Tuesday, March 15, 2011

waiting for Spring

Bunch, the cat, rests on the window sill and watchs for Spring.
She knows it will be here soon....the robins are playing in the trees nearby.
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Monday, March 14, 2011

Mother Goose

The Georgia Renaissance Faire in Fairburn is a wonderful place to spend a weekend.
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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Nature's statement

It's Autumn here in NorthWest Georgia. The air is crisp, the sun is bright and the trees are showing their wonderfully bright colors.
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Monday, November 1, 2010

Clisby Austin spring house

The Clisby Austin spring house sits glowing in the late afternoon sun. Rolling meadows and woodlands surround the pre-Civil War home located on 80+ acres in Northwest Georgia.
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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Barnsley Garden mansion ruins

Even in the Summer, there's a chill about the mansion ruins at Barnsley Gardens.
Don't believe me??? Go there yourself.....
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Barnsley Gardens ruins

Although this photo was taken during Summer daylight, imagine it lit only by moonlight. These ruins of the Barnsley Mansion near Rome, GA, are said to be haunted.
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Saturday, August 7, 2010

butterfly weed and Queen Anne's Lace

I don't know the botanical names for these orange wildflowers. My grandmother called it Butterfly Weed, because the winged beauties just can't stay away. There was a chorus of crickets practicing for its sunset performance. Ah, living in North Georgia is the life...
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Friday, July 16, 2010

Sunflower farm

Late one afternoon I came upon this sunflower farm in Catoosa County (GA) near Ringgold. I topped a hill and there it was spread out for acres and acres. I caught my breath and heard myself gasp, "Oh, my!"
Click on the image...then click again for a closeup.
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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Dalton (GA) Saturday Market

This fellow was selling delicious green beans at last week's Dalton Saturday Market. It's located at Dalton Green, a small park beside the courthouse. Market will be held there every Saturday 7:00am til 1:00pm through September.
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Saturday, May 8, 2010

Tunnel Hill GA covered bridge

This little covered bridge sits on Clisby Austin Rd as it crosses Tanyard Creek. Located on each side of the bridge are small viewing platforms. Looking out the left side, you can see trains running the Western & Atlantic route from Chattanooga TN through Dalton GA. To the right, the Clisby Austin House and Tunnel Hill Civil War battlefield can be seen from the bridge.
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Monday, November 2, 2009

Perfect Fall Day

What a perfect Fall day in Tunnel Hill! The battlefield is dressed in its fancy Autumn finery.
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Friday, August 28, 2009

Coahulla Creek at Prater's Mill

Prater's Mill, near Varnell, is located on Coahulla Creek in NW Georgia. Each year in October, the "Prater's Mill Country Fair" draws vendors from all over the Southeast. Soapmakers, basketweavers, artisans, quilters - everyone finds something to delight that inner child. See the website for further information at http://www.pratersmill.org/.
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Sunday, August 16, 2009

historic Varnell House

While scouting painting venues for our artists, we have found many historical sites. The Varnell House is located in NW Georgia, near Varnell. Apparently it saw some action during the Civil War.
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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Hamilton House in Dalton GA

The historic Hamilton House sits between a busy side street and a railroad spur in Dalton, GA. Between rumbling trains and passing commuters, it sits in the quiet elegance of long ago. The house and grounds are kept by the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society.
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Monday, June 22, 2009

at Barnsley Gardens

...looking at the fountain in the formal gardens from inside Barnsley Garden ruins..
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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Resaca Confederate Cemetery

A quiet remembrance of Confererate soldiers who fell during the Battle of Resaca can be found just off Highway 41 near Resaca, GA.
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Saturday, May 23, 2009

learning to fly

Recently Sandra and I visited the Confederate cemetery in Resaca, GA. Just before leaving, we noticed something fluttering near the surrounding stone wall. There we found a fledgling trying his wings for the first time. Time and time again he bravely fluttered against the stones, trying to fly over the small wall. Time and time he fell to the ground. He rested for a bit on Sandra's shoe. As we were leaving, he was gripping the stones with his tiny feet as his wings beat furiously at the air. We're sure he made it...his parents were both on the overhanging tree limbs calling encouragement.
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Saturday, April 4, 2009

Bloomers in Tunnel Hill

These beautiful pear trees line the street leading beside the Tunnel Hill Heritage Center. In the distance you can see the covered bridge and further on is Chetoogeta Mountain. The historic railroad tunnel isn't visible, although it's to the right beyond the bridge. This photo was taken in mid-March. The white blossoms are gone now - lots of rain and wind - but the other trees are 'furry' with their Spring buds. Come visit us in Tunnel Hill.
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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

same song, different verse

We've had so much rain in the past few days...the creek is over its banks in Harry Griffin Park.

It's quite a different sight than when we were there painting not too long ago.
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Wednesday, December 10, 2008


Old barns can be seen beside secondary highways in this North Georgia area. Most have been abandoned, left standing simply because it costs too much to tear them down. There's beauty in the rusted tin roofs, weathered timbers and simple architecture. These structures are fast disappearing, and it's sad that we don't seem to see them at all. We're in such a rush getting from Point A to Point B that we hardly notice these icons of an era inhabited by our grandparents. I sometimes imagine a barn, newly built, with its farm implements hanging on hooks, the sweet smell of hay and the scurry of mouse feet.
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Saturday, December 6, 2008

Butterfly Award!!

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Deborah Wilson gave me this wonderful Butterfly Award because she likes my photographs. I'm honored. You can visit Deborah's blog "Corridors" at http://deborahwilson.blogspot.com/. Now I'm passing along the award to some of my favorite bloggers...I'm working on the list now.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Southern Lights

This is another version of what I call Southern Lights. There is actually an atmospheric phenomenon of southern lights (akin to the famous northern lights) in the southern hemisphere. Georgia's Southern Lights are actually the setting sun reflecting off cloud formations. This makes an awesome sight just before sundown.
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Saturday, November 22, 2008

one more month

It's just one more month until Winter officially sets in. The trees are still showing scattered blazes of color, but more bare limbs are due very soon. It's sad to see the land 'close up shop' for a few months. There'll be no 'new grass green' greens for awhile, and the crocus won't peek through the frosty ground until early Spring. Just a few inches of snow fall is usually all we get here in the South. Maybe I'll post some Summer photos in February.
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