Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
I am using the theme stuck here for two reasons. One reason is that this old rusted lock is permanently stuck in the locked position. The other reason being that I have now been stuck in the house for four days while the rain is pouring outside. I have, by necessity, started learning a little about inside photography. This is theme #307 Stuck.
Friday, March 27, 2009
I went to a very small high school and I had the same English teacher in the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades. I hated her with a passion then, but when I got out into the world, I realized that she had given us a pretty solid background in language arts. She made us read what she called the “classics”. I felt that most of those books were totally dry and boring, but she did spark my interest in John Steinbeck. His books are true classics. This is theme #52 Classic.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
We are having terrible weather in Georgia, so I got out my lightbox and started searching for things to photograph. Who can forget the California Raisins fad from the late 1980's? This one is named Captain Toonz. This is theme #90 Fads.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
This looks simple, but it took just about all of my knowledge of photography and Photoshop to get this image. The photo challenge on Elements Villages this week was Roman numerals. I looked through all of my things and found this old medicine bottle from the early 1900’s. It was found on my parent’s property about 30 years ago. The funny looking symbol at the beginning is an apothecary symbol for ounce, so this reads 16 ounces. Photographing a small symbol on a clear bottle that has stains on the inside and outside was very hard, so I learned some things today. This is theme #315 Symbols.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Backyard groceries, that is. By the time you buy the onion sets and all of the things that you need to grow them, you can probably buy onions a lot cheaper in the grocery store . . . but, there's nothing that tastes better than a fresh onion from the garden. This is theme #131 Groceries.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
I caught these two men at a local festival. I couldn't decided which picture to use for the theme, so I decided to post both images. The men were enjoying being dressed up like a cowboy, and they were very receptive to having their picture made. When I looked at the pictures, I really saw the difference in the personalities of the two men. The first man was shy and reticent while the second man seems to have an outgoing personality. This is theme #219 Out West.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Broken windows in the same abandoned school. At one time, I taught in one of these rooms. The big windows made it one of my favorite school rooms. I had a birdfeeder in a dogwood tree outside of the window, and my first graders and I would watch the seasons go by. The near-by cotton mill moved to South America, and most of those first-graders have grown-up and moved to other places to try and make a living. This is theme #36 Broken.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Chains bolt the door of an abandoned and deteriorating school in central Alabama. The school was closed about 7 years ago because the county consolidated all of their schools. This building is in a depressed area and the county cannot sell the building nor afford to keep it from deteriorating. It breaks my heart.
My rooms are now vacant. My corridors still.
No sounds of the children. My structure to fill.
No longer the sound of the teachers I hear.
Shaping the lives that to me were so dear.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
71:365 Halls of Justice
Originally uploaded by Bamagirl7
The Clay County Courthouse in Ashland, Alabama, is a regal and historic building. It was built in 1903 with Italian Renaissance Revival architecture. If you are an avid reader, you may recognize that Ashland is the setting for Daniel Wallace's book, The Big Fish. Be sure to look at post # 71. This is theme #137 Halls of Justice.
Ashland is a very small and staid southern town, so imagine my surprise when I looked at the close-up of Lady Justice and realized that she had a . . . let's call it a wardrobe malfunction. . . Who knew? (Click on the picture to look at the larger version)
This is theme #211 Oops.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
A spiral staircase that leads to the top of an observation tower at Wind Creek State Park in Alabama. This was at one time a grain silo, because when Alabama Power built the dam that formed Lake Martin in the 1920's water was backed up over many farming communities. This is theme #298 Spiral.
For this week's Be Creative, I decided to change the image to black and white and add a texture. Here are the results.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
66:365 Deja Vu
I am not a big fan of car shows because all those "antique" cars look too much like the parking lot of my high school in 1969. It always gives me a strange feeling, however, to see a vintage car like this 55 Chevy just driving down the street. This is my chosen theme Deja Vu.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
63:365 Out of Date
My mom likes to go to yard sales and she bought me a whole box of old Workbasket Magazines. I was looking through them and these 1970 covers caught my eye. This is exactly the look I was trying to achieve in 1970. Hmmmmm . . . This is theme # 217 Out of Date ( and perfectly happy.)
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
60:365 Up on Top
The Galinburg Sky Lift has been the highpoint of a Smoky Mountains vacation for more than 50 years. The lift was actually purchased from the Sugar Bowl ski area in California in 1953 for 3000 dollars. It was then dismantled and moved to Tennessee. Been there every since. This is theme #344 Up on Top.