Friday, January 31, 2014
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Meanwhile our interstates and roads are still impossibly clogged with stalled/wrecked/abandoned cars and with the expectation of low temperatures again tonight, the refreezing will make it even more difficult. The good news is that many people have gotten home or at least to a warm place and most, but not all of the teachers and students that spent last night in their schools, have been able to go home.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Well as most of you know, Birmingham had a huge surprise yesterday morning. Mother Nature had the last laugh on the meteorologists and dumped about 3 inches of the white stuff on our fair city in about two hours time. To say it caught everyone off guard is an understatement. All over B'ham, people have abandoned their cars and tried to walk home or sought shelter, and many school children and teachers are sleeping in schools tonight. It's a hot mess. I'm fortunate,
as I got to the grocery store and back home in record time and spent the rest of the day taking periodic trips outside for photos. I spied this fat cardinal and stalked him for as long as he'd let me. I got several shots but this one of his approach to the bird feeder was my favorite.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Monday, January 27, 2014
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Saturday, January 25, 2014
This is no ordinary barn, actually I think it's just a storage area painted this fine red at Christopher Glenn in Homewood. They specialize in antiques, lamps and accessories inside, and outside a beautiful selection of planters, statuary and fountains for your garden.
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Back in 2011, I was wandering around the Pepper Place Market and spotted this pretty girl with the bright sunny parasol and hat to match. Fast forward to the Magic City Art Connection the next year where we recognized each other and started a wonderful friendship.
Meet Laura Kate Whitney, fabulous mom to two adorable boys, community activist, blogger ( Magic City Made) and now working tirelessly for Avondale Elementary School and Revive Birmingham.
Fast forward to Revive Birmingham's Woodlawn street party last fall where I snapped her again. Watch out for Laura Kate Whitney Birmingham, she's a mover and a shaker and we are so lucky to have her!
Shades Cahaba Elementary. Not only did my girls and I attend school there, but I taught third grade for 19 years. I was invited by my friend and fellow teacher Delaine Ragland to come and speak to her class about what it was like growing up in Birmingham during the Civil Rights Movement here in Birmingham. Delaine found my comments on Kids in Birmingham 1963, which is a wonderful resource for teachers and students as well.
We had a wonderful time together and her students were a terrific audience and asked some excellent questions. I'm looking forward to visiting their classroom again at the culmination of their study to see them present what they learned.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Monday, January 20, 2014
Sunday, January 19, 2014
I fell in love with the Florentine Building when I first got serious about photography. I knew it was a fabulous old treasure and heard that it was due a facelift. Well five years later..........it's happening! This week it was announced that this beautiful building, built in the 1920's, is going to be renovated. Read all about it right here. I"ll keep you posted on the progress.
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Dunn Formal Rose Garden at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. It caught my eye as the clouds moved past. I would have loved to have waited long enough to find them aligning themselves to resemble the continents on planet Earth but............
Friday, January 17, 2014
Last November, I was lucky enough to return to Paris to gather more photos for my blog, Paris Through My Lens. I took along a traveling companion who is my Meeps' look alike and namesake. La Petite Meeps went along in my tote. I photographed her all along the journey and while in Paris for an upcoming presentation for young French students. She started trip with me in the newly expanded Birmingham/Shuttlesworth concourse. I asked security guards about photos as we went through TSA and they said that would be fine. To my surprise the agent let me put her in the bucket and take several photos. The nice gentleman behind me assured me I was not taking too much time and even helped. For more of Meeps' adventures in Paris, check my blog!
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Jim Reed calls his shop on Third Avenue downtown, Jim Reed Books / Museum of Fond Memories. I will admit that this extensive collection of memorabilia is for a photographer, the ultimate photo op, but his stash of old books, which line the walls and engulf an entire room, are pretty impressive as well.
I have to watch my visits, as I'm already starting to resemble his collection of books right here at home!
Jim Reed Books/Museum of Fond Memories
2021 3rd Avenue North
Birmingham, AL 35203
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Monday, January 13, 2014
Sunday, January 12, 2014
My multi talented friend, artist Kevin Irwin, has the most fabulous studio. Everywhere you turn you find more of her delightful creations. Be it glass, pottery, jewelry or paintings, she does it all and WELL!
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Friday, January 10, 2014
Thursday, January 9, 2014
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
V. Richard's has not had many patrons choosing to sit outside on these lovely (but cold) chairs!
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Monday, January 6, 2014
Sunday, January 5, 2014
Saturday, January 4, 2014
Friday, January 3, 2014
1952 Lotus Mk IV
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Today, the first day of January, 2014 the CDP bloggers around the world have chosen the photograph that they feel is the best of 2013. My choice was easy this year. Today I repost Addie Mae's Shoes , part of the beautiful sculpture The Four Spirits by Birmingham native Elizabeth Macqueen. The work was unveiled in September during commemorative events marking the 50 year anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing that killed for dear little girls. Macqueen's beautiful sculpture stands at the corner of Kelly Ingram Park, across the street from the church.
Please click HERE to see the images that my fellow CDP blog friends have chosen as their favorites for 2013.