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

Archive for September, 2012

Porch Light, Moon Light

Murphy sat on the back porch before bed. When I went to let him in, I saw a popcorn looking sky from  the moon and the glow of the porch motion light- on and off, on and off- as he turned his head.  The deck wood looked red.

No time to get a remote cable and eliminate camera shake.

A deep breath as I propped the camera against the edge of the sliding glass door.  Depressed the shutter button while I held my  breath.  No worries that WordPress forgot to issue their weekly photo challenge.


Sock Monkey Welcoming Committee

When I got to Ohio this evening, the kids were in their pjs and had already eaten supper.  As I entered the door there was a wagon load of sock monkeys and a  handmade Welcome Froo Froo Ruthie sign.  It was funny and exciting to arrive and be greeted so enthusiastically.  They had run down to the car and helped haul the suitcase and school bag and I carried the one with the camera.  Even Murphy was at attention in the driveway as I pulled up.  He watched the monkey shot but did not get in it.  A quick photo op and no belaboring trying to get everyone’s attention.  The monkeys did well again, never moving or flinching!  You don’t want to spoil the moment by insisting on multiple poses for a stellar shot.  The grandkids all looked wonderful to me.  Jack doesn’t like to sit still anyway,


South Side Storefront Sign- Get Thee to Munhall

It was the color that attracted me.  Not that the colors are particularly attractive but definitely made me turn my head to get a better look and see why so purple? Complementary colors collide.

I have put Too Groovy Pop Culture Toys  on my list of places to visit.  I see they have a FB page.


City Pumpkins and Bicycles

 

Lots of people head to the farm stand or the farmer’s market or even the Giant Eagle to get a pumpkin.

A bit rainy today but what a colorful surprise to see pumpkins on display on Carson Street in the South Side. School had a day off for the observance of Yom Kippur so I made good use of a midweek vacation day.   I was on my way to see my printer, Tom, so couldn’t stop but swung around and parked briefly, got out and crossed the street.  The bus with the bicycle was a bonus in one of the shots.  I liked the double yellow lines and the bumper converging and the repeat of the bicycle on the bus AND in front of the Hardware Store.  Next time I am going in the hardware store but I had a lot of errands to run so didn’t make time today.  Next time!

 


Almost Same Scene Shot from Inside and Outside the Building

After school I drove to a training in another high school and as I left the building I saw the scene through the windows.  An autumn afternoon.  Shot with the iPhone.  When I got outside I could see a vista with the houses perched on a distant hill.  But when I looked at both views, I felt the one through taken through the glass windows was the more interesting image.  And what was that I said about ALWAYS carry your camera?

Hmmmm. I just don’t seem to be able to follow my own good advice. Maybe I can return when the leaves fall from the trees.


Retro Storefront- Men’s Shop

New views on the way to school.

Brownsville Road, Mt. Oliver (which is a “borough surrounded entirely by the city of Pittsburgh.”)


Early Morning Fill-Up

Gas dependent and running on E is no way to start the day en route to school.  So I pulled into the Shell station on Baum Boulevard and watched the tank fill up at 3.95 a gallon- feeling  a bit glum about the state of things…yup, I should have gotten the much needed gas the afternoon before the early  morning rush.

but then I looked up and saw  the UTZ snack truck  making a delivery to the little convenient  store inside and there was a light on inside the truck. The morning sky, the snack truck, the invitation to play the lottery and skip work altogether?  The scene cheered me.

Shot it with the old iPhone 4, although I am seriously thinking I need that version 5, if for nothing else the improved camera!!

 

 


In Ladder Tower #3- Just Married in Somerset, Pennsylvania

 

The first day of fall was a beautiful wedding day for Prudence and Jordan in Somerset PA.

Sunshine then intermittent showers but then some wonderful sunlight breaking through the clouds, too.  Overcast skies make for no squinting during outdoor picture taking!

The sun and light matched the gorgeous bouquets of sunflowers.

Jordan is a Volunteer Firefighter and a Somerset Police Officer and his colleagues provided escort service for the couple to the reception, honking the horn as they made the short trip to the Somerset Country Club from West Church Street.  It was a wild ride.  Prudence was a lovely bride.

They were a great couple to photograph as was the rest of the bridal party and they graciously  permitted me to post a few wedding photos from Saturday afternoon on the blog today.

I got to sit up front in Ladder Tower #3 and filmed a short video to share with grandsons Michael and Jack when I visit.  I had crawled into a firetruck once at an open house in Ohio but never got the thrill of riding in a giant Ladder Tower truck. It was exciting, fun and memorable.  All the best to Prudence and Jordan!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary

The weekly photo challenge: Solitary hosted by Cheri Lucas at WordPress.

A single picture seemed about right.

(Oops. there are figures in the drawings.)


Night Game

and the row of houses on the road above the stadium intrigued me. It was homecoming. This is the other side in the stands- Perry HS.

The view from the home side is so different. No city skyline and the church with the gold dome. A totally different view.

A lovely night weather-wise and 12 points on the scoreboard but not enough to win.

Today I wore blue and gold for school spirit and I won the faculty raffle for being dressed in school colors.

I won a navy fleece on Thursday -with the school insignia.  I took it to the game tonight but no chill so lugged it around instead of getting to wear it. Morning is going to come early tomorrow. Night now.

 

On the way home on Carson Street

 


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