Saturday, June 30, 2007
Friday, June 29, 2007
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Don't mind the bearded guy over in that truck. He's just looking at the cows, and I know he won't care if I get out for a few minutes. Besides, he'll never know. I promise not to follow him around.
Hey, where are you going? I thought you were my friend! C'mon back and talk to me!
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
These Red Simmental bulls stopped lounging in the shade and immediately headed toward the truck. They wanted a handout...range cubes to substitute for the lack of grass. This is the second consecutive summer that supplemental feed has been necessary.
Though a good two inches of rain fell the past couple of days, the drought will be around a long while...unless a tropical storm heads our way. That's about the only way a 15-inch thirst can be quenched.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Friday, June 22, 2007
A splash of color adds so much to background shrubbery. These pretty pink hanging baskets are enjoyed by residents and visitors of Cedar Hill Assisted Living Facility.
Oh! It looks as if Flopsy and Mopsy are running on home without Peter! Now what could that rascally rabbit be up to?
Thursday, June 21, 2007
We have arrived back at Sturdivant Hall, the antebellum mansion that is Selma's showplace. This room is one of the parlors and features Victorian furniture and an Oriental rug...very typical for the time as many furnishings were imported from Europe.
Hmmm, I wonder if the Ghost of John Parkman could be seated in the chair at the corner table or perhaps watching from the entrance hall. Shortly after we arrived, the great double front doors opened by themselves, and a breeze blew by...only our tour guide reminded us there was no breeze outside, just thick humidity that was as still as the angel statue over by the water garden. She greeted the moving air as if it was alive, even welcomed it!
Then she told us how the home's owner, bank president John Parkman, had been arrested during Reconstruction, something to do with speculating in cotton futures and losing the assets. He was taken to Cahaba Federal Prison and locked up as if he was a common criminal or heaven forbid, a ***Yankee! His young wife was left to manage the property and raise their two children. Their good name was tarnished. But friends worked out a plan. They would rescue Parkman by boat in the Alabama River, if he could just escape those walls and run for it!
He did escape! He did run for it! But he never made it to the boat. A guard shot toward him, and some say he died from the gunshot. Others say he just drowned in the river... so close, but just a few feet too far from freedom.
Now, a century and a half later, the ghost of John Parkman haunts Sturdivant Hall. But he holds no thoughts of evil. He just wanders the mansion looking for his long-lost family.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Though there were rain clouds ahead, this photo of U.S. Highway 80 west of Selma is a good representation of the current severe drought. Patches of green appear here and there, but notice the fields on both sides of the road. They are yellow/brown when they should be green. This picture was taken Sunday through the windshield of our truck just east of Marion Junction.
Monday, June 18, 2007
What easier way to begin a Monday than with cheerful morning glories! I found these trumpet-like beauties meandering in the dirt along a city street. Apparently, they are prolific wanderers, crawling across and climbing anything they can find.
In eras past and perhaps even now, they were used for culinary, medicinal and hallucinogenic purposes. Today, they are used as ornamentals.
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Roots were used to dye threads and cloth: pine=garnet; pine and sweetgum=Confederate gray; hickory bark and alum=green; sumac berries and walnut hulls=brown.
Wine was made from scuppernongs, sewing needles from cedar and white oak, and tea from huckleberry, black raspberry, blackberry and holly.
Dogwood berries contained a substitute for quinine. Prickly pear leaves were boiled with tallow to make candles, and hides were tanned with an oak bark solution. In "Memories of Old Cahaba," a book by Anna Gayle Fry, who lived in Cahaba during the Civil War, she writes:
Friday, June 15, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
This 1909 structure has housed offices of U.S. congressmen, the IRS, FBI, U.S. Department of Agriculture and of course, federal district court. All those offices aren't necessarily still there, but the courtrooms see use upon occasion. Its scales of justice have weighed evidence in drug trials, voting and mail fraud cases, voting district changes and the city's fight for the return of Craig Air Force Base land.
The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. The arch honors Selma's two U.S. senators, John Tyler Morgan and Edmund Winston Pettus, who both served Alabama at the same time.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Tombstones tell part of the story. While Cahawba and Dallas County were affluent prior to the War Between the States, its economy as a river port brought diversity and disease. Many inhabitants died of yellow fever.
