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

Childhood

Swing Like a Pendulum Over the Tree Tops

And at a high speed!

Yes, it’s a thrill ride. Watching it from the ground with a 70-200 lens, you’re mesmerized.

You wonder why a person would want to get buckled in and subject oneself to the sensation.

IMG_7188

IMG_7193

IMG_7186

 

Close

Closer

Closest

IMG_7187

 

 

Actually they look serene.

I would be screaming,  I know.

 

Here’s a youtube post of the ride in action so you can get a better idea.

 


Phantom’s Revenge at the Red Light

After I drove Jack and Maura to Aunt Linda’s and Uncle Frank’s  (where I got to sample cookies for the wedding cookie table tomorrow) I pulled into the Kennywood Parking Lot drive at the bottom of their hill.

I marvel at roller coaster design, engineering, construction and  contemplate the desire of those who ride,

ed the clouds and the people headed up to the first drop.

Phantom Revenge at the Red Light

Showing the final shot first. The clouds looked threatening for sure..

 

 

 

 

Anticipation

 

 

 

Phantom Revenge

 

Anticipation 1

Anticipation-  I  watched and listened to the riders scream.

 

 


Super Stress Relief 

Maura found the potholder looms in the guest room night stand this evening. I’d rummaged around for them when I’d visit but could not find them.  What a happy find tonight. 

Anna and her friend got right to work. Maura needed some help. I use knitting needles or pencils through the loop ends as I approach the finish. Keep it from popping off prematurely. Then a crochet hook to bind off. 

Weaving these provides major stress relief for me. Over under over under. Under over under over- The repetition. 

Reminds me of childhood, too. 

I like them especially  for hot pot lids

when I want to peek inside. 

  


4 Cosmic Hula Hoops from Cambridge OHIO

I stopped at Exit 178- Cambridge and popped into the K-Mart to get a phone cord charger.

Saw these Cosmic Hula Hoops and bought 4 for the grandkids as I was on my way.  Had a repeat light writing blog in mind as I drove the rest of the way to Columbus.

So four hula hoops, with blinking lights, plus four grandchildren willing to experiment with light equals a fun night photography effort

They helped Grandma capture a different kind of light writing in the backyard when it got dark outside.

I’d say the first day of retirement was a good one!

We used lightning sticks before which might have been easier to maneuver but not as bright.

hula hoop lights jack and michael watch annaMichael and Jack watch Anna and her hula hoop skills.

hula hoop jack in middle

All four at once.  They were already in their jammies.

If you want to learn to hula hoop you can click here 

A few individual efforts and the group

We will try another night.

 


Device Screen Magnetism 

Mesmerized. Engrossed. Hypnotic effect. Eyes glued to Grandma’s iPad screen.  I saw this composition on the couch. 

The Grandchildren visiting. 

Not sure what they were watching at this moment but no attention paid to Grandma’s lens. IPhone lens.

  


Birthday Flowers

Instructions:

Pick one

Sing Happy Birthday to You ( to whichever child is holding the stem)

They make a wish

and

Blow the seeds into the wind.

Dandelions gone to seed

Found on the walk home last Friday night, Columbus Ohio.  iPhone capture. We just looked. They were in a neighbor’s yard.

(AKA dandelions gone to seed)

 

 


Backlit Bubbles by Anna

Thank you for the lovely bubbles in late day light, dear Granddaughter Anna.

You are a great guest blogger.  I love how you see your world and capture it!

(remember the mannequin legs in the pickup truck?)

xxoo

your Grandma,  FF Ruthie

backlit bubbles


Grandma’s Grand Light Experiment Slated for a Do-over This Year

Knowing what I know now, I want to try the light writing with my grandchildren again.

These photos from July 2013

2013-07-22 21.34.40

IMG_3626

 

2013-07-22 21.34.18

 


Hotel Pic from Indiana Swim Meet Weekend by Anna

It doesn’t sound good to say “Anna (11) shot her sister Maura (almost 6) while she was sleeping in the hotel.”
But that is exactly what she did-
(And the next time we are together Anna, your ole Grandma is going to help you start your very own blog!)
Your eye sees a lot! Or should I say -Your eyes see a lot! Thanks for sharing.

I love that you saw Maura asleep on the floor and texted the photo to me at 11:52 PM

20141109-215702-79022041.jpg


The House is Quiet

The four grandchildren were here since Thursday night and their mom and dad went to a wedding in Philly this weekend.

We had a nice time together and the house is feeling pretty empty now.

 

Today they watched Steve remove a dead squirrel out of the fireplace and take it outside.   Michael said, “You’ve got an animal in your fire pit.”

Thank goodness for the glass doors. Guess that screen on top of the chimney came off!

photo

 

 

 

 

sleepingLast night they all fell asleep in one bed watching Cheaper by the Dozen.    

 

 

Shadyside Toy StoreWe went to Shadyside to the old Toy Store where their Dad used to shop with his brother and sister.

 

 

Super PlaygroundFun at the Super Playground in Highland Park

 

 

 

grandhildrenA little posing in front of the house.  Jackets and sweatshirts necessary.

Missing all the fun you bring to me.  Hope you’ll plan a return visit soon.

Love you.

FF Ruthie

 


Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,632 other followers