Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

BEST PLACES; 'It's So Beautiful'

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

BEST PLACES; 'It's So Beautiful'

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Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia still have many beautiful places to stand.

We took our cue from a national places to stand project and asked local readers for their favorites.

They responded in great numbers. Readers new to the area could clip and save these examples and make a joyful project out of visiting them.

Here are more examples. To submit your own, send an e-mail to mike.clark@jacksonville.com. Feel free to attach a photo.

JETTIES

Janet Wilt suggests the edge of the jetties on Mayport Road at sunset in the spring. "It seems very close to heaven."

SURFER'S DELIGHT

Annie Wilt, 15, says Atlantic Beach just before a major hurricane.

RODMAN RESERVOIR

P.W. Wright picks the bank of Rodman Reservoir near dawn. "If you stand where you can see the dead trees sticking up, so much the better. Those trees contain numerous osprey nests, and the osprey parents will let you approach in a boat to the base of the tree without making too much of a fuss. You will also see dozens of water birds, including great blue herons, egrets, wood duck and ibis. It might not add to the beauty of the place, but it adds to the enjoyment if you have a 10-pound large mouth bass on the line. Most tree huggers who want to destroy Rodman have never seen it.

LITTLE TALBOT

- Gary Koniz likes to be with his wife on the uncrowded beach at Little Talbot Island State Park, "to breath in the bracing salt air and look in both directions, north and south, and not see a building anywhere. And in such serenity, to ponder deeply at the enchanting sea to gaze upon that stretches endlessly out before you and whose waves have broken there upon its sands of that beach forever with the same sound in timeless fascination.

"Little Talbot Island is one of the most truly pristine and unspoiled gorgeous beaches with clean clear blue water anywhere to be discovered. But let's not put the word out and keep it to ourselves."

- Lynda Driskell agrees. "My favorite place to stand, my favorite place for sure, in Northeast Florida is at the end of the first walkway at Little Talbot Island, looking out over the ocean. …

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