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Selma, Ala. Daily Photo

Updated: 2018-04-03T05:36:41.688-05:00


May Theme Day, Let's Eat!


It's May Theme Day at City Daily Photo Blogs,
 and we are sharing "Let's Eat!"

Since I could not decide on one meal from so many great 
Selma-area restaurants, I returned to a pasture
 where spring grass is growing, and the cattle are so glad
 to be eating something besides hay!

Linking to May Theme Day 

Prairie Buttercups and Partly Cloudy


That dark cloud is just pretending it wants to rain,
 because it was a perfect weather day in the Black Belt prairies 
of west Dallas County. Those yellow wildflowers are
 prairie buttercups, and they can be spectacular 
when covering an entire field. 

River Birds of the Black Belt


The red-shouldered hawk, belted kingfisher and great blue heron 
are a few of the river birds that you might see in the
 Alabama Black Belt. This informative sign is located 
on an overlook at the end of Clear Creek Nature Trail in the
 Old Cahawba Archaeological Park.
 The paved trail is wheelchair accessible.

Linking to Signs, Signs



It's almost NOON in the pasture, and while the calves rest,
 their herd eats lunch. 

Linking to ABC WEDNESDAY (depicting the letter N)

The One-Room Schoolhouse


The one-room schoolhouse at Old Cahawba still stands.

Used until the 1950s, it was one of less than 100 segregated
 African-American schools in Alabama. The school is located near
 the ruins of the Methodist-Episcopal Church that burned in 1954.

Clear Sky over Marion Junction


Early morning sunshine bounces off the steeple of the
 Marion Junction Presbyterian Church. A soft blue sky promises
 a perfect spring day!

Linking to Skywatch Friday

The Flower Shop on Broad


The bright colors and flowers at Pringle Petals sure make
 a shopper want to go inside. The shop moved from across
 Broad Street, and its larger location offers a
 wider selection of gifts, plus flowers.

Linking to Signs, Signs

In MEMORY of John R. Bell


The family of John R. Bell apparently MEMORIALIZED him as
 the victim of a murder when he and his son, John A. Bell,
 were killed in a shootout on the streets of Cahawba in 1856.

 The three other  men involved were exonerated in court,
 but the Bell Family declared via the inscription on his tombstone:
 "No murderer hath eternal life abiding in him."

Linking to ABC Wednesday depicting the letter M

The Alabama Artists Exhibition


It's an art lover's paradise! It's the 15th annual Alabama Artists: Roots and Wings Art Exhibition at Charlie (Tin Man) Lucas' Studio. The diversity of works from 55 artists is amazing and features photography, acrylics, oils, works on paper, 3:D and mixed media.Two of the winning works are shown above: "Winter Forest," 1st place Acrylic by Jeff Hughes; and "Soul, Cotton and Van Gogh," Best in Show, an acrylic by Mary Ann Casey.   Sponsored by ArtsRevive, the show and sale opened for a members' reception Saturday night and will be open free to the public every Friday and Saturday from 11-4 through April 29. The studio is located at 7 Lauderdale St. Come see!Linking to Our World Tuesday [...]

Country Cow Sign


This cute cow sign at the Orrville Farmers' Market
 gives a bit of advice that may not necessarily
 be good advice! Every cow I've ever known
 that got out of a gate got in trouble!

Linking to Signs, Signs

LEAD the Way


A young father LEADS his LITTLE one
 across the narrow swinging bridge at Kenan's Mill.

Linking to ABC Wednesday
 (depicting the Letter L)

Across the Creek


Here is a look at the back of Kenan's Mill. The 1860's gristmill 
sits above Valley Creek, and this view is from the bank
 by the swinging bridge near the charcoal kiln. 
The mill operated until the 1970s, then was restored 
years later and is operated by the Selma-Dallas County
 Historic Preservation Society. Cornmeal was ground here
 during the recent Selma Pilgrimage. 

The Sanctuary at Valley Creek


The sanctuary at Valley Creek Presbyterian Church looked splendid
 with its new paint and other renovations. The state's oldest 
Presbyerian church was open March 18-19 
for Selma's Historic Pilgrimage. 

Notice how the pews are divided down the middle.
 Anybody know why?

Linking to Through My Lens

March Camellias


The season's last camellias linger against 
a late afternoon sky at Sturdivant Hall.

 And I believe I see a jet trail overhead! 

