Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Winged Victory


This stainless steel sculpture by Birmingham artist Brad Morton, stands outside The Financial Center on 20th Street North in downtown Birmingham.  Installed in 1999, it's a tribute to Fred Sington by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Winter Approaches

Here in Birmingham, we find that winter creeps in most years. Oh we get some near freezing weather in early December but today, five days after Christmas,  I didn't even need a heavy coat. Most of the year Birmingham is lush with greenery and blooming plants. We're very fortunate that way.  One of our favorites is the oakleaf hydrangea.  In summer it's glorious with huge white blooms that hang to the ground. Now their big leathery green leaves are a lovely red/orange.  As a photographer, I've learned to celebrate every season of growth.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Lighting Up The Lyric

                      

These bulbs were part of the Light Up The Lyric Theatre campaign to restore this 100 year old treasure in downtown Birmingham.  They have been installed and I had great fun trying to figure out how on earth to shoot them!  Thanks to countless donors who gave so generously, the Lyric's goal of 7 million dollars has almost been met. Things are moving forward with the renovation. 

Friday, December 27, 2013

If These Walls Could Talk



I love the walls and surrounding Railroad Park.  An ingenuous way to reuse these old hand cast bricks that were uncovered from this property to create Birmingham's urban park.  

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Legion Field Detail


Built in 1927,  Legion Field has hosted many many great football
games, not to mention soccer events for the 1996 Olympic Games.  

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Angels We Have Heard on High


The fifth grade Christmas Pageant at Independent Presbyterian Church is so sweet and brings back  many childhood memories. Thankfully, it has remained unchanged over the years, except the bathrobes worn my the shepherds have been upgraded.  My favorite part is when the angel lowers the STAR down on a rope.  Nothing high tech about this pageant!


Warmest wishes to all of my dear readers who celebrate Christmas this day.  May this be a special time with family and friends.  

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Here We Come A-Caroling


A caroling party in my neighborhood is an evening I look forward to each Christmas for many reasons.  It's a glorious mix of talented pianists, joyful voices singing Christmas carols, delicious food and drink,  and the gathering of old and new neighbors of all ages. Thank you Sam and Carolyn for opening  your home to us!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Kirking of the Tartans


Last Sunday, the St. Andrews Society, Independent Presbyterian Church.

Friday, December 20, 2013

December Sunset

Just as I was packing up my camera gear and heading home, I saw this amazing sunset. 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Greatest Gift...A Book


This week the STAIR ( Start The Adventure In Reading) students who come to Independent Presbyterian Church for tutoring twice a week, enjoyed a wonderful Christmas party with their two tutors, and of course Santa and his Elf.  Each tutor gives a book and the STAIR program provides a  stocking STUFFED with wonderful things!  

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Deck The Pugs


From time to time I photograph the children of my friends.  Often it's even more special "children".  Meet my adorable neighbors Harry and Lulu.  They visit often, mainly because I have a jar full of dog treats and Meeps' food,  if I'm not on my toes!  That said, Meeps likes them a lot, ( mainly Harry).  We did a little photo shoot last week.  Feel the pug love!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Christmas in Birmingham - Paperwhites


I have a pot of paperwhites opening right now, a sweet gift from a friend.  I love the fragrance, a nice addition to the evergreens.  These I found at Sweet Peas Garden Shop in Homewood.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Merry Christmas From The Lyric

Last week I took some out of town friends down to the Lyric.  Things are  hopping down there and as you can see, the lobby is looking better and better and was decked out for Christmas as well!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Hand Made By Wade

This week I received a wonderful Christmas gift....... a piece of Wade Oliver's pottery. I met Wade years ago at Cahaba Clayworks and featured him on my blog. What fun to be given another piece of his pottery to use and enjoy!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Holiday House Weekend


This weekend marks the 64th annual Independent Presbyterian Holiday House Tour.  As always, the tour includes four beautiful homes and the church decorated by the fabulous floral talent of the IPC Guild and of course, the annual favorite, tea upstairs in the Great Hall. This is a wonderful tradition and provides much appreciated funding for the church sponsored Children's Fresh Air Farm.  Tickets may be purchased at any of the house tour homes or at the church.  I hope to see you there!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Helping Hands



Yesterday I had the good luck to photograph our STAIR students participating in the Advent Workshop at Independent Presbyterian Church.  Normally these hard working second graders are reading and working with their STAIR tutors, but this week, after snack, they were treated to Advent Workshop where they made Christmas necklaces and a sweet manger scene.  STAIR tutors and IPC youth lent helping hands all along the way. It was a great day!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Magical


I think that Mountain Brook Village needs to win some magical Christmas lights award. I drive through there often and it's still hard not to stop in the middle of the street and jump out for more photos!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Alabama Gold


Around here we say pe-CAHNS, but some folks say PEA-cans. No matter, pecans are pure gold around here and if you've ever cracked and picked them from the shells you can appreciate the time and effort and thus the price even more. Keep your walnuts, I'll take pecans every time!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Les Lumières

Antiquities in Mt. Brook Village, has this enormous basket of small mercury glass votives. Who could resist the purchase or the photograph? Actually I indulged in both!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Something To Crow About!


