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Weekly Photo Challenge

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


Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrast

Contrast.

Tonight on the way home from another swim meet, Erika was driving.

And then I saw the lineman working (at 8:44PM), the dark silhouette against the light sky. Camera on my lap from the swim meet. Lens cap off. Click.

Shot from the passenger seat with the 70-200 mm L series lens.  At the intersection of Africa Road and Lewis Center Road, where they are widening the intersection.

lineman

 

The night before I had a similar shot of Michael riding the zip line

 

 

michael on the zip line

 

As the pool closed, Anna spotted a floating Barbie doll.                                          Where?  I had to ask as I didn’t see it right away.

barbie in the pool

 

 

Contrasting styles of shoes at the pool.

shoes at the pool

 

 

 

and a couple of swim moms with contrasting patterns

 

pool moms

 

 

 

 

gas cansRed Gas cans for the engines for the Inflatables, contrast nicely against the green grass.  You saw the fireworks in yesterday’s post but this another view.

 


Weekly Photo Challenge: Between

Friday afternoon at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and the Hall of Architecture.

With three of the grandchildren, one of them is always “between”.

This week’s challenge is hosted by the Danielle Hark founder of a blog I follow- 

“Danielle is a photographer, writer, life coach, and the founder of the online gallery and nonprofit Broken Light Collective, which empowers people affected by mental illness using photography.”

 

 

Hall of Architecture

 

Michael between Maura and Jack- Hall of Architecture.

 

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Chiseling and brushing off the sand from fossils-  future Paleontologists.

 

Thinking about dinosaur exhibit

Taking a rest on the bench

 

 

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Feeling the diplodocus femur

 

 

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10% of the Surdick family collection of insects native to Western Pennsylvania, donated to the Carnegie Museum.

 

 

 

In the sculpture courtyard-oops, where’s Jack?   The yellow sculpture , Three Forms, between the two- (Artist James Rosati)

 

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Extra, Extra

This week’s challenge of Extra, Extra is defined on WordPress

“A beautiful photo is one thing, but a photo with an unexpected detail has personality and pop. This week, share a photo that has a little something extra. writes Michelle W…Draw us in with a humorous detail”

Last night at the Point, where the Allegheny River and the Monongahela come together to form the Ohio, I saw this group of young people sitting at the edge.

 

people at point

 

Looking out at the Carnegie Science Center at sunset.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Weekly Photo Challenge: Room

Turned in the Grade Summary Reports and my keys. The room is able to be cleaned now the clutter is gone.

Got the  required signatures on my close-out sheet for School Year 2013-14 and took a photograph as I was getting ready to leave.

Thursday and Friday we go to training at another location from 8-3. Three o’clock Friday it will be School’s Out for the Summer.

Here is the room in response to the challengePhotography Classroom

 

 

A photo of a colleague in an art room upstairs, photographed almost exactly one year ago

art room

 

 

An a giant room/gym with the graduating class of 2013 last June, keeping with the school related room theme

 

graduation in the gym panorama

 

Click this link for the Top Five Songs for School’s Out for the Summer

(Alice Cooper, Pink Floyd, Al Green, Chuck Berry and  Supertramp are featured)


Weekly Photo Challenge: Twist

The perfect twist ice cream cone as suggested by this week’s challenge eluded me.  These photos are taken today expressly for TWIST.

Steve and I went over to the South Side to the Dairy Queen where one of my students had a shift Saturday night.

I asked for a small twist cone!  and this is how they make them on Carson Street.  Waaaaah!   It’s a half and half.

ice cream cone- twist!

There was no licorice to be found so I had to think of another TWIST specifically for this week’s challenge.

Twist on a medicine bottle!

I saw TURN and an ARROW but no word TWIST what I was looking for….. a TWIST CAP! childproof? None to be found in the medicine chest here.

medicine caps

 

The leftover sock yarn ball has a twist to the strand!  Finding a twist in the house

 

 

the base of the red glass goblet ( my friend Joanne knit me this patriotic dishcloth)

 

 

red goblet glass

 

 

twist tiesTwist ties for the tops of bread bags. Or garbage

 

For the final image for TWIST

a couple of hanger tops.

