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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Alabama the Beautiful

Summertime ~ My favorite time of the year! I would imagine that most people would probably choose spring or fall as their favorite time of the year; especially photographers! The colors are spectatcular during the fall and who doesn't love to see everything coming to life in the spring? I'm with ya on that! Unfortunately, where I live we don't really see spring or fall. We basically get one week of fall type weather and one week of spring type weather. In Alabama we pretty much go from winter straight to summer. This is definitely not the place to be if you don't like the heat! Back in June we were already pushing 100 degrees and the humidity is something that one would need to experience to actually understand. But, I love it, and going back more than two decades ago I never imagined I would be able to say that. When I first moved to Alabama I was convinced that I had actually moved to Hell! Anytime I stepped out my front door the heat would literally take my breath away.
After surviving three Alabama summers I discovered that the heat no longer affected me. The hotter the better! I never complain about the heat and when making travel plans I think nothing of going to Mexico during the middle of the summer! And, as a photographer, I have learned to appreciate the mornings and early evenings! Trust never want to be out in the Alabama heat during the afternoon trying to photograph anything!
I have now lived in Alabama for twenty six years and have discovered that once you get past the weather here it truly is a photographers paradise! There's a reason why this state is called "Alabama the Beautiful."


  1. Yaaay! 'Bama is so gorgeous. I do miss it a lot. Especially the trees. You should take some really good tree shots for me. All we have down here are palm trees and wannabes that are more like shrubs! LOL Heat and humidity? Ugh. Don't even get me started. Down here, we're at about 95 degrees and 80% humidity. It's atrocious. Only the bay breezes cool us (sometimes!). Soak up some Alabama paradise for me!

  2. LOL ~ Sorry Shea... Home sickness just isn't any fun. Alabama is beautiful, but I also have a fondness for Palm Tree's!
    I will post some tree shots for you soon!
    Hang in there!

  3. I would very much like to visit one day, I've seen Alabama through your eyes and through the lens of your camera [which is an extension of your eyes]. Alabama is truely one of the most beautiful states in the country.

  4. Hi Kevin ~
    Alabama is absolutely beautiful! Whether you spend time at Gulf Shores, Birmingham, or the Huntsville area, you're bound to find many beautiful sights! The state is filled with amazing landscapes, historical landmarks, and stunning state parks! Alabama ~ A well kept secret!