Friday, May 26, 2017

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Gary and I went to the Botanical Gardens on one of our recent outings. We were working on some of our macro skills, so the shots were all pretty close.


Prickly Pear Blossom in the Greenhouse
Prickly Pear


Columbine Tucked Away in the Herb Garden
Columbine


In the Rose Garden
Fading Rose


The Lily Pad Pond
Water Lily

Friday, April 21, 2017

Bluff Park Photo Shoot

The Tip Top Grill sits atop a large bluff on Shades Crest Road at the highest point in Jefferson County. It has a fantastic view of Shades Valley, so Gary and I went to try to get another sunset.
Tip Top Grill


The view from the Tip Top Grill can be fantastic, but when we went to shoot the sunset it was very hazy and the partly cloudy conditions quickly gave way to cloud cover that stretched all the way to Texas. No hope the sun would peak under the clouds and paint their bellies pink and orange. As a side, I wonder why the Tip Top Grill is only open for breakfast and lunch when a dinner view of the sunset over Shades Valley could be fantastic.
Tip Top Grill View


Years ago I lived near Bluff Park and would frequent this hardware store when I needed something for the house. They always seemed to have it, and there's not much better than just wandering around a really old fashioned hardware store.
Bluff Park Hardware Sign


The skinny aisles and floor to ceiling displays just make me want to go in and see what I might need.
Bluff Park Hardware Aisle

This sleepy wooden Indian stands outside On A Shoestring in Bluff Park. I guess he's chained there to keep him from wandering off, although he looks too tired to go far.

Sleepy Indian


Friday, April 7, 2017

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Sundown Birmingham

Birmingham developed based on mining, railroading, and steel.

Sloss Furnace, very near downtown, was still in operation when I moved here in 1971, belching fire into the night sky as I drove by on the First Avenue Viaduct. It's now a museum.
Birmingham Sundown

Birmingham also became a transportation center, and any night we're here shooting, the trains are constantly rumbling past.
Birmingham Sundown 2

As the sun goes down and the lights slowly come up, the nickname the Magic City seems to come to life for me.
Birmingham Sundown 3


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Happy Birthday Macro Mondays

The Macro Mondays Flickr Group is ten years old and that led to the theme for this week, Happy 10 Years!

Macro Mondays - Happy 10 Years!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Bottle of Red

The Macro Mondays Flickr group challenge this week is "Made of Metal."
A corkscrew doing its job on a bottle of red. Just another twist or two . . .

Macro Mondays - Made of Metal

Railroad Park View

This was on a calm evening at Railroad Park in Birmingham, Alabama. I've taken similar shots in the past, but the clear reflections make this one of my favorites.

Birmingham from Railroad Park

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Birmingham from The Club

Gary and I went to the parking lot of The Club on Red Mountain, overlooking Birmingham, for a few night shots. I present the same picture in color and then black and white.

Birmingham from The Club

Birmingham from The Club - BW



Saturday, February 11, 2017

Chilly, Windy Evening on Shades Mountain

On the evening of January 31, Gary and I met in the parking lot of First Church of the Nazarene atop Shades Mountain. The wind makes my little Sony shake around a lot, so getting good images is tough. Maybe I should take that big camera strap off in the wind, since it acts like a sail. During a couple of calm moments, I came away with a shot or two.

Steeple and Stars
(First Church of the Nazarene)

Steeple and Stars






Evening Settles on Samford University

Evening Settles on Samford

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Homewood Neon

We did a little Tuesday night tour of Homewood, Alabama, looking for neon and other things of interest. 

Enjoy the neon:
Open Nails


Whole Dog Market Neon


Dave's Pizza


PT's of SOHO

And a couple of other interesting things: 

Whole Dog Market was NOT open, regardless of what their neon said. Besides, I do NOT think my dog would wash herself, even if she saw others doing it.
Whole Dog Market

The weather was a little chilly for al fresco dining.
Chilly Evening in Homewood

Monday, February 6, 2017

Samford After Sundown

"Samford After Sundown" is the name given to a set of classes offered to the community in the evening, so working adults and others will have an opportunity to further themselves in various areas, including photography. I took several classes there years ago and thoroughly enjoyed them and learned a lot. It is also an appropriate description of a photo outing Gary and I took during January. Enjoy. Click the photo for a closer look in Flickr.

Samford University at Night 4

Samford University at Night 1

Samford University at Night 3

Friday, February 3, 2017

Behind Sloss at Night

Need to catch the blog up with my Flickr stuff, so over the next few days I'll put up some posts from earlier in January.

On January 10, Gary and I went to a little place behind Sloss Furnace and tried to get some shots from a different angle than usual. The wind was whipping around so much it was hard to get any decent long exposures, but a couple came out okay.

Got a jet taking off in the first one.

Behind Sloss at Night

A little different view of part of the Birmingham skyline.

Birmingham from Behind Sloss at Night