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Daniel Striped Tiger was the Highlight for Me

But the kids loved everything in the Children’s Museum on the North Side.

Porch Swing

They said “Just like Lala’s porch swing”   (at the entrance)

 

Jack and Maura rushing to get inside. We lucked out –  THROWBACK THURSDAY the kids were 1/2 price admission.

childrens museum entrance

 

 

Silk screening first so everything had a chance to dry in the studio before we took it home

Silk Screen

 

Maura loved putting her artwork into the dryer and watching it come out the other end on the conveyor belt.

 

dryer

 

 

ribbonsOf course Grandma had to take a shot of the installation art     More Light by Dick Esterle with the beautiful ribbons and the rotunda of the Old Post Office.

constructionDon’t  bother buying toys, just tape of corrugated boxes so the kids can build. STUDIO

 

tower clockI found this  Tower Clock n the stairwell when I checked on Jack.

 

 

Ant Farm CLimb

Climbing in the Ant Farm.  They never tired of climbing up and down.

 

Mr. Rogers SweaterOne of the Mr. Rogers’ items in the museum.  His mother knit this- perfectly

You can watch Mr Rogers explain how his mother shows love here

His sneakers were in the next exhibit area- ATTIC

Mr Rogers Sneakers

 

 

 

Stop Animation Video

Maura tried her hand at STOP animation video production  in MAKESHOP®

Gravity Room SLideLost count how many times they went down the slide via the Gravity Room

 

puppets

Cool puppets display in the ATTIC

 

But here is my favorite  Daniel Striped Tiger

Daniel Striped Tiger

 

 

Henrietta PussycatHenrietta Pussycat Puppet from Mr. Rogers Neighborhood

 

 

 

spin the sand

This sand design created by  spinning the disk is mesmerizing  –  Avalanche by Ned Kahn

 

 

video emotions

Videoing the emotion on the screen  This is SCARED in the XOXO exhibit.  All you need is love………..

 

 

spinning barrels

A really great installation art piece of the spinning barrels    by Will Schlough  in the GARAGE

 

 

 

jack and the parachute

Jack cranked the parachute up to the ceiling but it got trapped.

 

 

childrens' museum

You can see the Old Post Office Rotunda from the outside

 

 

At the outdoor lemonade stand, Jack promised to buy me a new car on his promise of a good deed tag.   No money for the lemonade.  I promised to be a patient grandmother and tweeted it with a hashtag.

Jack got on the KDKA news clip

 


Waiting for the mist to come in Buhl Community Park- Cloud Arbor by Ned Kahn  click here to see an excellent photo

 

carnegie north side

The original Carnegie Free Library on the North Side (Allegheny).  Walked by on the way to the car. It was a great day.

Thanks to my friend V for suggesting I take the kids.  A very good idea.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Silvery-Cheeked Hornbills, Cheetah and Camel Rides at the Columbus Zoo

The new Heart of Africa  region (43 Acres) is open at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

I have mixed feelings about zoos but know that they do important animal conservation work and support programs around the world that assist in this effort. The weather was cool for a July day so we kept taking our jackets and sweaters on and off.

I can tell you that  the grandkids LOVE going to the zoo to see the animals.

There is always something interesting to learn and experience.  A first for the kids was the camel ride.
Six camels are rotated to give the rides.

Aunt Lala was remembering a lengthy camel ride she had in Egypt that she didn’t really enjoy but everyone had fun on Monday.

Yes, it was a bumpy ride.

 

 

 

 


Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin’

Summer Lovin’ weekly theme by Krista. I love summer.   School starts back August 19th. Savoring every moment.

 

A mixture of the farm in Ohio and the beach in St. George Island Florida

sunrise dogwalk

Sunrise dogwalk at St. George Island Florida.   I don’t know these people but I liked their silhouettes and  reflections in the  tidal pool.

 

 

 

summer swing

Kim, Anna, Laura and James laughing with Penny.

