Monday, December 17, 2018

Getting ready for Atlanta on Highway 41

Here are two stops on Highway 41 on the outer outskirts of the Atlanta region.

Barnesville, Georgia - it's hot, so hopefully we can take a quick swim in the Barnesville City Pool, which is where this StreetView scene is.

Downtown Barnesville - and only a block away from the Georgia South Barbeque!

Because of the pool in Barnesville, we took a shortcut -- 41 dips south while Forsyth Street goes straight through the town. But we rejoin 41 after going through Barnesville on Forsyth, go a short distance on Zebulon Street, then head north again on Highway 41.

 We are literally and finally on the outskirts of ATLANTA!

Sonnet cascade in December 3

artistic licentiousness

A woman's body is created by
a multitude of splendored curves and arcs
that merge together and invite the eye
to contemplate the fettle which strikes sparks,
igniting flames of lusty hopefulness
within our calm demeanors. We cannot
give words to thoughts of how this does impress
us; circumspection means that any plot
to make such musings action must remain
internal, like a musty treasure map
that guides to massive fortune -- so our pain
is wanting what we see, yet with the gap
dividing our behaviors, knowing what
we wish to touch is legs and tits and butt.

Sonnet cascade in December 2

thoughts while watching a young and beautiful woman swimmer

The shape of fitness is a stirring sight --
not with a glamorous curvaceousness
but with efficiency, both smooth and tight
so that her movement seems both effortless
and graceful, like a dolphin through the waves
as curling surf cascades upon a shore --
and as I see her swim, my thought behaves
just as it should, admiring nothing more
than reasons for her beauty shown
without performed pretense or self-aware-
ness, moving with a purpose and a tone
of skill that is as if her body bare
was so athletic we'd note not her sex,
but just what lovely expertise reflects.

Sonnet cascade in December 1

the loss of anonymity

Temptation was so close to me, and yet
I did not say her name; she was so near
that just a whispered word would certain let
her be aware where I was placed; but fear
prevented my advances then and there --
but I am not completed; I will find
the moment I will have a chance to stare
into her eyes to look into her mind,
then ascertain what she remembers and
perceive the person that she thinks I am.
For I will not coerce, or more, demand
an answer for her actions and the sham
of interest she conveyed -- I truly just
want her to know that I can hold her trust.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Four pictures of Bianca Kmiec

Why, you ask?  To save time, and because she is a gorgeous freak of nature.

Lighthouse of the Week, December 16-22, 2018: Edgartown Lighthouse, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts

As promised in the just-posted previous post, this week's Lighthouse of the Week is the Edgartown Lighthouse on Martha's Vineyard. 

If you want to see where Edgartown and Lighthouse Beach are on Martha's Vineyard, click right here.

If you aren't familiar with the region, and want to see where Martha's Vineyard is, click up there and then zoom out.

The interesting thing about this lighthouse is that it looks like it's sitting on a concrete pad right on Lighthouse Beach.  Let's see if that's true or not.

Here's a little more about it:   Martha's Vineyard Museum - Edgartown Lighthouse

No history or specifications there, though, so I went to Lighthouse Friends.  And from the article there, I found out the very interesting fact that the current Edgartown Lighthouse is not the one that was there for many decades.  The original building, which was there from at least 1828, was torn down in 1939 after it was damaged during the Great Hurricane of 1938.  To replace it, they took a defunct lighthouse from Ipswich, MA and relocated it on the beach at Edgartown.

Neat, huh?

It's been restored and refurbished since, and the public can visit and go inside.  It also has a children's memorial.

As for specifications, it's 45 feet high and it's mostly white.  Location, location, location.

Christmas Lighthouse of the Week, December 9-15, 2018: Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts

OK, while on my pre-Christmas vacation, I missed last week's Lighthouse of the Week (I'm posting at the beginning of the next week).   So to cover LAST week, here's the Edgartown Lighthouse on the island of Martha's Vineyard, decorated for Christmas.

And coming up next, for the Lighthouse of the Week December 16-22, I'll feature the Edgartown Lighthouse!

Friday, December 7, 2018

Sony World Photography Contest entries

So many great photographs are taken every year that get submitted to photography contests.  It amazes me, and I am glad that such art can be easily accessed.

The stunning entries for the Sony World Photography Awards

Here's one that caught my eye, because it's actually a place I've been. Seems like most of the places that I see in these contests (in the Nature or Travel categories, usually) are places I could never, ever hope to visit.

On Highway 41 again, north of Macon, nearing Atlanta

Outside Macon, by the Morgan View Farm.

Smarr, Georgia. There are several small churches at this intersection outside Macon: the New Providence Baptist Church, the Midway Baptist Church, True Vision, and Lighthouse of Prayer. I don't know why they're all clustered right here.

Forsyth, Georgia, has a nice downtown and a very good-looking Probate Court building.

