Saturday, April 24, 2010

Rained Out.

Today was supposed to be an opportunity for us to serve our community by cleaning debris and trash from Panola Mountain State Park. You can tell by this photo that someone decided to put a damper on our project.

Had it just been rain, we would have plowed through, carried on and taken on the challenge of ridding the river's edge of old tires and trash, parts of the old golf course of invasive non-native plants like kudzu and privet, and enjoyed each other's company. As it was, we gathered under the pavilion and waited for the rain, thunder and lightening to stop. And waited, and waited, and waited. You can't send volunteers out in an open golf course when lightening is about. Not such a good idea.

So, even though the project was postponed for another day, I was still able to take some shots of this newly aquired addition to the park. It is lovely and melancholy at the same time. You can imagine golfers walking the greens, tending to divots and happily, or unhappily, returning with scores they hope are up to par.

The following photos are of the Parker House, built in 1882, the oldest house now standing in Rockdale County. The park now owns this house and plans are in the works to restore it. I hope they do, because it is a beautiful home full of wide plank boards, creaky stairs, two beautiful chimneys and the ghosts of families past.

An upstairs bedroom window reflecting the trees across the drive.
(I had a little fun playing with Picnik.)

The exterior of the Parker House.

The mantel piece in the upper bedroom. It is soft and smooth and crafted beautifully.

The clock tower at the clubhouse, a back view from a cart path, frozen in time.

I guess the day wasn't a complete washout afterall.

All photos owned and copyrighted by Karin K. Smith. Please do not copy without permission.


Thimbleanna said...

With photos like that, I'd say the day definitely wasn't a loss! Sorry you didn't get to do the clean-up. I love the shot of the faucet!

Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

These are great photos! Love the faucet :-)

Welcome To Wilmoth Farms said...

Too bad the day was put off....your pictures were lovely..isnt picnik a wonderful program?! I LOVE it!