Meet my dear and talented friend Kimberly Wilson.  She has started a great new photography business and this past week was asked to show her work at a pop up shop at West Elm at The Summit.  Her Red Rooster Images were a huge success and rightfully so.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

No Outside Dining


Well we've had some spring like winter this week but rain, rain, and more rain. I think the outside dining at Vino, while very appealing, might be on hold for a while.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Farewell to Fall


We had late fall color here in Birmingham this year.  You get lots of opinions as to why, but here it is December 6, and I found these fabulous Japanese maple leaves still fluttering to the wet pavement yesterday. C'est magnifique!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

This Caught My Eye!


Actually it's not Paris of course,  but probably a loading area when Parisian's department store in downtown Birmingham was a very popular place to shop.  I loved shopping there in high school and college and the fact that the name is still on the doorway of this Birmingham alley, brings back good memories.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Wedding!



Last Friday I attended the wedding of some very dear friends at Swann Lake Stables in Cahaba
Heights.  What a beautiful venue for a fall afternoon.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Readbox

I spotted this downtown during Revive Birmingham's event, but the Readbox is popping up everywhere Revive goes all over this town. Leave one, take one. I love this.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Fabulous Fall Part II


Gallery 1930 shares a space with Vino in English Village and with our glorious fall weather, they both offer outdoor seating.

City Daily Photo Theme Day - Looking Out



A few weeks ago I visited Regions Bank on 20th Street downtown Birmingham. As I walked back to my car in the parking deck, this reflection from the inside looking out,  caught my eye.  Today I join my fellow City Daily Photobloggers around the world celebrating this December Theme Day right HERE! http://cdpbthemeday.blogspot.com.au/

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Birmingham Alabama Daily Photo On The Road - Auburn, Alabama

Today a photograph from my alma mater, Auburn University. We're playing a very big game today and I'm posting this........ because I can! 

Friday, November 29, 2013

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Bon Appétit!


The chef at Chez Lulu in English Village seemed like the perfect person to wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Baaaaaaa


Charlotte Woodson Antiques has this fabulous life size ( or I assume it's life size) sheep for sale. It seems to be keeping watch over Colin's Creatures.  How sweet is that!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Corny


It's Thanksgiving week here in the U.S. of A. so cut me some slack!

Farmer's Market
Arkadelphia Road

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Fabulous Fall!

Birmingham Museum of Art


I'm from Paris and a bit weary so I think I'll share a old favorite 
with you today. 

Thank you for your visits and your patience while I was away. I promise new photos to come!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Au Revoir... à bientôt !


Today I leave for Paris to gather as many new photographs as I can snap. This is the very first time I've put my dear Birmingham Alabama Daily Photoblog on hold.  It was a big decision as I've posted every day for five and a  half years!  It's time for me to take a brief vacation, and just relax and enjoy the city I call my second home. I'll be back and posting again here on the 24th. I hope you, my faithful and dear readers will come back for more from Birmingham.... the Magic City!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Kirkwood By The River



The chapel at Kirkwood By The River has some of my favorite stained glass in all of Birmingham.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Farewell to the PIg


The Piggly Wiggly Grocery Store in Crestine Village has long been THE place to shop but also meet and greet friends and neighbors.  It was a great, small store where you got to know the checkers and call them by name.  They closed their doors November 1st and this was a parade float in the Mountain Brook Mystics Halloween Parade. I"m sad too. I loved shopping at the Pig!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Lacrosse


I'll admit, I was at the fields at Sicard Hollow to photograph my granddaughter cheering. This guy walks by with his lacrosse gear.  Those gloves look impressive. Maybe I need to photograph a game soon!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Parade Reflection


The Mt. Brook Mystics Halloween Parade that winds through Crestline Village is a family affair. Neighbors gather and make their floats and there's the Mountain  Brook cheerleaders and dancers. It's just a fun community event. I caught this reflection on the MBFD truck!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

DIa de los muertos - Remembering


Birmingham artist Kevin Irwin lost her mom a few months ago, so this Day of the Dead Festival was very special to her. She stood in line for a very long time in order to get this fabulous face painting, but that wasn't all. Around her neck was her mom's locket, on her fingers, her rings and in her pocket the pink and blue beads she and her mom wore in the hospital the day she was born.