One of the many white-tailed deer that roam the Berry College campus. We saw a wide variety of ages from tiny fawns to youngsters like this to adults. It is really neat to see wild creatures flourishing in an area that could easily be covered with concrete. The campus is not just a few trees and manicured lawns. There is actually a Wildlife Management Area on site. Pretty cool!!
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
Hand-held at 1/30 second f/6.3 ISO 500
It’s hard to find another college with so many chapels on campus. Barnwell Chapel is the oldest of Berry College’s 3 chapels, built in 1911.
The sprinkles started as we drove through the streets of Rome looking for the entrance to Berry College. The weather didn’t seem to like my idea of doing a photo shoot this weekend but, we marshalled on anyway. We found the campus which was looking pretty empty since the students were largely off for summer break.
After driving aimlessly for a little while, (I was kicking myself for not picking up a map at the welcome center) we saw a circle of log-cabin style structures . Looking like an interesting spot, we pulled in and hoped the rain would pass us by. Fortunately, we didn’t have to wait long as the skies began to clear and I got out to look around.
The Barnwell Chapel, is the oldest of 3 chapel on the campus of Berry College. The building has seen a couple of renovations since its original dedication in 1911 is in nice shape for being 105 years old. Originally used as both classroom space and church, the building is still used for Weddings, Sunday services, and special events.
One of the most well-known features of the Berry College campus is the 42 foot, wooden water wheel that was built in 1930.
There was no question about it, we had to see the Old Mill while on the Berry College campus but, where is it? I have to warn you that if you go to visit Berry (and I recommend that you should) you need to get a map before just wandering around. The campus is huge and spread out. Although there are signs to mark major features, you can easily go right past what you are looking for if you don’t know where it is.
The Old Mill is located in the Mountain Campus area which is away from the Main Campus where most of the academic buildings are. This is also the area where the Frost Memorial Chapel that I showed yesterday is located.
The Old Mill is a 42-foot overshot wooden water wheel that was built in 1930 by Berry College students. The mill was operated for many years to grind corn into flour for grits and other southern baking specialties. The mill-wheel has an iron hub that came from an earlier mining community. The wooden wheel is still operational and is used on special occasions and flour from the mill can be purchased on campus during these times.
I have seen many pictures of the Old Mill wheel reflected in the waterway below it. Seeing these, I had envisioned the mill located on a sizeable lake but it is actually a small pond.
It is very interesting to look around and you can easily go right up to the mill house and look at the mechanism of the wheel and mill. The interior of the mill is closed but, I expect that may be open when they have special events. Glad that I got the chance to see this icon of the Berry Campus and the Rome area!
The Old Mill
Rome, Georgia, USA
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
The stained glass windows of the Frost Chapel depict the life of Christ, and were donated by the Daughters of the American Revolution in memory of the boys who died in World War II.
I was looking for a photo opportunity this weekend when I saw a post from David Akoubian of a Bald Eagle he saw on his trip to the Tetons. I remembered that there is an eagle’s nest on the campus of Berry College in Rome, Georgia which is a little over an hour’s drive away from me. I mentioned this idea to David and he told me the eagles spend their summer somewhere that it isn’t as hot so, they would not be at the nest. Disappointed, I went looking for other ideas but on Sunday, we decided to drive out to visit Berry College anyway.
I had not been out to the campus for many years but I remembered that the buildings and grounds were very beautiful. I only got to see a small portion of the campus on my first visit. This is understandable since the campus actually covers over 27,000 acres making it the largest college campus (in contiguous area) in the world.
Berry College was founded by Martha Berry, the daughter of a wealthy local business owner. In the early 1900’s, Ms. Berry became aware of the educational needs of the poor children in the rural south. In 1902 she founded the Boys’ Industrial School and added a girls program in 1909 which together, grew into what became Berry College in 1926.
From the beginnings, the school was focused on Christian principles and teaching practical skills. The principle of hard work has been one of the driving forces of the institution. Today, every student of Berry College is required to have a job in addition to their studies. In the early days of the college, students actually built many of the structures, including the Frost Memorial Chapel that I went to visit on this trip.
Berry College is beautiful in many ways. It’s vast wooded landscape, historic buildings and inspiring high standards make it a great place to visit. It is amazing how there are so many places that are close by that we never take the time to explore. I will be back before long to check out the city of Rome and learn even more about this interesting area.
