St. Marys, Cumberland Island, and the Okefenokee Swamp | March 18 – 22, 2020 | Donna Todd Instructing

Back to the Swamp! 
South x Southeast’s Third Okefenokee Swamp/Cumberland Island Workshop will be held March 18-22, 2020. One of our most requested workshops, the Okie/Cumberland Workshop will let you explore two of Earth’s most diverse eco-systems within an hour’s drive of each other –  both as pristine as they were thousands of years ago. Along with the second-oldest city in the United States of America, St. Marys – a true gem of historical architecture and lore.
Please join us for four days of boating, shooting, critiquing, and walking through history.
This year we are honored to have Donna Todd as our instructor. Please see her bio below.
sunset in the Okefenokee, 2016 ©nmccrary

 

Wednesday, March 18th – St. Marys, Georgia

Arrive, settle in, and enjoy the day exploring the historic town of St. Marys, the second-oldest city in the U.S. 

SxSE Headquarters will be housed in the Live Oak Inn on Bealey Street in downtown historic St. Marys, Ga. From here on to be known as The House. The House is located within walking distance of St. Mary’s Seafood and the dock where we launch for Cumberland on Thursday morning.

The House is also where we will gather to view and critique images, hang out on the screened porch, talk photography, and set off for walks around St. Marys historic streets, churches, and cemeteries.

It will also serve as a rendezvous point for our trips to the Swamp and Cumberland Island.

 

 

Thursday, March 19th – Cumberland Island

Known for its pristine beaches, wild horses, and historical architecture, Cumberland is a gem  on the East Coast

Our ferry leaves at 9am for a 30 minute ride to Cumberland Island, returning in the afternoon at 4:45.

 

During our day on Cumberland we’ll enjoy a private van and tour guide who will take us to Plum Orchard Mansion, the Settlement, Cumberland Island Wharf, and anywhere else we choose and time allows.

 

We will provide brown-bag lunches, snacks, and bottled water for an all-day affair on one of the most magical islands in the world.

 

Friday, March 20th – Okefenokee Swamp

Sunrise is 7:34am – We leave the Boat Basin at 6:45am!

Heading out for sunrise on the prairie with setting full moon. Okefenokee, 2016 ©nmccrary

 

We’ll have breakfast biscuits dockside before floating up the pitch-dark canal pre-sunrise. Our experienced guide (who knows the Okefenokee like the back of his hand) will point out alligators returning to roost, birds just awakening, and plants coming to life as the first light of dawn begins to break.

 

 

For 2-3 hours, we’ll shoot the sunrise, the prolific wildlife, did I mention the alligators?, the cypress trunks, the black water, did I mention the alligators? We’ll watch as the water lilies, no-wet’ems and other beautiful flowers open with the sun, and as the water fowl begin to stretch their wings and begin the day.

Returning to the boat basin @10am, we’ll break during the day before meeting at 4pm to head back to the swamp for sunset and moonrise.

Around 5pm, dinner will be served dockside before we float out to meet the sunset and the rise of the waning crescent moon. Floating til 9pm, we’ll experience an entirely different view from the morning. You won’t believe you’re in the same place!

 

Saturday – Free Form Day!

Resurrection Ferns, St. Marys, Ga. 2018 ©nmccrary

 

Want to return to the Swamp?

Catch the Ferry to Cumberland for a few shots you might have missed?

Head down the highway to the Alligator Farm in Jacksonville? Now, there’s a treat.

Or, hang around the reviewing images and shooting in St. Marys?

Saturday is your day, fill it however you want! The House will be open for your convenience.

Saturday afternoon at 4pm we’ll meet for a group critique of our work at the House before heading back to St. Mary’s Seafood for a farewell dinner at 7pm.

 

 

Package Includes:

Meals:

Wednesday’s meet-and-greet wine and cheese at The House

Wednesday’s Welcome Dinner on the riverfront in St. Marys

Thursday’s Lunch, Snacks, and Beverages on Cumberland Island

Friday’s Breakfast at the Swamp and Dinner at the swamp, plus a post-prandial social hour of wine and dessert on the boat while we watch the sun set and the moon rise

Saturday’s Farewell Dinner on the riverfront in St. Marys

Transportation and Fees:

Private boat rides, with tour guide, in the Okefenokee Swamp Friday morning sunrise, and Friday evening sunset

Ferry to Cumberland Island Thursday morning, return Thursday Afternoon.

Private van, and tour guide, for 6 hours on Cumberland Island.

