Saturday, October 31, 2009

Monsters in the Library

Just before Halloween every year, witches, ghosts and ghouls take up residence in the library!

They peer from every nook and cranny, even stationing themselves on the checkout desk in the children's wing.

Since I haven't been to the library recently, I reached back into last year's picture file and found a "Happy Halloween" photo for you.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Skywatch Friday, It's a Golden Day!

What could be more perfect than a gorgeous, golden sky to celebrate 100,000 visitors to the Selma, Ala., Daily Photo Blog!

It's Skywatch Friday, and this is the day my Selma blog reached that magic six-figure number. Thank you to all who have visited since I started this tribute to Selma, Alabama, USA. Site stats began on March 25, 2007, and this figure represents visitors only, not the additional number of page hits. I appreciate all your comments, emails and helpful suggestions.

Thanks also to those who graciously share their pictures and perspectives. Among the frequent guest photographers are Christine, Jacque and Elaine.

Today's photograph was contributed by Christine Weerts.

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Pound Cake and Sweet Potato Pie

I was excited this morning when I saw a picture of "The Sweet Potato Pie Lady" posted by a Facebook friend on my news feed. Then I remembered I had a photo of her too! I took this picture at the Selma Flea Market last year. She's holding one of her homemade pound cakes, and on the table below are some of her big, thick slices of sweet potato pie.

According to my FB friend, Mrs. Davis sells baked goods every Saturday at Booth 48. I bet her goodies sell fast!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Dinner with Jeffrey

The table in the window of Butler-Truax Jewelers is set for dinner with the "spirits" of Selma. Guests include Jeffrey, the ghost that resides at the home of Kathryn Tucker Windham, noted storyteller and author.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Tepee at the Pumpkin Patch

We're back at St. Paul's Episcopal Pumpkin Patch for a view of the tepee. Notice the wooden cross in its center, and in the left background, there's the butterfly sculpture. The sculptures were unveiled a year ago, and many are still gracing Selma's corners and courtyards.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Carter's Fall Display

Continuing with Selma's downtown autumn decorations, we arrive at Carter Drug Co. and its cute, colorful window boxes. Click on the photo for a larger version and notice the pumpkin stands near the entrance.

Photograph by Christine Weerts

Saturday, October 24, 2009

The Scarecrows Three

Downtown Selma is dressed for autumn! Scarecrows, hay bales, leaves and pumpkins are everywhere as businesses get into the harvest season. These scarecrows three happily welcome you to Butler Truax Jewelers on Broad Street.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Skywatch Friday, Blue with Red Maples

The best thing about going to the dentist the other day was the weather! We finally got the October treat of a clear blue sky and crisp red maples.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Pick Your Pumpkin!

Come and pick your pumpkin at the St. Paul's Episcopal Pumpkin Patch!

This annual fall fling raises funds for missions and offers pumpkins for sale and activities for children. On Wednesday, a group from Morgan Academy entered the courtyard and enjoyed pumpkin decorating, pumpkin lessons, stories and face painting.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


Here's how the Pettus Bridge and Selma look from a rising river on a chilly, windy day. This picture was taken from The Phoenix riverboat owned by Queen City Cruises. The boat is boarded downriver at the City Marina.

Photograph by Chad McEachern

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Selma's Bluff

Selma is built on a high soapstone bluff with many of its Water Avenue buildings constructed all the way down to the river. From the middle of the Alabama, you are looking through and over the Pettus Bridge. The building in the background is The Selma Times-Journal newspaper office. Because of the bluff and the way the river bends here, downtown Selma has never flooded.

Photograph by Chad McEachern

Air Bed

One of our cats found the perfect spot to "air out," and take a nap, the top of our outdoor air conditioning unit.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Peppers 'n Gourds

The fire escape at the old Tremont School is going green with peppers 'n gourds.

I don't know who planted the vines, but the building, which once housed the high school, is a property of the Selma-Dallas County Historic Preservation Society.

Photograph by Jacque Johnson

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Bright Spot in Old Live Oak

Someone planted pink begonias to brighten the cemetery plot of their loved ones. These flowers really show up well on rainy, gray days.