 

Definitely twisted

hangers

 

 

and a couple from the archives  Coney Island Ride

 

coney island ride 2

 

 

student scarf

and a student made this scarf in knitting activity period this year

 

sandwich with a twist

 

Is this a twist or a swirl?

 

 

 


Weekly Photo Challenge: Work of Art

Last Monday night at the Art for Change auction I bid and won a very cool work of art by photographer Scott Roller-

this is what I see when I come out of an upstairs room now.

Subway Face.  A poster  in the subway, peeling off the wall.

It is a compelling gaze.  Not sure who it was to begin with but you keep looking at it and wonder.

The deteriorated shape of the poster really adds to the mood and make it original.  Click on Scott’s name and see his 66 Shots series from a trip on Route 66.

He prints, mats and frames his photographs.  Works of art!

Subway Face (1)

SUBWAY FACE   1/10    Scott Roller

 

 

Pittsburgh Photo Fair

Welcome to the Pittsburgh Photo Fair at the Carnegie Museum of Art.     What a terrific venue.  Still on for Sunday (5-18-14) from 12-5 if you are in the city

 

 

 

Carnegie Museum of Art

The Cathedral of Learning in the reflection at the Carnegie Museum of Art.

 

Anna helps decorate her brother Michael’s First Communion Cake.

A work of art!      She wrote his name on it.  A chocolate pound cake- (gluten free) with vanilla buttercream icing.   Thanks to Aunt Mary for helping piece adequate parchment paper into the cross shaped pan so there were no cracks when it was extricated from the pan.

Anna decorates Michael's cake


Weekly Photo Challenge: Spring

Spring is a welcome season.

Especially after the long hard winter months.

I found it difficult to make my entry unique

so am just going with the theme in general- green shoots, blossoms and leaves and the old apple tree’s flowers.

Baseball is Spring -

and love!

 

 

 

baseballs

Baseballs at the High School game.

 

apple blossom

Apple blossoms on my tree in the backyard

red bud and new leaves

Full leaf trees and the red bud blooming.

green shoots

New shoots push up through the old leaves and dirt

love

Outdoors without coats on deck in Ohio, after swinging on the swings.

 


Weekly Photo Challenge: Letters

Tons of signage in the archives but you don’t get many letters in the mailbox today.
Found an envelope of letters that our Aunt Rhea gave to us when she moved out of her home.

Letters.

Even some I’d written when we lived in Germany. Photographs inside letters. Letters from my father and mother and sister. Thank you notes from my own children when they were small.

 

I have other letters saved, tied with ribbon. My sister wrote to me in Germany for three years.  And I wrote back. She saved my letters, too. My friend Erica transcribed all the letters and I have them typed in a desk downstairs.

20140427-003416.jpgMy Dad had a photo of their wedding in one of the letters.   A nice find.


Weekly Photo Challenge: On Top

On Top

Peeps®  on top -

of doughnuts.

Doughnuts-

on top of grass.

Purchased for photographic purposes outside Columbia City, Indiana.

The doughnut shop was connected to a gas station.

 

easter doughnut

Photographed in Rockford Illinois in a motel parking lot as the sun was going down.  It had snowed the day before!  Did not eat them.

 

 

 


Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument

Monument is the weekly challenge.  Mr. Ben Huberman says it can be” broadly defined”

The family was on vacation in Michigan this week.

My son Mark photographed Anna sitting on the Montgomery City Bus, in the very seat in which Rosa Parks was arrested, Dec 1, 1955.

The Rosa Parks Bus is in The Henry Ford in Dearborn Michigan. The exhibit is titled With Liberty and Justice for All.

Anna on the Rosa Parks bus

(Anna sitting in the seat on the Rosa Parks Bus, photographed by her father, Mark )

There are Rosa Parks Statues in Grand Rapids Michigan,  Dallas Texas and The Capitol in Washington D.C.  

