Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Union St. Marker Guards Confederate Graves


     Cement street markers like these were once all across Montgomery...this one marking the corner of Union Street and Genetta Street.
     At some point modern signs replaced the concrete posts.         
     Eventually those old signs were used to line some of the roads in Oakwood Cemetery in Montgomery.
     Whether by chance or planning, the Union Street marker ended up overlooking a field of confederate graves.

Sunday, July 12, 2020


Unusual color at sunset in Montgomery this Sunday night...


...after some storms cleared out.
Because of Covid (???) or the threat against confederate memorials, the entire capital building is surrounded by gates.
I shot these of the Confederate Memorial on the Capitol Grounds from the street.





The story behind the memorial is fascinating. And it takes on an entirely new meaning these days, with renewed questions about WHY there are so many memorials to the war against the United States.

Read about it HERE.















Monday, June 22, 2020

Online Exhibit



A half-dozen of my photos are included in a new monthly online display HERE.






As always, more in on exhibit at my photo gallery


 

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Big Tree Down

This tree was cut down at the corner of Hull And Felder in Montgomery on property owned by Trinity Presbyterian Church. The church recently landscaped the property.

      I'm betting the tree pre-dated the church--which was first built at the turn of the last century:

"In 1909, the Church moved from its downtown location to the rapidly growing Garden District south of the downtown area. A new sanctuary was completed on the corner of Hull Street and Felder Avenue in March 1913."... "In 1951, the Church and city were shaken when the Sanctuary burned. Two firemen were killed during the blaze. Much of the original structure was saved, however, and the Church quickly rebuilt the Sanctuary, employing the Georgian style of architecture.





The tree had some growth, but that may be an indication that the main trunk was dead, or dying.


Monday, May 11, 2020

Two-fer



Two historic Montgomery sites in one frame: the Greyhound Bus Station (Now The Freedom Rides Museum), and in the background, the site of the most deadly fire in city history...Dale’s Penthouse restaurant (now the Capitol Towers building). The fire on Feb. 7, 1967 killed 26 people.

(ABOVE) A match book from Dales, which also had a location in Birmingham. Fire investigators believe a discarded cigarette in the coat room started the blaze. 

Note a previous photo of mine caught the three locations of the Alabama Supreme Court...in the Capitol Building, in a building on Dexter (now encapsulated by an RSA tower) and in the current location across the street.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

All Fouls-Baseball MIA


For fans of The Montgomery Biscuits and of baseball itself, during this coronvirus shutdown, a mixed media piece in my gallery.

Saturday, March 7, 2020

"Worm" Full Moon on 3-7-2020


Lace & Light











     The view from inside a friend's home, through a beautiful lace curtain that serves the practical purpose of providing privacy, and the decorative purpose of beautifying the view on both sides of their front door.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

EJI's Lynching Memorial

Returned to the Montgomery memorial to African-American lynching victims over the weekend to escort a friend from Mobile.
Some of the sites:





"The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, which opened to the public on April 26, 2018, is the nation’s first memorial dedicated to the legacy of enslaved black people, people terrorized by lynching, African Americans humiliated by racial segregation and Jim Crow, and people of color burdened with contemporary presumptions of guilt and police violence. "


More Information HERE

 

 

Friday, February 14, 2020

My earliest photo

     This photo was taken about 1961, in the backyard of our home in Queens, New York.

     The hippo is, of course, a plastic toy. The "tree" is a weed. I must have added the water "Pond', though I don't remember it.



     Forty years or so later I took a similar "SFX" photo at the Gulf Coast, with a better result 😀.



Another shot from that day....making it more obvious how small the chair is:

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I was born in The Bronx, but have lived in Alabama since 1976. I semi-retired on April 30th, the 50th Anniversary of my first (radio) broadcast.