This gravestone in Cahawba's "New" Cemetery marks the resting place of a young child. Although vandals broke many monuments, the artistry of the town's two stone carvers can still be seen. This cemetery dates to the 1850s.
Other cemeteries here include one that was used for slaves and later freedmen.
Still another burial ground memorializes Union prisoners who died at Cahawba Federal Prison. Their bodies were later moved, but names and regiments are listed on the markers.
Monday, June 11, 2007
Alabama's first permanent capital was at Cahawba, a town on the Alabama River about 10 miles downstream from Selma. The photo is of a poster inside the visitor center of Cahawba Archaeological Park, managed by the Alabama Historical Commission. Now a ghost town, Cahawba was devastated by repeated floods and other calamities. Its demise after the Civil War contributed to the rise of Selma. The poster shows our state's original capitol. The cupola on top was salvaged and today sits atop a church in Lowndesboro.
The park offers exploration of ruins, hiking and picnicking,
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Selma finally received a shower Friday afternoon, and we enjoyed an even better one on Saturday.
The tower, which serves emergency responders in Selma and Dallas County, is located next to the courthouse annex.
This photo was taken from the courthouse parking lot. A decorative lantern and white crape myrtle provide the foreground.
Saturday, June 9, 2007
Historically, the courthouse was the scene of voter registration drives and marches during the 1960's Voting Rights Movement.
Friday, June 8, 2007
They would certainly brighten my day if I had to take an exam!
for his help with improving my photo presentations).
Thursday, June 7, 2007
School is out for summer, but the grounds of the School of Discovery are like an oasis downtown. I love the courtyard atmosphere and how the building is framed by the trees. Enclosed on the left is the butterfly garden, and enclosed on the right are picnic tables and benches. The school is also the site of the Pickard Auditorium, which provides a stage and seating for large community events such as Tale-Telling Festival and Junior Miss.
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
This monument memorializes troops from Dallas County who died in both world wars but also gives special recognition to the campaign for Normandy and France. Both my father and father-in-law participated in this historic battle...my father in Britain who readied and repaired planes for the U.S. Army Air Corps (forerunner of the U.S. Air Force), and my father-in-law on bloody Omaha Beach, who served in the U.S. Army. They lived to return home, marry and raise families. I dedicate this post to them and to all the rest who lived and died that day.
The monument is located at Selma's Memorial Stadium.
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Crawlin’, crawlin’ like a spider,
Kudzu weaves its web of green.
Creepin’, sneakin’ ever wider,
Trappin’ trees in each ravine.
Reachin’, reachin’ towards the blacktop
Stalkin' all the cars that pass.
Can’t the guv’ment make it stop
‘Fore it strangles us en masse?
Kudzu grows everywhere, and here it is right in downtown Selma...on the river bank, through the fence and heading for the pavement.
Often called "the vine that ate the South," kudzu is not native to America. The government imported it from the Far East in the 1930s for erosion control. But the fast-growing plant took over like a tyrant...swallowing trees, gripping power poles, threatening ecosystems. It is very difficult to kill, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture officially declared it to be a weed in 1972.
Monday, June 4, 2007
It flew more than 7200 hours and 2.5 million miles. The plane was presented to the City of Selma March 4, 1964, and the display was erected at Memorial Stadium by Selma Squadron #288 AF Association.
The Air Force base was closed in the late 1970s by the Jimmy Carter Administration. Today, it is operated as an airport and industrial authority with a runway that can accommodate jets.
Sunday, June 3, 2007
No, it isn't Koolaid or some inexpensive wine. It's plain old tap water straight from the tanks of Selma Water Works.
The city has six wells and the capacity to pump 8 million gallons per day while average usage is about half that amount.
Saturday, June 2, 2007
The back wall behind The School of Discovery is a colorful mural. It depicts typical local landscapes and butterflies in flight. Selma is the Butterfly Capital of Alabama, and the school, which educates city sixth graders, is also the site of the Mallieve Breeding Butterfly Garden. The school includes several arts, music and technology programs geared specifically for young people who are about to enter junior high.
Friday, June 1, 2007
Bird feeder...birdbath...pot of petunias...perch places...
and shade from a crape myrtle tree...
But NO BIRDS!
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