Rosa Parks is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit Michigan.  Here is the Wikipedia link to the “First Lady of Civil Rights”

 


Weekly Photo Challenge: Threshold

Threshold

thresh·old   noun \ˈthresh-ˌhōld, ˈthre-ˌshōld\
: a piece of wood, metal, or stone that forms the bottom of a door and that you walk over as you enter a room or building

: the point or level at which something begins or changes

 

jack threshold

Literal interpretation of Jack  crossing a threshold at Idlewild Park in Storybook Forest last summer.

 

 

 

 Erika and kids waiting for Jack to be born

A couple of days before Jack was born 2007

 

 

p.s.  click here to see Madhu’s entry  at The Urge to Wander blog photographerd  at a Shinto Shrine in Japan.

In my opinion, hers is the best of all the responses I viewed! 

 

 


A Few More Reflections

You’ve seen some of these if you’ve been a follower for awhile.

Some favorite reflections.  The weekly challenge prompted me to continue to search the archives for a couple of reflections I wanted to share.

 

swimming ohio state

Swimming at Ohio State Natatorium

 

 

penguin reflection

Blue jeans in the glass of the Penguins exhibit at the Columbus Zoo

 

 

 

subway train reflection

From the subway on the way to Coney Island

 

 

church reflection

Church reflection in the Thai Kitchen table- Bloomfield

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sidewalk reflection

Red lights reflected on the sidewalk- Market Square Downtown Pittsburgh

 

 

 

 

 

mail chute  reflection

Me in the Mail Chute at the City County Building.

 

 

 

 

mary reflection

 

 

 

 

 

Mary in NYC with buildings in the sunglasses lenses

 
jack reflection

 

Jack’s reflection in a puddle.

Jack and Maura at the Columbus Zoo


Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

Reflections.  There are so many reflections in my archives, I could do a postaday for a year with that theme. Here are some new ones and a few familiar ones.

I know I am drawn to them.  Trying a tiled mosaic today for a change.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

Inside

egg interior

 

egg

excuses kitchen

 

Excuses Kitchen

 

chili

Pot of Chili

snow yard

 

Snow Yard from the Kitchen

 

 

 

concert

 

Carnegie Music Hall Pittsburgh PA

 

 

tent

Center for the Arts Wedding – Marc and Roberta

fridge

Refrigerator

bloomfield house

Bloomfield Window

mattress factory2

Detroit Artist at Mattress Factory

warholWarhol Museum

bakeryJean Marc Chatellier Bakery Millvale


Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective

“This week’s photo challenge is about perspective: post a photo which is not what it seems to be.”

Knight Piece

Chess Piece

Game Pieces

Game Pieces-  by Daniel Martinez, Renee Petropoulis, and Roger White

Public Art in front of Philadelphia Municipal Services Building.

Crop Building Philadelphia

Me and my sister in Philadelphia

Entire Reflection

The reflection of THE FIRST BANK OF THE UNITED STATES

First Bank of the USThe Actual Building  – The First Bank of the United States.    (where all the trouble began)


Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned

Abandoned.  

Defined:

left without needed protection or care

left by the owner

no longer held or thought of : given up

 

Not to be confused with lost.

WordPress’ Cheri Lucas Rowlands posted the challenge with a great example of the interior of an abandoned building.  It’s apparent that I stick with exteriors.

 

Old School House near Okanogan Washington

Old School

 

 

 

Old School

shot from the road

 

boarded up

 

Boarded up in Wilkinsburg PA

 

 

 

Smith Mountain Lake Virginiaabandoned boat

 

 

 

 

 

near Okanogan Washington – mailboxes still in place on the right

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Conneaut Amusement Park  PAconneaut amusement park

 

Old bathtub at Conneaut

old bathtub

 

 

chair on the sidewalk

                                                                                             New York City Chair and Hanger

Photograph taken near school one afternoon.  abandoned umbrella


Weekly Photo Challenge: Treasure

“Capture something you treasure“,    Krista Stevens at WordPress says this week for the challenge.

What better treasure than friends?

Last snowy Sunday my dear friend Joanne (green pepper jelly maker) emails and says,” Let’s SKYPE at 10:30.”

