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!
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.
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.
by Michael Dillon
Bronze and Iron
Art around Roswell exhibit
Roswell Area Park, at the lake
Roswell, Georgia, USA
Why do we both fear and crave dark, closed off spaces?
What is it about the underside of bridges that can both draw you in and scare you away? There is shade from the sun but also dark shadows which could hide unknown dangers. You can look out at the world passing by and somehow be shielded from it.
When you seek out a cool, protected spot to relax and enjoy the day, are you hiding? The fairy stories of old spoke of Trolls hiding under bridges waiting for unsuspecting people to pass by so that they could jump out and attack them. Why is it that we both fear and desire the cave-like environment that is present here? Maybe it is the unknown that we feel both frightened and thrilled by. But, how can we ever know anything new if we don’t risk the unknown?
It seems that the feelings we get from a place are mostly in our heads. Where ever we go, we bring our emotions with us. If we are cowardly hiding from the world a spot under the bridge is a cave that shuts others out. If we are bravely seeking adventure, it is a mysterious land to be explored. Or if you are like me, it is simply a break from the heat and a place to stop and watch the world float by on a lazy Saturday morning. The place does not create our emotions, we project what is in our minds onto what we see. So you decide if you will be the coward, the hero or the happy wanderer.
Bird photography can be very challenging. Maybe I should have started with something larger and slower moving?
I have been playing with some new toys that I got recently and have discovered a newfound respect for people who get great bird pictures on a regular basis. It could be because I am new to the process of trying to capture these beautiful flying creatures. It could also have something to do with the fact that I have been trying to get shots of a tiny bird that zips around my backyard at something just less than the speed of light.
Hummingbirds are fascinating to many people because of their size and their hovering flight patterns evident while they visit flowers or feeders that are plentiful in the summertime. I love to watch them especially when we get multiples competing over a feeder. Dive-bombing and chasing each other away from the prized feeder perch, they provide hours of entertainment.
But when you are trying to get a picture, you quickly discover that all that frantic energy that is so entertaining to watch means your subject does not stay still for long. My newly acquired Nikon D7100 is capable of being triggered remotely with a WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter. This is really cool and allows me to open the shutter with a cell phone or tablet without needing to be outside in the sweltering heat of an Atlanta summer.
This works really well once you get everything set up just right. Of course, that is no small task! I had to get my tripod set up in a good spot at the right height and angle. Then, I had to get the settings right and set the focus. And set the focus. And set the focus…
That was the hardest part. Trying to find the precise focal point to capture a tiny bird that was not in place while I was focusing. I didn’t want to keep the focus on auto because that makes noise and often searches around a lot when trying to find a small, fast-moving subject. After about half a dozen attempts, I found the right focus setting and f/stop to get some sharp images. Now, if I could just get that little guy to pose where I have the camera pointed while in flight! I guess I just need to keep trying.
Roswell, Georgia, USA
Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM
290mm at f/9 – 1/160 sec – ISO 400
Once a year, one of the busiest Highways in the Atlanta area – Georgia 400, is closed down to allow a bicylce ride to pass through.
Once a year, one of the busiest Highways in the Atlanta area – Georgia 400, is closed down to allow a bicycle ride to pass through. Normally, bicyclist are not allowed on the highways so, it is very unusual to see no auto traffic and hundreds of cyclist riding down this road. This one would have been a great image for the “Forbidden” daily prompt a few days ago.
The Georgia 400 Century ride started out this morning at about 7AM with riders crossing over the at Holcomb Bridge Road and entering the southbound on ramp to the highway with the sun rising behind them.
Some riders will be going the full 100 mile route which leads down GA 400 to Northridge Road (the next exit to the south) and then winds back up along the Chattahoochee River through Roswell and Alpharetta then west toward Mountain Park and eventually back to the starting point. There are other routes that cover 9, 27, 45 and 62 miles for those who are not ready to take on that many hours on the road.
This was quite a sight to see and I’m sure the participants will have a great ride through the rolling hills that the route covers. Hopefully, they won’t melt before the ride is over. Looks like the temps will be well into the 90’s by the time they are finished!
Georgia 400 Century ride
Holcomb Bridge Southbound entrance to GA 400
Roswell, Georgia, USA
It’s really hot outside but a trip to the Roswell Farmer’s Market is a nice way to start the weekend.
So, it’s the weekend and I just got a new camera to try out. Well it’s actually not “new” but I picked up a Nikon D7100 from my friend who just bought a D500. Anyway, I wanted to go out and give my new baby a try.
Early Summer in Atlanta
We thought about several options for a short day trip but quickly realized – it’s way too hot out there!! Yes, the forecast for the day was a high of 97 degrees (thats 36° C) and at 10:00 AM we were already at 94°. I needed a choice which would give us something that would be in the shade and not take too long. The obvious choice: the Roswell Farmers and Artisans Market which is just around the corner and is held on Saturday mornings from April thru October.
The market is a great attraction for locals to grab a cup of coffee and a nice bakery item for breakfast. Get some fresh local produce, browse through a variety of crafts of just watch people and listen to live music which is there often. The one thing that my wife and I almost always do when here, is get some peaches.
Peaches being in season is a sure sign that Summer has arrived. We love getting this sweet natural treat and buying from local growers is definitely the way to go. It was also fun just to visit with the family members who were here selling their farm produce. This weekend, the peaches came from Carroll Farms located in Woodbury, Georgia.
As much as we enjoyed the visit, we were feeling the heat pretty quickly and needed to get back in the air-conditioning before we melted into the asphalt of the parking lot. The peaches are ripening on our kitchen counter now and I also brought home a very tasty Caribean Lime/Coconut cake. We will need to go back and see what’s there next week if the whole city doesn’t go up in flames before then.
Roswell Farmers and Artisans Market
Roswell City Hall
38 Hill Street
Roswell, Georgia, USA