30 Autumn Mornings on a Savannah Farm

Jessica Peterson

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I’m a huge fan of slow travel now. I used to zip through major cities — even entire countries — in a week, furiously spraying and praying with my camera.

I’m not doing that anymore. Now that I’m traveling the USA in my Airstream, I have had time to stop and smell the roses. In fact, I stayed in Savannah, Georgia for an entire month and I wasn’t ready to leave.

My time in Savannah was just what I needed to shoot more thoughtfully. Sometimes running and gunning is necessary, but when it’s not, my photography is much better composed.

I stayed on a farm in Savannah that was so picturesque I found myself leaping out of bed at the crack of dawn. The chilly autumn mornings woke me up in the best possible way. I stepped out of my Airstream and 20 feet away were horses, goats, chickens, rabbits, peacocks, and a ton of wild ducks and cranes gliding through the lake. It was heavenly.

Savannah is my favorite southern city and a place I could see myself slow traveling through again (read my beginner’s guide). The light is incredibly dreamy, but the Spanish moss makes it that much more romantic. I shot my first supermoon in Savannah and learned that moonset/sunrise on a misty morning over a lake is pretty incredible.

All of that, not only to encourage slow travel, but to explain why this post is much, much longer than usual. I hope you enjoy these photographs as much as I enjoyed shooting them.

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Here are a few pics from Tybee Island:

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Which Savannah photo is your favorite?

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Jessica Peterson is a travel filmmaker, photographer, and journalist. She released her first documentary film about indigenous culture on Guam in 2016, after having lived nearly 7 years on the Pacific island.
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43 Comments

  1. Judy Cheong
    Judy CheongReply
    April 17, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    What an incredible post! Your images are absolutely stunning and I totally agree…slow travel is the best way to travel, even if I don’t have that luxury of time myself! I do miss being able to travel slowly as I definitely think I was able to take my best shots then. Everything else has really been, as you say, spraying and praying. lol.

    • Global Girl Travels
      April 19, 2017 at 5:00 pm

      Thanks so much, Judy. Yes, slow travel can be more expensive, which is why I built a business and a lifestyle that allows for it.

  2. Kayse
    KayseReply
    April 17, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    Soooooo many gorgeous images!! I can’t choose a favorite.

  3. Nicole Anderson
    Nicole AndersonReply
    April 17, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    You are such a wonderful photographer. Each of your images are just stunning and convey so much beauty and wonder. I truly love your talent and I get what you say about slowing down and savouring/capturing moments better. This is just remarkable.

  4. Jessica
    April 17, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    These are all so amazing Jessica! Your photos are brilliantly done!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

  5. Alice Chen | Wherever I Want
    April 17, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    These pictures are amazing! Everything looks so peaceful and perfect. I would love to go here!!

  6. James Smith
    April 17, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    I often fly through cities taking lots of photos in a short space of time too. I think slowing down, finding the correct time of day to take a shot and plan better must be very rewarding. The shots you have shared are very unique and inspiring to slow down!

    • Global Girl Travels
      April 19, 2017 at 5:01 pm

      Yes, to the correct time of day! Makes all the difference in the world. There’s nothing like sunrise in some places.

  7. Maggie Alexander
    Maggie AlexanderReply
    April 17, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    Your photos are stunning! Savannah is a place I’ve always wanted to go but haven’t made it to yet. Your photos make me want to go there!

  8. justine @ sunnyinjune.com
    April 18, 2017 at 7:54 am

    Jessica! These photos are SO BEAUTIFUL! my favorite shots are the ones with the crane. Ever since watching Forrest Gump I’ve always wanted to visit Savannah. These is something so hauntingly beautiful about all the mist and the spanish moss on the trees.

    • Global Girl Travels
      April 19, 2017 at 5:01 pm

      I loved watching the cranes. They’re such solitary birds. The scene felt like an oil painting to me.

  9. Wife Sense
    Wife SenseReply
    April 18, 2017 at 8:25 am

    Your photos are gorgeous! My husband and I visited Savannah for the first time last Spring and I couldn’t believe what we’d missed out on. No surprise to me that Savannah is your favorite Southern city. I’m going to go look at your post on that. But this farm is lovely too. You were blessed to see and capture it.

    • Global Girl Travels
      April 19, 2017 at 5:02 pm

      Isn’t it divine? What’s your fave thing in Savannah?

      • Wife Sense
        Wife SenseReply
        April 21, 2017 at 1:00 pm

        House tours! Love to see the restorations of the downtown mansions.

