OT: Hot brekkie and cool blue of the autumn sky & sea


After a delicious southern-style breakfast just like Mama used to make (grits, eggs, thick-cut bacon, flaky biscuits and a variety of jellies and jams), Benny and I take a walk on the beach. Via a wooden bridge, we cross the natural habitat area that protect the dunes and sea oats.

(Image courtesy of southernfoodabout.com)

It is another beautiful day here, the loveliest breeze blowing in from the Gulf. The water on the horizon is a deep blue, turning to turquoise and then aqua as it approaches the shore. The sky is pale blue where it kisses the water, transforming into the clear cerulean blue canopy above us.

The sand here is sugar-white, sparkling like crystals where the sun hits it in certain spots. A couple of fishermen in hip waders are angling in the salt water this morning; at a distance, we can seeing a few fishing boats. We take off our sandals and sink our toes in the sand.  Flashes of orange and yellow are glimpsed as butterflies make their way to Mexico.

“The water’s not too cold,” Benny remarks as the surf rolls in and we get our feet wet. Not sure I would want to take a full dip into it, however.

It’s a wonderful time of the year to come to the beach in Alabama, chilly water or not. There’s the beauty of the sky and sea, the refreshing breeze and pleasant temperature, the lack of crowds and noise . . .

The sea oats and dunes that are protected as part of a natural habitat area.

I love those blue umbrellas against the glistening white of the sand.

Some families out enjoying the beach in the beautiful fall weather.

These flock of seagulls (now why am I hearing 80s music playing in my head?) stayed clustered in this particular spot the entire time we were out there. My sister says it’s not unusual for them to do that. Benny said maybe they were waiting to give us a floor show. 😉

About fedoralady

I'm an LA native--Lower Alabama, that is. My husband of more than 30 years and I live here on a portion of my family's former farm with two gorgeous calicos and a handsome GSD mix. My background is art education, and over the years I've been a teacher, department store photographer, sales associate and a journalist. My husband, his business partner and I have Pecan Ridge Productions, a video production company, for which I shoot & edit video and stills and manage marketing. I also still write part-time for the local paper. I love movies, music, art, photography and books, and my tastes in all of them are eclectic.

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  1. Great photos of a beautiful place. (Are you sure you’re not working for the tourist office?) I’m so glad you and Benny could be here, taking time to enjoy. Here’s to good Southern breakfasts, too. Reminds me that I ought to make some biscuits; they’re unknown here in Andalucia.

    • I love all the shades of blue you see between the sky and the sea. I think people need to see that our Gulf Coast beaches have returned to their beauty after the catastrophe of that oil spill. And no, I don’t work for the tourist office 😉 Benny had to head back this afternoon but it all goes well he will come back next weekend for a couple of extra days down here. Fingers crossed! My oldest sister goes back to Birmingham tomorrow. We are going out to eat tonight at a local seafood place.
      Yes, a good southern breakfast definitely sticks to your ribs. Mama used to prepare one every single day before we went to school. OUr minor league baseball team in Montgomery is named the Montgomery Biscuits. 😉

  2. Ok, I want some biscuits and gravy and a bit ol’ helping of grits with butter, please! YUM! Very beautiful. The white sand beaches remind me a lot of Pensacola, FL! Have a great time and RELAX! 😀

  3. I’ve never been to the Alabama Gulf Coast but your photos make me miss the Mississippi Gulf Coast. It was my favorite place to go when I was little and I haven’t been there since a few months before Katrina hit.

  4. Thanks for sharing the photos. Orange Beach is just gorgeous. We are having good weather up here in Connecticut, but nothing like you have down there. The blues of the sky and water as so amazing you can’t quite believe they are real. Add in the white sand and it’s paradise. Some place along the coast there is an area where the sand sings (whispers as you walk on it.) It’s a rare phenomena that only occurs a few places in the world.

    Years ago a friend of mine was swimming in the bay at the east end of Perdido Beach. It was about midnight and all of a sudden the ocean was aglow with luminous plankton. He said it was like swimming in the stars. A splash was like throwing a handful of glitter into the air. It was somewhat less fun later when he had to get out and realized that he had gotten so used to the illumination that the dark beach made him blind. He said he bumbled around for a while in the nude panic rising trying to find his clothes. He finally simply fell over them. LOL

    • Oh that poor guy–that can’t have been fun at the end, I agree! 😉 It really is a lovely area here. The beaches are very clean, too, something I appreciate. The condo is comfortable and quite spacious, too, and I enjoy sitting outside, listening to the sound of the surf and enjoying the view from the balcony. My BIL assured me they had special ordered the weather just for us. 😉 Wasn’t that nice?

      • So clever of them to order “tourist weather” for you! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the comfort, the lovely view, the clean sand, all of it. BTW the last time I saw a white sand/blue water beach, I dove in fully clothed; that ought to tell you how long it’s been.

  5. What a dream place, The landscape is truly heavenly, your description is better than a brochure. I also live near the sea, but there is no sand, only rocky coast.
    I’m glad that it was a pleasant day for us. Thanks for the photos,

    • Thanks, Giulia! 😀 I have seen beaches on both the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts of the US, and a number of beaches in the Caribbean as well, but none that were really prettier to me than here and along the Florida Panhandle, as it is called, to our east. Especially on a lovely day like today. Tonight as we drove to the restaurant for supper the sun was setting. It was indeed spectacular–vivid shades of pink, orange and deep blue mingling, with the moon a gleaming white half-disk high in the sky.

  6. Fantastic photos! I’m so glad you’re having such beautiful weather. My luck has finally run out with the London weather- up to this trip I always had great “tourist” weather over there, but not this time. It was gloomy and foggy all the way through. I saw people jogging in the rain- even an elderly lady -isn’t that admirable? Even schoolchildren were out playing on the football pitch despite the drizzle! Londoners are just not bothered by the rain- I suppose they’re way too used to it!

    • Thanks so much. 😀 The weather is about to change, still pretty but much cooler after tomorrow. I have been eating breakfast and lunch outside on the balcony every day. I love watching the changes in sky and sea. Looks like the East Coast (well away from us here on the Gulf of Mexico) may get hit by a Frankenstorm as they are calling it, just in time for Halloween next week. I hope it’s not going to be as bad as they are speculating it might.

      Yes, I guess if you are accustomed to soggy weather, you learn to go with the flow–of precipitation. 😉

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