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Obelisks and Memorials

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***** Some of the obelisks and other memorials in Linwood Cemetery. I am not a fan of obelisks. They make me think of men showing off their penises. They can't put their 'manly' endowments on public display; that could get them arrested, so they show off with granite monoliths, in cemeteries, after they're dead. I wonder if the hardness of the stone is also a factor?!? And what good does it do them then? ***** Personally, I prefer the more feminine monuments with angels and flowers and soft edges. I love the fancy grill work of the iron fences around the family plots. I love Spanish moss, but interestingly, there is none to be found in Linwood. Linwood Cemetery (aka City Cemetery) was established in 1828 when the son of the surveyor hired to plot out the city of Columbus died. He was buried somewhere near the center of the 4 acre plot of land (his grave is unmarked). The first marked grave was placed in 1829. So why no Spanish moss? I will have to delve into this que…

Tiffany Blue Bokeh

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**** I headed over to Linwood Cemetery this morning before work because it was expected to be hot and humid after work. The weatherman got that right. Going from the cool indoors to the hot, humid outdoors took my breath away, so I was doubly glad I took the time this morning to shoot a few. This is one of the Crepe Myrtle trees in the cemetery. It is shedding its bark to expose the smooth, painted texture underneath. It is natural for crepe myrtle trees to shed their bark once they reach full maturity. ***** Stay safe this Labor Day weekend.

Fishing

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Water Logged

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Disco Ball

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***** At the Columbus Museum. I guess they were prepping for a disco party as part of the Warhol in Southern Collections exhibit that is running thru 13 October 2013. They have the requisite screen prints of Marilyn and Campbell's Soup cans on display along with more obscure pieces. Personally, I got a kick out of the "In the Bottom of My Garden" portfolio (1956) of hand-colored lithographs. They were charming and a bit risque; cherub meet kama sutra. *****   

Pedestrian (14th Street) Bridge

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***** As you can see, they are finally putting the bridge back together. A few months back, they removed the section to  make some additional structural repairs and to add some bathrooms in a tunnel under the bridge. A good thing, but I wonder who will be policing the bathrooms. And what happens when the flooding starts (as is it most certainly will)? I guess we will see.  ***** The bridge is supposed to be open to pedestrians in October. I hope so. I really miss the walks I used to take 18 months ago when all this mess started. Cross the bridge, walk the PC riverwalk, cross at Dillingham, and then head back to work. A nice circle. I have really missed the loop and look forward to having the bridge open again.  ***** In the background, you can see the murals near the Chattahoochee Whitewater outfitter that I showed you here. I really have to go back and get some shots of the finished product.  

Marilyn

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... as part of the Andy Warhol exhibit at the Columbus Museum.

Cupola

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***** This is a shot of the cupola of the Mott House on the TSYS campus taken from the parking deck (thru heavy-gage steel screen, just a little shadowing is visible). The company has decided to renovate the house so it will last for another 150 years. They are going to add meeting rooms, a history room, a private dining facility, and a state of the art boardroom. I am wondering if they will officially be calling the structure the Calhoun-Griffin-Mott House? The renovations will take about 18 months. I hope they give us an opportunity to get inside. Here is a link to the local newspaper article and a video embedded within the article if you're interested. I hope you can access the link, the paper is really greedy these days as readership drops.   *****  

Golden Silk Orb Weaver

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***** These huge spiders, Golden Silk Orb Weaver, seem to be taking over the neighborhood. We have found them weaving their golden webs between the trees in several of our neighbors trees. I find them interesting and pretty. The females can be up to 2 inches not including the leg span. Apparently, the males are much smaller. I wouldn't know, I haven't seen one. The web itself is like a condo for arachnids. Anyway, happy Friday everybody. *****

Poppy

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***** A spot of bright orange and yellow *****

Yosemite on Fire ... Almost

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***** Ok, so this is not the Chattahoochee Valley, but it is a valley. Yosemite Valley. We went to this most beautiful place in 2009 on vacation. We stayed in Curry Village in the tent camp and about froze our butts off, but it was worth every chilly minute of it. Of course, to keep with the sqaure format that I favor these days, I cropped down my first image of the Merced River with El Capitan in the background. ***** Western fires are reaching toward Yosemite today and the highway leading into the park has been closed. Visitors have been asked to leave. So today I dedicate my post to this most amazing place. I hope that someday you will have an opportunity to visit.  *****  Thank you John Muir for having the foresight to realize what a treasure Yosemite is and for fighting to save her natural beauty. And to Ansel Adams for your wonderful photography that was the inspiration for my visit.  ***** ***** This image is from the valley floor and you can see a bit of reflected monoliths…

Where Am I?

