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

About Me


Mother’s Day 2009


What’s in my camera bag?

Canon 5D Mark II

Canon 5D  (Many of the archival series shot with Canon 20D)

Started with Agfa Double Viewfinder Film camera

and a Canon Rebel (film)  Arrival of first grandchild bought a Canon Rebel SLR in 2003.


50mm-1.2 L series

24-70mm L series

70-200mm L series

iPhone camera when in a pinch! Seems I am using the iPhone camera more and more, cause it’s handy?

Photographer, retired after 26 years in the Pittsburgh city schools art teacher K-8, city dweller, knitter, cook, reader, family, grandmother.

email:  rutheh(at)gmail.com

79 responses

  1. designedforsuccess

    Great stuff. So nice to make your acquaintance. My blog is at designedforsuccess.wordpress.com
    Will have you all over at some point. Anna told me my garage was a mess. (It is). I love kids candor.

    Liked by 1 person

    July 18, 2009 at 2:34 pm

  2. Your photos are truly amazing! Wonderful site!

    Liked by 1 person

    June 1, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    • Thanks for your good words!


      June 1, 2011 at 6:20 pm

      • I;m writing an article for CBS Local Best of Pittsburgh entitled,” Upcoming Exhibits For Kids In Pittsburgh.” Where are your photos available for viewing other than the wb site? I must chose the best five artists in Pittsburgh and your work is amazing. Any information will be appreciated and the article is due on the 10th of June. Thanks in advance but I need more information so I scan tell Pittsburgh all about what you do.

        Liked by 1 person

        June 6, 2015 at 11:09 pm

      • Thanks for considering my photography to be included in your article. As you can see, I’ve blogged photographs ( many of Pittsburgh) everyday for the past six years. Although I have had a couple is shows of my work, the blog is the place to view my photographs. I am finishing up my 26th year of teaching in the Pittsburgh Public schools, the past three at Carrick High School teaching photography. By keeping a daily photographic practice, I was able to inspire my students.


        June 7, 2015 at 6:32 am

  3. Love your site, great photos

    Liked by 1 person

    June 12, 2011 at 8:23 am

  4. Nice night shot of Pittsburgh in your header. I used to live there.

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    September 5, 2011 at 11:13 am

  5. nice to find you!

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    October 6, 2011 at 6:50 am

  6. I love your combination of great photos and interesting writing. Seems like so often it’s one or the other. Fantastic and enjoyable!

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    November 9, 2011 at 8:29 am

    • Thanks for your good comments and so happy you found the blog. I am going to pay your blog a visit now.


      November 10, 2011 at 12:25 am

      • Well, thanks! I find so many blogs that I can’t even remember how I can across yours, but I’m glad I did!


        November 12, 2011 at 5:37 pm

  7. hello! i love your photos…so fresh

    Liked by 1 person

    December 2, 2011 at 12:38 am

    • Thanks Eva. Just visited your obese Barbie post and clicked FOLLOW immediately! Nice to meet you in the blogosphere.


      December 2, 2011 at 12:39 am

      • lol thanks!!! nice to meet you too!


        December 2, 2011 at 12:47 am

  8. Joyce Kareem

    Enjoying your work, Ruth :)

    Liked by 1 person

    December 4, 2011 at 5:18 pm

  9. Paul Meese

    You’re very creative and inspiring.
    I just found your site recently, and I hope that you continue to add photos in 2012.
    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.


    December 21, 2011 at 8:07 am

    • Thanks Paul. Today was post # 819 and I hope to continue in the New Year. Thanks for looking and I tried to see if you had a blog but couldn’t find the address so I could check it out. Appreciate your taking time to write a nice comment. Best, Ruth


      December 21, 2011 at 10:18 am

  10. I nominate this blog


    December 30, 2011 at 7:49 am

  11. Amazingly beautiful photos! Shall be haunting this place….

    Liked by 1 person

    January 17, 2012 at 10:45 am

  12. Thanks for visiting my blog. You got great pictures here. Keep it up!


    January 25, 2012 at 12:29 am

  13. Congratulations on your recent nomination by Island Traveler for the Hope Unites Globally HUG Award. To accept the award and learn how to share it with others, please read the Guidelines at http://ahopefortoday.com/2012/01/14/hope-unites-globally-hug-award-guidelines/. Blessings, Connie at A Hope for Today


    January 26, 2012 at 4:29 pm

  14. Hello,

    thank you for your interest in our straw bale hotel.

