Sunrise over the iconic Boneyard Beach

June 12, 2014, 1 p.m.
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Sunrise over the iconic Dead Tree Beach at Big Talbot Island in Jacksonville, Florida

This unusual beach is also called Boneyard Beach, and is famous for the dead trees strewn across the sands. Live oaks and cedars grow on Big Talbot Island's dunes and as the sands erode, they fall to the beach below. The remains are a protected resource, and provide food and shelter to beach wildlife, as well as spectacular scenes for visitors. As Visit Florida puts it, "It’s one of the most unique beaches in the world, it’s a little creepy, and it’s strangely beautiful."

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Jaymi Heimbuch is a writer and photographer at Mother Nature Network. Follow her on Google+, and Facebook.