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Mandala

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***** It is too hot to go outside today, 104 in the shade, so instead of posting a photograph, I share with you  one of my original watercolors (painted this morning). I used masking fluid for the white design and then got busy with my primary colors...blue, red, and yellow.  *****

Fishy Friday

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***** Sailfish at Acapulcos,our local Mexican Restaurant. As a carnivore, I like their chicken fajitas, but I hear the fish tacos are good too.  *****

The Yellow House

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***** Near the Zumbro River in Rochester, MN.  *****

Ma-Chis Lower Creek Indian Tribal Enterprises, Inc

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***** Recently sighted near the construction work on the river. This area was a fishery for Native Americans so it makes sense the tribe is involved in all the changes. From what I can gather on the Ma-Chis Lower Creek Indian Tribal Enterprises, Inc website is that this company is involved in construction and demolition work to the U.S. Government. The purpose is to promote economic development and long-term financial viability of the Ma-Chis Nation and economic self sufficiency.  ***** This is my contribution for signs, signs. Click the link to see more.  *****

Ellaville, GA

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***** Alabama and Georgia have no shortage of fanciful county courthouses. This one is in Ellaville in Schley County, GA. I took this on Memorial Day, but never got around to posting it. I really liked the flags in around the town square, flapping in the breeze.  *****

Mom's Kitchen

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***** Preston, GA I was more focused on the mural of the last supper . On Vanishing South Georgia, you can see the front facade of the building here. *****

New Restaurant in Town

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***** Quotes framed on the walls include:  If you can't feed a hundred people, feed just one - Mother Teresa Fame is a fickle food upon a shifting plate - Emily Dickinson The only to rid temptation is to yield to it - Oscar Wilde ***** The sandwiches are truly amazing, but it you are watching your calories, you were warned : -) ***** *****

Teaser

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***** When we went to Hotlanta, I got a bit excited when I spotted this phone stand. but when I got closer to take a peak the only thing hanging out in there was garbage. As this is near the Georgia Tech campus, a payphone really isn't needed...they all carry smart phones and ipads.  *****

Planting Ginger

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***** I had some ginger root that I left sitting on the counter and before I knew it the nub began to get larger. I had heard that it is a relatively easy to grow, so I looked up some instructions and am going to give it a try. I had two growths so I split the hunk of ginger into two pieces. This was the largest piece. If you are interested in giving it a try, you can view instructions here. TGIF everyone! ***** 

Fixer Upper

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***** Crawford, AL; sneeze and you will miss it. The steps are not original to the house; however I am pretty sure the balcony is. The kudzu is taking over now, but will die back in the fall.  *****

Small Southern Towns

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***** You'll always find pawn shops, churches, and men on riding lawn mowers.  This is my contribution for signs, signs. Click the link to see more.  *****

The Work Continues

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***** Because the river is prone to flood, they are taking measures to prevent erosion in the future as the work continues on the eastern channel of the kayak run. What you can't see in this shot is the P and E powerhouse which is currently being converted into a fine dining establishment. Additionally, a bridge will be built out to the small island, center left of the frame, that can be used as an observation point.  *****  That large building on the river, is the corporate headquarters of Synovus. They are a bank holding and financial services provider. Synovus is the parent company, of the company that I work for (they have since split into separate entities).  *****

Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta

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***** Centennial Olympic Park - follow the link for the history of the park. I was not able to find any information about the sculpture in the background, but I really liked it. The park is in the neighborhood with the World of Coke, the Georgia Aquarium, Phillips Arena. During the 1996 Summer Olympics, this park was the location of numerous activities. This park was also bombed on 27 July and this sculpture bears the imprint of a nail that was used in the homemade bomb. ***** 

World of Coca Cola

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***** World of Coca Cola Coke may have been created and first marketed in Columbus, GA, but Atlanta takes all the credit and had the museum to prove it. If you are interested in anything Coke, this is the place. You can taste test flavors, view vintage advertising, and purchase Coke paraphernalia in the gift shop. They open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas, but hours vary so check the daily calendar for correct times.  ***** Coke - It's the Real Thing *****

Zipcar at Georgia Tech

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***** Don't have a car, rent a zipcar. By the hour or day, insurance and gas are included. Pretty slick idea in selected cities. I heard they had these in Atlanta, but this is the first time to actually saw a zipcar 'station'. This location had room for three cars. Interested? Check out their website.  *****

Prankster or Bathing Opportunity for the Homeless?

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***** On my way to work the other morning I came upon a sight. I thought it had snowed, but as I got closer I realized that it was soap suds in the fountain. You can see the bottle center frame left. I would imagine the suds were quite full and fluffy before they started to dissipate.  ***** Keep it clean and have a happy Friday.  *****

The Varsity

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***** The Varsity on North Avenue, Atlanta, GA.  From their website: The World's Largest Drive-in sits on more than two acres and can accommodate 600 cars and over eight hundred people inside. On days of Georgia Tech football games up to 30,000 people visit The Varsity. It sells more than two miles of hotdogs daily, a ton of onion rings, 2500 pounds of fresh cut potatoes, 5000 homemade fried pies, and 300 gallons of chili, all of which are made from scratch daily. The downtown Varsity is also the world's largest single outlet for Coca-Cola. ***** ***** The shot above is the queue to place your order. I counted 6 dining areas. I got ordered 2 chili dogs, onion rings, and coke. Personally, I have had better chili dogs, but the onion rings were great.  ***** *****

Pink Floyd - The Wall

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I am at Phillips Arena in Atlanta tonight for the show. Hang out for a while and watch the video. *****

