Allamanda schottii

The Atlanta Botanical Garden in Gainesville is covered with many beautiful plants and flowers.  This variety is a plant native to Brasil which appears to do very well in the Georgia climate.  Most of the plants in the family Allamanda are vines but this one is a bush form which is commonly known as Bush Allamanda.

I love the beautiful yellow flowers which were covered with raindrops on this cloudy morning.  I think we will have to return to the Gainesville gardens often to see how things change as the year goes on.

Atlanta Botanical Garden
Gainesville, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
300mm @ f/8 – 1/400 sec – ISO 400

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Not an Exit

OK, I get it!  But, if it’s not an Exit, what is it?
[Open the page up to see what’s behind these doors]

These are the remains of the restrooms at the Lindale Mill textile factory in Lindale, Georgia.  If you are brave enough to venture in, you can see that there were also showers for the employees but as you can see, it’s not the kind of place that you would want to walk around barefoot these days.

The crumbling decay and the neat colors make for interesting visuals even if you would be crazy to try a shower in this place.  Makes me think there could be ghosts of factory workers wandering through the place at night.  What do you think?

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Lindale Mill
Lindale, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
16mm @ f/18 – 0.8 sec – ISO 100

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Things are looking up

Here’s a lesson to remind us to always look around when deciding where to find your next image.

The story in this case is as follows: I was enjoying a beautiful morning at the Helen Balloon Festival with the North Georgia Photography Club when one of our group struck up a conversation with some of the people running the tethered balloon ride.  It turns out that they were major sponsors of the event and wanted some photos to use for publicity.  We, of course, were happy to help and so, they offered to send a few members of our group up in the balloon to get the view from above.

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I got a series of shots from the ground and some nice views of the surrounding area but then I turned around when the burner came on.  I noticed what a great view it was to look up through the balloon from inside the basket.  To make it even better, this balloon had a smiley at the center!

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It was never my intention to take this shot but by paying attention and being open to the unexpected, I got something unusual and interesting.  Gotta be one of the most important lessons I have learned about photography.  It’s always good to do your research, plan, and show up at the right time but sometimes it’s the things you didn’t plan on that turn out to be the best images.

Always look around and work the scene.  Life is what happens while we’re making plans.  Don’t let your plans cause you to miss the opportunities that surround you!

44th Annual Helen to the Atlantic Balloon Race & Festival
Helen, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
10mm @ f/9 – 1/1250 sec – ISO 400

Hot Air Balloon Launch

It is always a beautiful sight to see hot-air balloons launch in a rainbow of colors into the sky.  Saturday morning in Helen, Georgia, this was definitely the case.  We watched the crews lay the balloons out then use a big fan to blow air in and then the burners to heat the air and make it float.  They don’t all lift off at the same time but drift up one or two at a time for a great scene.

This is also a sport that is very dependent on the weather.  Each time there is a balloon launch, there is a distinct possibility that it won’t happen.  As a member of one of the crews told me, it’s kind of a Goldilocks type thing.  Not too hot or too cold, not too windy or too calm or it is a No Go.  On this morning, things were pretty good but the wind was on the very light side.  If they had been launching for the race, it probably would not have gone off.

The race that is the center of this annual balloon festival is a unique event.  The balloons launch from the city of Helen in the North Georgia mountains, bound for the Atlantic Coast.  There is no pre-determined end location but the finish line is Interstate Highway 95 (I-95) that runs all along the east coast of the US.  The shortest possible distance is 225 miles away but, technically, the finish line could be crossed anywhere from Maine to Florida.

44th Annual Helen to the Atlantic Balloon Race & Festival
Helen, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
16mm @ f/10 – 1/60 sec – ISO 200

Helen Balloon Festival

Joyce and I went out at 0-dark thirty yesterday to see the Balloon Festival in Helen, GA.  The event was scheduled to start at 6:30am and it took about an hour and a half to drive there so, that tells you when we had to leave.

We had  a great time meeting up with the North Georgia Photography Club and watching as the crews laid the balloons out, filled them with hot air and launched.  It was beautifully colorful and lots of fun to see.

I only got part way through my post-processing since I ran out of steam before it got to be late.  Should have taken a nap in the afternoon but, that didn’t happen.  More pics to come soon.

44th Annual Helen to the Atlantic Balloon Race & Festival
Helen, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
16mm @ f/10 – 1/60 sec – ISO 200

Textile Machine skeletons

All the guts have been taken out but, the machinery is still cool to look at.  This was a new perspective for me.  I usually pull out the wide-angle lens when trying to capture a wide horizontal scene like landscape.  In this case, I wanted to get a close-up of the whole machine and the surrounding building structure.  To do this, I got as close as I could without getting my toes in the shot.  I turned the camera to more of a vertical but tilted it to get everything in the foreground at floor level and the bank of windows behind the machines.

This kind of stretches the perspective but the neat thing is that my Tamron 10-24 lens gives me minimal distortion even at an exaggerated perspective like this.  You see the wide view but the lines of the window panes and the wood floors look straight and not curved as you might expect.  I really like this lens!

Lindale Mill
Lindale, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
11mm @ f/16 – 1 sec – ISO 100

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Detroit RotoGrate Stokers

The Lindale Mill is a great source of photo subjects.  The interior and exterior architectural elements are great but I find the remaining industrial equipment the most interesting.  These machines are part of the furnace and boilers in the building with the big smokestacks.  I’m not sure how old they are (could go all the way back to the turn of the century when it opened or as late as the 1970’s when the plant closed.

The company that made them is still in the business and continues to make these items:

The Detroit® RotoGrate Stoker is a continuous ash discharge, traveling grate, spreader stoker that is perfect for a broad range of applications. It is recognized worldwide for its efficiency in generating steam and power.

The industrial grunge is just so cool!

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
12mm @ f/18 – 2 sec – ISO 320

#LindaleMill #LindaleGA #TextileMill #industrial #machinery #UrbanDecay #texture #detail #decay #abandoned #WithMyTamron