The bridge at Selma

Among the items on our bucket list was to visit Selma, AL and take photographs of the historic Edmund Pettus Bridge, It was the scene on the “Bloody Sunday Attack”  March, 7th, l965. I was working in a a daily newspaper’s news room in 1965 when the AP’s wire service was sending report after report on the problems happening in Selma. It was impossible to comprehend them. Two weeks later, Rev. Martin Luther King and  Rev. Ralph Abernathy led a court approved march from Selma, across the bridge to the state capital at Montgomery, 54 miles away,

I wanted to see and walk across the bridge where history was made that year. It is a  bridge which was smaller than I expected, over the Alabama River  One unexpected surprise was the wild flowers growing underneath the bridge.

It was a beautiful drive going from Pace (near Pensacola FL) on the interstate to Greenville, AL and then taking the back roads to Selma. Along the back roads we saw mile after mile of wild purple Wisteria hanging from the trees and covering the fence rows as we drove north. Here are some views of the bridge.

Bridge sign 72

Towards Selma 72



Where the wild flowers grow 72Front View 1


Bridge view 72




Falls Mill

falls-mill-waterSometimes the lighting will never work out right for you until you take a look at the results. At a gallery night in Pensacola recently a person told me about this mill in Tennessee near the Jack Daniels distillery.

After talking to the tourist welcome center in Tennessee and a shop keeper near Jack Daniels we found the location of the mill near Maxwell which is between Fayetteville and Winchester, TN. Then we found the mill but I wanted to wait for an afternoon sun for better lighting.. We went to a local  “down home ”restaurant for the noon plate special and returned to the mill. The afternoon sun never really appeared. It actually got darker as a storm was approaching. The lighting actually worked to my advantage as it high lighted the leaves on the trees as well.

This is the Falls Mill and Country Store. It is listed on the National register of Historic Places is a working water powered grain mill and museum. It is a very scenic site.  

Driftwood #3

The photo of the week is some tree roots which were washed upon the beach. The texture and the natural lighting on the wood caught my eye.  If you look closely you will see some footprints in the sand around the wood. This view gave the most dimenson to the wood.  The other side with sunlight on all of it was not very impressive.

I have also showed another view of the driftwood. It is the same photo with with a different printing technique. I am not sure which one I like best. The choice is yours.

This scene was captured along the shoreline at the Gulf Islands National Seashore Park in Gulf Breeze, FL


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