What’s in the Creek?

It really is amazing how the right light can make anything look interesting.  This is a little creek that runs along one of the paths that run through Leita Thompson Park in Roswell.  Joyce and I went out for a walk this weekend and of course, I had to bring my camera.

When I looked back at this creek, I saw a great mix of deep shadows and bright areas along with reflections off the water which was clear enough to see down to the bottom of the creek bed.  It’s not really the deep woods or a spectacular landscape but even the simplest scene can be a nice image.  At least I think so.

Leita Thompson Memorial Park
1200 Woodstock Road
Roswell, GA 30075

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My Favorite things…

I know, the song from Sound of Music says Raindrops on Roses but, I think Daffodils are just as nice.  This is a macro shot of one of the 20 million daffodil bulbs that have been planted at Gibbs Gardens.  Many of these are blooming right now.  It is quite early for this but Atlanta has had a mild winter with rain and warm weather over the past month or so.

I am very glad to think that winter has left us now but one of the things about Atlanta weather is, the only constant is change.  I suppose it really doesn’t matter right now.  It’s time to enjoy the beauty of Spring and not worry about cold snaps that may or may not happen.  In any event, it’s a great time to go out and see the beautiful flowers.  They are closed on Monday so don’t try it tomorrow but I recommend that you plan the trip soon!

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/22 –  1/5 sec – ISO 320

Amicalola trickle

We made  a trip up to Amicalola Falls yesterday after visiting Gibbs Gardens.  I guess I had forgotten that we had been under drought conditions most of the summer because I was surprised to see the falls with so little water.  This image is a spot near the middle of the main waterfall which I know would be submerged under normal conditions.

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You can see from this view, that the flow is pretty weak but still beautiful to see.  It is interesting to visit places like this on days when not many people are around.

Yesterday’s cool and rainy weather kept most of the people who would be out on the weekend indoors.  That would be great news for photographers – if there was just a bit more light and you didn’t have to worry about the camera getting wet.

Oh well, it was a nice day out with my wife anyway.

Amicalola Falls
Amicalola Falls State Park
Dawsonville, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
58mm @ f16 –  1/5 sec – ISO 200

Early Daffodils

Normally, Gibbs Gardens does not open until March but they opened early this year because we have had warm weather and plentiful rain this year and the daffodils are in bloom earlier than normal.  I was a little hesitant to go out on the first weekend for fear that the gardens would be packed but the weather kept that from happening.  It was cool and rainy so the crowd was pretty small.

Tomorrow is supposed to be temperatures in the 70’s so I imagine it will be much busier then.  Glad we went out today!

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/16 –  1/20 sec – ISO 320

Kitchen entertainment

One of the things I will always remember about my grandmother’s kitchen is the ever-present sound of the clock-radio.  The kitchen was the center of the house and my “Meme” was almost always in that room or moving through it.  The radio was on most of that time and she was usually humming or softly singing along with it.  Music or news would stream out as a constant backdrop to daily life and even if you were not really paying attention, it always seemed to be there.

Today, we seem to have digitalized all of our news and entertainment and that space on the counter is no longer reserved for the clock-radio.  I find that I still try to have that music-track for life going in some way even if the radio isn’t there to be turned on.  I feel kind of lonely if I’m not hearing the news on the TV or music streaming from some device.  And sometimes when I have my digital entertainment playing, I remember the sound of that radio and my grandmother singing and feel very much at home.

Kitchen Clock-Radio
Archibald Smith Plantation Home – Roswell, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/22 –  0.6 sec – ISO 200

Mamie’s Hat

The Archibald Smith Plantation Home in Roswell, Georgia is a museum of southern life.  The house includes artifacts of the family and servants that made the house and surrounding property a prosperous farm for over 100 years.  One of Roswell’s founding families, the Smiths moved from Savannah to Roswell in 1838 and started work on what would become the Smith Plantation.  The home was sold to the City of Roswell in 1985 and was opened for tours beginning in 1992.

The last of the Smith family to occupy the house were Arthur William Smith, grandson of the founder, and his wife Mary Norvell Smith.  Most of what is on display in the museum is from the time that Arthur and Mary lived in the home from 1940 until the home was sold.

 In her later years, Mary became sick and the family cook, Mamie Cotton moved into the house to assist with Mary’s daily needs.  Mamie lived with and worked for the family for over 50 years up to and beyond their deaths and her room is part of the museum display.  On the headboard of her bed, this hat hangs just waiting for Mamie to come pick it up for a stylish outing.

Mamie’s Hat
Archibald Smith Plantation Home – Roswell, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/22 –  2.5 sec – ISO 200

Signs of Spring

Yes it is February but in Atlanta, Spring is just around the corner.  On our trip to the Smith Plantation Home this weekend, you could see the signs already.  Daffodils and Forsythia are blooming as are these shy but beautiful Hellebore.  The flowers tend to point downward so they are not as easily seen as some other garden favorites but they are wonderful to look at up close.

An overcast day may put a damper on my spirits but this was actually pretty nice light for flowers.  You can make out some water drops on the leaves of this plant.  Evidence that there had been some light rain recently.  Getting in close also lets you see the delicate vein patterns on the leaves.  The more you look, the more beauty you can see in nature.

Helleborus ‘Ivory Prince’
Archibald Smith Plantation Home – Roswell, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/22 –  1/13 sec – ISO 200