Friday, July 20, 2012

Mobile ~ The Eastern Shore















The Eastern Shore ~ Mobile Bay

The Eastern Shore Trail, Spanish Fort, Daphne, Montrose, Fairhope and Point Clear are communities along the shore of Mobile Bay. You will find biking, hiking and walking trails offering wildlife and nature. Trails run through small town America, some waterfront and some historical. I have traveled to these towns many times and enjoy the familiar sights while visiting here. 
Jim and I spent a long weekend here recently and spent our time in and around the community of Fairhope. It is a lovely town, a friendly town that says welcome! We enjoyed the wildlife and natural habitat this area offers. And of course I did a little shopping along the way.
Fairhope was established in 1894. From a small community it has grown into a thriving town with shops and restaurants and offers a wide variety of activities. Of course being on the bay deep sea fishing is a given, along with gulf yachting and polo matches. This is a community of parks, family neighborhoods with sidewalks and beautiful oak trees dripping with spanish moss. 
With so much to see and do here it's no wonder it is a favorite destination for family vacations. 
If you are more interested in a beach getaway just continue south on Highway 98. About thirty-five miles south and a forty-five minute drive you will find yourself at the beautiful Alabama gulf coast, the towns of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. I've spent many vacations there and I highly recommend it. 
After your stay along the Eastern Shore no doubt you'll want to cross the bay and visit the historical city of Mobile. Favorite sites to visit there are Bellingrath Gardens and Home where you'll see an explosion of Azaleas and Southern Gardens. Another site not to be missed is a tour of the USS Alabama. 
Of course I made a few photographs, so join me as I give you a little tour through the delights of southern Alabama.





The grounds of The Grand Hotel in Point Clear


















The Brown Pelican's Habitat










Fairhope









Mobile Bay 
A Natural Bird Santuary






 Sunset on the Bay



Hope you enjoyed walking some of the trails along The Eastern Shore. Do you enjoy nature's habitats? I would love to hear. 
Stayed tuned for my shopping in Fairhope. Here is a little of what you should expect to see.



 Fairhope
And a Little Shopping





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39 comments:

  1. What beautiful pictures! I just love the way the moss hangs off that tree in the one picture. So pretty.

    New follower.

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  2. How fun! Never been to Alabama but would love to. Love those birdhouses (Riviera) and that mandevilla in the top photo is gorgeous. I have had two of them for the last two summers hanging on my deck. Seems they love the hot weather and I hardly water them. Perfect plants! Happy Pink Saturday.

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  3. Beautiful photos ! I love Mobile and Fairhope, thanks for taking me back.
    Happy Pink Saturday ...

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  4. Nice pictures. I really love the ones with the Spanish Moss. I had never seen that before until recently! Just beautiful and kind of Eerie at the same time! Happy Pink Saturday!

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  5. beautiful birds! I love it.

    Come and join my party Color Connection, it is also my PINK entry. I hope you join the fun.

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  6. Those are beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing!


    Kim,USA

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  7. Oh, how beautiful. A lovely place to visit. I hope some day to see the eastern shores. Thanks for sharing such beauty. Karie

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  8. you live in a very special place, or is it your super photos that make it so?

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  9. Beautiful photos.. Like all your Pink!

    Visiting for PS- hope you can stop by..

    http://www.sweetposh.info/2012/07/pink-plastic-leaves.html

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  10. How beautiful!! Happy Pink Saturday and have a nice weekend.

    My PINK

    PS. Now following your blog, please feel free to follow any of my blogs, thanks!

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  11. Such a lovely part of the county, I want to visit there someday. The trees are just so magical looking -the shapes and the moss. I love purple martins-know I would enjoy that.
    Ann

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  12. Terrific photos! I love lamp posts so those are my favorites. Thanks for the tour!

    Robin

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  13. Love the Eastern shore....Point Clear is one of my favorite places on Earth! I have cousins who grew up in Montrose on the bay with shrimp boats....I have always envied their lifestyle!

    Thanks for your lovely tour, Emily!

    xo,
    RJ

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  14. All fun pics! Really love the lamp post with the flag, green and lush, Americana at it's best:@)

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  15. What a stunning place. A beautiful country.
    Carolyn

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  16. Wow, that is very pretty. I really loved the photo of the pelicans on the bridge. I'm a new follower and look forward to many more interesting posts.

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  17. Just beautiful! Visiting from Pink Saturday.

    Pink Slushy Magic, come and see.

    I am your newest follower.

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  18. The grounds of the Fairhope are beautiful Emily. The pelicans are pretty too. I know y'all had a good time. Thanks so much for visiting me. xoxo, Olive

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  19. Love that area, your pictures make me want to pack up and go.

    Cathy <;)

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  20. Emily~ I love the spanish moss and live oaks! So fun to see the pelicans lined up in a row on the remnants of that dock! Judging by your wonderful photos, a trip is in order! Enjoy your Sunday :)

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  21. Your photos are beautiful! Love the twisted trees and the water fountain in Fair Hope. Looks like a wonderful place to visit.

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  22. Holy Cow! What a journey! Love the photos! I would have never seen such beauty if you hadn't shared it. Thanks!
    I'm on Facebook under "Goose Grove"

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  23. Wow! You such gorgeous photos! Sure makes me want to visit.
    Mary Alice

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  24. It is a beautiful area and your photos are lovely. I know the exact shop you pictured. I love visiting there. I was so impressed with all the area but especially Fairhope. It is a great place to spend the day shopping and having a nice lunch.

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  25. What fabulous photos! I would love to visit that area! I would be drawn to the water!

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  26. Simply lovely...I especially liked the pelicans sitting against the skyline.

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  27. Hi lovely lady.
    All your photos are so Gorgeous!! Thanks so much for your lovely comments on my Island Tablescape. I hope you and your family have a wonderful week..
    XXOO Diane

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  28. Fairhope looks like a beautiful town to visit, Emily! I do like to visit natural habitats. Seeing all those pelicans and the beautiful live oak trees in person must have been amazing!

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  29. All those photos are exactly how I imagine that part of the world should look. So beautiful!

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  30. As the song says in the song playing on your site, it is a beautiful world. Isn't it amazing the size of the live oaks and how their branches nearly touch the ground! Beautiful images you have shared and a grand area to visit.

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  31. Hi Emily,
    gorgeous photos of a very beautiful. Oh! I do love pelicans!
    Maggie

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  32. What a lovely and diverse selection of image shares in this series. I especially enjoyed the Pelican images, just grand~

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  33. Oh Emily, I loved this Eastern Shore! Hubby and I visited the Carolina's three years ago. It was the first time I had ever seen the moss hanging from the trees. I was totally amazed. I loved it! I've always kind of had a thing for moss. lol! Your photos are lovely and happy that you and your hubby got to spend a week there.
    Hugs,
    Jann

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  34. Mobile is definitely a beautiful place. I enjoyed seeing it from your perspective.

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  35. O, your photos make me feel as if I were there. Great pictures, Emily. You and your camera should get married....:)) Ya'll sure seem to get along well.

    Mobile is such a romantic place. I hope to go back again someday.

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  36. Thank you for linking up from last week's Color connection. come and join again this week, the linky is up now.

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  37. Beautiful images!!! I am hosting a Giveaway to win a 50 dollar gift card to the store HomeGoods. It would be great if you stopped by and entered. Thanks Anu

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  38. Gorgeous scenery and photos. I'd love to be there right now.
    Babs

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