Friday, November 30, 2012

Summer's Last Roses

Thank you to my friend Cathy, who graciously allowed me to photograph the last of her heirloom roses last week. I will look forward to photographing them again next summer.  For now,  I'm thinking these fading blossoms will be hard to top!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Meet Nabeel

Last Monday I visited Cahaba Clayworks in Leeds for second time.  I had entered a giveaway on Facebook and WON!  Tena Payne's nationally known Earthborn Pottery is crafted right there and I was thrilled to receive a beautiful plate from Tena herself.  She graciously allowed us to photograph the work space and I honed in on Nabeel back in the corner hard at work.  He told us he'd been working there since last January and proved an interesting subject to photograph. I will share more photographs in the coming days.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Arthur Price - Dreaming Tracks

Birmingham's Arthur Price might just be one of my favorite artists, not to mention one of the nicest guys you will ever meet.  Art dreams big and paints big. His enormous canvases envelope the space.   His fabulous work can be seen at Art Folk Gallery downtown till December 21st.  You won't want to miss his latest collection, Dreaming Tracks.

Art Folk Gallery
1731 1st Avenue North
Birmingham, AL 35203

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Glorious Autumn

This could very well be a new theme for this blog.  I think I've found more magnificent photos this season than spring and summer rolled into one.  I took this just outside the door of Henhouse Antiques in English Village.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Urban Oasis

My B'ham photography buddies know just where this is, but my guess is that most of you do not. Hint: Walk down Morris Avenue and hang a right at the parking lot under the railroad tracks. Cool huh???

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Leaving Stones

Last week I visited Knesseth Isreal-Beth-El Cemetery,  one of two Jewish cemeteries in Enon Ridge, north Birmingham.  It is a Jewish tradition when visiting a grave, to leave a stone or pebble to show honor for the deceased by the visitor.

Knesseth Isreal-Beth-El Cemetery
320 11 Court North

A special thank you to my photography cohort in crime, Michael Anderson, for taking me here and other fascinating places around Birmingham, I've not been.

Saturday, November 24, 2012


Kelly Ingram Park , called "A place of revolution and reconciliation", it faces the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Dominoes in the Park

Last Sunday afternoon, there were spirited games of chess and dominoes in progress at the pavilion at Linn Park downtown.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving Wishes

to all my readers in the US this day.  I'm so very grateful for my family and friends, here and around the world!  Bon app├ętit!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


I can't help it, when I think of Thanksgiving, I think of corn.  Funny, we never have it at our house for dinner but I guess it's that Pilgrim/Indian thing.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


A large group of high school students were gathered at Linn Park on Sunday afternoon for a photo shoot.  The young ladies were wearing some of the most amazing high heels I have ever seen in Birmingham.  These are but a few!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sunday Church Series - IPC Organ Recital Series

Nathan Laube

The Independent Presbyterian Church Organ Recital Series continue this afternoon at 4:00.  Peter DuBois will be the guest performer.  The following Sunday will feature Peter Sykes.  This free series is open to the public.  

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Pepper Place Dogs - Telling Secrets

These two were actually "family" as I recall.  I just loved the special moment between them!

Friday, November 16, 2012

A Plethora of Perching Pigeons

 The new archway at  Avondale Park has become the new hangout.  I tried the shot from the other direction, but the sun was in my lens. Going under these guys was risky business!

Thursday, November 15, 2012


This "basin" was hopping recently as the big boys showed off their tricks and the little guys rode round and round trying to learn how!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012


Probably the first words out of my mouth as I looked west on 1st Avenue North from Art Folk Gallery Friday evening.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Sidewalk Salad

My first blog post here with my iPhone.  I'm pretty excited to have a way to make a quick photograph when my camera is at home! ( Actually it's parking lot salad!)

Monday, November 12, 2012

Remembering - The RIderless Horse

For all the pomp and circumstance and flag waving of the Veterans' Day Parade, this riderless horse is poignant reminder of those that have given their lives for our freedom.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

It's About Time!

Due to a summer drought, folks around here had just about given up on having any real color this fall.  A good rain this week helped. Yesterday I was amazed at how the leaves had changed, almost over night.  This was shot about this time last year.  My friend lives just past the red tree and I sent her a copy the other day.  I'm glad I captured it as this year... not so much.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Railing Razzle Dazzle

We had a drought this summer so our fall color is slow to kick in.  This is a photo from last year.

Railing detail,  Highland Avenue

Friday, November 9, 2012

The Makeup Artist

The line was all the way down the alley for the 4 talented makeup artists that were doing elaborate face painting for the Dia de los Muertos Festival.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Study Hall

This young lady had the right idea.  I spotted her mixing business with pleasure at Railroad Park one sunny autumn afternoon recently.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

A Flag Waving Day!

Americans have exercised their right to vote and gone to the polls and let their voices be heard!

“I met those of our society who had votes in the ensuing election, and advised them, 1. To vote, without fee or reward, for the person they judged most worthy: 2. To speak no evil of the person they voted against: And, 3. To take care their spirits were not sharpened against those that voted on the other side.” -John Wesley, 1774

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

No Line...No Waiting

At Saw's Soul Kitchen in Avondale, LATE afternoon is about the only time you will find no line, no waiting.  I love this place. It's about the size of my living room and full BBQ  joint charm.  It gets two thumbs up from be not just for the great food but the photo ops are endless.

Monday, November 5, 2012

The Tiny Skeleton

This little skeleton did give anyone a scare last Friday night at Dia de los Muertos!  What a great event. This was the 10th year and it gets bigger and better every year.  A wonderful festival that celebrates the Hispanic community here in Birmingham.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Sunday Church Series - Chapel, Kirkwood By The River

Some of the most beautiful windows I've seen around Birmingham. I will add the name of the artist when I find it.  For now, enjoy.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Horsing Around

"The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me."
                                                   - Tony Konovaloff

Jack carves carousel animals at Ira Chaffin's Carousel Carving School almost everyday he told us.  A hobby that obviously gives brings him a lot of pleasure.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Concert on the Lawn

This bagpiper was giving a little noonday concert on the front lawn of Highlands United Methodist Church.  Not something you see every day!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

CDP Theme Day - The Water's Edge

The first of every month is Theme Day for my City Daily Photoblogger friends around the world. I'll admit that some months the theme slips by me but as luck would have it........I have one to share today.
To have a look at the CDPBs  take on our theme today, click right HERE!

This was taken a few weeks ago in one of the nice streams that wind their way around Railroad Park in downtown Birmingham.  Yes, in October, it's still fine weather for rolling  up your jeans and wading.