"Place, with a trace of humanity" Photography/Photo of the Day/Pittsburgh


Transition 2: Weekly Photo Challenge

Sunday afternoon I was still thinking about how to best illustrate Transition in a single image. The “yarn to knitted hat” photo was well received. What else could I depict to show transition? 

Talking about it with my sister, she suggested the ice cube. 

I was hoping to get a lone droplet falling off but this one is about to drop.   

In my sisters kitchen, New York. 

Photographing ice reminded me of trying to photograph glass so it doesn’t look blah. 
 I like responding to the challenges and seeing how others interpret the same theme. 

New York Snapshots- Thanksgiving Family Vacation

man and dogMan and dog in Central Park.

Alice in Wonderland StatueAlice of Wonderland statue


IMG_0655Waiting in line to see the Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.



IMG_0685Aunt Mary reading with Maura from her new book about Egypt.


George Washington crossing the DelawareMark photographing the boys as Washington Crosses the Delaware. Although I’ve seen the painting I couldn’t have told you the artist’s name –Emanuel Gottlieb Leutz



PretzelMaura and her pretzel after the museum


IMG_0755Lighting candles where Mark’s paternal grandparents were married in this chapel behind the main altar of

St. Patrick’s Cathedral.  I believe the year was 1947.(Bobbie?)

30 Rock at Night

30 Rockefeller Center at Night


American Girl StoreMaura likes the American Girl Store Window



Grand Central STationGrand Central in the background

You have to have a few posed shots, attempting to get everyone with you at the same time. HA!


Transit MuseumMichael watches the trains at the Transit Museum


subwaySubway ride back to Aunt Mary’s station stop.





Transition: Weekly Photo Challenge

A single image was my goal. 


 (The hat pattern is Sockhead Hat  by Kelly McClure on Ravelry

The Flatiron on Fifth Ave.


The Flatiron Building  Built in 1902. Maybe the most photographed building in New York City. Here’s one more.  

Snow Leopard, Seals. Santas and Family in NYC

snow leopardCentral Park Zoo.


Seals at Feeding Time Central Park Zoo


santasRadio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular


IMG_0351Mark and Erika and the kids with Aunt Mary after the Christmas Spectacular


Washington Square Arch at Dusk

  Stanford White designed the marble arch, completed in 1895.

  Underneath the arch were memorial candles, flowers and notes for the City of Lights.  

Central Park Autumn Light Gallery

Hansom Cab


Photographed with iPhone 6, Monday November 23, 2015

Bridge in Central Park


Man and Dogs Central Park











Getting ready for Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

Penn Station Panorama

Holiday travel at peak? Not yet.

 That will be this coming Wednesday.

But when the trains for Boston were announced (as I stood under the departure boards) I thought I might get run over by the rush of humanity.

 Getting to their platform, getting to their train home. Rush rush rush. 


Sunday, late afternoon, New York City.

Bread and Salt Adventure

Maybe you read Mark Bittman’s farewell article A Slice of Heaven in Pittsburgh (in the NYTimes) about the Pittsburgh bakery- Bread and Salt.

My neighbor and I went over to Bloomfield and got in line to order our lunch. We took it to go.

Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday you need to plan ahead.

You can order via email. If you ordered bread or pizza online you don’t have to wait in the line.  Just go ahead to the counter, pay and pick up.

Samples of bread are in bowls on the counter. Here are a couple of loaves.  They are sold by the pound so you can get exactly what you need, you don’t have to buy the whole loaf.




Here is Laura on her first day of work. She was gracious to let me photograph her.

That’s a ricotta/almond cake.  They weigh the bread and pizza. It was Laura’s (smiling on right) first day




We sampled all four types offered on Friday.


We had a nice lunch back at my neighbor’s.

Lots of fresh veggie toppings.

The one on the right is the Rosa pizza with oregano.

The classic Margherita was my favorite.  The combination of basil, fresh  mozzarella and tomatoes so fragrant and delicious. Next time I plan to try the bread.


Writer Hal Klein has an article in Pittsburgh Magazine describing the breads, the baker Rick Easton  and the bakery

If you plan to go, be sure to click the Bread and Salt link to check on hours of operation.

Trio: Weekly Photo Challenge

Trio.  You know I had to put the obvious first. The literal.


Enter a caption

Dwayne Dolphin on bass at the Trimont for the Touchstone Fundraiser. I’ll have to get the names of the other musicians.


22039021110_9cf537deb2_oRecycling in Zagreb

silhouettes at Duquesne InclineSilhouettes watch city in fog -Duquesne Incline Platform

three generationsThree generations

Michael Anna Charlie

A repeat if you’re a follower -I think this trio is hard to top

Lots of good.things come in threes. There might have to be a second gallery of Trio this week.


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