Monday, August 31, 2015

Something to Cluck About

I had to venture out of the city limits for this one!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Discreetly Hidden

The Mortimer Jordan home built in 1908 was purchased in 1969 by Al Pilkington who as done a wonderful job of restoration of the home and gardens. This neoclassical residence is a Highland Avenue jewel.


Friday, August 28, 2015

99 Bottles of Wine...

 on the fence. My very fun neighbors have created this amazing wine bottle fence in their backyard. I'm pretty sure our neighborhood ladies' wine group has been responsible for many of these.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Rest Stop

This gray bench against the bright Mexican sunflowers makes for a nice resting spot at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

I will be teaching From Snapshots to Creative Photographs at Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church's Conservatory of the Arts. Classes are from 6-8 p.m. and start Thursday September 10th for 5 weeks. You can sign up online!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Rent a Ride

Haven't seen a bicycle built for two in a bout 50 years!
Railroad Park.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Meet Tracy

Tracy's in Crestline is a hot spot for a meat and three, not to mention a mighty delicious cheeseburger. I visit quite often, and Tracy's smiling face from the kitchen is always welcome.

I will be teaching my photography classes at Vestavia Hills United Methodist's Conservatory of the Arts again this fall. If you have working knowledge of your digital camera, join us for a fun way to learn to take better photographs of your friends, family as well as travel photos. 

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Up Close

For the past several months, I've been learning to use my macro phone lens. It's tricky business but a lot of fun.It's been interesting to see what looks good under a macro lens and what doesn't. Certainly this rose in full bloom gave me a lot of practice.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Pick Me ! Pick Me!!!

Somebody was feeling a little left out at the Pepper Place Market.

I will again be teaching From Snapshots to Creative Photographs at Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church's Conservatory of the Arts beginning Thursday, September 10th for 5 weeks. Please visit their website for online registration!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Military Wedding

When the bride and groom are both Majors in the Marine Corps, you see a lot of this. 

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Bottle Tree

Charlie Thigpen's Garden Gallery at the Pepper Place, never disappoints. Always something new and fresh for your flowers or gifts.

For my Birmingham area readers: I will again be teaching From Snapshots to Creative Photographs at Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church's Conservatory of the Arts beginning Thursday, September 10th for 5 weeks. Please visit their website for online registration!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Lazy Summer Day

Shades Creek winds through the Jemison walking trail in Mountain Brook. A shady spot to stop on these hot days.

This weekend I join James' Weekend Reflections right here

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Porch Sittin'

I grew up sitting on my grandparents' front porch rocking, every single night. This colorful vintage chair can't hold a candle to their big wooden rockers but certainly should evoke some warm memories for many of us.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Geared Up

The Barber Motorsports Museum is amazing even if you don't know one thing about race cars or motorcycles. Each time I go, I find new and interesting details that catch my eye. Every single car or bike is in pristine condition, no matter the age. I love taking photography students there, especially those who have never been. Photographer's buffet!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Shell Game

The historic Alabama Theatre is easily recognizable with it's  huge neon signage. Built in 1927, it's a Birmingham treasure. I recently watched a showing of To Kill A Mockingbird there and just sitting in that gorgeous theatre brought back fond memories of all the zillion movies I saw there when I was growing up. Most likely the side of the building which faces 18th Street goes unnoticed. It's really quite unusual, with it's wonderful shell pattern.

Monday, August 10, 2015

World Cat Day....

a little late. How on earth could I let that auspicious day pass without posting a new photo of my Meeps, all decked out in one of my zillion scarves. Have a Meow Monday!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

The Welcoming Committee

Blackjack Farms in Irondale is one beautiful place. Well cared for animals and a lovely setting for the horses and visitors.

Blackjack Farms
2420 Burns Lane
Irondale, AL

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Pepper Place Fan

The Pepper Place Market draws a huge crowd every Saturday morning from spring thru early fall. People flock there for many reasons. The fresh produce from Alabama farmers is the number one but there are also fabulous arts and crafts, chef demonstrations,  plus live music in several venues. This cutie stopped to have a listen.

Friday, August 7, 2015


and smell the roses! Gotta love this rose enthusiast.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

The Music Man

Meet my new friend Bob Tedrow. Oh I've known about Bob for years. He owns Homewood Musical Instuments  and also Tedrow Concertinas. I stopped in recently to say hello and have a look around. It's full of instruments they build and repair. The real reason I wanted to meet Bob, was to tell him I'd seen his fine photography on Facebook and how much I admired his portraits. I hope I will be invited back. His shop is a photographer's delight!

Homewood Musical Instruments
3027 Central Avenue
Homewood, Al 35209

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Alley Art

You just never know what you'll find when you take a shortcut down Birmingham alley!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

I Love Okra

I love it boiled, I love it fried, but now I love it DRIED!  Thank you Cindy and Charlie Thigpen for letting me roam your great Garden Gallery at the Pepper Place in search of photos. Not only that, I got to bring some home!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Target I

This unusual and very colorful metal sculpture by artist John Scott, welcomes visitors at the entrance of the Birmingham Museum of Art.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Men At Work

The Historic Lyric Theatre is a hardhat area  ( I've even donned one a time or two) as workers from Stewart Perry construction and artisans from all over the country work feverishly to complete the restoration of this grand 101 year old theatre by the end of the year,

Saturday, August 1, 2015

City Daily Photo Theme Day - Bicycle

Looking back at one of Avondale Park's Bicycle Parade and Fishing Rodeo. This little guy was circling the park as best he could.

Today City Daily Photobloggers around the world share their favorite bicycle photos. Have a look right HERE!