Saturday, February 16, 2019

Augusta, Georgia

My first time stepping foot in Georgia was a visit to Augusta.
We started with a walk at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park where I got my fill of Spanish moss.
The open wetlands were beautiful in their blues and greens. I was hoping to see my first alligator sunning itself in the wild here but no such luck.
Unfortunately the swampy part of the walk was non-existent for us. There had been recent rain and as you can see above, some of the boardwalks were under water.

Then we headed into town
and marvelled at historic beauties.
The downtown looks like it was a place to be at one time.
Old buildings with charm.
It felt rundown though with sidewalks in dangerous conditions and the focal point below of the fountain not working. 

I do love the layout with the parks as well as parking in the center of the street.
This was back in January so the city was still dressed for the holiday season.

The highlight here is the walk along the Savannah River. This is the view looking across the river to North Augusta, SC.
All the riverwalks around here seem to have an outdoor ampitheater and this was no exception.
The walk features an upper and a lower walkway so there is plenty of area to enjoy. 
I am sure it is super pretty here during the warmer, more flower filled months.
There is even a charming house boat section.
I hope you enjoyed our day trip to Augusta.

Thank you for stopping by! ~Val

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Art in Bloom at the CMA

During a recent visit to the Columbia Museum of Art in SC, we were lucky enough to stumble upon Art in Bloom by the Ikebana International Chapter 182.

Floral sculptures are inspired by works of art at the museum. This below was was based on a  piece by pop artist Roy Lichtenstein.
This is odd with the Campbell soup but that is because this sculpture is based on a work by Andy Warhol.
Mural by Jackson Pollack was on display at the museum during this time inspiring the piece below.
I neglected to take a note on the inspiration of each but I believe below was inspired by a Jasper Johns hanger piece.
The museum has been recently renovated inside and it is beautiful! As you can see through the windows, they are still working on the side entrance which is going to be a beautiful courtyard hopefully ready for spring!

The word ikebana, by the way, means the Japanese art of flower arranging. It translates as "living flowers". Love!
So there was also a variety of Japanese inspired pieces to envy.
Now I would love to score a piece of cool driftwood to use as a planter.
A very enjoyable experience.

Future exhibitions of this Ikebana International Chapter will be on our radar! It is an organization I never knew existed until now.

I hope you enjoyed these unique displays. This must have been fun for the participating members since modern art can be quite quirky!

I hope you enjoy this sampling of floral beauties!

Thank you for stopping by. ~Val

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Congaree National Park

The Congaree National Park features a 2.4 mile long boardwalk through a swampy southern forest.
Some of it is elevated, some of it is ground level. The area is technically floodplains but many refer to it as a swamp.
It is loaded with cypress knees (those things sticking up out of the water) making it feel like you are in a fairytale.
Some are more whimsical than others. Like little creatures poking their heads up through the swamp.
There are palms.
Brilliant Reflections.
Awesome tree trunks.
Lots of moss.
Magical mushrooms.
Darling shadows on a sunny day.
And so much more! A magnificent nature walk. There are other longer trails to enjoy besides this one in this 26,021 acre forest.

To visit:
Congaree National Park
100 National Park Rd
Sumter, SC

Open daily free of charge!

Thank you for stopping by! ~Val

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Art Show at the SC State Museum

A juried art show is currently on exhibit at the South Carolina State Museum to commemorate the museum's 30th anniversary.
The show features a wide variety of whimsical, colorful, beautiful, thought provoking art.
For those of you over a certain age like me, you will appreciate this one below. A collection of mixed tapes.
This darling below won first place.  Titled Eve, Our Lady of Freedom is by Diana Valente.
My personal favorite was Nature's Bounty by Doni Jordan. 

It was a botanical wall installation of dried flowers and plants. 

Throughout are wonderful quotes relating to nature and our relationship with it.
A joy to see all this wonderful local art! 

This exhibit is included with general admission to the museum which is $8.95. Parking is free.

The South Carolina State Museum is located at 301 Gervais Street in Columbia.

Thank you for stopping by! ~Val

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Soda City Market

The Soda City Market takes place every Saturday, year round from 9am - 1pm in Columbia, SC.

Why is Columbia called Soda City?
The story goes that Cola is the city's nickname. Over time this evolved into Soda City instead of Cola City.
It has fun food trucks. Food vendors here are required to make it or grow it. Over 12 nationalities are represented for variety.
Local crafters show their goodies.
It is super crowded on a beautiful day where parts of it you can't stop walking or you will get trampled over.
There is live music and beer because who doesn't want loud music and a brewski in the morning?
I imagine the university students enjoy coming here for hangover food.
It is a great place for well behaved canines of all sizes to get attention.
It is the south so there has to be a smoker somewhere. How creative is this bus contraption?
It is an experience.
The longest line goes to this vendor, Venezuela in 1 Bite.
I have to do some research on Venezuelan food before giving it a try. Considering the line I am certain it is delicious!

Well I hope you enjoyed this walk through the Soda City Market

If you are near and want to check it out, this sets up between 1300 - 1500 Main Street. Much larger than we expected! This market averages 150 vendors each week.

Thank you for stopping by! ~Val