Visit Birmingham for the first time in your life and you will quickly realize that the most cherished and iconic image to represent the city is the Vulcan iron man statue. It stands 56 feet tall and atop a 124 foot pedestal and, according to Wikipedia, it depicts the Roman god Vulcan, god of fire and forge. It was created as Birmingham’s entry for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition (1904 World’s Fair) in St, Louis, MO. I was so glad to read the write up on the feature photo, the one that says, “What kind of city builds a statue of a burly, bearded, bare-bottomed man to tower over it’s entire population?”, because when we returned to Vulcan Park in the evening to see if perhaps the sun was going to set set over the city view, but instead it was illuminating Vulcan’s backside, I couldn’t resist taking this photo. Oops. Well, guess what, WordPress wouldn’t let me post that image. You will just have to imagine a close up of a glowing backside, the view of which was our first clue that the sun was setting behind the statue.
Many pictures were taken that day, both early and then on our second trip to check on the sunset. We rode the elevator up the 124 foot tower to enjoy the view of the city, but it was too windy to do much but walk once around the tower on the platform made of metal grating with it’s see-through floor, and then get back in the elevator and go back down. The volunteer there suggested that we go up the tower again later on to see the city view at night, but we decided once was enough,