Thursday, October 1, 2015

October Theme Day: SHELTER

The picnic shelters at Paul Grist State Park have shaded many people,
 both at picnics or just to sit and enjoy the lake and playground. 

Unfortunately, the park, also with four others in Alabama
 that have been deemed unprofitable, will close by Oct. 15 due to budget cuts.

 Located in the "panhandle" of Dallas County, the park is not easily accessible
 from a major highway, but it surely is a respite for those who like 
to "get away from it all." We have swam, picnicked and hiked here,
 not to mention the many photography opportunities!

The park also once served as the site of the Grist YMCA Camp. 

Linking to City Daily Photo Blogs October Theme Day: SHELTER

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Family Fun Day at Grist State Park

FAMILY FUN Day at Grist State Park drew a crowd last weekend.
 FOLKS came to enjoy FISHING, peddle boats, swimming, hiking, archery, 
a raptor demonstration, local barbecue and more.

 The park is located about 10 miles north of Selma
 and is a beautiful place to enjoy the outdoors.  

Thanks to guest photographer Christine Weerts!

Linking to ABC Wednesday
where the Letter of the Week is F

Friday, July 31, 2015

First Full Moon

It's Skywatch Friday, and July graced us with two full moons.
 This is the first one taken on July 1. The second full moon,
 called a blue moon, occurred early this morning but wasn't visible
 at my house at 5 a.m.

Linking to Skywatch Friday

Thursday, July 30, 2015

(Signs, Signs) Kittens at Junebugg's

So how can a cat lover resist a face as sweet as this one??

It seems that one of our local veterinary clinics has kittens for sale 
at Junebugg's! A beautiful long-haired grey kitten found its adoptive family
 while I was there, and several other adorable felines are available.
 If you prefer an older kitten, Junebugg's has a few of those too!
 Just ask to see them!

Linking to Signs, Signs

Monday, July 6, 2015

Thursday, July 2, 2015

The World-Record Stokes Alligator

What is 15 feet, nine inches long, weighs 1,011.5 pounds
 and used to reside in the Alabama River?

It's Wilcox County's own world-record Stokes Alligator, caught last August 
by Mandy Stokes and her team from Thomaston. The team included 
her husband, brother-in-law and his two teens. The gator is on display
 at the Central Alabama Farmers Co-op in Selma through July.

Two years ago, the co-op hosted the state-record Fancher Alligator, 
also caught in Wilcox County, which you can see HERE.

Linking to Signs, Signs

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Pettus Bridge 75th

I was there for the 50th anniversary
 of the Selma-to-Montgomery Voting Rights March.

 I was there for the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Selma.

And I was there for the scheduled 75th anniversary
 of the opening of the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

State Tourism Director Lee Sentell (pictured taking a picture) was there
 yesterday too. So was a lady from Valley Grande, but no one else came!

 We hadn't heard that the city canceled the ceremony  earlier in the day,
 apparently due to stormy weather. But by 5:30 p.m., the sun shone perfectly
 on the north face of the bridge. Crepe myrtles bowed their blossoms,
 and The Songs of Selma Park treated us to its summer best!
All was not lost. We took plenty of pictures!

The bridge was designed by Henson K. Stephenson and opened in May 1940.
The ceremony had been delayed until June. 

Friday, June 19, 2015

Summer in the Park

That blue sky is inviting, but summer is a bit too hot
 for much midday walking in Riverfront Park,
Wait until late afternoon, and it's a nice stroll by the Alabama River.
 The new amphitheater is the red building at the far left.

Linking to Skywatch Friday

Monday, June 15, 2015

Posy Pillow

I am loving my posy pillow made by Earthquake Pottery!

It's designed for tiny things, such as a child-size, fist full of wildflowers
 or clover or in this case, mint leaves and miniature zinnia-like blossoms. 
 Holes in the top make it perfect for little blooms.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Closer to Completion

Selma's Riverfront Park Amphitheater is closer to completion
 with the first big event , a music and arts festival. scheduled on Labor Day. 

The stage is still under construction, and the red building
 in back is a former warehouse.

Linking to Skywatch Friday


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