Saturday, May 30, 2015

M-Power Ministries Community Garden in Avondale is near my home. I like to stop by about once a week during the spring and summer to see what's blooming. I'm not sure, but think these are bachelor buttons. Feel free to correct me!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Guitar Man

It's not every day that you get the chance to see and photograph a beautiful handmade guitar. This Rockbridge guitar is a work of art. Since 2002 these fine instruments have been custom made by hand in Charlottesville, Virginia.

For those of you in the Birmingham area, you can see and play these wonderful guitars at the Henhouse Antiques, today from 9:30-5
and Saturday from 12-4!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Everybody's In The Pool!

School let out here in Birmingham last Friday. This week, everybody's in the pool. It will be a long hot summer!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015


This little guy won a hoola hoop at the Avondale Bike Parade and Fishing Rodeo last Saturday, and proved he had the moves!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day

Fittingly, these high flying flags were waving just outside the VA Hospital.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

I Caught One!

The Fishing Rodeo at Avondale Park was a huge success. Even this little guy caught one!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Bikers Descend on Avondale Park

Never fear, these bikers who will show up at Avondale Park will be very cute, friendly and decorated to the hilt for Memorial Day in hopes of winning the big prize at the Annual Bike Parade. Not to be missed will be the winners of the Fishing Rodeo. A great day for our community. The fun starts at 9:00 a.m. Be there or be square!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

It Won't Be Long Now!

Wald Park, Vestavia Hills

Around here, pools open Memorial Day. Everybody in the pool!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

FRESH Produce Abounds

Here in Alabama our farmers are bringing us a bounty of french fruits and vegetables.

Murphree's Market Cahaba Heights
4212 Dolly Ridge Road

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Monday, May 18, 2015

Say Yes to the Nest!

A family of robins have chosen the lovely light fixture outside our church parlor for their new home. Everyone is welcome at Independent Presbyterian Church!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Meet Athlone Clarke

I met Athlone Clarke at the Magic City Art Connection recently. His mixed media work drew me in and he graciously allowed me to photograph his work. Loved the piece below and many others!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Fiddle- Dee- Dee!

The ferns Chez Toro are unfurling even as we speak!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Poppies Popping Out!

M Power's wonderful community garden in Avondale draws me back over and over again. This week the daisies and poppies are knocking my socks off. Enjoy. 

Shady Business

Straw hats by the door of my friends Mike and Paula's lovely home.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Party Animal

Despite her name, Sunshine was not the life of the party!

Monday, May 11, 2015

The Artist

A few weeks ago, while strolling the Magic City Art Conncetion, I spotted this sweet girl, having a lovely time making her own art with a stick in the dirt. That is a great beginning.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day!

Charlie Thigpen's Garden Gallery
Happy Mother's Day to all of you around the world. I am so blessed with two beautiful daughters and five terrific grandchildren this day.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Know Thy Farmer

This is what the Pepper Place farmer looked like last Wednesday. I hope to get down there today and see just WHO the Alabama farmer is. I'll just bet I've photographed him at some point.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Chilling With Chihuly

Last weekend I had the pleasure of dining outside at I Cantina at the Pepper Place. I wandered inside to take some pictures and found their great Chihuly chandelier. 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Know Thy Chef

 Three wonderful new installations, celebrating 15 years of the Pepper Place Market is taking place as we speak. Yesterday I went down to take some shots. Most Saturdays for the last 15 years, the market has featured local chefs doing what they do something scrumptious for the crowd. Now that venue features my very dear friend Chef Cliff Holt, from my favorite Birmingham restaurant, Little Savannah. There are two more pieces going up, and I will feature soon. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Sweet Magnolia

A few years ago, my dear friend Cathy Adams signed me up to photograph her gorgeous gardens every month of the year. It opened my eyes as a photographer. I went from gushing over spring and summer flowers to appreciating plants and flowers as they die and the months before they burst forth. Today I visited a friend's garden to capture images for a book for them. As I stepped out of my car, this one bloom on their magnolia tree caught my eye. LOVED the stamens resting in the petals. I have lived in the south all my life and don't believe I have ever noticed this before. 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Great Green Van

I spotted this  vintage van at Vestavia Hills High School's Relay for Life.  I loved the front but when I downloaded, I spotted the legs !  Vive l'american la France!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Time For Chard

I'll be  honest, when someone says it's time for chard, I think chardonnay,  At the Pepper Place it takes on another, more photogenic meaning. The Swiss chard last Saturday was a delight for my camera and I'm sure it was tasty as well!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Friday, May 1, 2015

City Daily Photo Theme Day - Revolution

 Revolution - the movement of one object around a center or another object

This bicycle wheel sculpture livens up the Jones Valley Teaching Farm's outdoor classroom at Oliver Elementary School.

City Daily Photobloggers around the globe are posting their take on REVOLUTION, our May Theme. Have a look at their blogs right HERE.