Are you staring at my tail?

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!!

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Barnwell Chapel

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.

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Barnwell Chapel
Berry College
Rome, Georgia, USA

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The Old Mill

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.

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Detail of the Mill House and wheel from up-close

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.

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The Old Mill reflected in the 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
Mountain Campus
Berry College
Rome, Georgia, USA

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Frost Memorial Chapel – Berry College

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.

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The entrance to Frost Memorial Chapel at Berry College

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.

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A view of the interior

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
Berry College
Rome, Georgia, USA

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Georgia Peaches are ripe and 97°-Must be Summer in Atlanta!

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.

Georgia Peaches

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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.

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Guess who’s in charge around here?

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

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Ponce City Market – Sears never looked so good

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.

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Bits and Pieces of the old Sears Roebuck & Co. building still remain after the rennovation such as these doors from some of the old catalog departments.

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.

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Ponce City Market is right in the middle of the Old Fourth Ward
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Going from Ponce City Market to the Beltline

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.

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People hangng out at the approcah to Ponce City Market right off the beltline

Ponce City Market
675 Ponce de Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Oh yeah, they have flowers here too

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 Conservatory which 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:


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Asian pitcher plants (Nepenthes)

Other Rare and Unusual plants

Dorothy Chapman Fuqua Conservatory

Atlanta Botanical Garden
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Chihuly in the Garden

On Father’s Day, my wife Joyce and I drove down to the Atlanta Botanical Garden to see the large-scale exhibit featuring the work of glass artist – Dale Chihuly.  This is the second time the artist has displayed his works in the gardens here.  The first exhibit was in 2004 and some of the pieces from the first show are on permanent display in the gardens.

Experiencing the Exhibit

Chihuly’s glass sculptures are spread throughout the grounds of the Botanical Garden.  It is a wonderful experience to walk among the lush shaded landscape and admire this artwork.  Some of the installations are groups of multiple individual glass works and others are integrated single works.  All of the glass work is amazing to look at.  The colors shapes and textures are fantastic.

A couple of the pieces include or are entirely made up of neon.  I was very impressed by the Saffron Tower (see picture below) which is a 30-foot neon sculpture that is installed in the “Water Mirror” in the Glade Garden.  This must be fantastic to see during the Chihuly Nights events when the works are all illuminated in the evening.  I would like to see that!   Unfortunately, we discovered that in spite of the fact that we joined as members, there is an additional charge for the night-time display.

Another fantastic integration of Chihuly glass with the Gardens setting is the installation which I featured (above) on this post called: Fiori Boat and Niijima Floats.  The glass art is set in the fountain of the Cascades Garden in front of the permanent topiary display called Earth Goddess.  Viewed from the right angle, it looks as if the goddess is blowing glass bubbles across the surface of the water.

Chihuly in the Garden Installations (2016)

In all, the exhibit includes 20 installations.  I have included pictures of the 19 glass sculptures on display.  The 20th installation is a photo gallery with history and information about the artist and his glass works.

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Saffron Tower
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Carmel and Red Fiori
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Sapphire Star

Chihuly in the Garden (2016)
Atlanta Botanical Garden
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Beltline Biker Gang

Yeah, well this is the extent of the biker gangs on the beltline.  Other than being overly happy, I don’t think you need to worry about this group.  These guys were kind enough to mug for a few photos in front of one of the wonderful art installations here.  This massive found-object artwork is entitled “Josie Comes Home” by artist William Massey.  You can find it on the east-side beltline where it passes under Freedom Parkway.

“Josie Comes Home” by William Massey

Art on the Atlanta Beltline

Art is sprinkled all over the beltline corridor and includes sculpture, murals, artistic graffiti and little bits and pieces of stuff in all kinds of unexpected places.  I think there is an inside story that I haven’t found the clues to yet.  There were a number of little artifacts attached to some of the larger artwork.  It makes me think that there is a scavenger hunt of some kind going on or maybe these are just hidden “easter eggs” for the passerby to notice and get a grin out of.

Just generally a nice area to walk around

The beltline corridor is filled with shops, offices, homes and park space that make for a very enjoyable place to spend a nice day.  In addition to the beltline itself, you pass through or nearby Piedmont Park, the Carter Center and other beautiful areas along the way.  For an area that was once only a railroad right of way, this is now an amazingly beautiful part of  Atlanta.

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Some of the shops that line the corridor
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Art and nature surround you
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Atlanta skyline and Ponce City Market from the beltline

Atlanta Beltline
East-side beltline walk
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Curves – The long and winding road

Last month, my wife and I went out to see some of our country’s Western National Parks for the first time.  I can’t wait to get back out there again!  Whether it is back to the same parks for a look at all the spots we missed, or to some of the other parks that we’ve never experienced before.

Shafer Canyon Road

The first thing I thought of related to this week’s challenge is the road that leads down through Shafer Canyon (shown above) in Canyonlands National Park in southeastern Utah.  The road descends down through the canyon with twists and hair-pin turns in switch back fashion.  It was amazing to see cars and bicyclist wind their way down this dirt trail with absolutely no railings to prevent you from dropping right off the edge of the cliffs.

This unpaved road runs for 18 miles through the “Island in the Sky” district of Canyonlands through the middle of the park and out to the nearby town of Moab, Utah.

View of Shafer Canyon Road where making its was out to Moab

Maybe, when we get the chance to return here, I will be brave enough to follow this “Long and Winding Road”.  But, I doubt it – pretty scary looking to me.

Shafer Canyon Road
Island in the Sky District
Canyonlands National Park
near Moab, Utah, USA