Brandilyn, my niece, went on a photo field trip with me to the State Capital a few days ago. I had some resources that I needed to return to ELBA so I asked her if she wanted to ride with me. Brandi is always so easy to be around. Anyway, another place that I had in mind to visit was the Walker Museum. I had seen that John Gallager's beautiful nature photography was currently on display. When she jumped into my car, I handed her my Panansonic Lumix and told her she can take shots of anything that she finds interesting.
Silly me, I went to Walker and realized that I had not gotten the directions to the museum. We stopped at the Police Station and they helped me with directions. We finally found our destination and went inside the small old house turned local museum. They have really put together a very nice collection of artifacts. I especially loved looking over all the old photos that are posted on huge display boards. One in particular, piqued my imagination. It looked like a WWII period photo in sepia coloring of a couple in love. What I liked was the manner in which the man had his arms wrapped around his girl. It was like he was hugging her around the waist in that WWII kind of way. I know, I know....hugging in a WWII kind of way? That was so silly and vague sounding to try to describe it like that. If you would see it, you might know. The way they were laughing into the camera was terrific also. It made me want to attempt to recreate the vibe and style of that earlier era. I find it so interesting how there is a certain 'flavor' about those old photos. I think my parents would very, very much enjoy browsing through this museum. Lots of local interests there. I can't wait to go back and discover many more treasures.
After we left the Walker Museum, Brandi and I decided to go to the new State Capital tower lookout. I had not been there since I was a little grade school kid. Listen, I remember that school field trip and I didn't like it at all. Oh my goodness, walking up to the guard rail and feeling the sway was terrifying. Dizzy! All I wanted to do was sit down flat on the ground. So, almost 40 years later, I went back to the tower lookout. As we were riding the elevator to the 24th floor, I could feel that school kid apprehension rising up in me. But, I decided that I could do this now. At floor 24, we had to catch a different elevator that went up to the tip- top of the tower. Ok, we made it. I stepped out onto the landing and voila! I did it! It was not so bad. Although, when I would walk around, I kinda got a bit dizzy. I asked Brandi if she felt it too. She said she did.