Regal (182 of 365)


It's a very regal looking house, isn't it? I really wish we'd been able to take photos of the interior of the home. It's been completely restored and is absolutely beautiful.

Ornate (181 of 365)


The stairs leading up to the rear entrance of Swan House.

Sunday Six: Week 26

This week's Six is the halfway point for the year! Kinda crazy to think that we're already halfway through 2009. This week is a very underwhelming Sunday Six. I had absolutely no opportunity to get out and take pictures this week because I was moving! So, today you get a random sample of pictures from around my new place.

My Curious George jack in the box.

A fun picture my Mom found for me. I have no idea where. Go Sox!

A cute little notepad I found recently at Swoozie's.

Spices and dried pasta sitting on one of my island shelves. I picked up the Mi Madre pepper sauce, Almendia (homemade almond milk), and Coqui Fire when I was in Puerto Rico.

The kitty I'm babysitting. She's not in the mood for a photo here.

But, here she is! :)

Hopefully this coming week will let me get out and take some photos! 'Til then . . .

For Sale (180 of 365)


A mirror for sale at Paris on Ponce.

Song Lyrics (179 of 365)


This photograph immediately brought to mind Bobby Darin and Jean Murray's song "Splish Splash (I Was Taking A Bath)." No idea why, but it does!

Photograph (178 of 365)


Swan House, located in the Buckhead area of Atlanta, is one of the most photographed homes in the city. It was built in 1928 for the Inman family and was designed by Philip Trammell Shutze. The home was named Swan House because of Mrs. Inman's love of birds.

Heart's Desire (177 of 365)


This statue is on the grounds of the Atlanta History Center, specifically, part of the gardens at the Swan House. I think he's looking up at her with such devotion in his eyes.

Distorted (176 of 365)


More rust, grunge and peeling paint. Although, I really do like the variations in color and texture.

Something Missing (175 of 365)


This train car is missing part of its window, along with a few coats of paint.

Wheels (174 of 365)


This old bus is no longer on the road, but I imagine it allowed for lots of adventures when it's wheels were spinning.

Sunday Six: Week 25

Okay, this week I have a Recap Six, and technically, it's probably not a true Sunday Six, because some of these were taken last Sunday. However, I have been completely slammed with the purchase of my loft and was only able to take a couple of pictures this weekend. I don't think anyone will mind since I think I'm the only one left doing Sunday Six at this point. :)

Up first is a shot of the fountain at the Swan House in Atlanta. I have pictures of the actual house coming up in a few days. It's beautiful!

Statues in the backyard garden of the Swan House.

I love how these old statues have such variations in the markings of the stone.

Pretty hydrangea.

A shot of my frosty Stella Artois from dinner last night.

We had dinner last night a pizza place that is housed in what used to be a gas station and body shop. This pump is one of the original pumps that was used by the station when it opened in the early 1950s. Notice how the price is set at $.25/gallon and that the price will only go as far as $9.99!

Okay folks, I'm beat! Hopefully next week I have more interesting shots for you! :)

Tie the Knot (173 of 365)


Knotted rope on an old steam locomotive.

Break the Rule of Thirds (172 of 365)


I love this picture. I love the peeling paint and the rust. I love the grunge and dirt. I suppose it's the industrial look that is actually appealing to me. For some reason, I just like it.

Numbers (171 of 365)


Someone has been counting on the side of a train car.

Imperfect (170 of 365)


A broken window on an old passenger train.

Faded (169 of 365)


The side of this old Union Pacific rail car is extremely faded and rusty. You can tell it's been a while since it's been on the move.

Things That Go (168 of 365)


Airplanes definitely go! These are experimental aircraft flying in formation during the Good Neighbor Airshow at the Peachtree-DeKalb Airport. These were two of ten planes flying during this portion of the show.

Flags or Banners (167 of 365)


The American flag flying over the Marietta National Cemetery.

Sunday Six: Week 24 (Little White House Edition)

This week's Sunday Six includes a history lesson! This past week work took me South of Atlanta to the Pine Mountain/Warm Springs area of the state. I'd never been there before, but remembered this is where the "Little White House" is located.

The "Little White House" was a small cabin built by FDR when he was governor of New York. After he became President it was used as a Presidential retreat.

FDR came to Warm Springs to explore hydrotherapy in the town's 88-degree warm springs. He ended up buying the town's resort and surrounding farm land. The former resort is now the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation.

