In the second week of February, I'll be visiting Jacksonville, FL for family get-together. Any interesting areas for that time of year which are day trip distance from Jacksonville?
Secondarily, might be able to make a stop on the way down or up (traveling from the Finger Lakes area of NY), say in the Smokies. But, I tend to think of that as a Fall foliage or Spring target, but I am pretty ignorant there too.
Just looking for ideas. Suggestions cheerfully considered. TIA Dave Ralph
Hello, Dave. My sister-in-law and her family live in Jacksonville and the first place that came to mind when you said "day trip distance" is St. Augustine. It is the oldest continuously occupied European established city in the continental US and photo opps abound. There are also many parks in the area, some right on the ocean. One, Huguenot Park has access to the north jetty near Naval Station Mayport-a great place to shoot Naval vessels. As far as the trip down, the Smokies are beautiful all times of year, and if you've never been there, the park is worth a visit-weather permitting. If you decide to do that, I suggest you travel I81 through Virginia (my neck of the woods). I think it's one of the most beautiful stretches of interstate highway on the east coast. Hope this helps,
My thanks to you and to Scottie for the replies. I usually prefer the natural landscape to the urban landscape. Is there something unique to the Jacksonville downtown? I hear Jacksonville has more square miles than just about any other city.
Very nice night scene; the reflections on the water make it special. Thank you for a different view of Jacksonville.
I still have my D70s too. But, about a year ago I had it converted to infrared. I found I wasn't using it very much after I splurged on a D300, and then another body after that; it has become a learning tool for IR.
D70s does make a good IR conversion camera. Mine is wore out - it developed a card slot issue that has rendered it unreliable. Took some great pictures with it and as I reprocess some some shots in LR4 that I shot back in December 2005, they hold up to the latest stuff I see.
Have a good trip, looking forward to what you find there to show us.
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If you have the time a short drive up to St. Simons Island in Georgia is worth the effort. Great coastline and wetlands scenery, waterfowl etc. Many times when I was working in Florida and had to cover that region as state sales manager I would stay in Jacksonville and drive up 95 to St. Simons Island in the morning and return in the afternoon. Do a little research on the town and you'll probably find a number of things worth photographing.
North of Jacksonville near Amilia Island is Big Talbot State Park and Boneyard Beach. Boneyard Beach has a ton of interesting (huge) old trees and driftwood littering the beach. Great place for morning / evening shots.
Little Talbot is a huge beach with a view to the US Naval Yards and some really nice tide pools and marsh. Neither beach draws a crowd and you are likely to be the only one there.
If I had to pick one or the other I would go back to Big Talbot.