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What I Shot as my DIL drove- 3 Pickup Snap, Pig on a Pole & a Message-

Sunday afternoon. We’re doing family things. Gathered together for lunch.

We had just left the Northstar Cafe on High Street and instead of turning to get on the Interstate, Erika drove north on High Street which was definitely the scenic route.

I enjoy being the passenger and thought there might be something interesting to photograph on the way home.  Stopping and dilly dallying was not an option with four kids in the back of the van and the high temp outside. (Stef, I was like Quick Draw McGraw)

More like snapshot time and a slice of the scene around Columbus.

Everything a bit tinted by the van windows shading. Makes the photo quality poor and a bit retro.

Two out of the three Erika called!

I was too busy looking to see.

This is not my usual method of photographing for the blog, subjects and scenes usually just present themselves and I don’t go out to hunt for material.

Remember  Erika found the men painting the water tower almost a week ago.

The pickups stopped at the intersection were first.  I shot right through the glass window. The GoodGuys Rod and Custom Association Car show was this weekend in Columbus at the Expo Center.

Then she said “Look at the pig.”

I’d gotten the local Dairy Queen before and I know PIERCE Cleaners was a subject for signage at night time once on the blog.  One of my followers and longtime friend Mary Corbett used to say this exact message on the sign at the cleaners.

Pig and another American flag.


Light Up Night 2011 Pittsburgh PA

On the way home from school I wound around and up Sycamore Street to Mount Washington.  Parked and pulled out the sweater and blazer in the back of the car and layered as best I could.  No tripod, no cable remote.  Took this with the Self-Timer and propped the camera on an iron fence on the Duquesne Incline platform.  Watched the sky grow dark.  Met people from Dallas, Las Vegas,  a couple of Pitt students  and New York City and photographed them with the light up night behind them. An Art Institute Special Effects major was shooting a time lapse exposure and we chatted.  Did I mention it was in the low thirties?  With a wind chill factor that made it seem really chilly.

A week ago we were in the Columbus Athletic Club bowling and preparing for the wedding celebration.  Didn’t feel like driving right home after school and had stayed late to get ready for next week.  An art room always needs attention.

My blog header is Light Up Night 2010 shot from the Monongahela Incline.


What I Saw Out the Window at School

The cropped version and the original.   You get a better feel for the place in the second, original, full size.

WILD turkeys but they seem fairly domesticated and brave ( or not too bright?). There are a lot of them in the area (remember my first day of school post with the family of turkeys on the sidewalk.)

Urban turkeys.


A Cooler, Zip-Loc Bag or Blow Dryer Are Supposed to Solve This Problem

Lens fog!  You may have experienced it.  It’s cool inside in the AC ( at M and E’s house, not mine!) and then I’d go outside to snap Jack coming home from his first swim across the length of the pool- LENS FOG!!!  Maura in her car seat looking dear in her new flower headband- LENS FOG!  We got out of the air conditioned van and the kids were patient with me as I suggested a photo of going to Day Camp.  I had been doing pretty well on the vacation with the candid shots but they cooperated as I wanted to document the scene.<a href=”http://www.blogcatalog.com”>BlogCatalog</a&gt;
They got on the wall, and I shot the picture after wiping the lens with a microfiber cloth and the same result- LENS FOG!  I went online and read suggestions how to combat this issue and the putting the camera into a cooler or a thick Zip-Loc bag or using a blow dryer to warm it up first were some of the suggestions.

The family greets Jack as he arrives home with his white ribbon for swimming the pool length for the first time.


Up and Down Game in the Pool

Maura's head bumps the top of the frame and a slice cut off but I liked the way the water ran off the lifejacket and Anna's ponytail. It was fun to watch them have so much fun. Big sister-little sister enjoying the refreshing pool- the temp outside was 88 degrees!

One thing I noticed this visit is that we no longer hang out at the baby pool. How quickly everything changes.

I used to sit there for hours while the kids painted the concrete with paintbrushes, poured one bucket of water into another and the filled the sprinkler cans with the handles and spouts- fill and dump, fill and dump, and do it a hundred times.   They always loved those beach toys at the pool.  Now the three oldest are on the swim team, the eldest two the dive team and Maura at 2.5 isn’t too far behind.  Still sporting a life jacket, she wants to jump off the side of the pool repeatedly and she even makes a motorboat sound as the older two pull her around.  So the pool game is up and down and she loves it!

Tomorrow is a big swim meet in New Albany and so tonight at the pool the kids had their hair spray painted green and received new green swim team shirts with ducks on them. The team mascot.    A pep rally of sorts, to get everyone pumped up and excited for the effort.

Won’t be long and Maura will join her brothers and sisters on the swim team I’m sure!

 

 

 


Christmas Camels in the City

He looked straight at me.  I don’t think he wanted me to take his picture. I heard a deep camel growl.   The streetlight behind outlined his head shape just so.  There was an ox and a donkey, I’d say they were “lowing”. An angel passed out candy canes.  I went inside and the sanctuary was filled with the sound of Go Tell it on the Mountain. Christmas has come to the city, right on Penn Circle North, across from Home Depot! There was a second camel who seemed less agitated by the whole scene.  People were crossing the street and taking pictures with their cell phones.


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