Nate Shivar's Photos
I'm not a trained or professional photographer by any measure. However, I love that I get live in a time where I have what were once professional grade camera and photo editing software in my pocket.
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Apparently carving vegetables has been a common practice throughout history. It’s pretty odd, but also lots of fun. Among all the American holiday traditions, it feels like it requires the most skill.
Christmas Trees require some planning, but usually look good no matter what happens to them. Same with Thanksgiving. Fireworks on the Fourth of July require professionals to do it right. And New Year’s is just chaos.
But Jack-o-Lanterns let everyone in the neighborhood show off some creativity (or their Pinterest-ing ability).
For me, it’s the cutting circles that kills the design.
Oakland Cemetery is one of Atlanta’s first cemeteries. I live about a mile and a half from the Memorial entrance. It’s one of the most beautiful places that I’ve ever been to. Combined with the Downtown Skyline – it’s a really special place. It’s also a great place to practice taking photos.
Here’s a few I’ve taken.
Oakland Cemetery also makes a great place for a run. Either way – you should visit.
I did a short 3 day trip to New York City for a business conference. Between sessions, meetings and flight times, I did not have any time to visit any attractions or get too far away from Times Square.
But that’s okay!
One of my favorite things to do in New York City is simply walk around. It’s a city like no other in America. Even compared to other dense cities like Boston, Chicago or San Francisco, New York City operates on a different level.
However, I took this photo to remember that even within New York, and even within Manhattan, the city has a different feel within even a few blocks.
Times Square is overwhelming for anyone. But if you think that is how the city is everywhere, then you are missing out. This picture is 3 blocks west of Times Square. It’s busy but totally different than even 5th Avenue. It’s dense, but not as daunting.
I’ve been cycling in Atlanta ever since we moved here in 2013. And while I wouldn’t call Atlanta the next Copenhagen, cycling infrastructure has been getting dramatically better throughout town. [Read more…]
Perkerson Park is nestled in the Capitol View neighborhood in Southwest Atlanta. Between the disc golf course, new playground, ballfields, old growth trees, tennis courts, and the nearby Metropolitan Library – it’s a hidden gem not too far down the BeltLine.
It even has a splash pad for kids and a new master plan coming up.
We went hiking at Sweetwater Creek State Park in Lithia Springs, GA. It’s about a 20 minute drive due West of Downtown Atlanta.
As one of the 3 State Parks near Downtown Atlanta, it was pretty crowded on a nice Sunday afternoon.
The main hiking trail (Red) goes down to the creek and towards the ruins of an old textile mill.
It was torched by Union troops on their way to Atlanta in 1864. but remains in strikingly good condition (for a ruin).
The creek provides a beautiful backdrop and there are plenty of trails and forest to explore. Well worth the short drive.
Just up the street from my house there’s a music venue called “Grocery on Home” – and they have the coolest vintage ad for Coca-Cola on their building. It’s art.
It’s kind of crazy to think how a soft drink built so much of Atlanta, but it did. For all its faults, the Coca-Cola brand is *it* around Atlanta. Our art museum even celebrated 100 Years of the Coke Bottle in an art exhibition. Oh – we also have an entire museum dedicated to Coca-Cola.
Sometimes I’m not sure whether to be proud or weirded out. I guess sometimes you have to sell out.
This photo is from walk on the north end of Grant Park. It’s Atlanta’s original city park and home to Zoo Atlanta.
Even though the park has lost a lot of tree cover over the years, it’s still incredibly beautiful to walk through.
The Eastside phase of the Atlanta BeltLine was the first major section paved and open for business. The New York Times might call it a Glorified Sidewalk, but it’s a really huge deal for Atlanta. What a lot of people miss are the unseen components of the project.
Underneath the Trail, there are new stormwater and utility infrastructure that has dramatically improved living in the Old Fourth Ward. There is a zoning overlay that rewards and encourages high density living with commercial establishments – so there are actually people and things to do and see all along the trail.
In this picture, I’m actually using the trail to go via bike from my job in Midtown to my barber to my home in Grant Park. It will eventually extend all the way to my home via the Southeast Trail Extension.