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In awe of the Eiffel.

As I’ve shared with others, the Eiffel Tower seems cliche in photos and videos. It’s not until you see this awesome structure face to face that you fully understand and appreciate the marvel that it is. I first saw it on our introductory bus tour – from the 2nd floor of the bus. On our last full day in Paris, our group of seven gathered – with wine, cheese and bread – at the Eiffel. It was absolutely wonderful. People laughing. Relaxing. Enjoying time together. No hustle and bustle to be heard. And after two hours, with my back to the Tower, I heard a loud gasp from the crowd. I had missed the moment the lights on the Eiffel were turned on. But my camera didn’t miss the moment – well, a few moments later.

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Pic me, pic me!

Some shots just beg to be taken. I’m a sucker for crisp contrast of colors, especially when a beautiful blue sky is involved. As we walked from our apartment near the Orsay Museum to the Catacombs, we had lunch and lots of photo opportunities.

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Slight of hand

Jenga! Sorry. Couldn’t resist this shot. Along the middle ground of the Tuileries Garden were special art installations. I found this one particularly interesting. A travel mate screamed Jenga when we walked past. Again, I couldn’t resist.

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All about the angles

As a first-time visitor to Paris, and one not particularly well-read on its architecture, I was stunned by the symmetry, the alignment, the position of things. It was an overload of the senses. And it was all about the angles.

 

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City of light (and love).

Aristide Maillol’s “The Night” sculpture in the Tuileries Garden. ¬†One of my favorite photos from Paris.

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Spring splendor

Fewer brilliant colors on the planet than spring at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

 

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I’ll do anything for a good shot… even get in the pool.

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And when the storm blows over…

There’s something calm, serene and pure about the moments immediately following a storm. Experiencing those moments from this vantage point is all the sweeter. In moments like these, I’m in awe of my home city of Atlanta.

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April showers…

It’s actually a June 2013 shot. I was sitting at my desk facing the midtown view, when I noticed things started to get ugly.

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Final Four Ferris Wheel

Last year, Atlanta hosted the NCAA’s basketball championships, the Final Four. The whole affair was maddening (in a good way) downtown. Throngs of people all having a great time. And they even brought in a small ferris wheel (below) for the occasion. Less than a year later, another ferris wheel – a large, more permanent one was brought to town. I have yet to ride or get shots of the new one.

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