Doug Beezley Photography | Georgia

Georgia, where I live, provides a wide variety of photo opportunities. There are no herds of bison, no 14,000 foot granite behemoths and no canyons as grand as those in Arizona. But, the Savannah area is rich in history and architecture, has sublime sunrises, the most beautiful cemetary in America and a magnificant lighthouse. The north Georgia mountains, while not as well known as their New England counterparts, does provide some great fall color and the tallest waterfall east of the Mississippi River. And, Atlanta...the buildings, parks and botanical garden are all "target-rich".
Atlanta Botanical Garden - Chihuly Exhibit

Atlanta Botanical Garden - Chihuly Exhibit

The Atlanta Botanical Garden sponsored a display of renowed glass artist, Dale Chihly's creations during a visit called "Chihuly in the Garden". The reception to this exhibit was overwhelming and over 425,000 people attended the multi-month exhibit. The items that generally attracted me most were his bowls and I tried to view and photograph them in a semi-abstract manner - recording edges, color and form rather than just a bowl sitting on display. You judge whether I was successful.

Atlanta Botanical Garden - Fuqua Orchid Center

Atlanta Botanical Garden - Fuqua Orchid Center

The Dorothy C. Fuqua Orchid Center in the Atlanta Botanical Garden displays the largest permanent collection of orchids in the US with over 10,000 specimens. It's a great place to spend a winter day with a camera - or without. Photography at a place like the Fuqua Orchid Center usually centers around "macro-photography" or shooting close up and personal with a lens designed to do just that. And, generally, I don't particularly care for macro and I am challenged to do it in an acceptable fashion. I hope I did it well enough for you to enjoy my "take" on "The Orchids of Fuqua Center".

Thanks to Ken Nitschke of Michigan for identifying the particular species. He covered up for some carelessness in not recording what I was shooting - all the orchids were labeled; I just didn't record the information.

Savannah - Tybee Island

Savannah - Tybee Island

The Savannah - Tybee Island area of coastal Georgia is one of the most diverse and photogenic areas of Georgia and the Deep South. Within a few miles is the beach at Tybee Island on the Atlantic and the pier as well (great for sunrise shots), the Tybee Island lighthouse, Fort Pulaski (beautifully restored and maintained Civil War fort), Bonaventure Cemetery (considered one of the most beautiful in America with splashy azalea displays and beautifully carved monuments), the historic squares of Savannah, River Street in Savannah, Wormsloe Plantation and more. The perfect time to visit - mid-March through early-April. It's a favorite destination and I never tire of returning.

State Parks

State Parks

Georgia has over 60 state parks that range from those featuring camping such as Vogel State Park to parks such as F.D. Roosevelt State Park that have national historical significance. I've only visited a few such as Amicocola Falls (highest waterfall in the eastern US), Watson Mill (longest covered Bridge in Georgia), Unicoi State Park and a few others. I hope to keep expanding this gallery with future visits to places like Hard Labor Creek State Park, Cloudland Canyon, Indian Springs (the oldest state park in the US) and others.

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