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You Scream, I Scream ...

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***** ... we all scream for frozen yogurt! Doesn't sound the same, but it was just as delicious. This is the culmination of Team Appreciation Week (TAW) for the company that I work for and this year, for our 'team' activity, we headed to the frozen yogurt shop, Chill. For $.45 an ounce you can indulge in a tasty frozen treat with you choice of toppings ***** What a great way to start the weekend, Have a great one : - ) *****

The Courtyard

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***** Taken in the courtyard on the way to the River Walk for my morning walk. The Mott House is in the background, the smoking tent to the left. *****

Torture Chamber

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***** My own personal torture chamber. Strange, but I actually enjoy exercise when I can talk myself into it. *****

Staging Area

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***** Staging area for the 14th Street bridge work. This was taken looking north from the 13th Street bridge. Eventually, the river walk will continue, and connect near the bridge, with the existing portion. In the background is the TSYS Campus and parking garage and the Mott House. *****

745

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***** 745 2nd Avenue *****

Watching the World Go By

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***** I have posted this sculpture before, but I like the angle that I got as I was driving by. If you are looking at this sculpture from the front the yellow man is wearing Mickey Mouse ears. When I see this, it just makes me happy. The colors are fun as is the point of the piece; to be happy and have fun. So, go have some fun.  *****

Country's [BBQ] Caters Great Steaks

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***** Catering for any occasion. Here you see the economy, mid-line, and deluxe models. I have seen each of these catering vehicles around town, usually at public events. I mean it's not a party without BBQ on your plate and a beer in your hand. Have a nice weekend.  *****

Stop the Hate

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***** This falls into the category of 'defacing public property', but the message is important. Unless you are talking about politicians. ***** TGIF

Construction Road, Part 2

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***** It was overcast today and 77 degrees so I thought I would take a ramble across the bridge during lunch to see what's been happening at P&E dam. Today was the official 'ribbon cutting' for the construction on the white water kayaking runs on the Chattahoochee river, but there wasn't much construction activity at this time. They were probably at lunch too : ) You can see the road that the crew built to get the big equipment out into the river to do the work. Yup, they built that road right though the ancient fishing grounds of the Native Americans that lived in this area back in the day.  Here is a shot of modern day fisherman catching a few right in this spot.  ***** The first phase will 'construct' the two kayak runs. One, on the Alabama side of the river, is existing, but they will 'make it better'. That run will come through right about where those drainage pipes are and off to the right of the frame. You can just see the riverbed, now dry; …

Watercolors for Beginners

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***** I am taking a Beginning Watercolors class at the continuing education center at Columbus State University. It is only 8 hours/4 classes and it is really basic. Right now we are learning about mixing colors. *****

Red Bird ...

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*****  ... and his breakfast. He had just picked up this berries from the sidewalk. I was able to get close enough to get off a  single shot. *****

Chalk Maple(?)

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***** This might be a Chalk Maple, but I really can't be sure. I could not get close enough to check the leaf shape (along the river bank and I was walking before work). It is larger than most of the descriptions that I can find for the Chalk Maple, about 50 feet tall. They are found in Georgia and Alabama. The white bark certainly catches the eye amid all the green. ***** 

Paddling the Chattahoochee

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***** We went for a paddle on the Chattahoochee river yesterday. The temperature was in the 60's with a nice breeze. We started at Uchee Creek on Ft. Benning. The river was calm and the 2.5 miles we paddled upstream was a good stretch for beginners (which we are). Our total round trip of 5 miles took us approximately 2 hours. We rent our equipment for right now, but if we decide that this is an activity that we want to continue, we will buy some kayaks. *****  Spotted: Pond Sliders (turtles), Great Blue Heron, Belted Kingfisher

Refurbishing Building 4

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***** With the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) there was an influx of cash, soldiers and tanks at Ft Benning. This is the base headquarters building for the post. It is not a new building, but the facade was completely 'refinished'. The fountains are new, as is this sculpture, but all TOM could tell me was that his name is Pete. He represents the Armored Division that is moving/moved here from Fort Knox, Kentucky. Fort Benning is not just the 'Home of the Infantry', it is also the 'new ' home of the tanker school.  ***** Correction: The Sculpture is named 'Old Bill".

Under the Bridge

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***** I have been wanting to get a secondary camera for a while; one that can easily be taken in a pocket or purse. Today, I finally went to Best Buy at lunch and picked one out. I took it for a road test this afternoon. I still have to figure out all the menu options, etc. but for the most part I am satisfied with my purchase.  This shot was taken under the bridge on 280/431, aka Victory Drive. I was surprised by all the tires, but the scent of the kudzu blooms make up for it. *****
Have a nice weekend everyone!

