Thursday, February 28, 2013

Park Model

I've shown several photos of Riverfront Park and the riverwalk recently,
 but here is the model for the whole project. At top is the old warehouse
 that is under major renovation for the amphitheater. 

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Getting Ready for Guests

We're celebrating the letter G over at ABC Wednesday
 as Selma hotels and motels GET ready for GUESTS
 this weekend due to the annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee.

We hear that the vice president is coming, and if so,
 then the national news media can't be far behind! 

So, let's hope they don't GARBLE the truth about our town!
 Back in 2000, when President Bill Clinton came for the 35th anniversary,
 I read one article from an out-of-state writer who complained
 that Selma's storefronts looked out of if they
 were from the previous century! Well, they ARE from the previous century,
 and merchants worked hard back in the 1980s to remove
 unattractive modern metal facades and return the buildings to their
 original, architecturally beautiful appearances.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Brokenhearted Wife

We don't know who S.B. McC. was, but this simple tombstone in
 Confederate Circle at Old Live Oak Cemetery was erected
 by his broken-hearted wife. 

Thanks to guest photographer Kathy Prince for this photograph!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Budding Azaleas

It's still a long way until Spring, but some of the azaleas
 in Old Live Oak Cemetery just can't wait!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Touch of Pink

There's a touch of pink along the riverbank, thanks to the persistence
 of these roses on the terrace behind the St. James Hotel.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Late Morning at the Riverwalk

Shadows are bold along the riverwalk in late morning,
 but I was thankful for a sunny day!
 In the background on the high bank is the St. James Hotel.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Picture Window

Here's yet another way to photograph the Edmund Pettus Bridge...its reflection
 in the windows of the Selma Interpretive Center across the street. 

Those bright clouds show up well as does an interior chandelier inside the lobby. 

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Where's the Grass?

"Where's the grass?"

It's about a month away if the cows will quit breaking
 through the fence to graze it before it's ready!

Rurality Blog Hop #3

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Work at the Old Warehouse

We're blogging the letter "F" this week over at ABC Wednesday,
 and the FUTURE of this old warehouse came to mind.  

Work progresses on the building, and someday in the FUTURE, 
it will be part of the Riverfront Park Amphitheatre scheduled
 for completion by early 2014. 

Meanwhile, I'm not sure about the FUTURE of this FACADE since it seems
 clearly marked for "No Patching, Future Demo." Does that mean
 the wall is marked for demolition? Time will tell!  

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Antiquing with Elodie

This year's Selma Pilgrimage guests are invited to Antiquing with Elodie,
 a luncheon in an historic home on Dallas Avenue.The lunches on March 15 and 16
 will include a menu of chicken salad, turkey/ham sandwich or grilled chicken salad.

Elodie (whose fine memorial is in Old Live Oak Cemetery) was  President Abraham Lincoln's 
sister-in-law. Born in Kentucky in 1840, Elodie Breck Todd met her future husband,
  N.H.R. Dawson, while visiting a sister in Selma. It is said that she and her sister
 smuggled medicines and other supplies to the South after visiting Mary Todd Lincoln
 at the White House. Elodie was active in other efforts for the Southern Cause,
 including raising funds for the Confederate monument that stands in the same cemetery.
 She died while only in her 30s, and her husband, who served as a Confederate officer
 and later as U.S. Commissioner of Education, memorialized
 his beloved Elodie with this monument.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Sunday, February 17, 2013

An Old Weathered Cross

There are many crosses in Old Live Oak Cemetery, but this one escaped
 my notice until a few days ago. This old weathered cross stands atop 
what I call the angel monument in the Jones plot. 

The cross is the universal symbol of Christianity, and the hymn,
 "The Old Rugged Cross," is surely one of my favorites.  

On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suffering and shame;
And I love that old cross where the dearest and best
For a world of lost sinners was slain.

So I'll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

50 Years Exhibit

Where were you in 1963?

The Birmingham Story Traveling Exhibit that covers 50 years 
of the Civil Rights Movement opened at the George P. Evans Reception Center 
this week. The free event features video documentaries from several cities
 including Selma, displays of Life and Time magazine covers, segregated water fountains,
a  Birmingham police uniform, lunch counter and newspapers. 

The exhibit stays in Selma until March 4 and will also travel to Washington D.C., Montgomery, Memphis, Jackson, Miss.; Memphis and Columbia, S.C.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Bridge over High Waters

Nearing flood stage after seven inches of rain since Sunday,
 the Alabama River in Selma made the railroad bridge appear
 a bit short by Wednesday. Even after four days 
of nearly constant rain, the skies still threatened. 

