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Weekly Photo Challenge

Weekly Photo Challenge: Gone, But Not Forgotten

Brother Michael’s photograph is on the wall at Rocco’s Pasticceria down on Bleecker Street.

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Brother Michael LaMantia served “51 years as a brother in the Scalabrini Order and nearly 40 years at the parish in the heart of Greenwich Village.”

(Our Lady of Pompeii Church is across the street from Rocco’s.  My sister says there is a memorial to Brother Michael in the church.

Before Brother Michael passed in 2013, he gave the Pasticceria this statue of Saint Rocco.  Brother Michael is Gone, But Not Forgotten. 

Thanks to Krista Evans for this challenge

St.  Rocco

Rocco's Pasticceria

Rocco’s on Bleecker Street.

pastry

For the story of Saint Rocco you can check out the link in this post from the Saint Rocco Festival in Pittsburgh

Franco (posing for me with a cheesecake below) is the one who showed me Brother Michael’s prayer card on the wall at Rocco’s and told me that Brother Michael had given the Saint Rocco Statue to the store. Franco has been at Rocco’s for more than thirty years!

Franco

Here is Franco posing for me with a cheesecake.  Mary and I stopped in Saturday night for a coffee and pastry after a nice day at Galleries and Target First Night at the Brooklyn Museum. 


Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular

Angular. A gallery of angular.  A WPC created by Xiao.

sunrise

Photographed on iPhone from the school parking lot.Carrick neighborhood. Pittsburgh PA.

sandwich

A grilled cheese sandwich cut in triangles.

Bench Snow

Snow on a bench in Rockford Illinois

cobblestone road in hill (1)

Cobblestone Road off Centre Avenue, The Hill District

folding chairs

Folding Chairs  Bloomfield Little Italy Days

Jane's carousel

Jane’s Carousel Brookly New York

freedom tower

Lampost and Freedom Tower New York City

brooklyn bridge barge

Barge Through Brooklyn Bridge

nyc subway

Chambers Street Station  New York City


Weekly Photo Challenge: Achievement

Achievement

Marlene helped me out with these diving trophy photos of the kids.  Thanks Mar. We’re all here in Ohio ready to celebrate Maura’s sixth birthday.

Jack is below with a photo holding a game ball as he missed out on the diving awards.

photo 1 photo 2 photo 3 game ball

Jack revceived the game ball.

Achievers Shirt from the Big Lebowski


Weekly Photo Challenge: Minimalist

garlic and shell

Minimalist.  


Weekly Photo Challenge: Descent

Lots of images came to mind.

The trick was digging around in the files and finding what I was envisioning for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Descent created by Cheri Lucas Rowlands at WordPress.   Her example was excellent.

Here is my gallery of descent.

bride on staircase

Classic Bride Jessica descends spiral staircase at Mexican War Streets on the North Side, Pittsburgh

descent incline

The Duquesne Incline in descent

descent log ferris wheel

Idlewild Ferris Wheel ready to make descent

descent airplane

Jet Blue making descent to Baltimore July 2014

descent truck

How I love being the passenger with a camera in hand. My DIL was driving.

Low clouds and a truck making descent in WV enroute to Hardy VA

descent log slide 2

Down the slide at Idlewild Park -Michael, Erika and Maura

descent log slide

Grandson Jack coming down the Giant Slide at Idlewild Park

descent bride deer stand

Mark climbing the deer stand in Centerline OHio

descent kennywood

Some random Skycoaster riders at Kennywood. Lots of screams

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Anna coming down off the obstacle course at the Ohio State Fair

descent swimming

Anna diving into the pool at a swim meet. Descending into the water.

City Sidewalks  Pittsburgh

from a previous post – City Sidewalk -paper street steps- 2010 Garfield when I taught at Fort Pitt School

descent log flume

Grandson Michael in the log flume at Idlewild Park making their rapid descent


Weekly Photo Challenge: Cover Art

Weekly Photo Challenge is COVER ART

Here is the image I would choose to put on the cover of a book. Because it makes me wonder.

