Gothic Bike Rack

A holy place to park you bike in the Heart of Historic Roswell.

Though made to be practical, this bicycle rack seems to be treated with too much reverence to have any old Schwinn parked here.  Perhaps it’s the flying-buttress shaped frame or the beautiful stained glass that make us think of gothic cathedrals, inspire hushed tones and call us to stop and think of greater things.  In any case, it’s a great addition to this little park nestled between Canton Street and Alpharetta Highway.

Ex-fashion model, Suzy Hendrix is an artist who lives and works out of Memphis, Tennessee.  She produces works in a variety glass art forms, from stained glass as shown in this piece, to mosaics, to fused and cast glass.  Much of her work is made to be displayed outdoors in public places

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by Suzy Hendrix
Bicycle rack with stained glass

Sculpture #3
Art around Roswell exhibit
Heart of Roswell Park
Canton Street, Roswell, Georgia, USA

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Oak Leaf Triptych

This one was a challenge to find.

This is sculpture #2 of the Art around Roswell exhibit.  Of all the installations, it was the hardest one to find based on the map.  It is located across from a set of playground equipment nestled in behind the baseball fields that are first things you pass when coming into Roswell Area Park.  You can’t see this from the road or parking area so, you kind of need to know where to look to find it.

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Map of Roswell Area Park showing sculpture locations

Described as  a “garden room divider”, this piece is a tri-fold stainless steel construction with large oak leaves cut out of the center of each panel.  As you walk around the artwork, you get a different views, of the playground or ball fields or surrounding woods filling the openings.

Jim Gallucci, a graduate of LeMoyne College and Syracuse University, has been a sculptor for over 30 years.  He currently resides in Greensboro, North Carolina where works full-time designing and fabricating sculpture in his shop – Jim Gallucci Sculptor, Ltd.

“Oak Leaf Triptych”
by Jim Gallucci
Stainless Steel

Sculpture #2
Art around Roswell exhibit
Roswell Area Park, at the playground
Roswell, Georgia, USA

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Avian

A bronze and iron sculpture by Michael Dillon. Part of the Arts around Roswell exhibit.

A few weeks ago, Joyce and I went out for a walk by the Chattahoochee River.  Along the way, we noticed a large sculpture placed along the sidewalk and stopped to take a look.  There was a plaque next to the artwork that gave a little information and said that this was part of an exhibit of art around my hometown that I had not known about.  Of course, that meant I had a quest to find the rest of them!

(See my earlier post: Hiding under a Bridge for another image from this walk.)

I went online and found the Art around Roswell website where they have a map of all the installations and set out to find them all.  I have to say that the map is a bit vague in some cases.  Many of the sculptures are easily seen upon approach to the area they are placed in and others require some searching.  They are all however, worth the effort to go see up close and appreciate.

#1 AVIAN

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“Avian” – by Michael Dillon

First on the list, is a bronze and iron sculpture by artist, Michael Dillon.  (All of the works in this exhibit are by local artists.)  This piece is a large bronze wing mounted on a forged staff.  The wing actually swivels 360º to turn with the wind and give people a different view with the changing weather.

The sculpture is located along the lake across from the public pool and next to the Visual Arts Center.  It stands on a stretch of ground that juts out into the lake toward the fountain out in the center of the water.

Michael Dillon operates a blacksmith shop – Dillon Forge located in Crabapple, Georgia.  He makes pieces both functional and artistic from iron, bronze, aluminum and stainless steel.  He is a graduate of the University of Georgia and the Kansas City Art Institute and has been working in the North Georgia area for over 20 years.

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Ducks admiring the artwork at the lake

“Avian”
by Michael Dillon
Bronze and Iron

Sculpture #1
Art around Roswell exhibit
Roswell Area Park, at the lake
Roswell, Georgia, USA

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Driven to Awakening

The lotus is a symbol of spirtual awakening. How awake are you to the beauty of creation?

To ancient civilizations, the Lotus Flower was a religious symbol representing purity, beauty, rebirth and spiritual awakening.  The white lotus in particular, is depicted in Egyptian, Greek and Hindu mythology as a symbol of great importance.

This made me think about how awake I am to the world around me.  My photographic quest drives me to be more aware of my surroundings.  In doing this, I also want to be more awake spiritually.  Seeing the beauty of nature should bring me to a state of appreciation and remind me that I am called to respond.

I can respond in one of two ways.  I can view the world as something to be possessed, to compete over and be conquered or as a gift to be cherished and shared.  When we see life as a game of “who has the most toys” then everything is a possible prize.  Highly desired when we don’t have it and easily forgotten once attained.  When you see the world as a great gift for us all, you can respond with thankfulness and generosity toward others.