Gone, But Not Forgotten

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***** As work moves forward on the 14th Street bridge, it gets harder to remember what it used to look like. I went for my bi-weekly stroll with the camera and looked down and saw this piece of the old bridge railing along with a lot of other construction garbage. I hope it all gets cleaned up when the job is done. We don't need this stuff to stay in the river bed and I am sure the kayakers, inner-tubers, and rafters would agree.  *****

Bonefish Grill

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***** My son recently started working at the Bonefish Grill. They are adding a Sunday brunch menu and had a friends and family run-through of the new menu. This was my first time eating at the Bonefish, but I really liked the place. They have a nice outdoor seating area with a casual dining atmosphere. We were allowed 2 beverages, one 'dessert' item (shared for the table), and an entree. I had the Irish Coffee, we shared the yogurt parfait. For my entree, I had the California omelet and fresh fruit. Very tasty.  *****

Photography Challenge - Film Camera

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***** I do not remember the last time I used this camera, but DPS set the challenge to shoot with a pre-digitial SLR camera, so here I am. On my way home from work, I purchased a three-roll box of 200 ISO film. Yes, film. I was surprised that the big box store actually had it! I pulled the old Canon out of the case (purchased in 1982 at Citadel Mall in Colorado Springs), cleaned up the lens and mirror, and gave it an overall wipe down. Next I needed to decide which lens to use. I selected the 80 - 200 zoom, I should have selected one of the fixed focal length lenses, but I didn't and I headed down to the river. In my hour walk I only took 12 or 13 shots. Next time I go out I will use the 28mm wide angle. It will be a miracle if the shots are not totally blown out.  *****

Shabby Chic

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***** A gazebo in Andersonville. The roof needs some work; I believe it is corrugated tin. However; it does have some interesting details: basket-weave on the steps, curliques, greek key, and the 'turned' posts. And let's not forget the rust. In the background you can see St. James Pennington Church. You will find another shot of it here. In the bottom shot, you can see more of the details.  ***** *****

Andersonville, GA, 31711

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***** With the United States Postal Service running in the red, small post offices like this were on the chopping block. But many rural communities rely on the services provided by these small outposts. Instead of closing the small offices, they will cut back hours to save on expenditures.  *****

Amelia's Sidewalk Cinema

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***** With a marquee, a screen, and a painting of the Royal Brothers Warehouse, which is the building occupied today by Planter's Hardware and just across the street from Amelia's. Ellaville, GA *****  *****

Thomas Station on the Square

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***** Thomas Station and two prime ghost signs. I know that the hardware store is the first place I would go if I needed a funeral director. I like the silhouette of the lady in the coke sign. I had not seen that before.  ***** ***** This is my contribution to this week's signs, signs. Click the link to view more. ***** Post post comments: This image is called 'Silhouette Girl' and she was used in Coke's advertising between 1939 and 1950. Based on my presumption that the registered trademark was beneath the words Coca Cola. this sign would be dated after 1942. Prior to that, the trademark would have been on the tail of the 'C'. A blog post from the Coca Cola archivist that talks about wall signs. In addition, I am including a link to an article that discusses these types of advertising for Coke.  *****

Ornamental Iron and a Log Church

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***** Ornamental iron in Andersonville Cemetery, Andersonville, GA next to the St. James Pennington Church. This is my contribution to this weeks Taphophile Tragics. Click the link to see more. ***** ***** ***** The church was built by Brother James Pennington in 1927 in a wooded area near here.  The church was relocated and restored by the Andersonville Guild. *****

Iron Mike and Old Bill

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***** This is the new entrance to Fort Benning, GA on Hwy 185, funded with BRAC funds; Iron Mike (Infantryman) and Old Bill (Cavalry Horse Soldier). Bill was a First Sergeant who died in the Spanish American War and he is the traditional mascot of the US Cavalry. There is no place to stop on the highway to get a shot, so you have to try and capture it as you drive by. This is actually a pretty dangerous intersection. ***** You can see another view of Old Mike here.

Buena Vista, GA

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***** County seat of Marion county with approximately 1700 citizens in 2000. Buena Vista is the birthplace of Josh Gibson and Medal of Honor recipient Luther Storey. Pasaquan, created by Eddie Owens Martin is about 4 miles outside of town. I have some shots of Pasaquan here and here. *****

Worlds Widest Yardsale

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***** We drove out about 15 miles west on Hwy 80, just past Crawford, so a thirty mile round trip. We didn't stop at each group of sellers unless they had something really interesting to look at. I believe this boat was 25$ (OBO), but I would think twice even at that price because there was a can of 'flexseal' on the back seat. I did pick up a couple of interesting looking picture frames tho for .25. It looks pretty good with my shot of the Cohaba Lily I took a few weeks back.  ***** ***** Sorry for the poor quality shot...I was in a hurry! ***** The yard sale goes from the Georgia state line at Phenix City, AL to the Mississippi state line at Cube, AL. From the Yard Sale Website: "Organized by the Alabama Rural Development Office/ Black Belt Commission’s Marketing and Tourism Committee, this back roads tour will provide visitors with three fun-filled days of adventure, combining their love of treasure hunting with the many historical and cultural amenities found alo…

One Last Look

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***** Memorials from five of the Union states to finish off the week at Andersonville. The first two are at the prison site. The last three are at the cemetery.  ***** ***** Wisconsin ***** ***** Michigan ***** ***** New York ***** ***** Iowa *****  ***** Minnesota *****