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


Out of Place

Today’s idea  for a post was Laura’s. She’s the one who spotted the bottle of  OJ by the Halloween candy display.

“This should be a blog.” she said, when we came across another example.

Once you start noticing the items out of place, they are EVERYWHERE!

Look as you go around a store and you will find your own examples.

People change their minds when they shop, sure.  But placing a refrigerated item on a shelf across the store?

At least take it to the register and state, “I decided to not buy this after all”  and it can be reshelved appropriately.

Tropicana OJ






And then there are those who litter the shelves. With garbage.




Rest Stop in Ohio- I had to pull in and get out and photograph


Sunday Night.  Along Route 70 Eastbound. The sunset.

It was the end of a beautiful day.


Ohio sunsetEven using the real camera cannot capture the beauty of the sunset. The pair of cars helps give perspective.  When you don’t live where it’s flat, you really notice the sky and the immensity.

Happy Birthday to my DIL

You’ve seen her featured on the blog if you’re a follower.

This blog sends lots of love from your MIL on your special day! Erika is a wonderful daughter, wife, mother, friend and DIL and a beautiful person, inside and out.  She ‘s really good to me and I’m so fortunate.  That whole “in-law relationship” can be tricky, eh Erika?  I try to be a good one, too.

(You watch, she’s going to let me know that Henry and Josie, the Airedales, would have liked their photos on the blog today, too!)

at Lala's Wedding


Weekly Photo Challenge: Boundaries

Boundaries.  Some people have none.

The creator of the challenge Ben Huberman says,”This week, let’s explore the creative potential of limits, borders, and dividers of all types.”

Here are a few visible from the archives


swim lanes 2

Keeping in her lane at the swim meet.


turtle soup sign

Finding the turtle soup sign. Taken by Anna.  I was driving.

Ninth Street Bridge

Ninth Street Bridge. Allegheny River. The night before the Pickle Festival.




hospital nurseryAfter the swim meet. Anna and Michael ooking through the nursery glass window, watching their first first cousin, Charlie.


swim lanes 3 Maura (r) dives off the block into her lane.

forbes field wall

Forbes Field Wall where Pittsburgh Pirate Bill Mazeroski hit his famous homerun to win the 1960 World Series.



Sculpture Court Puddle Reflections

With raindrops.


Wet pavement and textured concrete.







Through the museum window









Trying to find attribution to sculpture court artwork is challenging on the CMOA website.


Monday afternoon

We need rain but it’s coming so fast and furious on Tuesday, it’s running off and forming problems on  roadways, causing flooding in some areas.


In context.  Sculpture Court Carnegie Museum of Art.







Looks Like Change of Seasons

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Change.”

Sculpture court steps at rear of Carnegie Museum of Artimage

Little locust leaves litter the steps, wet from the rain

Step Forward Event to Fight Parkinson’s Disease

Step Forward Event/Walk (1.5 Miles) to Fight Parkinson’s Disease.

Highland Park, Pittsburgh PA. Saturday morning September 26, 2015.

When the listing for the Fund Raising event said “Fun for the whole family” you can see they were serious.


check inFriends and family sign in to walk in teams.

oh say can you see


Face Painting by a Pixie- designer Beth Shari

Temporary Tattoos

Temporary Tattoos


Volunteers take a Ping Pong breakmananddog

Mike the Balloon Guy


Franktuary Hot Dogs Food truck- you can get grass fed beef and gluten free buns

Pierogie and Peduto

Yes, that is a Pierogie with a Purse and the Mayor in the blue shirt and jeans

stepforward walk


Eat'N Park Cookies

Eat’N Park Cookies


Change: Weekly Photo Challenge

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Change.”

One minute you have babies, then toddlers and teenagers, young adults. Before you can catch a breath, they are all grown up and gone and have families of their own




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Fifty Plus Acres of Cars, Vans, and Pickups with any Part You Need

On Lincoln Highway in Stoystown, PA.  Stoystown Auto Wreckers.  Established in 1948, click on link for their story.

The field of cars is something to see. Piles of crunched up vehicles, stacks and stacks.

The categories are evident.  On the link above,  I read they have computerized inventory and ten salesmen to help you find the car part you are looking for.

We pulled over and I had to get out of the car. Photographing through the bonus chainlink fence- perfect for the Weekly Photo Challenge of GRID

A photograph can’t really capture the massive sea of broken cars and trucks.

auto wreckers 1


red car wreck


auto wreckers 2


Going Around in Circles- from St. Augustine to Switzerland and France

Guest blog courtesy of my friend Joanne.

Galleries of carousels. Her guest blog exemplifies connection, which was a weekly photo challenge a few weeks ago.

First Carousel  was built in Leavenworth KS in 1927. and is now in St. Augustine Florida

This the Fairy Tale Carousel  in Geneva Switzerland you can watch it moving on youtube, here is a link Joanne sent to me.



The carousel below is in Beaune, France in the Burgundy region

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The carousel gallery is sent from Lausanne Switzerland

Thanks Joanne for sharing your carousel photos.








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