Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
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!
Monday, December 29, 2014
Sunday, December 28, 2014
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.
Saturday, December 27, 2014
Friday, December 26, 2014
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.
Thursday, December 25, 2014
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
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
Monday, December 22, 2014
Sunday, December 21, 2014
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
Thursday, December 18, 2014
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
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Monday, December 15, 2014
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.
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Friday, December 12, 2014
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
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Uptown, Birmingham's newest convention center district offers great new eating and entertainment venues. I had lunch there last week and loved it!
Monday, December 8, 2014
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
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!
Saturday, December 6, 2014
Friday, December 5, 2014
Thursday, December 4, 2014
...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!
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Monday, December 1, 2014
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.