Vintage Songs

This old house was sitting close to the road on highway 3. At first, I passed it. While passing, I glanced over and saw this gorgeous upright piano on the front porch. I turned around.

I rarely get close to the places I am photographing. I try to respect the owner’s property and keep my distance, admiring from afar. This time, I wanted so much to go up on the porch, pull up a chair and listen to that piano’s song.

 

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Orchard Pond Organics

Orchard Pond Organics was the first farm we visited on Farm Tour 2017. We rode around the farm and saw the fall crops in process, experimental crops and land reserved for the locals to have their own gardens.

 

In the Pines

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Millstone Plantation

Millstone Plantation, officially known as Millstone Institute of Preservation, was the host of the Farm Tour 2017.

Hide and Seek

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This cow is so cute to me. I love his big head and those ears…

I was in my truck, riding slowly by this small pasture, when I noticed this cow peeking around the tree at me. He watched me take his picture and watched me drive away. I watched him, too.

Redemptive Love Farm

During Farm Tour 2017, we visited Redemptive Love Farm in Miccosukee, Florida near Tallahassee. The farm was full of children laughing and playing with the many animals on the farm. Most impressive were the many children helping with the tour.

Brian and Shannon began taking in orphans. As they realized the compassion the children had for a few stray cats and dogs, they also began taking in re-homed farm animals. The children are being taught responsibility by doing chores on the farm. They are also being taught that they have a place of importance in a family dynamic.

These pictures were taken by my husband and daughter. Unfortunately, the battery died in my camera and I wasn’t able to get pictures of the children. Visit their website and support them if you feel so inclined.

 

Highway 3

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Fenced

 

Turkey Buzzard

I realize turkey buzzards are scavengers but they can be rather captivating when they lift up into the air. As I came close to a flock of buzzards on the side of the road, several of them stretched their wings and flew up into the trees. They really are big birds.

I had my window down as I passed them. I was suddenly reminded why they were on the side of the road in the first place. Gag.

Wayside Flowers

The flowers that bloom in the Spring are always so beautiful, vibrant and colorful. I look forward to Spring every year but this year, I have come to appreciate the flowers of Fall.

The flowers I have seen this Fall have mainly been on the side of the road. Yellow, orange, red and muted purples dot the countryside. I am thankful for the colors of every flower and weed. They brighten my day.

My Favorite Shade of Green

The different shades of green make this picture for me. Green weeds, green cotton plants and pine trees are country to the core. Of course, the grain silo makes my heart happy even if it’s only partially visible.

Vintage Treasures

I love vintage everything, especially in the country. This beautiful barn and classic car caught my eye while traveling down a back road I had not been on before.

Cassidy Pond

Even though I have been to Thomasville, Georgia many, many times and lived there for a year, I did not know Cassidy Pond existed.

It is not an elaborate park. No extras. No facilities. Just one small pavilion, a broken down dock and nature.

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It just so happens, the day I visited, the Thomasville Police Department was training in the water.

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Who knew?!

As if all of that wasn’t enough, the sky decided to be especially beautiful, too.

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Calm waters, contented geese, green grass, blue skies, sun rays and heroes in training…just perfect.

Vantage Point

Peanuts

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Boiled peanuts are a Southern thing. ~Trisha Yearwood

Cotton

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Pines

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Blue Night

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Stephen C. Foster State Park

We took a homeschool field trip this past week to Stephen C. Foster State Park in Fargo, Georgia. This park is the main entrance into the legendary Okefenokee Swamp, which is one of Georgia’s seven natural wonders.

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The tour guide took us deep into the swamp, turned off the boat motor and let us enjoy the sounds of the swamp. The silence of the swamp was beautiful.

When we decided to visit this park, we were looking for a chance to get out into nature and enjoy the fresh air. Dragonflies, turtles, fishing spiders, American alligators, butterflies, blue herons, deer, a beaver and a black bear made this park the adventure we hoped it would be.

 

Cow and Birds

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Vintage Rust

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Black and White

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Rustic Rain

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Hidden Country

Early Morning

I have taken a few pictures of butterflies this summer but they have required great effort on my part. Chasing butterflies up and down dirt roads and across fields is not an easy job. They fly faster than you would think they could!

This weekend, I went out in the early morning to look for inspiration in nature. The first dirt road I turned down was a gold mine of nature. Butterflies everywhere! I was excited to see them landing and actually sitting still until I could get the settings right on my camera.

