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


Photographing Four Kids in One Frame

These are four of my own grandchildren. Should be easy, right?

Try to remain patient, I tell myself.

Don’t worry if it is not the day for a photograph.

Even if the weather is perfect and the colorful fall leaves are still on the trees.

Get kids involved in an activity to take their mind off the lens.

Two different days.

The idea is to get a nice photograph to send in a Christmas card, show how they’ve grown.

Hats make shadows on faces and  features obliterated. Oops!

Solids are least distracting.

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and yesterday’s attempt

You can always resort to running and jumping as I have in the past, when all else fails.

grandkids christmas card

Let them make a funny face, then a serious one.

Remember it’s a bit easier WITHOUT the dogs


Impromptu, candids can come out the best

IMG_1373Waiting at Von Maur while Mom shops.

Man and his Best Friend Look Right

man and his best friend


You could write a caption for this photo. It looks as if I posed them in this stance. We were walking back to our apartment

I asked if it would be okay if I took their photo. Well, in gestures.  The man agreed.

The dog sat so handsomely.

His owner tried to get him to look at me, turn his face. So kind.   I said, no problem, don’t worry, it’s okay.

Not sure what had his attention down the path towards the market but he sat so still, at the ready.

Dog Parking at King Cross

Laura is the one who spotted this parking spot.  We were waiting for a taxi.

She asked, “Did you photograph the Dog Parking? and I said, “HUH?” but there it was. Thanks,  La. Good find.

Seems everyone took their dog right inside the shopping area. Dog ParkingPark your dog at King Cross

Little Dog, Big Dog-Napping

Grandson Michael (10) is the guest blogger today. 

He photographed Josie (puppy) and Henry the Airedales. 

I like he got down on their eye level. 

I found it tonight on my phone and remembered he took it Saturday night. 


Puppy Love

Josie the Airedale and granddaughter Anna

 On the move.  What big paws you have…  
Light in all four eyes 

  Henry (2) plays with her.  He likes to keep watch on the front yard, too.  

Penny Remembers Before the Baby Came

The blog is back in real time today. No flashbacks, no reblogs from six years ago.

Penny, the Golden Doodle, looks at the baby Charles and remembers when she was the center of attention.

Perhaps I should have made this a wordless Wednesday or a

You Write the Caption.

She’s adjusting.

(And not sure what cousin Anna is doing )


Penny remembers

WordPress forgot to send a note- after 6 years of blogging. How could they?

I thought it was automatic.  An electronic note to me.  Six years is a long time.  Today’s post is #2132.

Six years ago today I started blogging at wordpress.  I thought at least they would send a notice… Congrats on Six Years of Blogging. I’ve seen badges on other blogs for years of blogging accomplished.

I told my granddaughter it was my blogaversary and she said, “What’s that?”

No drum roll, no brass band, waaaaah waaaah waaaaaah, whine, whine, whine,

No one really cares, just me.

This was the first photo I blogged on July 14, 2009.

Murphy passed away and Michael is going to be ten in August.



For today’s 2015 photo gallery I’m posting the grandchildren feeling exhilarated at Kennywood

And a silhouette of the Phantom’s Revenge



P.s. 11th hour update.  Thanks WP



Golden Doodle and Grandma

With a new baby in the house, Penny seeks reassurance and is probably wondering when baby Charlie will be leaving. It’s an adjustment .

My daughter Laura , (the new mother) shot this quick moment today as I was getting up.

You saw Penny’s paw included in the new family handshake a couple posts ago.

Penny the Golden Doodle expressing how she feels.

Here she is photobombing during the first bath the other day




The night Charles was born, I brought a cloth diaper from the hospital so she could get his scent. Little did she know how life would change.




On the front porch with the human members of the family. Sorry Penny.

P.s.  Tomorrow after this posts, my DIL will tell me Henry the Airedale is upset because  he isn’t featured or included on the blog.

Thanks V for the idea to blog Penny and Grandma

New Family Handshake

You know those photo greeting cards with the tiny hand in the big hand?

The touching closeups?

I was going for a similar feel with the new parents and grandson Charlie who was a week and a day.

New Family handshake



Oops. Add one eager Golden Doodle.  Penny’s paw added to the photo.

New Family handshake plus pennyThe new family handshake!

Wordless Wednesday



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