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Archive for June, 2013

This Photo is for Frizz

One of my favorite blogs I follow, is hosted by Frizztext in Germany.     (The link is right here ) It’s fun to be part of the wordpress blogging community, supporting one another’s efforts. He is always encouraging.

You’ve seen his comments on my blogs or his alphabet challenge on fellow bloggers posts.

His posts are  filled with finger style guitar music and interesting photographs, curious cats and philosophers. He publishes a daily paper that promotes photography and photographers, news of the world and provocative thoughts and subjects.  He’ll tweet your post and retweet!  He has a ton of followers.

Today when I was walking down the sidewalks of Powell, Ohio, I saw this Volkswagen van in the window.  He came to mind.  He has a VW van in his header.

This photo is for you Frizz!

Volkswagen Van and Surfboards.

 

 


Just Past Midnight- Columbus Ohio

My son Mark drove me and my sister downtown so Mary could catch a 1:10 AM bus to DC to visit some friends. We’ve had a nice couple of weeks together, first in New York City and then with the family in Columbus.

After we dropped her at the Greyhound station, he drove me around the downtown area so I could get a few nighttime shots of the city.  The Ohio Statehouse- just a bit of it as I shot it from the car window. Had the 70-200mm Canon L series lens on the camera.  I should have gotten out of the car but we were on our way to take Mary.  I had envisioned flags flying as they had been the last time we drove by in the daytime, but not even a breeze.

Ohio Statehouse

Ohio Statehouse (Greek Revival) Built 1839-1861

Christopher Columbus Statue

Christopher Columbus  in front of City Hall-  a 3-ton bronze statue- Uncrated Oct 10, 1955   A gift from Genoa

LeVeque Tower

LeVeque Tower- second tallest building- Art Deco with red white and blue lights on it tonight for the upcoming Fourth of July

The Palace Theater

The Palace Theatre

Eternal Flame

The Columbus Fire Department Memorial Eternal Flame 

The Santa Maria

(You hear about “noise” in a photograph.  This is a fine example of “noise”)

The Santa Maria in Battelle Riverfront Park on the Scioto River

Nationwide Building

City buses lined up headed north

Columbus Dispatch SignThe Columbus Dispatch Neon Sign across from the State Capitol Building

Thanks Mark for the just past midnight tour of Columbus downtown.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable

This week’s challenge is companionable

Synonyms for companionable

Synonyms from Merriam Webster online
amicablebonhomousbuddy-buddychummycollegial,friendlycomradelycordialgenialhail-fellowhail-fellow-well-metheartymatey [chiefly British],neighborlypalsypalsy-walsy [slang], warm,warmhearted

Flat Ruthie is participating in the Weekly Photo Challenge on Cardboardmetravels blog, too.  


Boy on Stilts Early Morning New York City

Stilts are documented from  the 6th century BC in Greece.   Who knew?

 I’ve never walked on stilts, have you?

 I’ve seen them in a gym class somewhere along with a pogo stick or two.  And a clown in a circus when I was small.  

There were a bunch of people on stilts in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade (1979) in Savannah, Georgia as we just watched the stilts walkers in a Super 8 home movie (now on a DVD)  Wonder who sews those tall tall pants to cover those wooden poles.  

Watching the home movie, reminded me of this  stilts walker in NYC. Last Friday morning.

This was shot in the early morning on the way to the parking garage to pick up the car and drive out to Ohio.

Looked like he was walking on rooftops to me.

I had to look twice. Of course, it’s an ad on a building.    Not sure what they are selling. 

Canon 50mm 1.2 lens L series set at  ISO 100  f/5 125 

Boy on Stilts NYC


What the Kids Saw When They Got Home From the Pool

Grandkids

 

Jack, Anna, Maura and Michael got out of the van after swimming practice.

 

 

Cutting Down Tree

 

The sound of a chain saw goes right through me.  The sound that is…..

 

 

Twenty Year Old Tree

 

Shot with the iPhone camera-  the kids counted twenty rings

The men are coming back to grind up the trunk.   Mark and Erika are thinking of planting a Dogwood Tree.

 

 

Firewood

 

The firewood shot with the iPhone camera.

 

and the before photo of the Ash Tree in the front yard

 

The Ash Tree

 

Mark and Erika said the tree had been hit by lightning.

Frazier's  Landscaping

 

My dad used to play The Ash Grove on the piano.


Hail Stones and Shifty Weather

Sun, clouds, half sun, half clouds.  Thunder. Lightning.  Still some blue sky.  

I don’t usually report on the weather but my sister and I have relocated to the midwest and with a flat terrain, it’s different to experience weather with a giant bowl of a sky overhead instead of jigsaw puzzle pieces of sky, broken up by buildings and trees and land. 

Maura got a penny so we could compare the size of the hailstones. She called it the “ice show”  

The kids ran around and collected them and put them on the concrete drive.  Steam rose from the asphalt after the storm as the temperature had been so hot.  

Single Hailstone

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hail stones and a penny

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hailstones

 

 

The newest addition to the family – Airedale Terrier  puppy  Henry.  

