I've lived in the south all of my life, but never paid attention to cotton crops except
when the bolls were opened and the entire field was white like snow.
Previously, I showed pink blooms and at the time I thought all the white ones had already
turned to pink, as they do, and we were done blooming.
Boy, was I wrong.
The cotton crop surrounding my home is now COVERED with blooms, both white and pink
The cotton plants are waist to chest high and there are all different stages of bloomage (new word?).
Budding, seeding, making bolls.
I am still fascinated by these bracts. They are so frilly.
An unopened cotton boll.
In the original you can see all the white blooms on that hill. They blend in on the uploaded version.
If these Japanese beetles and their friends, the Boll Weevils, don't eat the whole crop,
and if there is enough rain, but not too much rain, and at the right time,
there will be a profusion of white later on this year.
This year it coincides with the start of the W. C. Handy Festival which is an annual Blues event in the Shoals area of North Alabama. It might be planned during the Handy Festival each year, but I'm not sure.
It is only a few minutes from our house. The lodge and marina are on a creek which runs from the Tennessee River.
There weren't that many vintage boats there, but there was one from 1927. It looked as good as the ones from the fifties and sixties. Did I get a photo of it? No.
There are always deer around, especially in the evening. I was hoping to see a fawn or two, but no luck.
This one stayed about ten feet from the car while I took its picture.
Handy Festival poster design (http://www.wchandymusicfestival.org/festival.htm): "This year's winners are a team of undergraduate students from the University of North Alabama; Savannah Trammell from Rogersville, Alabama; Taylor Noblit from Tuscumbia, Alabama; and Kristen Dunn from Muscle Shoals, Alabama. The design was created as a class assignment for an honors computing course taught at UNA by Ron Davis, Assistant Professor of Computing Information Systems. All three students are members of the UNA Honors Program."
Next Friday, as part of the Handy Festival, a "Tina Turner" impersonator is being featured again at Joe Wheeler State Park.
If I go, maybe you'll get to see her next Saturday. :)
In May 2012, I went to one of those yard sales that runs all along a highway.
It was the first time I had been in this area for other than just driving through.
I started in Attalla, Alabama and traveled north on US 11
These shots are from Ft. Payne, Alabama which is known for several things.
Ft. Payne was one of the locations where forced evacuation of Cherokee Indians took place in 1838 as part of the Indian Removal Act of 1830.
Each year on a Saturday, tens of thousands of motorcyclists travel a designated route in remembrance of the original "Trail of Tears". It runs through my town and the sound of thundering cycles can be heard much of that day.