Monday, November 30, 2009

The Clock's Ticking ..........


on autumn and I have a few more photos I want to share before I have to say, "Au revoir automne!" This is what I saw as I left the museum last week. I just loved the great orange tree as the background for the black and white checkerboard of the sculpture. I'm including the "front" taken about a year ago when Eva and Davis and I paid a quick trip to the museum.

A reminder: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, a wonderful exhibit from the Yale University Gallery, now showing at our BMA through January 10th. Don't wait and have to stand in line to see it!!!!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

In Memory


Benches in the Sculpture Garden of the Birmingham Museum of Art

I'm joining Aileni's ever growing gang of photographers at Monochrome Weekend. What an inspiration they are for me.


DON'T FORGET.....
The Yale University Gallery's American art exhibit "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness" at the BMA.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Joe Minter's African Village




Ok it's back to business today, and I have a doozy! A few weeks ago my photography buddy Bill ( yeah- Trek Through the Woods to Find the Cemetery and Get Poison Ivy Bill) and I first made a stop at Joe Minter's African Village. I marched right through the gate of Joe's house and knocked on his door. Sadly he was not at home that day, but we just made ourselves at home and wandered the fenced area where he displays his art. Joe has been described as a "visionary artist that has created a sculpture park of American history". A potpourri for sure. I can't even begin to describe it.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Leftovers!


Yesterday was a great day for our family. We gathered at daughter Kathleen's and the 5 cousins had a terrific time on the rope swing and the two youngest practiced their batting skills. They all enjoyed making giant nests and then throwing the leaves piled on the street. The highlight of the day might have been when Uncle Jason put them in their harnesses and gave them a SUPER swing. ( I got a little nervous at that point) The adults enjoyed watching by the fire pit! Today you get a few "leftovers" from our day. I decided if I'm going to break the "one photo a day rule" I might as well break it big time. Well, it's my blog and I couldn't leave any of my dear ones out, so here you go! When I'm in Paris next time I'll buy Eric a glass of wine and beg for forgiveness. ( Excusez moi?? Pardon moi????)

I promise tomorrow we'll be back to Birmingham "business".
The management thanks you for your patience.

While you're here, have a piece of Kathleen's pumpkin pie made with real pumpkin. I thought it came from a can!!! Who knew!

Bunny ears on Mumsie????







Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thankful I Am!


You know where this is going. I'm most thankful this day for my two wonderful daughters, two patient son-in -laws :) and 5 fantastic grandchildren! Now, add my terrific friends near and far and those of you in blogland. But wait..... I can't forget the city I've called home most of my life....Sweet Home Birmingham!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

I Can Hear You Now!


My longtime readers will recognize this sweetie patootie. Yes, this is Lilly and now she's a big two year old. I first photographed her here , and then last year we took some photos before her first cochlear implant here. Well now she's had her second surgery and oh my goodness! That girl can talk up a storm now , and as my grandmother would say, "She's smart as a whip!" Monday we had another photo shoot. The top photo was my favorite and the second one is pretty special too. Lilly spotted my Eva and pointed to the spot next to her on the step and said, "Sit!" Eva did as told. They are now BFF, and Lilly shed a few tears when Mom Lisa put her in the car to go home. Oh and by the way, Lilly has a message for all of you out there.......WAR EAGLE!! I told you she was smart! :)

And if you want to keep up with Lilly's progress and her shenanigans, you guessed it.... she has a blog! How can I compete with that???


Monday, November 23, 2009

Harmonica and Bass



Red Mountain - An Old-time String Band from Alabama. What a great name for a band ! I snapped their photos the last weekend of the Pepper Place Market a while back. I've selected just two photos for you today. Please stop by their site to learn more about this great musical group!!!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Cherub

Some of my faithful readers have commented that they enjoy a little chatter from me regarding my photos each day. I suspect that there are multitudes out there that are begging for some silence but are too polite to suggest it. I'm usually able to write a little or a lot with not much effort. At other times, there are photos about which I have nothing meaningful or even mildly interesting to say. Today's one of 'em. Well would you look! I've managed to blather on about NOTHING! Anyone surprised? Maybe I've made everyone happy today!

