Sunday, August 20, 2017

Behind Sloss


Norfolk Southern Engine 9434 rumbles through Birmingham, Alabama at dusk.
Train at Dusk

The sun sets on Sloss.
Sloss



Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Fire Sinks Behind the City

Gary, JoPaul, and I went to the parking deck at 24th St. and 7th Ave. South based a tip a total stranger gave us a couple of weeks ago. It was one of the best locations in our sunset quest. You can get more of a sense of the skyline than up on Red Mountain.


Birmingham Before Sundown

Birmingham at Sundown

Birmingham After Sundown

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Birmingham Sunset

Gary and I spent a lot of weeks this spring chasing the perfect spot to get the sunset behind the Birmingham skyline, but never found the "perfect" spot. Of course it would move with the seasons too. Tuesday night Jo Paul, Gary and I went back to Stratford Road so Jo Paul could try a panorama. We waited patiently for the sun to set (8:01 pm) and got a few shots.

Plant Miller Sunset
Here the sun sinks behind a cooling tower at Plant Miller as it pumps power to Birmingham and Alabama. 

Birmingham Sunset
Once the sun was down, the sky sort of went purple and pink and the lights of the city started to come up. That's Plant Miller way off on the horizon to the left, still lighting the city (and cooling the interiors of all those buildings).

Friday, May 26, 2017

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Gary and I went to the Botanical Gardens on one of our recent outings. We were working on some of our macro skills, so the shots were all pretty close.


Prickly Pear Blossom in the Greenhouse
Prickly Pear


Columbine Tucked Away in the Herb Garden
Columbine


In the Rose Garden
Fading Rose


The Lily Pad Pond
Water Lily

Friday, April 21, 2017

Bluff Park Photo Shoot

The Tip Top Grill sits atop a large bluff on Shades Crest Road at the highest point in Jefferson County. It has a fantastic view of Shades Valley, so Gary and I went to try to get another sunset.
Tip Top Grill


The view from the Tip Top Grill can be fantastic, but when we went to shoot the sunset it was very hazy and the partly cloudy conditions quickly gave way to cloud cover that stretched all the way to Texas. No hope the sun would peak under the clouds and paint their bellies pink and orange. As a side, I wonder why the Tip Top Grill is only open for breakfast and lunch when a dinner view of the sunset over Shades Valley could be fantastic.
Tip Top Grill View


Years ago I lived near Bluff Park and would frequent this hardware store when I needed something for the house. They always seemed to have it, and there's not much better than just wandering around a really old fashioned hardware store.
Bluff Park Hardware Sign


The skinny aisles and floor to ceiling displays just make me want to go in and see what I might need.
Bluff Park Hardware Aisle

This sleepy wooden Indian stands outside On A Shoestring in Bluff Park. I guess he's chained there to keep him from wandering off, although he looks too tired to go far.

Sleepy Indian


Friday, April 7, 2017

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Sundown Birmingham

Birmingham developed based on mining, railroading, and steel.

Sloss Furnace, very near downtown, was still in operation when I moved here in 1971, belching fire into the night sky as I drove by on the First Avenue Viaduct. It's now a museum.
Birmingham Sundown

Birmingham also became a transportation center, and any night we're here shooting, the trains are constantly rumbling past.
Birmingham Sundown 2

As the sun goes down and the lights slowly come up, the nickname the Magic City seems to come to life for me.
Birmingham Sundown 3