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From the mountains of north Alabama to the sugar white beaches on the Gulf Coast, Alabama is a state with a diverse landscape. Photographers visiting Alabama will never lack for a picturesque scene. Whether you like to photograph in the city or the countryside, people or wildlife, you will find a subject to photograph in Alabama.

If arriving in the north, you will likely fly into Huntsville (HSV), the home of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, NASA?s Marshall Space Flight Center, Hudson Alpha Institute for Biotechnology, and Redstone Arsenal. The high technology workforce in Huntsville invents and innovates during the day and enjoys the area?s natural beauty during free time. The Tennessee River winds its way through north Alabama from Jackson County in the east to Lauderdale County in the west. Opportunity for recreation, water sports, world class fishing, and beautiful landscapes abound throughout the Tennessee Valley region. Little River Canyon National Preserve provides stunning vistas, extreme sports, and miles of hiking trails in the northeast Alabama counties of DeKalb and Cherokee.

Birmingham is the largest city in Alabama with a historic downtown area. If you enjoy baseball, you must visit Rickwood Field, dubbed as ?America?s Oldest Baseball Park?. Built during the city?s industrial boom in 1910, the ballpark has through the years served as home of the Birmingham Black Barons and the Birmingham Barons. In fact, at least two major league teams have used the stadium for spring training camp. The minor league Barons still play one game each season at Rickwood, complete with period uniforms.

The center of state government is in Montgomery. This historic city was at the forefront of the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 60s. You may want to visit Dr. Martin Luther King?s Dexter Avenue Baptist Church and parsonage, Old Alabama Town, and a number of historic buildings in the downtown area. Theater enthusiasts will want to visit the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Downtown has recently experienced a revival and is now home to several historic sites and museums, a baseball stadium, and a number of quality restaurants.

Mobile and the surrounding area are known for shipbuilding, commercial fishing, tourism, and is home to the original Mardi Gras (yes, before New Orleans). The architecture in downtown Mobile resembles that of New Orleans. Be sure to visit Mobile?s waterfront to see a modern cruise ship port sitting alongside a busy working port. Stay at the Battle House Hotel, originally built in 1852, and recently converted to a modern Renaissance by Marriott hotel. History buffs will want to visit the U.S.S. Alabama battleship as well as Fort Morgan and Fort Gaines where they will learn the origin of the quote, ?Damn the torpedoes; Full speed ahead.? If you want to visit a fishing village (made famous by the movie, Forrest Gump), then take the short drive to Bayou La Batre.

The Alabama Gulf Coast boasts beautiful sugar white beaches, delicious seafood, and great fun for all ages. While the beaches are crowded in the summer, they are not nearly as crowded as many of the popular beaches in Florida. The fall is a great time to visit Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, with mild temperatures, no crowds and an abundance of delicious seafood.

This brief guide does not do justice to the diversity and quality of photographic opportunities in Alabama. Just rest assured that there is an excellent photo opportunity around every corner.