Okay.  At 10:40 I call,  “what happened?”

Oh ten thirty CENTRAL time!  Got it.

So at 11:30 (my time) the SKYPE rings in on my computer and J says,

I have a house guest- would you like to meet her?

(and I am thinking, why would you want to SKYPE with me if you’re entertaining a house guest?)
SURPRISE!  Look who enters the screen!    It’s  Aïda whom I’ve not seen in 27+ years.  We lived in Granfenwoehr Germany in the early ’80s.

Aïda (from Florida) visiting her daughter and granddaughters at Ft. Leavenworth Kansas and drove up for the weekend to visit J.

Great memories of good times with dear friends.  We were on for more than an hour.  What a nice surprise!  Fun.

Photographed by Aida’s daughter Suzanne.

Joanne and Aida call me

 

 

here we are SKYPEing   Joanne on the left, I’m in the middle with the hat! and Aïda on the right

 

SKYPE friends

 

You’ve Got a Friend


Weekly Photo Challenge: Selfie

2013 Word of the Year- Selfie.  WordPress’ Cheri Lucas Rowlands posted the challenge with the example of herself reflected in an art work/sculpture.

Selfies are the thing for high schoolers.  It’s really their favorite subject to shoot. Themselves!

And I have a few of myself on file.  Here is an article written by Dan Zak in the Washington Post about Selfies

Duck Tour ReflectionJust Ducky Tour Reflection in Side View Mirror

selfie at Sunseri in StripHaving lunch alone at Sunseri’s in the Strip District.  Tuna Balsamic with onion on baguette ad a ginger ale.

selfie in lawn ball

Me in my lawn ball in the snow

me at work me at work (school) in sweater Erika gave me

hand knit socksMy hand knit socks( by self)  on my big feet.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Object

No, not-  “I  object.

But an item.    A thing.  You know I have so many objects in my files.  I thought I’d focus on one, like the challenge said to do.

Weekly Challenge Creator Cheri Lucas Rowlands said-  “Or you can get creative and find other ways to feature your object — the only requirement is it must be somewhere in your frame.”

Here’s a dusty antique stereoscope from my childhood and the dates on the photos?    1903!  Wish I knew where it came from originally.

A bit before my time. I remember viewing the images with my brother David.  HAve to find the piece that slides on the bar. It’s around here somewhere.

Stereoscope

One of the cards had Meadville, PA printed on the edge.  The scene on top is Goats in Norway.  The cowboy on the horse is in Kansas.

Here is the principle behind the stereoscopic images according to Wikipedia

“Two separate images are printed side-by-side. When viewed without a stereoscopic viewer the user is required to force his eyes either to cross, or to diverge, so that the two images appear to be three. Then as each eye sees a different image, the effect of depth is achieved in the central image of the three.”


Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition

Juxtaposition.  I read the definition twice.

Michelle W. at the Daily Post  says Unexpected Pairings.

Looked through the archives and found these for the gallery. It did mention “abstract” and I think mine are more “concrete”

 

walk and sit

 

Pittsburgh Marathon  -Walk and Sit

 

wood and chain llnk

wood branch in chain link fence

 

 

 

fish

 

One orange amidst the others Smith Mountain Lake Virginia

 

 

truck and car

 

 

 

 

boats and pirates

Old boat and pirates, new boats and boaters

 

 

healthy tastes good

New York City Garbage

 

 

scaffolding on St Patricks

St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Scaffolding

 

lego and real world

Lego world- real world   Rockefeller Center New York City

 

 

beatlesOk a bit of a stretch    but when I was scrolling through, George caught my eye

 

 

splint and leg

 

Splint and leg

 

 

anna and monkey

Anna and the sock monkey

 

porta pot garbage truckThought the weekly photo challenge was exactly that- a CHALLENGE


Weekly Photo Challenge: Family

Don’t worry.

I’m not going to post 6 galleries  of family this week.  I couldn’t stop myself with the windows.