    We wish you a lot of success with your blog and a happy 2012.

    Greetings from Switzerland


    Liked by 1 person

    February 5, 2012 at 4:06 am

  15. Hi Ruth, I nominated you for the Sunshine Award. Check it out: http://monahoward.com/2012/03/25/the-sun-is-shining/

    And Flat Ruthie went hiking today in the Phoenix Mountain Park but she is not happy with the pictures, so we’ll take a few more excursions until she’s satisfied with the images.

    Blessings and Joy to you!

    Liked by 1 person

    March 25, 2012 at 6:03 am

  16. hello ruth, i have given you an award … http://wp.me/p1kP6q-xX, i do enjoy your blog! christine

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    March 26, 2012 at 8:47 pm

  17. That means I should follow your blog to learn more about photography and just done it! :)

    Liked by 1 person

    April 29, 2012 at 11:59 pm

  18. I can see there is art in your DNA :)


    July 28, 2012 at 9:25 am

  19. Thanks for Following “The Dark Globe”



    August 10, 2012 at 11:17 am

  20. Your blog is awesome, I’ve nominated you for a Versatile Blogger award.

    Well deserved!



    August 25, 2012 at 2:58 pm

  21. Beautiful site, I like the simplicity and modern looks of your photography webpage :-)

    Liked by 1 person

    August 27, 2012 at 9:54 am

  22. Just found your blog….. with a name like Ruth… you cannot go wrong!


    August 30, 2012 at 8:42 pm

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  24. Just wanted to let you know I have nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award. I hope this will be welcome news for you. If you prefer not to accept the award, I certainly understand, but I hope you will visit the other nominees, and they will visit you, just the same. To see more about the award and accepting this nomination, please visit my post at http://wp.me/p2ekZU-E4. All the best!


    September 28, 2012 at 11:33 pm

  25. You are hardcore with all that equipment! Looks like it pays off, though!
    Very nice blog!


    September 30, 2012 at 9:47 am

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  27. Hi Ruth I have nominated you for a well deserved Blog of the year http://magone10.wordpress.com/2013/01/13/blog-of-the-year/


    January 13, 2013 at 9:36 am

    • Thank you Mark for the nomination. All the best to you in 2013


      January 13, 2013 at 2:16 pm

      • My Pleasure Ruth hope you and yours are all good.


        January 13, 2013 at 5:49 pm

  28. Thanks for following my blog. I think I’ve been missing out here on your site! So glad we’ve met.


    January 26, 2013 at 12:30 pm

  29. Thank you so much for checking out my gallery and watching my blog :)

    Liked by 1 person

    February 9, 2013 at 1:04 pm

  30. tazeinmirzasaad

    My dear , I have nominated you for A Very Inspiring Blogger Award! Congratulations! Please visit this link:transcendingbordersblog.wordpress.com/2013/02/10/a-very-inspiring-blogger-award-2/


    February 9, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    • Thank you so much or this lovely nomination. All the best to you.


      February 10, 2013 at 5:10 pm

  31. Hi Ruth, good news!

    I have nominated your blog for the Liebster Award.

    The rules of this award are at




    February 14, 2013 at 10:45 am

    • Thank you for the lovely nomination. Very sweet of you.


      February 14, 2013 at 9:26 pm

      • Well deserved :) Keep photographing and blogging!


        February 15, 2013 at 4:56 am

  32. Thank you for the follow, all the best for your journey!


    March 26, 2013 at 4:08 pm

  33. ciao! luvFAB blog.


    April 25, 2013 at 1:55 am

  34. Hello Ruth,

    I just discovered your blog and hopped over for a visit. Your photos are exceptional! And I do love you header. Great site, and it’s obvious you enjoy it. I think that causes your visitors to enjoy it so much more too.


    April 27, 2013 at 8:16 am

  35. gemini232006

    Loved looking at your photos. Thanks for the like on my blog post. :) Have an Awesome Day!


    May 4, 2013 at 4:35 pm

  36. Ruth, perfectly wonderful slice-of-life photographs. Enjoyed much. Particularly the camels for whom I have great affection.

