Date Night

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My wife and I had a date night. We took the kids to grandma’s and then went out to dinner. It was nice to have dinner with just the two of us, but it felt strange not to have the kids. We did not have any plans for doing anything after dinner, so we decided to stop by one of our favorite destinations in the area, Rutledge Falls.

We didn’t take the trails down to the falls as we have done many times in the past. We just wanted to stop by and take a look at the waterfall from above as it was a very nice evening and the light was nice. With camera in hand, we walked over to the falls. I was curious to see how much water was falling over the rocks. It was not much compared to what it has been in the past. I decided not to take a picture of the waterfall, so I concentrated on other details.

There is a statue of a women overlooking the falls. I have read that she is called “The Lady of the Falls”. The story is that this statue used to be on the property of the Tennessee State Capital back around the 50’s. After a major renovation, the statue along with others were removed and slated for burial at another site. There were three statues dubbed Morning, Noon and Night. “Pop” Jennings, owner of the Rutledge Falls property, found the statues and asked permission to take the statue called Night. He placed this statue at the entrance to the falls. The Lady of the Falls adds a nice touch to the area. There is something mystical about her presence.

 

 

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Lady of the Falls – Rutledge Waterfall in Tullahoma, Tennessee – Olympus E520, Sigma 30mm f1.4 EX DC HSM

 

 

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Lady of the Falls – Rutledge Waterfall in Tullahoma, Tennessee – Olympus E520, Sigma 30mm f1.4 EX DC HSM

 

 

Below is a picture of the Waterfall taken a few years ago.

 

 

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Rutledge Waterfall in Tullahoma, Tennessee – Olympus E520, 14-42mm f3.5-5.6

 

 

Another picturesque subject on the property is an old red barn. I really liked how the evening light was falling on the barn and how the red paint had a glow that contrasted nicely with the green foliage. When you add the nice lead in of the fence and the touch of blue sky with some passing white clouds, it pulled together a really nice photograph. There is another perspective of this barn that I would like to capture, but the Summer foliage obstructs the view from that vantage point. I will have to come back in the Winter or early Spring.

 

 

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Old Barn at the Rutledge Waterfall in Tullahoma, Tennessee – Olympus E520, Sigma 30mm f1.4 EX DC HSM

 

 

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Old Barn at the Rutledge Waterfall in Tullahoma, Tennessee – Olympus E520, 14-42mm f3.5-5.6

 

 

I should add that also on this property is the owner’s house. It is as much of an attraction as the waterfall itself. It is hard to get a good photograph of it without trespassing as the foliage blocks the view. The landscaping is beautiful and there are little gazebos around the property. I took a picture of one of them. As I mentioned earlier, I will have to come back during Winter or Early Spring to get a shot of the house.

 

 

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Gazebo on the Rutledge Waterfall Property in Tullahoma, Tennessee – Olympus E520, 14-42mm f3.5-5.6

 

 

We left Rutledge Falls and headed to the Winchester, Tennessee square before heading back to grandma’s. My wife and I love old town squares. They are filled with architecture and history. We just took one lap around the square as we had to get back to get the kids. During this brief walk, I could not resist the lights of the Oldham Theater with a sunset backdrop. This capture was also a reminder that my youngest son wants to go see the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. We may have to do this next weekend.

 

 

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Oldham Theater on the Winchester, Tennessee Square – Olympus E520, 14-42mm f3.5-5.6

 

 

As we continued to walk around the square we came across a classic Ford Galaxy. It appears to be a 1963.5 model according to the front tags and it belongs to David. What I like about this picture is how this timeless classic is surrounded by all the latest cars and trucks. Hence the title “Old Amongst New”. All the other cars in this photo will never stand the test of time like the old classics.

 

 

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Old Amongst New – 1963.5 Ford Galaxy on the Winchester, Tennessee Square – Olympus E520, 14-42mm f3.5-5.6

 

 

The Winchester square concluded our evening out. We had a great time and we hope do to plan another one soon. Maybe we can do and entire weekend. I am sure grandma and grandpa would be up for the task. I hope you enjoyed the pictures. We would love to hear your comments or thoughts about anything in this post.

 

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