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***** Cats sure do get around. Our cats have always been indoor/outdoor cats. They hunt, they get in fights, and they bring us gifts. Sometimes they climb trees or go up on the roof. TOM built some kitty steps a few years ago and the cats definitely use it to make their way to the roof. ***** Why is it that some cats can climb up a tree, but can't find their way down? My son's cat, Lil Man climbed a tree last October and couldn't get down. He wasn't very high and my son was able to climb the ladder and get him. About a week later the darn cat did it again. This time he was higher and my son had to climb the ladder and then climb the tree. FYI, it is an urban myth that the fire department will rescue your cat from the tree. About half way down, the cat jumped out of my son's arms and hit the ground yowling and running. He came home the next day with a badly broken leg. 500$ later he is good as new...with no surgery. ***** In case your wondering, Kitty used the st…

Compost Heap

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***** A shot of my compost pile. Not the most attractive of subjects, but we do have some interesting colors and textures here. *****

Atrium at the Mayo Clinic

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Stuffed Peppers

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***** TOM made stuffed peppers for lunch today. We grew the peppers and the tomatoes. Wish I could say we grew the beef, but nope, bought that at the store. I must say, they were mighty tasty as the peppers were fresh out of the garden. Still gloomy here and more rain and thunderstorms in the forecast for tomorrow. ***** The bottom shot is the mess in the kitchen when TOM was finished. In case your wondering, he cleaned up his mess. *****

Door Knob

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***** Door knob in a piazza in Venice. I think the base is new because it doesn't have much of a patina and it looks like it may have been fabricated to fit the head. The lines are just too 'sharp'. The head however, probably has some age as the features are polished and almost smooth from the hands opening and closing the door. *****

Italian Carousel

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***** I am playing fast and loose with my post today. We don't have a carousel locally, but we did see one on our trip to Italy last year. I don't remember the square in Florence, but as I was scrolling through shots today, this one caught my eye. We are having a lot of rain again. I wonder what our winter will be like. I better get the ark ready. *****

Rockin' Rapids

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***** Near the City Mills building. *****

Ledger-Enquirer Details

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***** Some of the details on the Ledger-Enquirer building. Here is a shot of the front facade and the fountain with the E & P Mill in the background. *****

Cricket

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***** This is Cricket. She came to us on a rainy night 15 years ago. Hiding in the culvert under the driveway trying to keep dry, we coaxed her out with cat food. She stayed with us until today. *****

Blue Sky and Fluffy Clouds

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***** Clouds growing as the storm rolls in. ***** Taken by TOM

The Blue Window

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***** Covered windows at the old Swift Mills building. Not sure why the windows would have been blacked out as they are at least 30 feet above street level. Maybe they were protecting trade secrets, but we will never know. Happy Friday everybody. ***** 

Pink

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***** The Color Psychology of Pink
Pink is essentially a light red and is usually associated with love and romance. Pink is thought to have a calming effect. One shade known as "drunk-tank pink" is sometimes used in prisons to calm inmates. Sports teams sometimes paint the opposing teams locker room pink to keep the players passive and less energetic. While the calming effect has been demonstrated, researchers of color psychology have found that this effect only occurs during the initial exposure to the color. When used in prisons, inmates often become even more agitated once they become accustomed to the color. How do you feel about pink? *****

Cups

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***** Having fun with some filters. Have you heard the Cup Song? Well, give it a listen if you have a couple of minutes. ***** *****

Knuckebones

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***** For some reason, this sculpture reminds me of the game of jacks or knucklebones. What I like most is the color. Personally, I think it needs more 'heft'. It's too tall and too skinny. That red truck in the background was a good complement to the sculpture though. Got lucky with that. *****

Low Water Blues

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***** As I rule, I don't like to do a lot of post processing of my images. Out of the camera is my motto. I might boost the color a little and crop some of the garbage, but that is about all. On this day, the sun was really harsh, in front of me and to my right, so the sky was blown out and I decided a little vignetting would do the trick. I actually like the way this turned out and did I mention that I am really like the square format? Additionally, I think this is the first time that I intentionally cropped out the E & P water tower. It is usually in any shot I take of the mill area. Stepping out of my box people! ***** 

Low Water in the Morning

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***** Even with all the rain, we have low water in the morning. Later in the day, usually around 3:30, Georgia Power opens the dams and the sand bars will disappear so that we can keep the whitewater rafters happy with the class 4 rapids. As part of the project, they now have these really irritating warning signals when the sluice gates are being opened. The horns and the message that goes along with it, warns people without flotation devices, to get out of the way of the rising water and off any rocks that might be surrounded by water. We have always had the warning signal, but it is now more pronounced. Additionally, the city of Columbus has threatened to give a citation to anyone who has to be rescued from the rocks. They will pick you up, take you to the Georgia side of the river, and give you a ticket. How's that for public relations? For hundreds of years, Native Americans and settlers have fished these waters and climbed around on these boulders and it is going to take a w…

Cheddar's Casual Dining

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***** We went to Cheddar's for dinner this week for a friends birthday dinner. I had a chicken sandwich on ciabatta with sun-dried tomatoes and fresh avocado. Very tasty. And I need to give a shout out to our server; I wish I remembered his name. He was terrific. Usually, with large groups the food comes out in stages with some eating and some watching them eat. Not at Cheddar's this night. We all got our food at relatively the same time. And they had other large groups that evening as well. If I had to complain about something, it would be the inability to hear conversations. Too much noise, but then I guess that affords me the opportunity to focus on food as opposed to conversation. ***** 

Colorful Fungi

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I spent some time before work today down by the river. I am trying to use manual mode more so I took the opportunity when it presented itself. As you can see, this is not a shot of the river, but of some fungi growing on a tree. It was actually quite spectacular. I think it looks like sea shells. I had sweat running into my eyes by the time I took this shot, so it is slightly out of focus, but that's what experimentation is for, right. Hope your weekend is getting off to a good start. *****

Theme Day - Street Lamp

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***** The street lamp is also a sign post. The first day of the month is theme day for Daily City Photo Bloggers and this is my contribution from the Rosehill neighborhood. *****