Savannah Spirit

Savannah welcomes…
filtered light through canopies of gnarled oaks,
garlands of Spanish Moss undulating with a sweet, slow dreaminess,
a faint breath of melancholy and barely-heard, haunted whispers.

Savannah seduces…
sinuous ironwork, candy colored azaleas
mist from verdigris fountains and a thousand, thousand tales

Savannah remembers…
her gracious days and sultry nights
her flirty Southern charm and style
uniquely hers, like nowhere else.

And wants you to remember, too.

(to be continued)
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Thank you for all your beautiful comments. It’s great to be back. Wishing you a magical weekend.
xo – g

Back from the South

Hello, dear friends! How have you all been? I have returned from my long-planned photographic journey to the Southern United States, where I found beauty, history, stunning locations and friendship far beyond my imaginings. Perfect weather, spring bloom and wonderful company made it hardly seem like work.

(Please forgive me not posting from the road as promised – the shooting days extended well into early evening, I covered over 1200 miles by car and internet connections were sometimes challenging. I owe lots of you visits and replies to emails, comments and letters which I will catch up with this week.)

The first days of the trip I spent with my brother David, setting out from Atlanta for the historic antebellum (pre-Civil War) towns between there and Savannah. First stop: sweet Madison – small, charming, carefully preserved and, at this time of year, decorated with a lacy veil of dogwood blossoms, wisteria and bursts of pink azaleas.
Throughout the South, iron fences and gates gently define properties, not so much barriers as embellishments.
Wisteria entwines and festoons trees and structures, creating irresistible flowery vignettes.
Lots of pink and purple!
Rocking chairs and front porches speak of lazy evenings in the coming heat of summer.

And a local florist shop celebrates spring with old-fashioned blooms.

We’d planned to spend an hour or two in Madison but stayed the entire day, walking the back roads, taking photographs and dining too well on traditional Southern fried chicken with sweet potatoes and peach cobbler before heading out of town toward Savannah. We vowed to return to Madison one day.

I have certainly missed you all. Thank you so much for your comments on my last post – I hope you have been well and can’t wait to catch up on your adventures. See you in a day or so with much more!


– g

Flights and Fancies

Hello friends! I seem to see photos of ranunculus everywhere these days and, since we all love them, I thought join in again and share a few more from my recent shoots. What is it we so love about these sweet flowers?

This week has been a whirlwind of fun and creative activities. I’ve been heavily into research and planning for my trip to Atlanta, Savannah and Charleston, doing detailed studies of public and private gardens, architecture and other aspects for my photo shoots.
I’ve been setting up and transferring files to my new 27″ iMac which I already love for its beauty, elegance and speed. And D and I got our new iPads which are so gorgeous and tremendous fun but which I also foresee becoming vital production tools.
And blossoms abound, so I’m torn between my lovely new tech devices indoors and my camera and the exploding spring outdoors.
But, in a few days I’ll be leaving it all behind to go on the road (D will be here holding the fort), first meeting my brother in Atlanta to spend a few days driving the Antebellum Trail and visiting and photographing Savannah. Then I’ll be meeting up with Flickr friends Tina and Kelly, photographing more of the area, including Beaufort and on to Charleston. (I’d love any advice you have on what to see and do in the Low Country, as it’s called.)
I’ve scheduled some posts ahead and plan to stay in touch while traveling, via here, Facebook and Twitter. (I just downloaded a nifty app called Zapd which makes mini websites that you can post directly from your iPhone or iPad so I hope to try out some of those as well so you can follow along on the trip.)

Lastly, thank you all for your wonderful comments and welcome to new followers. I hope you enjoy your visits here.
Wishing you a very beautiful week.

xo – g

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