Cherry Blossoms

“The significance of the cherry blossom tree in Japanese culture goes back hundreds of years. In their country, the cherry blossom represents the fragility and the beauty of life. It’s a reminder that life is almost overwhelmingly beautiful but that it is also tragically short.” ~ Homaro Cantu

Jekyll Island, GA

In 1733, General James Oglethorpe named Jekyll Island in honor of Sir Joseph Jekyll, his friend and financier from England. In the late 1800s, Jekyll Island became an exclusive hunting club for families with names like Rockefeller, Morgan, Vanderbilt, Pulitzer, and Baker. The once private retreat is now part of The Jekyll Island Club National…

Andersonville National Historic Site, GA

Imagine yourself as a prisoner of war (POW) struggling to survive in a disease-ridden prison, sometimes in aching isolation, sometimes in filthy, overcrowded conditions. Imagine the day-to-day uncertainty when all you can think about is food, water, freedom, and death. “No one can imagine the agony of continued hunger unless he has experienced it. I…

High Falls State Park, GA

“The destruction of the natural beauty, the ecosystems, and the majesty of mountains affect us in ways we’re not even aware of. Every time a mountain is beheaded, we chop off a little part of our souls.” ~ Gloria Reuben

Auchumpkee Creek Bridge, GA

Auchumpkee Creek Bridge, Georgia This bridge, 120 feet long – spanning 96 feet, was built in 1892 by the firm of Herring and Alford. Using the town lattice construction, its cost of $1,199 was funded by the Upson County Commission. It is the last remaining covered bridge in Upson County and was restored in 1985…

Warm Springs (Dowdell’s Knob), Georgia

Franklin D. Roosevelt was a frequent visitor (41 trips) to Warm Springs from 1924-1945. Dowdell’s Knob was one of his favorite spots for both quiet contemplation and picnics. FDR visited this spot overlooking Pine Mountain Valley as a private citizen, as governor of New York and as 32nd president of the U.S. He wanted more…

Speaks for itself…

I normally do not find myself in cemeteries but I found this to be an exception. The Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon, GA was extraordinary. I was curious as to the historical side of this place more so than the gravestones. Yet, while walking through the area, I found myself in awe of the beauty…