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Georgia On My Mind

As soon as we stepped out of the Atlanta International Airport I remembered the humidity – like a thousand rose petals pressed close, flat against one’s skin.  I felt (heartily) glad that it was October, a season when such moisture is more like a tasteful bouquet on a simple kitchen table than a gaudy Victorian rose wallpaper about an otherwise heavily ornamented room.  As we walked toward the sky train, I remembered the live oak, the palm trees, the somewhat sweet, earthy scent of a part of country that never quite freezes solid.  And – after taking my Step 2 CS, of course, and driving away down the coast – I was happy to remember much more about Georgia, a state in which I spent a few happy years of my early childhood collecting butterflies and planting flowers and keeping clear of snakes and fire-ants.  I was still more lucky to experience new places in Georgia – historical and natural sites that I am so pleased to have had leisure to stroll and sleep and eat through, all the while chatting and squeezing and pecking one Mr. Whine.

I won’t bore you with all the gory details of the interesting and beautiful places we embraced on our vacation.  I will simply say that I return refreshed and gratified – and ready to attack my residency interviews!  And I leave you with a few choice snaps of our little Southern sojourn.

STROLLING THROUGH SAVANNAH…

…just a sampling of the lovely old town homes the Savannah Historical Society jealously guards, such that the city is it’s very own brand of period…

…many of the homes proudly sport spiffy looking gaslights, not to mention flora carpeted stairs…

…because gardening was once looked upon as “slaves’ work,” many of the gardens in Savannah’s historic district were walled in, such that no one could see the elite participating in such demeaning work – but sometimes you can sneak a peak at the lovely hidden spaces within…

…Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, as seen from the fountain in Lafayette Square…

…cast iron fencing at Colonial Park Cemetery, a very small square with over 9000 estimated inhabitants – many unmarked, thanks to yellow fever epidemics, time, and one Mr. Sherman and his men, who thought it humorous to displace and deface many of the older stones…

…live oak canopied walkway rimming Forsyth Park…

…the odd, but rather fabulous Forsyth Park Fountain…

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HISTORIC FORTS & SETTLEMENTS…

…Fort Pulaski’s flank wall…

…officer Albert E. Gator on duty, moat detail, Fort Pulaski (shiver)…

…canons ready to fend off the pesky yanks at Fort Pulaski…

…peering through 6 feet of crumbling canon window, Fort Pulaski…

…spiral stairs from the parade to the battlement at Fort Pulaski…

…bridge over the old moat (now little more than a furrow) around the ruins of the British colony of Frederica…

…remains of the Fort Frederica Barracks…

…tabby and brick foundations at the Frederica Colony ruins…

…remains of the battery at Fort Frederica…

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NATURAL PLACES…

…the breeze through the Spanish moss at the Savannah national wildlife reserve…

…giving the local wildlife a brake on Savannah National Wildlife refuge scenic drive…

…a (creepy) afternoon stroll through Harris Neck National Wildlife refuge…

…(creepy) remains at Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge…

…Hurricane Sandy had the waves all riled up on Jekyll Island…

…Sandy also sponsored the 40-50mph wind that created a (stinging!) river of sand down the beach at Jekyll Island.  Keeping her much less fortunate victims elsewhere in our thoughts…

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7 comments on “Georgia On My Mind

  1. kindredspirit23
    October 31, 2012

    Love the fountain! And, I think I stood on the spiral steps last night in my “Sniper” game! lol
    Scott

    • mullberrywhine
      November 1, 2012

      It’s a beautiful fountain -and there are the most darling little frogs near the bottom of it too! And I can see how those spiral steps would be perfect for a video game!

      • kindredspirit23
        November 1, 2012

        Oh, they were perfect. I will have to look for the frogs.
        Scott

  2. ahyesplans
    October 31, 2012

    Love these pictures! Thank you, I’ve never been able to travel to the south 🙂

    • mullberrywhine
      November 1, 2012

      It’s good fun! Maybe you can take your CS down south too and make a little vacation out of it! Or grab your last free summer by the horns and do a little traveling? Or interview down south, perhaps? And if not, just turn the shower on hot, bring a bunch of plants, a rocking chair, and a jug of sweet tea into your bathroom and watch Driving Ms. Daisy or Fried Green Tomatoes or Steel Magnolias. 😉

  3. ElizabethWolf
    November 24, 2012

    These photos are gorgeous. Thank you for sharing.

    • mullberrywhine
      November 25, 2012

      It was a gorgeous place – a gorgeous vacation! Thanks for popping on by!

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