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On January 2, 1788, Georgia became the fourth state to ratify the United States Constitution.  It later declared its secession from the Union, on January 21, 1861, and was one of the original seven Confederate states.  Georgia was the last state to be restored to the Union, on July 15, 1870.

So much for the history lesson.  Georgia also has some of the most breathtaking beauty in the entire United States.  These are just a few of the amazing sights to see in the Empire State of the South.

From the talented eye of photographer Brian Brown at http://vanishingsouthgeorgia.com/ –

Oak Canopy, Vickers Chapel Cemetery Road - Coffee County, GA

Ludowici Tile House, Lincoln Street-Long County-Ludowici, GA

Photo credit for Ludowici Tile House and Oak Canopy, Vickers Chapel Cemetery Road belong to photographer Brian Brown at Vanishing South Georgia.  Mr. Brown has an incredible collection of images at his website.  I could easily spend days there, lost in the majestic beauty of Georgia, captured forever by Mr. Brown’s amazing gift.

The next offering from the Peach State is one of my favorite subjects – waterfalls!

Anna Ruby Falls, Helen Georgia

Photo credit by pixdaus.com user clickbouyow

And lastly, an image of quiet beauty and contemplation.

Old mill at Berry College - Rome, Georgia

Photo credit by Melissa at Flickr.com 

(Use of the artists’ work implies no sponsorship, endorsement or connection, except as permitted – vmls)