Alabama, The Cotton State

October forest fire and cotton gin from days past.

Continental Gin Machinery

Cotton, a few weeks before pickin’ time.

I took these on a trip home to Alabama in October of 2011.  Cotton is no longer the largest crop in Alabama, but there is still plenty grown in the Cotton State, as it used to be known.  This farm and old gin are on state highway 10 between Pineapple and Greenville.

Florida Winter

Gotta love wintertime in Florida!  The only shovel you need here is the little plastic one in the little plastic bucket of beach toys for building sand castles.  Those would be Yankees and Europeans in their bathing suits with the water temp at 55 degrees.

Antebellum Lawnmower

This gem showed up in the scanning of my father’s lifetime of chromes.  It was shot with an Argus C3 on Ektachrome somewhere around 40 to 50 years ago.  While he was partial to the square negative 2 1/4 roll film twin lens reflex, he always had his Argus loaded with positive film and close at hand for the right moment.  The home is in Greensboro, Alabama. I chose it for the banner on my blog’s homepage for its honest, dichotomous expression of the unapologetically organic and genteel sophistication that is southern living.

Bluff Hall and The Little Foxes

Another great antebellum home just a couple of blocks from my childhood home and still open to the public.  Bluff Hall sits high on the white bluffs overlooking the Tombigbee River  in Demopolis, Alabama.  It was one of the inspirations for the play written by Lillian Hellman and filmed for the big screen in 1941, The Little Foxes starring Bette Davis.