There’s just something about nature in the early morning.

 

Wild and Free

In the Sea

In the Sea

Shine (Psalm 18:28)

Breaking from the Herd

Junonia coenia, Common Buckeye

Green Dragonfly

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Beautiful Imperfection

Her wing was broken but she flew anyway.

Patriots

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By the Lake

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Tobacco Plant

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Pastures

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Alit

Vintage Dusk

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The Farm

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Mansion in Madison

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Lake Flowers

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Lenox, Georgia

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Young Pecan Trees

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Twilight

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Grain Bins

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Trees and Sunshine

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Rustic

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Vintage Firetruck

WATERMARKED VINTAGE FIRETRUCK

Different Views

Sweet Land of Liberty

 

Blue Green

Nature in Summertime

 

Fisherman

Railroad Crossing

Donkey!

 

The 9526

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Our New Baby

Rainy Day

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Motherhood

Canna Lillies

Red

Beach Babies

Bathing Beauty

Beach Bums

Full Sturgeon Moon

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According to farmersalmanac.com, this is the Full Sturgeon Moon, named by the Native American fishing tribes. The sturgeon is a large fish of the Great Lakes and other large lakes and was caught more easily during this month. Some tribes also called it the Full Red Moon because, as it rises, it appears reddish. It was also called the Green Corn Moon or Grain Moon.

Sunset-Lit Street Lamp

A Wild Experience!

My family and I spent the weekend in Columbus, Georgia. It was the first real family vacation we have had in several years. From walking through an abandoned cemetery to getting slobbered on by water buffalo, we had quite an adventure. Of course, I took plenty of pictures.

Providence Canyon (aka Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon) is a Georgia state park and was formed by erosion that resulted from poor farming methods used in the 1800s. It’s a beautiful canyon with some gullies as deep as 150 feet.

Providence Canyon was named after Providence Methodist Church. The church and a schoolhouse were originally built on land that now lies between the main gorges of the canyon. In 1859, a new church was built across from the canyon and is still used for special services.

Wild Animal Safari is a 500 acre park less than an hour south of Atlanta, Georgia. We went on the 3-mile Serengeti Adventure in a long, converted school bus with no windows. We fed the animals by hand. When I say we, I mean they. Even though I wanted to take pictures, I did NOT want to feel animal tongues on my hands. So, my husband sat by the window. Some of my pictures are over exposed or blurred but my hands were dry.

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Sunny Flowers

 

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Cotton Flowers

This is a flower of a cotton plant. Our clothes are made of this same cotton. The cream or yellow flowers open in the early morning hours. During this time, the male and female flower parts expand rapidly.

On the second day, the petals of the cotton flower turn pink. The flower dries up and drops off, forming a boll, which is the fluffy, white cotton that is picked.

God’s ingenious design…

 

So Little, So Much

 

It is interesting to me how you can get so much from so little. One small cluster of flowers, so many different things to see.

 

Beauty of the Morning

 

Independence Day

 

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July 4, 2017 was 241 years of independence for the United States from Great Britain.

So many people immigrated to an unknown land in order to have freedom. I can’t imagine that there was anything easy about the decision to leave the motherland, the voyage, the landing or exploring and settling in unfamiliar territory. Something as big as sailing across an ocean to a place you’re not even sure exists had to be God-ordained, in my opinion.

The United States was founded on Godly principles with the Bible at the center of it all. I’m thankful for the people who made the move and all the people through history who have sacrificed everything to keep our country free. Most of all, I thank God that I was born in America and that I am free.

The Path

Hidden Treasure

Vultures

Just Trees

Cabin in the Woods

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Open Doors

2059

Old House

Smiling Goat

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Farmland

Winding Roads

Blackberries

Green and Gray

Gray

By the Road

Ears and Ears

Seeing Double

Looking for Wonderland

Rosehill

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Home

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Standing Tall

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Night Skies

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Sunset in Spencefield

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Summer Clouds

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Beam Me Up

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Hahira Fountain

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Industry

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Sun Rays

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Parking Lot Birds

 

Baby Hydrangeas

Wild Flowers

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Back at the Stables

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Edge of the Storm

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Madison Blue Spring State Park

Flutter By

Farm Road

Madison, Florida

Barn Quilts

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Tower

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The 9079

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Afternoon Storms

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Concrete Manufacturer

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Savannah, Georgia

Clinch County Courthouse

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Homerville Methodist Church

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Homerville, Georgia

Hoboken, Georgia