Saturday, August 2, 2014

Bits and Details

Those of you that follow this blog know that I have had a love affair with the Lyric Theatre for YEARS.  Now, thanks to generous donors, the 100 year old Lyric is undergoing a fabulous restoration. I am grateful to be included in the documentation portion of all this.  I'll admit, the idea of the grungy, crusty theatre, that I've been passionate about photographing for so long,  getting "spiffed up", has taken me a while to accept.  I have loved her in all her peeling paint, bats, and dangerous areas for a long time. Today, I share one obsession, the plaster details. Look closely, that's horsehair. That is what makes the acoustics so fabulous. The best is yet to come.

Friday, August 1, 2014

CDP Theme Day - Take Away

Today, my City Daily Photo Blog friends are posting their take on our August theme... TAKE AWAY. I will admit I searched long and hard through my archives to come up with something.  This photo from our weekly Pepper Place Market seemed to fit. This shopper was taking away some day lilies for his yard.  Many of us take away Alabama grown produce, art pieces or simply take away the feeling of community coming together each Saturday morning, enjoying the music, the food, and supporting our Alabama farmers!

Click HERE to see what City Daily Photobloggers have shared from their home cities around our glove. You'll be glad you did!

Thursday, July 31, 2014


was searching through my archives and found this lovely antique piece I photographed years ago. The antique shop has since closed but I thought I'd share today. My Great Aunt Lena had something similar sitting on her mantle when I was growing up. Nice memories. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014


A lovely addition to a birthday celebration this weekend.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Wondrous Words

I love the garden at the Children's Fresh Air Farm.  Last week I spotted these wondrous words. This summer marks yet another year that our Summer Learning Program has reached even more children, providing reading, math, enrichment and so much love.  I am thankful for Independent Presbyterian's ongoing programming for the children in our inner city!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

B'ham Sunset

I chased this up Altamont Road!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Safe Haven

Since 1983, when it began in the basement of First Presbyterian Church downtown, this safe haven is the only emergency shelter for homeless women and homeless women and children, operating 24 hours a day, here in dowtown Birmingham.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Cool In The Pool

Yesterday I took a little trip to Bluff Park to visit Independent Presbyterian Church's Children's Fresh Air Farm.  I skidded in on the last full day of the six week Summer Learning Program.  Three classes of    graduates from our STAIR reading program have the privilege of attending each summer. They have reading and math in the mornings with experienced teachers and the afternoons include chapel, swimming and wonderful enrichment activities.  Some of these inner city kiddos swam for the first time this summer. Rumor has it that NOBODY wants the SLP to end. Who can blame them!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

BADP On The Road - Cincinnati's Coolest Parking Deck

I spotted the Medpace parking deck the afternoon I arrived in Cincy.  Thank you Mary Gilbert for chauffeuring  me on the way to the airport my last day.  It was as cool as I anticipated, sans the late afternoon sun/shadows I  had planned in my head.  This enormous deck is full of pristine white columns in the interior, surrounded by the fabulous rainbow around the outside of this multi level deck. I'd love to park here every day.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

BADP On The Road - I Heart Cincinnati

I'm home from a terrific visit to one of my favorite cities, Cincinnati, Ohio.  My hosts, Mary and Jay Gilbert always roll out the red carpet and have new and find interesting places for us to visit.  After a delicious dinner at Maribelle's Tavern, we adjourned, along with our friend Phil Nuxhall, to Aglamesis Ice Cream. Since 1908, it's been scooping up some mighty fine ice cream.  Entering this ice cream parlor was so nostalgic. These sweet chairs prove that!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Home Again, Home Again....

I've spent a few days in Cincinnati with my Paris travel amie Mary Gilbert and husband Jay.  Yesterday, I took the northern route home to Birmingham by way of the Detroit Metro Airport.  Flying standby can throw you a curve ball occasionally, but I made the best of it by using the time between flights to photograph their amazing tunnel of color and music!

Saturday, July 19, 2014


Love to support our local farmers at the Pepper Place and so many other farmer's markets that are springing up all around town.