You may not believe it, but we're getting close enough to Atlanta to say we're near Atlanta. And that will be very fun.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Yellow snow in China

Despite the fact that China has both a Yellow River and a Yellow Sea, the yellow snow that just fell there is not due to either.  It's due to desert dust.

Rare 'yellow snow' blankets north-west China due to freezing temperatures and sandstorms

The travesty of Republicans in Wisconsin

If I had a lot more time, I'd write a lot more about the sickening spectacle that has played out in Wisconsin this past week or so.  I'm referring to the Republican-held legislature (which it wouldn't be if not for the gerrymandered districts*) passing lame-duck session laws that limited the powers of the incoming elected Democratic officials.  This is something that the despicable Republicans in North Carolina already did (and now they're trying to stop a legitimate inquiry into voter fraud that might have illegally gotten one of their boys into office).  Michigan's repugnant Republicans might try to pull a similar stunt.

* Yes, I'm aware Maryland has outrageously gerrymandered districts that favor Democrats. We shouldn't.

But anyway, I don't have a great deal of time, so I'll just provide a link to an article and a quote from that article:

Where the GOP can’t win elections, it changes the rules
"Scott Fitzgerald (R), Wisconsin’s Senate majority leader, admitted Monday that Republicans would not be trying to limit the governor’s powers if outgoing GOP Gov. Scott Walker had won a third term, explaining that Republicans do not trust the incoming Democrat. It does not matter if they trust the next governor. Wisconsin voters chose to do so."
I've been to Wisconsin a couple of times, and it has a lot of dairy cows, which is one reason cheese is a famous product from the state.  The dairy cows produce a lot of manure, and its distinctive aroma can usually be detected for large areas around the fields.

The GOP in Wisconsin stink worse than that, and what they just did is the same thing that drops from the rear orifices of the cows,.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Lighthouse of the Week, December 2-8, 2018: Grand Island East Channel Light, Michigan

This week's lighthouse is on the shores of Lake Superior, on Michigan's Upper Peninsula.  It's a restored lighthouse that hasn't been a working light for a long time, but it's a landmark.  The lighthouse is on Grand Island, and since it's on the east channel, it's called the Grand Island East Channel Light, naturally.

Just to the east of the lighthouse, and the nearest community, which is Munising, Michigan, is the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.  And in the winter, which is still usually quite cold up here, there are remarkable picturesque ice caves on Grand Island, too.

But about the lighthouse - here is the Lighthouse Friends page.

You can look at the map to see where it is.  The funny thing about its location is that the northern end of Highway 41 swings right by it -- so we'll be back, eventually.

Historically and briefly, there was a lighthouse of some kind here in 1856, but it took until 1867 to get a lighthouse built there. It was hit by lightning in 1891, and after a shipwreck in 1903, they took the lighthouse out of service in 1905.  Some range lights were put up, and the lighthouse was last lighted in late October 1908.  Somehow the building managed to survive the entire remainder of the 20th century, and finally at the turn of the century the shore was protected and the lighthouse was restored in the next years.

So it looks kind of aged.  But it's supposed to look like that. There's a restored lantern room, but I don't think it has an actual light in it.  I'd sure like to visit it

So here are the pictures:

If you want to buy a castle

There's a castle for sale in England.  It's pretty nice.

Historic castle built to replace one gifted to Catherine of Aragon by Henry VIII and dubbed the 'most gorgeous in Christendom' goes on sale for £2.5m

"Devizes Castle in Wiltshire was once owned by the Crown for around 500 years after it was claimed by King Stephen of Blois in the 1130s.

The Grade I-listed building has lots of period features, such as castellations, turrets, stone mullioned windows, impressive fireplaces and oak floors.

It was passed down through the Royal family over the years and was frequently visited by monarchs including King John, Henry III and Edward I, while Henry VIII gifted it to his first wife Catherine of Aragon, although it was later reclaimed after their divorce."

The article at the link has a lot of great pictures, so I found a different one.  This is not the original castle, this is a house built like a castle that was built on the grounds of the historical one.

This is an aerial shot of the quaint little cottage.

I wish I could

I'll never be a surfer -- not even on a little wave -- but I sure wish I could do something like this.

Getting back on Highway 41 around Macon

In the last Highway 41 end-to-end StreetView trek post, we visited the Allman Brothers "big house", where the Allman Brothers Band museum is now located.  Now we move on.

Where Highway 41 meets Vineville Avenue, though the Allman Brothers Band Museum is east (a right turn), Highway 41 goes west (left turn) on Vineville Avenue. There are other places of interest in Macon, like Mercer University and the Tubman Museum, but we're going to stay on the highway.

A view of Wesleyan College.

Now north of Macon, in a community named Bolingbroke, there is a place called the Sweet Tea Cafe just off 41. There are several StreetView panoramas here, so it must be a place of interest. Looks quaint. There are panoramas inside too, if you want to see more. Doing a quick search indicates that this place was formerly called Miss Hattie's. Use that information wisely.

We'll move on quickly in our next post.