30 March 2010

Photographing Savannah Rapids Park

Despite spending a year in Augusta, there are still places around here I haven’t seen and/or photographed. This week I finally made it out to the Savannah Rapids Park, and I wish I’d visited sooner. There are nice walking trails alongside the Augusta Canal, and there’s a fantastic view of where the Fall Line crosses the Savannah River. Click here (and scroll to the bottom) to see more of my photos.

23 March 2010

Photographing St. Paul’s

Although the current structure was built in 1919, St. Paul's Church in Augusta dates back to 1750. Click here (and scroll down) for more of my photos or here for details about the church's history.

16 March 2010

Discovering Google Docs

After losing many files and photos last December to a PC virus, I’ve been serious about backing up my files. I’m using a USB drive to store copies of everything, but I keep the drive in a drawer below my PC, so if a house fire wipes out the PC, it’ll get the USB drive too. To be extra safe, I’ve been trying to find online storage that is fast, free, and secure.

As you can imagine, not many online storage options are fast, free, and secure, and maybe Google Docs isn’t as secure as I’m thinking, but so far, I really like it. I was able to upload my files quickly and, unlike SkyDrive’s one-at-a-time approach, I can download several files at once.

So far, for my purposes, Google Docs rocks.

09 March 2010

One New (Re)Opening

Augusta’s Morris Museum of Art, which is dedicated exclusively to Southern art and artists, closed its doors in January and February for a bit of redecorating. Pieces were brought out of storage, displays were rearranged, et voila, the Morris was ready to reopen this past weekend. Of course I was there to see what they’d done with the place, and lots of other people were too.

I was especially pleased to see three Elliot Daingerfield paintings on display and an inspiring painting of Gloucester Harbor. I didn’t write down the Harbor artist because I thought I could easily find him/her online, but apparently lots of artists have painted this particular harbor. Hmm, I guess I’ll have to visit the museum again soon.

After the grand reopening, I crossed the Savannah River into downtown North Augusta, strolled around, and snapped a few photos. Shown above is Lookaway Hall, which is an Antebellum mansion now used as a bed-and-breakfast inn, and below is downtown North Augusta. The rest of the day’s photos are here, including several of Brick Pond Park, which is a swamp with walking trails, wildlife, and the occasional alligator sighting.

What a pleasant day I had: I got some serious exercise and a good dose of Southern culture.

02 March 2010

One New (Print) Issue

One of my gifts for Christmas 2009 was a subscription to O: The Oprah Magazine, and I’m loving it so far. The March issue alone was worth the subscription price. It’s all about de-cluttering, and it covers all kinds of clutter, from stuff in your closets to people in your life.

Even as organized as I am, I read it from cover to cover this past weekend and learned a few things. I especially enjoyed Oprah’s interview with writer, teacher, and Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh. Among other subjects, he talks about finding happiness by going home to the present moment, which is also known as being mindful. An example of mindfulness, he explains, can be as simple as savoring a cup of tea. Oprah calls it “mindful tea.”

I like that phrase, and I like the idea of appreciating what we consume—not just before we consume it, but as we’re consuming it. Since we’re always consuming something (air, sunlight, etc), there are lots of opportunities for grateful, mindful moments.