SLOSS is a decommissioned Iron Refinery and blast furnace complex in the heart of Birmingham. My photography tends to focus on two themes, (1) the juxtaposition of the industrial and modern with the natural and (2) wildlife. So, for me this, was a dream come true, to be set loose on this campus of towering forges, furnaces, conveyor belts, steam pipes, tunnels, trains, and conduits.
A few weeks ago Jake and I joined his parents and his sister, Barratt, for a weekend in Asheville, NC. Actually, I joined them for a weekend. Jake joined them for the week. (I just started a new job, guys! I didn’t want to show up and then take off.) We stayed in the Pisgah…
We’ve spent a week in Gulf Shores, AL on Perdido Bay and it’s been pretty amazing. We have watched dolphins teaching their calves to hunt, went kayaking to Wolf Bay, watched the sunset across the Gulf of Mexico, counted lightning strikes in Pensacola, hiked through the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, swam with bioluminescent phytoplankton in Perdido Bay, and had time to just relax together. I haven’t had a vacation this refreshing and fun in a long time, it was the perfect way to bring the summer to a close
Here in the US, many of us think of a ball in New York’s Times Square descending a mast in time with a count down clock as the main event. Essentially we are celebrating the turn of the clock. But, let’s think about it for a moment. What the new year really signifies is the completion of an approximately 585 million mile journey about our nearest star. That’s pretty incredible!
This year Jake and I decided to spend the holiday with friends here in North Carolina rather than trek to Alabama or Virginia, as is the norm. Up in Rougemont a friend of ours hosts at his house and many more friends come from as far away as Colorado and California for the weekend. This year there were 22 of us under one roof, three turkeys, and one salted ham.