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Weekly Photo Challenge

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. 

Taken Friday June 14th._10201585105255982

 

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

 

 

 


Windows 3 – Connie, Esther’s Hobby, Olga, Poet’s House, Oakmont Bakery, View from a Bus

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge Theme: Windows

Making the theme last all week? I  photograph a lot of windows.

Here is another  gallery
Connie at ChumleysNew York City Chumley’s Historic Pub After the Fire

 

Esther's HobbyEsther’s Hobby Shop  Millvale PA

Olga Stained Glass

St. John’s Chrysostom Byzantine – Columbus, Ohio- St. Olga Window

 

 

 

Poet's HousePoet’s House New York City

 

Merry Christmas Window

Merry Christmas Window Pittsburgh PA

 

 

Brooklyn Bridge from Jane's Carousel

 

Brooklyn Bridge from Jane’s Carousel  Dumbo, Brooklyn NYC

 

 

conservatory Columbus

 

Franklin Conservatory Columbus Ohio

 

 

Flag and U of Pitt

University of Pittsburgh Cathedral of Learning on the Horizon from Arlington

 

 

Freedom tower

Freedom Tower from my sister’s apartment window

 

 

graduation party

 

Graduation Party Window

 

 

 

 

 

Rocking Horse WindowRocking Horse Penn Avenue Garfield Neighborhood Pittsburgh PA

 

Oakmont Bakery

Oakmont Bakery Oakmont PA

snacks in windowSnacks in the Window New York City

 

 

window dresserWindow Dresser New York City Fifth Avenue

 

 

Bus window

Bus Window on Field Trip


Weekly Photo Challenge: Window

Oh my- there were too many to choose from for Window.   My post today is WINDOW with an S- plural.

four windows

 

Four Grandchildren in Four Windows at The Wilds in Cumberland Ohio

 

nyc building

New York City. New School for Social Research

cat in window

 

Columbus Ohio on walk from Community Market

 

 

subway window

 

Coney Island stop on Subway

halloween window

Halloween Costumes New York City

 

statue of liberty

 

Statue of Liberty from the Staten Island Ferry

 

Screen Shot 2014-01-11 at 10.24.50 PMWindows in Windows on Christopher Street New York City

 

 

new jersey dinerNew Jersey Diner photographed from my car window

 

 

maura windowMaura in the Window Worthington Ohio

 

leaded window panes

 

 

 

 

New York City Lead Paned Window

ducks

Chinatown Ducks in window

milk truck windowMilk Truck Window   near Hardy Virginia

 

Christmas Windows

Windows with Christmas Lights reflected in a car hood

 

jack wagner mayor

View of the Pittsburgh Marathon from a neighbor’s window

 

subway window 2

Too too many window pictures and this is with culling.

Windows.

I photograph them a lot.

thanks to Cheri Lucas Rowlands for this fun challenge. You were right about a lot of possibilities.

 


Weekly Photo Challenge: Beginning

The example posted by Cheri Lucas Rowlands was a Northern California foggy dawn.

A sunrise – a perfect beginning.

A baby, just born.

The first page of the dictionary.

The first page of the new calendar.

Once you start, more come to mind.

Beginning= possibility?  A new start.

I did not search the archives for beginnings but put the iPhone to use at breakfast-

My Saturday morning.

Here’s the beginning -

Coffee and English Muffin

The special English muffins a surprise in the Christmas mail from Ben and Susan, thanks

A New Page

A newly sharpened pencil ready to begin……

a journal entry, a letter, a poem, a novel, a list-

A single match

Begin with a single match…………..

Middle CMiddle C- “Let’s start at the very beginning. A very good place to start….” “When you sing you begin with Do Re Mi”

Yarn BowlThe beginning of a ball of yarn in my new yarn bowl :-)


Weekly Photo Challenge: Joy

Joy and you pair it up with JUMP.  For joy, that is.

Joy to the World (church or another Three Dog Night version).

Joy? An old fahioned liquid dish soap- none available to photograph tonight.

Joy is the emotion I’d most like to capture in a selfie?  (Just thought I’d throw that new word in before the end of 2013  since it was deemed new word of the year.)

Last year’s Christmas card shoot of the grandchildren came to mind. Jumping for Joy.

The grandchildren certainly bring me a lot of joyful moments to capture.

Wishing everyone a new year with lots of joy in it!

foiur kids (1)

 

Photographed Thanksgiving  2012 in Hardy Virginia.

 

 

Ruthie and the kidsPhotographed by Erika’s mother, Marlene.  The grandchildren with me on Christmas Eve.  Feeling about as joyful as one can be!


Weekly Photo Challenge: One

One is the loneliest number ….”

unicycle

One unicyclist Pittsburgh Marathon last May

one

One handstand by Anna my granddaughter in Hardy Virginia

bryant park man

One reader in Bryant Park NYC

by window

One friend at her window

watching the seals

One seal watcher in Central Park

one tulip

One tulip by St. Patrick’s Cathedral NYC

one nun

One nun in NYC

$1 keychainsOne dollar souvenir keychain

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Laura is ONE  August 7, 1984 Grafenwoehr Germany

I saw Three Dog Night in the early seventies.  No kidding.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Community

