Contrasts (Middle Georgia)

Whistle stop juliette frontal

Whistle Stop Cafe, Juliette, Georgia

I didn’t mention that we wandered on our way back from Douglas yesterday, taking the time to check out this place, that bridge, that stretch of countryside. One highlight was stopping in Juliette, which you may have met in the movie Fried Green Tomatoes, which was made from the book Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. And here is that cafe—the movie version.

Juliette would be in close to total decay today, I think, if the movie hadn’t put it on the map. Still, it’s a dying mill town, and the mill pond is full of decay (relating to progress and activity, not in a strict biological sense).

Juliette mill pond algae

Millpond, 2012, Juliette

What I haven’t mentioned is that just over the hill from lovely Juliette is Plant Scherer, a giant coal-fired power plant. There, the sense of bucolic countryside and rural quaintness that you get from Juliette is obliterated.

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