Promise of Spring

I know my complaints about how the cold snap messed spring up may be getting old.  This was one of those little bits of spring that survived.  I’m going to make a trip out to Gibbs Gardens today so, maybe there is some evidence of spring up there to brighten my spirits.  I will be sure to post that when I get back.

Until then, I guess this will do.

Archibald Smith Plantation Home – Roswell, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/20 –  1/125 sec – ISO 400

Pink Hyacinth

OK, so there are a few spring flowers blooming.  I captured this beautiful pink hyacinth on my walk around Smith Plantation on Sunday.  I love this kind of flower that is a bundle of mini-blooms which from a distance look like one big blossom.  The closer you get, the more you appreciate the individual flowers.

As I continue to explore the macro world, I am constantly amazed at the intricate shapes that make up small things.  The colors and curves that make each of these little flowers are a wonder to look at and make me appreciate the fantastic variety that is here in the world around us.  Whether it is vast landscapes or tiny microcosms, God’s handiwork is awesome!

Archibald Smith Plantation Home – Roswell, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/20 –  1/100 sec – ISO 400

Winter Color

One of the few plants that stand up to colder weather and keep some color in the landscape is this ornamental cabbage.  Getting close to the plant reveals a depth of color and texture that is missing from most of the bleak surroundings.

I processed this image with Nik software Color Effects Pro 4 filters to make the detail and contrast stand out.

Smith House Plantation
935 Alpharetta Highway
Roswell, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
185mm @ f/6.3 –  1/160 sec – ISO 200

Open-hearth Cooking

I have fond memories of cooking over a campfire back in the days when I was a Boy Scout but, can you imagine this as your everyday kitchen?  This image includes common implements used in open-hearth cooking. Lots of cast iron as you can see.

This time of year, the idea of cooking before an open fire may seem very cozy.  The warmth of the fire with pots bubbling and mouth-watering aromas wafting about sounds great.  I’m sure it wouldn’t be so much fun in the middle of the summer though.  The kitchen was a separate building in plantation homes such as this.  I imagine that may have been to isolate the heat as much as to avoid setting fire to the main dwelling.  Still, the image of preparing holiday meals here makes me wish I could experience it first-hand.

Smith House Plantation
935 Alpharetta Highway
Roswell, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
58mm @ f/5 –  1/15 sec – ISO 800

Who’s ready for breakfast?

As a leading family in Roswell, the Smith’s only had the fancy packaged hominy for their grits!  This is one of the old shipping crates that is on display in one of the side buildings at the Smith Plantation.  It just seemed to be to be a great reminder of the time when our country was transitioning from an agricultural society to one based on manufactured goods.

Smith House Plantation
935 Alpharetta Highway
Roswell, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
52mm @ f/5 –  1/6 sec – ISO 200

Switch grass

If you have not been to the Archibald Smith Plantation in Roswell, you should make a visit.  The house is a wonderful journey into times past and a peek into the life of one of Roswell’s founding families.  Outside, you can stroll across the grounds which have been cared for by Master Gardeners of Roswell.

Down the hill from the main house is a stream where the Spring House is located.  This is where perishables were stored in the coolness provided by the water.  The surrounding area is planted with ferns and bog plants and grasses such as the switch grass shown in this image.  The area has a natural feel to it that makes you want to sit and ponder the beauty of the scene.  In December, even on a pleasant day with the temperature in the 5o’s, you pretty much have the place to yourself so, this is a great time to go.

Smith House Plantation
935 Alpharetta Highway
Roswell, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
78mm @ f/5.6 –  1/160 sec – ISO 200

19th Century Tupperware

It may seem strange but, when I visit the Smith Plantation in Roswell, my favorite place for images is the little slave cabin to the side of the main house.  The cabin is plain and sparsely furnished but there’s something about the light that comes in here that amazes me.  There’s a kind of gentle glow that lights the single room and makes the items here stand out.  I also love the texture of the rough wood that makes up the walls.  It all just kind of gives me that feeling of stepping back in time.

According to the information in the cabin, over 200 baskets have been found in the house and surrounding buildings of the Smith Plantation.  Used to carry and store produce and other items, the basket was the Tupperware of the day.

19th Century Georgia Market Basket
Smith House Plantation
935 Alpharetta Highway
Roswell, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
31mm @ f/4 –  1/5 sec – ISO 200