 

michael Henry

Michael and Henry in summer rain.  It almost looks as if Michael is riding Henry.

maura smoreMaura eats a s’more

 

 

smore making

Learning the art of s’more making

 

 

 

jumping and the corn

Jumping by the corn.  Maddie, Laura and Anna.

 

 

in the corn (1)

Mark and Jack and Michael walking into the corn for the experience of it.

 

 

 

family on stumpFamily posing with the stump, well actually the giant log that never was growing out of the ground.

 

 

 

beach panorama

Summer by the ocean.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Antique Emporium in Beaver Falls, PA

Upon entering the Antique Emporium, a lovely woman  invited me to have cool water, offered me a glass of wine, the use of the facilities AND there was a basket of free tomatoes.

 Obviously I was a a first-timer.  “You are welcome to take photographs. ” she said.      That was all I needed.

There are three floors and over 75 Dealers’ Booths of everything you can think of- and then some more things you didn’t  know existed in the world.

The “like items” are categorized and displayed together, so if you are into political buttons, license plates, or milk bottle collections you don’t have to dig through other stuff.  It is so organized and tidy.  

  Antique Emporium 1

Right on the main street which is Seventh Avenue

 

Antique Emporium 2 1

The first time I ever saw JFK cards, like trading cards for baseball

 

 

Salt and Pepper Shakers

Please pass the salt and pepper.

 

 

 

 

railroad station roof tile

Railroad Station Roof Tile    They interlocked

 

Antique Emporium 4 (1)

Not a customer

 

 

45 records

Check out all these 45s

 

 

 

matchbox cars

Matchbox cars

 

 

asian doll

Porcelain Asian doll

 

 

 

typewriters and victrola 1

Everyone had to take typing when I was in high school.

 

 

 

political buttons

This is just a sampling of what is available.

 

 

Queen Elizabeth TinA biscuit tin

knights and castle roomThe Knights and Castle room is for display only, nothing is for sale in this room.

Business card is a million bucks

 

Meet Jim.  If you are in need of a pun, the proprietor will help you out.

Here he is holding a business card that says “You’re worth a million to us.”

 

 

 

 

See how the LBJ buttons change when you move your angle

 

 

 

Antique Emporium 3

Stained glass lamps and wooden spools

Antique Emporium 2

Be sure to have a nice chat with Jim.  As I said, he’s pretty puny. 


Oram’s Donuts in Joe Namath’s Hometown – Beaver Falls, PA

More than a decade ago I saw a show narrated by Rick Sebak on PBS about Oram’s Bakery in Beaver Falls, PA. Beaver Falls is about 35 miles Northwest of the city and is on the Beaver River.  ( I just looked it up and the show was out in 1999)

Their cinnamon rolls are their most popular donut, and they appeared to be the size of dinner plates. Well, at least a luncheon plate. I am sure each one weighs a half a pound.

I’d always intended to go check them out.

Today I did.

Oram's Cinnamon Rolls

They barely fit in the bakery box.

I bought a seventh cinnamon roll for me to eat for lunch and Josh put it in a white paper bakery bag for me.

Orams 1 Josh

Here is Josh graciously posing for me with the box of the donuts. Thank you Josh.

I was going to take the box to Ohio but the car was so hot that when I was at the Beaver Falls Post Office I saw a woman waiting in a car,  so I asked her if she liked Oram’s donuts and she said yes so I went to the car and gave her the box.  She was most appreciative.

Orams 5 Nicole

Nicole is constructing boxes to hold donut orders.

Josh and his brother built this LEGO®  donut bakery.   They sent a design to a company online and they sent the design kit to build, software is involved.  It’s on display in the bakery and I found it fascinating.

Orams 3Another view of the LEGO® bakery

Orams 2

A lot of details. This is the front of the bakery.

