You can live in a neighborhood and not know what beauty is close by unless you get out and explore. During my visit to Peachtree City, Georgia, I wanted to take my sister-in-law out beyond the boundaries her golf cart would take her. She’s been busy caregiving to my brother and doesn’t drive. I found Starr’s Mill on the internet and was astounded that it was so close to her home. The original mill was constructed in 1825. The current mill was the third built on the stone foundation and is over 100 years old. Currently it is used as a day use park, photographic spot and fishing hole.
I found it to be a beautiful and calming spot. This trip also helped me realize that photography grounds me, taking my mind off what’s going on around me. When I’m shooting, I’m concentrating on my surroundings and what I need to do to get the image I want. The rest of the world goes away.
I brought my camera along, not to create photo outings, but to give me a different purpose during my visit.
One such outing was my first ride in a small plane. My great nephew, Daylen, offered me a ride. The first day we couldn’t go because of the weather. Fortunately, he was able to take me up the next day. What fun! I’ve become good at shooting out of open car windows while on the road, but this was entirely different. I had a great time. Daylen explained what I was looking at. At one point, I stopped shooting and just looked out the window. Fantastic! Thank you Daylen!!
If this post has to have a moral, it’s to stop and look at your surroundings (even in the sky). Good possibilities can be so close.
4 thoughts on “So close and so far: Starr’s Mill, Fayette County, Georgia and first flight”
Anne – what a lovely series here, both photos and story. I am glad you have been able to be there, for yourself and for others. Best to you – N
Writing this has helped me sort through emotions, etc. And, you now know how photography helps also.
Simply beautiful photos of Starr’s Mill…..and what fun taking photos from a plane! Totally agree that photography is a wonderful thing for grounding us when life seems to be in a swirl of emotions………