I believe I have a responsibility to not only admire the beauty of God’s creation but also, to be thankful for the great blessings I am surrounded with.  I feel a drive to combine my search for beautiful things to capture photographically with a spiritual growth so I can both get more joy out of life and share the joy I experience with others.  I hope that you can experience this as well by counting the blessings of everyday life.

I saw this blossom at the Atlanta Botanical Garden in a decorative pond on the outskirts of the Edibles Garden.  The white flower on a tall stalk was just crying out for attention.  Glowing in the sunlight against a dark background of grasses planted along the glistening blue water.

Technically, this was not the best time to be trying to get a shot of this beautiful flower.  It was approaching noon on a bright summer day so most of the light was pretty harsh.  I think some of the highlights a the top of the flower got blown out but most of this was in partial shade so the majority of the details are good.  Had to give it a try.  What do you think?

Daily Post Prompt: Drive

Lotus blossom
Atlanta Botanical Garden
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Pink Tulip Orchids

Not the orchids you see every day

Native to the Andes mountains of Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia,  Anguloa virginalis is part of the botanical family known as Tulip orchids.  The profile of these flowers look much like that of a tulip, thus the name.

The flowers are very fragrant which attracts bees in particular to pollinate.  They are also known as Cradle Orchids because they rock back and forth when bees land on the lip of the flower to get at the pollen inside.

Daily Post Photo Challenge: Details

Tropical High Elevation House
Fuqua Orchid Center
Atlanta Botanical Garden
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Desert Storm

It was looking very ominous but we made it to our destination

Don’t let a little rain stop you

This is one of my favorite memories of Arches National Park in Utah.  We took that “short” walk to see the famous Delicate Arch on an evening where we were being chased by a storm.  It was one of those, probably won’t get another chance type of moments.  How could we pass up this opportunity?  When I look back, it was a bit of a miracle that we got there at all.

Bad Information and Determination

It all started out with bad information.  I swear that I read somewhere that the hike to Delicate Arch was an easy half-mile walk.  Anybody that has been here can tell you it is a difficult, steep climb of about 1.5 miles (each way).  Joyce was sure it was going to start raining at any moment but I was convinced that we could make it there and back easily.  I kept walking and walking till I got to a narrow curve that looked like it was going nowhere.

I turned back thinking that Joyce had stayed put back down the slope only to find that she wasn’t far behind.  We convinced each other that we had come this far so, may as well keep going.  It was worth the effort to see this most famous spot in the park.

Unfortunately, quite a few others had the same idea and it was pretty crowded by the arch.

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Delicate Arch is surrounded by tourists even on stormy evenings

Rewards in spite of it all

In spite of the ugly-looking weather that was trailing us, we got to one of the must-see places in the state of Utah and ended up with a beautiful sunset on the way back down.  Well, that and aching legs!  Still, it was worth the risk and we ended up not getting rained on during our trek.

Sometimes, I guess you just have to go for it and hope for the best.

Daily Prompt: Storm

Dry Mesa Wash at the approach to Delicate Arch
Arches National Park
Moab, Utah, USA

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Common Beauty

The evening golden-hour makes everything look more interesting

I saw this lovely plant at Gibbs Gardens in Ball Ground, Georgia on a summer evening.  The golden-hour light caught my eye.  Low angled sun beams cut across the white flowers and made them pop out from the dark background.  I love the contrasty light and beautiful color that you get at this time of day.  The beginning and end of the day when the sun is lower in the sky are just magical.

In many place, people have beautiful pink and/or blue flowers called hydrangea in their yards.  On the odd occasion, you may see a purple one but white like this are less common except in the Southeastern United States.  Hydrangea quercifolia or oak-leaf hydrangea are native to this part of the country.  For some reason the big-leaf or French Hydrangea are the ones that have been popular for gardeners and these native hydrangea ignored.

It is amazing to me how things that are plentiful are often considered “common”.  Not special enough to be worth considering.  Been there, seen that… But, what happens when you actually stop to look at the commonplace and consider what it really is?

So often we miss the beauty that surrounds us.  We spend our time looking for the new and exciting and fail to see what’s right in front of our noses.  I think it is time for all of us to slow down and open our eyes.  Build an appreciation for the value of the every day and you can find happiness in what you already have rather than being consumed by desire for what you lack.

Now, that is uncommon!

Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia)
Gibbs Gardens
1987 Gibbs Drive
Ball Ground, Georgia, USA

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