 

Orams 6

Love the LEGO® donuts

 

 

Orams 4

 

 

Orams 7I bought a souvenir coffee mug for Steve  if you lived in Beaver Falls and brought this mug in after purchase they will give you FREE coffee (the small size coffee) in your Oram’s mug

 

 

Orams 8

 

 

 

Orams building 1912The building was built the year both my parents were born 1912

 

Oh yes, I mentioned that Beaver Falls is  Football Hall of Famer Joe Namath‘s hometown so I found the plaque to him by the library(the library is closed on Friday’s :-( )    I drove by the Beaver Falls Senior High School but it is a modern one now and so I  figured the old one must be the Middle School next door.

 

 

Here is the plaqueJoe Namath Plaque

My friend Gail and her parents took me to see the JETS play in the late sixties and you know who the quarterback was in that game!

 


The Photographer’s Eye – Guest Blog from Croatia

My son Matthew writes from Zagreb, Croatia………………

Vedrana and I spent the day touring her hometown of Rijeka, snapping shot after shot, trying to come up with something worthy of a guest post on mom’s blog.  

We raced up to the Fortress of Trsat to catch the “golden hour” and found these fabulous dragons, eager to pose for us.

I took ten pictures, trying to get just the right one and this was the best I could do.

Sunny Dragon                  Photographed by Matthew

Sunny Dragon            Photographed by Matthew

Vedrana took just one:

Dragon Silhouette Photo by Vedrana

Dragon Silhouette                   Photographed by Vedrana

When I saw the stunning photograph she had created I threw up my hands, recognizing that my novice attempts had been outclassed in every way.  

Clearly, the photographer’s eye does not run in the family.  

In one, last, desperate attempt to capture something beautiful, I took this one-

Vedrana Photographed by Matthew

Vedrana
Photographed by Matthew

And finally I was satisfied with the results.

Matthew

 


Photographing Photography at the Beach

watching beach photographers 2

I observed other families and their photographers.  Hurry cause the light is going fast

 

watching beach photographers 6

See how the light changed in just a few moments

 

 

 

watching beach photographers 4Here is another family following directions from a family member ( I think cause of the matching shirt)

 

 

 

 

 

watching beach photographers 8

The light changes so quickly

 

watching beach photographers 9

I could see this large group from afar. The photographer seemed far away, too.  Used a monopod.

 

I did find an article on 10 Beach Photography Tips (from Australia)  I did try to take care to not get the fine sand and saltwater on my camera but could see where it could happen anyway.

 

 

 

 

Here is an anonymous group at the beach at night.

people on beach at night

 

 

 

Because I didn’t get permission to blog the families I photographed at the beach recently, I am posting Berkeley, enthusiastic for the waves.

 

 

 

dog at beach


Weekly Photo Challenge: Containers

This week’ s theme is containers.  

I could probably post a hundred photos but was able to contain myself.  kitchen tins


Chef Josef Karst and Mr. Pete Bevilacqua – Men at Work

Weddings don’t just happen.

There’s a lot of planning, decisions made, deposits paid. And there’s a lot of work by a lot of people.  Here are two of those people.

Isn’t it great that when it’s actually happening, there are professionals who have done it many times before and make it a success?

These two men made Jessica and Matthew’s wedding at the National Aviary a success, and guided a team of professionals to make it seem effortless.

Josef

Executive Chef Josef Karst ,originally from Germany, prepared a special dish for one of the guests who needed her meal to be gluten free.

(I found a link to a recipe of his for Kaese Spaetzle -not gluten free)

Josef Karst 2

 

Thanks Chef Josef for letting me photograph you at the reception on Saturday.  Everything was delicious.

Pete Bevilacqua

His years of experience benefit everyone at the wedding but especially the bride and groom who needed to relax and enjoy their special day and not worry about any more details.  Thanks to Mr. Pete Bevilacqua,everything was perfect.  (he was not in charge of weather!)

Jessica thanks them

Grateful for all they did to make the wedding wonderful and delicious, Bride Jessica thanks Chef Josef Karst and Mr. Pete Bevilacqua

wedding drinks

 


Vintage Grand Prix- Sunday Races- Rich, Luke, Chris, and Lauren’s Cars

Got up early Sunday and Steve drove me up to Schenley Park and dropped me off early after we picked up coffee in Shadyside.

