Passages 2.0

Two of my favorite small cities are Chattanooga and Asheville.  Each has a small city feel with tons to offer, including an eclectic flare for the arts and creativity.

This small alley in Chattanooga, called “Passages 2.0”, is an example of how the city continues to transform old, historical architecture into new and vibrant creations.  I find something new each time I visit these two unique southern cities.

Passages 2.0 - Chattanooga, TN

Passages 2.0 – Chattanooga, TN


Rock Springs – Like Home

Love this old church, and have shared a post and photo before.  I drive past it every weekend, and I always feel like I’m stepping back in time to my childhood when small, country churches were prevalent in my rural part of the world (Lewis County, TN).  Folks worked hard, and many were rooted in faith at their local country church.  Each church served generations of families and the community.  I’m so blessed to have experienced such heritage and faithfulness.

On my drive-by late yesterday, the sun kissed the rustic whitewashed church front as if God were shining a spotlight on it.

Rock Springs Church - Gwinnett County, GA

Rock Springs Church – Gwinnett County, GA


Posted in: Architecture, Faith, TN by Mark 1 Comment

The Chosen

From an incredible worship service today at 12Stone Church … God tells us we (those who follow him) should be different, and above all,  love others.

I Peter 2:9-12 But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.

Do you prefer the color or B&W version?

Worship Him.

Worship Him

Worship Him

Worship Him

Posted in: Faith, Music, Worship by Mark 1 Comment

The Little Kitchen That Could

I shared a photo and post in November, 2017 about a beautiful experience Kathy and I literally stumbled into.  You can read the original post here.

No Place Like Home

No Place Like Home

Fast forward a year and 3 months … I received a note (posted below) from Tom Hare, the passionate owner and artist of this fantastic work-of-art cabin.  His note completely made my day, and it reminded me how seemingly small things can have lasting impressions.

BTW – Tom rents cabins and gives tours!
Briar Rose Farm or Listed on AirBNB

Tom’s Note:

Dear Mark,

I hope things are going good for you, as things are going good for me. Thanks for giving me a new direction to travel in my life. That photo you took of my kitchen changed everything for me. 

As I told you, my cabin made Home Of The Week in two major newspapers in 2018; it was also featured again in both of those papers in an end-of-the-year recap of the best kitchens and bathrooms. My cabin, which came in under $5,000 for everything, was up against $35,000 kitchens in $1,000,000 homes. You can imagine what this did for me and my self esteem- I had to go to town to get measured for a bigger hat. 
I am now trying to get a grant to finish this farm off. Some of my projects include:
  • Building a blacksmith shop
  • Building an outhouse with a flush toilet
  • Getting the spring house working again
  • Signage for the nature trail
  • Getting the saw mill working again
  • Refurbishing my gasoline powered Maytag washing machine (It washes clothes, makes butter and ice cream, and grinds meat! This runs on       1920s technology, and I can’t even get a cell phone to work here)
  • Building a summer kitchen
  • Starting a farm garden like old farmsteads used to have
  • Registering both farms as film locations. 
All of this just started to come to mind after you took that photo of my kitchen. On February 23, a photography club will be coming here for a field trip, and they will want to know what kind of camera and lens you used when you took that photo.
Mark do you see what has happened here? That one photo you took is worth thousand words and new ideas. 
Thank you so much,

Morning at the Museum #1 – Labyrinth

Another fun visit to the High Museum of Art.  We frequent it at least 3-4 times a year.  Exhibits do not disappoint, nor do observations of the museum’s architecture and patrons.

High Museum - Atrium Navigation

High Museum – Atrium Navigation

Posted in: Abstract, Architecture, Museum, People by Mark 1 Comment

Morning at the Museum #2 – Red

The Wait

The Wait

From Exhibit "Lord Blest the USA" ~R.A. Miller

From Exhibit “Lord Blest the USA” ~R.A. Miller

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Morning at the Museum #3 – Traces of Blue



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Morning at the Museum #4 – Atrium Ceiling

I love this ceiling.  The shapes and shades are ever-changing based on the direction and amount of sunshine (or lack thereof).

Pie in the Sky

Pie in the Sky

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Winter’s Wardrobe

Winter Forest

Winter Forest

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

Uncle Bob

Family Christmas tradition includes spending 3-4 days between Christmas and New Years in Tennessee visiting my brother’s family – Mike, Dorine, and Eddie.  We do a lot of “nothing” and enjoy every minute.  And each year’s trip would not be complete without seeing our Uncle Bob, now 88.  This year he schooled all of us at the pool table.

Game Face - Uncle Bob

Game Face – Uncle Bob

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Columbia, TN - Old Store Front #1

Columbia, TN – Old Store Front #1

Columbia, TN - Old Store Front #2

Columbia, TN – Old Store Front #2

Skyline – Another Take

I’ve been wanting to revisit post processing of this image which was previously posted in B&W (with I still love), mainly as a personal challenge.  This ATL skyline vantage point  is “worn out”, but at the same time, it is a classic view.  The color temperature of the sodium vapor lights on the foreground highway have an overpowering yellow cast that is often difficult to edit work with to render a final, pleasing result.  Hopefully I have done justice for the skyline under siege of fog.

Blue Ceiling

Blue Ceiling

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