I'm joining Aileni's Monochrome Weekly again today. Check out their gorgeous photographs right HERE.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Watch For Oncoming Trains!

I hope I get a little credit for practically lying across these tracks to get this shot. I'm having a flashback to the old silent movie where the dastardly villain ties the helpless maiden to the tracks with the oncoming train lumbering around the bend!

Friday, November 20, 2009

POM POMS!!!

Here in Alabama, we're in the midst of football season. We're all about high school and college football, marching bands and cheerleaders!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Cloudy With A Chance of...... Great Cloud Art!


" You must not blame me if I talk to the clouds".......on my IPhone!
Henry David Thoreau


Well it's Thursday and you know what that means. I've been to the Birmingham Museum of Art for my volunteer shift and have something to share today. Meet Birmingham artist Amy Pleasant ( and she IS!). Amy's a local painter that also does mural drawings. Last week I featured a ladder in the Sculpture Garden. Well they were busy freshening up the walls with white paint so Amy could fill the walls with CLOUDS! She will eventually install dozens of 3 dimensional clouds, like the one in the top photo, all around the center space. Won't that be fun? I can't wait to see it when it's all finished. Meanwhile, I'll be stopping by to see Amy's progress and reporting back with photos.

* Amy's website won't be up and running for a week or so. I'll post it here so you can visit her!!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Open Door

Shotgun House
Sloss Furnaces

One remaining "shotgun house" from the days when African American workers at Sloss Furnaces lived in "company housing" which was a community of these type homes called "The Quarters". Located just outside the entrance to Sloss Furnaces next to Duncan House. Duncan House was moved from Tarrant City and now houses the Sloss Historical Society. Not original to the site, it represents the type of housing "middle management" might have had in other Birmingham neighborhoods. Last Sunday I found the back door open and I believe it has been used as a safe haven for the homeless recently, judging from the clothing etc. I saw inside.

Duncan House
Sloss Furnaces

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Alabama Art Folk Gallery



The Birmingham Museum of Art has opened a new gallery dedicated to Alabama Folk Artists. Located in the former Young and Vann Building on First Avenue North in downtown Birmingham, it is currently featuring Charlie Lucas's work as well as Lonnie Holley and the Gee's Bend Quiltemakers. I've previously posted Charlie's work here. It's the perfect place to showcase our talented Alabama folk artists. I hope my Birmingham/Alabama readers will pay a visit here soon.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Forgotten Resting Places



Saturday my friend Bill drug me all over ( you saw one example on yesterday's post). Another stop was on the Shannon Wenonah Road. When he pulled over on the side of the road and stopped the truck I looked at him and said, " Why are we stopping here, B ?" . His answer, "There's a really old cemetery over there." May I just say right here that "over there" was nothing but woods! Well my photo coffers are low, so I gamely jumped out and climbed a small embankment and started stomping through leaves, limbs, sticker vines etc. Did I fail to mention that I had on my really cute yellow flats that were not condusive to a hike in the woods? Well he was right. There were about 6 grave markers spread over a wide area. Most of the graves in this site have been moved to other locations by the families. The few that were remaining were simple but lovely . Today a few. The gorgeous red leaves in the banner were shot here as well.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Drive-By Preacher



This enthusiastic gentleman has been spreading the Good Word for years in Homewood. Every weekend he faithfully stands on the side of the road praising the Lord over his loud- speaker and waving a fine collections of signs. West Lakeshore Drive at Wildwood Shopping Center is a busy, busy 4 four lane road, and I've always wanted to stop but was hesitant. Yesterday I was with my photography bud Bill. Bless his heart, he's always up for a photo shoot, so he pulled over on the shoulder and out I jumped. Don't worry about Bill, he dodged cars and ran across to the median for a better shot!! I stayed put and this is what I got. You can see our new friend had a very nice sombrero on top of his usual dapper hat. What a nice man. If you pass him , be sure and honk!


And a new banner photo today........"Nobody's Perfect You Know!"





Saturday, November 14, 2009

Left, Right, Left.....