Had a hat and long sleeves but wasn’t thinking how very hot it would be in the sun all day.

I had another conversation with one of the wives, the quilter and crocheter from Wisconsin whose husband races his MG, I dropped off a flash drive of photos from Friday and asked where the best place to stand and watch and photograph would be.

A nice man walked me down a pathway and suggested the start/finish line. Next year one of the curves!

I spent a lot of time adjusting the camera as the sun came in and out behind clouds.  Shady is better.

I met a few photographers and spoke with them about their strategies.  Fortunately the cars go eight laps so I had time to try different settings to get the photos of the individual cars.  My goal was to photograph the first time racers I wrote about from Friday.  Many of your saw the wedding photos of Jessica and Matthew from Saturday so I missed the VGP.

Luke and his LotusLuke and his Lotus

 

 

 

Rich and his PorscheRich and his Porsche 912

 

 

Chris Longo Chris Longo and his MGB GT “07”   Chris is the race instructor and car restorer but first time racer

 

 

 

Lauren 1956 Turner

Lauren and her 1956 Turner

 

 

 

 

mimiI met a really nice woman who was waiting for her BF to round the curve.  Turns out he was not only the lead but the winner.

 

 

 

 

 

202 won

202 Perry Genova 1970 BMW 2002 Chapel Hill NC  Winner

202 winner

 

 

 

winner's circle with checkered flagWinner holding the checkered flag

 

 

 

 

red tail hawkA red tail hawk perched for a long time at the start/finish line, not bothered by the sound of the loud engines zooming by

 

 

vintage grand prix 2

 

 

checkered flag2What it looks like as the checkered flag is waved

 

 

 

 

bagpipesBagpipers add to the ambience of the event Sunday

 

 

 

 

LaurenAnd Lauren returns to the Paddock area after the race

 

 

open wheel

After the race, waving to the flag waver and the spectators

 

Stay tuned

See more photos on my Flickr as of Monday AM. Will be adding the link then.  Lots of car photos

 


32nd Vintage Grand Prix Pittsburgh- Rich, Luke and Chris and Lauren’s First VGP

After sipping coffee in Squirrel Hill with a friend, catching up on the last few months of our lives, I headed home via Schenley Park.  NOT!

Everything was blocked off with white sawhorses. I found a parking spot and strolled around, chatting with the women at the gate letting the trucks and car trailers into the park, realizing that this has been going on for all these years but I’d not experienced it in the 25 years I’ve lived in Pittsburgh. The 32nd Vintage Grand Prix in Pittsburgh where the cars are raced right on the streets.

from their website

“The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix’s mission is to produce a world-class vintage racing event to raise funds that help provide residential care, treatment and support for children and adults with autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities through the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Valley School.”

I learned a lot in a short amount of time, walking down the road, talking with car owners and pit crew or significant others.  I met a volunteer who is a “rope tower” during the races.   No one wants his services but I understand some will need to be towed.

A nice couple from Milwaukee with a really cool MG that they toured in England with 89 other MG owners. I’m always fascinated how people get into different interests and activities in their lives, why people collect things, their hobbies.  One man had a former show dog, Vivian ( or perhaps Vivien, sorry) who was a distinctive English bull dog.  He said showing dogs, racing cars, there are a lot of similarities.

I can tell you that the people I talked to are making themselves happy by participating in this sport, caring and restoring their cars, and being part of an eclectic group with passion for what they are investing themselves in.

Meet Luke.  From the North Hills. He has worked on this Lotus for 5 years. Check out the humps he created so he can fit into the car as he is 6’2″. He shared the photos of the work he accomplished, what it looked like when he started and it is amazing. When his mother was expecting him in two short months, she drove demo laps at the VGP. His father was there offering support and advice, cheering him on.  He told me how there was a meeting for the drivers and then they would walk the course.  He even invited me to ride in the Lotus at the Charity ride but Saturday I am shooting a wedding. I looked in and down and wondered if I would fit or if several people would have had to extricate me from the seat.

