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Easter Flowers

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***** Spring has sprung ... at least at the local home and garden center. I purchased the poppies and the columbine. And a Happy Easter to all those who celebrate. *****

Silhouette Lantern

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***** Some more practice shots. I like how the sun makes the lantern globe 'glow'. And I do like my hummingbird bracket. *****

Monochrome Bowl and Corks

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***** I spent some time in my corner today with the camera. I photographed my African Violet, painting supplies, and this vintage bowl with not so vintage corks. The focus (pun intended) today was to work with exposure compensation. As I usually let the camera take care of exposure, this was an interesting exercise. The main purpose is to ensure that the Bride's dress is white and not gray when I shoot that wedding next week. ***** I am participating in the Weekend in Black and White. Click the link to view more examples.

Lithosere

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***** By George Goddard Born in Griffin, Georgia, George grew up on Sea Island, Georgia where he developed his love of landscape, the sea and boating. He traveled extensively in Europe at an early age absorbing the art and culture of Italy and amassing an impressive portfolio of images that he captured with his cameras. He was educated at Darlington Academy and went on to study at the Academia del Belle Arti in Florence, Italy. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a Masters Degree in Print Making. He worked as a college professor for over 30 years at Columbus State University, teaching sculpture and photography, and as an artist in residence in Cortona, Italy through the University of Georgia. *****

Your Pie

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***** New pizza joint in town. I have not been as yet, but I hear the food is good. I am sure they will be successful as they are in the middle of the Uptown Campus of Columbus University. ***** The concept of Your Pie began in May 2006 when founder Drew French was inspired to cook pizzas in brick ovens during his honeymoon. Visiting his wife’s family on the island of Ischia, Drew fell in love with the brick oven style of baking pizza, and the rest of the Your Pie concept grew from that experience. April 2008 marked the opening of the first Your Pie location in Athens, Georgia. Your Pie is the innovator of the pizza experience, daring customers to create their perfect pie.   Your Pie believes in innovation, quality and service.  We look forward to serving you in your town real soon! ***** Restaurants in Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida. *****

May Flower by Susan Geissler

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***** Donated to the children of Columbus and the Chattahoochee Valley. This is one of my favorite sculptures in the uptown area and is a permanent installation. You can see more of Ms. Geissler's work here. I posted May Flower previously here. ***** ***** Susan Geissler began her art career in 1984, after schooling in Fine Arts, and working as an anatomical illustrator, graphic designer and art history researcher. between 1984-1989, Susan's work was seen and enjoyed by millions of people at top outdoor art events around the United States. Currently, she confines the showing of her artwork primarily to galleries, plus occasional commercial events and print advertising.

Free Event

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***** To drum up business. *****

Shopping for Sparklers

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TOM and I are shooting a wedding on 6 April. We have never photographed a wedding before! I have no idea why I said yes, however I made it very clear to the bride that I am not a professional. Apparently, it is popular to use sparklers instead of rice or bubbles when the couple departs, so we went to buy some sparklers from the local fireworks store. We got some advice from Boom Boom and made our purchase. So tonight, we get to play with sparklers after dark.

You can view Boom Boom and her BFF Bang Bang in their annual 4th f July commercial on Youtube: http://youtu.be/ysUwxdZspBc

Color Me Rad 5K

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***** Uptown Columbus at Woodruff Park. These are some of the characters we saw in the run today. The money earned will be donated to the Children's Miracle Network. I believe they had a 3500 runner limit and I think we must have got pretty close to that number today. As you can see, runners (and walkers) are happy people and were more than willing to have their photos taken. We participated only as photographers this year, but if they have a reenactment next year, we are going to enter. ***** Color Me Rad is a way to lift your spirits and brighten your outlook. You start in white and end in a tie-dyed haze. In each zone, you are 'bombed' with a different color: red, pink, yellow, green, and purple. The color bombs are made of colored corn starch and are non-toxic. ***** I believe this event is also part of Artbeat in Columbus. Have a colorful weekend everyone. Note: If you participated in the run and see your photo in one of the collages, send me an email and I will send…

Laying Down on the Job

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At the Local Coffee Shop

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***** TOM writing on the chalk wall at Fountain City Coffee. Locally owned and operated, they serve a mean cup of coffee and a pretty good panini if your looking for lunch. You can see a shot of the shop here or one of the many patrons here. *****

Trees - Wood, Steel, and Concrete

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***** In the median on Broadway we have a new sculpture. It did not have an artist' plaque so I can't provide any additional information. My interpretation is as a tree, but it also looks a bit like an alien, like and as it stands next to a live oak...Well, you decide.  ***** *****

Trees Reflected

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***** I am not always happy with my 'reflected' photos, but I think this one turned out pretty neat. I like the geometric patterns and waves created by the glass. *****

Before I Die

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***** TOM signing the Before I Die wall in Columbus, GA ***** Part of Artbeat in Columbus. The Before I Die boards are set up around the community. They are the inspiration of Candy Chang to help her gain perspective after the loss of a loved one.  ***** Her first board was started on the exterior walls of an abandoned house in New Orleans. Anyone walking by the structure was free to add comments to the board. ***** Want a kit to start a wall in your community? Click on this link here. *****

Get Your Irish On ...

