Saturday, October 21, 2017

Oak Hill Cemetary

JoPaul and I made a photo trip to Oak Hill Cemetery. These seashell look a like mushrooms were growing, not on a crypt, but on an old stump from a tree cut down.
Cemetery Sea Shells

There was also a cemetery cat roaming around the Warnock plot.
Cemetery Cat (Warnock)

The cat was also fond of the new angel at the Chaffin plot.
Cemetery Cat

That new angel is beautiful,
New Angel in Town

and she has a beautiful view of the city.
Oak Hill Cemetery

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Behind Sloss

Norfolk Southern Engine 9434 rumbles through Birmingham, Alabama at dusk.
Train at Dusk

The sun sets on Sloss.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Fire Sinks Behind the City

Gary, JoPaul, and I went to the parking deck at 24th St. and 7th Ave. South based a tip a total stranger gave us a couple of weeks ago. It was one of the best locations in our sunset quest. You can get more of a sense of the skyline than up on Red Mountain.

Birmingham Before Sundown

Birmingham at Sundown

Birmingham After Sundown

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Birmingham Sunset

Gary and I spent a lot of weeks this spring chasing the perfect spot to get the sunset behind the Birmingham skyline, but never found the "perfect" spot. Of course it would move with the seasons too. Tuesday night Jo Paul, Gary and I went back to Stratford Road so Jo Paul could try a panorama. We waited patiently for the sun to set (8:01 pm) and got a few shots.

Plant Miller Sunset
Here the sun sinks behind a cooling tower at Plant Miller as it pumps power to Birmingham and Alabama. 

Birmingham Sunset
Once the sun was down, the sky sort of went purple and pink and the lights of the city started to come up. That's Plant Miller way off on the horizon to the left, still lighting the city (and cooling the interiors of all those buildings).

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

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