Nico the flirty Beluga Whale. Georgia Aquarium
Fourth of July, Atlanta's Centennial Park fireworks celebration.
A rare, but beautiful, snowy morning in Georgia.
South Beach, Miami, Florida
I love cows.
Thrift store finds
Sunset, Rincon, Puerto Rico
Spring blooms, Atlanta Botanical Garden
Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Trio in Black and White
Caribbean Sea, Westpunt, Curacao
Orchid, Atlanta Botanical Garden
Water Lilies, Atlanta Botanical Garden
Morrison Springs, Ponce de Leon, Florida
Water Droplets, Atlanta Botanical Garden
Sunrise, Ponce de Leon, Florida
Beautiful Blooms, Atlanta Botanical Garden
365 in 2011
- ► 2012 (209)
- Softness (160 of 365)
- Fairytale (159 of 365)
- The Letter U (158 of 365)
- Compact (157 of 365)
- Edible (156 of 365)
- Spring (155 of 365)
- Small (154 of 365)
- Liquid (153 of 365)
- Musical (152 of 365)
- Hiding (151 of 365)
- Bold (150 of 365)
- Fruit (149 of 365)
- Dusk (148 of 365)
- Flat (147 of 365)
- Vivid (146 of 365)
- Fly (145 of 365)
- Center of Interest (144 of 365)
- Round (143 of 365)
- Art (142 of 365)
- 10 Years . . .
- Two (141 of 365)
- The Letter Z (140 of 365)
- Fair Warning . . .
- Hair (139 of 365)
- Crooked (138 of 365)
- Slick (137 of 365)
- Blurred (136 of 365)
- Alive (135 of 365)
- Shiny (134 of 365)
- Scattered (133 of 365)
- The Letter W (132 of 365)
- Floor (131 of 365)
- ▼ September (32)
- ► 2010 (94)
- ► 2009 (394)
- ► 2008 (396)
- ► 2007 (43)
Friday, September 30, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
When I was little I loved fairytales. My Dad recorded several episodes of Fairie Tale Theatre for me when it aired. My favorite one to watch was "The Frog Prince." Robin Williams played the Frog/Prince Robin and Teri Garr played the Princess.
Hopefully, this little guy finds his princess one day, too.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
Sunday, September 25, 2011
I know it isn't Spring, but coneflowers always remind me of that time of year. Here in Georgia, we see them pop up in May and they are usually around through end the of October. They're bright, cheerful little flowers!
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
A nepenthes plant, also known as a pitcher plant, is a carnivorous plant. The pitcher starts as a small bud and gradually expands to form a tube-shaped trap. The trap contains a fluid of the plant's own production, which may be watery or syrupy and is used to drown the prey.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
My last visit to the garden was Labor Day morning when Atlanta was waiting for the heavy rains from a recent tropical storm. I love rainy days in the garden! It's less crowded and allows for different shots. It's also the time when the bullfrogs are most active. On this day, I counted 19 between 4 ponds. This little guy was doing his best to hide within the lily pads.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
The Atlanta Botanical Garden opened up its edible garden this past Spring. However, my last visit was the first time I'd actually really taken a walk through this part of the garden. It's very pretty with lots of fruits, veggies, herbs, and a chef's area used for cooking demonstrations.
One of the many things growing in the garden were these pretty little tomatoes.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
Most major cities have a street art community of some kind and Atlanta is no different. We spotted this one on our way back from the Dragon*Con parade on Mitchell Street in downtown. 209 Mitchell St SW, Atlanta, GA, 30303, to be exact. This alligator is a piece by ROA, a Belgian artist, who was recently in Atlanta for the Living Walls 2011 Conference.
In addition to the typical street and graffiti art, Atlanta has at least two street artists who produce non-permanent art. Evereman and Catlanta are two street artists who leave their artwork hidden around the city for people to find and take home. The artists leave magnets, wooden blocks, and other small art pieces around town for people to find.
I have yet to be in the area when either artist has hidden some work, but I am on the lookout!
Sunday, September 11, 2011
For the past few days, as the 10 year anniversary of 9/11 approached, I've considered what I wanted to say here. Even as I sit down to write this, I'm still undecided. So, we have a combination of new and old.
I can remember that day so vividly in my mind. In some ways, I feel uncomfortable discussing what my day was like. I lost no friends or family. I was also in Nashville, Tennessee, many miles away from the tragedy. I hope people who did live through the horror of losing loved ones that day, those in the buildings, the emergency workers, and citizens of New York City and Washington D.C. will not think I am in any way belittling their experience by discussing mine.
I was driving to work that morning, listening to morning radio, and heard a report that a small plane had hit one of the WTC Towers. I called my then boyfriend, who was a news reporter for a small-town newspaper in one of the Nashville suburbs. I woke him up when I called, told him what I’d heard, and asked him to turn on the television. At this point, the second plane had not yet hit the WTC Tower. He was describing the scene for me when the second plane hit. His reaction gave me chills, and I can still hear his voice very clearly.
