Today has been a rainy, rainy dark day. I couldn’t take pictures, so I’m including a photo from December 24.
The downtown restaurant Friends has two fun sculptures outside its front door. I couldn’t figure out how to get a good pic of them. This is the best I could do. I like the swirls of the metal sculpture — and the view of the Christmas decorations through them.
This looks like it could be a gang tag. Even when I’ve read explanations of certain tags, I still find it difficult to recognize meaning in the graffiti. This looks like a series of lines and X’s to me. From what I’ve read, the best thing to do is report it, record it, and remove it.
Near the heart of downtown is the Anderson Civic Center. It’s surrounded by acres of…fields where Anderson hosted Freedom Weekend Aloft. (Next year it will be hosted by Greenville.) My favorite part of the complex includes this little creek. Someone put a white board across it — I imagine it to be a young child playing. The foot bridge over the creek is shown in the reflection.
Seeing this just breaks my heart. Taken at Westview Cemetery on the Saturday before Christmas. Maggie, my dog, and I try to visit every Saturday to write down names and take pictures. My goal is to eventually have a good survey of the cememtery. It’s a huge cemetery though — and I may never finish, but it’s fun right now. Maggie likes it because the cememtery is so big, I let her off the leash to run around and stretch her legs. There are quite a few “homemade” tombstones like this one. It’s probably concrete I’m guessing. No name or date. And crumbling gradually into the ground.
There’s something so vulnerable and so familiar about this statue. It captures my attention and my heart each time I see it at the Anderson County Library. The title is Poetry. I should have written down the sculptor — will next time. Plan to also bring a spray bottle with me as well.
I snapped this picture downtown. (Typically decorations stay up until New Year’s.) It shows the Anderson Christmas tree and the banner over the entrance of the new courthouse. I’m thinking the banner refers to a local national guard unit. I had not realized they had returned — which makes me feel a little bad that I didn’t know.
(The composition on this pic could probably be better — the shape to the right is part of a fish sculpture, one of my favs, that I hope to put on this site soon.)
Banner (or sign?) at the Anderson County Library. I felt like it was most appropriate on this day of celebration. Merry Christmas!
This light display always makes me smile the first time I see it each year. It’s just off I-85 as you drive into Anderson. The lights are on the property of a realtor who specializes in lakefront property. (You can see his sign at the bottom left.) Great advertising for him — and a fun image for us. Merry Christmas!
(Perhaps below is a better photo — but I can’t help but think it ruins the illusion, because you can see more clearly the trees holding the reindeer. The illusion is more fun!:) )
Anderson is committed to the revitalization of downtown — and support of the arts. Part of that effort are these delightful fish statues found sprinkled around downtown and at significant locales in the city. Fun! This sculpture has the realistic depiction of the old downtown courthouse.
You can tell from the sky that it’s a beautiful day. Global warming? I have been enjoying the sun in short sleeves. Quite a surprise when only two days from Christmas.
The Anderson Jockey Lot. Known the area over. The first time I went, it was about 7:00 a.m. and I drove my car over a sprawling complex of red clay, broken concrete and asphalt. As I motored slowly past cramped stalls, idle trucks with produce, cages of puppies, green potted plants, and preoccupied folks driving golf carts who (like me) needed a good wash — I couldn’t shake the thought that I had stepped back in time. There was no growth planning in evidence, homemade signs everywhere, and a lot of locks on doors. After I got familiar with the place, I recognized the main thorough fares — which are rows of long buildings like chicken houses — filled with traders displaying dusty, sometimes new, off-priced wares. Always an interesting experience. Get there early! Hwy 28.