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Newnan, City of Homes

One of the pleasures of living in Newnan is photographing all of the lovely homes here. That is especially true around Christmas when many people dress up their homes with Christmas decorations and lights. some are subtle while others quite ornate.

This gingerbread house has been a home, bed and breakfast. and a movie prop.

This gingerbread house has been a home, bed and breakfast. and a movie prop.

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The Grinch was quite popular this year

The Grinch was quite popular this year

This home owner is extremely creative but they have huge crape myrtle trees in front of their home which makes it difficult to photograph so i chose these ornaments to represent their display.

This home owner is extremely creative but they have huge crape myrtle trees in front of their home which makes it difficult to photograph so i chose these ornaments to represent their display.

These homes are difficult to photograph because of the amount of contrast between the bright lights and the darkness of the rest of the home but they are gorgeous to see.

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights

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We made the trip into Atlanta To visit the Atlanta Botanical Gardens to see the Garden Lights, Garden Nights display.

The light display, atmosphere, and music is incredible, well worth the trip.

Taking pictures of the lights is difficult because of the great contrast between the lights and everything else so shooting in manual mode and trying to get the exposure right so that the lights are not blown out, bright white, loss of color, and the shadows aren’t solid black. Once you find the settings it can make for some beautiful pictures although the beauty of the experience can not be fully captured with pictures.

If you are going to take pictures of the people that are with you. You will want to bring a flash and small diffuser to light them up.

The Phoenix  Representing Atlanta after it was burned during the Civil War.

The Phoenix

Representing Atlanta after it was burned during the Civil War.

Levy Parterre

Levy Parterre

Dale Chihuly’s Parterre Fountain Installation

Dale Chihuly’s Parterre Fountain Installation

Light magic

Light magic

Light Spheres on the Great Lawn

Light Spheres on the Great Lawn

Light Spheres on the Great Lawn with the Dorothy Chapman Fuqua Conservatory and some Atlanta city lights in the background.

Light Spheres on the Great Lawn with the Dorothy Chapman Fuqua Conservatory and some Atlanta city lights in the background.

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Light Spheres on the Great Lawn.

Light Spheres on the Great Lawn.

A reflection inside the Christmas Light tree.

A reflection inside the Christmas Light tree.

The Pegasus

The Pegasus

Santa Dog in the Garden House

Santa Dog in the Garden House

Another shot of the Phoenix

Another shot of the Phoenix

The falling lights in the Channel Garden, Boardwalk and Beachwood Overlook overlooking the Storza woods is magnificent and must be experienced to see just how beautiful it is.

The falling lights in the Channel Garden, Boardwalk and Beachwood Overlook overlooking the Storza woods is magnificent and must be experienced to see just how beautiful it is.

The Earth Goddess in the Cascades Garden.

The Earth Goddess in the Cascades Garden.

The Earth Goddess in the Cascades Garden.

The Earth Goddess in the Cascades Garden.

Tunnel of Light. A great place for selfies but better if you can get somebody else to take the picture for you.

Tunnel of Light. A great place for selfies but better if you can get somebody else to take the picture for you.

Atlanta Botanical Garden

Atlanta

1345 Piedmont Avenue,
Atlanta, GA 30309

404-876-5859

The Atlanta Botanical Garden

We went on a trip to the Atlanta Botanical Garden in Piedmont Park. This is a beautiful, very photogenic garden. I could spend an entire day here with just a macro lens photographing all the flowers, plants, and critters.

This trip they were having their Imaginary Worlds Once Upon a Time exhibit and Scarecrows in the Garden exhibit at the same time.

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The Once Upon a Time exhibit was made up of huge charachters made with plants.

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The dragon watching over the princess.

The dragon watching over the princess.

The Princess. She is somewhat hidden and I think a lot of people miss her because the dragon is so impressive.

The Princess. She is somewhat hidden and I think a lot of people miss her because the dragon is so impressive.

The camel caravan

The camel caravan

A proud peacock.

A proud peacock.

Pegasus.

Pegasus.

Shaggy the dog.

Shaggy the dog.

Bees on a Cone Flower

Bees on a Cone Flower

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Catching frogs

Catching frogs

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Bog Plants.

Bog Plants.

Story time.

Story time.

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Chihuly sculpture

Chihuly sculpture

A bird watcher scare crow.

A bird watcher scare crow.

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Another great time to visit the garden is during their Garden Lights, Holiday Nights Exhibit. They put on a spectacular light and music show.

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Atlanta Botanical Garden

Atlanta

1345 Piedmont Avenue,
Atlanta, GA 30309

404-876-5859

April - October

Tuesday - Sunday
9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

November - March

Tuesday - Sunday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.


*Hours may vary 
due to special events

Callaway Resort & Gardens

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 Callaway Resort & Gardens is a beautiful place to stay or visit.  For us it is a one hour trip by highway or one and a quarter hour trip using the more interesting backroads, primarily Georgia highway twenty seven.  They have lots of activities all year round that make this a great place to visit multiple times throughout the year.

 We went this time to see the Birds of Prey show, the Blue Morpho Butterfly Exhibit, the Car show, and the Hot Air Balloon show. All are very accesible and fun.   

Barred Owl

Barred Owl

Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl

Red Tailed Hawk

Red Tailed Hawk

Harris Hawk

Harris Hawk

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 The Car Show had some beautiful cars of all types from restorations to rat rods.

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 And then of course the Balloon Festival. We had to wait for the winds to die down before the Balloons could be launched.  The first balloon went up when the winds were blowing at eight miles an hour with the forecast showing the decreasing to less than five.  Its fascinating to watch them set these balloons up, it takes a lot of teamwork.

First up.

First up.

First to fly

First to fly

 Eventually there were nine balloons tethered and giving rides to a lot of people.

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 For the Balloon Glow event there were six balloons, two with very creative designs.

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 I watched as one of the balloons was being raised.  Because these balloons were not being flown they did not need to be tethered.

After laying out the balloon they begin inflating it with a gas powered fan and the close up the top air release with velcro tabs.  

After laying out the balloon they begin inflating it with a gas powered fan and the close up the top air release with velcro tabs.  

The basket and balloon laying on the ground nearly ready for filling with hot air from the burner.

The basket and balloon laying on the ground nearly ready for filling with hot air from the burner.

Filling the balloon with hot air. Pretty spectacular at dusk.

Filling the balloon with hot air. Pretty spectacular at dusk.

Once it is warm enough, the balloon rotates upright while the ground crew hang on to keep it in place.

Once it is warm enough, the balloon rotates upright while the ground crew hang on to keep it in place.

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 The final result is a beautiful light display for the crowd.

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Callaway Resort & Gardens

 U.S. Highway 27,  Pine Mountain, GA 31822

www.CallawayGardens.com

Kathryn Nee Photographer

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Last Friday I went to the Boyd Gallery for a pop up artist show featuring the photography of Kathryn Nee.  She has some beautiful work, most of it shot in abandoned buildings.  What makes her work interesting is how she creates a story with composition, light and point of view in her pictures that leaves you wondering. 

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You can find her work at www.kathrynnee.com and on Instagram as just_a_nobody_girl_

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The Boyd Gallery is a fun place to visit to see the work of David Boyd Sr. and David Boyd Jr.  Boyd Sr. paints humorous cartoons and Boyd Jr. creates beautiful plein air landscape and cityscape paintings.  Also pop up exhibits of other artists work makes revisiting the gallery worthwhile.

WWW.DavidBoydJr.com

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