Frost Memorial Chapel
Rome, Georgia, USA
It’s really hot outside but a trip to the Roswell Farmer’s Market is a nice way to start the weekend.
So, it’s the weekend and I just got a new camera to try out. Well it’s actually not “new” but I picked up a Nikon D7100 from my friend who just bought a D500. Anyway, I wanted to go out and give my new baby a try.
Early Summer in Atlanta
We thought about several options for a short day trip but quickly realized – it’s way too hot out there!! Yes, the forecast for the day was a high of 97 degrees (thats 36° C) and at 10:00 AM we were already at 94°. I needed a choice which would give us something that would be in the shade and not take too long. The obvious choice: the Roswell Farmers and Artisans Market which is just around the corner and is held on Saturday mornings from April thru October.
The market is a great attraction for locals to grab a cup of coffee and a nice bakery item for breakfast. Get some fresh local produce, browse through a variety of crafts of just watch people and listen to live music which is there often. The one thing that my wife and I almost always do when here, is get some peaches.
Peaches being in season is a sure sign that Summer has arrived. We love getting this sweet natural treat and buying from local growers is definitely the way to go. It was also fun just to visit with the family members who were here selling their farm produce. This weekend, the peaches came from Carroll Farms located in Woodbury, Georgia.
As much as we enjoyed the visit, we were feeling the heat pretty quickly and needed to get back in the air-conditioning before we melted into the asphalt of the parking lot. The peaches are ripening on our kitchen counter now and I also brought home a very tasty Caribean Lime/Coconut cake. We will need to go back and see what’s there next week if the whole city doesn’t go up in flames before then.
Roswell Farmers and Artisans Market
Roswell City Hall
38 Hill Street
Roswell, Georgia, USA
Ponce City Market is a newly rennovated, multi-use developement in the historic Sears Roebuck building in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward.
For the Beltline photo walk that I went on last week, the starting and end point of the event was the Ponce City Market on Ponce de Leon Avenue in the Old Fourth Ward of Atlanta. The immense building which has just gone through a complete rennovation was originally home to Sears Roebuck & Company.
I only got to see a little of the area while there but what I saw was really impressive. The facility includes shops, restaurants, office and residential space. It connects directly to the beltline and is immediately next to Forth Ward Park and only a couple of miles from Piedmont Park, the Carter Center, the Fox Theatre and just across the 75/85 connector from downtown Atlanta.
This is another place I need to visit again when I have more time to take it all in. Many very interesting neighborhoods surround the market and there seems to be lots of activity here without it being crowded. You do have to pay for parking but, that’s just the way things are when you get so close to downtown. Maybe I can return soon and continue my exploration of the beltline.
Ponce City Market
675 Ponce de Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Yesterday, I described the beautiful art that is on display at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. There is no denying that the Chihuly in the Garden exhibit is the big draw right now but the place is actually a BOTANICAL GARDEN so, maybe I should talk about the plants?
One of my favorite parts of the garden is the Dorothy Chapman Fuqua Conservatorywhich I usually refer to as the Orchid Center. The conservatory is beautiful on the outside with a broad lawn and a lily pond out front and the city skyline behind. What’s on the inside is totally amazing. The center focuses on tropical and desert environments, with special emphasis on plants that are rare, threatened or endangered.
Lily Pond garden
This is a great place to see examples of nature’s bounty which you are not likely to find at many other places. One thing to be aware of is that since the Summer temperatures can get very high and this is one of the few places on the grounds that are air-conditioned, it attracts lots of people.
When things are quiet, I could spend hours just admiring each plant and flower and looking to get a good image. On Father’s Day, when there is a major special event running, this place became a mob scene mid-morning. Baby strollers and kids running about with other groups bunching up and milling around made it hard to find a peaceful spot to focus. You can forget about setting up a tripod in this crowd but, it is amazingly beautiful none the less.
Here are just a few samples of the wide variety of plants in the conservatory:
Asian pitcher plants (Nepenthes)
Other Rare and Unusual plants
Dorothy Chapman Fuqua Conservatory
Atlanta Botanical Garden
Atlanta, Georgia, USA