Chihuly Nights; visiting the Atlanta Botanical Garden after dark

img_2378A few years ago, while we lived in Nashville, we went to an exhibit of Dale Chihuly’s work when it was at The Frist Museum.  It was a wonderful show and we really enjoyed looking at the colors and the shapes of the blown glass pieces.  At the same time, Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, also in Nashville, was featuring a night time exhibit of additional works, but as luck would have it, we never made it out there.  When I went to Atlanta last month, I learned that the Atlanta Botanical Garden was featuring a night time exhibit and I made sure I did not miss it again!

img_7092Using my camera, I took pictures as we walked around the garden and how I wished I could have used my tripod to get better shots!  The glass works are pretty amazing in daylight but once the sun sets, the lights used in the displays give the glass a completely different appearance.  For one, the colors glow.

img_2380If you have ever visited ABG, you are familiar with the raised walkway that takes you high above the gardens.  In this area, the view was almost magical.

img_7101These white glass pieces almost look like balloons or torpedoes.  Because I was using my camera hand-held, it was hard to really get all of the details.

img_7104This looked like a giant succulent from above and below, it looked as if it was alive.

img_7106The reflection pool really captured the movement of the glass tubes.

img_7110While I could see the tiny blue lights up close, they got lost in the distance.  The entire area glowed orange, as if a campfire was nearby.

img_2382This was one of the exhibits that the camera just couldn’t handle.  Called a Fiori Boat, the large structure in the top pool was floating on the surface of the water with the large glass orbs, known as Niijima Floats.  In the background is the Earth Goddes Sculpture whose hand forms a waterfall.

img_2381Covered in moss and surrounded by water, she was an amazing sight in the dark.

img_7124Water lends itself well to the glass and many of the exhibits were in a water setting.  To really see the difference in the photos from the camera and my cell phone, compare this shot to the next one.

img_2383It would have taken me a lot of time to catch this look with the camera.

img_2385Looks like icicles to me.

img_7142As we prepared to leave, a final sculpture greeted us near the gift shop.  They look like blossoms to me!  Truly art imitating life-garden life to be specific.  Do yourself a favor, while you can visit during the day, buy a ticket to the show and go after dark.   The show closes at the end of the month, hurry, don’t miss it!

Delia’s Chicken Sausage Stand-100% Goodness

img_7079On my most recent trip to Atlanta, I had the chance to visit Delia’s Chicken and Sausage Stand.  Like any other place that calls itself a “stand,” Delia’s is a little building with outdoor seating along the side of a very busy street.  Don’t let the lack of indoor accommodations scare you away; this place is worth the trip!

img_7078Having placed our orders, we went outside to grab a table.  The seating area is covered which means that you will not bake in the sun and if it is raining, you can still sit down at a table and eat-personally, I hate eating a meal in the car!img_7088The staff is friendly and were a pleasure to deal with-they even let me take photos!

img_7090Judging by the location of these seats, they must get pretty busy.  These seats are near the parking area and in full sun during lunch.

img_7083By now you must be wondering what chicken sausage is.  The short answer; ground chicken with spices and herbs which is cooked up and tastes a lot like an Italian sausage but isn’t nearly as greasy.  We both chose to order The Chickie Philly Classic which is chicken sausage with onions and peppers with classic sauce (cheese sauce) and chipotle mayo on a hoagie roll.

img_7085However, I had mine without the cheese sauce-I just do not like cheese on my Philly sandwiches!img_7086The sandwiches are large and filling but those fries…my weakness for seasoned fries well documented.  These were too good to pass up.

img_7087When I said the sandwiches were large, I wasn’t kidding!  We were glad to have spent a couple hours walking on the Dolls Head Trail because it made eating a lunch this big seem less decadent!

img_2373After lunch, we headed over to Highland Row in search of a piece of furniture.  While we were not successful in that search, we did find quite a few creepy doll heads and dolls that would have been a perfect fit for the Doll’s Head Trail if they allowed you to bring in new stuff.  The rule is that you cannot bring in stuff, you can only use things found in the park to make displays for the trail.

img_2374She looks so innocent…

img_2376These were just so weird.  The way they sat upside down…

img_2377These were just creepy.  The one on the right almost looks like a real baby while the one in the middle looks like an alien in need of new eyes!

Since we are knee deep in the move, the house is on the market, everything I own is packed up and the garden has been tilled over and seeded with grass, I do not have much in the way of baking to share here-or gardening for that matter!  There are still a few things about that trip to Atlanta that I will try to share with you.  In the mean time, please keep your fingers crossed that this move goes quickly and smoothly!

Doll’s Head Trail in Atlanta


Over the last 5 years, I have made many trips to Atlanta to visit our daughter.  Each time, we have explored a new place and on my most recent visit, Alix took me to the Doll’s Head Trail.  The trail is located within the city perimeter, tucked away in Constitution Lakes Park and while it is not exactly easy to find-so signs are posted for it, it is well worth the effort needed to find it.  That is provided you have an open mind, a fondness for “found object” art and a dark sense of humor.  The area itself is full of history and at one time, was the site of a brick manufacturer but what it is really known for is that it frequently gets flooded and that is key to the art installations on the trail.  Unlike most art parks/trails, where adding to the displays or even building new displays is not allowed, on the Doll’s Head Trail, you are encouraged to use objects found within the park to create work.  Actually, the only rule is that it must me made from garbage and junk already present in the park and if you carry in new things to use, they will be removed.


img_7058The dolls heads are everywhere, so is graffiti.


img_7048We wandered slowly along the trail, continually finding little treasures

img_7049and graffiti, lots and lots of graffiti

img_7050some of the work was clever and imaginitive

img_7051other things were humorous

img_7053quite a bit of it was creepy


img_7055img_7059img_7060img_7061img_7065This collection of shoes was amazing-look at the moss on the boots.  Love the Shoeless Joe Jackson reference, had to explain that one.

img_7066And of course, a common sense public announcement.  This will be a place I must return to on occasion, especially after a big rain event.  It will be very interesting to see what washes up and how it is used in the artwork on the trail.

img_7069The park is also a nature center and we happened to catch this little guy out shopping for lunch.

img_7070He was a little reminder to look at everything because you just do not know what you will find out there.

img_7068Like this tree which was easily 20 feet from the trail in some very tall and thick brush.

img_7072Of course, we had to leave our mark as well.

img_7075we did so in honor of our cats! Chicken Wing and The Captain are now part of the trail.