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Paddling through Cypress Gardens

Cypress Gardens

Birds chirping from above, the black swampy water still as glass, baby turtles and alligators bathing in the sun, and a paddle boat to enjoy it all. I stroked my paddle through the water, gracefully moving the boat deeper through the swamp. James and Rachel sitting behind me, each of us content with the peacefulness that surrounded us. As I sat there in the boat, I was once again reminded about the importance of nature and how it refreshes our souls. It’s sad that we often forget this when we are constantly surrounded by sidewalks, roadways, and buildings. I encourage you to spend more time doing other activities besides always being locked up inside everyday. Get out there, explore things you’ve never seen before, do things you’ve never done before. Even if it is taking a walk in the park or watching the sunset on the beach. It changes you inside, it brings a peace that our minds need, especially at the pace we live our daily lives. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.

Here is a glimpse of what we experienced at Cypress Gardens.

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Hello World! Happy Birthday to Little Baby Boy, Easton Bordner!


Today Mike and Baillie gave birth to beautiful baby Easton. He was born on February 13th, 2011 at 5:52 pm, weighing 7lbs 3.5 ounces and 18 inches long. Although he put momma through 14 hours of labor, both him and Baillie came out perfectly fine and healthy. You can see the nervous tension as Mike and Baillie’s families waited anxiously outside the door. Their parents struggled with hearing Baillie going through so much pain, but as soon as we heard the glorious sound of a baby cry, the air cleared and tears of joy began to flow. I was very fortunate to have once again been a part of such a life-changing experience with Mike and Baillie. I photographed Mike and Baillie’s Wedding back in 2009 and I was so excited to be a part of this day, the pictures will last forever. Congratulations to both of your guys, I can’t wait to watch your family grow.


North Carolina: Pisgah Covered Bridge

For quite some time I’ve been on the search for old covered bridges. This one in Asheboro, North Carolina proved to be a very good find. Finding this place took very little time, all I did was search the map for photos tagged with GPS coordinates. I used Flickr and searched for covered bridges in North Carolina. Immediately I found a few places that looked noble enough to investigate. I finally decided on the Piscah Covered Bridge because it was relatively close by. The bridge was located fairly deeply into the entangled back roads of NC. Families waved as I passed by, kids of all ages building snowmen and riding 4-wheelers. Christmas’ winter snow fall came just at the right time, letting up only a few hours before heading out to the bridge. The beauty of the snow and the stillness of the water highlights the peace I felt here. There is truly nothing like a calm moment surrounded by nature’s beauty.

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Dave Matthews Concert – North Charleston Coliseum, SC

Dave Matthews Band Concert from November 17th at the North Charleston Coliseum (just my small film camera shots because I’m pretty sure I couldn’t have brought the big Canon in). It was an unbelievable concert by the way. Huge light show, loud music, and thousands of fans screaming at the top of their lungs. Now that’s a rock concert!

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