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Atlanta Nature
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Atlanta Nature

Kris and I headed down to the ATL last week for a quickie trip. Kris had an aquarium convention (don’t you know that is his “thing”? he even has a blog about it!) and I had a birthday, so we decided to make a little trip out of it. Unfortunately the weather was quite uncooperative … you have heard of “Hotlanta”, right? Well, this was more “Wetlanta” and “Foglanta”. Not the most ideal situation for trekking around the city with the camera in hand… so, I spent a lot of time in my hotel room, in the hotel fitness center, and then took a few trips out when the sun decided to poke through the clouds ever-so-briefly.

…The Georgia Aquarium was quite wonderful…

Aquarium Tank

Georgia Aquarium

Jellyfish Spectors

On Sunday, while Kris was at the convention, I headed over to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens to see the fall blooms and the beautiful greenhouses. There was so many amazing things to see there – the Gardens’ orchid collection was by far my favorite. Orchids are just so photogenic.

Orchids

Orchids

Raindrop / Orchid Bokeh

[Many more orchid photos here!]

Atlanta is a very nice city, and I wish that there had been more chances for me to explore. I didn’t even make it to a yarn shop! but I did find an amazing vegan restaurant, Calabash Vegetarian Kitchen. (Although the name says “vegetarian”, I was assured by the servers that the food was in fact vegan.) Delicious food with a Caribbean and soul food flavor. Absolutely amazing. I had collards, black-eyed-peas, quinoa, and baked tofu with bbq sauce. Totally recommend it if you are in the neighborhood! We went with a group of people – vegans and omnivores – and everyone was loving it.  The reggae music was a big plus too!

PS – thank you so much for your sweet comments on my sweater and all of the birthday wishes!

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25 Responses

  1. kelly

    How fun! I would have loved to visit the aquarium and the gardens! My hubby is allergic to anything with chlorophyll, so he would have opted out of the gardens- and come to think of it, gets tired of my relentless picture taking at the zoo! But a big aquarium, how could you *not* spend all day taking pictures!

    I love the orchid pics! Your camera gets such crisp photos!

  2. LittleWit

    Sounds like a nice trip. I love going to the Aquarium here and just sitting there watching the fish. It’s so peaceful and relaxing.

  3. Heather

    Hey – my kids just read a story about that big-lipped fish swimming over the little girl’s head (and how fast was that little guy moving that his hair is all a blurr???)

    Looks like a great trip. I don’t know why it always amazes me when I see other cities with amazing aquariums – as if Baltimore is just the epitome!!!

    :O)

  4. Nell

    Gorgeous photos! I love aquariums!!!! Have you been in Chicago? Or Boston??? Those are my favorites. Although, I haven’t been to the one in Hotlanta.

  5. Anna

    Wow – stunning photos! Sounds like a fun trip.

  6. stacey

    ooh – I’ll have to remember that restaurant when I go to visit Forest in Atlanta this winter!!! Sounds yummy!

  7. flissy

    That’s so awesome! Do you all have an aquarium?! We always had one growing up, and I really, really miss it.

  8. Heather

    Glad you liked my hometown. I grew up in ATL and miss it, except for the traffic. Next time you go, I’ll send you info on some more wonderful places. I’ll be home for Thanksgiving and I cannot wait! Collards with cornbread and Vidalias here I come!

  9. mai

    lolly – i love atlanta. i lived there for a year several years ago and there are still times when i miss it. i’m surprised it was so wet and foggy! sorry the weather didn’t cooperate :( i hope kris enjoyed his convention and that you enjoyed your birthday!

  10. Petra

    Sounds like a fun trip! No yarn store?? You’ll have to go back! Happy belated birthday!

  11. Leslie

    Fabulous photos! I love the one of the kids at the aquarium — you could win a contest with that picture!!!

  12. caroline

    I almost got stranded in ATL last weekend– I had a connecting flight that I missed because of the weather. Luckily the last flight out to DCA had also been delayed so I was able to hop on that. One of these days I need to see Atlanta outside of the airport!

  13. Jill

    Sounds like a pretty fun birthday weekend in spite of the weather! If you ever make it to Chattanooga, definately check out the Tennessee Aquarium. I think it is one of the best I’ve ever been to. They have a lot about the local water bodies, which I really liked. Loved the sweater too :)

  14. LeAnne

    Hi Lolly and happy birthday. Going to a botanical gardens by myself sounds wonderful! I may put that on my ongoing list of things to do!

  15. amanda

    Your photos are so amazing! I’ve never been to Atlanta before (just through the airport…)

  16. brook

    happy belated!! LOVE the sweater. the green looks great on you. :) happy knitting!

  17. Jenna

    Foglanta, tee hee. I’ll tell you this right now: if you plan to visit me any time between October and June, you’ll have to get over not wanting to go out in the rain right quick :)

    It looks like you found some great indoor activities, however! I love the orchids – they are so sculptural. I’ll definitely have to check out that restaurant if I’m in the ATL anytime soon!

  18. Dorothy

    The flowers and aquarium are beautiful, however you being one year better outshines them all.

    Best wishes for many more!

  19. whitney

    I absolutely love these photos. I had to hold myself back from faving every single one of them over a flickr (I figured more than a few might seem a bit…obsessive?).

  20. Jewel

    What beautiful pictures!

  21. Heather

    Oh, dear, that was a crappy weekend for you to be here!! We’ve had nothing but clear weather for months and months!! But, you did pick two really excellent indoor venues to hang out at…just what I would have suggested. *sigh* You were 4 blocks from my house when you were at the Aquarium. Next time you’re here you must go to Knitch.

  22. iHanna

    Amazing images Lolly, your blog is still so yummy. Do you ever get tired of blogging? :-)

  23. Josiane

    Is there a curse affecting weekend trips lately? We traveled for a book fair in a town that I would have liked to explore a bit more, but it was raining the whole weekend! It sounds like you made the most out of it and had a great time anyways! Now, I wish I’d have an opportunity to go to Atlanta, as you’ve given me a reason why I’d want to: I want to go to that restaurant! I lived in the Caribbean for a few months several years ago (before I went strictly vegetarian), so it would bring back great memories… Being able to have vegan Caribbean food would be awesome!

  24. Jennifer

    I’m a native Atlantan, and that pretty much describes our winter – wet and grey. It’s a lot like DC, only not quite so cold. And snows even less.

  25. Allegra

    I have to tell you that as soon as I read this post (on the day you posted, it’s taken me a while to comment), I made that amazing sounding dinner for our dinner! It was awesome! I used chard instead of collard greens, but everything else was the same. Thanks so much for mentioning it, it will become a staple in this house!

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