Geometry

Art Academy, San Francisco

Art Academy, San Francisco

Commons near Market Street and Embarcadero, San Francisco

Commons near Market Street and Embarcadero, San Francisco

Let Freedom Ring!

Happy Independence Day!

Old Glory at Peachtree Center

Old Glory at Peachtree Center

Lumpkin County Courthouse - Monroe, GA

Walton County Courthouse – Monroe, GA

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Smoky Skies

The epitome of the Smokies and the Blue Ridge Mountains – hazy mountain tops and blah skies.  This region definitely has it’s spectacular sunsets, for sure, but more often than not the volatile summer weather patterns and valleys yield a foggy mess for us photogs.

While curating and editing pictures from this trip, my inclination was to toss this image because of the haze.  But on second thought, I decided to embrace it for what it is … while not an eye-popping sunset spectacular, it is nonetheless the quintissential reality of these mountain ranges in the summer.

As a counter punch, beautiful flame azaleas were in full bloom and spiced up the foreground as sunset wrapped the day.

Flame Azaleas at Dusk

Flame Azaleas at Dusk

 

Posted in: Flora, Landscapes, Plants by Mark 1 Comment

Generations

Like generational families, waterfalls put front and center the harmony of youthful vibrance surrounded by the wisdom of the aged.  Each  is beautiful in its own right, but their coexistence is pure and  elegant.

Generations - Eastatoe Falls, Brevard, NC

Generations @ Catawba Falls near Old Fort, NC

Eastatoe Falls – Brevard, NC

Thanks to my best bud Carl, I had a wonderful weekend packed with western North Carolina goodness!  It was a confluence of friendship, hiking, camping, and photography, all of which exemplify and reinforced to me God’s blessings of nature.  I often take for granted how much each means to me, not to mention their relatively easy access within only a few hours.

More to come, but this is one of my favorites from the trip.  Eastatoe is all you see in the photo and so much more.  This wide angle view does not reveal the enormity of these falls … a 60 foot high series of roaring cascades.  It sits behind an old south residential property, and the owners are kind enough to share their gem with visitors at no charge.  What a gift!

Eastatoe, Falls

Eastatoe Falls – Brevard, NC

Lunchtime Invitation

Complimentary Condiment

Complimentary Condiment

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Simplicity

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” ~Leonardo da Vinci

Corner Stones

Corner Stones

Noontime Ride-A-Long

Noontime Ride-A-Long

Monroe, GA

Today I launched out on a leisurely motorcycle ride before the 90F heat would hit.  Something, I’m not sure what, led me in a different direction than I would typically go.  Three quarters of an hour later I landed in Monroe, GA, the county seat of Walton County.  It’s an old, charming 19th century southern town near Athens, GA (home of the University of Georgia).

Little did I know, Walton County (and therefore Monroe) has quite a history.  Walton County was created on December 15, 1818. It is named for George Walton, one of the three men from Georgia who signed the United States Declaration of Independence.  Another of the three, Button Gwinnett, is the namesake for the county I live in.

Like so many quaint, old southern towns, it has been successfully working to make a comeback the past few years.  And being situated between two Georgia population centers (Atlanta and Athens), it is well positioned for tourism traffic, yet rural enough to maintain it’s smallness.  I loved spending an hour or so walking Main Street and pondering the history of the old buildings and court house.

B&W just seemed period-appropriate.  Usually I avoid mixing color and monochrome images in the same post, but I couldn’t help but share the colorful mural!

Monroe, GA

Monroe, GA

Monroe, GA Courthouse

Walton County Courthouse – Monroe, GA

A Peek into Yesteryear – Monroe, GA

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Warmth of the Afternoon Sun

Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us.  ~ Samuel Smiles
A couple more from the recent Midtown walk.

 

Inside the Lines

Inside the Lines

Almost Boxed In

Almost Boxed In

Midtown ‘Walken’

Immediately fell in love with this storefront poster.  :-)

Walkens Welcome

Walkens Welcome

Architecture Midtown (ATL)

From a recent after-work photo walk to calm the brain and shift gears to shutter time.

Step it Up - Georgian Terrace Hotel

Step it Up – Georgian Terrace Hotel

Higher Vision - Georgian Terrace Hotel

Higher Vision – Georgian Terrace Hotel

Way Finder - Georgian Terrace Hotell

Way Finder – Georgian Terrace Hotell

Posted in: Architecture, Atlanta, Cityscapes by Mark 2 Comments

Two Wheels

My bud Carl and I had an opportunity to ride the steel ponies the weekend before Easter.  He drove down, trailer in tow, to pickup his amazing Indian Scout.  “Tyra” had been in storage at the Sisco garage since Thanksgiving.

It was a great day of riding.  Weather was cloudy and cool (perfect), so we made our way through Flowery Branch, Statham, Winder, and Lawrenceville.  It was a great riding mix of rural countryside and old town charm.

We decided to put our cameras to work in the back alleys of Statham and Lawrenceville.  A visual capture of the day’s experience only seemed appropriate.

I love the back alley grunge and colors, but at the same time, my taste rarely tires of B&W .

  • Color advantages – it’s a colorful world; it’s what our eyes see; colors evoke mood and emotion
  • B&W advantages – nostalgic yet timeless; it enhances texture; to my mind, it minimizes the “distractions” of color and therefore brings a more focused eye on the subject

Do you have a preference?  Why?

Carl on his Scout, Tyra (B&W)

Carl on his Scout, Tyra (B&W)

Mark on his GS Adventure, Heidi (B&W)

Mark on his GS Adventure, Heidi (B&W)

 

Carl on his Scout, Tyra

Carl on his Scout, Tyra

Mark on his GS Adventure, Heidi

Mark on his GS Adventure, Heidi

 

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