Friday, October 16, 2009

October Sunset

It's Skywatch Friday again, and I caught this October sunset out of the window of our truck. We'd had rain earlier, so the sun, even setting, was welcome!

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Cotton 2009

While U.S. cotton production is expected to be slightly up this year, success of the Southeast crop depends on when the rain stops.

This field appears almost ready for harvest, but the weather is too wet, and it's been that way for weeks. Cotton needs plenty of dry weather in the fall to mature. Read more about the 2009 outlook for Central Alabama cotton and other crops HERE.

Photo by guest photographer Christine Weerts

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Cotton Harvest

October is cotton harvest time in Dallas County, and these bountiful fields were captured on camera in 2008 by guest photographer Christine Weerts.

This year, we have lots of rain that has hindered farming as a whole. But next week, the weather is finally supposed to be cool and dry.

Photograph by Christine Weerts

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Black-eyed Susans

As the goldenrod fades, black-eyed Susans still decorate the roadsides with brilliant golds.

Photograph by Christine Weerts

Monday, October 12, 2009

Riverfront Ramblers

Music adds to the atmosphere of Riverfront Market Day, and the Riverfront Ramblers were there on Saturday to play for the crowd.

Last weekend not only featured Market Day but the Alabama Tale-Tellin' Festival and final day of the Central Alabama Fair.

This next weekend offers Haunted History Tours with trips into the ghost town of Cahawba, through historic Old Town for curbside ghost tours and into Old Live Oak Cemetery to visit with Selma's most famous citizens.

Photo by Jacque Johnson

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Riverfront Painting

Arts Revive member Karen Weir paints a Southern scene at Saturday's Riverfront Market Day. The arts and crafts festival carried on despite light rain.

Photograph by Jacque Johnson

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Market Day Art

Paintings featuring everything from Selma scenes to aquatic creatures drew attention at Saturday's annual Riverfront Market Day festival. The festival is held every year on the second Saturday of October along Water Avenue.

Photograph by Jacque Johnson

Friday, October 9, 2009

Rural Sunset

A red-clay sky fades behind the tree line, and it looks as if the autumn hay crop is almost in.

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Thanks to Christine Weerts for sending this photo.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

The Neverland Ferris Wheel

For Michael Jackson fans, the Neverland ferris wheel is the most thrilling ride at the fair!

Archway Amusements purchased the ride from the Neverland Ranch in September 2008, and it has been touring the towns ever since.

It's said that Chair 13 was the late pop icon's favorite; hence, it's also the favorite of many riders of the Midway.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Soil Tunnel

While critters crawl and dogs dig above the ground, I wonder what goes on under ground!

You can find out at the Central Alabama Fair simply by crawling through this soil tunnel. The tunnel is part of an exhibit sponsored by the Dallas County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Round and Round

Round and round they go!

The Central Alabama Fair Midway rides opened Monday night and will twirl at Lion's Fair Park on Dallas Avenue through Saturday.

Although I wasn't there, my photo files from at least 15 years ago produced today's post. The two little blonds in the back are mine.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Fair Petting Zoo

The Central Alabama Fair opens its gates tonight in Selma, and among its most popular attractions is the petting zoo.

Here's hoping that the rain goes away, but if you are going, the petting zoo and is covered and dry!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

The Tabernacle Baptist Rotunda

Tabernacle Baptist Church on Broad Street has a lovely circle of lights hanging from its sanctuary rotunda.

Photograph by Christine Weerts

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Pink/Lavendar Cosmos

The cosmos blooms still, and more rain expected today will surely unfold the buds below.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Skywatch Friday, Clearing in the Clouds

It's Skywatch Friday, and after a cool front moved through this morning, puffy white clouds moved in and parted to let the blue sky show through.

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Fall at City Hall

Selma City Hall is sporting the look of fall today. Cornshucks and ribbons adorn the posts to let us know that autumn really is here, and finally the cool temperatures are letting us breathe easy again!

Photograph by Jacque Johnson