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Katherine Edison

Katherine Edison is an Athens-based nature photographer who specializes in capturing nature’s smaller details like wildflowers and insects. She has worked and volunteered as an environmental educator for many years and often uses her photography as a teaching tool. A passionate environmentalist, her goal is to use her photos to share her love of the natural world with others, and perhaps spread a little information and understanding along the way.

Check out her Athens recommendations below. 

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Athens, GA
Pulaski Heights BBQ
A restaurant in Athens, GA, serving barbecue food. Pulaski Heights BBQ are also BYOB!
675 Pulaski Street, Athens, GA, USA
Oconee Forest Park
60-acre natural area with walking trails, a 1.2-mile mountain bike trail, and a 15-acre lake. A 100-year-old forest, home to the largest scarlet oak tree in Georgia.
Athens, Georgia 30606, USA
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Watson Mill Bridge State Park
A 1,018 acre Georgia state park; an ideal spot for a picnic, camping, hiking, biking and horseback riding. The park is named after the Watson Mill Bridge, the longest covered bridge in the state of Georgia.
Athens, Georgia 30606, USA
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Sandy Creek Nature Center
“[It] is an urban oasis with a huge variety of ecosystems — miles of trails through the woods, rivers and creeks, a pond and even restored Piedmont prairie, and I love to spend time in the park.” - Katherine Edison
205 Old Commerce Rd, Athens, GA 30607, USA
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Big City Bread Cafe
Great biscuits! It’s fun to eat out on the patio under the trees with the dogs and little kids drawing with sidewalk chalk.” - Katherine Edison
393 N Finley St, Athens, GA 30601, USA
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University of Georgia Arch
A 160-year old cast iron arch that borders North campus and Downtown Athens.
university of georgia arch
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Georgia Theatre
Georgia Theatre is a live music venue and event space in Athens, Georgia. Many prominent national and local acts across all genres have performed at the Theatre, including rock, folk, country, indie, alternative, hip hop and electronic.
215 N Lumpkin St, Athens, GA 30601, USA
Birdsong Mural
"Walk west along Clayton towards Washington and Pulaski streets where you can snap a picture in front of the Birdsong Mural." - Katherine Edison 
294 West Washington Street, Athens, GA, USA
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Tree That Owns Itself
The Tree That Owns Itself is a white oak tree that has, according to legend, legal ownership of itself and of all land within eight feet of its base.
277 S Finley St, Athens, GA 30605, USA
State Botanical Garden of Georgia
A botanical garden of 313 acres with a conservatory operated by the University of Georgia.
2450 S Milledge Ave, Athens, GA 30605, USA
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