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Elk had been eliminated in the Great Smoky Mountains but now you can see herds like this one

A friend was recently posting photos of majestic elk he saw in the Great Smoky Mountains and I was reminded of the herd Sweetums and I saw on a trip last year. I realized I had never posted the photos of one of the most incredible sights we've been lucky enough to witness. We were… Continue reading Elk had been eliminated in the Great Smoky Mountains but now you can see herds like this one

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The Pippen Angels are among the most tragic and beautiful cemetery monuments in Alabama

In Courtland Cemetery, established ca.-1820, four eerily beautiful cherubs mark the graves of children taken much too soon. The angel statues, set atop pedestals all in a row, represent children of differing genders and ages who are buried beneath them. I’ve looked for information on who carved the angels (I refer to them as the… Continue reading The Pippen Angels are among the most tragic and beautiful cemetery monuments in Alabama

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Who abandons beautiful mansions like this one in Alabama?

I'm always a little sad when I see gorgeous homes that have been abandoned... and I've seen plenty. I know most of the time they were left behind because the maintenance was too expensive and, eventually, after years of neglect, the cost of making them livable is just too high. I wish there was a… Continue reading Who abandons beautiful mansions like this one in Alabama?

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Abandoned historic school, buildings in Eastaboga, Ala.

Last night, I came across some old photos of an abandoned school and other buildings from Talladega County, Ala., and decided to share. They showcase one of the numerous rural Alabama settlements that are little more than ghost towns, remnants of days gone by. Don’t get me wrong, there are still people living in Eastboga… Continue reading Abandoned historic school, buildings in Eastaboga, Ala.

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Col. Sanders, Ali, the Kentucky Giant and other interesting graves in Cave Hill Cemetery

Y’all know I am fascinated by cemeteries, which some people think is strange. But anyone who has ever seen the beautiful statuary or intricate cast-iron work knows they can be like outdoor art galleries. And sometimes the epitaphs can be of historical interest … or just downright funny. I like those best, which I am… Continue reading Col. Sanders, Ali, the Kentucky Giant and other interesting graves in Cave Hill Cemetery