Luke Lotus

 

 

 

luke explaining about his car

Luke taking time to show his Lotus photos and explain how he rebuilt it to a young man who is going to be a seventh grader at Colfax this fall.  This almost seventh grader been coming to the Vintage Grand Prix on his bike for the past three years and  has a real interest in cars.

lotus interior

Lotus Interior

 

Luke and his dad

 

 

Luke and his dad

 

Meet Rich.  Drove in from Denver, Colorado. His wife flew in from a business trip in New York so they are at the VGP for the first time.  He races cars after an experience with an avalanche while extreme skiing.

He explained a lot to me (which I am hesitant to write for fear it will be inaccurate) but his 912 (which he got off Craig’s List) uses gas without ethanol.  NOTE: A Porsche 912 NOT 911.

Richard Spritz

 

Inside the trailer that holds the car.

 

Porsche 912

 

 

You should hear his engine when he fires it up!                                                                 Porsche 912 1967

 

replacing the jet

Here’s Rich replacing the jet due to the low altitude here.

 

jet

The jet

fire extinguisher
Rich has installed an automatic fire extinguisher as a safety measure. If the temperature rises above 155 degrees it will go off.

 

I thought it would be fun for Rich to meet Luke (turns out they will be competitors in the same class) as they were both first time racers in this particular event so Rich drove his car down the road and I followed.

Here are Rich and Luke

Rich  and Luke Vintage Grand Prix

 

And here’s Chris. Chris is from Verona, PA.   He has restored cars for years. But this is his first race. You can just tell he has put a lot of love into his car.

Vintage Grand Prix Chris

MGB GT 1968  Under two litre class

And here is Richard Barnes the Competition Director and  the man who introduced me to Rich

Richard Barnes

Yes, there are female drivers. Here are some competitors lined up to register.

registration

Without realizing I caught a shot of Lauren in line at registration. She is “paddocking” with Luke but wasn’t there when I was doing all the pictures.  See edit below with addition of Lauren and the 1956 Turner she drives.  Thanks Luke B for the photograph below.  VINTAGE RACE CAR

VINTAGE RACE CAR 2

A couple more cars so you can see the variety participating

Porsche 912Driving by some of the open wheel cars.  A nice man from Toronto who is on a Pit Crew explained all about the open wheel construction and the rear engines. Another man with a couple of Sprites offered to get me some contact information so I could share the photos.

When I left there were still cars arriving

Late addition courtesy of Luke B the Lotus Owner  Saturday 9:00 AM

After reading the post Luke B sent me the following photograph of another first time driver

Here’s what he said

I saw you caught a photo of my friend Lauren at registration. It’s too bad you didn’t get a chance to meet her – she’s paddocked with us now, but I think that was after you left. Not only is she one of only a few female drivers this weekend and one of the few young drivers, but she’s another local entrant and, like me, it’s her first time racing here. Here’s a photo of her and the 1956 Turner she races:

Lauren at VGP

Photographed by Luke B.


Frank Vittor, Sculptor, Studied under Auguste Rodin

In 1954, Frank Vittor (who has an interesting story if you click his name)sculpted a famous baseball player, Honus Wagner,  honoring his contributions to baseball.

The  Honus Wagner statue stands at the Home Plate Entrance of PNC Park, Pittsburgh PA. The statue has been in Schenley Park, Forbes Field and Three Rivers Stadium from what I researched before it was relocated to PNC Park.

I posted a St. Joseph the Worker statue in Homestead which was also sculpted by Mr. Vittor

Here is just one side of the base of statue I photographed this evening, of two young boys pointing up to Mr. Wagner on the pedestal above.

They just spoke to me.   Maybe it was the way the light made their three dimensions pronounced.

