Thursday, July 9, 2009

Artisan, graffiti and departing

- This beautiful artisan ironwork that lines a part of Bolton Road in an old section of Atlanta, a largely forgotten area of town.

- Graffiti on the traincar makes me think of a friend who did this sort of thing in the Bronx, New York as a teenager; a budding artist who turned that talent into something lasting.

- Goodbye. Something so lovely about departing train cars going about their business, especially when they think no one is watching...

10 comments:

Jannie Funster said...

Wow, love these views from "the other side of the tracks."

What is it about trains and train yards that hold such timeless fascination for us?

And hey, did I see some kudzu there?

Lynn said...

Jannie -

Indeed - that is kudzu! If I had stood there long enough it would have wrapped itself around me. (Creepy thought, that.)

I really just intended to photograph the ironwork and had to go around to the other side of an abandoned parking lot to do and the train came. I don't know what it is - but it seems like something from days gone by kind of.

Mama Zen said...

I've always been fascinated by trains. Something so romantic about them.

Lynn said...

Mama Zen -

I know - I love to hear the train whistle in the distance.

Talon said...

I was listening to a train last night, charging through the city. The whistle of the train always makes me nostalgic, but I'm never sure what for.

The ironwork is wonderful. And unique. And what the heck is kudzu? It sounds scary!

Lynn said...

Talon -

Trains are just plain romantic! One of my fondest memories was taking the train called "The Nancy Hanks" to Savannah, Georgia with my Girl Scout Troop for a pilgrimage to the Juliette Low house. Slept in a berth and ate in the dining car. Lovely memory.

Kudzu is also known as the vine that ate the South. It was brought over from Japan in the 1800s as a forage crop and an ornamental plant. However, it was subsequently discovered that the Southeastern US has near-perfect conditions for kudzu to grow out of control! And, oh my, it has!

Jannie emailed me a few weeks ago to tell me she saw a program on TV about my community of Stone Mountain, GA (a suburb of Atlanta) and kudzu was mentioned. TMI? :)

Talon said...

Lynn, NEVER too much information - I'm like a sponge and love to absorb as much as I can. It's remarkable how often a species is introduced to a new country and nearly obliterates it. Scary how things will take over as soon as the balance is screwed up.

Lynn said...

Talon -

I like that about you! Check out Kudzu vine in Google images.

Snaggle Tooth said...

I have orange tubular flowers like those in the side yard, bur they haven't bloomed yet this year- the humming birds like them.

Lynn said...

Snaggle -

They are pretty, but I don't know what they are - do you?