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Archive for July, 2013

Pool Party Panorama

Still playing around with the panorama option on the iPhone to capture the pool at night.

The weather has cooled down considerably so when you get out of the water, and the air hits you, it feels like fall. Brrrr.  Last day of July.

Pool at Night


Michael Shoots into the Sun at Breakfast

 

 

 

Michael Photographing Red Sun

Michael’s Lego man stands in the red light from the sun and he photographs it with my phone.

I got my camera to catch him photographing the scene.

 

 

 

 

lego man

 

One thing that occurs in the family is the grandchildren try their hand at photography, too. One of Michael’s photos from the iPhone!

 

 

 


The Girls Eye the Mobile Ropes Course at the BSA Booth, Ohio State Fair

 

 

Girls Eye the Mobile Ropes

 

The Girls at the Boy Scouts of America Booth-  Eyeing Mobile Ropes Course

 

 

Kids and Goldfish

 

Michael and Maura eye Goldie and Tiger

We didn’t play any games but these goldfish were foisted on us by a girl who won them.  Sadly, both are deceased already(the first within 24 hours) despite the investment in an aquarium with filter and lights and pretty gravel and conditioning the water etc etc.

 

 

Railroad display

 

The Railroad Display

 

 

Patting the Calf

 

 

Petting a calf.  The calf was a prize in a drawing.  No, we did NOT enter the drawing.

Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?

 

Why did the chicken cross the road?

 

 

Mobile Ropes Course

 

 

 

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Mobile Ropes Course

 

 

 

 

Kids at the Fair

All seven kids on the inflatable chair at the State Farm Booth.  And obviously had them pose for this shot.

 


Weekly Photo Challenge: Masterpiece

Tough challenge this week.   For me, at least.

I didn’t want to post a painting from the Metropolitan Museum from my archives or someone else’s idea.

There have been a lot of creative and unusual masterpieces posted by fellow bloggers .  And although there’s plenty of grandchildren artwork where I’m vacationing, how could I chose a single piece from one of the four?

In Ohio, there are no majestic tall ships with light on their sails  like  Frizz in Germany or Colline’s intricate handmade ship models, or Francine’s stunning views of the Grand Canyon or Meg’s post of Capri. Or Madhu’s edible masterpiece.

There are so many others to see and even a brand new grandchild for Gilly

So keeping it simple.  Very simple

One more photo from the Ohio State Fair to meet theWeekly Photo Challenge: Masterpiece.  

 

Look, an egg!

Look, an egg!


State Fair Food, Signs and 2000 Pounds of Butter

As promised yesterday, here’s a sampling of the food available at the Ohio State Fair.

People were generous in allowing me to photograph the food they purchased and were about to consume.

I’m sorry I didn’t get pics of the actual Roast Beef Sundae and the Donut Burger.   There is a lot more to see and eat.

 

 

Chocolate Dipped Frozen Banana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chocolate Covered Frozen Banana with Sprinkles

 

The Ribbon

 

The Ribbon (potatoes fried) with Cheese and Ranch Dressing.

Deep Fried Everything

Deep Fried Everything

Deep Fried Buckeyes

Deep Fried Buckeyes

Cotton Candy and Pirate

Cotton Candy Booth

Roasted Corn

Dipping the Roasted Corn in Butter

 

Donut Burger

A Burger in a Donut for a Bun

 

 

on the grill

Peppers and Onions on the Grill

 

 

 

 

 

Muddy Pigs

 

Muddy Pigs Booth

 

Cooking Chicken

 

Grilling Chicken

Eating Food at the Fair

Fairgoers eating Deep Fried Turkey Legs?

Butter Sculpture

The Butter Cow  Sculpture

(I wanted to see this as I remember seeing one a long time ago when I was young)

I read an interesting obituary in the New York Times Norma Lyon, the Butter Cow Lady in 2011

Cow and Calf in Butter

543 Hours to Create the  Butter Sculpture Display Kept at 46 degrees F

Ohio Fair Choir

Ohio State Fair Youth Choir Founder, Glenville Thomas  (d. 1991)    Honored in Butter Sculpture

Kettle Corn

Kettle Corn Booth

French Fries Stand

 

French Fries Booth

Gyros Booth

Gyro Booth

Funnel Cake

Funnel Cake with Powdered Sugar on Top

 

Funnel Cake Stand


Ohio State Fair – Columbus Ohio

Today’s post is primarily people.  A few animals. Or people and animals.  The food highlights will be a separate post.  Stay tuned for a Deep Fried Buckeye.  No, I didn’t eat it but someone let me photograph theirs.

I accompanied two moms and seven children!  We had a wonderful afternoon.   Perfect summer day.  Last year our visit to the fair was cut short by a severe thunderstorm.  If you are new to the blog you can check it out here

Keep Cool Fans

 

Fans from the egg farmers- outside the Taste of Oho Pavillion-  four of them are my grandchildren.  Three are their friends.

