Stepping Out in Atlanta

When my friend Martha and I went on a “weather permitting” trip to Atlanta last weekend, she pulled two pedometers out of her bag, saying she was sure we’d walk 10,000 steps each day, with all the plans we’d made.   It turned out that we had more battery life than the pedometers.  We didn’t really need them; our exhaust-o-meters indicated that we surpassed our goals.

We had tickets to The Girl With the Pearl Earring exhibition at the High Museum of Art Saturday afternoon.  We saw the Dutch Masters paintings, then headed upstairs to see two more floors of other featured art.

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She looks vaguely familiar, doesn’t she?!

Martha, a Bed and Breakfast affectionado, outdid herself by finding us accommodations at The Social Goat, a  B&B in the Grove Park area, near the Atlanta Zoo.   We didn’t quite get up with the goats, turkeys, roosters and chickens, but we did feed them after our own breakfast of blackberry French toast and sausage, grilled peaches and oranges with granola and yogurt.

We had tickets for a Sunday afternoon concert in Roswell, GA  and even though the weather was iffy that morning,  we decided to take our umbrellas and head to the Atlanta Botanical Garden, to see the exhibition from the Mosaiculture International Montreal. These living sculptures are making their first appearance in the US and “fabulous” is inadequate to describe it.

Take a look at a few of them:

One of two giant butterflies.
One of two giant butterflies.

There were cute rabbits hiding in the grasses. . .

A batch of bunnies.
A batch of bunnies.
The unicorn wasn't "loveliest of all" but he was awfully cute.
The unicorn wasn’t “loveliest of all” but he was awfully cute.

There were two cobras.

Look how he coils!
Look how he’s coiled!  His friend was on the other side of the walkway.

Earth Goddess was magnificent!  Love the hair!

Rising right out of the hillside....
Rising right out of the hillside….

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The fish twirled and spit water in their pool.
The fish twirled and spit water in their pool.

Gooseberries and strawberries frolicked in the vegetable garden.

Walking berries.

Could they have been more spot-on with this canine cutie?

Shaggy dog.
Shaggy dog.

This Ogden Nash poem was posted beside him:

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There are 19 creatures in this exhibit and they’re scattered throughout the grounds among the permanent garden treasures.  I’ll show you some of those another time.

The rain suddenly began in earnest, so we ran to the car and made it to the concert with enough time to grab a quick lunch first.  The music was delightful enough to make us forget about our wet feet.

We’d managed to keep up with each other all weekend, but somehow we went out of different doors after the concert and it took us over 30 minutes to find each other again, thus ensuring our 10,000 step count for the day.

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“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in–what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.” 
― Victor HugoLes Misérables 

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10 thoughts on “Stepping Out in Atlanta

    1. Go! I usually see the grandsons’ games and concerts when I go to Atlanta, so this was something different from me. As much as you enjoy gardening, you’d love the Botanical Garden. I’ve been to Botanical Gardens in several states and this one is my favorite to stroll through. Oh. . . we went to a cooking exhibit and the dish was yard long green beans. Recipe is on their website. Very good!

  1. Arkansas Patti

    Those living sculptures are amazing and so HUGE. Loved the quote by Ogden Nash. He was a real favorite of mine. Thanks for the reminder. Think I will Google him. Pretty sure you got enough steps in.

  2. Loved the Unicorn and the Shaggy Dog. Amazing work. I would love to see a creation being sheered. “Blackberry French toast and sausage, grilled peaches and oranges with granola and yogurt,” just doesn’t get much better!! Such FUN!

  3. NCMountainwoman

    I didn’t think The Girl With the Pearl Earring could be improved. By golly you did it! Love your not-so-little guy walking the fallen tree.

  4. I live an hour away from Montreal and had never heard of Mosaiculture. Fantastic stuff!! Love the shaggy dog. ANd also the modern rendition of that Girl with a Pearl Earring masterpiece!

  5. So glad you had the opportunity to see that living exhibit at the botanical gardens. We LOVED it so much we went twice. Thanks for sharing your perspective!

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