Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Sun Sets on 2009 (Skywatch)

It's Skywatch time again as the sun sets on 2009. I took this photo a few days ago at Marion Junction, and it's one of the most brilliant sunsets of the year! 
Also, notice the cell tower at the bottom right.

Hope you all have a glorious new year!
See more Skywatch photos at This week's meme should be posted soon!

(I'm posting this a day early since Friday is Theme Day for the City Daily Photo Blogs.)

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Mirror, Mirror on the Truck

I'm afraid that Kate the horse didn't get a very good look at herself through the mud-spattered outside mirror! However, she is the prettiest horse of them all!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Sunset on a Clear and Cold Day

The sun begins to set on a clear and cold day in west Dallas County. While this area is rural, a major highway runs next to it, and there's a "camouflaged" piece of technology that lets the viewer know he's not far from civilization.

Can you find it?
If not, click on the picture to enlarge.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Santa's Landing

Santa and his reindeer landed on this Old Town roof long before Christmas Eve! I think if prizes were given for decorations, this one might win the "Tim the Tool Man" award!

(Only those of you who remember the "Home Improvement" TV show will get that!)

Thanks to Christine Weerts for snapping this picture!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Welcome Home, Sam

Apparently, Sam will be home from the Army for Christmas and not just in his dreams!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Alabama or Auburn?

Looking for a last-minute Christmas gift?

If you live in Alabama, Santa can't go wrong with souvenirs from a favorite college team!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Real Thing Christmas Tree

The "Real Thing" Christmas tree pretty much explains the reason for the season. I spotted it atop a picnic table at a nearby country store.

Monday, December 21, 2009


This kitty creates her own "snuggly blanket" in a basket of clean towels that someone didn't fold right away, and then she takes her bath!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

The Chrismon Tree

Ever seen a Chrismon tree? It's a Christmas tree that uses the early symbols of Christianity for decorations. Some of the common symbols used are:

1. The Greek letters Chi and Rho, which are the first two letters in "christos."
2. The Five-Pointed Star, the symbol which led the Wise Men to Bethlehem.
3. The Triangle, which represents the Triune God, one God who exists in three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
4. The Fish (icthus) symbolizes the first letters of the Greek words, Jesus Christ, God's Son, Savior.
5. The Cross, which is central to Christianity for it was on the cross that Jesus died and made atonement for our sins.
6. The Globe surmounted by the Cross, which shows that Christ's reign is extending around the earth through the spread of the Gospel. When this age ends, Christ will reign over all in person.

7. The Butterfly symbolizes eternal life and resurrection.
8. The Greek letters Alpha and Omega point to Christ as the beginning and the end.

There are others, and you can learn more by clicking this link.

Click to enlarge the picture and find the Chrismon tree symbols.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Sprucing Up

From the entry doors to its Corinthian columns, this grand front porch on Church Street gets a "sprucing up" for the holidays...and also Spring Pilgrimage. The Victorian brick is among the featured homes on Selma's 2010 Historic Spring Pilgrimage March 18-21.

Thanks to guest photographer Christine Weerts for the photo.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Holiday House, Stockings 'n Bags

Who wouldn't love a big white stocking or a whimsical reindeer bag for Christmas? The Holiday House crafts sale ends this weekend at the Performing Arts Center.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Singing to the Seniors

Leika's Preschool choir at Church Street United Methodist Church sings Christmas carols to seniors at a recent appreciation luncheon in the fellowship hall. The background nativity was painted by church member Bill Smith.

Thanks for the photo by guest photographer Christine Weerts.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Bold and Bright

Christmas isn't just red and green anymore. it can be magenta and teal! I love the bold and bright ornaments on display at several Selma shops. This one hangs from the branches at Butler Truax Jewelers downtown.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Christmas Trees and Bottle Trees

Whether it's Christmas trees or bottle trees, both can be found at Holiday House. This is the second and final week for the local Christmas crafts sale at the Performing Arts Center, and part of the proceeds benefit the Old Depot Museum.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Dressed Up

How about this dressed-up reindeer? I don't think he's ready to pull a sleigh, but he sure looks like he's enjoying the holiday!

I found this whimsical decoration at Tutus gift shop.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

First Baptist Steeple

The steeple of First Baptist Church rises above brilliant red leaves as autumn wanes.

