Week 5 – #3 Fill the Frame

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We were recently treated to a great concert, that seemed to be very personal and intimate, when Ruth Eckerd Hall presented and evening with Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen.  We called for tickets while out of town and were able to pick-up tickets in the front row center, we were no further than 10-15 feet away from Lyle and Robert.  The concert was almost two hours in length and just one very memorable evening.  Thanks for stopping by to take a look. Gary

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Week 4 – #35 Color Harmony

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This shot is the Tea Room of the Richardson-Owen-Thomas House in Savannah, GA.  After dinner women would retire here for Tea and desert while the men would go upstairs for cards, cigars, and cognac.  What a completely different lifestyle people had in the early 1800’s.

It is hard to believe that only three families have owned the property built in 1819.  Richard Richardson moved into the home with their six children and nine enslaved men, women, and children in January 1819.  Unfortunately for the Richardson’s, the next three years saw steady decreases in their prosperity, including the financial Panic of 1819, a yellow fever epidemic, a fire that destroyed half the city, and the death of Frances and two of the children.  By 1822, Richardson decided to sell the house and move to Louisiana, where he had family and business interests. He had been shipping enslaved people, mostly children, from Savannah to New Orleans for years.

By 1824, the Bank of the United States owned the house, which they leased to Mary Maxwell as a boarding house. The Marquis de Lafayette was a guest of Mrs. Maxwell when he visited Savannah in March 1825 as part of his whirlwind tour of the United States for the 50th anniversary of the American Revolution.

In 1830, George Welshman Owens, then mayor of Savannah, purchased the property at auction for $10,000. Owens, who was also a lawyer, planter, and politician, moved in with his wife, Sarah, and their six children in 1833. Over the years, Owens kept nine to 15 enslaved people on the property and held almost 400 men, women, and children in bondage on his plantations.

In 1951, the last descendant Margaret Gray Thomas (granddaughter to George Owens) willed the house to the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences to be run as a house museum in honor of her grandfather, George Owens, and her father, Dr. James Gray Thomas.  Thank you for taking time to see what I have been doing lately.  Gary

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Week 3 – #2 Quiet Moment

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I chose this peaceful scene I took from a plantation I visited near Savannah, GA.  The live oaks and hanging Spanish moss taken just before sunset left you with a very quiet, peaceful and serene moment.  There is a path leading you from the parking lot to the plantation slightly visible from the lower right corner.  If you ever are in the neighborhood, visit the Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation, the history was amazing.  Rice, not cotton was the crop of this plantation, and when that failed, it became a dairy farm until the last descendant died.  Ophelia Dent left the property to the state, who turned it into a beautiful state park.  Thank you for taking the time to stop by and see what I have been up to.  Gary https://gastateparks.org/HofwylBroadfieldPlantation

 

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Week 2 – #1 Zoom Burst

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We had a house warming party and my nephew sent a nice bouquet of flowers (thank you Dan and Libby).  I thought this would make a nice image for the zoom burst theme, so I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. The bouquet is in the lower left hand corner.  Gary

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Week 1 – #31 Eye Lines (Where is your subject looking?)

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I believe he is looking at you !!! From the St. Petersburg mural art walk.  Thank you for stopping by. Gary

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Week 9 – The Color Purple

IMG_2612From the Kenwood Winery in Sonoma County as well.  They had grape vines lining the parking lot and driveway.  Thanks for stopping by. Gary

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Week 8 – 32 Panorama

GloriaFerrerVineyardsThis is a five shot panorama of Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyards in Sonoma County California, from the tasting veranda.  Although they were very close to the recent fires, there was not any evidence of fire damage at this location.  Other wineries were visited and tours were cancelled due to the recent fires, but no visible signs of damage.  It is beautiful country just north of San Francisco.  Thanks for viewing, Gary.

 

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