Monthly Archives: September 2012

Photography: Liverpool Portrait

Recently a photograph in a yard sale captured my attention. The portrait was old and faded, but I found it interesting. The price was reasonable, only 25 cents. I had forgotten about it until today when I decided I wanted to clean the inside of the glass. Alas, the old photograph was stuck…it ripped. So, I gently put the photograph back inside its frame trying to match the pieces.

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In 1890 a family posed for the Photo Artist, Charles Pettingell of Liverpool.

Written and photographed by Mary Gilmartin, September 30, 2012

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Photography, Fall Landscape 101

The first day of fall arrived this weekend and for some reason it reminded me of a photograph I took last year. Since photography is one of my hobbies,  I  think I’ll start organizing my favorites and call this one (Fall Landscape 101).

Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, September 23, 2012


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Book Signing (AWE): September 2012

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It’s always great to have a book signing especially at a bookstore.  Today  I autographed Adventures with Easton: The Magical Journey at Books For Less/Mall of GA (map) in Buford, Georgia.

My book and story is about Easton, young boy, who overcomes his adversities through his dreams and friendships… The beauty of traveling into a magical world created through the eyes of a “nine-year old” when he falls asleep at night is one of the reasons why dreaming is exciting. When Easton finds out that happiness is actually all around him, some remarkable things start to happen. Then, he learns through openly communicating with his stepmother during a beach walk they have something in common. This is when the bonding begins and the real magic of being a family starts.

The book signings started promptly at 11:00 am. It was my pleasure to first meet Andrew, Alexis and Brooklyn who told me they were anxious to read my story.

And, here’s another young reader who wanted her photograph taken with me.


Written by Mary Gilmartin and Photographed September 15, 2012

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Yellow Daisy Festival 2012, Stone Mountain Park, Georgia

The 44th Yellow Daisy Festival in Stone Mountain Park, voted one of the Top 3 Arts & Crafts Shows in the Nation, opened this weekend. The 2012 featured artist is Rosa McMurtray with her colorful artwork  showing  off the daisy.

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What is the Yellow Daisy Festival?

 The Yellow Daisy Festival is held each year in the month of September in Stone Mountain Park, Georgia  to celebrate the blooming of the daisy as this spectacular species grows in bright rivers of yellow on the granite outcroppings of Stone Mountain. The daisy can be seen in its’ natural environment on hiking trails on the backside of the mountain.”

Here’s some things I saw during my short  “One Hour Tour“…

The Pink Van:  It’s too early to eat Yum Yum Cupcakes. Guess I’ll just keep walking.

The Stone Mill Grinder’s display: Stopped and sampled a tiny cornmeal pancake.

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Large Size Fruit Paintings:  What a statement they seem to make.

Interesting sculptures from found pieces…


Irish Blessing:

May your home always be too small to hold all your friends

Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, September 7, 2012

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Memorial Lawn, Stone Mountain, Georgia

Valor and Sacrifice in Memorial Lawn:

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My walk in the park today took me to “Memorial Lawn” that faces the high relief sculpture of the Confederate Memorial Carving in Stone Mountain Park.The fog was lifting above the three Confederate heroes of the Civil War, President Jefferson Davis and Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson, as I approached the mountain base.

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The entire carved surface measures three-acres, larger than a football field. The carving of the three men towers 400 feet above the ground, measures 90 by 190 feet, and is recessed 42 feet into the mountain. The deepest point of the carving is at Lee’s elbow, which is 12 feet to the mountain’s surface.

Memorial Garden

Left Side (Valor) and Right Side (Sacrifice)




Left Side (Valor):

“Men who saw night coming down about them could somehow act as if they stood at the edge of dawn

__A Confederate Soldier Shortly Before His Death.

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Right Side (Sacrifice):

The Country Comes Before Me”

___Caroline Deslondes Beauregard

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No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.”_Booker T. Washington

Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, September 5, 2012

All photographs © 2012


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