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Weekly Photo Challenge: Twist

The perfect twist ice cream cone as suggested by this week’s challenge eluded me.  These photos are taken today expressly for TWIST.

Steve and I went over to the South Side to the Dairy Queen where one of my students had a shift Saturday night.

I asked for a small twist cone!  and this is how they make them on Carson Street.  Waaaaah!   It’s a half and half.

ice cream cone- twist!

There was no licorice to be found so I had to think of another TWIST specifically for this week’s challenge.

Twist on a medicine bottle!

I saw TURN and an ARROW but no word TWIST what I was looking for….. a TWIST CAP! childproof? None to be found in the medicine chest here.

medicine caps

 

The leftover sock yarn ball has a twist to the strand!  Finding a twist in the house

 

 

the base of the red glass goblet ( my friend Joanne knit me this patriotic dishcloth)

 

 

red goblet glass

 

 

twist tiesTwist ties for the tops of bread bags. Or garbage

 

For the final image for TWIST

a couple of hanger tops.

 

Definitely twisted

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and a couple from the archives  Coney Island Ride

 

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student scarf

and a student made this scarf in knitting activity period this year

 

sandwich with a twist

 

Is this a twist or a swirl?

 

 

 


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: 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


Stick Your Head in for the Photo Op. Or NOT!

Raggedy Ann

 

Standing between.

Don’t you want to be Raggedy Andy so your old grandmother can capture the moment?

Ahhh, no thanks.

I’ll just stand between the two heads.

so here is Maura between Raggedy Ann and Andy

Okay, got it.

When I saw this tonight it struck me funny.  I’d forgotten about the fun time we had at Idlewild Park and was thinking about all the grading I need to accomplish this weekend for the upcoming progress reports at school.

And I saw Maura refusing the standard photo opportunity at the amusement park. She did not want to stick her head in the hole.  Maybe she thinks it is a silly plan to do so.   We sure found a ton of ovals in wooden cut outs.  Wonder who started the first one years ago.  Seems a standard practice on the boardwalk.  We were here.  I’ve seen them for Civil War or old fashioned sepia pics offered for $.

A few more….

 

Raggedy Andy

 

Jack agrees to be Raggedy Andy-  on the fly, that is.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

train conductor (1)

 

 

Train conductor

 

 

 

train conductor (2)

 

Michael is totally agreeable to the task at hand. Thanks, Making it easy on Grandma,

Lincoln Highway

Jack and Anna in the old fashioned car

Maybe next year, Maura.  Peek- a -boo.  Need a bit more height for this one.

train conductor


Please Do Not Climb on Top of Cheese

Anna and I were on FaceTime Wednesday evening  and she asked me what I was going to blog tonight.

I didn’t have a plan, I said.  She said to tell her when I was posting it so she could be the FIRST one to see it.

So I am choosing a summertime August afternoon from their recent visit.  Before school started.

Storybook Forest in Idlewild Park.  Ligonier PA.

The grandkids in the cheese. Well, three of them that is. The fourth, Maura was looking at her siblings peeking out of the holes.

And then tonight  as I uploaded, I saw the sign on the side which I had not seen before.

Anna said “the cheese stunk.”  

Stunk like what?, I asked.

 She said “I don’t know, it just stunk.  Like elephants.”

 

(Maybe it stunk but we had a great day!)

mouse cheese (3)

 

 

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mouse cheese (2)

And a portrait of cousin Parker in the cheese


Do Not Rock Cars!

Atop the Ferris Wheel.  The sign said Do Not  Rock  Cars.  

No kidding,  but Jack (6) my grandson would have loved to rock the car when we were stopped at the top!

Mr. George Washington Gale Ferris although born in Illinois  founded a company to test metals for railroads and bridges- G.W. G. Ferris in  Pittsburgh PA.  Mr Ferris lived on the North Side and died in Mercy Hospital Pittsburgh of typhoid fever.

Atop the Ferris Wheel


Mother Goose

Storybook Forest- Idlewild Park , Ligonier, PA.  Nestled in a dark green forest…..

Aunt Linda talked to a worker who said the Old Woman in the Shoe was not at home in her shoe was because she had to fill in and be Mother Goose in the late afternoon.

But to the kids, this was Mother Goose, no questions asked.

Mother gooseJack, Cousin Parker and sister Maura are listening attentively as she asks them about a giant in the forest.  Jack knew right away who we needed to find.


WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: Curves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plitvice Lakes Park

The challenge for the week is curves.  Tour bus above in the National Park with all the waterfalls- Plitvice National Park – Croatia-

No guard rails on this curve!

 

 

Plitvice Lakes FallsPlitvice Lakes Park in Croatia   a curved walkway

 

 

 

 

 

Tree in Plitvice

 

I knew I had some back seat driver photos from my visit to Croatia and I was able to find a few.            Fasten Your Seat Belt!

Car Trip Croatia

Curved Gate

Curved Roof Tiles

Roof Tiles  in Istria

Tunnel Curve

Light at the end of the curvy tunnel- Croatia Car Trip

Ram horns

On Brijuni – Tito’s Personal State Summer Residence

Zagreb Fountain

Zagreb Fountain- the water a straight line but the curve of the back caught my eye

And Back in the States Kennywood Amusement Park a few years back

Anna at Kennywood Whip

Anna on the whip in Kiddieland Kennywood Amusement Park

Kiddieland Roller Coaster

Carousel Horse

Curved Carousel Horse

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Pap puts Anna into the car on the curve at Kennywood – Is this the Turnpike?

