Forgive my absence! I've just returned from a fabulous 8 days in my beloved Paris. I'm weary but have so many photos and good memories. If you'd like to see those, please visit Paris Through My Lens.
Meanwhile back in Alabama, cotton picking season has just past. I found this photo taken at a cotton field at Auburn University a few years ago. I'm a city girl in a cotton field is a sight to behold!I think cotton bolls are very photogenic.
The Forest Park neighborhood is delighted to welcome our newest business, Shoppe, to the Clairmont Avenue area. Owners John Draper and Mark Thompson have transformed the existing house into a charming garden and gift shop featuring soaps, Danish handmade tapers, gardening supplies and gorgeous pots and containers. Outside in the greenhouse, a delicious array of plants and topiaries. I will be back to shop for gifts and more photos!
Recently my friend Matt and I visited Sweet Seasons Farm in Valley Head, AL. The Mannings have a beautiful home surrounded with pastures for their sheep, plus a lovely wedding and event venue. Of course we had to explore the barn and the assorted buildings housing chicks, puppies, geese and this interesting wall of horseshoes collected from near and even Europe!
The Friends of Triangle Park, in my Forest Park neighborhood, donated funding to make this the sweetest little park. It's got a secure playground and wide open grassy area for running and playing. The picnic tables and benches are adorned with these handmade tiles by families who cared enough to make this park a year round favorite for our community.
Last Friday, my photo buddy Matt and I drove up to Valley Head AL to Sweet Seasons Farm. Thank you Paulette Manning for a warm welcome and tour around your beautiful farm and event venue. These shadows knocked me out.
I slipped out a side door at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens' Antiques in the Gardens on Sunday afternoon. The rain slacked off, and I was able to catch this pretty waterfall in a small courtyard. Yes, it's October and Birmingham is still warm and humid and GREEN!
Thank you to all my friends near and far who inquired about our safety here in Birmingham as Hurricane Nate blew through. Thankfully we escaped with just some rain and wind on Sunday. We are grateful but still heartsick for the many still suffering from the past hurricanes. Please give to relief efforts for all of the islands affected.
Yesterday, my photo buddy Matt Hunter and I trekked north to Sweet Season's Farm in Valley Head AL. I"ve been trying to get up there and meet Paulette and Richard Manning for over a year. Today I finally made it. What a beautiful farm and event venue. Planning a wedding? You might want to check out their website HERE. Paulette gave us the full tour and the geese honked, posed, then waddled off. More to come.
Yesterday, I paid a visit to Oak Street Garden Shop in Crestline Village. While snapping pumpkins, I looked up and spotted the light and shadows. Without the blue sky and clouds to give the viewer a sense of place, this BW comes across as an M.C. Escher!