Remembering our Heritage

I have been preparing for the Roswell Photographic Society annual exhibit that is in conjunction with Roswell Heritage Days.  This image is from Barrington Hall, one of the “Big Three” historic homes that were built by the founding families of Roswell.  I was attracted to this spot for a couple of reasons.  The light was interesting – a combination of natural light from a window in the bedroom, and dark areas off to the side.  Also, the antique toy and aged papers on this portable writing desk, made me immediately feel the history associated with these items.

I am so glad that there are places like this where we preserve history.  It would be sad to think that we didn’t care or remember where we have come from and how much we have to be thankful for every day.

Barrington Hall – Roswell, GA
Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
ProMaster LED120SS light
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/38 –  0.8 sec – ISO 400

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Ring the bell

The Roswell Photographic Society wrapped up its annual pilgrimage to the Historic Homes of Roswell with a visit to Barrington Hall.  This image shows a desk with a black felt top and a variety of vintage knick-knacks including a group of little bells.  I don’t know if these are the kind that would be rung to summon servants or if they are just little decorations but I love the patterns and patina on the old objects.

I had to play with lighting this scene since the room was fairly dark and they don’t allow flash photography here.  This is a long exposure (15 seconds) and I used my pocket LED light to selectively brighten some sections while keeping an overall dark feeling.

It is fun to walk through this historic home and see all the household objects representing hundreds of years of life in the south.  Lots of this reminds me of visits to my grandparents homes.  Some of the artifacts are much older but everything here has a sense of the past and makes you wonder what it must have been like to live in this home.  A neat place to visit and a great spot for photographic inspiration.

Barrington Hall – Roswell, Georgia
Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
ProMaster LED120SS light
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/22 –  15 sec – ISO 200

Acorns and nuts

I don’t think I’ve seen a neon-green nut like this before. Must not have been looking!

I found this green-shelled nut in front of Barrington Hall along with these acorns and lots of other interesting bits of autumn.  I’m not sure what plant produced this bumpy little ball but the color and texture caught my eye.  I placed these on a rock near the front entrance of the hall where the morning light was falling.

If anyone knows what the little green ball is, fill me in on that.  Until that time, I put this in the category of interesting things that we usually miss because we aren’t looking.

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Barrington Hall
535 Barrington Drive
Roswell, Gerogia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/29 –  1/25 sec – ISO 100

Pre-Columbus day

Could be a battle brewing over who discovered America first – Columbus or the Vikings?

This weekend, there was an alternate Columbus Day celebration at Barrington Hall in Roswell, Georgia.  While it is generally held by Western Europeans that Columbus was the discoverer of America, those who hail from the Northern lands, say the Vikings should hold that distinction.

The Sons of Loki-Atlanta hosted a Viking Encampment on the grounds of the historic plantation home.  A campsite was erected where stories were shared and demonstrations were made to help people understand what life was like in viking days.  It was quite interesting and fun to visit.

Viking Encampment
Barrington Hall
535 Barrington Drive
Roswell, Georgia, USA

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Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
78mm @ f/16 – 1/80 sec – ISO 100