Saturday, October 21, 2017

Dripping with Autumn Color

A stroll through Oak Street Garden Shop is a delight in the fall. So far, we still have very warm weather and now turning leaves, but this place is dripping with it. 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Close Only Counts in ....

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!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Made With Love

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.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Sweet Shadows

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.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Hurricane Sunday

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.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Loosey Goosey

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.

Monday, October 2, 2017

October is.....

Meet Frances, whom I call "Francy Pants". She's so full of spunk and personality! I had the good fortune to photograph her with her brother Hill a few weeks ago.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Escher Called...

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!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Boys And Their Stuff

Sometime, when I go for a shoot for one thing, I find a treasure when I leave. Boys and their stuff. I loved this.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017


Sometimes the best photos are just outside my apartment door. My neighbor, Sazerac is our vigilant watchman.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Sunset in the Ham

We don't have a showstopper NYC skyline, but we love it just the same.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Where Artists Create - Donna's Cast of Characters

These make me smile every time I see4 them. For more of Donna's delightful characters, please visit her Etsy Shop!  My apologies to Donna for the corny titles I gave her work. I hope to be forgiven.

A grate man is hard to find.

This guy doesn't fit the mold.

VJ: What is the inspiration for your work?

DSS: Humor and whimsy are the emotions that started me wanting to create my quirky assemblage sculptures. I'm influenced by folk art, masks and sculptures from different cultures, characters, and animals from movies and nature; and even by facial expressions and gestures that I see in other people.

The Red Feathered Woodpecker

VJ: If you could explore another medium, what would that be:

DSS: Just recently I started using driftwood to create my assemblage sculptures. Using driftwood gives my sculptures a more primitive and tribal look. This allows me to further explore and be inspired by art from a greater variety of world cultures.

Her brain is like a sieve. So is mine.