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Bringin' Home the Bacon...er Bug

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This Robin perched on the lattice for quite a while (long enough for me to run in the house and get the camera). It wasn't until after I got the shot that I realized she had a really bug in her mouth. She left shortly thereafter.

Katie the Cow

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Katie the Cow
Katie is/was the mascot for Kinnett Dairy and this has been her corner for a long time, (intersection of Hwy 85 and Manchester Expressway).The dairy was replaced with a Best Buy. During construction Katie was moved to a warehouse for safe keeping and she returned home when construction was complete. A few days later, someone (not sure if they ever found out who) put a calf next to her on the hill. Which makes me ask "what really happened in that warehouse"? The calf wasn't here the day I took this photo, but I am sure he will be back soon.

New Kid on the Block

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Woodstock
We've got a new addition to our family. While we were away on vacation my son brought home a ferret. He was sitting at an outdoor cafe (my son, not the ferret) and this guy on a bike asked if anyone at the table wanted him. He was going to let him go otherwise, which would have meant a death sentence to Woodstock. This photo is a bit blurry because he moves so fast.

A Break in the Battle: Tattoo Project/Ft. Benning

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I went to an interesting exhibit today. It was located on the ground floor of a Columbus State University (CSU) building in Uptown Columbus. No air conditioning, a dirt floor. An art exhibit you say? Well, Yes.

Meet Ronie Dalton, mother, organizer, artist. What started as a trip to the tattoo parlor to get a tat to honor her son Jamie after his death, turned into the exhibit you see today.

43 soldiers were photographed by a local photographer. Ronie interviewed the soldiers and local tattoo artists and got their stories. The stories behind the tattoos are included on each 5'x10' panel. The complete installation includes the panels, poetry and taped interviews. Blank sheets of paper are hung throughout the gallery if you're interested in leaving a comment (or 2).

What: A Break in the Battle: Tattoo Project/Ft. Benning
Location: Corner of Broadway and 10th Streets, Uptown Columbus
When to Check it out: Thru Sunday, May 31 from 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

National Infantry Museum

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Iron Mike
The National Infantry Museum is located at Patriot Park, just outside the gates of Fort Benning, GA. Iron Mike is there to greet you. He was recently restored and waiting in a warehouse for the museum to open.

Lobby of the National Infantry MuseumThe exhibit area is located behind the faux granite thing at the back of the lobby. Before the walls went up, they drove a Bradley Fighting Vehicle into place. Never again to roll onto the battle field. Lobby left (out of frame) is the gift shop and the movie ticket counter. Lobby right (out of frame) is the Omni Theater. Upstairs is the Fife and Drum Restaurant and meeting rooms.

Fife and Drum Restaurant

My Lunch
The food was good, the service OK. The prices however were a little on the high side and I only say that because a large number of retirees might find the prices prohibitive. They did have some interesting installations of military photos from various wars. So if you are ever in the neighborhood . . .

It's Nesting Season

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Snowy EgretAt Alcatraz, part of the island was off limits because the Egrets were nesting. It was quite noisy behind the bushes and it made me curious about the avian rituals taking place. This handsome fellow may be a bachelor or maybe he just had to get out of the house for a while.

Memorial Day

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Military Cemetery at Fort Mitchell, ALYou live forever in our hearts.

Cali Wildflowers (6)

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Snow PlantSnow Plant grows in the thick humus of coniferous forests from 4000' to 8000', often under pines. I had to climb a hill and lay on my stomach to get this one. What a site I am sure for anyone driving by. We found this one on the road to Mariposa Grove.

Cali Wildflowers (5)

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CheckerbloomCommon in open places in forest, scrub, or grasslands throughout California. I found this one in a coastal area north of San Francisco.

Cali Wildflowers (4)

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Mariposa LillyI saw these lillies clinging to the side of a rocky hillside. I missed the first one we passed, just a white flash. But I was looking more closely for the second bunch. Unfortunately, the camera (you know it's never the operator) was acting up so I didn't get a clear shot of the beautiful red and gold decoration in the center.
Petals are typically white but vary to smoky-blue with a flush of pink. Each petal has a black spot positioned above the nectary which may well serve as a nectar guide for potential pollinators.
Common in open gravelly areas with chaparral and montane coniferous forests

Cali Wildflowers (3)

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California PoppyFound in grassy areas throughout California.

Cali Wildflowers (2)

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IrisCommonly found in grassy areas near the coast from NW to SW California.I know I'm taking the easy way out posting my vacation wildflowers, but I took sooooo many snaps on vacation that I just have to share them. So for the next few days, unless I change my mind (which is totally possible), I plan to post flowers. They make me happy and I hope they make you happy too.

Stop and Smell the . . .

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California Wildflowers. I have always loved taking photos of flowers so vacations provide opportunities to photograph flowers that I would not normally see. I especially love wildflowers. I am currently on a quest to identify each of these blooms.Numbering left to right, top to bottom (1)Unidentified (2)Unidentified (3)Unidentified (4)Unidentified (5)Unidentified (6)Unidentified (7)Unidentified (8)Red Ribbons (9)Snow PlantIf you know the common name of any of these blooms, leave a comment. You can click the photo to enlarge and get a better look.

Flying Fish

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A few weeks ago, after the raging river receded, I came upon an interesting site. Men fishing. Now you might be thinking 'not so unusual', but this group of fishermen were fishing with their hands. Fish were trapped in the shallows just waiting to be scooped. They were having a lot of fun.Back in the day, the Creek and Muskogulgi Indians fished in this very spot with nets, traps, spears, and bows and arrows.