The title of the hypothetical  book is

From the Passenger Window

Cover Art


Crystal Heart Refraction

When the Weekly Photo Challenge is sent out by WordPress on Friday afternoon, I mull it over, dig around in the archives and whittle down a myriad of choices.  But on occasion I’ll shoot something specifically for the challenge.

This week it’s REFRACTION by Kevin Conboy so I played around with a crystal heart my parents gave me on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary (1939-1989) and a crystal swan and pyramid  I have in my china cabinet from them also.

I could’ve used an assistant today to hold the crystal or pyramid.
And because I’ve had my rainbows up recently and the Freedom Tower in NYC with refracted light through the clouds, I’m going with the gallery of my refracted light experiment.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreamy

Michelle W. challenged the WordPress Community this week with the theme DREAMY-

I thought it was a real challenge.  (I guess that’s the point of the challenge) Some are easier to find just the right photos in response.

Anna

Anna

Night lIghts at the Columbus Zoo

Night lIghts at the Columbus Zoo

Laura and James

Laura and James

jack at the wedding

Mark and Erika in Virginia

Mark and Erika in Virginia

Highland Park Reservoir

Highland Park Reservoir

Charlotte and Joel

Charlotte and Joel

Michael dreaming on Aunt Mary

Michael dreaming on Aunt Mary

Kaufmann's Clock at Night

Kaufmann’s Clock at Night


Weekly Photo Challenge: Signs (and more Signs)

Who knew that I must photograph every sign I encounter?

The trick is to cull the signs and show the most interesting.

BUT I am astounded at how I am attracted to them.

As I kept exporting the variety of signs from different locales, I remembered my travels and who I was with and what we were doing.

Just being out and about I see a ton of signs.

I am going to me more mindful of my capturing them and figuring out why I press the shutter button.

Guess I read them and document what I read.

A sampling of signs-

block drug store sign

washing building sign

New York City

do not pour grease

Columbus Auto Show

childrens life jackets signs

Staten Island Ferry Signs

Laundromat

Pittsburgh PA

LEGO sign

Rockefeller Center NYC

Canton Barber Shop

Chinatown New York City

keys made

Greenwich Village NYC

handwritng sign

Coney Island NY Sign

rilke Spring sign

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

breathing relax sign

studio 55 Columbus

Studio 55 Columbus OH

heinz ketchup sign

Pittsburgh PA

Toynbee Tiles sign

A Toynbee Tile on the street in Pittsburgh PA

caffe roma

New York City


Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime

Photographing at night is one of my favorite things to do.

The city looks the most beautiful at night.

I scanned just a wee portion of my archives to get a representative sampling.

Nighttime- quiet, dark.  Sparkly, twinkly too as I seem to shoot a lot of lights.

Nightime. 

 nighttime

Anna and Maura and Henry getting ready to go to sleep.

light up night

The city lit up feels magical to me. Every November they have Light Up Night

Goorin Brothers Hats on Bleecker

Goorin Brothers Hat Shop on Bleecker Street, New York City

PAT bus on HighlandI

Inspired by my son-in-law James.  A bus on Bryant Street in Highland Park

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year Table.

saxophone

Reggie Howze playing the saxophone on the Roberto Clemente Bridge

nightitme house

Love to photograph the decorated Christmas houses at night.

St. Paul's Cathedral

St. Paul Cathedral – Oakland Pittsburgh

balloon man

Balloon Man at Little Italy Days in Bloomfield

barn

The barn at Bobbijo and Tim’s wedding.

fire and ice

I posted this or a similar one for fire and ice. Definitely nighttime

Primanti Bros

Getting a sandwich late at night.  The sandwich with the french fries and coleslaw right on it.

downtown

The Greyhound Bus station at night in Pittsburgh

Night now.


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