Photo Essay: Cumberland Island, Georgia

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cumberland island ghost crab

Just a few miles from St. Marys, is Cumberland Island, a state park that was once home to a Spanish settlement, slave plantations and Dungeness, a mansion owned by the Carnegie family up until 1925. The mansion burned down in 1959 with rumors of the arsonists’ identities varying from a gang of scorned girlfriends of the Carnegie sons to vengeful squatters who got kicked off the island.

We spent the day exploring this extraordinary spot with our cruising friends from s/v Rode Trip and s/v Serendipity, thankful to have the opportunity to get our land legs back for a day. The views on the island were so spectacularly bizarre that everything looked like it had been Photoshopped, with its gnarled enchanted forest trees, antique car graveyards, red and purple sunsets, wild horses, wild turkeys, armadillos and ruins of old mansions.

For that reason, it seemed most appropriate to share this photo essay, giving Ryan his debut as s/v Hideaway’s official photographer.

cumberland island dungeness

The path to Dungeness.

dungeness cumberland island ga

Approaching the entrance to Dungeness.

dungeness cumberland island

The ruins of Dungeness.

cumberland island horses

“Wild horses… couldn’t drag me away…”

cumberland island wild horses

Sharing my lunch with the horses.

dungess car graveyard

Antique car graveyard.

cumberland island beach

The effects of storms on the beaches.

rode trip mjsailing turf to surf

Jessica (Serendipity), Stephanie (Rode Trip) & Tasha shell hunting.

cumberland island ghost crab

A friendly ghost crab we found on the beach.

cumberland island scallop

A live scallop found amongst the shells.

cumberland island shell

Tasha with shell.

cumberland island live oak

Spanish moss was draped on the island’s live oak trees.

cumberland island salt marsh boardwalk

Boardwalk across the salt marsh.

mjsailing turf to surf

Matt, Jessica, Tasha and Ryan posing for the camera.

turf to surf mjsailing

School’s out!

cumberland island sunset

Sunset after a great day on the island.

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  • Poops November 30, 2012, 11:05 am

    I LOVE Cumberland Island. Such an amazing place! Your pics are great! xoxo

    • Tasha November 30, 2012, 11:22 am

      Thanks, Poops! Have you been there? It’s amazing! These are Ryan’s photos and he’s very proud of his work 🙂

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