Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Kiss

This couple has been locked in an embrace in the Rose Garden of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens for a long time. Ain't love grand!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Up On the Roof

Hanna Antiques has been around for a long time. They feature showrooms from 35 dealers.  I love the urns on the tiled roof, and one day last week the sky was so blue, I had to circle the block and get out and take a few shots.

Monday, September 27, 2010

It's Still Snow Cone Weather

Saturday our Laura Kate celebrated her 6th birthday with a gaggle of friends at McCallum Park in Vestavia.  The hit of the day was the Ice Cream Lady who pulled up in her truck.  The kiddos found the creek and there were shoes flying as many took advantage of the still warm weather and did a little wading in the clear water.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Shine On

For reasons that I explained in yesterday's post , I was unable to get a shot of our harvest moon on Thursday evening. Not to worry, I've called in LaTrelle Grayson, one of my former students, and one heck of a good photographer.  Trelle was with us at Oak Hill Cemetery for the shoot and came well equipped with multiple batteries ( he did listened in class), two tripods, and wine.  A+ for you my friend.

Today he's my guest photographer.  Nice shot Trelle and thanks for offering me the use of your camera that night and for sharing with my readers.

As an added treat, Leon Redbone, a fav of mine has a song for you right here.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

An Evening at Oak Hill

Stuart has some great volunteers that don period costumes. I liked this lady vanishing off down the lane.

Thursday evening I carefully packed the camera, the 300 mm lens, the @%$# tripod etc. for a much anticipated evening at Oak Hill Cemetery for  the "Shoot the Moon" event. Historian Stuart Oates planned this great event.  Oak Hill is Birmingham's oldest city cemetery and overlooks downtown Birmingham. I've been several times but not at night.  I had former students and photography friends meeting me there,  and I was very excited.  Daughter Melissa and Eva tagged along and we got there around 5:30 so I could find the best spot.  I got this shot and then............"replace battery pack".  I had just changed it yesterday but ......well......sometimes that happens.  I didn't get any moon shots, but I had a great time scoping out good views and angles for my friends. (it fulfilled my need to be bossy).  I'm hoping some of them will share their work and be my guest photographers.  Lesson learned for the teacher.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Like a Fish Out of Water

Deer season is a biggie in Alabama*

When the first boy is born into a family of women, well it's a learning curve. Last year I followed Davis and his pals to the fabulous Barber Motorsports Museum. A first for me. Well this year, we were off to unchartered territory once again. I followed five hyped- to- the- max six year olds to of all places........the Bass Pro Shop in Leeds. Good heavens I wasn't prepared for all that. How can I explain it? A grand cathedral housing everything ever invented pertaining to hunting, fishing, ( and cooking it too), camping, and boating , plus all the toys that go with all of that? Oh and throw in every imaginable piece of clothing/accessories that might pertain to the aforementioned activities.  In addition,  a corps of taxidermists must have spent their entire careers stuffing every species of wildlife found in Alabama to be displayed in their semi -natural habitats! Melissa and I wandered around with our mouths wide open. Good thing Davis's Poppa was along to lead the gang through the place. She and I were pretty useless. A good day was had by all. Davis got his first fishing pole and all the kiddos got a cap. Life is good at the Bass Pro Shop.

I have more photos . Just wait.

* Before anyone gets all distressed about deer hunting, even I know that the deer population is out of control here as it is in many parts of the country. The deer season doesn't begin to control it. End of discussion.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


the fabric of our lives here in Alabama, for a very, very long time. Cotton has historically been a major crop for our state. By August it's ready to pick. Many times I've wanted to stop when I'm traveling outside of Birmingham and wander in the cotton fields and take photographs. It's really beautiful, but a little hard to get to. I settled for something easier yesterday at The Hen House in English Village. They had some nice branches in their window. Problem solved!

Brattcat commented that it looked like snow. Well click here to see some "winter cotton" from a previous post.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Swing Me Daddy!

Yesterday I took a walk around Birmngham's newest urban park, Railroad Park. Located just south of Birmingham's downtown, it is 18 acres of greenspace, overlooking the railroad tracks that run just north of it. It is a welcome addition to our downtown area that needs it so very much. Today, the children's playground with its nice recycled surface. More to come.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

FLower Bed

Did you really think I could pass us that title? Of course not. Charlie Thigpen is improving the real estate all around his garden shop, Garden Gallery at the Pepper Place every time I'm down there. Isn't this clever!

Friday, September 17, 2010

100+ Strangers Challenge - Putting a Name With a Face

Stranger #105

Last November you might remember that my friend Bill and I took a little field trip to Joe Minter's house. That day I boldly marched up to Joe's front door and knocked. Nobody was home, but I got Bill out of his big white truck and we prowled all around Joe's African Village. It was amazing.