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... at Scruffy Murhpy's Irish Pub. ***** ***** I don't go to bars anymore, but it looks like they are ready to have a good time. *****

The Seizing - Riot in the Streets

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Well, not exactly. On April 11, 1863, the women of Columbus, GA, and I mean the regular women of Columbus, hit the streets in protest. The south was a couple of years into the war between the states and consumables were in short supply. Three factors for the riot were (1) a food shortage because of a drought the previous year. (2) Speculators insisted on growing cotton in place of consumables to support the Confederacy. (3) The dry goods retailers (speculators) were bringing in luxury items for the well-to-do of the city and forgetting about the little guy. Next to the article about the riot in "The Sun", the local Columbus newspaper, were ads for fancy tea sets and fine china. Just what 1863 housewives needed to care for their families. I posted the installation of the historic marker here. ***** ***** Today, to support Artbeat 2013 in Columbus, four performers presented intrepetive readings about the incident not far from the original riot site. The gentleman at the microp…

Interception of the Looky-Loos

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***** Heading toward the City Mills dam before the blast on the Phenix City River Walk. ***** ***** Using infared sensors, or some such thing, the police search for 'spectators' among the trees. For safety, onlookers need to stay out of the blast zone. The gentlemen on the riverwalk have been spotted. ***** ***** Officers on motorcycles and segways intercept the would be spectators and herd them toward the bridge. *****

Ephemera from the River

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***** Glass and other tidbits I found in the dry riverbed. *****

Cupula at the Mott House

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***** It was a beautiful morning. As I strolled back to my office I looked up and realized that I had a pretty good shot of the Mott House and the cupula through the trees. The Mott House is nestled between our campus building and the parking garage. Another view of the Mott House from across the river is here and a monochrome version here. ***** The house was built in 1839 and has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1974. Some additional information about the house, can be read here.

The Big Splash

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***** They blew a 120 section of the City Mills dam today. This is the final phase of the river restoration project before the 2.5 mile course can be opened to the public. They originally intended to remove this dam mechanically (reference the big jack hammer photo). Constructed with concreate and granite in 1907 that baby was built to last.  ***** The following is a short video clip of about 10 shots from today.   ***** *****

Fishing

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***** They are going to blast the dam at 1030 tomorrow morning. They plan to let pedestrians onto the 14th Street Bridge, but we have to enter from the PC side. I think I will have just as good a view from my second story window as they will outside. They do not plan to stop the water from flowing, so it should be a big splash...or not! Remember the first 'poof'' here? That first detonation was just 14 months ago. *****

Prepping for a Blast

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I imagine this will be the final blast of river restoration project. The urban whitewater course is scheduled to open on May 25 @ 1000. If you don't have plans for Memorial Day weekend, why not come and get wet :) See you there.



No Moose

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Lone moose roaming around the Phenix Plaza shopping center. Apparently, a new shop, Moose Hollow Trading Company, will be opening soon. Apparently they sell rustic, but elegant, home furnishings. http://moosehollow.com/

Pony Rides $.50

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You don't see these around much anymore. The last one I saw was in Petaluma,CA about five years ago. I remember riding these mechanical horses as a child and the mini carousels that were always stationed by the front entrances of grocery and discount stores. I feel sorry for my kids. They never got to have fun like that.

Bird 'Houses'

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Yes, these gourd houses have seen better days but until I get in the mood to swap them out, these are all I have.

Sleeping Swan by Mark Priest

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***** I have always loved swans; beautiful and graceful in flight and drifting on the water. For my 6th grade report I selected the swan. My go to research guide was the Encyclopedia Britannica; Volume S. You can't even buy an encyclopedia today : ( There are a lot of swans in Minnesota; not so many here in Georgia. ***** When we were stationed in Heilbronn, Germany, we went to a park where a family of swans lived. We would take bread and feed them and on one occasion, my son got too close to a new mother and she chased him back up the bank of the river. If I remember correctly, she caught is his shirt. ***** This swan is not soaring or drifting, but she catches my attention just the same. She sits restively on the busy corner, while traffic rushes by and I sit I wish for spring. ***** *****

Names in the Sidewalk

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***** When they were building the campus, we had an opportunity to pay $25 and have a brick with our name included in the 'walk of fame'. I paid my money and got by brick. The placement of the bricks is near the location of the old Carnegie Library. In the top shot, you can see where a couple of the bricks have been pulled out. Some people just have to mess stuff up. ***** ***** You can see the walk thru the 'door' here. *****

Not the Same Old Bridge

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***** The old bridge is new again. They are still working on the plaza area so the bridge is not open to the public yet. It has been refaced, repainted, and dressed up with awnings, lights, and a stamped concrete path. Click here and here to see other views of the bridge before the work started. This shot is close to the same perspective. ****

Wheel by Claudia Jane Klein

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I had some time to burn while waiting for my ride today. It wasn't raining so I headed uptown. A co-worker asked me to take some photos at her son's wedding, so I am re-familiarizing myself with all the functions of my camera...like manual mode : ) Seriously, I am scared to death. This sculpture has been on the sidewalk for a while, but it is in a weird location and hard to photograph. I walked all around it and took my best shot. I can see the human form here doing the wheel pose (yoga). Now that I have had an opportunity to really study the piece, I like it. ***** ***** Then I noticed that I could line up the Uptown Wings sign through the "wheel". I have never eaten here, it is a bit of a biker joint (well, I see bikes here all the time, but not today obviously) and I don't eat wings. ***** ***** And then I caught a snap of the artist info so I wouldn't have to try and remember it all. And why retype the info when you have it in a photo? Well, I am going to pul…