Once again our beach-going visitors captured their own unique views of their favorite coast and submitted amazing photos of the Gulf Shores area in our recent Facebook photo contest.
The winning shot was unanimously selected and I believe you will agree that the image of these precious children, heading down the boardwalk at a rental house in Orange Beach to meet more of the family at the beach, captures the spirit of our family-oriented beach. In fact it was their grandparents from Prattville, Alabama who submitted the photo and won a 3-night spring vacation. I love seeing them all decked out in their precautionary swim gear and carrying their beach equipment. I personally think the "big brother" is leading his "little sister" down the path but others seeing the photo believe just the opposite. I will leave that up to your interpretation.
Speaking of precious children, I smile each time I see the sweet little boy gripping his football in the 2nd place photo taken in Gulf Shores near Driftwood Towers. You can feel the warmth of the sun as it shines on his blond hair and see his family from Cabot, Arkansas relaxing behind him on our sugar white sands. We know our beaches are where SEC families come to play and I think it's so cute to see this young star in the making.
Our 3rd place winning photo is an awesome closeup of a heron who arrived on a Gulf Shores boardwalk to "visit" the coastal visitors from Amarillo, Texas. He looks so regal and at home in this natural environment where the surf fishing is great for man and birds alike.
The process of choosing the top three images was definitely difficult and there are two more photos listed in an "Honorable Mention" category that definitely depict a broad aspect of the island.
The first photo (in no particular order) portrays three little girls in their colorful coastal attire exploring the edges of Little Lagoon. This beautiful body of water lies parallel to the Gulf waters in Gulf Shores. When you travel a few miles west down West Beach Boulevard you can see the lagoon waters to your right and the gulf waters to your left. In fact, lots of vacation rental condos and houses on West Beach Blvd. have great views of both bodies of water.
The second one is a great shot at Kiva Dunes subdivision at Fort Morgan, where these gorgeous vacation rental homes overlook the world-class golf course to the north and the beaches to the south. If you look closely at the oleander shrubbery in the photo you can see the purple flowers. Although this photo angle doesn't show the wide white beaches that are so secluded, rest assured that there is a common boardwalk to the beach in this exclusive neighborhood that also offers renters three community outdoor pools, tennis courts and a fitness room in addition to Kiva Dunes golf course.
There were many more fabulous coastal shots submitted during the Facebook photo contest and I will continue to display them in this BLOG from time to time, so that you can enjoy them as much as I do.