Experimenting with the settings on the camera from across the pool. The swimmers have to wet the cap before putting it on! Caught the cascade of pool water with a 70-200 L series lens(Canon). Converted to black and white as the color was a distraction from the water splashing.
Bolton Field, Columbus OH, Sunday afternoon in the hot June sun. My grandsons and a friend watch the sky for the Liberty Belle.
Crepe paper streamers to decorate gyms and carnival booths seem old school. When cleaning out the art room, I uncovered a spiral, layers of colors of vintage crepe paper. A couple of rolls were stained and faded but I took them out of the plastic wrappers, 49 cent pricetags. Who wound the spiral and why? “a spiral emanates from a central point, getting progressively farther away as it revolves around the point.” wikipedia
Midway PA out near Canonsburg. Every wedding has a feeling to it and this one Friday night was relaxed and sweet. What a nice couple. We went out onto the golf course and checked the time, it was 10:10. Moonlight, the light from the clubhouse and indirect flash. Megan and Gregg, the happy newlyweds. *Blogged with permission from a gracious bride!) [24-70 L series Canon lens, 1" at 2.8 aperture. Canon 5D]
Drove downtown after school to 3G Gallery to pick up a photograph from a show and Amy said go to the lobby and check out the Furry Convention. The Fursuit Parade is Saturday at 2 by the David Lawrence Convention Center. Over 750 humans in fursuits. A man with a badge marked security, said this convention brings in 6 million dollars to Pittsburgh and they donate to local Animal Charities. Some wear ears and or tails but these three furries were in full suits. The convention is something I have heard about but not experienced before. The news channels were walking around with microphones and cameras.
Wonder what it was like to be in the home that still stands when the demolition took place? If you want to know how to demolish a home in a “green way” click here
Suzanne’s garden lush greens. Variegated. Giant Oak Leaf Hydrangeas blooming. Lamb’s Ear and Lavender border the steps. Ripening blueberries in the back. Seeing the latest projects and sharing details about family visits. Catching up with a good friend. What a lovely way to spend a summer afternoon.
Putting her fingerprints all over Aunt Linda’s curio cabinet, Maura was so excited. This is from the archives(March) a follow-on to the doll theme from Saturday. I found this series. None a perfect shot but putting them together you can feel her delight.
Roy Joseph Hendricks
Born in Farmersville, Illinois February 26, 1912-
October 26, 2002- (Remains in Pleasant Valley, CT)
There they were, lying on the counter in the front hall of the school. Cleaned out of someone’s classroom, but it so difficult to pitch something with a face, looking at you. Each of these has stories to tell I know. Reminded me of Erika and Anna’s beloved BabyDoll (to see 30 year old Babydollclick for 10/21/09 post)
From the archives. Boats with a motor not allowed. Took this when visiting my sister last Spring. Reminds me of Stuart Little. It’s relaxing to watch the toy sailboats and the people who pilot them, the rental guy who retrieves them with a line. The motorized, remote control naval ship was zipping around between the peaceful sailboats.
About 5 years ago, my friend Lara E. framed the poem in the newspaper, adding the crayon paper peelings around it. Last night at my final video class I scanned it and uploaded it to the blog while I waited for the screening to start. This years crop yielded lots of crayons. The most whole crayons at the end of the year are violet ones.
You notice the light on the object and how it’s reflected off the object, too. This is the photo just before yesterday’s post- “real time” and yet the approach to the top, ready to drop, looked like a stronger moment. I put myself on assignment, studying the movement, the mood and the composition- all in a few blinks. I liked this one for the light.
After photographing family in West Mifflin Sunday afternoon, I drove a couple blocks to the Free Parking lot at Kennywood. Sat in the car with the 70-200 lens and watched a few loads of Phantom’s Revenge Riders speed by at different angles. It would be a long two minutes and fifteen seconds for me. People love the thrill of roller coaster rides. How about Rob and Bradley in Illinois going from park to park on tour? Will fill you in on their stats when I receive them. A new coaster is going to be on the site of the Turnpike Ride (my speed) and the numbers they tout are zero to fifty in three seconds, 90 degree drop. Any mention of G force and I am opting out! WOW.