The Legend of the Bike Bell

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The Legend of the BellIf you ride a motorcycle, you probably have a bell on your bike. If you ride and you don't have one, you better get one. Even better, is if you receive your bell as a gift. The bell is said to protect riders from the "Evil Road Spirits". Click the link above to read more about the legend.

Tiny Dancer

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We watched as this 'tiny dancer' tried to mimic the amazing group of hula dancers on stage. The woman in yellow, Miss Nell, gives lessons every Wednesday at the Gallops Senior Center in Columbus. Each of the women in this group are in her class. I plan to sign up as soon as I return from vacation. When I asked her if I was eligible to join and take the lessons, she said 'you got gray hair, they aren't goin to ask how old you are'. I'll be there every Wed with bells on :-).

Hook 'Em Up

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If you've been wanting to smoke a hookah pipe, this is the place. I wonder how they got around the ordinance prohibiting smoking in pubic places?

Acapulco(s)

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This nice little restaurant opened up last year. They serve good food at reasonable prices. Margarita nite is on Wednesday's. I especially like the interior decor, bright colors (orange and green). The booths are carved with marine wild life. I took a couple of shots but I didn't want to disturb other diners. This is part of one of the seats.

The Car Shop

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Racing is big in the south. Actually, these days, racing is big all over. I live about 5 miles from the East Alabama Motor Speedway. They run on Saturday nights spring thru fall on an oval dirt track. This shop opened a couple of years ago. As you see they sell supplies for your racer. Once the building was framed, they placed the car in the window. I guess they never plan to drive it again. Maybe it was a winner.

The Sign Painter's Van

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Obviously, the guy loves to paint. He was not around when I took this snap. He was probably painting a sign somewhere.

Artist at Work

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A painters work is never done. I did not take the time to see what she was painting, but it appeared to be a street scene. Another great thing about the creation of art, it doesn't matter how old you are.

Another Kind of Bike

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At Springfest in Columbus, they had a couple of bike ramps for the kids to show off on. I got lucky and caught this young guy 'catching some air'. You wouldn't catch me doing that.

National Infantry Museum

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On a recent Saturday, we went to the new National Infantry Museum at Ft. Benning. The exhibits will not be ready until June, but you can eat lunch at the Fife and Drum Restaurant. Go see a movie in the IMAX Theatre (currently showing Everest, The Pyramids, and The Dark Knight). Or spend some money in the Gift Shop.We did not make it outside, but there is a parade ground, for graduations, etc, WWII era barracks that were moved from Harmony Church on Ft. Benning, and of course Iron Mike to greet you at the door.I understand that when Ft Knox closes it's doors, a new Armored Museum will also be built near here.If you opt for shopping, I want one of these . . .
Have a great day : )

The Bridge

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Another shot of the bridge from my theme day photo. I like the strong vertical lines in this one.I am heading off on vacation for a week, but never fear I have scheduled posts for the 9 days. Wouldn't want to miss a day if I can help it. When I return I hope to have the most fabulous waterfall shots (among other things) from Yosemite. Happy Blogging : )

Startin' Em Off Young

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This 'iron horse' really rocks...pun intended:-) As a fan of motorcycles (and bikers) I was quite charmed by this little rocker. The craftsman obviously spent time evaluating and selecting wood to enhance the detail and design of the bike.
Live to Ride, Ride to Live.

Got Cookies, Need Milk

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Our work group had an offsite team building afternoon last week. It has become a tradition our spring outing to have a dessert contest. These White Chocolate, Cranberry, Mac Nut Cookies did not win, but they were delicious just them same. I did not take a photo of the winning dessert because it was not very pretty, but very refreshing.

Easy Riders

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Out for a cruise on a warm spring day.

The Great Flood 2009

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It was 4:30 on a Sunday morning when a great torrent of water, mud, and trees rushed across
highway 80 and down the embankment toward the marina.At the Columbus waterworks, an employee received a warning that something was wrong with an open air tank with 6 million gallons of water in it. When he reached the tank, it was gone...it slid right down the hill with the water and the trees. In this photo, the tank would have been on top the hill and that lump of white (almost hidden) is what is left of the tank.You know someone had to be driving by when that tank failed. I bet they thought God had finally had enough of our shenanigans.Please excuse the less than attractive photo, but there really was no place to stop :)

Linwood Cemetery

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I took a stroll through historic Linwood Cemetery last week. I had been at the hospital across the street for an appointment. Talk about irony. Linwood Cemetery was established in 1828. Many of the relatives of current Columbus society reside here. Click here for a list of notable residents, among them John Pemberton, the pharmicist who created Coca Cola.

A Dandy Lion

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Today I am an advocate for dandelions. Whether you agree or not, they are flowers too. While most of us spend time trying to destroy them, a few of us do appreciate their tenacity. Like bees for instance, did you know that dandelions are an important source of pollen and nectar for bees early in the season?
Yosemite, 5 days and a wake-up :-)

the Pan Man

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Wouldn't you just love to have this charming little guy in your garden. I would. He appears to be made of an old dresser tray, buttons for eyes, a knob for a nose, and a bracelet smile. A three-legged tree limb completes him.
Crafters have always been good at taking trash and turning it into treasure. A lesson we all need to listen learn in this day of dwindling resources. I'm off my soapbox now.I hope someone scooped him up and took him home : )

Theme Day - Shadows

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Bridge on the River Walk over Holland Creek. The creek is heading for the Chattahoochee River about 100 feet away (to the left of the photo).
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