Photograph by Christine Weerts

Saturday, December 12, 2009

A Christmas Tree with Flowers on Top

This tree about takes my breath away each time I visit Butler-Truax Jewelers on Broad Street. Topped with a bouquet of flowers and decorated with more flowers and colorful glass ornaments, it certainly lifts the spirits with "Merry Christmas!"

Click on the photo for a larger view.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Skywatch Friday (December Rainbow)

Finally, a rainbow!

I've been searching Selma's skies ever since joining Skywatch and never found a rainbow until now.

Fortunately, my camera was beside me in the car as I stopped at a traffic light on Dallas Avenue, and here is the "through-the-windshield" result.

For more splendid skies around the globe, visit

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Christmas Village

I'm one of those fans of Dickens-style Christmas villages, the ones with strolling carolers, lots of snow, Victorian homes, ivy-covered cottages, skating couples and bakery shops. But here's a miniature village with a Walmart!The Cahaba Center for Mental Health sponsored its annual Christmas Village this week, and part of the pleasure of attending was viewing a modern town and all its holiday activity. Visitors also got to purchase crafts made by the center's clients, and I saw no sign of any Ebenezer Scrooges.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The Upside Down Christmas Tree

Apparently, I've been putting my Christmas tree up the wrong way all my life! This upside-down tree suspends from the ceiling at Tutus, a Selma gift shop, and through a little Internet research, I discovered that the earliest Christmas trees were hung upside down.

Legend has it that in the 7th Century St. Boniface used an upside-down fir tree to explain the Holy Trinity to pagans in Germany. When he witnessed them worshipping an oak tree, he chopped down a fir tree and hung it upside down to show the relationship of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The tree became a symbol of Christianity and was known as God's Trinity Tree. Centuries later, food and flowers were hung from the trees.

Now don't you just love these colorful ornaments? I sure do!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Whimsical Whirls

Glistening glasses and practical platters are among the many arts and crafts offered for sale at Holiday House. Created by Laura Morris, owner of Whimsical Whirl, these bejeweled serving pieces would surely delight someone on your gift list!

Holiday House opened Monday at the Performing Arts Center and continues for two weeks. Proceeds benefit the Old Depot Museum, and this is its biggest fundraiser of the year.

Monday, December 7, 2009

The Christmas Story

The Christmas creche tells the story of the birth of Jesus in three dimensions. St. Francis of Assisi apparently created the first living nativity scene in 1223, and the tradition spread to include nativities with figurines. Most include Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus plus shepherds and the Wise Men. Since Jesus was born in a stable and laid in a manger, animals such as the ox, donkey and sheep are often included.

"But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting." Micah 5:2 (Old Testament Prophecy from the King James Version of The Bible)

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Where's the Hay?

The grass was getting short when I took this photo about a month ago, and now these cows are eating hay. Winter set in this week with temperatures plummeting to the mid-20s last night.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Christmas at the Chamber

The Christmas spirit is catching on all over town, and here's a peek at the tree inside the Centre for Commerce lobby. Both the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Authority are located here in a beautiful building that once was the Carnegie Library.

Holiday events this week included a tree lighting ceremony at City Hall, and today the Christmas parade begins at 9 a.m. downtown. Dress warm! It's cold and damp!

On Sunday, First Presbyterian Church hosts "Handel's Messiah," performed by a community choir at 3 p.m. I also hear that Santa might be cruising the Alabama River!

There's more! Plan to shop at Holiday Festival for the next two weeks. This annual event offers regional Christmas crafts and homemade goodies beginning Monday at 10 a.m. in the Performing Arts Centre.

Thanks to Christine Weerts for providing today's photograph.

Friday, December 4, 2009

(Skywatch Friday) Eye in the Sky

An opening in the clouds kind of resembles an eye peering over the Alabama River. Selma has had plenty of rain this fall with more to come this weekend. The forecast includes a slight chance for a wintry mix.

To see more skies around the world, check out Skywatch Friday at

Thanks to Christine Weerts for contributing today's photo.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Last of the Leaves

The sidewalk in front of the old Dallas Academy building turned red and gold this week. Leaves fell fast, and today's heavy rain and wind should finish the task.

Photography by Christine Weerts

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

December Theme Day (Waiting)

Well, I waited and waited all month to find the perfect picture for December Theme Day, WAITING!

It finally happened on the last of day of November during a trip to Walmart. As I was browsing through Christmas decorations, the fire alarm sounded, and store associates quickly led customers outside. A Selma fire truck pulled in front of the store, and customers waited for the all clear signal before they returned inside. Apparently, there was no fire, thank goodness!

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