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Access Points 28: Georgia Aquarium’s coral reef

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Did you recognize this week's Access Point? You might if you spend a lot of time around the coral reef inside Georgia Aquarium. AJC photos by Jamie Gumbrecht

There were dozens of guesses at this week’s Access Point, and no, it’s not an up-close shot of human skin. (The camera and lenses I dug out of AJC storage just aren’t that powerful.) It is, though, a living creature inside the Georgia Aquarium’s Tropical Diver exhibition — coral, an animal (not a plant!) related to sea anemones and jellies.

This one, in fact, is a leather coral, sarcophyton sp., that came to the Aquarium as a donation from a home hobbyist in North Carolina. Like all the other donated, purchased, shared or rescued coral there, it went through a quarantine period before it was planted inside the tank.

Atlanta’s is the second-largest coral exhibit in the United States, and there’s more to come. (Here’s a detailed article about it from a few years ago in Reefkeeping Magazine.) This is an example of a barrier …

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Access Points 28: Do you know what and where this is?

UPDATE 3/11: Want to know the answer? Here it is!
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Have you seen this? If so, share your guess at what it is in the comments!

Here we go, our 28th Access Point. Much like the 27 before it, here’s an image from something fun to do around Atlanta. If you know what it is and where to find it, share your guess in the comments or on Twitter @insideaccess.

I’ll reveal the answer in photos and a story at 4 p.m. tomorrow!

To keep playing, check out our earlier Access Points stops.

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Access Points 27: Staircase carving at SCAD’s Ivy Hall

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Maybe the ivy carving in this week's Access Point will look familiar when you see it on this staircase at Ivy Hall. AJC/Jamie Gumbrecht

If you’ve ever set foot inside Ivy Hall, reached out to grab the rail and stepped up the staircase, you’ve touched this week’s Access Point. The 1883 home of one of Atlanta’s founding families remains one of Atlanta’s best examples of Queen Anne Victorian architecture, and yet another place to find fun things to do in the city.

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SCAD's Ivy Hall. Photo by Chia Chong.

Several commenters recognized this week’s image — the first was Chris P. who said it was part of The Mansion on Peachtree. Indeed, this space was a restaurant for decades before it was restored. Commenter Sandy was the first to point out that it is now part of the staircase in Ivy Hall, an academic and cultural center for SCAD Atlanta.

The ivy on the main staircase of the Peters family home was one of many original details painstakingly restored, and documented in the Georgia Public …

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Access Points 27: Do you know what and where this is?

UPDATE 3/4: Want to know the answer? Here it is!
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Does this look familiar? Share your guess at what it is in the comments!

Another week, another Access Points photo game!

Like every week, I’ve found something around Atlanta where we go to have fun. If you think you know what it is and where to find it, share your guess in the comments or on Twitter @insideaccess.

I’ll reveal the answer in photos and a story at 4 p.m. tomorrow!

To keep playing, check out our earlier Access Points stops, or see them on our Access Points map.

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Access Points 26: African penguin at Georgia Aquarium

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Did you recognize this week's Access Point? It's an African penguin at Georgia Aquarium — just a little easier to see when it slows down. AJC photos by Jamie Gumbrecht

This is an African penguin, one of 19 that lives at Georgia Aquarium. Commenter Lora was right about the place in this week’s Access Points photo game, but it’s quite a bit smaller than a whale — most African penguins weigh 6 to 7 pounds. (Mallory was the first to guess correctly! Woohoo!)

One of these birds was the star of a recent film, “Love Lost and Found: A Penguin Odyssey.”

It’s so cute, you may have seen me squealing about it on Twitter.

Here it is:

Dodo, a 5-year-old penguin who came to the aquarium from Portugal, is the star. He was young when he arrived in Atlanta — still mostly gray, instead of his mature black-and-white — and a nervous little bird. Over many “enrichment sessions” with “environmental enrichment objects” — husbandry speak for “playtime with toys” — aquarium staffer came to learn this …

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Access Points 26: Do you know what and where this is?

UPDATE 2/25: Want to know the answer? Here it is!
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Does this look familiar? Share your guess about what and where it is in the comments!

It’s Wednesday — time for an Access Point!

Like every week, I’ve zoomed in on something fun around Atlanta. If you think you know what it is and where to find it, share your guess in the comments or on Twitter @insideaccess.

I’ll reveal the answer in photos and a story at 4 p.m. tomorrow!

To keep playing, check out our earlier Access Points stops, or see them on our Access Points map.

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Access Points 25: Orchid at Atlanta Botanical Garden

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This week's Access Point photo was a deep look inside the Laeliocattleya Spring Squall orchid in the Atlanta Botanical Garden's "Orchid Daze: Towers of Flowers" exhibition. AJC photos by Jamie Gumbrecht

This week’s Access Point photo may only have looked familiar if you’ve been looking very, very closely. Then again, it’s hard not to look closely at the orchids at the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s “Orchid Daze: Towers of Flowers” display.

In this case, Twitterer @dreweli was the first to suggest it was inside the Atlanta Botanical Garden, and commenter Laurie Dupree was the first to say it was an actual orchid at the Garden. Indeed, it’s a Laeliocattleya Spring Squall, and there are two of them among the 998 orchids in this year’s Orchid Daze display. (Some orchids in the display were grown in the garden, but this one came from Peach State Orchids.)

Becky Brinkman, the Botanical Garden’s Fuqua Orchid Center manager, said this particular flower is a hybrid of Laelia and …

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Access Points 25: Do you know what and where this is?

UPDATE 2/18: Want to know the answer? Here it is!
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Do you know what and where this is? Share your ideas in the comments!

Access Points No. 25! Wow. Three cheers for arbitrary anniversary celebrations!

If you haven’t played before, almost every week, I zoom in on something fun to do around Atlanta and ask you to identify what it is.

Tell me what’s in this photo and where around Atlanta you’ll find it. Post your ideas in the comments, or on Twitter @insideaccess.

I’ll reveal the answer in photos and a story about it at 4 p.m. tomorrow!

To keep playing, check out our earlier Access Points, or see them on our Access Points map.

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Access Points 24: Midtown’s Laughing Skull Lounge comedy club

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Did you recognize the image for this week's Access Point? It was the Lenny Bruce likeness outside Laughing Skull Lounge in Midtown. Bruce is to the left in this photo from March, 2009. AJC file photo

See something familiar in this week’s Access Points photo game? Commenter David was the first one to get it right — indeed, it’s one of the black-and-white-on-red signs outside the Laughing Skull Lounge in Midtown. They feature Richard Pryor, Andy Kaufman and other comedians. The one in the photo features Lenny Bruce.

The comedy club celebrates its first anniversary this weekend, and what a year it has been. It has drawn some big names, gotten kudos from a national travel magazine, filmed comedian Paul F. Tompkins’ Comedy Central special and will launch its first comedy festival in March. Owner/Operator/Dudeman Marshall Chiles signed a one-year lease for the space at first, but recently signed on for another five years.

For those who haven’t visited, Laughing Skull is tucked …

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Access Points 24: Do you know what and where this is?

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Do you know what and where this is? Share your guess in the comments!

Loved, loved, loved last week’s Access Point photo game, and I’m back again with a new challenge.

For newbies, this is one way we explore fun stuff to do around Atlanta — by testing whether we remember it enough to identify it later.

Tell me what’s in this photo and where around Atlanta you’ll find it. Post your ideas in the comments, or on Twitter @insideaccess.

I’ll reveal the answer in photos and a story at 4 p.m. tomorrow!

To keep playing, check out our earlier Access Points, or see them on our Access Points map.

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