Thursday, August 25, 2016

Birmingham From Above

A few weeks ago, as I was having a look at my city from high atop the Pizitz Building, my camera zeroed in on the rooftop of the Kress Building ( 1896). When I was growing up, Kress was a "five and dime store." I"m happy to see it find new life in downtown! Much more to come.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sunday Church Series - Reflections

This is my church, Independent Presbyterian Church in Birmingham. I was lucky enough to be here late in the afternoon to help with a beautiful wedding. The afternoon sun coming through our amazing stained glass windows caught my eye.

Today I'm joining James' Weekend Reflections right HERE. Go and see the other great shots by my blog friends!

Thursday, August 18, 2016


Yesterday I FINALLY visited Kathy Whitfield's beautiful garden for photographs. She's known around Birmingham and Dahlia Society circles as "The Dahlia Lady". She most certainly is! She assured me that in a few weeks there would be more and I was welcome to come back. You can take that to the bank.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

A Vision For Downtown Birmingham

Meet Tom Walker, Bayer Property's Project Manager for the soon to be completed renovation of the historic Pizitz Building. Tom has become my new best friend. Since last February, he has cheerfully and patiently walked me all over that building, floor by floor, by floor,  as I photographed the old before it becomes new again. We both laugh now when as I leave, I always say something like, "Tom, I'm sure I have enough photos, and this will be my last trip." Well, we've played that game 6 times so far, and who knows, I might sweet talk my way inside one more time. A huge thank you to Tom, Bayer Properties and Brasfield & Gorrie for allowing me to document the past history of this over 100 year old treasure in downtown Birmingham.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Birmingham Blue

Wandering around the historic Pizitz Building, now in the home stretch of renovation, I spotted this. I was attracted to the contemporary installation featuring graphic black boxes along with the watery transparent blue color.  The Brasfield & Gorrie guys, well they see vents wrapped in blue plastic. I like my story better.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Urban Steeples

The beautiful First Presbyterian Church in downtown Birmingham. I love it's classic design and the fact that this is a very caring congregation that is a vital part of our downtown community doing such wonderful outreach.
First Presbyterian Church
2100 4th Avenue North
Birmingham AL 

Friday, July 29, 2016

Days Gone By

This summer, I've photographed the Thomas Jefferson Hotel ( built in 1929), which is currently under renovation. Windows in the grand old ballroom at some point were painted over. With the renovation complete, it will be restored to an elegant event venue. Stay tuned!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Music To My Ears

It's no secret that I love getting down to the Pepper Place Market on Saturday mornings. I love the bustle of the crowds, seeing farmers, bakers, artists and artisans who I know from year to year, getting bags full of fresh Alabama veggies, and hearing the music of the local musicians. I caught this guy as I was heading to my car. I apologize for not getting the name of his group. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Designer Radishes

A trip to the Pepper Place Market is always a learning experience. Who knew about watermelon radishes? I didn't taste them but they are so beautiful, when cut, who could resist buying a bag full?

Friday, July 22, 2016

Popsicle Series II

Meet my little buddy Dewey. Dewey is a sweet neighbor, and Wednesday, I spotted him enjoying the sticky patriotic pop at the IPC Day School's summer program. The popsicle truck came by and everyone was slurping down their fast melting popsicles! Messy faces were a given.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Popsicle Series I - Mmmmmmm

When I decided to move my blog from Birmingham Alabama Daily Photo to Birmingham Through My Lens, it was to give myself some creative space to share photos with you when and if I felt I had something of interest. I always wanted to be able to do a little series now and again. Well it's summer in Birmingham and hot as hades. I've found some really cute kiddos cooling themselves off with icy treats and will share for a few days. I hope you enjoy!

Today, we visit the Pepper Place Market. There are several popsicle vendors there every Saturday and they do a booming business!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Lazy Days of Summer

I visit my friend Ginger's beautiful garden every few weeks as I'm doing a year long project for her. It's hard to stay on task when that hammock is beckoning!

Saturday, July 16, 2016