To Helen Back

Polly Wants a Georgia Cracker | 38mm, f/4.0, 1/3000 sec, ISO 200

Sandee and I went to Helen, Georgia this weekend, and we experienced absolutely gorgeous weather! The leaves were nice, but maybe a week past their peak… still beautiful.

We did a little of the touristy thing in Helen, which was at the end of Oktoberfest. Sandee took this picture of me with my feathered friend. About 10 seconds after this picture, he bit my finger!! Sandee also got a picture of that, but my face is contorted in pain, so I won’t be posting that one. :)

I’m still sorting through all of the B’ham Zoo, Boxerstock, Railway Museum, and more pics that I took during October. Eventually, they will wind up on here and Facebook. It was a busy photography month. Love it!!

…. Oh, My!

There's No Place Like Work | 28mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec, ISO 2400

The only pics I took today were some of my co-workers who’d dressed up for Halloween. These are some folks from the accounting department, dressed, of course, as The Wizard of Oz characters. They even had a yellow brick road down the hallway to their offices, a “rainbow” near their area, and monkeys hanging from the ceiling. I heard that each office was decorated like a scene from the movie, but I didn’t get to see that.

Our employer also provided lunch for us (hamburgers, hotdogs, and the fixins’… most importantly, funnel cakes!) in addition to the costume contest and free treats. I have been with my employer for three years today. I told my boss that I feel very fortunate to be working there. If you’re happy with your work, it makes everything else in your life just a little bit easier!

Sleeping Beauty


"I'm Boared" | 116mm, f/5.6, 1/1500 sec, ISO 800


This is a River Boar (aka Red River Hog or Bush Pig) according to the folks at the Birmingham Zoo. There are some creatures that are just so ugly, they’re cute. I think this animal falls into that category.

I especially like the ears.

What’ll Ya Have?


V for Very Greasy | 58mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec, ISO 200


Coming back through downtown on Sunday, I drove past The Varsity and ┬ájust couldn’t resist taking a picture of the red and chrome against the white building and brilliant blue sky.

Tallassee had Johnny G’s for several years… a great place with a killer “Southern cookin'” buffet, and a wonderful “iron pig” statue out front. Alas, they closed recently. :(

So what is a “landmark” eatery in your town, or your hometown?

Lest you think I was not being a safe driver, I will explain that I was sitting still for quite some time, as the walkers for the Susan G. Komen Walk for the Cure were being allowed to cross a couple of blocks ahead.

Below is one of the volunteers helping to steer the walkers in the right direction. You’re probably not going to see a Harley man and his hog in pink any other time of the year. Kudos to all involved in that effort!


Pink Hog | 135mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec, ISO 200


Scaredy. Cat.

Go Toward the Light... | 70mm, f/11, 1/60 sec, ISO 200

I’m part of a little photo group who has a different theme every week. This week’s theme is “light.” However, this image doesn’t qualify for submission, because I “set it up.” But I really like the way Milo turned out in this… very Halloweenish.

He’s such a trooper for letting me harangue him so.

(For a shot where you can REALLY see the details of his fur, click here and choose one of the larger views.)

Rosa Parks Herself on a Seat Like This

Back Seat No More | 28mm, f/16, 1/10 sec, ISO 6400

I went to the Southeastern Railway Museum again on Saturday with my friend Eric. Besides trains, they have several older buses, tractors, cabs, etc.

Not only did I like the composition of this interior bus shot, but it made me think a lot about the beginning of the Civil Rights movement. One woman, taking a stand (or in this case, taking a seat at the front) for what was right. Who would have thought that something as simple as a bus seat could shake the foundations of society? It just goes to show that one person can make a difference. It might not shake foundations, but the effort to do the right thing is always worth it.