Dominoes Anyone?

I found these interesting dominoes laid out on a game table at Bulloch Hall.  Not sure if these are ebony and bone that would have been the mark of a finely made game set or some kind of reproduction like bakelite.  Looking at the surface of the pieces, I would tend to think that these are the real thing.

One of the most intriguing parts about this set are the raised pins in the middle of the domino.  I assume this is to allow them to be easily stacked but it’s something that I had not seen before.  Once again, the world up-close is always showing me new things!

Antique Dominoes
Bulloch Hall – Roswell, Georgia

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

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Anybody have a little Tarn-X?

One of the undeniable facts about silver is, it’s going to need polishing.  The enduring beauty of the silversmith’s work will undoubtedly tarnish over time but somehow, that does not make it less interesting.  These silver serving pieces stand atop a dresser as if they are just waiting for the kitchen staff to start their polishing routine.  While the surfaces still shine and reflect, the tarnish patterns add their own mark as an overlay to the detail that was part of the original design.

Sometimes the imperfections caused by age make things distinguished and sometimes they are just dirty.  Which one you think it is, would be a matter of your opinion and outlook.  I like to think it adds character but then again, I don’t like to polish silver.

Antique Silver
Bulloch Hall – Roswell, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/22 –  4 sec – ISO 200

Well worn

The combination of leather, worn and battered over time and metal, weathered, scraped and pitted makes a nice study on texture.  This lock on a vintage travel trunk was in a sunny corner of one of the bedrooms of Bulloch Hall.  The leather is cracked and scratched from years of wear.  I’m sure to the owners, this would bring back memories of long voyages and adventures.  Anyone can look at this and imagine packing for an extended  trip on an ocean liner.  Off to the glamour of European capitals or exotic lands.

Once again, looking at the details makes you appreciate things more.  In this case, the wear and tear of years gone by can evoke a wistful feeling that makes us long for the past and dream of the future.  I am so glad that someone cared enough to preserve this piece of history so that we can appreciate it now.

Vintage Travel trunk
Bulloch Hall – Roswell, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/22 –  1/2 sec – ISO 200

Vintage threads

The color and texture of this little caddy of thread spools and pin cushion are an excellent example of simple things making a good macro subject.  I love looking at the small details in things like this.  Things like the way the labels are faded and cracked or the embossed printing on the empty wooden spool make a fascinating study of the world up-close.

Bulloch Hall is full of little reminders of the past but the everyday world of today is also full of little wonders.  Hope I can keep my eyes open to this and find other little beauties to capture in the days to come.

Vintage sewing supplies
Bulloch Hall – Roswell, Georgia
Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/22 –  2 sec – ISO 200

Makers Mark

Up in the attic of Bulloch Hall, you find some items of interest.  This happens to be one of the spinning wheels that are stored up there.  I was looking at details of the wooden wheel and was drawn to this mainly because of the beautiful light that was streaming in the window.  On closer inspection, I saw the makers mark stamped into the end.  I expect the maker was W (maybe William) McDonald but don’t actually know how old this piece is or where it came from.

I love mysteries like this where you find a reference to something in the past and it leads you on a search for the history behind it.  Maybe I will be able to uncover the origins of this and maybe not.  It is fun none the less, to capture these images and try to see what history you can discover.

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

Time stops for no one

Back in the time when a clock was a mechanical work of art, this is what a clock face looked like.  Today you just glance at your cell phone or your fit bit to see what time it is but there was a time when clocks were actually experienced.  We have forgotten about the days when a hall clock may have been the first thing you see when walking into a home.  When the house was quiet, you could hear the ticking or the swing of the pendulum or the ringing of chimes.  Clocks used to be real sensory things and a reminder of time constantly passing by.

It seems like everything is a race these days.  We are supposed to mult-task and be ever on-call and never have our to do list get any shorter.  I think an elegant reminder of how important time is like this clock hearkens back to the days when we could savor our lives.  Maybe we can still do that just by slowing down and admiring the beautiful things that surround us.  Maybe it is time to do that.

Antique Clock face
Bulloch Hall – Roswell, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/22 –  2 sec – ISO 200

Interesting Reading

While on my macro subject quest at Bulloch Hall, I came across this book and reading glasses on a side table.  I was looking mostly at the glasses and the velvety lining of the case and only noticed the page title later.  I don’t know if this is actually a book that was owned by the family but found it interesting.

For those of you who didn’t know it, Bulloch Hall is the childhood home of Mittie Bulloch, mother of President Theodore Roosevelt.  Neither the Bulloch nor Roosevelt families were of the Catholic faith so, why there would be a book on “How to Keep down Protestantism” would be in the house, I have no idea.   It is most likely something that was of the right period and I guess most visitors don’t pay that much attention.  I just found it odd.

Book and Glasses on reading table
Bulloch Hall – Roswell, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/16 –  1/6 sec – ISO 200