 

 

 

I'm in a Fowl Mood

Thanks for letting me photograph your shirt in the Taste of Ohio Pavillion

Thanks Guys Top banana

 

 

No, not going to guess my weight or age today!

 

 

Union General

 

Union General  from the Civil War Encampment checks out the cowgirl boots

 

 

 

Boy and Cow

 

Being taken back to the livestock/ stall area after showing

 

 

 

 

 

Abe Lincoln

 

Abe Lincoln chats with fairgoers

 

 

 

Cowgirl Boots

 

Cowgirl Boots galore

 

 

 

AIrbrush T shirt Art

 

Airbrush artist

 

 

 

No Firearms

 

Posting a No Firearms sign on the Dairy Pavillion

 

 

 

Pirates on Stilts

 

 

Jack and Drew talk to the Pirate about missing treasure

 

 

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At the Cardinal gate.

Bent Traffic Cone

Bent traffic cone and Ohio State Trooper giving directions

 

Jack  Milked a cow

 

Jack milked a cow. Why he put the sticker on his mouth is beyond me.We did not put it there!

 

 

 

Watching the pig races

 

 

Watching the pig races

 

 

weaving a scarf

 

Weaving a scarf

 

 

 

Ohio Fair Band

 

Rousing band music

 

 

 

checking the bags of wool

Checking the bags of wool

 

 

 

Walking her horse

 

The horse barn

 

 

sleeping with the livestock

 

Sleeping near the livestock

 

 

napping at the fairCatching a quick nap behind the concession stands

 

 

 

milking the cow

Waiting in line to milk the cow

 

 

horse stall

 

Looking down the walkway lined with horse stalls

 

 

Ohio State Fair

Exhausted. This woman takes a nap on the grass.

 

Perfect summer day.  Last year our visit to the fair was cut short by a severe thunderstorm.  If you are new to the blog you can check it out here

 


It’s a Blimp!

Three of the kids were playing in the sandbox and backyard tent when we saw and heard this blimp.  They were really excited.  It was going back and forth and all around. I had seen it earlier on Polaris Parkway but thought it was a tethered balloon for a used car place or something like that.

I shot the first with the phone and the second with the Canon 5D.  I think the phone pic looks pretty good. But the larger file could withstand a crop to read the blimp’s lettering which we could not with our eye.

So it’s beer, day two!

backyard

 

 

 

 

Backyard

 

 

 

And the advertising said:

BUDWEISER

Designate a Driver

(A crop from the photo above)

Budweiser Blimp


Horse Piss Beer Near Lexington KY- Guest Blog

There- I put it right in the title – Horse Piss Beer-  so there are no surprises about the photo of the day.  I try to keep things family friendly on the blog but this is about family.

My son Mark is on business in Kentucky and sent me this on the phone tonight.  He’s near Lexington.  I love when my family sends me a photo and says “for the blog” and the other reason I’m posting-

My dad always told us that beer tasted like horse piss.  I think that was to make us not want to drink it.  Now he was born in 1912 in Farmersville Illinois and grew up on a farm that included horses but I doubt he actually tasted the urine from any horse. My parents didn’t drink but my father’s father surely did and that is why my dad did not.  So maybe he knew what he was talking about, the taste was like the scent?  One of the reviews of the beer said it smells like tomatoes.

This is not an endorsement for drinking this golden colored brew ( I went and read a few reviews and am not seeking a sample!) but their website states

“Horse Piss Beer is dedicated to helping others.  A percentage of the sales of the beer and merchandise will be donated to help disabled jockeys and adoption programs for our equine friends.”

My father and his warnings about the taste of beer made me feel my dad was sending me a message with Mark’s photo. Seriously.  And so I share it with you.

Horse Piss Beer

 

and a photo I took in a backyard at a birthday party almost two weeks ago (thanks BJ and T)

Horsehoes

 


NatGeo Photo Workshop: A Review

Originally posted on Travel Monkey:

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Joe McNally at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico

Kongo spent last week in Santa Fe, New Mexico attending a National Geographic Expeditions Photography Workshop.  This is a review of the workshop.  I updated this post to include a video made by the staff of our week in the Photo Workshop.

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Light Writing in the Backyard

 

Four grandchildren in the backyard

+Four White Lightning Sticks with strobe effect (@$5)

+Fading light

+Grandma’s camera on bulb setting, propped on the garden fence.

+Energy and Enthusiasm for the experiment

= ________________________  FUN!

Light Writing

 

We started out slowly, sitting down on the lawn.

 

 

Light Writing 2

 

I suggested a little more movement.   I’d say they complied on both of these shots.

 

 

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Light Writing 4

Michael, Maura, Anna and Jack with their White Lightning Sticks in the Backyard

The final one, directed by Anna, Circles all around.  She staggered her siblings so no one hit one another.  It started to get buggy. We’ll try again another night.

 


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