Atlanta Botanical

Fun, crowded day visiting the botanical gardens with my best friend!  Love you, honey.

It's a Dandy[lion]!

It’s a Dandy[lion]!

Sauna

Sauna

Posted in: Architecture, Atlanta, Plants by Mark 1 Comment

Cotswolds – English Gardens and Such

From a recent trip ….

Bourton-On-The-Hill

Bourton-On-The-Hill

Greenhouse

Greenhouse

To the Garden

To the Garden

Cotswold Flat

Cotswold Flat

Midtown Walkabout

Recently my son-in-law Evan (@evan5ps, evan5ps.tumblr.com/, evan5ps.com,  led a photo walk in Midtown Atlanta near 14th Street and Peachtree.  Great turnout – 40-50 people.  So I joined up for a short bit and lavished in an hour or so of capturing street images at dusk while Katie kept me company.  Enjoy!

Midtown ATL

Midtown ATL

Body of Art I

Body of Art I

Body of Art II

Body of Art II

Dusk at the Museum

Dusk at the Museum

Ascension

Ascension

S-Curve

S-Curve

Harvest Season Signals

From a Labor Day visit to Columbia, TN.  Farmland and countryside abound.  Hints of autumn brim.

Seasons Come, Seasons Go

Seasons Come, Seasons Go

Bales of Hay

Bales of Hay

Courthouse Square - Columbia, TN

Courthouse Square – Columbia, TN

Posted in: Architecture, Columbia, Landscapes by Mark 1 Comment

2 More from Big Cypress

One day I hope to get my timing right and land a few real thunderhead “winners” from the Everglades like Clyde Butcher.  But, we do not have the luxury of controlling mother nature.  Clouds were ever changing and impressive while Carl and I were there in August.  We made the most of what was given us, though shy of great light and a “wow” moment.  Here are a couple more, illustrating the brewing clouds and grassy textures.

Rolling Thunder

Rolling Thunder

Palm in the Swamp

Palms in the Swamp

Posted in: FL, Landscapes by Mark 1 Comment

B&W – From Pier to Swamp

Another of Venice Pier; this one earlier in the morning, and I was lucky to capture a lightning strike in the distance.  Later in the day we ventured to the Everglades to catch a few thunderheads.  It is amazing how quickly the weather shifts and changes on hot south Florida days in the swamp!

Distant Storm at Venice Pier

Distant Storm at Venice Pier

Big Cypress - Everglades

Big Cypress – Everglades

Posted in: Beach, FL, Landscapes, Water by Mark 2 Comments

Pier One (and Two) – Venice, FL

My best bud Carl and I took a getaway trip to south FL prior to his recent surgery.  For us, there’s nothing like the “therapy” of shooting and chilling.  He introduced me to the pier in Venice, which is a beautiful structure, and it’s a serene one at daybreak.  I love piers like this.  They are a metaphor of strength, whether in calm seas or turbulent.  This is what I hoped to be for Carl through his upcoming surgery and early recovery.

While the seas were calm on this particular morning, and the lighting “bland”, I hope these two images reflect two distinct circumstances:  Steadiness during peace and tranquility, and equal strength and steadiness when things are anxious and unpredictable.

Philippians 4:6  Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.

I am so grateful for my friend!  He’s excelling in recovery!

Venice Pier - Tranquil

Venice Pier – Tranquil

Venice Pier - Anxious

Venice Pier – Anxious

Posted in: Beach, Faith, Landscapes, Water by Mark 1 Comment

Tunes from the Tombs

Kathy and I went to Tombs from the Tombs, a fun music event in Atlanta’s historic Oakland Cemetery, a few weeks back.  That’s right – a cemetery.  It’s a great time, and funds go to helping maintain this incredible historic venue that goes back to Civil War times.  The heat was unusually mild, so it was an super fun day.  Our favorite band was the B-53’s, a colorful through back to the B-52’s.

Historic Oakland Cemetery

Historic Oakland Cemetery

Historic Oakland Cemetery

Historic Oakland Cemetery

Historic Oakland Cemetery

Historic Oakland Cemetery

Historic Oakland Cemetery

Historic Oakland Cemetery

Historic Oakland Cemetery

Historic Oakland Cemetery

The Clermonts

The Clermonts

B-53's

B-53’s

B-53's

B-53’s

B-52's

B-53’s

B-53's

B-53’s

B-53's - Keyboard

B-53’s – Keyboard

Posted in: Atlanta, Cityscapes, Events, Music by Mark 1 Comment

Athens – Window Shopping and More

Shooting has been a rare commodity lately, but Saturday afternoon I spent a couple of hours walking around Athens, GA and the UGA campus in pursuit of a few photo opps.  Lighting was too harsh for broad scenics, but small vignettes were plentiful.  Getting the itch to shoot more.  :-)

Parking Deck

Parking Deck

On the other side

On the other side

Classroom Reflections

Classroom Reflections

Break Room

Break Room

Long shadows

Long shadows

Parking Lines

Parking Lines

Rectangles

Rectangles

Optics

Optics

Fringe

Fringe

Step Up

Step Up

UGA Bus Stop

UGA Bus Stop

Posted in: Abstract, Architecture, Cityscapes by Mark 1 Comment

San Franciscans on the Go

True Love

True Love

Market Street Bus Stop

Market Street Bus Stop

Union Square Pedestrians

Union Square Pedestrians

Embarcadero #3

Embarcadero #3

Almost Home

Almost Home

Geary and Grant

Geary and Grant

Let's Roll

Let’s Roll

Rush

Rush

San Francisco Vignettes

More from my recent San Francisco trip.  Exploring is the city is fun enough, but finding small vignettes of interest is icing on the cake.  And of course, it’s almost impossible to post SF images without including another of the Golden Gate.  :-)

In Step

In Step

X-Factor

X-Factor

Embarcadero Center #2

Embarcadero Center #2

Fern

Fern

Embarcadero Center

Embarcadero Center

Incoming

Incoming

Waiting on the Train

Waiting on the Train

Low Tide, Marshall Beach

Low Tide, Marshall Beach

April 24, 2016

The dust is starting to settle from a spectacular wedding celebration – Mr. and Mrs. Evan Ranft.  We are incredibly proud and thankful for Katie and Evan, their “big day”, and everything the future has to bring for them.  They were meant for each other, and God is looking down on them and guiding them.

Thanks go to my best bud Carl for his gift of photography and his giving friendship!

Happy Bride

Happy Bride

The Kiss

The Kiss

Posted in: Events, Family, People by Mark 2 Comments
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