  10. Abhinav Singh
    Abhinav SinghReply
    April 18, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    I am a big fan of your creative pictures and videos. You
    have made this place desirable for me through this blog. I particularly loved
    the shot of the white bird with a purple haze. Good job. And oh, that calf is
    oh so cute.

    • Global Girl Travels
      April 19, 2017 at 5:02 pm

      Thanks! I think you mean the little goat. He was mischievous and kept escaping from the pen!

  11. travellittleknownplaces
    travellittleknownplacesReply
    April 18, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    Love the photos of the fence in the fog/sunlight and the horses too! We’ve travelled all over the world, but very little in US. Savannah is now on our list. Thanks!

  12. Ivy
    IvyReply
    April 18, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    These are GORGEOUS pictures. I’ve always amazed by your photography. I remember reading about your Savannah post last month- would love to visit one day to see this beauty for myself.

  13. Veronika
    VeronikaReply
    April 19, 2017 at 3:05 am

    Misty mornings are the best! I wish I could get transported there right now!

  14. Meghan
    April 19, 2017 at 10:17 am

    Wow your photos are absolutely amazing! I wish I was there!

  15. Deni Verklan
    Deni VerklanReply
    April 19, 2017 at 10:50 am

    These photos are absolutely stunning! I especially love the ones with the turtles, the goats and the fog settling over the morning sunrise. I haven’t been to Savannah, Georgia yet, but it looks absolutely heavenly!

    • Global Girl Travels
      April 19, 2017 at 5:03 pm

      I feel so peaceful surrounded by animals. Thanks for reading, Deni!

  16. Sonia Sahni
    Sonia SahniReply
    April 21, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    A place like this is where I want to be when I retire! I loved the goat … and I want to call him Billy. And the horse … so graceful! Lovely being close to nature!

  17. Mel
    MelReply
    April 22, 2017 at 6:11 am

    We are big fans of slow travel and are doing the same thing! We also feel like a month isn’t quite enough time, but it seems you captured a lot of Georgia in that one month. I love the cute goats! And your sunrise shots are gorgeous.

  18. Joanna
    April 22, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Your photos are really beautiful and they do capture the magic of the morning light in them. I am a fan of slow travel too and I prefer exploring the countryside rather than a big city. I just wish I had enough time during my holidays to spend in a particular location. I did that during my trip to Chile and I don’t regret it.

  19. Ha Truong
    April 22, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    What a great photo blog! Those photos are so amazing and stunning! Can I ask which size are your pictures and do you have any tips or post in designing them?

  20. Julianne
    JulianneReply
    April 22, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    Savannah is one of my favorite cities — amazing food, scenery, and vibe. We visited four years ago, and I’ve been itching to return. I love your photos of the goats — so cute — especially the black and white one. Also like the picture of the dock; it looks so peaceful. Thanks for sharing!

  21. Gareth Thompson
    Gareth ThompsonReply
    April 22, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    Just as always, some truly superb photos here. Your have an amazing capacity to capture the play of light which really is the essence of autumnal photography. Particularly like the one of the close-up of the feathers, unbelievably beautiful

  22. Anita Nicole
    Anita NicoleReply
    April 23, 2017 at 11:50 am

    Your photos are absolutely beautiful and I love how you seem to bring out the characteristics of the animals. I’ve never been to Savannah but hopefully one day soon.

  23. Adele Kruger
    Adele KrugerReply
    April 24, 2017 at 11:34 am

    OMG, beautiful photos! Love your blog!
    Adele – http://www.goeatexplore.com

  24. Rashmi & Chalukya
    Rashmi & ChalukyaReply
    April 24, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Your pictures prove that Savannah, Georgia is absolutely a stunning place to slow down and relax. All of those pictures are awe-inspiring- the goats, horses, tortoise and off course the beautiful mornings.

  25. Sam | Away She Went
    April 26, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    Your photos are amazing, seriously stunning! I would love to road trip around the country like you’re doing…maybe one of these days!

  26. Melanie Lifessweetwords
    April 27, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    I LOVE these shots! Your pictures have such a dreamy quality to them and I can’t get enough! I am also a HUGE fan of slow travel! The slower, the better in my opinion- give yourself plenty of time to truly immerse yourself somewhere! Especially in a place like Savannah!

  27. Sarah Diller Cummins
    Sarah Diller CumminsReply
    January 4, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    These are incredible! I have been photographing weddings at Red Gate for 3 years now and these photos bring the venue into a whole new light for me. Amazing work! (I photographed Megan’s wedding and I remember seeing you with your camera! I would love to see footage from that for sure!)

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