Friday, October 31, 2014


Eager to get the party started!

The Fairy and The Spectators
There were a gaggle of ghosts, goblins, fairies and super heroes at the IPC Day School's Halloween Parade yesterday. The 4 and 5 year olds paraded round and around the playground to the delight of the younger kiddos and a flock of proud parents and grandparents!

And Mario

Thursday, October 30, 2014


Yesterday, I was at Kelly Ingram Park again, photographing Elizabeth MacQueen's marvelous THE FOUR SPIRITS for her. This single leaf caught my eye blown between the two bronze shoes.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


This stairway leads to a fabulous skylight atop the new Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children. It is one of many amazing healing places in Birmingham.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

And The Winner Is........

Yesterday I watched a study in cooperative decision making, well sort of.  Two classes of two year olds at Independent Presbyterian's Day School went out to the courtyard and surveyed the pumpkins on the lawn. This wasn't a "choose your own cool pumpkin" event.  No, it was choose our class pumpkin.  There were many who found their fav but these three boys gave it some serious thought, along with some thumping to make sure it was a good one. This was their choice.  I'm happy to report that there were no tears involved. A lovely lesson learned.

Monday, October 27, 2014

A Closer Look

As you may have read on yesterday's post, I visited Railroad Park on Saturday to photograph the monks who were in town for the Dalai Lama's visit to Birmingham.  Since Wednesday they had been about the work of creating a mandala, from crushed marble in an enclosed tent there at the pavilion. The process appears to be tedious and painstaking but one monk explained that the pattern is part of their prayers so it's far more than creating a piece of temporary art.  Yes, it is temporary. Today at 5:00 , there will be a ceremony where the sand will be swept up, shared with those in attendance and the rest released into a body of water.

Sunday, October 26, 2014


This weekend, the city of Birmingham welcomes the 14th Dalai Lama.  Yesterday, I was fortunate to visit and photograph the monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery in Mundgod, India.  The are creating an amazing mandala of colored crushed marble at Railroad Park. On Monday afternoon, they will give some
of the sands to visitors and then as is their tradition, they will release the rest of this beautiful creation into a water source. 

Being able to meet and interact with them was such a wonderful experience for me. They were so kind to explain the process. Such gentle souls.  I look forward to hearing from those who get to hear the Dalai Lama today.  A very very special time for our city.

Tomorrow, a closer look.

Friday, October 24, 2014

One Week Till Halloween...

and not one single pumpkin photo.  Well I can take care of that!  More where that came from.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Under the Red Umbrella

Here in the Deep South, autumn takes its sweet time getting here. We like it that way. Yesterday I sat under the Adams' red umbrella in the still warm October sun and admired their gorgeous garden. The Mexican sunflowers are glorious right now. They will die out soon and make way for the  autumn leaves to put on their show.  Everything has its own season.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A Lucky Boy

Meet Henry.  Henry is a very lucky boy. Thanks to Adopt A Golden Birmingham, he has found his forever home with a very, very, very loving family.  I sat in the grass and photographed Henry yesterday.  I brought treats. He loved me!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Meet the Artist, Brad Morton

Those of you who have followed this blog since 2008, might just remember the first time I posted  Brad Morton's work right HEREThis installation at St. Vincent's Hospital, has always been a favorite of mine.  As I shared on yesterday's post, I was lucky to revisit Brad's studio last week.

Here, he's working in clay, the first of a very long process on its way to a magnificent bronze piece. I hope I'll be able to check back and share more photos as this piece comes to life.

Thank you Brad, for sharing your creative talent with me and my readers.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Artist's Smocks

I had some big fun on Friday afternoon.  Birmingham metal sculptor Brad Morton invited me back to his studio on 1st Avenue South.  He took time out from his work to explain the long process of creating his wonderful bronze pieces.  At some point, he plays with fire, hence the gear on the wall.  He's promised that I can come back to photograph more steps of the process.  I can't wait!  Come back tomorrow and meet Brad himself.

Sunday, October 19, 2014


The plaza at the entrance to Avondale Park is the perfect place to ride, skate or scoot!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Popular Pops!

Steel City Pops has taken Birmingham by storm.  Fans line up at events to buy these tasty "gourmet" popsicles. These aren't your ice cream wagon pops. They have taken this creamy treat to a whole new level. Flavors like Maple Bacon and Bourbon, Buttermilk, Poached Pear and so many more that change with the seasons make this one fast growing business.  For you folks in Dallas, there's a Steel City Pops in your town now as well!

Friday, October 17, 2014


When you walk into the beautiful Alys Stephens Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, this Frank Fleming sculpture welcomes you.  I heard the marvelous Alabama Symphony there last Friday night.  This is the perfect venue for our outstanding orchestra!