Friday, December 31, 2010

Luck and Prosperity

According to tradition from an uncertain origin, black-eyed peas will be prepared this day and eaten tomorrow to ensure good luck and prosperity for 2011. In my family, we'll be adding collard greens, barbecued ribs and corn bread to the New Year's Day meal. Yum.


Have a safe and happy New Year's Eve!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Clock Tower

With students home for Christmas break, I could walk the campus of Paine College undisturbed - there were no pipsqueaks about to make me feel old.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Southern Milling Company









Yesterday, I turned down an unfamiliar street and discovered this forsaken grain mill. After some investigation, I learned that the Southern Milling Company, which had been on this site for 150 years was consumed by a fire on September 26, 2008. The Mill had been listed on Historic Augusta's Endangered Properties list in 2007.

More views...


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Window on History (Museum)



















Home to the permanent exhibition of Augusta's Story.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Frozen Pansies













Pansies are fairly hardy and hopefully they'll survive.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

A Day Late...

My 87 year old dad says he remembers snow on Christmas Day in Augusta when he was a boy. This year we came very close to having that happen again. Maybe next year!

It really does snow in Augusta...


These are photos taken in February this year.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Door Bells



















Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Last Chance

                                    
Tomorrow...free!                                                                                                                            

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Honeysuckle Berries
















I discovered this honeysuckle bush with its vibrant berries on a neighborhood walk a year ago. I thought the color was appropriate for the season. As I recall, it was a mild December day not unlike today. Earlier this month, I posted a photo of a frozen fountain. Today, with a midday temperature of 67°F, it felt like spring. Unfortunately, it won't last.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Monday, December 20, 2010

More Evergreens














Just 5 days until Christmas!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Sacred Heart Cultural Center


















Sacred Heart Catholic Church opened its doors in December 1900 and for over 70 years served as one of Augusta's several catholic churches. The Church was closed in 1971 as the number of parishioners dwindled and stood vacant for 16 years before it was rescued from vandalism and near destruction. In 1987, Sacred Heart Cultural Center opened as a venue for social and cultural events.  With many of the original 90 stained glass windows and the alter restored, the Center still looks very much like a church.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Stacks















When we lost one of our national chain bookstores recently, I wondered what would take its place. What we got was a massive used bookstore called '2nd and Charles'. I made my first visit yesterday and was thrilled to find two useful books on photography. I love a bargain.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Bench on Riverwalk
















I see myself sitting on this bench with a good book as soon as spring has sprung.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Bare Tree














This tree could use some holiday decorations, don't you think? The tree is in Augusta, Georgia on the banks of the Savannah River, the houses in the background are in South Carolina.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Enterprise Mill Cupola















Originally built in 1848 as a flour and later a textile mill, this multi-use facility now houses professional offices, residential loft apartments and retail space. The cupola is the most interesting aspect of the Enterprise Mill. The rest of the building looks like a factory.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Deck the Hall



















A downtown office building lobby dressed for the holiday.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Saint Paul's Church
















Saint Paul's Episcopal Church was established in 1750 by the Church of England at the site of Fort Augusta. Although not the original, this lovely historic downtown church is located on the Riverwalk.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Evergreen Display

I love the different shades of green and the way the baskets look on this rustic table.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Pine Cones

When you have Georgia pine trees, you have a lot of pine cones! I decorate with them throughout the year, but I especially like pine cones during the holidays.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Today's Christmas Tree

A Tree at the Mall

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

One at a Time













The first ornament is carefully placed on the family Christmas tree. Ultimately, dozens more will adorn it. And then lights will be added and garland and tinsel. Finally, gifts will be placed under the tree. Can you smell the pine sap?

Monday, December 6, 2010

Ice Sculpture?

This is what happens when the temperature drops below freezing and the fountain's water is still flowing - or not!

Given the season, it might be considered an abstract Christmas Tree.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Poinsettias

As it's Sunday, I thought I'd post an old photo of the holiday tree of Poinsettias from the vestibule of Saint Mary's on the Hill Catholic Church.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Happy Birthday

A virtual bouquet for a great Augusta teen! She knows who she is...I wouldn't want to embarrass her.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Reed Creek Falls

Located in the Savannah Rapids Park

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Cycling in Augusta

                                                                                                                                                                        

USA Cycling, the national governing body for bicycle racing in the United States, has selected Augusta, GA to host the 2011 and 2012 USA Cycling Elite/U23/Juniors Road National Championships and Paralympics Road National Championships. The 2011 event is scheduled for June 21-26. The 2012 races will take place the week of June 18-24. I discovered this painted wall while exploring a downtown side street.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Time

Today's daily photo theme is Time.
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