Community.
Communities.
Swim Team Community
Swim Team Community- Columbus Ohio
Bocce Community
Bocce Community in Bloomfield, Pittsburgh
Baseball PNC
Baseball Community- PNC Park
Zion Apostolic Christmas Dinner
Zion Apostolic Community-  Christmas dinner Monroeville PA
Etna Softball
Softball Community in Etna PA
River City Brass Band
River City Brass Band  (Community) at Carnegie Music Hall- Pittsburgh PA
Knit the Bridge
Knit the Bridge Community- (and Crochet)  Warhol Bridge- Pittsburgh PA
Culinary Class Gingerbread Houses
High School Culinary Class Community Gingerbread Houses- Each kitchen created one together as a group effort
Football
Football Community- Steelers Fans- Pittsburgh PA
Candles at St Patricks
                                               St Patrick’s Church Community- Columbus Ohio
Art Community Panza Gallery
             Art Community  Panza Gallery Millvale PA
Guitar Community
Guitar Community. Bleecker Street New York City
Army Community Germany
  Army Community- Grafenwoehr Germany    I am the one holding the camera!   Thirty years ago.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Grand

The challenge said to find shots that weren’t just BIG but “made your jaws drop”.  Hmmmm.  A “wow moment”? Not simple to find.

I thought of slides of Fingal’s Cave in the Hebrides  from a trip with my parents but that would mean digging in a distant closet. I went in a rowboat without a life preserver but they said the water was so cold you wouldn’t make it anyway.

Then I found the photos from a Washington trip to Dry Falls which isn’t the Grand Canyon but still astounding- well, it is when you are standing there drinking it all in.  The postcard shot I managed doesn’t capture the awe of the scene.  Or the grandness.  Maybe tomorrow.  The Western vistas just don’t accompany the one below.

Thinking of a grand moment in life, flipping through fading albums of photos made from actual FILM, I found the one to answer the grand challenge for me.  A picture of a picture, true and how about that turquoise woven web lawn chair?

A grand momentMark now 37    Matthew 33 and Laura just 30 last August.   Photographed in Grafenwoehr Germany on our third floor balcony.

If I had to retitle it, I would call it “love”.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Let There Be Light

I like the title of the challenge in this time of year when the days are growing shorter.  We’re asked to show the light source in our photos.

Just today I saw a box with a HAPPY LIGHT for sale, to ward off the season’s darkness and the impact it can have on your mood.

At school I teach about the different sources of light, manmade and natural.  There are so many different types of light.

Here are some examples of photos showing a variety of light sources.

 

backyard moonlightMoonlight in Ohio Backyard

 

 

 

bonfire

 

Bonfire in Virginia

 

St. Patrick Candles

 

 

Candles at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

 

 

St. Rocco Fireworks

 

Fireworks at Saint Rocco’s Festival   Pittsburgh PA

 

Pocorn neon

Popcorn Neon at Kennywood Amusement Park

 

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Birthday candles- Laura covering the boys mouth so they don’t help blow them out!

 

 

angel lightErika’s Angel Lava Lamp last Christmas

 

 

 

wedding lanternsWedding Lanterns Somerset PA

 

 

 

sparklersJack July Fourth with Sparklers


Unexpected Gallery Two

Working on a different computer today-  I saw a few more unexpected themed photographs although  I already posted for the weekly photo challenge.   If I dipped into the hard drives I could go all week I am sure.

I skipped the “couch on the front lawn” shots.  Those are almost expected these days.

Some deja vu for longtime followers, thanks for looking again.

 

Fox on the Roof

 

Stuffed Fox on a Roof

 

 

Maura sees her reflection

Maura and her reflection

bras on Hot Metal Bridge

 

Bras on the Hot Metal Bridge for Breast Cancer Awareness

 

book bench

 

 

Book bench on High Street Clintonville, Ohio

 

American Girl Beauty Salon

 

American Girl Hair Salon Fifth Avenue New York City- my sister was showing it to me- no kids or dolls with us.

 

 

MOMA courtyard

 

Museum of Modern Art Courtyard New York City

 

 

mona lisa

 

Mona Lisa mural in Columbus

 

 

 

 

 

Our Lady and Beware of Dog

Juxtaposition

 

 

 
mini car in NYC


Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

The challenge of unexpected seemed fun but challenging.

Added a couple you’ve seen but seemed good for the theme.  Knowing when to stop adding to the gallery is the difficult part.

swim coach as a leprechaunThe grandkids swim coach dressed as a leprechaun

lobster phone 1Mr. Wholey on his lobster phone

 

 

gravestones and railcarHeadstones and a railway car as we headed to Idlewild Park

 

man in a vanA man seemingly peeking out of  the back of the van

 

 

michael surpriseQuick, close your eyes for a birthday surprise, Michael.

Laura is surprisedLaura is surprised for her 30th birthday- nice party James!

 

 

alligator jerkyAlligator and Ostrich Jerky at the Renaissance Festival

 

pink water

Downtown by the Convention Center a wall of pink water for Breast Cancer Awareness

cigarette and teabag in a plantA cigarette butt and a teabag in a planter downtown

 

 

Fried picklesFried Pickles sign at Eat ‘N Park

 

 

stuffed animal windowStuffed Animal Window in New York City

 

 

flags in a churchyardA churchyard full of memorial flags in Millvale.

 

 

police eatingPolice having a snack in NYC

 

 

Birthday gift from her brother

Birthday gift from her brother

 

 

dog wash

Dog Wash?

 

 

Jack finds the air rushing

 

Whoa

 

Michael

 

Discovering the rush of air

 

Maura (2)

 

 

fake geese

Two fake geese that I thought were real in Powell , Ohio

 

 

grandkids

Finding the costumes at the History Center in Virginia.


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