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Grate

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***** Many older homes have crawl spaces under them so you can get to 'workings' like water and sewer lines. These crawl spaces are also homes to creepy crawlies like snakes and other assorted wildlife. A neat feature of the of the crawl-space foundations is the vents that are added to increase the circulation. This is one of the unique vents that I found in the Waverly Terrace neighborhood last weekend. ***** 

One of These Days ...

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***** Two versions for the price of one. ***** ***** ... I'm gonna blow this popsicle stand. What a strange location for a couple of chairs. When I first walked around the corner, I had to chuckle, because my first thought, was that it was like being in prison. I know they have to keep the riff-raff out, but I hope that someday beyond that chain link fence there will be a bit of greenspace, or maybe a swimming pool. *****

Into the Rail Yard

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***** Tracks heading in to and out of the Columbus rail yard. The overpass in the background is on Linwood Blvd and was constructed in 1911. The buildings on each side are the old Swift Denim mill buildings. They made Levi's here back in the day. The mill building, what's left of them after the fire a couple of years ago, are being turned into condos and retail space. The condos might be a bit noisy with the rail yard behind them, but they appear to be of good size. Here are some links to the buildings before and after the fire in November 2011: Before the fire, after the fire, and after the fire 2. *****

Evelyn's Cafe

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***** When I selected this shot for today's square composition exercise, I thought it would be an easy crop but two of the elements, the door and the window, were too far apart to both be included in the frame in their entirety. I tried 4 different crops, but this is the one that I preferred at the end of it all. ***** This is the side wall of Evelyn's Cafe at 2601 Hamilton Road. The link takes you to a blog post about the cafe that I found while trying to find out more information about the cafe (or the building). ***** *****

Waverly Terrace Historic District

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***** My son lived in this neighborhood about 12 years ago. He rented an apartment in a converted house. Not this house. Although, at the time, this house was for sale. No matter how interested I was in the architecture and charm of the house, TOM said "No, I am not living in this neighborhood" (it was a little depressed at the time). Every time I drive by this house, I think of what could have been. I love everything about this house. ***** According to Historic Columbus, Inc. the Waverly Terrace neighborhood was the first "planned" subdivision in Columbus. The year, 1906. In 1983, the neighborhood became Columbus' second historic district. In 1906, this 25 (approx) acre subdivision was on the northern edge of Columbus. By 1929, the neighborhood was 'completed'. ***** The architectural styles in Waverly Terrace include craftsman bungalows, Spanish mission, late Victorian, neoclassical and Georgian Revival of wood, stucco, and brick. One of the chief…

Fireworks - Reformatted (4)

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***** 4 July 2009 There is no rhyme or reason to the selection of photos for this reformatting exercise. As I look through the archives, I just grab the shots that appeal to me. The fireworks display in Columbus and Phenix City were rained out and rescheduled for 13 July this year. At Fort Benning, they do the fireworks the Saturday before the 4th to ensure soldiers and their families can participate in all the activities. We didn't make it to either of the shows this year. This shot was dated 2009, which was also the first year that I really tried to capture some nice shots. ***** The sun was shining today, but the is due back tomorrow and into next week so this exercise may go on longer than I originally intended, but that's OK, because I have several years of photographs that have never seen the light of day. Have a nice weekend all. Happy photography!!! *****

Statuary in Linwood Cemetery - Reformatted (3)

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***** Photographed 29 April 2009 I enjoy walking around Linwood Cemetery. It is always to calm and peaceful as I guess most cemeteries are. Many of Columbus' elite society are interred here including John Pemberton (the originator of Coca Cola). There are multiple obelisks, angels, Woodmen of the World monuments, and family mausoleums as well as other statuary like the one above. Linwood also has, of course, the requisite Civil War plot and a section for those of the Jewish faith. I went to the Historic Linwood website and lo and behold, they are having a competition!?!#$. Talk about portentous. I guess I am going to have to look through my Linwood archive and find 5 photos that are contest worthy. Or maybe I need to go catch some new ones. The sun is finally shining and I might actually get out of the house this weekend. Auditions for "American Idol" take place on Saturday on Broadway. Ought to be fun. *****

Apron Strings (Sandra Graves) - Reformatted (2)

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***** Originally photographed 12/16/2009. I really like the whimsy of this sculpture: a young boy reading nursery rhymes surrounded by the characters he is reading about. I appreciate the sculptors attention to detail, the bumps, the scales, and feathers as well as the patina. I am glad I got a shot of this when I did, because many of the uptown sculptures are "loaners" and they are rotated in and out. When I was reframing for the square format, I wanted to make sure to include the HL Green sign, but am less than pleased with the base (not very attractive). ***** From another perspective. *****

4 Years Ago Today - Reformatted (1)

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***** Square format photos are popular again ala Instagram. So, because I don't seem to go out shooting these days (always seems to be raining) to keep the fresh new photos coming in, I am going to experiment with reframing shots that I took in the past. This is an HDR shot that I took 4 years ago today in my backyard. At the time I was playing around alot with HDR. The colors are fresh (or fresher) than they are today. Actually, maybe I should do a then and now series?!? As you can see, I haven't really thought this out. Well, let's just see what happens with the reframing for now. One of these days I will be back on the streets and you better watch out. ***** 

Cool Green Chairs

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I was walking in the hallway today and came across these really cool chairs. Because space is getting tight at the campus, they are creating meeting spaces in areas that were basically wasted space. They gave painted dry erase boards on the wall and provided seating and wallah, an impromptu meeting space. These chairs are very comfortable and easy to get in and out of although they don't look like it.

