ANDERSON DAILY PHOTO

April 30, 2007

Fish fountain

Filed under: Downtown, Hooked on Arts, Sculptures, Statues & Art — lessie @ 2:20 am

Fountain just outside of Anderson City Hall.

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April 29, 2007

Beautiful bird

Filed under: Animals, Parks — lessie @ 1:54 pm

I disturbed this beautiful bird, resting at Cater Lake, in an effort to get close enough for a picture. I haven’t cropped the picture, because I wanted to show how close he/she is to dangerous cars, roads, wires, and “civilization.”

That’s one distressing thing about Anderson and Anderson County. I love the rural areas — and they are fast being gobbled up for residential homes and strip malls. How many pastures or fields have I driven by, only to see right next door the rude marks of suburbia. Family farms are disappearing and with them a rural landscape and native habitat.

April 28, 2007

Fleur Foutain

Filed under: Parks — lessie @ 1:09 pm

It’s with some trepidation that I post this picture. This fountain is in Cater’s Lake, on Greenville Street. A picture of this fountain is found on much “city of Anderson” literature. I think of this fountain as an iconic Anderson image. Just had to capture it. 🙂

April 27, 2007

Soiree

Filed under: Downtown, Festivals & Goin's On — Tags: — lessie @ 11:48 am

Sashay to the Soiree! That was the catch-line a couple of years ago. Anderson’s downtown spring party. Come and enjoy!

April 26, 2007

Cater’s Lake

Filed under: Parks — lessie @ 11:50 am

Cater’s Lake — a small, sweet park just off Greenville Street. I love that this young couple is taking advantage of it to share a meal.

April 25, 2007

Blue ribbon

Filed under: Historic District, Markers, & Flags — lessie @ 2:49 am

Taken Saturday night just outside of city hall. At first I was blank. Blue ribbon? And then it hit me. Virginia Tech. I could see others around downtown when I returned Sunday morning.

April 24, 2007

Siren

Filed under: Downtown — lessie @ 2:38 am

Yes, I need a tripod. But I love the color. The police car was speeding through downtown Anderson with siren blaring. Another pic is here, along with the downtown fire station.

April 23, 2007

First Baptist Church

I know nothing about night photography, except two things: I love it and I am in desperate need of a tripod!

First Baptist Church, organized in 1822. Amazing. Located on what is left of East Church Street. The church sits at the top  of a faux-plaza created by closing off East Church Street for a municipal parking lot. The church bell’s story is here along with a frontal view of the church.

April 22, 2007

Sunday morning

Filed under: Downtown — lessie @ 1:05 am

Sunday morning. Downtown had little traffic. It was quiet. Peaceful. Well…except for the leaf blower. 🙂 I wanted to reshoot some places I had tried to capture the night before. And I ran into people to photograph. Asking to take their picture wasn’t so hard. And some of them — like this one — turned out pretty good. I’m fond of these two as well.

April 21, 2007

Cousins

Filed under: Miscellaneous — lessie @ 12:53 am

I hope this picture marks a turning point in the pictures I take of Anderson. I’m pretty shy, so it took a lot for me to put my car in reverse and roll to a stop in front of these cute guys sitting on their side porch. I asked if I could take their picture and they said yes. How easy. It was the one of the few good things on Saturday.

I was so frustrated on Saturday. I was looking for the name of an old mill I had stumbled upon. I was looking for East Church Street, where a plaque commemorates Anderson’s black business pioneers. And I found neither. Instead I drove around and around in my car, stumbling from one historic district to another. Gritting my teeth in irritation. The above picture was a single jewel in that annoying drive. (Even though, I’m sure you’ll notice their cute squints. I was taking pictures in harsh sun AGAIN.)

I was still angry and unfulfilled when dark descended later that day. Forget this, I thought, and grabbed the camera and Lily’s leash (Maggie had jumped the fence in her own frustration) and drove downtown. In the cool, soothing darkness, I parked the car and wandered with my camera and Lily. Peace descended.

Things learned I hope: (1) Value small goals. A couple of good shots of a small park are better than several mediocre shots of varied Anderson locations. (2) Get out of the car. Feeling the environment and speaking to people is worth sacrificing a quanity of real estate covered in the car. (3) Taking pictures of people is fun. And asking if I can take a person’s picture isn’t hard. And it doesn’t hurt if they say no. I asked a seemingly homeless man on Sunday morning if I could take his picture. “No,” he smiled. “Not right now.” And it felt good to honor his dignity and choice. 

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