Sunday, March 25, 2012

Knocking around Augusta State - Augusta, Georgia

Beautiful blossoms lining the boulevards from top to bottom!

A big blue sky with the warm sun shining down on me with the birds singing took my to a place I know so well, my home state, Montana.

Reading up on how the replicated the  growth rings from this old tree which were it once stood is now a side walk was quite intriguing!  They sliced a piece from the base after they fell the tree, sand blasted the surface wearing down the softer wood leaving ridges from the more dense rings.  From there, plaster was spread across the surface and mark the dates within the tree as you see it now!

Spring is in the Air - Summerville, Augusta, Georgia

My favorite spot to go for a day walk of Augusta proper especially from around the end of February to the beginning of April.  First, the area is in full-on bloom and second the weather isn't the ice pool cold or the sweltering hot Georgia summer! 

Walton Way Mansions - Augusta, Georgia

Walton Way, named after George Walton, in memory of his great deeds to the American Nation and Revolution as a Signer of the Declaration of Independence and one of the first Governors of the State of Georgia.  Located in the Summerville neighborhood of Augusta, between the Masters Golf course and the downtown on top of the 'Hill', makes for a prime location for Augusta's Finest!  Some of these homes can date back further than the 1850's due to their luck of being on a hill, saving them from flood of the Savannah River and the fires of the Downtown, and some are survivors from Sherman's March to the Sea!

The architecture varies from the large English colonial to the Neoclassical to German Gothic timbered homes along the time capsule of the days past in Augusta.  Needless to say, Walton Way is a great place  to get out and walk along the antebellum style homes!

Out of the 4 mile stretch of these homes, this Neoclassical Antebellum home is my favorite.  The building itself is not as large as some of it's neighbors, but it is the balance and the simple appeal of the color and space that draws me into the structure, along with the gorgeous landscaping with the azaleas and other flowering shrubs!

Senses on Broad - Augusta, Georgia

Walking along near the rivers edge along the rows of old colonial homes that survived the Fire of the early 1900's is always a treat on a sunny day!  I love how the gardener incorporated the vines with the stairs giving it a sense of life and gentleness.  Reaching down from the heights above all throughout the Savannah River area are these pulchritudinous purple wisteria blossoms!

This gentleman was quite a pleasure to listen to while on a walk along the main drag of Augusta!  I admire his courage to play out on the downtown strip and bring some resonating charm to Broad Street!  I hope that there will be a day that I can play my heart away for the enjoyment of others here in Augusta. 

The islands of Broad Street coming to life as spring sweeps in for the year with the sweet smell of new blossoms and the young birds calling for their mothers!

Believe in Art - Downtown Augusta, Georgia

I am well aware that graffiti is not a very accepted art with society, but there are times when the creativeness and the meaning behind some 'pieces' can blow me away!

Free-style graffiti impresses me, especially up close.  After realizing that most designs are not made with sketches and like this one, are one rough and changing surfaces, can look so clean and crisp!

The mythical wonder of the American West:

The Jackalope.

I was a little surprised to see this stencil painted on the side of a building in the Heart of the Confederacy!