    Blog on …


    Liked by 1 person

    May 19, 2013 at 5:08 pm

  37. I love your blogs, your photos are very beautiful. I’ll be back… I also have a second blog on old pictures.
    SENSUALITE | La beauté à l’état pure

    Liked by 1 person

    June 22, 2013 at 1:00 am

  38. Love your photographs. I will be returning…..soon! Thanks for visiting and liking my photos


    July 9, 2013 at 3:00 pm

  39. No wonder I hadn’t heard from you….I had been following your blog, and see today that it fell off my follows…don’t know why!


    December 16, 2013 at 10:12 pm

  40. Off-topic, but I’d like to nomination you for the Sunshine Award — I do so enjoy your images! http://wp.me/pKuUa-1kJ

    Liked by 1 person

    December 22, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    • Aww thank you for the lovely nomination. We need some sunshine around here. Will go and check it out. I enjoy your blog too. Best, Ruth


      December 23, 2013 at 12:54 am

  41. I have no words to express my compliments to you. Bravo


    January 25, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    • Thank you for the follow and for leaving a nice comment


      January 29, 2014 at 1:47 pm

  42. Thanks for becoming a subscriber. Happy blogging.

    Liked by 1 person

    February 1, 2014 at 1:10 pm

  43. Brilliant Blog,nice to be here, i have an invitation to my place as well ,feel free to comment, like and the best Regards to You :D
    Pleasure by my side , EW II


    May 12, 2014 at 6:36 pm

  44. Great stuff


    May 13, 2014 at 10:50 am

  45. Hi Ruth! Thanks so much for the follow on my blog. You have a really great blog here. I look forward to looking through it.


    May 19, 2014 at 9:00 pm

  46. Thanks for the visit and the like of my “Containers” post.


    August 8, 2014 at 2:00 pm

  47. Hi Ruth-I’m totally amaized at the Sion Abbey photo dated 11/10. I’m trying unsuccessfully to contact them to see if I can visit, either on my own or need a guided tour. They have no e-mail address and no postings on their site http://www.syonabbey.org after 2007. Were you able to visit the Abbey or have contact info? Would appreciate it very much.

    Liked by 1 person

    August 14, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    • Just took photo from side of road so no more info- sorry Sharon.


      August 15, 2014 at 7:50 am

  48. My goodness, that’s a lot of equipment. No wonder your photos look great.


    September 5, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    • Lol. I was thinking it might be my artistic sense and composition, my eye. I teach high school photography and always tell the kids there are famous photos taken with an oatmeal box. It isn’t just fancy equipment Thanks for your words today.

      Liked by 1 person

      September 5, 2014 at 10:32 pm

      • I’m checking what patterns you have in your knitting blog. Snow season is coming up soon. :P


        September 5, 2014 at 10:33 pm

      • Love the free pattern” horizontal ribbed cowl” by Knitty City (online) and have made three so far. Knitting blog isn’t very active I’m afraid. But it was a good idea. Check out a friend’s http://www.masteringtheknits.com


        September 5, 2014 at 10:37 pm

      • thank you.

        Liked by 1 person

        September 5, 2014 at 10:38 pm

  49. Hi Ruth, thanks for the follow :) My, you’re a busy and talented lady. I look forward to seeing some more of your work.

    Liked by 1 person

    January 3, 2015 at 5:07 pm

  50. I can see I’m going to be a repeat visitor here! Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox (plugged in now).


    February 22, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    • Welcome and thanks

      Liked by 1 person

      February 22, 2015 at 12:43 pm

      • Pleasure. Hope you enjoy a tour round the jukebox. Thom.


        February 22, 2015 at 12:44 pm

      • Will do thanks for invite


        February 22, 2015 at 12:44 pm

  51. Hi Ruth- Thank you for following my photography blog, Jane’s Lens. I hope you are inspired. Terrific blog!


    March 8, 2015 at 5:19 pm

  52. Thanks so much for finding and following Oh, the Places We See! Your photography is great, and I look forward to checking out the knitting blog. What fun it is to see what others are doing and monitoring through their blogs. Best wishes for continued success! http://ohtheplaceswesee.com


    April 14, 2015 at 8:28 am

  53. I am inspired by your blog. The pictures are fantastic. Thank you this wonderful blog.

    Liked by 1 person

    October 9, 2015 at 12:48 am

  54. Hi there Ruth,
    Thanks for taking the time to stop by my little corner of the Blogosphere and for the follow. Your support is greatly appreciated. I hope you enjoyed you visit and look forward to seeing more from you.
    Have a great day, 

    Liked by 1 person

    November 23, 2015 at 3:16 am

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