Monday, June 20, 2016

Remembering the Curtain

One of the most charming, and hazardous, features of the Lyric Theatre before the restoration, was the asbestos curtain. In vaudeville days, an asbestos curtain was something to brag about as there were frequent backstage fires. Unfortunately there was no way to seal this beautiful old curtain to make it safe by today's standards. I just found this photo in my archives. I love it. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

It's Hopping at the Hive

"The hum of the bees is the voice of the garden." 
Elizabeth Lawrence

Monday, June 13, 2016

Birmingham Through My Lens On the Road - June in Mobile

Genie's back yard was a photographer's delight. The blue hydrangeas were stunning but these delicate white Fuji Waterfall Hydrangeas were so beautiful.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Birmingham Through My Lens On The Road

For the past few days I have been in Mobile, Alabama visiting dear friend and fellow blogger Genie. She was a great tour guide and made sure I had a little time to photograph the beautiful Old Spring Hill Cemetery with its magnificent live oaks.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Rollie Fingers

Last Wednesday, my grandson Davis and I went to Birmingham's Rickwood Field to photograph the Rickwood Classic game. This year's honoree was Rollie Fingers, Major League Baseball All Star, Cy Young Award winner, and former Birmingham A pitcher. Fans stood in the heat for over an hour to have Rollie sign their baseballs  and posters. We were lucky to be able to be on the field when he threw out the first ball.  As he left the field, Davis was thrilled to get his autograph!!

Davis for the score!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Play Ball!

Davis and Courtney Hawkins

Yesterday I was a lucky girl.  I was fortunate to get a Press Pass to photograph the Rickwood Classic. Rickwood Field is the oldest baseball field in America, and a Birmingham treasure. Each year they play a game in vintage uniforms and it's a great day for baseball and Birmingham. My date was my very cool grandson Davis. He had a great time getting his ball signed by so many of the Barons who couldn't have been greater with the kids, and older fans as well. I will be bringing you a Rickwood Series for the next few days. PLAY Ball!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Ta Daaaaa!

I checked another one off the Bucket List yesterday. I finally got my feet( knees) wet in the shoals of the Cahaba River. Staying on my feet was a  feat in itself, but thanks to many helping hands, I managed to  capture a few photos of the infamous Cahaba Lily! ( Hymenocallis coroniaria) These lovelies only thrive in shoals with an open canopy and moving water and bloom from May - June.

A special thank you to Independent Presbyterian Church's Highland Avenue Forum for sponsoring Dr. Larry Davenport's lecture last week as well as our outing yesterday which he led.

Friday, May 27, 2016

A Dream Coming True

While looking very much like the Cahaba Lily, this one photographed at Birmingham's Railroad Park several years ago, is just a relative.

I have dreamed of photographing the Cahaba Lilies in their natural habitat for years. I truly thought I'd never get the chance, but I'm thinking this Saturday morning might be the day. Dr. Larry Davenport will lead a group from Independent Presbyterian Church and others from our community to West Brockton on Saturday, for a full blown Cahaba Lily experience. I am so thrilled I've almost blocked out the "S" word from my mind.

Many thanks to IPC's Highland Avenue Forum for the wonderful series, Of Water and the Spirit, that is culminating with last nights lecture by Dr. Davenport, and the field trip on Saturday.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

How I Roll

Those of you who know me well, are chuckling. I'm notorious for hating the tripod and when nobody is looking, the hard hat as well. Actually I took the hat off to get a few ceiling photos and put it right back on! Spent some time at the wonderful old Pizitz Department Store building again last week. Work is moving quickly. I'm almost out of time...