You know I have thousands of images of my family.  Some of my favorite subjects to photograph.  I will restrain myself.

ancestors

Henry Otto Hendricks is in the middle at the bottom.  I believe the man in the top left is my father’s grandfather. Had better check  my notes.

Mark matthew and laura

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Matthew Laura and Mark, grown up

and twenty years ago at the Macy’s Day Parade New York Citymacy parade

Ruth and MArk

Me carrying Mark on my back in Philadelphia 1977

mark and erikaMark and Erika and the kids -Yes their hair is green for the pep rally before the big swim meet.

erika and mauraErika with Maura

matthew

Matthew in from Zagreb

doll houseI love when they come to visit Grandma

Laura when she was littleLala in Germany

james and laLaura and James at Christmas

and with Penny
james and penny

Getting Ready for a family photo Saturday night.  Henry is front and center and everyone else is blurred.

Henry and his family


Windows With Signage and/or Things in Them – Gallery 5

They said it was a Weekly Photo Challenge so I turned it into a Week-long Photo Challenge

Today I’m posting Windows with signage or things in them.

When I went to the external hard drives looking for the Infant of Prague in a window (thanks Jack) I saw quite a few windows photos  that could fit in several categories.  Categories with windows pictures reminded me of that old 25,000 Pyramid Game show hosted by Dick Clark.

-Windows with Things to Eat in Them

-Windows with Fashion

-Windows with a View Through Them

-or this time of year  could be Looking Through a Dirty Car Window

Tomorrow will be a new challenge so squeezing in one more gallery of windows.

for scenic view window

 

South Side Pittsburgh

 

 

squirrel window

North Side Window Taxidermy

 

 

 

 

 

Gold Sold Here

South Side of Pittsburgh

 

 

 

 

Doll Window

New York City

 

 

 

 

 

Carrick Hardware

Brownsville Road, Carrick  Pittsburgh PA

 

 

 

 

no public restrooms

South Side

 

 

 

 

Fort Pitt Art Room WindowFt. Pitt Art Room Window (school now closed)

 

 

 

 

Betty Boop Window

Betty Boop Window on Carson Street South Side Pittsburgh PA

 

 

 

 

 

i hour cleaning

Roanoke Virginia Hat Cleaning Sign

 

 

 

 

Millvale Window

 

Millvale PA

 

 

 

shoe and boots window

 

Shadyside Shoe Store on Walnut Street Pittsburgh PA

 

 

 

No Weapons Window

Ohio

 

 

 

Urban Madonna in Window

Philadelphia South Ninth Street Window

 

 

 

hardware window (1)

Hardware Store Arlington Avenue Pittsburgh PA

 

 

Bloomfield Window

Peace Sign Bloomfield Pittsburgh PA

 

 

 

doll window (1)

Maura wants Aunt Linda’s Dolls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


People and Windows- Gallery 4

People and windows. 

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June 14, 2012 Visual Arts Room

 

MAura and Murphy in  window 2

Maura and Murphy at Aunt Linda’s

 

 

Concorde window

Pittsburgh Firefighter on South Side

Look what I came across tonight.  What a happy couple and now a happy family._1118280523728

Jane and Prem’ Wedding

 

diner  windowThrough a Diner Window- Queens NYC

 

 

fireman in windowPittsburgh Firefighter on the South Side

 

 

Breadworks delivery windowBreadworks Delivery and Barry’s Pub- South Side Pittsburgh

 

laura and James in windowMeeting Laura and James for breakfast at First Watch Worthington Ohio

 

Anna and Sock MOnkeyAnna finds her surprise sock monkey

 

 

Zamboni windowErika and Michael watch the Zamboni groom the ice   Columbus Ohio

 

 

shadyside windowShadyside Window by Ellsworth Avenue

 

watching traffic  windowWatching NYC traffic through a glass window

 

 

BLasfome windowMannequins AND real men on Carson Street South Side Pittsburgh

 

 

Charlotte wedding

Beautiful Valentine’s Day Bride

 

 

Sea Lion Viewing Window

Sea Lion Viewing Window  at the Zoo  Pittsburgh PA

 

 

 


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