Skywatch Friday – Autumn Beach Vacation

Bridge across the Mississippi on the very long drive to the beach, 13 hours or so.

Mississippi State Forestry Service fire tower. I don’t think they use it any longer.


At Orange Beach, we found this treasure dredging sand at Perdido Pass and making more beach by pumping the dredged material ashore. This is as close as they let us go. Isn’t it beauty. I used to use similar barges laying pipelines in south Louisiana.

Isn’t she a beauty?


I got a few decent beach skies.


Lots of pelicans skimming the waves.

We had several decent days on the beach. The water was way too cold for me. My feet got toasted good in the sun. I promise, no more feet pics. At least for a while.


I got up early one fridged morning and got a decent sunrise. Yes, I used a filter if you must know.

We saw a catamaran out on the water one late afternoon. Nothing better than photographs of sailing vessels I think.


We drove to nearby Pensacola and checked out Pensacola Beach. Gorgeous beach and water. We got out on the pier and saw fisherman catch fish. We saw a sea turtle surface briefly and sharks lurking about. Lots of manta rays. I didn’t have the right camera to capture any of that.

Back at Perdido Pass. We have learned that dolphin cruises and fine and good but the fisherman on the beach will tell you where to go see dolphins. We got to the pass late afternoon and there were tons of dolphins going back and forth. Didn’t have to pay a thing and nobody presented us with a tip jar.

orange beach AI Image

I’m fascinated by Artifical Intelligence generated photos. I got on my goto site for that kind of foolishness,, and entered: “most colorful orange beach alabama skywatch photo hdr realistic detailed concept art ” on the text prompt and a few seconds later it gave me this image. Strangely enough it looks like about half the shirts for sale in the state. The whole concept is freaky to me. Try the link and let me know what you think. You want to try something really disturbing, enter your name and home address in the text prompt.

That’s about all the foolishness for this week. I’m linking to Skywatch Friday.

23 thoughts on “Skywatch Friday – Autumn Beach Vacation

  1. Emille (Jesh)

    A long drive! At least you have great images of white sand on the beach (I like these beaches the most. Hope your vacation also brought you rest?? Love the sailboat too. Emille (Jesh)

  2. Linda W

    I went to Pensacola Beach years ago. I remember the glare of the sun on the water and the white sand was blinding.

    I just tried that AI site and it seemed to give me random images with little relationship to the phrases and artists that I typed. It did seem to know that my hometown has a mountain view but nothing else made sense.

  3. Nancy Chan

    A long drive to the beach but worth it. Beautiful barge and beautiful beach with a beautiful lady. A wonderful vacation and I am sure you all are well tanned. You caught a beautiful sunrise and a great shot of the sailing boat. Happy weekend.

  4. Eileen

    What a great vacation, lovely photos of your lovely lady, the beach, pelicans and the sunrise.
    Take care, enjoy your day and weekend!

  5. A ShutterBug Explores

    Great photos ~ I think Autumn is the best time for the beach ~ glad you had a good time ~ Xo

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days ~

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  6. Alana

    I could wish I was on a beach right now! But, like you, I wouldn’t be going into the water. Enjoyed your pictures; they made me feel warm.

  7. Penelope Notes

    What pristine sand and perfect for feet! Funny, I heard about something called Dall-e that is also artificial intelligence that generates photos through text. It will be fun to try it some day.

  8. Amila

    All these are great photos and I can see that you all have enjoyed your vacation. The sunrise picture is amazing!
    This is the first time I heard about Artifical Intelligence generated photos. It sounds interesting.
    Have a great weekend!

  9. Mascha

    Wow, this bridge and a beautiful barge, that’s really Missisippie, as i know it from books…
    Looks like a perfect vacation and: I will try this generator, maybe for next skywatch 😉
    Have a nice weekend

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