Saturday, November 3, 2018

Bittersweet


We southerners covet bittersweet. After finding a nice stand of it once on a road trip to Tennessee, and trying to drag the sticky vines out of the undergrowth, haul it home, and only to find most of the berries in the bottom of my trunk, hence the name. Whatever your *garden shop wants to charge you for this lovely vine...pay it.

Oak Street Garden Shop for the win!

Monday, October 29, 2018

Welcome Fall!

I am declaring this a Sweetgum, but will welcome an expert opinions!

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Autumn Vines


These autumn vines remind me so much of Paris. Actually this is right here in Birmingham at my daughter's home.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Friday, October 12, 2018

Dazzling Dahlias III

Today, we again tour Kathy Whitfield's amazing dahlia garden. I have no idea how many varieties they grow but do know that they show at dahlia shows across the SE.





Thursday, October 11, 2018

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Dazzling Dahlias

I visited Kathy Whitfield's home recently to shoot her fabulous dahlia gardens again. I think I'll share a few this week with you.

I"m putting the finishing touches on my newest phototalk, GARDENS OF BIRMINGHAM, and I will include the "Dahlia Lady" as well as the Adama and Clark homes and the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. I love to present my phototalks to civic, church and study clubs, as well as garden clubs. 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Homework I






I"m currently enjoying an online photography class, Creative Workout, with my friend Meredith Mullins who now lives in Paris. Each week she introduces 1-2 well known photographers and we explore their work. She then sends us off with our cameras to complete a homework assignment with their work as our inspiration.

Week 1 was Robert Frank, who was able to capture the essence of a place while often breaking the rules. We were to do the same. I never realized how hard breaking the rules would be for me. I offer up my image taken at Sam's Super Samwiches. The bottles, smack dab in the middle of the photo is in focus while the others, although out of focus, give the viewer reference.
BTW, the BEST HOT DOGS on the planet!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

The Faces of STAIR


Most of you know that one of my favorite assignments is photographing for STAIR of Birmingham. I'm lucky enough to visit the 13 sites all over Birmingham and capture the essence of this outstanding program for Birmingham students. This week I tagged along to 4 sites. This guy, just made my day. Learning to be a better reader is really the best gift a kid can ever get. Please visit the website of STAIR of Birmingham for more information on how you can become a STAIR tutor AND donate to keep this wonderful program going!

Monday, September 17, 2018

New Friendships, New Understandings







Today wrapped up the weekend long retreat of Kids In Birmingham 1963.  This group, with contributors from across the country gathered here to meet each other and share their experiences. I was privileged to join the group for church yesterday at the 16th Street Baptist Church and again today at Parker High School. We were delighted to be joined by an impressive group of the school's leaders. This activity of joining hands and showing appreciation for each other was especially meaningful for me.

For those of you who grew up in Birmingham in 1963, I encourage you to share your story on the website. If you are a teacher in the Birmingham area and would like some of us to come and speak with your class, please contact Ann Jimerson via the website.

Many thanks to Ann Jimerson and her committee for planning a most memorable weekend.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Never Forget


Today I joined fellow Kids in Birmingham 1963 contributors who were in town for a weekend long retreat.  Each of us were growing up in this city during the Civil Rights Movement and have our own stories to tell. I was fortunate to join the group today for services at the 16th Street Baptist Church, the site of the September 15, 1963 church bombing. We gathered before for a group photo surrounding Birmingham artists Elizabeth MacQueen's beautiful memorial sculpture, The Four Spirits.

A special thank you to the congregation at the church for a warm welcome. I wish you all could have heard that wonderful message and music. It was very special sitting in that sacred space on this day.

* Many of the members of this group live here in Birmingham are eager to come speak to school or other groups in at the Birmingham area.  Contact Ann Jimerson on the website for more information.



Friday, September 14, 2018