Linking to Skywatch Friday

Valley Creek Presbyterian and 10th Blogaversary


Valley Creek Presbyterian Church has the distinction as the oldest  Presbyterian church in Alabama, and I chose to feature it for this blog's 10th anniversary. Yes, Selma, Ala., Daily Photo is 10 years old today, but that is just a tad when compared to the long legacy of this 201-year-old church. The congregation formed in 1816 before Alabama even became a territory. The eight families that founded it hailed from North Carolina, and they built a log structure in 1821. It was replaced by this Greek Revival building around 1857.And yes, this church still meets! Although its active membership has dwindled to just a few, services are still held the second and fourth Sundays at 9:30 a.m., and they sing lovely old hymns from a 1946 hymnal. Notice the two floors. You enter on the ground floor which serves as a fellowship hall, then climb a couple flights of stairs to the second-floor sanctuary.   Above is a plaque in the foyer that was placed by the Alabama Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution noting the church's distinction at the oldest Presbyerian church in the state. Many thanks to the readers and contributors of this blog! I have met so many interesting Selmians, researched local history and stretched my creative limits to shoot photos of the same subjects at different angles, in different lighting and different seasons to try to keep a small-town photo blog alive and fresh!Thanks also to City Daily Photo Blogs which introduced me to thisproject and to hundreds of cities and bloggers from around the world! Linking to Signs, Signs    [...]

The Kenan's Mill Cornmeal Sack


Kenan's Mill cornmeal used to come in a sack like this, and it held 25 pounds
 of water-ground cornmeal. The gristmill on Valley Creek dates from the 1860s 
and operated commercially until the 1970s. That is quite a legacy! 
This sack is on display in the mill house. 

Linking to ABC Wednesday (The Letter K)

Watching the Waterfall


My three-year-old grandson was fascinated by the waterfall at Kenan's Mill.
 Recent rains power-pushed Valley Creek over the spillway,
 creating a great roar as the water headed toward the Alabama River. 

 The 1860's working gristmill was open during Selma's Historic Pilgrimage, and
visitors could purchase fresh cornmeal and tour the rest of the park.

Two Bluebirds and a Bluejay


I don't know where they live, but these bluebirds like to play
 in our backyard most every morning! Then, there is the big old bluejay
 that just gets in their way!

Partly Cloudy at St. Luke's


The side windows at St. Luke's Episcopal Church reflect the partly cloudy skies
 from a couple of weeks  ago. Trees were still bare, but they are beginning
 to bud. St. Luke's Church is located at Old Cahawba Archaeological Park 
near Selma. It was built in Cahawba in 1854,
 moved in 1887 and returned in 2006. 

Linking to Skywatch Friday

Farm Fresh Eggs


There are lots of appealing signs at the Orrville Farmers Market,
 but the egg-shaped "Farm Fresh Eggs" may just be my favorite! 

Linking to Signs, Signs


Ideas for Infants


Spring and Easter are on the way, and Carter Drug Co. downtown
 is brimming with bonnets, blankets and bunnies for infants and toddlers.
 I just love their baby bed display!

Linking to ABC Wednesday (The Letter I)

Pretty for Pilgrimage


These young ladies are among 15 selected as junior hostesses
 for the Historic Selma Pilgrimage March 17-18. They posed for pictures
 last week at Sturdivant Hall, and their duties will include welcoming guests,
 serving as tour guides and even visiting local nursing homes. 


Playing in Butterfly Park


Children, adults and a dog enjoy a chilly day in  Riverfront Park one day
 last week. The new playground is aptly named Butterfly Park
 as  Selma is the Butterfly Capital of Alabama. 

Blue Skies and Redbud at the Park


It's only early March, but redbud blooms against a blue sky
 over the Valley Grande city park this week. 

The Hole That was Once a Row


We are back at Old Cahawba Archaeological Park at the site of the town's first "row" built in 1822. A row was a predecessor to the shopping center, and the big hole behind the sign was once the basement of a building that housed eight stores and offices. Built by the Crocheron brothers, merchants from Staten Island, N.Y., the row was similar to those in New York City. But before the brothers built this "mall," they built Alabama's first statehouse in the center of town. This building later became known as "the Old Brick Store." Store owners from Cahawba purchased their merchandise from New York and traveled to market via the Alabama River to Mobile, then by steamship to Cuba and north to New York. The Crocheron Columns (all that is left of the brothers' house) can be seen in the background along with a more modern river house. Linking to Signs, Signs [...]