Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Monday, August 13, 2018

Homegrown in Alabama V - Know Your Famer!

Farmer Hamm

I love the fresh produce at the Pepper Place Market, but getting to meet and visit with the farmers is always the best part.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Homegrown in Alabama I - Fill Your Basket

Today we're starting a little mini series featuring Alabama farmers' markets and produce. Today, grab a peach basket and let's start our stroll around the Pepper Place Market. The Market at the Pepper Place began in 2000 as only a summer market but has grown to become almost year around.It's the happening place on Saturdays from 7-12. There are of course fresh produce but now it's expanded to hand crafted goods, music, chef demonstrations as well as baked goods and so much more. 

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Road to Change

Today, I was privileged to attend and photograph a Town Hall held at Highland United Methodist Church. A group of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas students along with others from Alabama and Miami, spoke to a standing room only crowd. It was an amazing afternoon. I will be sharing photos for the next few days.

First, I will share the images of Zo Shauku, a 17 year old anti gun violence advocate who was shot in his bed last week here in Birmingham, was the first speaker.  As he made his way slowly to the center aisle microphone on his walker, holding his side, he shared his experience and powerful words for us all.

For the next few days, I will share more photos from this amazing event.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

From Snapshots to Creative Photographs!

For my Birmingham area readers, I will be teaching my 5 week series From Snapshots to Creative Photographs again this fall at Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church Conservatory of the Arts. I hope you will join our class and pass this information to friends and family who might be interested.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Back in the Water!

After a few weeks off to mend from an injury, today I'm back in the pool, figuratively.
 I visited a very special place, the Children's Fresh Air Farm. IPC's  STAIR of Birmingham graduates, grades 2-5, gather there for our Summer Learning Program. It's academics, and so much more. This special program bridges the summer gap when so many students lose ground during the summer. They get two hot meals, study hard on math and reading in the morning with certified teachers, and in the afternoons swim, have art and so many other wonderful activities. My church, Independent Presbyterian Church sponsors, and I"m just happy to be along to photograph the fun!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Ginger's Garden

Ginger's garden again. I love it because she has formal areas, ( to please her husband), lovely loose , natural plantings with shrubs and flowers. But the best, is the upper garden that is loose and funky with an old bathtub of salad greens ( tub 'o salad), some fruit trees, wildflowers, bee hives and wine bottle line beds. I have always loved nasturtiums, since I planted them as a child. 

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

You're A Grand Ole Flag!

This Americana vignette was too good to pass up for the Fourth of July.  Barbara Adkins' Black Sheep Antiques in Harpersville always had vintage flags.

     Black Sheep Antiques 
39509 AL-25, Harpersville, AL 35078

Monday, July 2, 2018

The Last Magnolia

Magnolia blooms are one of the many things that I love about summer in Birmingham. I love them even when they are waning.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

National Peace and Justice Memorial - Part III

Today's photo essay is the Part III of the National Peace and Justice Memorial in Montgomery AL. If you have missed the previous posts, scroll down.

As we left the lynching memorial building, we followed a path around to the back of the grounds. Artist Dana King's three sculptures are "dedicated to the women who sustained the Montgomery Bus Boycott."

Friday, May 25, 2018

National Peace and Justice Memorial - Part II

Today we continue of the top of the grassy hill to the memorial square.  Designed to be covered, but open on both sides. The stunning memorial consists of "over 800 cortex steel monuments, one for each county in the US where a racial terror lynching took place. The names of the known victims are engraved on the columns." As one enters, the monuments are placed at eye level. As you proceed to the corner and turn, the flooring slopes downward giving the illusion that the monuments are rising. At the bottom, the monuments are directly overhead.

At the bottom, the outside wall features water pouring over with this beautiful inscription dedicated to all of the victims who remain unidentified.

" Thousands of African Americans are unknown victims of racial terror lynchings whose deaths cannot be documented. Many whose names will never be known. They are all honored here."