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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

WWW.OldBoyd.com

Chattanooga

On a vacation trip to Chattanooga we had plenty of time to travel so rather than taking the interstate which would normally take two and a half hours we took Georgia highways alternate twenty seven, twenty seven and 100.  The reason we like to do this is it gives us time to see the scenery and small towns that are bypassed by the interstate highways.

 

 An old farm with goats and chickens roaming around amongst the old cars and tractor along Hwy 27.

An old farm with goats and chickens roaming around amongst the old cars and tractor along Hwy 27.

Passing through small towns like Carrolton for lunch at the Corner Cafe with the beautiful mural, Sangre de Cristina Sunrise, by Kate Moon Davis.

 Sangre de Cristina Sunrise by Kate Moon Davis

Sangre de Cristina Sunrise by Kate Moon Davis

Cedartown and Summerville are two other towns we would never have experienced if we went roaring by on the interstate.

 Cedartown Coca Cola Bottling museum

Cedartown Coca Cola Bottling museum

 Summerville Depot, one of the stops on the Tennessee Valley Railroad.  Also home to Paradise Garden.

Summerville Depot, one of the stops on the Tennessee Valley Railroad.  Also home to Paradise Garden.

 Couey House in Dowdy park.

Couey House in Dowdy park.

It was raining as we passed the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National and Military Park so we didn't stop.

We stayed at the Bluff View Inn over looking the Tennessee River in Chattanooga.

 Bluff View Inn, Hunter Museum of American Art on the Tennessee River

Bluff View Inn, Hunter Museum of American Art on the Tennessee River

From there we were able to walk to many of the attractions, Restaurants and stores with a lot of art work on display.  

 The Batter  John Dreyfuss  Full Count

The Batter

John Dreyfuss

Full Count

 ThePitcher  John Dreyfuss  Full Count

ThePitcher

John Dreyfuss

Full Count

 The Catcher  John Dreyfuss  Full Count

The Catcher

John Dreyfuss

Full Count

 The Umpire  John Dreyfuss  Full Count

The Umpire

John Dreyfuss

Full Count

 Red Grooms  Lindy Hop

Red Grooms

Lindy Hop

A visit to the Tennessee Aquarium is worthwhile as they show how the water flows down from the mountains to the ocean creating Habitats for many creatures along the way.

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A dinner cruise on the Southern Belle up to Chickamauga Dam.

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One bad ass 1959 Buick LeSabre lowrider in front of Rembrandt's Coffee House.

 1959 Buick LeSabre

1959 Buick LeSabre

It was an enjoyable, relaxing getaway.  Take the time to enjoy the ride.

Enviromental Portraiture

One type of photography I really enjoy is enviromental portraiture.  Showing people doing what they do that others never see, I believe, is enlightening and educational.

 Working on the landing gear of an airplane.

Working on the landing gear of an airplane.

 Installing fasteners in a skin replacement on an airplane.

Installing fasteners in a skin replacement on an airplane.

 Preparing fish in a restaurant in Narita Japan

Preparing fish in a restaurant in Narita Japan