Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Sapelo Island part 3

Now here is the huge bonus for having to drive down to Sapelo Island, the Island itself. It is beautiful. The island’s natural habitats include upland maritime forests, freshwater ponds, dunes, beaches, sloughs and salt marshes. These habitats create areas for many plants and animals to flourish.

There are many natural hiking trails you can follow or you can just go down the beach and enjoy it in solitude. Either activities are very relaxing and well deserved after a hard day’s work.
While on Sapelo Island this time, I was able to take a few good photos of bird and insect life. The butterflies where in abundance along the sand dunes because of the many wild flowers blooming and made for some amazing awe filled viewing.

If you want to find out more information about Sapelo Island here are a couple of nice sites

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Sapelo Island part 2

To get down to Sapelo Island I will usually drive South on 129/441 to interstate 16 where I then exit off and take 23 to 57 and from 57 to the ferry. But, this time I got stuck behind a house. Yes that’s right, a house. And to top it off I was the first car to get stuck behind it.

So, to get to the ferry on time I cut across on 278 at Madison to then went down 15. That turned out to be a very nice side trip.

First off I got a great photo of an old red barn with an old truck parked in it. Secondly I got to drive through some of the prettiest and well kept, architecturally speaking in a Historic preservation way, cities/towns. This started with the city of Greensboro through Sparta, Warthen, Sandersville, Wrightsville and then Adrian. If you have the time I recommend the drive, you just can’t see towns with this type of Architecture that often.

It would be an amazing photography project to go and document the architecture in these towns, even if it was just the city hall buildings. I will have to try and make time somewhere and try it.

Sapelo Island part 1

On October 25, 2006 I had to travel down to Sapelo Island to document the R.J. Reynolds Estate Greenhouses at the University of Georgia’s Marine Institute. Our office manages the different projects that have to deal with master planning, new construction and infrastructure, and Historic Preservation.

Part one of this series of Sapelo Island will be on the greenhouses that were built by the Wm. H. Lutton Company in the early 1920’s. The greenhouses are actually one structure, but they contain 13 different environmental zones, with each zone considered to be one greenhouse. The greenhouses are an amazing example of a well designed structure which is still structurally sound after all these years.

The greenhouses are 5,250 square feet in size on the interior with an additional two exterior courtyards and a two story Gardener’s Residence that is 1,360 square feet.

At the time of these photographs, the greenhouses have been abandoned for over 20 years.

The following are some of the photographs I took from the site.