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.
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.
Bonfire in Virginia
Candles at St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Fireworks at Saint Rocco’s Festival Pittsburgh PA
Popcorn Neon at Kennywood Amusement Park
Birthday candles- Laura covering the boys mouth so they don’t help blow them out!
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….
Jack agrees to be Raggedy Andy- on the fly, that is.
Michael is totally agreeable to the task at hand. Thanks, Making it easy on Grandma,
Jack and Anna in the old fashioned car
Maybe next year, Maura. Peek- a -boo. Need a bit more height for this one.
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!)
And a portrait of cousin Parker in the cheese
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.
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!
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!
Roof Tiles in Istria
Light at the end of the curvy tunnel- Croatia Car Trip
On Brijuni – Tito’s Personal State Summer Residence
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 on the whip in Kiddieland Kennywood Amusement Park
Curved Carousel Horse
Pap puts Anna into the car on the curve at Kennywood – Is this the Turnpike?
Log Flume Ride Kennywood
Up! Crane your neck a bit.
10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1—–Maura is ready for rocket launch!
Greenwich Village Night in the backyard by the garbage cans
Jane’s Carousel and Bridge- Brooklyn NY
Maura Rock Climbing
The Skycoaster at Kennywood
Four is a great age to be.
It’s been a fast four years!
And the most recent shot below
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.
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.
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.
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…………….
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.
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.
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.
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.