On the way there, we saw a particularly pretty field of cotton and stopped at the home sitting closest to it, to ask for permission for both photographing and picking some of the cotton. Dax Whitaker, owner of the home, and family member of the owner of the cotton field, graciously gave us permission for both. I left with gorgeous photos and a bouquet of cotton stems. A special Thank you to Dax and his family, for adding some beauty to my day!
We were given a warm welcome when we arrived at Gary and Diane's home, they are very down-to-earth people and I like that. I sat in the shade of pecan trees... and cautiously walked the grounds and vegetable garden with Diane and learned a little bit about their bees, their chickens and their stock of what they call "Brush" goats. I stayed pretty far away from all the hives because I just don't like flying... or crawling insects. That's just me. But, it was both fun and nerve wracking watching and photographing Andy and Gary with the bees. Andy was out there just all-over-the-place with not a care about being stung or carried off by a swarm of bees, unlike me, he is brave! I photographed him donning his bee keeper's suit, and practicing running away from the bees, ha ha, and filming while Gary tended to the hives. The day was great! Gary and Diane were gracious hosts and patient teachers. They sent us on our way with vegetables from their garden, some of their home grown sugar cane, and a jar of honey from the hives. They have our gratitude and admiration for all they do and I would be proud to call them friends! Thank you so much Gary and Diane for everything!
Here are some photos of the day... Enjoy.
Cotton Field in Holtville, Alabama
Gary and Diane... Great people!
Donning his bee-keeper suit
Practice running!!! ha ha!
Andy filming Gary tending the hive
Well... What do you think?