Savannah Sights, Sounds & Scents

I’ve been wanting to spend a Saturday in Savannah shooting the beautiful old details in the historic district. Since most trips to Savannah mean mostly shopping, I decided to take the rainy Saturday God blessed us with and head up there.

I couldn’t have asked for better conditions, unless it would’ve been fewer weddings in Forsyth Park. There were several wedding parties having photos taken and I felt a little sorry for the photographers. Yes, there are many beautiful spots in the park but there are also always tourists wandering about, or people just out to enjoy the beauty.

Before I got to Savannah, I stopped at Bamboo Farms and Coastal Gardens, an cooperative extension of the University of Georgia. Here are a few shots I took there.

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Can you figure out plant this is?

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Any closer?

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It is the unfurling of a Sago Palm.

Next I went to Wormsloe Plantation, and was very happy to get some better shots than the other ones I have. There was such a light rain that it almost looks more like fog on the photos. It makes everything look nice and green and contrasty.

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If you go to Savannah, this is worth the drive to see. It’s a little south of the city on Isle of Hope. Costs about $6/person to get in and there is a historic plantation site to visit as well if you like history.

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After a cream-filled Krispy Kreme doughnut for fortification, I headed out to Tybee Island. I have been to Tybee a few times for a few minutes. I went to the lighthouse hoping to get some beach shots with the light in the background, but the lighthouse is surrounded by buildings and I couldn’t find a public beach access nearby. It’s probably good it is far enough from the water’s edge, because the first and second lighthouses that were built there were too close to the water, and the surf washed away the foundation.

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Both of these were shot from the street, looking through someone’s yard. The flowers are oleanders.

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Back to Savannah and to the historic section of town. There is so much character in the buildings of historic Savannah. To say there is wrought iron in Savannah is like saying there are Amish in Lancaster County. 🙂

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One of my favorite shots:

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The same could be said regarding ivy.

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Another of my favorite shots, except that the angle is off:

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This house overlooks Forsyth Park. How cool is that?

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The fountain, which is a popular place for weddings.

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A little memorial garden that has some flowers, and little fountain where a brown thrasher (?) was bathing, until I (accidentally) chased it off.

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Some beautiful lilies blooming there.

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Magnolia trees are in full bloom these days.

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Another shot of the fountain area.

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At one point I heard some happy chatter coming down the street. I’ve never seen these before but I can’t imagine they’re very popular in the 100 degree weather we’re having right now. Unless it’s one way to burn off some vacation calories.

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Everyone has pedals like a bike and they slowly move down the street. Slow Ride is not a misnomer.

I very much enjoy slow paced photography excursions. Some day I want to go on a trip that is dedicated to photographing a particular area. Not sure at this point where my favorite place would be to go. Most things are more fun when experienced with others, but to have an experience exclusively for photography would be great!

Good night, people! It is high time for me to be in bed. The 2.5 hour nap I got after work gave me a boost but it is wearing off. 🙂

Of Warm Sunlight and Blossoms

but I’ll get to that later.

Sunday morning had us headed to another part of the state to witness the beginnings of a new church and the licensing of my brother-in-law. That was special to be a part of, even if it meant 8 hours on the road, and 4 hours there.

Tuesday afternoon my sister and I headed to Charleston to enjoy a birthday gift given by a friend. The gift was tickets to a King’s Singers concert. I had never been to a concert by them but have several of their songs on my mp3 player. They use no amplification so the first song it seemed like we had to strain to hear from our balcony seats. After the first song the audience became very quiet and the music seemed to get louder. Exquisite, clear sound! They were dressed quite casually, to our suprise. One piece of luggage did not make it into the airplane with them so they all dressed down. The first half of the concert was from their latest album and included old texts put to music. The second half was filled with fun songs like Jason Mranz’ I’m Yours and Allison Krauss’ When I Went Down to the River to Pray.

We had gotten a motel through Priceline and were delighted with our deal, $45 plus tax, tag and title at an Embassy Suites. They have a complimentary hot breakfast which is very nice. Sadly enough I am not posting any pictures because I didn’t pull my Rebel out once while we were there. Which is sad because there are many lovely old homes full of photo opportunities but we were limited in time.

This afternoon I decided to drive around and see what I could find in the way of wildflowers for a bouquet or something that grabbed me enough to shoot it.

