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Rain Soaked Art

May 2nd, 2016

Greetings and welcome to the first Monday of May, which as the saying goes, brings May showers. It appears that Mother Nature was fully aware that May was approaching and, as a secondary indictor, that it was the Panoply Arts Festival weekend in Huntsville, AL. There are two things that you can bet on during Panoply weekend that is now hosted by the newly named arts organization “Arts Huntsville!” One is that it will rain and the other is that hometown favorite Blues artist Microwave Dave and the Nukes will be there on the first day to open the festival and the last day to close the festival. It would be hard to remember the festival without either but I do believe it has happened at least once for both. The good news is they both continue to prevail!

Friday started out looking exceptionally good with elementary students from all over the Tennessee Valley getting a day off from school for a field trip to take in the sights and sounds and get the traditional welcome by Microwave Dave and the Nukes. Dave and his band has been an iconic fixture at Panoply and you can see that he relishes the opportunity of introducing the blues to the young fans. But as the day progressed the ominous dark clouds approached with rain and lightning came and the gates for day one never opened. The best I could to do, photographically, was to capture the festival through a rain drenched pain of glass.

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Day two opened with the prediction of rain but as the day progressed and with the crowds coming though the gate it appeared that the festival was back on track. It was if Mother Nature said “enough” and decided to alter the threat of rain and have it by-pass the festival. As the afternoon approached and with the weatherman’s prediction for a rain free afternoon and evening held, record crowds began to come out for what was to be a stellar day for Panoply. That was until the Tornado warning sirens went off around 4:00 PM and the crowds were ushered out of the park. The good news was the park was cleared in a very safe and timely manner but the band news the warning was not meant for this area of Madison County. When the warning was cleared and the gates reopened at 6:00 PM, the crowds never returned. It was very unfortunate it turned out to be a beautiful evening with an exceptional line up of music appearing on the three stages. The city and the park came back alive with the wonderful sights and sounds that Panoply is known for. For those that did make it out, it was like having their own very personal concerts in the park surrounded by art and catered with a variety of foods to select from.

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With the ever-present prediction of rain for most of the weekend, it was unfortunate for Arts Huntsville because, overall, it was a wonderful weekend of Music, Arts and Community. Panoply, in spite of the rains, continues to be a regional showcase of talent with this year’s musicians and artists once again accentuating the extent and depth of talent residing in and around this area.

Unfortunately, the weatherman’s prediction of rain caught up with the festival and even though it had only a slight moment of rain on the final day, the weekend prediction became a mind set for those wanting to attend and most likely altered their plans for attending on Sunday. And true to the Festival, Microwave Dave and the Nukes played as if there was a crowd of thousands as the festival came to is close. In spite of the prediction of rain, the event and the weekend turned out to be an exceptional photographic opportunity for me. Many thanks to the staff at the PNC, the VBCC and the Embassy Suites for their gracious hospitality and assistance for the wonderful vantage points to capture some exceptional Panoply weekend views.

As they say, this ones for you! ENJOY!!!!!!!

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Natural Bridge and Ghost Creek Falls

April 25th, 2016

A very happy Monday morning to you. What an absolutely picture perfect weekend it was. I spent most of my weekend in Marshall County enjoying a bonfire on a friend’s property over looking Honeycomb, taking in the sites and a little time with friends on the lake.

You possibly have driven by it a hundred times and not even known it was just around the corner. Natural Bridge and Ghost Creek Falls was named one of Marshall County’s Seven Wonders in 2007. Just a few minutes from Huntsville, the property sits on the very first sharp curve of Cottenvile Road at Mile Marker 308 across from Sunrise Marina on Hwy 431. Before it was taken over by James and Carol Meekins and became a point of destination, you almost had to get lost to find it. Most boaters know the area because it is near the first body of water you came to, Honeycomb Campground.

Yesterday, the Land Trust of North Alabama hosted an outing at the property and I felt very fortunate to have bee invited to attend. I had spent the night before on top of the mountain attending the “second annual burning of the wood bonfire” on my friends Kathy and Phil Sowders bluff property that over looks Honeycomb. I should have just brought a sleeping bag.

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Like many, I pass by the Natural Bridge property on a pretty regular basis but had never stopped to take in the full experience. The property has been privately owned by the Meekins since 1997 but there dream has always been for it to be appreciated by everyone and the grounds are open to the public. The Meekins have spent the past nineteen years landscaping the property to compliment the natural beauty of the Bridge and have planted more than 1,000 native and cultivated azaleas and rhododendrons. It had been suggested that Ms. Meekins should be a “master gardener” not by education but rather more by her labor of love.

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The Natural bridge spans over 25 feet and is the product of thousands of years of acidic rain water erosion of the bedrock of a previous cave or rock unit known as karst. The bridge is located on over 30 acres and includes the aptly titled Ghost Creek Falls. The creek is named for its “ghostly effect” of appearing and disappearing in and out of the hill as it meanders down the side of the rocky cliff directly to the right of the bridge. No matter what your outdoor pleasure may be the Natural Bridge has something for everyone – photographer, gardener, cave enthusiast or hiker.

A short drive from Huntsville, it is a must see destination for this area and the public is welcome. Stop by and say hello to Carol and tell her the “Land Trust” sent you. I think she even “leaves the light on!”

ENJOY!

