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




Charlie (4 months) and his mom, my daughter Laura.

Pittsburgh Sculpture: Joy of Life by Virgil Cantini, 1960

Saturday afternoon I drove home from a happy baby shower on the South Side.

The late autumn light on this sculpture was gorgeous.  Although I drive by this sculpture frequently, I don’t stop.

I parked, got out of the car, listened to the fountain and felt the spray as the wind was gusting.

The circle of figures holding one another in the circle seemed particularly beautiful this afternoon.  When I came home and looked it up, I was reminded of the sculpture’s title-

Joy of Life.

Joy of Life

Joy of Life in Wet Pavement

East Liberty Presbyterian Church and Joy of Life


The Weekly Photo Challenge: Victory


Silent Saturday


One Potato, Two Possibilities 

A new pet? Or ready to be baked?

I’ve seen eyes in potatoes before  but this one stood out. 

Here’s Maura holding our little friend. 


 What does it look like to you?  

Now Family of Three- a Very Happy Anniversary

Happy Fourth Anniversary to Laura and James. 

Family of Three

Baby Charlie and his parents photographed Sunday November 8, 2015.


I had fun shooting “wedding photos” six months after the wedding- June 2012

Short NorthShort North – Columbus OH

You may have seen the wedding photos after the wedding on November 12, 2011 but Mother of the Bride can’t be the photographer, too.

My SIL’s Grandfather and Father Added to the Growing Gallery of Veterans


James’ maternal grandfather ( grandson Charles’ great grandfather)

Charles Wade Emig b: Dec 31, 1923 in Coshocton, OH

James’ mother brought down a box filled with memorabilia

and here is James’ father Charles (Chuck) served in VietNam,  holding grandson Charles on Sunday


Just added to the gallery 11-11-2015

Mike Kichi – USMC.

 Taiwan 1959, Okinawa 1960, 

Bern, Switzerland 1962. (Thanks for sharing, Toni.)


Gallery of Veterans- November 11

Joanne Basden’s Father Top Left Corner

Don Anderson and Ed Kichi Sept 1966
Phu Bai, Viet Nam

Don Anderson and Ed Kichi
Quantico, VA 2011 Reunion TBS-4-66

Martin H Cooper veteran World War II – European Theater –
(Sue Reinfeld’s father)

1st Plt, D Co. 39th OCC

John E. Hilliard Troop Transport 194This was a project I started and it is incomplete.  I am hoping to receive more photographs of Veterans you know and love to add to the gallery.

Orville Lee, 87 years old, who served in France during WWII. Orv is the heart and soul of our weekly retired group we call CAB (Coffee and Bagels). I hear he has beaten his sons climbing a rock wall recently.

Mike’s brother — Ed Kichi — 2nd from the left in the 2nd row. In above photo of the 1st Platoon D Co, 39th OCC

From Anne Hamilton- UK-

Charles Albert Kydd                     ” I thought Ruth might like the attached photo of my great uncle, the brother of my English grandmother (the one you met). Charles Albert Kydd was born in 1896. He went missing and I’ve also attached a document relating to this which I found in amongst my gran’s papers. Unfortunately I don’t know anything else – not even what regiment he was attached to.”

Thankfully he did survive the war and lived into old age!

To include those currently serving in the military  This photo sent by Sally Nauer of her son’s unit (Jonathan Nauer) neighbors at Ft. Knox in the seventies

In Afghanistan, (Back in USA 2012)

I hope you got the pictures of my favorite veterans – the first was my brother, Michael Cooper, who served in Vietnam in 1968 – Sue

Lt. Robert A. Bard, US Navy (22 yrs, 7 mos total service)

Email a photo of a veteran with name and information about service and I will add it to the gallery. rutheh(at)gmail(dot)comUncle Alan and familyMy Uncle Alan Hendricks (USA)

, Uncle Harold (USN)  My grandfather Floyd and grandmother Mary Alta and my father Roy J Hendricks

and my son Mark

Signed into Law May 26, 1954

Veterans Day.  More than a day off from school.   A day in November to honor all veterans- men and women in the military who have served.  And the correct spelling  “the attributive (no apostrophe) rather than the possessive case is the official spelling “  according to an article  “Apostrophe Sparks Veterans Day Conundrum”.  I had to look it up.  WWII, on the left my father’s brother Alan Ray Hendricks who “observed his 28th bday by flying a bombing mission  over Japanese-held Koror Island in a 7th AAF Liberator on which he is a gunner”.(old yellowed newspaper clipping)  Received the Distinguished Flying Cross.       Who do you know who has served? Scan and email a photo of a veteran you know , along with name and service and I will post a gallery of veterans.  Suzanne sent me her father-in-law and father and that sparked the idea.  rutheh(at)gmail*com

Suzanne Colvin- “I’m attaching a photo of my dad, shot in Italy, where he served. His name was William Key (1921-2005); he was a Captain in the 5th Army in Italy.

Giant Golden Ginkgo

Not quite alliteration with the “g” but this is one majestic tree in Highland Park, Pittsburgh PA.

Ginkgo has several spellings and there are male and female trees. The golden fan leaves make it one of  the prettiest trees in autumn.

View one of the Giant Golden Ginkgo Tree

Ginkgo Tree

View 2  I felt the telephone pole was in the way but the light is different from this angle.

Ginkgo tree

Baby Charlie Watches Grandpa Chuck’s Birthday Candle Blow Out

Firsts.   When you’re only four months old there are so many “firsts” to experience.

This was the first time Charlie saw birthday candles being extinguished.

Everyone sang Happy Birthday.

Grandpa Chuck celebrates his birthday

                                                                 Two Charles- It’s a family name.

Life Force

  You could write a lot of captions to sum up the effort of this plant. 

Basilica Minor St. Michael – WPC

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


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Mondsee, Austria  

Basilica Minor St. Michael

The church where the wedding in Sound of Music was filmed. (Not where they were actually married in real life)


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