A pre-Thanksgiving trip to Atlanta yielded some sketching opportunities in a wooded suburban enclave. Populated with craftsman style homes and giant deciduous trees, everything looked pretty under a cornflower blue sky. Many of the houses had screened in porches with overhead fans, useful during the hot and humid summers. I can almost taste the sweet tea!
Lucky for me, most of the trees still had orange, yellow and rust colored leaves on their branches. Sitting on a bench in the neighborhood green space, I thought the planners of the community were wise to set aside a piece of land for natural beauty preservation.
A long, winding, tree covered road led us to Cheatham Hill Loop at Kennesaw Mountain. Historic markers throughout the park tell the story of a Civil War battle at Kennesaw Mountain. It was sobering to see battlefield earthworks and cannons as reminders of the war. I sat behind the cannons and looked over the parapet into the woods. In my comfortable situation, it was hard to imagine what it must have been like for terrified soldiers in 1864.
|Civil War cannons|
|Historic Marker at Cheatham Hill|
With the weather still perfect, I once again sketched under falling leaves and appreciated the freedom of peace and tranquility in a rustic backyard.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!