Click HERE to see how high the bridge stands when the river level is normal. 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

It's a Heart Thing

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched.
 They must be felt with the heart."
     ~ Helen Keller (1880-1968) 

Happy Valentine's Day!

The artwork is done on slate from an old roof and is on display

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Enchanted Street

It's "raining" Spanish moss on this Selma street!

Really, you have to watch for falling Spanish moss along the sidewalk,
 but that's just part of what makes Old Town so ENCHANTING.

Linking to ABC Wednesday where E is the Letter of Week

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Pastels of Lauderdale

Spring seems to have sprung on Lauderdale Street, and the pink blooms 
of the Japanese Magnolia do themselves proud
 against the mint green house and turquoise sky. 

This is the Ware-Baker-Jones House that was built around 1859
 and became Grace Hall in 1985. Today, it once again is under restoration. 

View more "tulip tree" blossoms over at Selma, Ala., Daily Photo's Facebook Page.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Ford Aflame

Excuse me...but your Ford is on fire!

This is a no-miss photo op, and if this vehicle could talk, I would love to hear its story!

You can view a picture of the whole vehicle at my Selma, Ala., Daily Photo Facebook Page.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Mid-Winter Cruise

Selma basked in warm sunshine on Saturday, and the spring-like weather 
not only brought bicycles to the sidewalks but at least one boat to the river. 

Saturday, February 9, 2013

The Ultimate Mardi Gras Wreath

Beads, baubles, jesters, masks and drapery tassels?

This front-door wreath has a little of everything that spells Mardis Gras.

I'm wondering who makes these wreaths and why Selmians are decorating
 for the occasion! Several homes on Lapsley Street are decked out this year. 
Apparently, this isn't just a coastal thing anymore!

Notice the reflections of the sidewalk trees in the entry glass! That's decorative too! 

Friday, February 8, 2013

King of Mardis Gras

I am "nominating" this house and yard as "King of Selma's Mardis Gras Decorations."

The people that own this house just know how to decorate, 
and I love this color blue for the gate and door decor.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

EvMarie's Cupcakery

Valentine's Day is just a week away, and EvMarie's Cupcakery
 on Washington Street offers an alternative to flowers and candy.
How about a chocolate cupcake with sprinkled frosting
 and an "I Love You" lollipop on top?

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Sturdivant Rose Garden

Roses are practically a year-round treat at Sturdivant Hall.

I took this photo last fall, and the gazebo surrounded 
by rose bushes is a popular spot for pictures. 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Selma Interpretive Center

 is housed in this renovated 1880 building on the corner of Broad Street and Water Avenue.
Formerly People's Bank & Trust, the structure's Italianate style
 is demonstrated by the arched windows and curved corner.
 Originally, it also had a two-story, wraparound cast-iron gallery. 
After housing numerous businesses including a hardware store,
 law offices and insurance offices, boards were removed 
from the windows in  2010 for its renovation as the regional
 civil rights visitor center operated by the National Park Service. 

Monday, February 4, 2013


Snowdrops are here, and I've read that sometimes this early spring flower
 doesn't even wait for the snow to melt before they pop up from the ground.
 The snow thing doesn't really apply here, however, but it's nice to see
 these beacons of warmer days by early February!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

February Theme Day, Umbrellas

"Umbrellas" is the theme for February over at City Daily Photo Blogs, 
and while I could have snapped open umbrellas in torrential rain
 this past week, I chose an umbrella that shields the sun.

The bright yellow umbrella is from Selma's Plantation Patterns
 and is located in Phoenix Park on Water Avenue. The photo was taken
 in 2011 during the park's grand opening. 

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Selma Navy Yard Monument

When you visit the Old Depot Museum, be sure and check out
 the monuments on the property.

This one marks the site of the Selma Navy Yard and Ordnance Works,
 which were destroyed in the  Battle of Selma, April 1865. The inscription
 further reads that some of the largest cannon used during
 the War Between the States were cast here, and the Battleship Tennessee 
and other gunboats that took part in the 1864 Battle of Mobile Bay
 were built here. 

Friday, February 1, 2013

Ice Cream Parlor Autographs

If it's February, then it must be time for sweets and hearts! 
There are plenty of sweets at the Sweet Advantages Ice Cream Shop
 on Lauderdale Street and plenty of customers' autographs too!