South Walton Wildlife Photos

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I love spending time outdoors and could spend a whole lifetime taking photos of wildlife. It takes patience and most of the shots I get are just lucky since I don’t have as much time outdoors as I would like.

Coyotes, foxes, deer, turtles, raccoons, alligators, dolphin, rays, and even manatees can be spotted in SoWal. The easiest wildlife to spot are the birds that are everywhere all the time. Shore birds are fun to see and seem very unusual if you don’t live at the beach. Herons and pelicans are fascinating to watch as they interact with the environment. People say pelicans aren’t so pretty but watching them glide in formation inches over the waves is one of the most beautiful sights you will ever see.

We have black bears and getting a photo of one in the dunes would be the ultimate South Walton wildlife pic in my book. If you’re lucky you’ll spot a bald eagle or tow, usually in the less developed areas and around our coastal dune lakes. The occasional alligator in the surf is also a wow moment! The bull gators get a little crazy in mating season and sometimes wander into the surf.

South Walton County Lakefront Home

Walton County Lakefront Home

It was an adventure photographing this amazing lakefront home in Blue Mountain Beach. It is a modern home built for entertaining.

The setting is in the heart of South Walton on a private 1.58 acre Oasis with 211 feet of waterfront and unobstructed panoramic gulf views on Redfish Lake, one of our rare Coastal Dune Lakes.

The home was designed by architect Dan Mueller and built by Kyle Bengston in 2011 and has 5 bedrooms, 3 full baths, and 3 half baths. Enter the impressive foyer that flows seamlessly to the expansive living room, bar and entertaining area, and into the award winning gourmet kitchen with Neff custom cabinets and a full caterer’s pantry and grilling porch. T

The first floor master wing features his and her full bathroom areas, coffee and beverage bar, gas fireplace, authentic Japanese soaking tub, private dressing areas and oversized walk-in closets with separate entry for staff.

There is a private guest wing on the first floor in addition to an acoustically designed media room.

A private elevator or beautiful custom built staircase brings you to the second level of the home with three bedrooms and adjoining balconies.

Equally as impressive as the home itself, the outdoor space and natural surroundings are breathtaking. The outdoor area offers a gorgeous four-sided private infinity pool, top of the line hot tub, recently upgraded private lakefront dock, fire pit, outdoor kitchen, and covered alfresco dining area.

The home offers a 3-car garage, two driveway entrances and parking for up to 30 vehicles on the expansive driveway. This waterfront sanctuary has countless upgrades; Chad Horton Landscaping, water filtration system, circular driveway, tankless hot water heater, whole house generator, 2 refrigerators, 3 dishwashers, 3 freezers, 4 ice makers, and air conditioned storage rooms to name a few. Enjoy Red Fish Lake, the Gulf, 30-A’s 19-mile bike path, shopping and dining right outside your door.

Moon Creek Gallery Opens in Grayton Beach

Moon Creek Gallery

There’s a new gallery in Grayton Beach, Florida that features the fine art photography of Kurt Lischka.

Kurt has been capturing the beauty of the South Walton for more than three decades, sharing thousands of images online since founding Moon Creek Studios in 1998, and SoWal.com in 2004.

“Like many people I’ve been drawn to the shore my entire life. The patterns, textures, and rhythms of the beach thrill me,” said Lischka.

Inside the gallery is a wide range of photos that represent the beach life – waves, sunsets, dunes, flora, wildlife, environmentally sensitive landscapes and South Walton’s rare coastal dune lakes. Gracing the walls also are abstact images that capture the interesting details and emotion of coastal life.

Images in the gallery are printed on fine art paper, canvas, metal, and wood and presented in a variety of ways including traditional frames, tapestries, and unique table top metal prints on unique driftwood stands. Also for sale are notecards, postcards and other gift items. There is also SoWal logo gear on hand such as T-shirts, hats and other items.

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The Heritage Series is comprised of images on fine-art canvas framed in heritage wood.

“Each of our heritage wood frames is handcrafted from select planks milled from massive cypress logs, lost for more than a century at the bottom of the Choctawhatchee River right here in Walton County,” said Lischka.

Moon Creek gallery hours are 10am to 4 pm weekdays, or by appointment, 1414 Co Road 283 South, Grayton Plaza, Grayton Beach, Florida. Call 850-231-0102.

Real Estate & Vacation Rental Photos

Moon Creek Studios offers real estate photography and architectural photography in South Walton, Florida – including photos of homes for sale, vacation rental photography, and lifestyle photos of Scenic 30A and SoWal.

Our clients include Seaside, 360 Blue, St. Joe, Alys Beach, Wyndham Vacation Rentals, Rosemary Beach and many more. Our customers stick with us year after year because we are meticulous, timely, and reliable.

Photos are used for advertising and marketing in print and online. Web photos for rentals are posted on websites, photos for VRBO and other rental vacation websites. See photo and video for real estate for sale and vacation rental photos and video.

Photos from Santa Rosa Beach in South Walton on Scenic 30A, Alys Beach, Rosemary Beach, WaterColor, WaterSound Beach, Seaside, Grayton Beach, Sandestin and Destin.

Commercial Photography at The Bay Restaurant

The Bay is another excellent establishment from restaurateur Jim Shirley, who also owns and operates Great Southern, Meltdown on 30A, and 45 Central Wine Bar in Seaside. The Bay is a special place at the foot of the 331 bridge in South Walton County, Florida – it has boat parking, a sandy beach, live music, rustic decks, excellent bar(s), and of course amazing food.

 

Destin Diner Photos

Recently Oli Petit, owner of the Red Bar in Grayton Beach, has remodeled the long-vacant Destin Diner. He’s added his flair for decor to a great central location and has added his usual concern for detail with excellent service, food, and drinks. Moon Creek Studios had the pleasure of following the process, producing images and a website for the diner.

South Walton Night Photography

Night photography is fun. I like getting creative with dusk and night photography. It’s a challenge and allows more ways to post process to try different colors and effects. Night photography of homes and commercial building is challenging with so many different types of lighting, you never know what you might get. For me, the crazier, more colorful and varied the better. I love shooting photography for events at night and photography of real estate at night.