My brother’s birthday is today. Flag Day. A legal holiday in Pennsylvania. There will be garbage pick up. A non-holiday holiday. No special holiday meals. I see flags and red, white and blue bunting around town. Some flags up since Memorial Day.
Here are the flags at PNC Park with the city behind!
I remember walking to the Betsy Ross House when our parents lived in Philadelphia, Mark in a stroller. Philadelphia may be the home to the first Flag Day. When I was a kid there was a piano in the classroom and we sang a lot of flag songs.
Who knew? I admit I’ve never considered purchasing an ice sculpture as a gift. But seeing this truck made me think of ice sculptures I have seen up close. Plus, it’s hot and humid again so the idea of ice appeals to me.
Do-it-yourselfers? You’ll need to read “Ice Sculpting the Modern Way, Joseph Amendola’s Ice Carving Made Easy and Mac Winker’s Ice Sculpture: The Art of Ice Carving in 12 Systematic Steps.” (from Wikipedia)
Last summer I watched an ice carver/sculptor whir a chainsaw, spew ice and find a dolphin inside the giant block. Ellen’s daughter had an R2D2 at her wedding, and Donna’s son’s wedding had a giant heart with their engagement photo inside the ice.
You sit at a red light and there it is- the thought of the day. The company lists themselves as the coolest guys around- more info click Mastroice on Herron Avenue
Red teams, blue teams. Hot, muggy weather. Friday at school was Field Day. Tricycle races, tug-of-war, scratchy burlap potato sacks. My station was Golf Ball Relay- balance a golf ball in the bowl of a spoon,walk the course without dropping it. Such concentration! The station after mine, run by my colleague Erin, was the water balloon toss. Take a step back and lob it across to a partner. The filled balloons like swollen jelly beans, waiting in the giant garbage can, told me to run upstairs to my locker, get the camera out and photograph them between morning and afternoon sessions. The students were so excited to go to the water balloons when Mr. Miller blew the whistle three times.
The gray and rain prevented me from photographing all of Dorothy’s beautiful garden for her family. She tended it so well. The blueberries ripening, a giant broccoli ready to cut. New lettuces. And the tomatoes have really shot up. As I was leaving, the vibrant orange stood out amongst the greens. I am certain there is a special name for this flower. Dorothy kept the tags and seed packets of what she planted in her garden, for future reference,
Celebration of the Life of Dorothy H. Holley – 6 o’clock Friday night- Calvary Church in Shadyside, Corner of Walnut and Shady Ave.
Laundry. It piles up no matter what else is going on in life. One week, years ago, I wrote a tally mark every time I did a load. Total 14. Grateful for washer and dryer at home.
Gates down, red lights flash, bells clang- the freight train rolls by. Count the cars, kids! Long trains in Ohio. Lots of cars. Sit and wait.
A slideshow, remembering Dorothy. Blackberries on Greek yogurt. Roses, iris and tulips from her garden. The back porch where we’d sit, have tea, watch birds feed and bathe. She wrote poems after viewing the photos of the Mill at Night and The Cider Press. She baked fresh bread and gave me some to take home for Steve. She’d slice tomatoes and make summer sandwiches to share. She contributed many comments on the blog. She showed us how to live life with courage, grace and love. for Pittsburgh Post Gazette obituary click here
Service at Calvary Church Shady and Walnut, Friday June 11th 6:00PM
A dry ride home despite reports of severe thunderstorms. It was blue sky and white fluffy clouds, sun, intense green from the rain. When I got back to the city it had gotten dark. I pulled over by the Renaissance Hotel on Duquesne Blvd and caught the bridge.(Click to learn more about “self-anchored suspension”)
It was okay but I drove around the block for both arches, shooting through the windshield while sitting at the red light.