Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Second Avenue Reflection



Scooters are always parked along Second Avenue. It pays to have a look in the rearview mirror as you pass.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Mon Amie Phoenix



Meet Phoenix. She and I met for the first time yesterday at the Hoover Library with her mom Connie.  Connie and I taught together at Shades Cahaba and we've kept in touch.  While I was in Paris last month,  Phoenix fell in love with the book, Fancy Nancy Goes to Paris! Connie told Phoenix that her friend was in Paris right then!  What followed was just too cute. She videoed Phoenix asking me questions about Paris that she had carefully written in her spiral notebook. Not bad for a six year old!  I promised to answer her questions in person and we did just that yesterday.  I taught her how to give French bises on each cheek and brought her a pink Tour Eiffel keychain all the way from Paris.  I think we will have to meet again. She suggested I come to her house to play one day. Bien sûr!

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Monday, December 29, 2014

A Foggy Day in Birmingham




I often tell my photography students that, "Fog is your friend."  On my way home from lunch yesterday, I realized that the higher elevations of Birmingham were still cloaked in a beautiful fog. I took a detour.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Sunday Church Series - Beloved Community Church




Beloved Community Church is a special place located near my home in the Avondale community. Their website states, "Where all people are celebrated as precious children of God." It is an honest, open arms church and an asset to our community.

Friday, December 26, 2014

BADP On The Road - Scull Shoals



I traveled to Greensboro, Georgia last week to visit dear friends Corey and John Crouse.  While there, Corey took us on a little historic field trip to Scull Shoals, located between Greensboro and Athens.  Once a thriving mill community, the ruins of a former warehouse building are all that remain on the site in the Oconee National Forest.  Great photo ops.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Santa Baby....



My neighbors Sam and Carolyn open their beautiful home the eve before Christmas Eve every year for a fabulous caroling party.  Carolyn and her three concert pianist friends,  play the two baby grand pianos and the neighbors sing along with a lot, or marginal, talent, but great gusto.  The evening wraps up with The 12 Days of Christmas sung by a variety of young and old.  Then, Mary Alice is always the finale with Santa Baby.  The perfect ending to a lovely neighborhood tradition.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Fire Is So Delightful!




Stewart Perry Construction's complex was part of IPC's Holiday House Tour last weekend.  I was fortunate to be able to photograph there the week before.  The barn was my favorite and featured this lovely vignette, two rockers and a stove!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Sunday, December 21, 2014

BADP On The Road - First Presbyterian Church of Union Point


This past week I traveled to Greensboro, Georgia to visit dear friends Corey and John Crouse and speak to the Greensboro Art Alliance.  While there, Corey showed me around the area. The First Presbyterian Church of Union Point, was a highlight. Established in 1872, this well cared for church has some of the most beautiful stained glass windows I've ever seen. It features magnificent windows on all four walls. What a treasure for this town!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Play It Again Baines


For the last 30+ years, my friends the Woods,  have opened their home, put some rolls on their player piano and gathered us together before Christmas. We've seen our teens grow up, get married and have their own kids and now the group gets more lively as each year passes. The player piano, manned by Johnny, is always a hit with the little ones. This year Baines was the newest addition, and he loved plunking the keys as we all joined in for a few carols.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

King of the Mountain!



I photographed the boy in red and posted him here.  As the family came down the path, I asked the parents if the boys would be willing to just play on the playground for me.  As the two brothers
started up the climbing dome,  I waited.  I taught elementary school long enough to know what one of them would do when he reached the top!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Check!



It's not Christmas until I"ve taken a dozen obligatory shots of Mt. Brook Village's fabulous tree. It closely resembles the shots from the past 5 years but this year I took it from a slightly different   angle. Ta Da...!!!!!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Lest We Forget


May we remember those less fortunate this holiday season and EVERYDAY.

This was taken at Highlands United Methodist Church where they faithfully serve breakfast six days a week, all year long.

One of the Other Reindeer



No red nose but too cute to pass up.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Welcome Santa!

Homewood's Christmas Parade

Holiday House Tour



This weekend marks Independent Presbyterian Church's 65th Holiday House Tour benefiting the Children's Fresh Air Farm. Tickets may be purchased at the church, online or at each home.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Noël At My Home


I do minimal decorating at my house now,  but I love bringing out my collection of Eiffel Tower ornaments to display on my my mantle. These are just a few!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Show Your Colors Birmingham




Uptown, Birmingham's newest convention center district offers great new eating and entertainment venues. I had lunch there last week and loved it!

