With weather on everyone’s mind, I thought I’d share this from E.B. White, a man who truly had a way with words. If you don’t know who he is, he’s the author of the children’s classic, Charlotte’s Web. When talking about the first flakes of snow falling, he said,
“At first it was an almost imperceptible spitting from the gray sky…”
I love the way he put it – such a perfect way to describe this scene. This is how I want to write.
I didn’t get any pictures yesterday, but here are some pictures from February, 2015, when we had that “…imperceptible spitting..”.
And, if you haven’t seen the Snow video, an Adele parody by Mary Morris from Tennessee, you’ve GOT to watch it!
Photography Challenge Week Two
This week’s challenge was to capture a landscape. My plan was a walk at Red Mountain with Loretta. Since she gets so excited on walks, I find it’s usually best to use my cell phone instead of my Canon Rebel.
Even in bleak January there is always a view to be found outdoors. I wish I could capture the fresh air and the energy that even a short hike gives me. Just use your imagination while you view a few landscape shots.
Red Mountain ~ January, 2016
When I got home I went out in my backyard with the Canon and took some suburbscapes as well. Here’s one-
I got an extra surprise shot as a plane came in for a landing at the nearby Bessemer Airport.
If you missed week one, you can see it HERE. And if you’d like to read my take on unexpected moments in photography and life, such as the plane flying by, you can read HERE.
This post was inspired by Javacia Harris Bowser. You can read her post HERE. I decided to alphabetize my list – it’s the teacher in me. 🙂 Since she had a song in hers, I’m including one I love, too – Rainy Night in Georgia sung by Boz Scaggs.
- Back porch mornings
- BFF Cathy – we have known each other for over 40 years
- BOGO school supplies
- Bulletproof Coffee
- Discovering B’ham
- Freshly painted bathrooms
- Hiking at Red Mountain
- Husband of 36 years
- Loretta, my black lab
- Making my own schedule
- Microwaved pepperoni dipped in hummus (just ask me)
- Mom – my example and support
- My grandkids – I love both of them so much my heart aches
- My kids – four plus my DIL
- PackPoint app
- Pepper Place Market
- Prepping for Montana
- Rug from World Market
- Steak from the backyard grill
- The soft wind
- Toss pillows
- Writing letters
- Zumba videos
Grace’s Gap Overlook
Our first visit to Red Mountain this past Saturday was a success. By that I mean:
- We didn’t get lost
- We hiked 5 miles
- We met friendly volunteers coming and going
We liked it enough to be headed back today.
Besides being free to get in and having well-marked trails, Red Mountain also has some other plusses. There is a dog park which I hope to visit soon with Loretta. There are several activities (for a fee) for the more adventurous, such as The Zip Tour and the Adventure Tower, an 80-foot climbing tower for those with strong arm muscles. Discounts for the activities are available for groups.
On Saturday we went from the entrance to Grace’s Gap Overlook where you can get a view of Downtown B’ham. There is a picnic table there at the top, which will be good to know for next time. On our way back went out on the swinging bridge to the Rushing Rendezvous Treehouse.
Rushing Rendezvous Treehouse
- Bug spray is a good idea
- Bring water
- Bathrooms are porta-potties, so be warned
- Go early to beat the crowd on a Saturday
No, I’m not talking Dickens here. I’ve never been to London or France. But, I’m talking Jacksonville, Florida and Birmingham, Alabama. Two cities of the south , one dear to my heart and one growing on me.
Safe cracking in underground Jax
Before I left Jax, my BFF and I did as much exploring as we could. We’d both grown up there, but never knew there was a small underground tunnel downtown, originally built to transfer money between banks. And now I know B’ham has walkable/drivable tunnels with lights.
Both cities have grand old theaters. The Florida Theater, a lovely art deco masterpiece, was where I saw many a performance, from The Nutcracker on field trips with my students, to Leo Kottke with my daughter, to Boz Scaggs, The Temptations and The Four Tops, and Loretta Lynn with my BFF. I have yet to visit the Alabama, but it’s high on my list. The cool thing is they were both built in 1927.
St. Johns River Railroad Park
The music scene flourishes in both cities, as well as Minor League baseball. There are lovely old buildings and modern ones, including a Wells Fargo in both as you can see in my pictures above. What Jacksonville has that Birmingham doesn’t is the St. Johns River flowing in it’s midst. But, B’ham has numerous well kept parks and more restaurants that attract people. The downtown doesn’t shut down at 5pm, as I discovered on Thursday when I met my #capturetheham group at Urban Standard for a walk-about in the area. I look forward to more downtown exploring in the months ahead!
Today we enjoyed a trip downtown. First we went back to Pepper Place, our first trip this season. There I bought some Strawberry Preserves from Jim Suttle of Mountain Meadows Farms. As an organic farmer, Mr. Suttle knows how to “make lemonade out of lemons”. He uses no pesticides, so when this year’s strawberry crop had problems because of the excess rain, he salvaged some of the berries to make preserves. I then visited Red Rubin Nursery where I got a Chocolate Mint plant and some advice on how to keep it alive.
After a few more purchases, we went on the Magic City Art Connection at Linn Park. There we found a huge selection of art for every taste. Some favorite artists were Marcus Ryan, Walt Stricklin, and Rick & Linda Bachman, Sarah Bean and Julie Schwarz.
Out last stop was the Birmingham Public Library where we happily stumbled upon a book sale! I got two: Once there Was a War by John Steinbeck and The 38 Most Common Fiction Writing Mistakes which held a sweet surprise – a letter to someone named Sarah. I love when I fall upon such treasures. I once found a baptismal certificate and a photograph from the 1940s in a book I bought at a different library’s sale.
The rain held off while we were out, so all in all it was a good day!