Category Archives: Spring

Spring 2016 Back Yard Garden Update

At Matthews Farm, 2016 will be the year that I defeat the squirrels and chipmunks. Each year my garden has grown bigger and bigger, and each year more critters come out to enjoy the harvests the night before I come out to pick the fruits of my labor.

This offseason I decided to build real cages around each raised bed, and my strawberry & carrot bed has a hinged top as well. The other bed cages will be organic, as in they will grow with the crops as needed. I plan to build trellis’s for the tomatoes, cucumbers & squash, and keeping those caged in will be an ongoing process.

Below are lots of pictures of the evolution of the garden, the planted crops, and some early seed bloomers (pole beans) that will grow in a bamboo teepee. I am also quite proud of the set of sawhorses that I built thanks to direction from familyhandyman.com.

I’m looking forward to a summer full of fruits and veggies from the back yard!

 

Garden coming out of the Fall
Garden coming out of the Fall
raised garden cage
the first cage going in
raised garden cage
First Raised Garden Cage

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Sawhorse
Right of Passage Sawhorses doing their thing
raised garden cage
Strawberry Patch Cage with Top

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Faithful Sidekick Cody
Faithful Sidekick Cody
raised garden cage
Nifty hinged top
raised garden cage
tools of the trade
raised garden cage
Finished Cage Top
Broccoli
Broccoli
Blueberries
Blueberries
Strawberries
Strawberries
Green Beans
Green Beans
Green Beans
Green Beans
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Strawberry Patch
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DIY Soaker Hose
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Strawberry Ready to Eat
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Vegetables and diy soaker hose
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Blueberry Patch
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Thanks,

Carson Matthews

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Pictures of the Chastain Park Playground

Yesterday we took the kids to check out the newly renovated Chastain Park Playground. You can read all about it at ChastainParkBlog.com. Here are a few of the pictures I got of the new playground, it’s truly one of a kind. More pictures are on my website www.CarsonMatthewsPhotography.com/ChastainPark

Chastain Park Playground (1 of 12)

Chastain Park Playground (2 of 12)

Chastain Park Playground (4 of 12)

Chastain Park Playground (8 of 12)

 

Thanks,
Carson Matthews

 

Rosemary Beach Florida Town Hall

Rosemary Beach Town Hall

Last night I went for a bike ride to capture some night shots of Rosemary Beach.  This is the Town Hall and US Post Office on the coastal side of 30A.  The stars were amazing and show up well in this picture.  The image was shot with a Nikon D800 and 14-24mm f/2.8, 100 ISO, 5 frames between 1.3 seconds and 20 seconds.  It was processed using Photomatix and Lightroom.

Enjoy,

Carson Matthews

Photomatix compared to SNS-HDR

Since I started shooting HDR photos I have been using SNS-HDR to process the images.  I gave Photomatix a shot but SNS had a more natural look that I was looking for in my real estate photography.  Today I decided to circle back to Photomatix and process some of the shots I have taken over the past year.  Here is an example of one that I took over spring break in Rosemary Beach Florida.  I like the way it processed in SNS and maintains a natural look, but this time in Photomatix I went for a more creative touch and boy did it come out.  Here is the SNS version http://carsonvision.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/rosemary-beach-grass-park.jpg.  Compared to the Photomatix version below.  What do you think?