How Frosty...

stays frosty in Birmingham.  This old fridge has many uses during the year at Sweet Peas Garden Center in Homewood. I loved their Christmas idea!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Boy In Field



Often when I visit places over and over, whether here in Birmingham or Paris, I try and challenge myself to find something new to photograph or even just photograph in a different way.  Last Thursday I was leading a group of Youth Leadership Forum students on a photography assignment at Railroad Park. I have been there more times than I can count. I was beginning to think I'd find nothing "new", until I spotted this young boy. I was far away and zoomed,  and ran and zoomed,  and ran, and this was what I got. Later, I photographed him with his brother on the playground. Those photos later.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

It's Not Christmas Without The Homewood Star



Crafted in 1951 by Douglass McConnell, this star has heralded the Christmas season every year since from high above the city of Homewood.  I'm a bit nostalgic about this star,  as I remember it fondly from my childhood and every Christmas since.  You might see it again before Christmas is over!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Photographers In Training!



Yesterday, I had the pleasure of participating in the Youth Leadership Forum Arts Day.  As I've done in years past, I gathered an enthusiatic group for a photography workshop.  We met at Architecture Works, then headed to Railroad Park for our photo assignment.  Great day, great program, great photos, great kids.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Happiness Is...



...getting a brand new winter coat PLUS a hat and mittens!!!  This week, the STAIR students at
Independent Presbyterian are all receiving new winter coats thanks to the generosity of IPC and community friends and tutors who made it all possible. The happy smiles said it all!

  STAIR Birmingham Executive Director, Liz Edwards helps this student try her coat on for size.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Zoolight Safari



The Birmingham Zoolight Safari knocks itself out during the Christmas season. The carousel is always a favorite.

Monday, December 1, 2014

CDP Theme Day - Worker

 
The Sons of Vulcan are a non-profit blacksmith and metalworking group located in our Avondale community, dedicated to the artistic traditions of metal working.  Last month, they demonstrated their expertise at our Art in Avondale Park event.  Very cool to watch. I'll have more photos to come.

This is the first of the month and as always, for over 6 years, I've participated in our City Daily Photo Theme Day. Click HERE to see how my fellow CDP bloggers interpreted the theme for this month.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Pop of Color



Sol LeWitt's BANDS OF COLOR IN VARIOUS DIRECTIONS makes a colorful backdrop to Craig Wedderspoon's welded aluminum sculptures, QUILTED VESSELS, in the outdoor sculture gallery at the Birmingham Museum of Art.

Friday, November 28, 2014

The Falling Leaves....


At the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, the weather here in Birmingham is still fine enough to drag up a chair and enjoy the last days of autumn, while our neighbors in the NE, shovel their driveways!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Fall at First Church


Forgive me for overloading the "fall color" here but I'm trying to pack as many photos in as possible before Christmas takes over!.  A few weeks ago I snapped this shot of fall leaves set against Birmingham's First United Methodist Church, or as locals call it....First Church.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my dear blog readers who celebrate this holiday!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

It's That Time of Year

 

I'm home from 10 wonderful days in Paris and just in time to gear of for Thanksgiving.  Here in Alabama. you are likely to find a pecan pie alongside the traditional pumpkin on most dinner tables. Whether you pronounce it Pee-can or Pe-cahn, it's delicious!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Playing a Tribute - Dia de los Muertos

  Dia de los Muertos 2014
The trumpet player, joins others in the band in playing tribute at one of the altars.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Artists' Pallets


City Paper Company redesigned their showroom and found a fabulous way to reuse their wooden pallets.  The creative kids at Space One Eleven turned them into works of art. I want one!!!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Throwback Thursday - Fall at the BMA


 Facebook friends love Throwback Thursday where they post old photos from years gone by. I decided I'd try and do that here from time to time. I've hosted this blog for 6 1/2 years daily and I'm fairly certain that not many of you have visited this blog every single day, so a re-post might be a good thing.  Today one of my very favorite autumn shots of the bench outside the Birmingham Museum of Art.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Who says....

That old industrial buildings that have long been forgotten can't be colorful???
Wade Sand and Gravel

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Sail On


 One of the pluses of living in the Deep South is that you can play outside a lot longer. This weekend I looked on in horror as friends in Maine ( a given) and North Carolina ( are you kidding me??) posted first snowfall photos on Facebook.  Although we have had to turn our heat on a few mornings to knock the chill off, I'm betting that this sailor has had his boat out recently.  Spotted on Lake Logan Martin near Birmingham.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Remembering Ron


Last night was one of my favorite events in Birmingham, Dia de los Muertos.  It brings our city together to observe this wonderful Hispanic celebration. Friends and family often build altars to remember loved ones lost.  This year was very special for me.  My friend Martha lovingly arranged an altar for her husband and our dear friend Ron Council .  Ron was a fabulous man and loved by so many in our community. She chose just the right photos and mementos that exemplified Ron so perfectly! Ron Council, we miss you so, but remember you with such love for your life and all you meant to all of us and the city of Birmingham!