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Can I Use Your Phone

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***** We still have a pay phone at the US Post Office in Phenix City. Not sure if I works. I didn't want to put any money in and find out. No one to call anyway! Kids were at work and Tom was with me. No phone book though. *****

Kat

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***** As you can see, she was rolling in the grass pile. *****

The Ghost of Tandy Key

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***** The ghost of Tandy Key has been haunting Salem, AL since 1853. He was an avid gambler and he loved to play cards. He also was fond of the moonshine common in these parts of the state. He died at the young age of 24, although in the mural at the Old Salem Antique (below), he appears to be much older; must have been the drink! His official cause of death is unknown, but many speculate that he drank himself to death. Another theory is that he was murdered after a fight during a card game. ***** Because of his love of cards, Tandy told his family that a table be erected over his grave so he could play cards in the afterlife. On the warmest nights of the year, you can drive past the old cemetery and see the misty figures of the card players. People have also recounted tales of hearing shuffling cards and the clanking of glass bottles, and sometimes the smell of vomit. *****
***** The inscription on his grave read: Remember man as you pass by, As you are now, so once was I. As I a…

Campus Reflections

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***** Looking at the TSYS campus and the Mott House from Pheninx City. Taken last fall. The Campus buiding is reflected in the river and the Mott house and parking deck are reflected in the Campus glass. TGIF everyone. *****

Thistle

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***** found in the Salem Methodist Cemetery And you thought it was a weed... ***** In the language of flowers, the thistle (like the burr) is an ancient Celtic symbol of nobility of character as well as of birth, for the wounding or provocation of a thistle yields punishment. ***** The thistle has been the national emblem of Scotland since the reign of Alexander III (1249–1286) and was used on silver coins issued by James III in 1470. It is the symbol of the Order of the Thistle, a high chivalric order of Scotland. It is found in many Scottish symbols and as the name of several Scottish football clubs. The thistle, crowned with the Scottish crown, is the symbol of seven of the eight Scottish Police Forces (the exception being the Northern Constabulary). The thistle is also the emblem of Encyclopedia Britannica, which originated in Edinburgh, Scotland. *****

Saxaphonetain

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When I was in Auburn, I stopped at this really terrific garden center called 'Blooming Colors'. They sell the requisite plants, but also unique fountains, benches, swings, and other garden ephemera. How about this fountain for the musician in the family.

St George [Island], Florida

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***** I am playing fast and loose with my interpretation of the national theme day theme "St. George". So please forgive me; I mean no disrepect. This shot is looking toward the mainland from the St. George Light; the tallest structure on the island. We were here for a week in 2010 searching for a location for my son's wedding. His fiance spent alot of time here growing up and she wanted a beach wedding. Because my husband and I had never been there, we went on a recon mission.
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We found the island to be pleasant and family friendly. It is low on the tourist radar and continues to be a place where families vacation for a week or a month. Families tend to come here for generations and pass down their beach homes. The wedding, a year later on April 30th,  was on the beach and wonderful, although planning was a bit stressful planning from 250 miles away from home. We had a great time. In fact, it was the last time my Dad was able to make the drive south to see us. It…

Salem Antique Mall

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***** I took a drive out to Auburn, AL on Sunday. On my way I stopped at the Salem Antique Mall to get a shot of their mural for reasons to be disclosed later this week. The couple that own this shop, have built this nice little house right next door. They also own a Civil War era cabin right next door. I love the stone facade and the red doors. The white chairs in the foreground are a bit blown out because of the bright sun. If you are looking for old signage, this is the place. He has just about everything you can think of. *****

Final Roll at Toomer's Corner

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I drove out to Auburn University today. I am not an alumnus of the university, but the 'rolling of the live oaks' at Toomer's Corner has been an Auburn tradition for as long as we have had toilet paper to roll. A couple of years ago, a University of Alabama fan had the grand idea of poisoning the oaks. He was so proud of what he did, he bragged about it and was arrested. ***** ***** After two years of trying to save the trees, the University decided there was noting they could do. The gentleman who poisoned the trees is still awaiting trial. His trial venue was recently changed because his attorneys feared he would not be able to get a fair trial in Lee County. They are probably right. ***** ***** A few weeks ago, Auburn University announced that it would have a final 'rolling of the oaks' on April 20th. From pictures that I saw of the event yesterday, they had a pretty good turnout. Normally, they would have started cleaning up the trees early in this morning, b…

Eli Stoud Cemetery, Salem, Alabama

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***** A co-worker came to work Friday and told me about an old cemetery near her home in Salem, AL. She knows that I like to get out and take photos and told me about it thinking I might want to take some shots. At some point during the morning, she remembered the name of the cemetery and looked it up on Google. We were both surprised to learn that this familhy plot at the crossroads of Lee Roads 246 and 179 has a haunted history. ***** But before I tell you about the supernatural sighting, I have to tell you a bit about Eli. He was born in 1789 and died in 1871 and was an avid sportsman. He married 3 times; his first wife and young child were killed in 1818 by rampaging Upper Creek Indians who were hostile toward white men moving into the territory while visiting friends. During the massacre, Eli managed to sneak out of the house and hide in the woods until the Indians moved on and eventually made his way to his home 20 miles away. Devastated by the loss of his family he lived in s…

Roma

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I'm taking a trip down memory lane today. Last fall we went to Italy and I was surprised by the abundance of fountains. We drink a lot if water and it was nice to not have to buy gallons of bottled water. And the water was good. This fountain is in Vatican City.

