Opposites: Which is Real Life?

Reality is in the eyes of the beholder

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Weekly Challenge: Opposites

What is reality –  Is it what you see, hear, smell and feel or what you think?

This image is from a photo shoot that I went on to the Atlanta Beltline.  The outing, sponsored by a local photo shop and Fujifilm cameras included a shoot with models dressed in super hero costumes.  The backdrop was an incredibly colorful set of street art painted on the walls of the overpass of the Krog Street tunnel.

The juxtaposition of the two women seen here is what made this scene so appealing.  One black, one white, one looking innocent, one looking naughty, one is a cartoon but which?

Humm… this one makes you think.

Nikon D7000
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
86mm  at f/5.6 –  1/60 sec –  ISO100

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

Nikon D7000
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro

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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:

Orchids

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Asian pitcher plants (Nepenthes)

Other Rare and Unusual plants


Dorothy Chapman Fuqua Conservatory

Atlanta Botanical Garden
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

All images taken with:

Nikon D7000
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro

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