Fast foward to last Saturday's Art Walk 2010 downtown. I found some amazing artwork made from found objects and just guess who the artist was? Yes, Joe Minter. I introduced myself and told him I knew who he was and had been all over his yard. ( I also thanked him for not having us both arrested for trespassing!!!) He was delighted. I was so mesmerized by what he shared about his art, and what led him to create it, that I forgot to ask about the stick in his hand. I'm going to call it Joe's "Talking Stick". Joe Minter, Stranger # 105 , now a new friend.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

In the Artist's Studio

A few weeks ago I posted some photographs of Birmingham sculptor Frank Fleming here. I promised you many more, so today we take a trip to Frank's studio. Frank is known for his large metal pieces often depicting flora and/or fauna , so I was shocked to see that he works in a small room in his home. I was fascinated by his work table where he crafts his wax molds. The first ( well maybe the second?) step in the creative process. Next time, some of his finished work!

UPDATE: I have chatted with Frank recently and he tells me that is a turtle shell that he is using for a mold.

And earlier post featuring his wonderful fountain in Five Points is here.

Wax molds of his famous figs!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Shoe Shine, One Dollar

Bon Ton Hatters has been in business since 1907. Today it's the only shop in Birmingham where you can have a hat cleaned or reshaped. They also offer shoe repairs in the back and for a buck, you can have your shoes shined right here. I took this photo through the windown when they were closed, but I've posted photographs here .

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Smoke Stacks?

It's been many, many years (39 to be exact) since these old stacks at Sloss Furnaces were smoking but last week the clouds made it look like they were back in business!

For my faithful blog friends that are following the adventures of my new kitty Meeps. Click here to see how she got her name and how my precious blog friend and artist, Shell Sherree has made her famous.
Bises dear Shell!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Computer Innards

I was at Technical Knock Out a while back. They disassemble every part of a computer to be recycled, right here in the USA. This box of heat sinks caught my eye. Made of copper and aluminum , they keep a computer cool. Once demanufactured , the metal will be melted down and used again. Last year, TKO recycled over 169 TONS of metal alone. Their total recycling of all components reached 1, 720,000 pounds last week. This is Alabama's leading electronic recyler!!!

Sunday, September 12, 2010


Those were the good ole days! We've been to On a Shoestring , in Bluff Park before. We'll be back again. A wonderful place in Birmingham to revisit days gone by.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

New Baby at My House

Today a blog break. There's a new little someone in my house today. Yesterday I rescued a sweet black kitten that I've named Meeps. (Thanks to my dear Shell Sherree for the name). This little kitty was rescued from behind a Winn Dixie and now she's landed in a really good place (thanks to daughter Melissa who saw her on Facebook). I've never been a "cat person"......I guess now I am!

Friday, September 10, 2010


This amazing piece was made by some very creative Art Camp students this summer at the Birmingham Museum of Art. Isn't she wonderful??

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Don't Fly Away!

Last Saturday, my friend Charlie Thigpen helped me chase this guy all over the garden at his fabulous shop,  Garden Gallery at the Pepper Place. I finally caught him resting on this lovely purple flower.

It reminded me that I should try macro shots more often, like my friends Costas here and Abe Lincoln here.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

In a Jam

Sometimes the containers are as much fun to shoot as what's in them!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Monday, September 6, 2010

Turn the Knob...

if you dare. An alley, downtown Birmingham.

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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Enjoying the Dog Days of Summer

Technically, the "dog days of summer" are the hottest days from July to early September. Well down here in Birmingham, we can drag that out for another month at least! This "lady" is enjoying a cocktail, while cooling off at Sweet Peas Garden Center in Homewood!

Ken Mac, this one's for you!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Friday, September 3, 2010

Through the Spokes

I took this one from the second floor at What's on Second?.
( Yes, I fiddled with it.)

Thursday, September 2, 2010

100 + Strangers Challenge - Yes Ma'am, It's All Homegrown

Stranger # 104

Yesterday was Theme Day and Open Air Market photos abounded. I had trouble choosing and so I decided I'd run a few more for you this week. Today, one of the many friendly Alabama farmers that bring their fresh produce to share every Saturday morning at the Pepper Place and other local markets around town.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

September Theme Day - Open Air Markets

Today is the first of the month and you know what that means..........CITY DAILY PHOTO THEME DAY! !!! Hooray for this month's theme - open air markets! You can imagine that this month I didn't even break a sweat trying to come up with a photo!

Around the world CDP bloggers are sharing the open air markets in their cities. I can't wait to visit them all. I hope you will too!

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