As cold as it's been the last few weeks today I noticed the first blooms of Spring on some Bradford Pears in the Stone Mountain area.
Of course, the temperature is supposed to drop back below freezing this week so hopefully they won't be damaged by the cold.
Soon the winter will be over here in the South and Spring the time of blossoms and the "green fog" of pollen will return.
Not the photo I planned to take....
So who in Atlanta is really wanting more snow this year?
The weather forecasters are predicting another round for Atlanta this week. Hopefully, everyone will be smarter in preparing for it and we won't have a repeat of the chaos from before. I'm not holding my breath.
I got lucky during the first round of snow and ice as I was able to make it home before the roads got bad. Many others were not as fortunate including many of my co-workers.
With a rear wheel drive pickup, I stayed in after I made it home until Friday when I returned to work.
I shot this picture outside the condo when the snow as just starting to fall. it did get a little deeper by the end of the evening.
As a kid, I always enjoyed the snow. Growing up in Southern California, snow was something we drove to, played in, then left behind. I think it snowed once in Poway growing up, and that didn't stick.
Since leaving California, I've gotten used to colder weather and snow/ice which follows you home. I still enjoy watching it fall, but I'm not sure I'd want to live somewhere where there were "harsh" winters.
I almost kept driving on when I passed this store in rural South Carolina back in 2012. I was in a hurry to get home after a long day and from the first glance it was not overly impressive..
However, something caught my attention, so I turned around and came back for a closer look.
Walking closer after taking a few wide angle images, I noticed the wasp nest hanging under the island's canopy. Luckily, it appeared that no one was home and I quickly made a few shots of it from different angles.
The store was being covered slowly by Ivy on the front, and the roof was peeling off the top. The windows were gone, but the paint was peeling revealing the brickwork underneath. In short, it had seen much better days.
I'm sure Mr. Still's store was once the gathering place for the surrounding community back before more of the traffic started using Interstate 77 just a few miles to the East. Farmers probably dropped in to find out what was going on and motorists stopped at the island to fill up on gasoline and maybe check their tires with free air. Probably for years, an attendant did all of that for you before the invention of self-service.
I wonder if the next time I'm up that way if the store will still be there, or if it will have been finally torn down and the lot leveled like so many others. If it is, I'm glad I took the time to photograph B. Still.
Some of his finds are known nationally such as "Rock City" in Chattanooga, Tennessee; famous for its painted barn advertisements throughout the Southeast.
Others are smaller places, many now closed and demolished, which survived on the drive by traffic on the adjacent highway.
Margolies photographed these locations during years of road-trips which totaled over 100,000 miles.
For example, it is interesting to find out for example how many "Paul Bunyan" giant statues have been erected over the years in many different states.
Margolies wrote many books on similar topics and most of them can be picked up quite inexpensively now on the used book market.
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