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Uber Fest

April 18th, 2016

A very happy Monday morning to you. What an exceptional weekend in the neighborhood it was! It was one of those April weekends that had so many activities offered to do then items on a Chinese buffet.

A few weeks back I received an assignment from a regional magazine to head over to Florence to photograph the owner and the staff of an auto “brokerage”. Just not any dealership, Trissl Sports Cars is a very unique company that brokers exclusively in “collectible Porsches” to astute Porsche owners and collectors. While I was there I found out that they were hosting a Porsche rally this past weekend, the Third Annul Uber Region Fest. I thought what very unique opportunity it would be to view and photograph the ultimate in automobile racing royalty. So I enticed my best friend Phil Sowder to go over with me, riding in style in his very yellow 911 SC Porsche

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I have had a love and admiration for high performance vehicles since my early childhood. My next-door neighbor, David White, was an IMSA sports car race driver and owned a very elite car garage for high performance vehicles. I remember as young boy getting my first look and my first rides in vehicles that he brought home to “test”. As I grew older I was offered the opportunity to join him at many of the racing events he attended. I generally went in and got the up-close and personal view with a “pit pass” as part of the team. That is where my love of high performance vehicles, racing and photography grew! Much to my surprise, in talking to one of the owners I mentioned Dave White and he was very familiar with him and his racing.

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So, to say the least it was a spectacular weekend that brought back very fond memories and provided more than enough car envy to last me a lifetime. There was a Porsche of every color, every make and every model to fit the viewer’s satisfaction but very few that would fit the general buyers wallet. One of the rarest and might I add, most valuable Porsche (actually two) showing on property that day was a 918 Spyder, valued somewhere around the mere price of over $ 1,000,000.00. Not too shabby to drive down to the five and dime store to pick up a loaf of bread and a gallon of milk.

Enjoy!!!!!!!!!

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I Wish I Were

April 11th, 2016

It goes without saying that last weekend was just another typical Alabama April weekend, filled with warm days and cold nights. It’s like it is a continuing April Fools joke! As they say, if you do not like the weather just stick around it’s going to change.

I can remember as a child that there were a few things that really got me excited and always brought a smile to my face. Iconic images like Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, Ghouls and Goblins, Fireworks, the neighborhood Ice Cream truck and that large yellow Oscar Mayer Wiener Mobile running down the highway. As I have gotten older the enthusiasm may have faded slightly but those childhood memories still loom large and, when encountered, those iconic figures and images always put a big smile to my face.

Last week I found myself chasing one of those iconic images as I spotted the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile heading south on the Parkway and I felt that childhood tinge once again. The Wienermobile has put the miles and smiles on for over 70 years and has stood the test of time. The 27-foot hotdog with its signature yellow stripe and logo still finds favor with the young and the young at heart. As you drive down the road you can see the excitement on the faces of everyone as the vehicle passes.

The Wienermobile has been crisscrossing America’s highways since 1936. There are currently 6 Wienermobiles traveling the freeways and back roads of the U.S. bringing the same joy and excitement it did when I was a kid. Drivers of the Wienermobile are called HotDoggers and it is a job that you can apply for. I am filling about my application as we speak. Could there be any cooler vehicle then the Wienermobile and could there be any cooler job than to be a Hotdogger? In todays world of social media could there be any cooler backdrop for a selfie? I think not!

Once you heard the song, it was forever etched in your mind –

“I wish I were an Oscar Meyer wiener 
that is what I’d really like to be
’cause if I were an Oscar Meyer wiener
everyone would be in love with me

Oh, I’m glad I’m not an Oscar Meyer wiener
that is what I’d never want to be
’cause if I were an Oscar Meyer wiener
everyone would take a bite of me”

Who could forget those little hot dog whistles?
Enjoy and pass the mustard!!!!!!!!!

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Pedal Pushers

April 4th, 2016

A very happy Monday morning to you. What an exceptional weekend it was to be outdoors.

I took advantage of last weekend’s weather to head south to Anniston, AL to spend the weekend with a very dear group of friends. We had not had time to catch up in some time so the weekend was planned for all of us to show up and basically have a “slumber party” at our good friend, Jane Glass house. As an added a bonus, for our visit, the city was playing host to the Alabama Cycling Classic on the streets of downtown. On Saturday the participants sprinted around a 0.7-mile course in the heart of downtown as spectators enjoyed a festival style atmosphere with local business establishments opening their doors to the 100’s of visitors.

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The Sunny King Criterium road race is part of the USA Cycling Pro Road tour and the official entry into the 2016 USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar. USA Cycling is the official cycling organization recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the International Cycling Union (UCI) and is the pre-determining qualifying organization for the USA national racing team.

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Over the weekend multiple races were held on the 0.7-mile downtown course as spectators stood inches away from the speeding cyclists. During the intermissions, the spectators including my friends were able to take in all of the quaint personality that the downtown of Anniston had to offer. Like most cities of this size the old buildings had been refurbished and were hosts to excellent retail shops and restaurants. When we were not watching the races, our time was spent on “catching up” in one of the establishments serving cold libations and hot appetizers. Given the weather, it was the perfect day to take in the sights and sounds of the pageantry of road racing offered up by way of the open-armed hospitality of a small southern city.

I have to give much thanks to Jane for coming up with the weekend for us all to gather in her town of Anniston. By the end of the day you had the feeling that she may just be running for mayor and if not, given everyone we were introduced to, maybe the head of the tourism bureau.

Enjoy!!!!!!!!!

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