I was amazed again at what can be found if a person is really looking. Of course, photo editing may have something to do with it too!

One of the trees by the walking path we’ve been frequently recently:

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A building I’ve shot before but it’s been a while. For once I’m not sure which I like best, b&w or color. This is a 3-exposure HDR.

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A reflective, stagnant, swampy area:

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A magnolia tree pierced by the evening sun:

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FYI, that was an HDR made from 1 photo.


The moon this Saturday night is supposed to be the biggest full moon (in appearance) since 1983. I could throw around big words like Perigee and Apogee but instead I’ll let you read about it HERE.

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Personally, I have a date with a Rebel Saturday night, but don’t tell my mom!


I finally found a pink blossoming tree that was not in someone’s front yard. For some reason, I’m too shy to knock on doors asking people if I can shoot their flowers.

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And a little warm sunlight shining through the pink blossoms.

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Goodnight, y’all!!!

Of Fruit and Early Mornings – Friday October 24, 2008

This fruit thing has really taken off. I polished up this pitcher that Lois bought at my grandparents estate sale. No one seems to know where it came from. It has no significance as far as sentimental value but it really makes a statement of it’s own.

I stayed up pretty late last night doing some editing and finally decided to call it quits. Well, wouldn’t you know, I woke up extra early this morning and decided to get and do something useful. I immediately thought of apple muffins and then remembered that we had only 1 egg in the house. There goes Murphy’s Law again. The rare occasion that I have plenty of time to do some baking and we have 1 solitary egg in the house.

So I pulled out this recipe I got from my friend Sonya (who I believe might occasionally drop in here). It is a delicious Apple Streusel Muffin recipe. I had to cut the recipe in half, due to the lone egg. I got a total of 6 muffins out of it.

Since I had the inspiration last week to buy sausage (take that, Murphy!) so I made some sausage gravy served over hominy. Anyone else eat hominy? Love that stuff. Sometimes we toss it with crumbled fried sausage and the pour tomato gravy over it.

Anyway, does anyone want to come eat some fruit with me? We have plenty and the grapes are getting kind of ripe. I invited 2 of the high school girls over this evening in case they want to practise some still life shots for student convention next spring. Never too early to start. I believe one young lady got hers printed the day they left for convention.

And yeah, as to where these were taken, we have this 400 year old castle around here (best kept secret ever) and the walls are all cracked and stuff, and it’s got beautiful old furniture in it. And it was such beautiful spot that I had to go back and revisit it with fruit in tow. Kidding, kidding! In all actuality, these were taken somewhere in my house. See if you can figure out what piece of *furniture* the fruit is setting on!!

I have this flash, that is 20-25 years old, for my camera and this is the third camera I’ve used it on and it’s still working fine. I bounced it off the ceiling for nice indirect lighting. Love to bounce the flash. Great fun! (Okay, the geek is leaving now.)

The muffins:

Apple Streusel Muffins
2 c. flour
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1/2 c. butter, melted
1 1/4 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 c. chopped apples

Mix dry ingredients together. Whisk eggs, butter and vanilla. Add to dry ingredients and fold in apples. Fil muffin tins 3/4 full.

1/3 c. brown sugar
1 T. flour
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
1 T. cold butter

together for the streusel topping. Sprinkle it on top of the muffin batter. Bake at 375* for 15-20 minutes. Let cool and the drizzle with icing:

3/4 c. powdered sugar
1 T. milk
1/2 tsp. butter
1/8 tsp. vanilla
dash of salt

I love Pampered Chef’s chopper. It took me about 2 minutes to peel, core and chop 1 medium apple, which makes almost exactly 1 cup.


The batter is quite thick. Only stir it until it’s mixed together. This is before the streusel topping.


Fresh out of the oven:


Mix the icing ingredients together in a ziploc bag. Snip of a tiny bit of the corner and use it as a tip to drizzle it over the muffins.



Yup. They’re really good. Eat them warm and you don’t need anything else on them. But butter and homemade jam is really good too.

Oh yeah. And you might want to see my new fruit pictures. I must say I really, really like them. They’re edited out the wazoo but this is art.

11×14 crop:

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16×20 crop:

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20×40 crop (different shot):

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Chocolate version (somehow I think the color versions are much better):


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Okay, I goofed something up with the sizing so I’ll have to re-upload them later. Sorry about that!