 

Honus Wagner Statue

 

You’ve all heard how valuable  the Honus Wagner baseball card is.   (millions paid)  

Here is what the back of the statue says

J.P. “HONUS”
WAGNER
(Back of base:)
ERECTED IN 1955
BY THE FANS OF AMERICA
IN HONOR OF A BASEBALL IMMORTAL
A CHAMPION AMONG CHAMPIONS
WHOSE RECORD ON AND OFF THE
PLAYING FIELD OF THE NATIONAL GAME
WILL EVER STAND AS A MONUMENT
TO HIS OWN GREATNESS
AND AS AN EXAMPLE AND INSPIRATION TO THE YOUTH
OF OUR COUNTRY

SPONSORED BY
THE PITTSBURGH PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL ASSOCIATION
RELOCATED BY THE PITTSBURGH BASEBALL CLUB
FROM SCHENLEY PARK TO THREE RIVERS STADIUM
AND REDEDICATED JULY 21, 1972

SO THAT FUTURE PIRATE FANS WILL BE REMINDED OF HONUS WAGNER’S CONTRIBUTIONS TO BASEBALL IN PITTSBURGH.


A Repurposed Purse as a Camera Bag

(First of all I just reread the Psychology Today article on 8 Tips to Know if You’re Being Boring  by Gretchen Rubin of Happiness Project Blog )  but maybe someone has an old purse they can repurpose to hold a camera………………

What are they called in your part of the world? purse, handbag, pocketbook, tote, shoulder bag, carry-all ?

My DIL sent me a ton of links from ETSY and other places before Christmas as she knew I was looking for a cross body strap camera bag that didn’t look like a camera bag.

And there were some nice ones she found. (thanks Erika)

Her mother sent me an article with a link to camera bags created with women in mind and they were nice, too. (thanks Marlene)

But nothing seemed just right and at an affordable price.  The one I liked the best was about $325 so think again.

I have a big black padded and compartmentalized wheely backpack but it is just enormous and conspicuous.  Barely fits into the overhead on a plane, too.

This old slouchy  gray leather purse had the  lining split around the top.  I wasn’t using it as a purse anymore but the leather still seemed good.  I thought about relining it.  I thought about it so much and it seemed so tedious, I never did it!

I should have taken a before shot.  Didn’t think about photographing it until it was all stitched up!

At the local craft/fabric store I found the answer and I came right home and slipped this extra thick batting into the purse between the ripped lining and bag and then I stitched up the lining around the top with strong black thread.

And now I have a padded camera bag.  There is a zipper pocket inside which will hold camera cards or batteries nicely and there is room for a flash or an extra lens. And a top zipper is always a plus, which this bag has already.   A friend suggested treating the bag with mink oil to help moisturize the leather. It is not slouchy anymore, that’s for sure.

 

 

purse to camera bag 1

Now it stands up instead of slouches.  Grandson Michael tested it as a makeshift pillow as we sat in the bleachers, too.

I don’t know what brand the purse is originally, it has elephants all over the lining and says it was

Made in Italy.

 

purse to camera bag 2


My Tall and Thin Shadow Portrait at Sunrise

Although I’m not at the beach this week, I think about the beauty of the water and sand and the sunrises and sunsets I witnessed. The rhythm of waves.

Tonight I found this photograph.

A self-portrait.  No diet necessary.  Just early morning sun for a loooong look.

I like how the tire tracks and my legs intersect.

 

my tall shadowWe went to the very end of St. George Island in the state park.  

In order to enter the state park, my hosts had to get a special pass and code to enter as the number of cars and people allowed each day is regulated.


Eclectic Collection of Color from Monday

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Swim Meet Monday afternoon into the evening and night.

Ohio State University.

Just the older two swam in the meet.

michael swim dive

Michael diving off blocks

Duck

Coach Jeff inspires his team by wearing a duck suit

mascot

The duck mascot takes a break on the Lifeguard chair

t shirtHadn’t really thought about it. Good shirt for a swimmer

orange

Promoting team spirit ( not our team but loved the hair)

watching the coaches swimWatching the coaches relay

red in puddleRed light in the puddled.  The magic of wet pavement.

after the swim meetAunt Lala came.  Daddy’s car was in the other direction.  The magic of wet pavement.  It was pretty dark but shot with the 70-200 lens.

basketball

Wet basketball court Ohio State University

Color Car WashWe drove by the car wash on the way home Erika slowed down the van so I could get a quick shot.


