Thursday, September 30, 2010

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Good Painting Weather

September has been a very dry month, and this corner building on Water Avenue is just one of many renovation projects going on downtown.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Which Way?

Which way are you headed?
The Chamber of Commerce, the library or the historic Brown Chapel church? Signs pointing the way are prominent throughout downtown Selma.

Monday, September 27, 2010

The Downtown Banner

Banners went up in downtown Selma recently as a promotion by the City of Selma and Selma-Dallas County Chamber of Commerce.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday, Shadow Play at the County Courthouse

Ever noticed the columns on the Dallas County Courthouse? They are part of the preserved section of the earlier structure. They're especially noticeable on sunny mornings when shadows like to play there.

More shadow shots are preserved by clicking the link below.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Summer Still Blooms

It's officially Fall, but summer still blooms. Our first frost should be weeks away!

Photo by Christine Weerts

Friday, September 24, 2010

Super Harvest Moon (Skywatch Friday)

The Super Harvest Moon hasn't been around in about 20 years, but it was spectacular as it introduced the Autumn of 2010.
(Photograph by Christine Weerts)

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Bridge is In

Selma's riverwalk now has a wooden bridge, and concrete sidewalks have  been poured all the way from Lafayette Park to the Old Depot Museum. So, it 's progress we can soon walk on!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Ceramics Artist at Work

Artist, harpist and retired schoolteacher Sally Jordan paints details on a ceramic bowl she's making at Selma's ceramics workshop. I love that soft blue color!

Photograph by Christine Weerts

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Goodbye Poles!

The utility poles on Water Avenue will soon be gone.
They are going underground!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Sounding the Shofar

Steve Grossman sounds the shofar on Saturday in accordance with Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement. The shofar, an instrument that has been around more than 5,000 years, is usually made from a ram's horn. In biblical times, it was used to announce a big event, and during Yom Kippur, to proclaim liberty throughout the land.

Photograph by Christine Weerts

Sunday, September 19, 2010

King David Window

The King David stained-glass window is one of several splendid depictions of Jewish leadership in Temple Mishkan Israel.

No longer active on a regular basis, the temple membership observed Yom Kippur this weekend.  

Photograph by Christine Weerts

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Speed Boating

The Alabama River was calm yesterday when I first heard, then saw a couple of speedboats racing toward the railroad bridge. Perfect day for a river outing!

Friday, September 17, 2010

(Skywatch Friday) Going Down

Going down...

The sun goes down in Dallas County and leaves a shimmering pastel sky.

Photograph by Christine Weerts

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Stretching the Web

It's the time of year when we wake up to find spider webs stretched from one end of the shrubbery to the other!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Relics of an Earlier Civilization

Arrowheads and broken pieces of pottery, evidence of the earlier Native American civilization, are common finds in our area. These pieces were discovered near the Dallas-Perry County line and are on display at the Old Depot Museum.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Late-Summer Lantana

Lantana can be lovely if it's kept cut back, but mine usually gets gangly by late summer. Guess I'll go get the pruning shears!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Happy Feet

Cool feet are happy feet and most especially when they have been running around at a party and are cooling off in a fountain.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

And the Band Played, Sang and Danced

The young, the old and the in between danced to the songs belted out by the lead vocalist at a local wedding reception on Saturday. This guy not only sang, but he occasionally jumped right out on the dance floor to show us how it's done!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Yellow Butterfly

These hardy little yellow butterflies of the Sulphur family flock to late summer flowers such as periwinkle. Soon, they will flutter around spider lilies, then be gone.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Columns of the Hotel Albert (Night View)

Here's a night view of the columns of the Hotel Albert. The hotel, which was modeled after the Doges Palace in Venice, Italy, was torn down in 1969, but part of the facade was saved and rebuilt in the courtyard of the Vaughan-Smitherman Museum. The hotel once stood where Selma City Hall is located.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Rosh Hashanah Service

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, was celebrated last night and this morning at Temple Mishkan Israel.

Steve Grossman (at the podium) led the Wednesday evening service which ended with apples and honey, a tradition signifying the hope for a "sweet" new year.

Photograph by Christine Weerts

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Viola Liuzzo Memorial

Unless you're specifically looking for this memorial, it's easy to miss.

Located on a high hill overlooking U.S. Highway 80 in Lowndes County, the marker pays tribute to Viola Liuzzo, a white civil rights worker who was murdered near Wrights Chapel Church in 1965. A sign pointing to the site is at the entrance.

The marker was placed here by women of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1991 on the section of highway known as the Selma-to-Montgomery Historic Trail.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

A Gracious Garden

Ahh, the temperature and humidity have moderated, and gardens are gracious again. This rose garden is on the grounds of Sturdivant Hall.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Honoring Our Laborers

There will be no mail today, and many U.S. workers have a day of rest in honor of Labor Day. Originally, the day was set aside in the 1890s as a reconciliation with the Labor Movement. Now, it is also seen as an end-of-summer holiday. I can remember when the Labor Day weekend truly was the end of summer for school children. We didn't start back to school until the day after Labor Day. How I wish that had been true for my children!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

September Gardenia

It seems that Selma is having a second spring this year or at least an extended blooming season! This gardenia was recently photographed by Christine Weerts.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Second -Time Bloomer

This Japanese magnolia is blooming, and it's the second time this year! It last bloomed in March during Selma's Spring Pilgrimage.

Photograph by Christine Weerts

Friday, September 3, 2010

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Ready for Some Football

High school football began last week, and Selma's Memorial Stadium is looking its finest as sprinklers water the thirsty field. This year, the field is brighter at night since the installment of new lights. The Selma High Saints are among teams who play here.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

September Theme Day, Open Air Markets

Riverfront Market Day fills Water Avenue with booths and shoppers for the annual October open market. This year's event, which features food, arts, crafts and music, will be October 9.

Please see more markets at this City Daily Photo blogs link.