Pictures From Our Trip to See Santa Claus in Serenbe

Last weekend we took the boys down to Serenbe for a day trip and to have a picture taken with Santa Claus.  Serenbe has filled in a lot since I was last there, but it still gives you that feeling that you are somewhere special.  It was also a good chance to try out my new Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 lens.  Here are some pictures from our visit.  You can also view these and more at http://www.carsonmatthewsphotography.com/Travel/Serenbe/

Serenbe Barn Serenbe (16 of 17) Serenbe Serenbe Serenbe Serenbe Santa Claus at Serenbe Trampolines at Serenbe Serenbe Stables

Pictures from Altama Plantation, Southeast Georgia

This past week I had the opportunity to visit the Altama Plantation, formerly called Hopeton, near St Simons Island, Georgia.  It is such a beautiful property with a rich history with records dating back as far as 1763.  It was most recently owned by the Jones family that also owned Sea Island.  One of the original owners studied water control in Holland and put that knowledge to work in a diking and drainage system that supported the rice fields of Hopeton. It was also home to sugar mills, and ruins still remain, two of the chimneys pictured below with the year 1899 engraved with cut bricks.  The ancient oak and pine trees are just stunning with drooping Spanish moss, and Gardenia’s like you have never seen before left over from prior owners gardens.  Wildlife is abundant, while only there for 24 hours we saw an alligator, wild hog, tons of deer, a water moccasin, a turkey, several hawks and a massive owl.  Coming from Atlanta it was simply amazing to be in a place like that.

I spent some time looking for information on Altama, and this is one of the best records I could find: Georgia’s Land of the Golden Isles

Below are pictures I captured while there.  All of these images are available on www.CarsonMatthewsPhotography.com/Travel/GoldenIsles

 

Altama Plantation

Altama Plantation

Altama Plantation Sugar Mill

Altama Plantation Sugar Mill

Altama Plantation

Altamaha River, Altama Plantation

Thanks for reading,

Carson Matthews
www.CarsonMatthewsPhotography.com

Twisted Tree – Chattahoochee Nature Trail

I love this tree along the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area trail.  I’m usually running when back there so never have my camera and certainly not my tripod.  I took both out for a hike on Friday afternoon and got a picture of this twisted tree.

How I did it:

ISO 100
17mm
f/9.0
5 exposures 1/30 sec – 1/500 sec
Shot on Tripod
Processed in Photomatix Pro 5 & Lightroom

View or purchase a high resolution image at http://www.carsonmatthewsphotography.com/Photography/OntheStreets/i-LzQ3Ncz/A

Twisted Tree - Chattahoochee Nature Trail Atlanta

Thanks,

Carson Matthews
www.CarsonMatthewsPhotography.com

Breakfast at Krispy Kreme

This morning I took the boys to Krispy Kreme on Ponce de Leon for breakfast.  They have their Halloween selections available so the kids got some with sprinkles and some creme filled “Jacks”.  I went with the standard Hot’n Now glazed and glazed chocolate iced.  There really is nothing like fresh Krispy Kreme donuts.  Here are some pictures from our trip.  More pictures can be seen at http://www.carsonmatthewsphotography.com/Photography/OntheStreets 

Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme Donuts

Krispy Kreme Sign

PRUMC Soccer at the Atlanta International School

This past weekend our son’s PRUMC soccer team the Ninjas played their game at the Atlanta International School fields in Buckhead.  What an amazing venue for a soccer game!  The fields are all turf, the historic buildings hover over the fields, and on this day the sky was just perfect.  Here is a shot of the back of the school and some action shots.

Atlanta International School Soccer Fields

PRUMC Soccer

PRUMC Soccer

Washed up Seaweed on Sea Island Georgia

We went for a walk on the beach after a storm on Monday and found all sorts of creatures washed up on the shore.  I don’t have any idea what kinds of seaweed these are, so chime in below in the comments if you can identify any of these seaweed species.  Both of these are 5-image HDR shots taken with the lens resting on the beach sand (very carefully).

Print available for purchase at www.CarsonMatthewsPhotography.com

Georgia Coast Seaweed HDR

Print available for purchase at www.CarsonMatthewsPhotography.com

Georgia Coast Seaweed

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