Entry Fee to the Okefenokee Swamp

Entry Fee to Cumberland Island

 

Instruction:

Donna Todd

Photographer-entrepreneur Donna Todd divides her time between Los Angeles, where she shoots models and actor portraits, and Melbourne, Australia.
Donna was one of the first female photographers in the Australian Press industry. The Melbourne-native spent 15 years as a senior staff photographer in hard news, fashion, and sports. She started what became one of the best known Australian portrait photography studios.  Her company turned over a million dollars per year profit and employed a staff of 14.
Todd has intuitive artistic abilities, a dynamic results-driven business sense, and a deep understanding of marketing. To date she has won more than 100 major international photographic awards, has had her photographs and writings published in books, magazines and international exhibitions.  Todd is an experienced Photojournalist, Portrait Photographer, Illustrative photographer, Press Photographer, Fashion Photographer, Corporate branding, and Commercial Photographer.

 

Todd has lived among and photographed indigenous peoples and NGOs in over 20 countries including Mongolia, India, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Nepal, Tibet, Cambodia, Vietnam, Mexico and Indonesia.  She is passionate about anthropological photography and has a special interest in Animist belief systems. Regarding her work, she states: “It’s about creating empathy and connection. The greatest thing a photographer can do is to extract the extraordinary from the ordinary.  What always remains most important in each individual picture, is that some soul is peeking through”.

Logistics and Critique:

Nancy McCrary

Nancy McCrary is the Editor and Publisher of South x Southeast Photomagazine, founded in 2011. In 2015 Nancy began South x Southeast Workshops and remains the director. She is the director of South x Southeast Gallery, began in 2017 and exhibiting the work of emerging and established photographers throughout the world. She was co-director of SlowExposures Photography Festival for 8 years. Before South x Southeast Nancy had a career in niche publishing with positions are managing editor and marketing director for several magazines. Shehas reviewed portfolios at PhotoNOLA, LOOK3, SlowExposures, Click! Photo Festival and for private clients. She practices photography but mostly enjoys encouraging, and exhibiting the work of, others.

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You provide:

Transportation to and from St. Mary’s, Georgia

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles:

Planes: The closest airport is Jacksonville, Florida and we will be glad to pick up anyone arriving from there on Wednesday morning and leaving on Sunday afternoon. Please check with us on times before you book your flights.

Trains: Sorry, but unless you’re hopping a boxcar there are no trains to St Marys and the closest Amtrak is 60 miles away.

Automobiles: You may rent a car at the airport or through Enterprise in St. Marys – (less expensive, and we’ll deliver you there). If you’re coming from a metropolitan area and would like to carpool, please let us know and we’ll put you in touch with anyone else who may be traveling from the same area.

Alcohol: Outside of social hours provided by SxSE alcohol will not be provided. You may, of course, purchase your own.

Lodging

Hotels: There are 2 hotels in St. Marys: Cumberland Inn and Suites and The Riverview Hotel. I’d be tempted to try The Riverview for the ambiance and location, but The Cumberland Inn is more modern. However, there are lovely B&Bs in St Marys, charming homes on VRBO,  and chain hotels with good ratings just up the road in Kingsland ( home of the Naval Submarine Base ). And there’s always the Greyfield Inn on Cumberland Island – please let us know if you’re staying there so we can visit you! If we can be of assistance, please let us know. And, if you’d like to share a home or a room please let us know and we’ll be glad to extend your query to the others.

 

TOTAL Fee: $1695

Limited to 8 students

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Questions? email nancy@sxsemagazine.com

 

Good Information:

Weather:

With an average high of 74 and an average low of 55 March is a perfect time for the Georgia coast.

https://www.accuweather.com/en/us/st-marys/31558/march-weather/337718?year=2020

What to Bring:

hat, sunglasses, closed-toed shoes (Okefenokee requires these – don’t ask!), layers of clothes to peel off as the day warms up, backpacks, sunscreen, bug repellent, and a good attitude!

Links

Okefenokee Swamp – National Park Service Site

http://www.nature.nps.gov/nnl/site.cfm?Site=OKSW-GA

Okefenokee Swamp – Fish and Wildlife Site

http://www.fws.gov/refuge/okefenokee/

Cumberland Island National Seashore – National Park Service Site

http://www.nps.gov/cuis/index.htm

Cumberland Island Horses Wikipedia Site

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Marys,_Georgia

St Marys, Georgia Wikipedia site

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Marys,_Georgia

Look forward to seeing you on the Coast soon!

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