100,000

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I almost missed it.

Haunted Victorian

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Wildflowers or Weeds?

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***** I guess that depends on your perspective. If you are Tom, they are weeds, the scourge of his existence and his desire to have a weed-free, golf-course green yard. To my son, they are headaches and a perpetually stuffy nose in the spring and fall. If you are me, you can see their beauty and appreciate them for what they are. They are resilient. They are survivors. They look the Tom's of this world in the eye and say 'screw you, I'm not going anywhere. Better luck next time, sucker!'  ***** I read the story of Carlos Arrendondo today. The pain he's suffered is unimaginable and brought tears to my eyes, but he is resilient like the wildflowers; as are the rest of us Yanks. To all you who try to put us down, I say 'screw you, we aren't going anywhere.' ***** I'll get off my soapbox now. *****

Blossoms

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***** Not sure if these are cherry blossoms or if this is some other flowering tree, it only matters that spring appears to be pushing off the drab colors of winter.  ***** My thoughts and prayers are with the families who are suffering or in pain after the tragedy in Boston.  *****

Roofers in the Neighborhood

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There are a lot of new roofs in the neighborhood this week. We had a hail storm on March 18th that did a lot of damage.

I think we were the first house to have the work done, but because I had to work I could not get a shot of the crew or the work. It took about three days and we used a local company, not one of the storm chaser crews. So today I show you a shot of the work being done on my neighbors roof. Makes for a noisy Saturday morning.


This is my new roof. I really like the architectural shingles.

Sunset from the Walmart Parking Lot

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***** I finally broke down and went to get some groceries. FYI, I really dislike grocery shopping! But this is the site that greeted me as I was walking to my car. I have to say I like my iPhone for the convenience factor. *****

City Mills

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No longer a dam here so I guess it is just City Mills. It's a beautiful day after a stormy night. TGIF everybody.

Wedding Venue

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***** The wedding took place at a private residence at the Backwaters in Alabama on Lake Oliver. The homeowner had several vignettes that made for an interesting photo shoot. We didn't need any props, had we had to do was look around for inspiration. This is a shot looking out from the bar toward the lake. Did I mention that we had beautiful weather?   ***** P.S. I still have not been able to discover the reason for the blue water in the fountains. *****

Blue Fountain

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***** The water in the Uptown fountains is blue today. I tried to find out the significance of the blue water; watched the news, read the newspaper, but no luck. But I did have my phone, so I took a shot to share today. I think it is quite pretty. I also have a short video clip. ***** *****

Light on the Leaves

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After all the shooting on Saturday and culling through photos yesterday and today, I could not make it any further than my backyard for a shot today. This is the recently planted columbine; I think this one is going to keep me!

Our First Bride

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***** This is Melissa and Craig. They have the honor of being our first bride and groom. I tell you what, I have a new found respect for anyone who shoots weddings. It's a tough job and I do not know if I will do it again, but it was an interesting experience. *****

Shoreline Grill

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***** Specializing in seafood and frogs legs in particular. In the area called the Backwaters, this was the location for the rehearsal dinner. Food was good, but service was slow. Probably had something to do with the group size. Hope you are having a great Saturday. *****

Tools

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***** Tools of the artistic trade. Did you know that buying paint brushes is like an addiction. Whenever you get within sight distance of the local craft or art supply store, you are drawn to enter and buy. You really can't stop yourself. You can always justify the purchase; this one is a little stiffer, this one is looser, this one has a sharp edge, this one is 'thirsty'. Anyway, this is a small bit of my collective brush addiction. We are at the Wedding Rehearsal this afternoon and the wedding tomorrow. I finally received the shot list today. I will report back on Sunday to tell you how it turned out. Have a great weekend everyone. *****

Columbine

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***** From Wikipedia: Aquilegia is a genus of about 60-70 species of perennial plants that are found in meadows, woodlands, and at higher altitudes throughout the Northern Hemisphere, known for the spurred petals of their flowers. ***** The genus name Aquilegia is derived from the Latin word for eagle (aquila), because the shape of the flower petals are said to resemble an eagle's claw. The common name columbine comes from the Latin for dove, because the inverted flower resembles to five doves clustered together. Personally, I think they are more swan-like. *****

Love is in the Air

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And it is never as easy as it looks. We have been practicing spelling 'love' with sparklers. That stick on the left is the bride, or the groom. She or he will also be holding a sparkler to make it look as if he or she spelled the word. TOM will be wearing darker clothes so we won't have so much ghosting. We have a couple more days to practice...well one more day. The rehearsal is on Friday night. *****

Bird's Eye View

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***** This is Kitty. Our cats love to go up on the roof. I would like to check out her view, but am not graceful enough to follow her up. I was goofing around and was actually surprised to see that she is in relatively good focus! *****

Theme Day - Pedestrians Crossing

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***** At the recent Color Me Rad event. This couple is watching the action, but staying out of the line of fire. The corn starch was very fine and landed just about everywhere so I am sure they still collected the fine red powder on their clothes. Additionally, it (the cornstarch) sucked the moisture right out of you. The money raised was donated to the Children's Miracle Network. ***** This is my contribution to this month's theme at CDP. Follow this link to see more examples and interpretations of the theme. *****