Written by Bronwyn Horvath...... Photo by Jim Gutru
A couple of wrong turns down one-way streets in Atlanta took us to Oakland Cemetery, the final resting place of some of Atlanta’s most famous luminaries like Margaret Mitchell who wrote Gone with the Wind, Bobby Jones of golfing fame and Maynard Jackson the first African-American Mayor of Atlanta. A stop in the visitor's center, located in the middle of the cemetery was useful. Armed with a cemetery map and an earful of information we wandered into the oldest section of the cemetery where the gardener nearly missed dousing us with his hose. We found the large section of marked and unmarked graves for confederate soldiers and a special section of Jewish graves with tombstones written in Hebrew. The most amazing structures, however, were the large, incredibly detailed mausoleums. Although we had a map it seems that Margaret Mitchell was hidden somewhere that we couldn’t find. Next time Margaret!
Old Car City
Old cars and poison ivy. Poison ivy and old cars. They appear side by side in Old Car City. If you want to roam through the acres of ruined cars in this amazing, one-of-a-kind junk yard, you have to be prepared. Socks, shoes, long pants, long sleeves, a sun hat and bug spray are a must. Once garbed for battle you can wander aimlessly or follow the signs, with pithy proverbs, through the fields. Jan V and I learned our lesson from the previous trip where we scratched for days... and this time, short of hazmat clothing, we were prepared. Having taken pictures of the piles of old cars on a previous trip I concentrated on license plates and brand logos.
Atlanta Botanical Gardens
Sometimes in my waking dreams, I go back to these gardens. So incredibly beautiful. You can’t turn a corner without seeing some incredible blooms or stunning garden arrangements. There are indoor and outdoor exhibits, so when the sun gets too bright you can visit the orchid houses. These gardens are right in Atlanta but you feel like you are in the country. My suggestion is that you bring minimal equipment if you are walking or a wagon a la Rick Hartmann, if you plan on taking lots of equipment. We tried using a wheelchair and that was harder to cart around than the equipment. Plus we looked like the two stooges. Live and Learn! Live and Learn!
This was by far the hardest attraction to photograph. A combination of dark surroundings, strange tank lighting, oodles of people and fast sea creatures made this shoot a challenge. Jan V had special rubber spacers that allowed her to put her camera up against the glass without scratching her lens or the tank glass. You will have to ask her if that worked. I was off somewhere else being frustrated by underwater penguins, squids, whale sharks and every other sea creature that moved too fast. But I am up for the challenge and will go back for more one of these days.