Dog Action and Kids Laughing in the Back Seat

We had a nice time at North Star for dinner and Jeni’s Ice Cream for dessert. Then we went back to Laura and James’ and the kids played with Penny in the backyard.

Soccer.

 

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Penny made a good catch

soccer dog

 

 

soccer dog 2

 

 

Then we went to pick up Anna at a birthday party and while I was waiting in the van at sunset, I put the camera between the seats and caught them looking at a funny clip of a video Laura had posted of a kid who wasn’t thrilled about going to Disneyland.

 

kids

 

 

 

laughing in the back seat


Weekly Photo Challenge: Relic

Something called the Century Plant is going to qualify as a relic today.

My friend Kristin had been sending me photos of the Agave Americana (known as the Century Plant)   as it was growing in her family’s front yard on

St. George Island.    When I went down for vacation I got to see it first hand. I couldn’t believe how tall it had grown.

It is definitely at least twenty + feet tall!

It was preparing to be in full bloom- and then it will die.  I saw some other Century Plants on the island in different stages of their life cycle.

Kristin sent me these photos on the phone and said, “Wait until you come and see it in person.”  She wasn’t kidding. I took some photos of it too.

How it starts.  The mother plant sends out “pups”

baby plant

 

 

century plant

 

century plant 2Look at the thickness of the stalk

 

century plant 8

I used a flash at sunset and it makes the buds look interesting.

century plant 6

 

 

A shot at night

Agave Americana Agave Americana with the American Flag

 

 

 

 

 

American Agave with moon

 

Someone else’s Century Plant fell over.

 

century plant 4

 

 

 


Lahma bi Ajeen at Joan’s Thursday Night

Steve and I drove across the Highland Park Bridge to Joan’s for dinner. You’ve seen Joan’s spools of thread  and checking out where she used to teach.

Since I went out of town on my  birthday, we made a plan for when I would be back in town and when we could get together

Joan made James Beard’s recipe for  Lahma bi Ajeen. The fresh tomatoes, cucumber and peppers,Baba Ganoush, Hummus, Yogurt Sauce with Fresh Dill from her garden, and wonderful olives.

Lahma bi Ajeen

The Lahma bi Ajeen recipe from Beard on Bread cookbook (A well used page)

James Beard Recipe

 

 

buttermilk pound cake with rhubarb

Buttermilk Pound Cake from World of Baking by Delores Casella topped with fresh rhubarb sauce.  Rhubarb from Joan’s garden- we ate outside.

 

Joan's Garden

 

Thanks for a nice dinner and good conversation, Joan.  Everything was delicious

 

 

 

joan

 

Joan inside her doorway keeping the dogs inside.

 

 

 

buttermilk pound cake

 


We Had to Memorize High Flight with Mrs. Stewart in the Sixth Grade

Pilot John Gillespie Magee, Jr. wrote this sonnet three months before he was killed at age 19, when his Spitfire collided with another plane on 11 December 1941.

Today when I was flying home from Panama City Florida to Pittsburgh Pennsylvania (via Baltimore), I remembered we had to memorize and recite this poem in Mrs. Stewart’s Sixth Grade at Morris Plains Borough School 1963.

True, I wasn’t the pilot but man’s ability to fly  is astounding to me.

 

High Flight

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;

Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds — and done a hundred things

You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hovering there,

I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.

Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the windswept heights with easy grace

Where never lark, or even eagle flew.
And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod

The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

 

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First image shot with iPhone   The rest shot with a  Canon 50D

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It was a great day to fly.

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Above the fruited plain……..


Delores’ Sweet Shoppe – Apalachicola, Florida – Key Lime Pie

“Where the locals meet” the sign says. The shop is closed on the weekends- open 7-3 Monday through Friday

After we got some provisions at the Piggly Wiggly grocery, my friend’s sister made a stop so I could get a couple of pies for supper. Her son Jack accompanied me as I didn’t know how to find the door on the side of the wrap around porch.   I needed help carrying the boxes.

