Picnic Area and Standing Water Pond off I-20, Georgia, 2012
The picnic area would have been kind of appealing, with a little shade, and had it not been for this dubious, green, standing water pond neighboring.
The TA Madison Travel Center, Madison, Georgia.
The altar of sacrifice in the middle, just so. (That’s what it looks like.) How many times have we stopped at this travel center and I never realized this rest area was there? This time, I was photographing the front of the travel center, the sign over the top, when a flock of birds came swooping down from the on high TA sign to pass in front of me and immediately revolve back to whence they came. I just missed catching a photo of them passing between my camera and the sign, but their making an appearing was what alerted me more to life on the right side of the parking lot than in front and on the left. There was music playing, I realized, which sounded as though it came from outdoor speakers, but the seeming late 1990s genre of light metal surprised me and seemed not very travel center corporate, so I followed the music over for a little way and saw it instead came not from travel center speakers but a car with open windows, the man within looking a little askance at me, perhaps because of the camera. I feigned not having noticed his music or him, that I was only passing through, and moved along to look up at the birds on their sign, which put me at the far right edge of the parking lot. And looking down the steep hill I saw this precise scene hidden away. How many people have ever dined there? My guess is not too many.