For himself, he built a small cabin out of Georgia pine known as the "Little White House." The entire area consists of the main cabin (center), servant's quarters (right), and a guesthouse (left).

Daisy Bonner was FDR's cook. After his death in 1945, she inscribed a kitchen wall with the words, "Daisy Bonner cook the 1st meal and the last one in this cottage for the President Roosevelt." Daisy's cookbook, with some of her notes, is on display in the kitchen.

This is the living room area of the cabin. The leather chair on the left is where FDR often sat working. It was this chair he was sitting in, during a portrait session, when he suffered a fatal stroke. The furniture and books are original to the "Little White House" and it is left nearly the way it was at the time of FDR's death in 1945.

This is the "Unfinished Portrait" of FDR which was being painted by Elizabeth Shoumatoff. Shoumatoff painted a second watercolor from memory several years after FDR's death. The two paintings are identical, save for the color of the tie. Both paintings are on display in the museum area of the "Little White House."

Finally, I had to bring some levity into this Sunday Six. How often will you see a sign pointing you in this direction?!

Until next week . . .

Rest in Peace (166 of 365)


Metro Atlanta has several national cemeteries within a short drive of the city. This grave, of an unknown American soldier, is inside the Marietta National Cemetery.

Mechanisms (165 of 365)


This is a follow-up to yesterday's post. This is the third bomb disposal robot the DeKalb County Police Department had at the airshow. This one was set up to demonstrate the detonation process. The robot to the left is set up as if it is placing an object into the detonation container, on the right.

Tools of the Trade (164 of 365)


At the recent airshow I attended, in addition to lots of airplanes, there were several police and fire demonstrations set up. One demonstration was from the DeKalb County Police Department and included their bomb disposal robots. These robots were really neat! They are used by officers to remove bombs from sites and move them to a container where they can be safely detonated.

The officers had two of these robots wandering around their booth. At times, they were both interacting with the crowd. At one point, one of the robots held my hand! In this photo, the officer directing the robot is having it tail another officer headed inside. The robot nearly ran him down before he was spotted!

Smoke (163 of 365)


A flying formation flown by Team RV at the Peachtree-DeKalb Airport's recent airshow. This team flies experimental planes, most of which they've built themselves.

Bodies of Water (162 of 365)


During our trip, we drove into Clearwater Beach for dinner at the Columbia Restaurant. Afterwards, we stopped at this public beach which is a very popular spot for watching the sunset. You can see why! This was the clearest of all the sunsets I saw while on the Gulf last week.

Security (161 of 365)


How safe would you feel knowing this guy was keeping his eye on you? He was placed just outside the entrance of a local beach store. I actually had to wait for a bit for all the kids to clear out so I could take his picture!

Water's Edge (160 of 365)


I took this photo during a walk down to the nearby pier. I like that you can just make out the pattern of the waves all the way down the picture.

Sunday Six: Week 23

Yesterday I ended up walking around the Southeastern Railway Museum for an hour or so. It's just north of Atlanta. The museum has lots of old rail cars and trains on about 30 acres. I grew up with train tracks just behind my house and my cousins and I would sometimes play on the cars that were left by the rail companies. It was fun to be able to climb up and around them. It was still fun yesterday, too!

Part of a bright, red locomotive.

Cracked and peeling paint on the ceiling of an old passenger car.

Headlights on an old, orange Marta bus.

A really rusty train lever.

A faded, yellow train car, complete with ladder and random stick.

The side of an old, rusty freight car.

Breakfast (159 of 365)


This is the same Great Blue Heron from my last Sunday Six post. Steve described him perfectly when he called him a "guard heron." This guy was so fun to watch. While the fisherman were standing in the water trying to catch fish, this heron would stand guard over their bucket. There were times he didn't even move all that much when the fishermen would come back up to their supplies.

He was certainly working hard for his breakfast!

Landscape (158 of 365)


This was the sight that greeted me when I arrived in Indian Shores for my mini-vacation. While it isn't the bright and colorful sunset the Gulf Coast is known for, it's beautiful all the same.

Sandy (157 of 365)


This trip to the beach was the first time I'd seen natural sponges along the shoreline. We saw mushroom sponges, as well as, these larger sponges. This one had been pushed all the way up to the sea oats by the waves. It sure was covered with sand!