Here is he checking out the hailstones.

Henry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Afternoon Ohio SkyLate Afternoon Ohio Sky

 

 

 

A tall shadow at dusk

 

 

 

Tall shadow at dusk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Painting the Bike Lane on Bleecker Street and Bicycles in the City

iPhone shot of the bike lane on Bleecker Street being painted

and all over the city you see brand new blue Citi bikes (bike sharing program)are parked, waiting to be rented.

Bleecker Street Bike Lane

 

Crew painting the blke lane along Bleecker Street- butter mint green?

 

 

Before Painting

 

The Bike Lane before painting.

 

 

Bleecker Street Bike Lane

 

You can see the bike lane before it is painted green

 

 

 

Blue citibikes

 

Man riding a blue Citibike at Union Square

 

 

 

bicycle east side

 

Lower East Side Bicyclist

 

 

Battery Park

 

Bicyclist watching the man do a flip in Battery Park

 

 

 

Coney Island Bike Rental

 

Coney Island Bike Rental

 

 

 

Delivery Bicycle

 

Bicycle delivery

 

 

Hudson River Bicycle

 

Along the Hudson River

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Man on cell phone on bike

man on cell phone on bike

 

Bicycles parked along sidewalk

bicycles pakred

Single wheel locked up on the sidewalkbicycle wheel


Sawdust on the Floor, Hot Pastrami on Rye, Six Foot Sandwich and Send a Salami

Katz’s Deli in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

My sister took me there for lunch on Thursday.  We shared a hot pastrami on rye with both fresh and pickled pickles.   I’d never been to Katz’s before but would definitely go again.  Everyone gets a ticket upon entering.  You have to show it when you leave and pay, even if it is blank like mine was as Mary treated.

I sat at the table while she got in line for the carver to carve the meat.  I can tell you the sandwich was delicious. as were the accompanying pickles.

A huge menu and lots more to order but half a sandwich was plenty.  A nice woman let me photograph her matzoh ball but I didn’t think the photo looked good enough to post.

Before we went, Mary answered my query by googling and finding the chow hound telling the difference between pastrami and corned beef.

While we were there she pointed out the sawdust on the floor. Lots of celebrities photos and neon beer signs from floor to ceiling.

I’d heard of the slogan- Send a Salami to Your Boy in the Army but didn’t remember the song which is also my sister’s reference. Thanks Mary.

Neon sign at Katz's Deli

Sawdust on the Floor

Katz's Deli interior

A popular spot for lunch.  Fellow diners at the deli.

Pastrami on Rye

Hot Pastrami on Fresh Rye as photographed by my iPhone.

Two kinds of pickles

Two kinds of pickles. both delicious, iPhone shot again.

Six Foot Sandwich

You can order a six foot sandwich to go for $275

(Took this with the Canon 5D 50/ 1.2L  lens, no flash)

6 ft sandwich to go

Packing up the six footer in a special box.  Plenty of muster and mayo went with it.

Katz's Deli interior

Send a Salami

Send a Salami to Your Boy in the Army

Katz's Deli sign


Staten Island Ferry Ride – New York City

The Staten Island Ferry

Fact:  365 days a year, 24 hours a day

Fact:  a 5 mile trip, about 25 minutes one way

Fact:  21 million people a year ride the Staten Island Ferry

Fact:  There are nine ferries in the fleet

Fact:  The three new ferries were made in Wisconsin at Marinette Marine

Fact:  If you saw the movie Working Girl in 1988 the ferry is in the opening credits  (see link below)

How much does it cost to ride? It’s free.  And a lot of fun.  We used to go when the kids were younger. It was one activity I really wanted to do again this visit to NYC.

Mary and I went boarded and rode over to Staten Island.  We stood outside on the upper deck.  After a smooth voyage and wonderful view, we got off as everyone has to get off the ferry.

We walked down the ramp and followed  a path and then got right  back onto the very same ferry to return to Manhattan.

Manhattan Skyline

 

As we left Manhattan and looked back

 

 

 

Staten island Ferry

 

A different Staten Island Ferry in the harbor. Brooklyn Bridge in the background.

 

 

 

Statue of Liberty

 

The Statue of Liberty

 

 

 

 

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Statue of Liberty Framed in the Ferry Door

 

 

STaten Island Ferry

 

A pigeon is a passenger on the ferry

 

 

Disembark from Ferry

Ready to disembark

 

 

Passengers waiting for the doors to open so they can board the ferry on the Manhattan side

 

Passengers Waiting

 

 

 

 

Carly Simon sings Let the River Run  Opening Credits of movie Working Girl 1988


Weekly Photo Challenge: The World Through Your Eyes

The challenge of curves spoke to me immediately.

This week’s challenge - the world through your eyes, did not.

But then I looked at the photo of my sister in NYC from the other night, the reflection of Freedom Tower (behind the buildings in the foreground) in her sunglasses as we sat along the Hudson River at Battery Park.  A literal interpretation.  It seems I set it up AFTER reading  the challenge today.

 

reflections of your world


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