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Covered Bridge History, Located near Atlanta

My walk around the lake this weekend took me across this covered bridge in the park.

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Below is the story about this “lattice bridge”  that is posted on the sign.  It’s been at this present location since 1969:

Covered bridges or ‘lattice bridges’ were common throughout the Eastern U.S. during the nineteenth century. This bridge formerly spanned the North Fork of the Oconee River in the city of Athens, Georgia connecting College Avenue and Hobson Avenue. Clark County Ordinary S. M. Herrington let a building contract 26 March 1891 for $2,490 to W. W. King. It cost $18,000 to move the bridge from Athens 60 miles to this point. Bridges like this were refuge for travelers during storms, courting couples, and robbers who hide themselves on the overhead timbers and dropped down on the unsuspecting victim.”

 Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, January 12, 2014

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January 13, 2014 · 11:10 pm

November Walk Around The Lake

My walk along the trail around the lake this weekend made me realize that we have reached the peak color for the 2013 leaf season.  However the evergreens will keep their colors while the other trees with leaves of yellow, red and gold will eventually fall to the ground. Fall is a great time of the year to be outdoors!
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Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, November 3, 2013

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November 3, 2013 · 9:12 pm

A Surprise at Nature’s Pond

When I took a walk early this morning, I didn’t know that a surprise would be waiting for me near the pond.  The trail leading into the woods provided several photographic opportunities that I captured using the macro feature on my camera. And then, a Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly surprised me when it landed on a Joe-Pye weed waiting for me to take its photograph.

Yet, a bigger surprise was waiting for me farther down the trail. That’s when I walked past a mother and father fishing off the dock with their two children playing nearby.  “Why are you taking pictures of the grass,” the older child asks with interest. “It’s not the grass that I’m photographing,” I reply smiling. “The lens of my camera is actually focused on that tiny purple flower on the ground.”  She immediately became my assistant suggesting other things that I could photograph.  Below is the photographic story. And, just in case you don’t recognize what’s in her hand, it’s a baby snail she found in the dirt. Afterwards she gently placed it back where she found it.

“Do you live around here?” I ask. “No, we’re from Burma,” the young girl answers handing me a yellow flower to remember our visit.

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August 3, 2013 · 9:18 pm

Walking the Railroad Track

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My walk today took me off my normal path up a hill between the pine trees on a well-worn trail.

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After I reached the top of the hill I saw a pile of cross-ties stacked on top of each other creating a barrier on the railroad track.

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That’s when I looked over all the rubble and saw that the bridge going over the road fenced off, meaning no trains travel this extension of the tracks anymore.

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Then, up ahead the railroad tracks split with one going to the left and the other to the right.  I decided to follow the railroad track that lead to the left.

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After I passed the bend I found an open field with a sign posted that read: ” Native Plant Habitat.” That’s when I ventured off the railroad track to look for the native plants.

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Now, I find myself now among the wildflowers and the berries finding nature at her best.

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“Yellow Daisies”…

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A tall burgundy tipped plant, its name I do not know…

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“Commelina Dayflower”

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And, then it was time to end my one mile walk along the railroad tracks. It looks like it’s going to rain any minute so I better head back having made a full circle.

Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, July 5, 2013

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A Walk With Nature

1-Walk in Park by Nature TrailEarly this morning I decided to take a detour from my normal walking path which takes me down the hill for one mile.

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The Nature Trail takes me past many plants that have plates identifying them.

16-Walk in Park by Nature Trail Oakleaf Hydrangea is a perennial shrub that grows 4″ in partial shade or full sun.

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Stoker Aster (Stokesia Laeris)

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Mushroom with a unique center design.

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St John’s Wort is a perennial shrub with bright showy yellow flowers. Here’s an interesting article on StreetsofSalem about St. John’s Wort.

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And, my walk keeps taking me deeper into the woods.

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Pine Tree  that looks 4 stories high with a thick trunk. I wonder how old it is…

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The stream of water must be attracting the bugs. There’s one buzzing above my head right now. Guess it’s time to get out of these woods.

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Now,  it’s back up the hill keeping on the walking trail with a canopy of trees to shade me from the hot morning sun.

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And, over the bridge I walk pass the Mimosa Tree again.

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 Hummingbirds love to feed on the Mimosa’s flowers, but I didn’t see one this morning.
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So, this ends my walk with nature this morning.  I hope you enjoyed the tour.

Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, June 25, 2013

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