Town Of Spectre
"Roses are red. Violets are blue. I love Spectre."
" There are some fish that cannot be caught. It's not that they are faster or stronger than other fish, they're just touched by something extra."
"It was that night I discovered that most things you consider evil or wicked are simply lonely, and lacking in the social niceties."
There is a private island just outside of Montgomery Alabama where a very cool little movie directed by Tim Burton called "Big Fish" was filmed. When they wrapped the movie instead of striking the set, they offered the owners money to leave it. 15+ years later it is still there. The only house that is built out on the inside is the Mayors House. The rest are just shells. The Church doubles as a barn for the 30+ friendly goats that roam free around the island.
When we first crossed over the causeway onto the island we saw these 2 goats. I was hoping there would be more but just in case, we stopped to play with them.
The island is very small. I was hoping we would be the only ones on it but there were quite a few people around. Not enough that you could not get people out of your shots but enough that you never really were alone for long. The owners allow fishing and camping for a very nominal fee. There were plenty of campers on the property and a handful of boats. It made me wish I packed my kayak and my hammocks. I will be camping here in the near future. It was just a really peaceful place and the weather could not have been better.
The 2 very elaborate trees that were used to film the opening shot for the town are still in decent shape considering they are made of styrofoam.
Once I made it past the entrance...the magic happened...
Yep...that's me. In all my goat loving glory. They just came pouring out of the church and running down the street toward me. It was like I was the pied piper of goats.
I had to cuddle this baby. When he started cooing in my arms...all the hearts eyes!
Photos of me by Kat English
I can see why they chose this little spot for the film.
" In tellin' the story of my father's life, it's impossible to separate fact from fiction, the man from the myth. The best I can do is tell it the way he told me. It doesn't always make sense and most of it never happened... but that's what kinda story this is. "
Keywords: Alabama, big fish, goats, lake, outdoors, roadside america, roadside attractions, town of spectre, travel
So cool! Big Fish is one of my very favorite movies, I love every single thing about it. I've gotta go see this place - thanks for sharing!
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