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Random Shots: a snapshot of Birmingham

Bob Farley/f8PhotoA few weeks ago we posted some photos from the Lyric Theatre in advance of the open house and included a photo of a mural of the city that was being stored in the building (it’s image #9).

Well, the centennial mural’s four pieces have been moved to the new home of the Birmingham Jefferson History Museum at the former Young & Vann building downtown. They were so large they had to open up the wall to get it into its new home. The Terminal‘s Bob Farley took a closer look at the mural and provided these photos to share with you in The Gallery. According to their website, we’ll get a chance to take a closer look in person come next spring.

Photo: Bob Farley/f8Photo

Climbing comes to Birmingham’s Southside

Inside First Avenue Rocks - Bob Farley/f8Photo

An emergency room nurse, a fifth grade teacher, 15,000 screws, 5,000 t-nuts, 145 sheets of plywood, 2,100 square feet of eight inch padding, and thousands of pounds of steel is turning a 6,800 square foot warehouse on Birmingham, AL’s Southside built in 1911 into modern rock climbing gym with 3,900 square feet of climbing surface.

Joe Ortega (the ER nurse) and Adam Henry (the teacher) have been creating the 16-foot-tall bouldering walls out of steel beams and plywood since January. The new rock climbing gym, called First Avenue Rocks, is due to open in the second week of June at 2417 First Ave. South.

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A real groundbreaking on Southside


Workers dig a trench along 21st Street & Second Ave. South on Wednesday morning as work begins on the CiTYViLLE BLOCK 121 mixed-use development on Birmingham’s Southside. City officials (including Mayor Langford) and the developer gathered later that afternoon for the ceremony. The development is slated to include 255 apartments and more than 21,000 square feet of retail space, both of which will undoubtedly lead to a transformation of that part of the city.

Check out the press release from the mayor’s office sent on Tuesday announcing the groundbreaking ceremony.

Photo: Bob Farley/f8Photo

Random Shots: Pollen Pool


According to the Alabama Allergy & Asthma Center yesterday’ spollen count is in the high range with the level hitting 10 on a 12 point scale.

The center offers daily allergy alerts and pollen counts on its website. The information is also available via The Weather Channel’s online home.

Photo: Pollen swirls in the top of a full cistern Tuesday morning in Roebuck Springs. Bob Farley/f8Photo

Random Shots: What a difference a week makes

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As Birmingham wakes up to the start of Daylight Savings Time and hints at temperatures getting close to 80°, we thought we’d share a few images from last week’s snowfall.

Bob Farley headed out to Ruffner Mountain Nature Center shortly after the 3″ had finished accumulating, giving us this photo set over in The Gallery.


Random shots: Flying over


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A helicopter approaches the downtown Birmingham skyline Tuesday morning. Taken from north of the city along I-65 near Finley Blvd.

Bridging the BJCC

Construction continues on the skywalk projects at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention. The renovations to the BJCC include the construction of two exterior bridges connecting the Sheraton Birmingham hotel to the North and South Exhibit Halls as well as the BJCC Arena. The bridges are due to be completed by this July and are part of the complex’s six-year, $52 million capital improvement project.

Photo: Bob Farley/f8Photo