Friday, May 2, 2014

You Are Here...

Feeling rather patriotic this morning so thought I'd share with you this photo of the Atlanta, Georgia, and United States flags, an image I shot while in Downtown Atlanta recently.

US Flag, Georgia Flag, Atlanta Flag, Underground Atlanta, State of Georgia Building
You are here: United States, Georgia, Atlanta!

My fans and followers know that I like to offer photography tips from time to time, not that I'm a 'professional' photographer, but my work isn't too shabby. The most consistent tip I've offered, when exploring Atlanta, is "Look up!"

I was on the way home when I saw this particular photo op. Walking down Upper Alabama Street through Underground Atlanta I almost passed this by, but so glad I didn't. 

There's a lot going on here. From the bottom up:

There's the home of the Atlanta Visitors Center (building with the purple awnings), which offers lots of information about Atlanta, has a fairly comprehensive exhibit about Atlanta's attractions, and is home of AtlanTix, the place to pick up half-price tickets to shows and attractions in Atlanta.

There's also a 138-foot tower, above Underground Atlanta, where the annual New Year's Peach Drop takes place. And did you know there's a Guided Walking History Tour available all year long at Underground Atlanta? I just learned about it myself and plan on going soon.

Above that there's the State of Georgia Building, which I don't know much about, but you can't miss it. We have our signature skyscrapers, and like any city we have the rest of the buildings that make up our beautiful skyline, but aren't as well known.

And then we have the most eye-catching elements of this photo, the flag of the United States of America, the flag of the State of Georgia, and the flag of the City of Atlanta. 

I'd bet most people don't know the flag of the city where they live, but seeing the flag of Atlanta—at least up close—you much know it's Atlanta...the word "Atlanta" is on it, you see The State of Georgia flag has, over the years, seen many versions—some of those controversial. And we all know the flag of the United States, one I proudly served during my time in the U.S. Navy.

I like how this display of flags also serve as a "You are here" indicator.

So, the point of all this, while sharing a sense of patriotism, was to remind visitors, from out-of-town and resident alike, to look up once and a're likely to discover a fantastic photo-op...from time to time.

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