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2016 SuperMoon Pictures

Over the past few days I have taken several photographs of the moon as it made it’s way towards tonight’s SuperMoon status. We were traveling over the weekend in Palm Beach, Florida giving me the opportunity to get a great shot of the moon in a dark sky over the ocean. The photo below was taken Saturday night.

Nikon D800, 70-200mm, ISO 400 1/200 sec @ f/8

This next photograph was taken last night with my iPhone over the Publix back in Atlanta at the Chastain Square Shopping Center. “Don’t forget to dot the ‘b'”. Based on the number of likes it got, I’m not sure many people realized it was the moon above the ‘b’ in Publix.


This morning the Sun was not going to be out-shined by the Moon, so it put on it’s own show at sunrise thanks to the haze of smoke covering Atlanta right now due to wildfires in the North Georgia Mountains and the North Carolina Mountains. Here is a picture of the sun this morning as it rose. Typically you wouldn’t be able to get a clear shot like this without glare.

Nikon D800, 28-300mm, ISO 250 1/8000 sec @ f/8


Finally this evening the true SuperMoon came along. The day was full of haze, blue skies muffled and gray as the wildfire smoke moved across Atlanta. This evening was no different and I almost abandoned the photo trek all together. Convinced by my friend Lily to try it anyway I headed to Tower Place in Buckhead to see if I could get a good shot with a building in the foreground. It wasn’t happening, at least when I needed it to. Last night it seemed to rise earlier, and tonight I just didn’t have as much time. After walking around for 45 minutes with no moon, I headed back to the car (after being chased down Peachtree Road by a lunatic screaming “come here bitch-ass” at me). I drove closer to Lenox Mall and decided to check out the roof top parking at Pirch above Dick’s Sporting Goods. While it wasn’t a great spot, it did turn out a couple of pictures of a ghostly blood orange moon rising above the trees looking east.

Nikon D800, 70-200mm – ISO 5000 1/13 sec @ f/5.6

It was clearly affected by the haze, and much darker than usual, so I proceeded to head back to Chastain Park to see if I could grab one more picture on the way home. I got several pictures of the SuperMoon as it continued to rise over Chastain Park.

Once I got home I snapped a couple more from the front porch, probably the clearest shots of the night.

Nikon D800, 28-300mm, ISO 800 1/200 sec @ f/6.3

All of these pictures can be seen at http://www.carsonmatthewsphotography.com/Photography/Supermoon-2016/



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Sunset Rock Highlands North Carolina

This weekend over Fall Break we made a quick trip up to Highlands North Carolina. On Saturday morning we strolled up to Sunset Rock to get the kids out of the house before lunch. The trail head is located just past Mountain Fresh and only takes about 20 minutes to hike. There is parking across the street from the Highlands Nature Center on Horse Cove Road. Sunset Rock offers a stunning overhead view of the town of Highlands. In the morning the sun behind you provides beautiful light over the town, highlighting the fall colors.


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In the evening the sun sets perfectly over Highlands. Below is a picture taken in November of 2015 over Thanksgiving.


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May-June 2016 Garden Update

Over the past couple of weeks I have added some growing structures for the tomatoes, squash & cucumbers.


I have harvested lots of strawberries, but for most of them a slug has been getting to them first. I added some natural wood charcoal ash around the raised beds as well as epson salt around the plants which will hopefully take care of the slugs.

I added some stakes to the pole beans, cucumbers & tomatoes and all seem to be shooting up as a result. The blueberries are starting to get their color which has the kids really excited, hopefully they will be ready to go soon.


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Elf on the Shelf 2015

Rudy the Elf on the Shelf is happy to have a Christmas tree to hide in. Photographed while watching U2 play in Paris. As I type this they are teasing Burning Down the House with a cool lady moving in mysterious ways.

Elf on the Shelf 2015 (1 of 1)

Shoutout to Peachtree Bikes

Peachtree Bikes

I wanted to give a IMG_0574quick shoutout to Peachtree Bikes. Yesterday Ben and I took his Diamondback BMX bike up there to get a new tire put on.  Of course that was a quick and easy fix done on the spot.  An hour later we were back after some user errors putting it back together.  The chain was slipping and the brakes were rubbing, so they went back to work on the bike. Apparantly Santa Claus didn’t do too good of a job last year putting it together as they almost completely rebuilt the bike.  Fixing the brakes wasn’t too much of a deal, but during the process they realized the front fork was installed backwards which took some hammering, but they got it all fixed up.  I’m feeling much better about Ben cruising around on his bike now thanks to Peachtree Bikes.

Many thanks to the guys over there for their extra time and effort on Ben’s bike.

They have 3 locations in Atlanta, online at www.PeachtreeBikes.com

Buckhead · 2905 Peachtree Road NE · Atlanta, GA 30305 · 404.262.9853
Sandy Springs · 225 Hilderbrand Drive · Sandy Springs, GA 30328 · 404.254.4116
Serenbe · 9119 Selborne Lane · Palmetto, GA 30268 · 404.262.9854

Diamond Back BMX bike brake
Rear Brake
Diamondback Viper BMX Bike
Diamondback Viper BMX Bike

Pictures of Christmas Time

We are 8 days away from Christmas and the decorations are in full swing. We have some new things this year that have made decorating a bit more fun. The first thing that is new is the mantle below. It is a cedar block mantle that was installed by my builder Stuart Grubb. Finally we have a place to properly hang our stockings.  You can also see Rudy the Elf is hanging around in the garland above.

Christmas Mantle

Here is our tree all decorated, waiting to presents to arrive under the tree.

Christmas Tree Decorated

Oh the joy of getting the Christmas cards ready… the Christmas tree lights made for fun photography and bokeh.

Christmas Cards

This year I added lights to the gutters of the house which looks pretty awesome at night, and also made the columns into candy canes.

Christmas Decorations

Last year I made this outdoor Christmas tree out of recycled oak hardwood floors.

Christmas Front Porch Decorations

Here is our Nutcracker manning the front door

Christmas Nutcracker

One of these pictures is not like the others… The picture below was taken with my iPhone of our mailbox all decorated by our neighbors to support Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta.

Mailbox Brigade

And finally here is Rudy the Elf on the Shelf keeping cool in the front window.

Rudy the Elf on the Shelf