Here is Delores, who has been here for twenty years, holding the box with one of the Key Lime pies.

She sells Pecan Pies, too. And Breakfast and Lunch/ Daily Specials, too.

Delores Pie

 

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This is a great sign.

 

 

 

Delores Buns

 

 

 

 

Delores Sweet Shoppe

You can sit down and eat or order take out.

 

wrapping up the cinnamon  bunsOkay, we’ll take six cinnamon buns, too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


St. George Island Sunset on the Bay Side by Guest Blogger Rob

This week I’m staying with friends at St. George Island Florida.  It’s very beautiful here.

I’m shooting family photos, watching the sunrise, enjoying the ocean. Having a nice vacation.

Some family members and I’ve had  good photography conversations and thanks to my friend’s BIL, Rob, I’ve learned about Floridian landscape photographers (Clyde Butcher) whom I’d not known before.

I’ve been told of a good location to shoot the sunrise and  shown the sea turtle nests marked by PVC pipe on the pristine beaches.

Rob lost some Hawaiian sunset photos on a hard drive, and I can relate to that experience, how it feels to lose precious files. He even had the green flash in one of his Hawaiian photographs and it can’t be retrieved.  Lost!

Tonight after a delicious spinach manicotti supper, Rob asked if it would be all right and could he try my Canon camera (he uses a Nikon) to shoot the sunset on the Bay Side. He knew a good spot to go. The time was just right.

I agreed. He wasn’t familiar with the camera’s settings but he does know the island .  I’d shot the sunrise this morning and was going to pass on the sunset  I’ve been reading tips on how to shoot at the beach with the water and sand, the sun. Tonight I was yawning and just tired out!

Here are the results of his experimenting with my Canon 50D with the 18-200 lens.  I told him, next trip we’ll try some filters and see how the sun looks.

Niece Erin, (maker of the manicotti) was the one who said Rob could be guest blogger.  I was able to catch him as they were pulling out of the drive.

Later my friend and I took the card and reader  down to the other end of the island for him to select the one he liked best.  Hard to choose. So I’ve decided to show the series os sunset photographs Rob took this Monday evening July 7, 2014.  Thanks for being guest blogger, Rob.

Which shot do you like the best?

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That is cloud, not vegetation on the sun.

 

 


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And this last one is one I liked a lot.

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Spectrum Wind by Duncan McDaniel Nashville Airport

Looking up into the skylight, I saw this very interesting sculpture during my layover enroute to Florida. It’s made with plastic SOLO cups.
I read there are three other skylight art installations but I am returning through Baltimore.

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Eddy Teach’s Raw Bar- St. George Island FL

As I write this post at almost midnight, I can hear the music still. Eddy Teach’s Raw Bar.

My friend Kristin and I  walked by tonight.  And of course I had my camera.

 

Eddy Teach's Raw Bar

 

 

 

They were playing Rocky Top (Tennessee) originally recorded by the Osborne Brothers in 1967

 

 


Independence Day Birthday

Set alarm about 3:30 AM to catch a 6:25 flight to Nashville, connecting four hours later to Panama City FL.

 

 

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“Oh beautiful for spacious skies”

 

 

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Knitting a horizontal ribbed cowl  and two eggs over easy with toast and potatoes, coffee and juice.

 

 

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Self portrait     St. George Island on the Gulf Coast

 

 

The closest fireworks I have ever seen.  The beach had a number of colorful displays.

 

 

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Marlene sent a video of the family singing Happy Birthday  and I was missing being with them  but

Erin baked a beautiful birthday cake, it some candles and my friend’s family sanga again. Very nice.

 

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Thanks for all the nice birthday greetings and wishes.

Fourth of July Birthday is fun.   Then the Daily Post said, how do you celebrate July Fourth and I had already posted this one showing my actual birthday cake.

Weekly Photo Challenge: It’s Your Party

 

 


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