Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #190- Close and Closer

For this challenge Patti has asked us to get closer to our subject. We can get closer by moving our feet, using a zoom or macro lens, or cropping.

In honor of yesterday’s 198th Savannah St. Patrick’s Day celebration, the first one since 2019, I’m featuring the Celtic Cross in Savannah, Georgia for this challenge. The header image is the original photo. The next three images show the image cropped in three ways to show details of the different parts of the cross.

Many thanks to Patti for the challenge Lens’Artists #190: Close and Closer

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #189 – Odds and Ends

Our challenge from Tina is to show images that never quite fit into a challenge category. I came up with a few images from my archives. The header image is from the Key West Cemetery.

In Savannah, when the azaleas are blooming and the Fountain in Forsyth Park turns green you know St. Patrick’s Day is almost here. These images were taken a few years ago.

Athens, Georgia is the home of the University of Georgia. It is also home to two interesting sights unique to Athens. A double barrelled cannon, the only one known of its kind, stands in front of City Hall. The Tree that Owns Itself grows in the middle of a quiet neighborhood.

I’ll end the post with images of the end of two U. S. Highways, U. S. 1 in Key West and U. S. 80 in Tybee Island, Georgia.

Many thanks to Tina for the challenge Lens’Artists #189: Odds and Ends

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #173 – Interesting Architecture

Tina’s challenge this week is to show interesting architecture – whether in our back yard or around the world.

My first three images don’t have anything in common except I like the architectural details of each of them. The image above is from the Art Deco District in South Beach in Miami. These next two are from two National Parks in the United States.

The rest of my images are of interesting houses of worship. The first is from Alaska and the rest are historic houses of worship in Savannah, Georgia.

Russian Orthodox Church in Ninilchik, Alaska

Many thanks to Tina for this Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #173: Interesting Architecture

Lens-Artists #120: What A Treat

For this photo challenge Tina says “We’d love for you you to share something that was a treat for you”. This challenge reminded me of a fun day with friends before the pandemic shut down the world.

I sampled almost all of the flavors

A few days before the national emergency was declared, our group of nine Active Older Adults from our local YMCA boarded a small bus for the 30 minute ride to Byrd’s Famous Cookies Bakery and Flagship Store. We began our adventure in the store where we sampled cookies and of course bought some to take home.

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What a Treat – Byrd Cookies
The smell of the baking cookies was heavenly

After a short presentation about the history of the company and more cookie tasting we took a tour of the bakery. No photography was allowed in the production area but I was able to get this shot through window of the doors to the room. Seeing so many cookies at once was a cookie lover’s dream come true!

As soon as the door to the production room was opened the smell of fresh baked cookies filled the air. Just imagine the aroma in your kitchen when you are baking cookies and multiply it by about 1000. I wish I could transmit that heavenly scent through the internet to you. Our guide walked us through the entire process from dough to hot cookies coming out of the oven. We were then rewarded with warm, fresh baked cookies right off the production line.

We wrapped up our day with lunch at Bow Tie Barbeque before boarding the bus back home.

Byrd’s Famous Cookies Since 1924

The cookies have been made in Savannah since 1924 when there was only one flavor – their famous Scotch Oatmeal cookies. Today their flavors include Key Lime Coolers, Chocolate Chip, Salted Caramel, and Georgia Peach plus many others. There are several Byrd’s stores around Savannah and the cookies are distributed to stores all around the country.

Laughing with friends, eating cookies, and going out to lunch – what a treat!

If you would like to learn more about Byrd’s Famous Cookies or would like to order some of these mouth watering treats, visit Byrd Cookie Company.

Many thanks to Tina for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #120: What a Treat.

Lunch with Friends

I’ve been going to water aerobics classes with a fabulous group of ladies (and a few men) for years. A few times a year we meet somewhere to enjoy a meal, conversation, and lots of laughs.

This week we met at Cohen’s Retreat in Savannah which was originally a retirement home for men. In 2012, new owners took over and transformed the space into a delightful restaurant with delicious food, a venue for special events, a gift shop, and rental cottages

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Cohen’s Retreat, Savannah, Georgia

As we walked through the front doors we knew we were in for a special treat when we saw the vintage ashtrays decorating the walls and a mantle lined with Old Spice bottles and shaving brushes. A wall with a family tree made from heirloom silverware was the focal point in the Perennial Room where we ate. Mounted on another wall of the room was an antique bicycle built for two.

Did I mention the food was delicious?

Good food and laughing with friends in a memorable setting made me smile this week.

Linked to Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors – March 5, 2020

This post was inspired by the Weekly Smile over at Trent’s World. What made you smile this week?