Pelican
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Brown Pelican
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Brown Pelicans
(waiting for you to turn on the hose)
And there's other things to see there as well.  I've seen Bald Eagles, Red-Tailed Hawks, Osprey, many gulls and terns, not to mention boats and the scenery of St. Augustine.  You can easily spend an entire morning here, and then if you want see all other things St. Augustine has to offer in the afternoon.

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  1. i like the 1st pic, the colors seem so vivid!

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  2. Thanks, Fred! I used a little montage trickery on that one.

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  3. The colors of the first photo are lively! Oh, I also noticed the Brown Pelican, you did a great job in taking pictures of it.

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  4. Thank you very much! I appreciate it.

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