Today a few more photos from Birmingham's Veterans' Day Parade. My "Yankee" friend Daryl, who blogs from way up there in NYC, especially liked these two photographs when I shared them with her. Here you go D!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Waiting for a Fire


Today a little break from the Veterans' Day Parade, but there will be a few more photos, I promise. You know I like to mix things up a bit, so today a woodpile on my friend Beth's back deck. I love the texture, and it reminds me that here in Birmingham, we're still waiting for some really chilly weather and an excuse to light a fire! Tomorrow it's expected to be in the low 70's, ( 21 degrees Celsius for our friends in the rest of the world) so I guess we have a while to wait to hear that crackle and sidle our backsides up to the fireplace.

A little bird told me that today is our friend Altadenhiker's birthday! Joyeux Anniversaire mon amie!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Honoring Our Heroes



Yesterday after my museum shift, I just walked down to 19th Street and waited for the Veterans' Day Parade to begin. Our parade is known as the oldest and largest Veterans' Day Parade . A lot of great flag waving and cheering for our heroes past and present. Today a few of our heroes past. There will be more photos to come.

For those of you that enjoyed my friend Michael Dulin's great music here on BADP, I want to invite you to his new website here. Check the NEWS section each week. Mike will be offering an original song each and every week .....FREE!


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Tutu Cute!!



Oh yesterday I slogged through torrential rains for a photo shoot. At first I doubted the sanity of all that. But when I arrived at my destination, I was a very, very happy photographer. You see, I was invited to the Children's Dance Foundation in Homewood. What a wonderful place this is. They not only offer dance classes at this location, but in their words:

"Children's Dance Foundation's Community Partnership Program provides dance classes to more than 1,500 children each week at more than 25 social service agencies, child development centers and schools in Birmingham. CDF’s vision is grounded by a commitment to empower all children through dance. CDF embraces this important work with the disenfranchised and underserved, providing classes to organizations that serve these students regardless of their ability to pay."

I had the pleasure of photographing two groups of 3-4 year olds. What could be more fun? I'll have to admit I need to hone my "dancing photography" skills. They were a very exuberant bunch. I hope I captured that. Maybe I'll be invited back to visit some of the other sites in Birmingham. Today.........tiny dancers. :)

For those of you that enjoyed my friend Michael Dulin's great music here on BADP, I want to invite you to his new website here. Check the NEWS section each week. Mike will be offering an original song each and every week .....FREE!



Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The Falling Leaf



It's hard to catch a falling leaf even when they are falling as fast and furiously as they are around here. As I write this, we are expecting Hurricane Ida to blow through here tonight. We should be knee deep in leaves (and hopefully not water) by morning.

Today my very favorite version of "The Falling Leaves" ..... "Les Feuilles Mortes"
by the fabulous Andrea Bocelli. Enjoy


Monday, November 9, 2009

A is for ...


All About Art at the Birmingham Museum. The cleanup crew left this in the Sculpture Garden . I couldn't pass up a red ladder now could I???


HOT OFF THE PRESS (almost)
I am pleased to share that our blog friend and very talented photographer, Kevin McCollister ( -K- ) has a soon to be released book! East of West LA, is a collection of Kevin's fine, fine photographs from around Los Angeles. I can hardly wait to get my hands on a copy ( and my enormous commission for this plug!).
Want to order one?.... send ($20 + $2 s/h)
to
Brooks Roddan
1020 Palos Verdes Drive West
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Sunday, November 8, 2009

The Calm..........


The Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Vestavia Hills shortly before the 4Kers blew through the door for their program rehearsal.


........BEFORE THE STORM!

Last minute instructions

I'm joining the gang at Aileni's Monochrome Weekly again this week.
Have a look!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Friday, November 6, 2009

Pitcher Plants


I took this photo at Aldridge Gardens recently. I was fascinated with the shape and color of these unusual plants. I thought it migh be Swamp Lilies, but a Google search proved me wrong. I sent a pic to my faithful reader and gardener Harriet, and she passed it along to husband Richard, a plant afficianado. Richard declared it a Pitcher Plant. North American Pitcher Plant according to Wikipedia. Merci to the Reavis family for helping me out.