Once I arrived at work, a small Nashville law firm, three paralegals were there (we had two attorneys and 6 paralegals). They were crowded around the only computer with internet access. We were trying to find out any information we could, but there were only small amounts of information coming in. One paralegal’s daughter was at the WTC for a meeting. Of course, she was unreachable all day long. She was able to contact her mother the next day and had made it out of the building before either collapsed.
Once our boss arrived, we went to our individual offices. At that time, I shared an office with another paralegal. We turned the radio in our office to National Public Radio. This is what we listened to the entire day, hearing of the collapse, the Pentagon, and finally Flight 93. It was scary to create my own images of the things taking place. Our office was very slow. The phones, aside from our families calling, were fairly silent. I wonder now what my reactions would have been were I able to visually see what was taking place. In most situations, the visions you create in your mind from descriptions are usually worse than what actually occurs. However, in this instance, I think that’s impossible. I don’t think any of use could have fathomed what was actually taking place.
At lunch, after I had finished eating, I walked across the street to a brewery I knew would have television coverage. It was so crowded I could barely get to the bar to see the televisions. I was so shocked at what I saw. It was the first time I saw the smoke, the second plane hitting the WTC, and finally the collapse of the two towers. I was immediately in tears and there were many people in the bar (men and women) who were openly crying. At home, I watched the coverage until I went to bed that night. I had been to New York City about two years prior, and had stood at the base of the WTC. It was so hard for me, even with the images I had seen, to imagine those wondrous buildings collapsing.
Several evenings later, my then boyfriend and I watched the 9/11 documentary by filmmakers Jules and Gedeon Naudet. It was unbelievable, and so emotional, to see what happened through the lens of their cameras. I can remember crying and jumping every time I heard the sounds of people falling. That sound, and the sound of the firefighter distress whistles are the ones that I will remember most.
January of 2008 was my first visit to New York City since the 9/11 attacks. The above photo is one I took during our visit to Ground Zero. It was a beautiful, windy day. It was such a calm and solemn place (as it should be!). My friends and I recounted our experiences on 9/11. Where we were, how we learned of the attacks and what our first images were. Each of us were in a different city. It was especially interesting to hear the experiences of my three friends from Germany and Australia who were with us that day.
I've always had a special reverence for Arlington Cemetery, especially the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It's a somber place and watching the Changing of the Guard will give me chills and bring me to tears every time. Ground Zero is no different. Sadly, 9/11 is the event (and the wars which have followed it) which defines my generation. I don't think I will ever visit Ground Zero and not be moved to tears. It deserves to remain a place of reflection, memorium, and respect.
Earlier this week, someone linked me to Internet Archive's "Understanding 9/11" web page. The site is a video library of over 3,000 hour of domestic and international television coverage of the days surrounding 9/11. It is powerful. I spent some time this week watching numerous clips. I never saw footage of that morning as it was happening. Seeing the breaking news coverage that occurred and hearing the terrified witnesses on the phone with news media was so emotional. I was apprehensive of seeing the footage of the moments after the second plane hit and the eventual fall of the towers. They are images I have seen many times over the last 10 years, but somehow, seeing it as it occurred was very real and very emotional. Although, I imagine those scenes will always be powerful to our generation, just as the images of Pearl Harbor and Oklahoma City were to other generations.
Another interesting and powerful site is from the Rutgers University Law Review. Working with the 9/11 Commission they have compiled and posted an "'audio monograph' of critical communications from the morning of 9/11, linked by narrative and graphics placing each audio clip in context." It's the story of the FAA and NORAD's response to the attacks.
The above photo is the American flag at Ground Zero. It was also taken during my trip in January 2008. After the attacks, I can remember feeling empowered because the entire country seemed to rally around each other. The partisan politics, which were constant, seemed to go by the wayside for a while. Now, partisan politics are rampant and our country seems more divided than it ever has. This beautiful flag should always remind us that we are one nation. Together together we can overcome acts of terror, recessions, and even partisan politics!
My thoughts and prayers are with those who lost their lives, lost loved ones, and our nation as a whole. Never forget!!
*The second picture I’ve posted is one I think is beautiful, despite what occurred. It was taken by photographer Thomas Franklin of The Record.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Friday, September 9, 2011
Chewbacca visited Atlanta over Labor Day weekend to participate in Dragon*Con. The event takes place each year in Atlanta during the long Labor Day weekend. The parade brings out all sorts of fun characters!
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Monday, September 5, 2011
Notice the little guy crawling around? I kept waiting and waiting for the spider to make a move, but he never did.
Probably a good thing, though. I'd have jumped so far at any movement from the spider I probably would've hurt myself! :)