Construction Entrance

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***** You may remember that the Chattahoochee River is being restored to its natural flow. Part of the reason for the restoration is that the dams (used to power the textile mills back in the day) have outlived their usefulness and are dangerous. Apparently, Phenix and Eagle Mills dam is structurally unsound. The P&E dam is below this construction site and this crew will be responsible for tearing apart the P&E dam in this first phase and City Mills dam in the second phase; estimated to take up to 18 months. I showed you a shot of the construction road a couple of days ago. Stay tuned, I don't have any choice but to keep my eye on this project : ) I have to drive by it every day on my way to work.  ***** Fixed focal length, day seven

Fixer Upper

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***** Not all the houses in the uptown area are nicely restored shot-gun houses or stately Victorians. I think the truck matches the house, both in need of a little work, but still serviceable. ***** Fixed focal length, day 6

Lawn Mower Not Needed

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***** 733 1st Avenue, Columbus I was really drawn to this little pink house with the blue shutters. No need to cut the grass in this yard with all the greenery. They also had at least three cats, but they ran off when I stopped to take this photo.  ***** Fixed focal length, day five

Construction Road

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***** This construction road will be used to get crew and equipment down to the river and to haul the bits and pieces of the deconstructed dam back up. The job will require that this entrance to the river walk on the Alabama side will be closed for the duration of the project...up to 1.5 years. They are trying to limit the impact to the area.  ***** Fixed focal length; day four

Amazing Grace

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***** Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, That saved a wretch like me.... I once was lost but now am found, Was blind, but now, I see.
T'was Grace that taught... my heart to fear. And Grace, my fears relieved. How precious did that Grace appear... the hour I first believed.
Through many dangers, toils and snares... we have already come. T'was Grace that brought us safe thus far... and Grace will lead us home.
The Lord has promised good to me... His word my hope secures. He will my shield and portion be... as long as life endures.
Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail, and mortal life shall cease,  I shall possess within the veil,  a life of joy and peace.
When we've been here ten thousand years... bright shining as the sun. We've no less days to sing God's praise... then when we've first begun.
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,     That saved a wretch like me.... I once was lost but now am found, Was blind, but now, I see.
***** Fixed focal length, day t…

The Folly

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***** The Folly on First Avenue is in the shape of an octagon, actually two octagons. The house was built in 1829 and became a National Historic Landmark of Architecture in 1973. I have another shot of this charming house here. This is the most photographed house in Columbus. Not surprising. ***** Fixed focal length, day two. *****

Again ...

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***** It was a beautiful morning so I decided to stop at the river on my way to work. I had the white balance settings wrong and all my shots were leaning toward the blues. I didn't care for the color so I neutralized the blues and this is what I ended up with. I actually like the 'retouched' colors. Additionally, I will be shooting for a week with a single focal length and no more than 36 shots at a time to improve my compositional awareness. Typically, I tend to 'crop' the shot. It will be interesting to see what happens.  TGIF! ***** focal length: 17mm/27mm equivalent

Pain Relief 101

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***** Take two and call me in the morning. LOL...not! However, I did head to the medicine cabinet after I hurt my back on Monday. I have never felt pain like that in my life, not even when I gave birth to my children. Yes, this explosion of pain was worse than childbirth. I was not doing anything strenuous, just wiping down the front of my refrigerator and BAM! ***** I figured it was just a muscle spasm or sprain. I self-medicated and went to bed. I went to the doc today and when I told him that I did this cleaning the house, he wrote the following Rx for me... *****  ***** I always knew that housework was bad for you, now I have proof : -) *****

Carriage Step and Hitching Post

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***** 738 Broadway Now, I realize that this is not the greatest shot, with raindrops on the filter and the sky is overexposed. The weather was bad and I was getting wetter by the second, but I wanted to show this carriage step and hitching post. Both appear to be made of granite. I have seen these 'blocks of granite' before, but I never made the connection until I was standing in the rain on this day. *****

The Secret Garden

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***** A rainy day on Broadway. I will have to go back and shoot some more when the weather is better.  *****

434 Broadway

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***** Front doors of 434 Broadway. Not sure if they are original to the house or not, but they appear to have been [badly] refinished or maybe the homeowner is not finished with the job; however, I do like the details.  Additionally, can you can see the rain that became steadily harder as I neared the end of my walk.  *****

700 Broadway

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***** 700 Broadway c. 1870 The only two-story Victorian townhouse in Columbus, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1969. Currently the headquarters of the Historic Columbus Foundation. *****

Kayaking 101

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***** Apparently kayaks and fishing go together like peanut butter and jelly.  *****

Neon

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Heavy Metal

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