Growing up in Missouri I believed dirt was meant to be dark brown and mostly sweet smelling. So, during our trips to alabama, to visit with my Mother's family, I was always fascinated by the red clay that covered my Uncles yard. It would stain all our play clothes and on laundry day Mom could be heard cussing it for weeks as the stains gradually faded to a pale brown.
This bright red Alabama dirt must have fascinated more than just me. EmmyLou Harris sang about it in Red Dirt Girl and I have heard that the guys in her band were known as the "Red Dirt Boys." when she traveled in Europe.
I have also seen rusty red t-shirts with the words "Alabama Dirt Shirt" on the front in a couple of souvenir shops while traveling across the state. One of these days I may actually get a photo of one.
I've seen just as much red dirt in our travels to Georgia and Oklahoma, so, I know that Alabama does not have a monopoly on it. But, all of the pictures posted here were taken by me somewhere in the state of Alabama.
This red dirt road is just a few hundred feet from my Aunts house in Dothan, Alabama. On a windy day everything in her yard will have a coating of this dirt on it. After a few raindrops you can see rusty puddles begin to form anywhere the water collects.
The following information was taken from the UAB Publications Website
Sweet Loam Alabama
While certain frustrated gardeners and landscapers might swear that red clay is Alabama’s state soil, it’s not. In 1997, the Alabama state legislature selected and approved a soil they named Bama Series soil as Alabama’s official representative dirt. Chosen for its good drainage, desirable physical properties, and high position on the landscape—making it suitable for the growth of cultivated crops, pasture, hay, and woodlands, as well as for urban uses—Bama Series soil covers 26 counties and about 365,000 acres in Alabama. UAB geologist Scott Brande, Ph.D., says the soil developed during an era when the Alabama landscape was essentially a sea floor. Now the soil is fertile ground for much of the corn and cotton that is grown in our state. But though it bears Alabama’s name, it can be found in Mississippi, Florida, and Virginia too.
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