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Marlene’s Virginia Garden’s Yellow- Guest Blog

Guest blogger Marlene, (Mark’s MIL- Erika’s Mom) sent me these photographs of  flowers in her garden at the end of June.

 I searched for them to put on her birthday post yesterday (What We Share) but couldn’t find them.

 Then I remembered – she sent them via iPhone, not email. Spent a bit “loading earlier messages” but was able to find and save them.  

 Here is her garden and flowers around her house at the end of June. Near Roanoke Virgina.  

“All the flowers around my house that are yellow or have yellow in them.”

 Now I thought that was perfect for Cee’s Photography Challenge for YELLOW.  

Thanks Mar.  

 

Hope I got the labels all right!   Glad you had a nice birthday. xoxoxo 

The Color is What Caught My Eye

Whether it be flowers in a garden, a rainbow in traffic, or colorful cake mixes on the store shelf.

The color is what caught my eye!

Unsure about actual consumption, though.      Here’s how I came to see these boxes of cake mix……

After school, I drove down to the Waterfront to get gas, stock up on provisions. Lunch items to take to school.

Target was right there and I needed more wonderful 8GB Flash Drives that are still at a low, low price.  The ones they keep by the checkout line so you can load up as you head out the door.  Must be an old shipment as the ones up front are two dollars cheaper than the ones in the electronic section in the back.  (Hope I didn’t clue them in and they change the price!)

Now you might already know if you follow the blog,  I really don’t like to eat anything blue

(with the exception of fresh blueberries)

but those fakey blue raspberry popsicles?

Just looking at blue food/icing gives me a shudder down my spine.

But if you need to bake a Smurf cake, the Blue Suede mix might be your answer.

I can definitely see some of these colorful cake mixes as the basis for art/photography projects.

And from what I read on Charm City website,    “Our inspiration comes from everywhere: art, fashion, fabric, furniture, architecture, landscapes, science, music, and history.”   

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iPhone shots of the cake mix shelves

 

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Inspiration for the colorful cake mixes, created by Duff Goldman

 Blue Suede Shoes by Elvis

Found at least 3 Pink Cadillac songs

Bruce Springsteen,

Natalie Cole, Jerry Lee Lewis

And Prince won an Oscar in 1985 for Purple Rain

 

 

 

 

 

What We Share

An enjoyment of baked goods. I didn’t eat any of these but I am sure we would have had fun together if we did.

flower cakes

Cake flowers from NYC shot last Spring

The enjoyment of flowers (although you’re a good gardener, I like to look at them)

flowers for marlene

Real flowers and bird eggs 

We are fortunate to share the love of grandchildren.  That’s the best thing to share.  Shared love and laughter. 

Have a wonderful birthday, Marlene! 

Happy Birthday Marlene.

(And you share a birthdate with my mother Marian VanSickle Hendricks born 1912)

Single Ear of Sweet Corn

You can still get great tomatoes. Come January we’ll long for them. 

I was at a friend’s house and she made corn for us.

Butter, salt and fresh black pepper.  

I think it was the first ear of corn I ate all summer.

Delicious.

Had a half of an ear last Sunday at a Garden Party, but

will savor this photo come fall.   

Thanks Ann.

ear of corn

 

 

Groundhog in City Traffic

Below Polish Hill, turning onto Liberty Ave into the Strip District.  Here is what I saw.

He got out from under the cars as we were all stopped at the red light.

 Instead of crossing the road, he kept walking back under the cars.

Good thing I had my camera on the front seat. 

Good thing he didn’t get squished.  I felt sorry for the groundhog.

Too much concrete to burrow in.  

(And my car windows need a wash)

 

 

Can you see the groundhog

Just a snippet.  I saw movement.  

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Coming under the cars.  Oh no. 

 

 

 

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Go the other way.  He did eventually.

Groundhog in the City

I felt badly for the groundhog but at least he finally made it to the side before the light turned green. But what then? 