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Log Flume Ride Kennywood

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Glass Paperweight


Weekly Photo Challenge: Up

 

Up!      Crane your neck a bit.

10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1—–Maura is ready for rocket launch!

Rocket Ship Launch

 

 

 

Greenwich Village Night in the backyard by the garbage cans

Greenwich Village Backyard

 

 

 

Jane’s Carousel and Bridge- Brooklyn NY

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Jack Erika and Mark at the Rock Climbing PlaceIMG_5613

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bleecker Street Store Ceiling at NightIMG_5579

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Black Widow on the upswing at KennywoodIMG_4950 (1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Headed upstairs to the brigeIMG_5673

 

 

 

Maura Rock Climbing

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The Skycoaster at Kennywood

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Maura Clare is 4 on November 17th

Four is a great age to be.

You’ve seen her pop bubble wrap.  Eat cake.  Pose with Murphy the Airedale.  Run with her siblings across the lawn, carrying an Easter basket or a doll, wearing a red hat. Gardening!

It’s been a fast four years!

And the most recent shot below


Skycoaster Ride at Kennywood

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Don’t know the people who paid an extra $15 to be pulled up high on a  cable and released.  It sure looks high!

Summer coming to a close.

 

 


Potato Patch Satisfies Urge for Salt and Fat

Photographed at Kennywood Park in West Mifflin PA when the family was here this summer.

A nice couple let me photograph their fries. (with cheese)

The condiments still-life was from a different concession- The colors are what caught my eye.

And my son pointed out the pile of Idaho potatoes, catching the late day light.

The family was waiting to ride the Turtle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the close-up crop of above photo   Here is the salt and fat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spin around and upside down.

 


Wooden, Metal or I’d Rather Not Ride?

Roller Coaster connoisseurs have a preference I’m sure.  Some prefer solid ground and wait for family and friends while they ride.

I know our friends Rob and his son Bradley were touring the country, riding roller coasters in many states.  I even have a friend who told me tonight that she sat in the first car on the Phantom’s Revenge and I was in awe of her bravery.

That’s not for me but I’m fascinated by the lines of people waiting to get on and ride.  Summertime is the time for thrill rides at Amusement Parks and  if you live in Pittsburgh the place to go is Kennywood Park in West Mifflin, along the Monongahela River.

Thunderbolt is the big wooden roller coaster but there are two other wooden coasters- The Jackrabbit (built in 1920) and Racer, which is a double track wooden coaster.

One of the newer coasters is the Phantom’s Revenge.  You watch it go up, up, up to the peak and then drop.  Even though I’m not on it, I imagine what it is like, just before that steep drop and the rapid drop itself. You hear the screams.

Here’s a photo of the wooden Thunderbolt and the metal Phantom’s Revenge, photographed as my family waited to board the Turtle.

Both coasters make different sounds.

I rode The Jackrabbit last week and still can’t believe I actually went on it-

and yes, you do lift out of your seat, YIKES!

I’ve ridden the Thunderbolt and the Racer but that was when the kids were younger.

Here are a few photos of the Phantom’s Revenge

And the RACER.  You have to wonder why they have that big yellow sign- DON’T STAND UP!

And the kids loved the Pittsburgh Plunge, getting wet on a hot day didn’t seem to bother them.  It goes up slowly slowly and when it comes down…………….


Black Widow Adds a Lot of Screams to the Park

Back and forth, as a pendulum.

Spin round and round simultaneously.  Not to mention the height.     Oh my.

I shot this angle at dusk.

No, I did not ride it but was fascinated by the long lines of people waiting to get onto it and be scared out of their minds.  The screams rated high in decibels.

You can read a great article about it and there is a video link to view as well.  Plan a vacation in Pittsburgh and take the Black Widow at Kennywood.

 


Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth

 

We were in Kiddie Land at Kennywood Amusement Park in West Mifflin, PA.   There were several rides my granddaughter Anna couldn’t ride with her brothers and sisters because she’s grown too tall.

She squeaked by into this one.

Here are fellow bloggers posts for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth.


Phantom’s Revenge Riders Fly Towards the Full Moon

August first,  just after sunset.  West Mifflin, PA.  Kennywood Amusement Park.  Just driving by.  Got out of the van and waited for the cars filled with riders to come into the frame.

 


Headed for the Big Drop

After photographing family in West Mifflin Sunday afternoon, I drove a couple blocks to the Free Parking lot at Kennywood. Sat in the car with the 70-200 lens and watched a few loads of Phantom’s Revenge Riders speed by at different angles. It would be a long two minutes and fifteen seconds for me.  People love the thrill of roller coaster rides.  How about Rob and Bradley in Illinois going from park to park on tour?  Will fill you in on their stats when I receive them.   A new coaster is going to be on the site of the Turnpike Ride (my speed) and the numbers they tout are zero to fifty in three seconds, 90 degree drop. Any mention of G force and I am opting out!  WOW.

Phantom's Revenge Roller Coaster at Kennywood Park West Mifflin PA

Sunday early evening roller coaster ride.


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