Louisville, Kentucky (iPhone Shots)

My film shots of Louisville didn’t really turn out, but I wouldn’t want you to think I didn’t see anything beautiful, so here are a few Instagram shots from that weekend trip in early 2016. We saw some great Victorians in the historic Victorian district, learned and drank some bourbon history at the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, wandered through the eclectic Joe Ley Antiques and popped into a few museums and used bookstores. The Frazier History Museum had a fantastic exhibit on Prohibition. Highly recommend that museum if you get a chance to visit.

Historic Madison, Indiana

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Just across the Ohio River from Kentucky, about an hour northeast of Louisville, is the precious historic town of Madison, Indiana. It’s a picture-book American small town, tucked in a narrow valley along the river. The National Park Service has documented 43 historic buildings in Madison’s National Landmark District, and during WWII it was so picturesque that the U.S. government used it as the filming location for a 10 minute propaganda piece.madison1

Aleksi and I spent the day in Madison at the tail end of a visit to Louisville in early 2016. While Louisville turned out not to be a great city to explore on a cold, dark winter day, Madison was charming even with most historic sites shut and intermittent snow fall. Thanks to connections through my job, we got a tour of the Shrewsbury-Windle House, which was closed to the public for restoration. That building and the house below were build by the same Baltimore architect in the mid-1800’s. They both feature gorgeous tall ceilings, stunning spiral staircases, and views of the river. On my Instagram you can see a shot of the the interior and staircase of the yellow house. madison20

We wandered around historic downtown Madison, enjoying the lovely little historic houses and main street and popping into a few cute stores. It was worth a visit in the winter, and I’m sure it’s delightful in the summer. For extra credit, check out my Instagram of the snow falling on the quiet main street.

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[Photos taken with a Canon Rebel EOS 2000 SLR.]

Cherry Blossom Surprise

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Back in March, I was surprised and delighted to find that the scrawny little tree in my front yard was in fact a cherry tree. It had some truly lovely blooms, which I captured on one of those strange-light afternoons where the sun peeks out from under the clouds in between bursts of rain. blossoms5

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Nashville, TN: Our Parthenon Has a Roof, Can Greece Say the Same?

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FYI in case you didn’t know, Nashville has a full-size replica of the intact Parthenon complete with giant gold statue of Athena. Also there’s a nice art gallery in the basement. So, all-in-all, a lot more going on here than that pile of rubble in Greece. *winky face* This masterpiece of American kitsch was build in 1897, as part of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition, which celebrated the 100th anniversary of Nashville statehood. In 1997, they created the Bicentennial Mall State Park, which is more classier but far less absurdly delightful. [35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. Click here for more photos of Tennessee.]

Nashville: East Hill in the Snow

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While we don’t get much snow here in Nashville, last year in early January, we got 7-8 inches in one beautiful morning. Then the sun came out, and I walked around my neighborhood, East Hill, enjoying the crisp air and bright, fluffy snow while it lasted.

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[35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. Click here for more photos of Tennessee.]

Nashville, TN: A Winter Stroll Over the Cumberland River

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One of my favorite things in Nashville is the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge over the Cumberland River. When the weather is nice, I cross it in the morning and evening on my bike commute to work. Most recently, I marched across it with 15,000 others to protest the Trump administration. These photos here are from last year around this time, when Aleksi first visited Nashville and we did some exploratory rambling together in bitter cold weather. nashville26

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