 

Our Lady of the RV Sales Lot

Last Spring my sister and I went with Erika’s parents, Donald and Marlene as they were shopping around for a camper or trailer for their retirement.

 Here is what we found at one of the RV Sales Lots.

 I can’t add it to my “Urban Madonna” collection as it is just north of Columbus, Ohio so more like
“Country or Rural Madonna”    

 Safe journeys.  

our lady of rv sales

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue

The challenge arrived this afternoon via email.  Dialogue.  

I looked for two photos from the suggestions below and this exchange jumped out first.

The creator of this week’s word is Frédéric Biver.  He ‘s an architect (UK and Switzerland)  and  a photographer – some cool examples of dialogue on his blog. 

The challenge is 2 images “making the two images talk to one another”

“Not sure how to foster dialogue between two images?

Try:

*Photos of the same subject from different perspectives.
*Photos with similar color palettes, textures, or geometric shapes.
*A before-and-after or cause-and-effect composition.”

Light Through Overhead Railroad Ties

Down in Pittsburgh’s Strip District by the scrap yard and tracks.  My car was parked under the old railroad bridge.

Lines, patterns, rhythm, repetition-all those elements we look for in class.  Finding these elements everywhere.

Railroad Bridge

I love the light on the cross bar, giving a sense of depth.

This first image is the strongest compositionally.  But the others  give you a sense of the place.

 

 

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railroad ties in the hood of my car

The hood of my car.  Could stand a wash.

 

 

 

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Grateful for Traffic Backup

This post inspired by fellow blogger Colline   – Wednesdays she publishes a “grateful post”.

Last year at school in the final staff meeting, I was awarded the Most Optimistic Award.  I found the little plastic trophy and happy dancing apple in my school cupboard yesterday afternoon and took it out and placed it on my desk.  A reminder to remain optimistic,

It’s a new year so don’t want to rest on my laurels, though.

HA!  (Just this morning my sister was remembering how dad would say that when he wrote to us)

Would be cool to be a repeat for this new school year, I thought to myself and laughed at myself.  A good plan.

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Last June Selfie.  An unexpected award voted by my colleagues- Most Optimistic

On my way home this afternoon, a different route, there’s a bridge out. What a mess.

It means everyone sits and sits,  winds around the corner like snails, waiting to get a quick left turn, the arrow light. It’s a real clog.

I first saw the rainbow on the straightaway and you can see it’s photographed through a tinted windshield.

But then I had to inch up.

What a glorious rainbow.

Were there a parking lot to pull into, I would have done so and gotten the end of the rainbow as it arched into the Allegheny River.

Back in my car since school started, driving around the city  all over the place.

Opportunities to see things I wouldn’t have seen if I were stretched in my hammock on the front porch, sipping a lemonade, reading a book, or knitting for winter.

Today I was grateful for the traffic standstill.  Got to catch a rainbow.  Thanks, Colline. For more posts on Colline’s Gratitude Project, click here.

Rainbow in traffic

 

Uh-oh, can’t see it between the wires as I did when I looked with my eye Interesting wires intersecting.

Rainbow in traffic series 5

It gets better and the traffic winds around the bend.

 

Rainbow in traffic series 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rainbow in traffic series 1

 

 

Rainbow in traffic series 3

And the other half of the rainbow as I made my way in the traffic

 

Back to School Silhouettes on my Drive to School

Silhouettes challenge was August 15th.  

But look what I found this morning on the way to school.  (And yes,  I pulled to the side of the road)

I was behind a workman’s truck and saw the silhouette.

Pulled over to the curb, mindful of the time, knew I could wait a minute. Parking brake on, the hill’s steep.

The school bus

and then two students walking to our high school.

Work truck silhouette

Turning onto Brownsville Road

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School bus coming down the hill

students in crosswalk silhouette

I was hoping for some separation between the two but not this morning.  

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