Cameras, Cameras Everywhere

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***** Seems like everyone has a camera these days. *****

Welcome

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***** I was playing around with the 50mm and decided that I really like the warm colors in this. Hoping you are all having a nice Saturday. *****

Three Parking Slots

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I ran to the bank today, but this guy beat me to my regular parking slot. I guess he didn't want anyone to ding his doors. That's a pretty blue sky we had today. I hope we have a few more of them. We are shooting a wedding for a friend tomorrow so I'll see you when I regain my strength.

The Wave

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***** Sculpture: Paddle Wave by Christopher Fennell (2007) He says of his work, "I build architectural skeletons from discarded objects. I transform these objects into dynamic pieces and connect them into recognizable shapes of waves, tornadoes, and pillars of fire." ***** *****

Everyone Loves the Drummer

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***** In the Dragon Boat races, the drummer sets the pace for the paddlers. This guy is a real monster though. I am sure he only wore the mask for the first race. Much to hot to stay under that thing all day. *****

Heading to the Starting Mark

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***** The Inaugural Dragon Boat (aka magical war craft) race in Columbus, GA. There are 22 participants on each team. 20 paddlers, a drummer, and a steer person or captain. In our races, we had 20 teams, most of them corporately sponsored. ***** Traditionally, the boats are made from teak wood. The drummer sets the pace for the paddlers and the captain yells at them to get their butts in gear (or something like that). I believe the race distance was set at 100 yards. TSYS had an entry, but by the time I heard about it, the team slots were full. Maybe next time; if there is a next time. This year, we were spectators. It took longer to get to the winner than I expected so we left after the first 'heat', because it was getting hot. Maybe if I had been watching from the vantage point of that guy in the background in his umbrella boat, I may have stayed longer. *****

Spectators

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***** Watching the Dragon Boat Races. His hat caught my attention, but then I noticed the pretty blue eyes. I think he looks like a nice guy. He's obviously a Budweiser fan. *****

Celebrity Sightings at the Dragon Boat Festival

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***** Pirate Pig (Piggly Wiggly Grocery Stores) ***** ***** Wilson (from the Tom Hanks' movie "Castaway") ***** ***** The Aflac Duck (Aflac Insurance) *****

Dinner at Ezell's

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Anniversary dinner at Ezell's. they are well known for their hush puppies and the catfish filets were perfectly done. They have two locations, one each in Columbus and Phenix City.

Back to Opening Day and the End of a Project

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***** We are tripping back to opening day of the Whitewater park here in Columbus, GA. The first rafters came through Heaven's Gate rapids and were sponsored corporately. The rest of us had to wait till later in the day. Tom and I have not gone yet. I am waiting for the 'new' to wear off and Tom recently broke 4 ribs so it may be a while before we hit the rapids. Also, day one was probably the nicest day since the course opened on May 25. We have had a lot of rain over the last month. The guided trips run rain or shine (unless lightening is in the forecast). You're gonna get anyway ...   ***** This next shot is an aerial shot that I snagged from the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer of the complete 2.5 mile course. At the bottom of the shot is Heaven's Gate and Cutbait rapids. At the top of the shot is Lake Oliver, Goat Rock dam, and the North Highland dam. Just below North Highland is the new put-in which just opened this week. ***** ***** Alabama is on the left and Geor…

Water Tower Reflections

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**** The Eagle & Phenix water tower. Still overcast and rainy. We might have some sun this weekend. Crossing my fingers. *****

W.C. Bradley

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***** This is the back side of the WC Bradley cotton warehouse on Front Ave in Columbus. Not a cotton warehouse anymore, but the company HQ.You could say WC Bradley was one of the founding members of Columbus. He was involved cotton, banking, steamboats, Columbus Iron Works and Char-Broil. I guess you could say he knew the value of diversification.

My New Bike

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***** My new bike (the one with the basket). We took it out for an inaugural ride last Saturday. The weather was overcast, but the temperature was comfortable. We had a good ride and hope to go out on a regular basis. I haven't ridden a bicycle since my teens, but they're right...you never forget  *****

The Forgotten Garden

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***** The house sits abandoned with a sign in the yard; It needs some work, but it wouldn't be hard. The garden is waiting, ready with blooms Come. Enjoy the beauty of the outside rooms. *****

Lavender

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***** We've had a lot of rain and gloomy days around here lately so when I see a little color I like to take a snap of it. I found this in an overgrown garden and I thought it was so pretty with the delicate lavender color. ****

Trumpet Flowers

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***** We went for a bike ride today and this is what I found. A carpet of trumpet flowers.

Little River Band (LRB)

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***** Little River Band Performing at the Phenix City Amphitheater, June 29, 2013. I didn't think to write down the set list and I didn't catch the name of this tune, but I like the blues... ***** ***** Greg Hind ***** ***** Rich Herring (from Valdosta, GA) ***** ***** Wayne Nelson (vocals) and Ryan Ricks (drums) ***** ***** Chris Marion on Keyboard ***** ***** Sharing the mike ***** ***** After the show ****

Theme Day - Facade

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***** Who are you today? What part do you play each day?  We all wear different faces depending on the role that we need to play at any given point in time. Each day I am a writer. Some days I am a photographer or a painter. Most often I am a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister, and a friend. The gentleman in the top shot is a gladiator, but what is he really? My guess is a guy who likes to dress up in skirts and flirt with tourists. For tips!!! To see other interpretations of this month's theme follow the link.  ***** *****