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Cabin Fever? Toss Stuffed Animals in the Air, Practice Motion Photography as the Kids Catch Them

It was Jack’s idea.  Take a picture of him tossing his sock monkey in the air.

This weekend I got to be a useful grandma and help watch the younger 3 grandkids while Anna and her mom went to Cincinnati to a swim meet.

The bonus is I got to practice photography-   catch motion, suffed animal mid-air, press the shutter, experiment with the new SONY mirrorless camera.   Get a sense of the timing.

The kids were in jammies and ready for bed.

But hey, let’s throw stuffed animals in the air!  Maura got the groundhog up and  his shadow appeared on the wall!

Monday Morning’s Trash Discovery Started the Snowy Day Captures

Two hour delay for school this morning. Teachers to report on time or as close to it as they can, safely.  I was making it!

I drove by “the find”. but when I got to the top of the intersection by school, I turned around on the snowy hill and went back and captured what I saw in the trash.

Snow on a discarded cat tree started my day.

cat tree in the trash

The snow on the cat tree shapes caught my eye.

Across the street( from my second turn around) I saw these windshield wipers standing at attention.

WindshieldWipers in the snow

Then on the way home from school, I thought I’d see how my favorite tree in the nearby park was looking with the snow on the branches.  Looks identical to my other photos of this particular tree in the park when it snows but I felt happy it was there.

tree in snow

I like it when a color photograph looks black and white

The snowman was a bonus and I even got out of my car and trudged through about 6 inches to find him with sunglsses, branches for arms and a carrot nose.  As my friend V, who had been shoveling earlier, said “The snow is perfect to make a snowman.”


How the light changes throughout the day. When I got home, The Mary statue I rescued from someone’s trash a few years ago had a halo of fresh snow.  She was painted by the puppeteer, Laura O.

our lady in the snow

Our Lady in the Snow

Portrait of Anna by iPad Light – photographed with the Mirrorless Camera

One of the first images I captured with the new mirrorless camera when I was out in Ohio with the family for Christmas.

Granddaughter Anna with the reflected light from an iPad, no other light.

Anna by ipad light

Inflatable Santa and Car Headlights, Bloomfield Front Porch Holy Family and a Toy Soldier House

The shortest day of light in the year.  No wonder everyone is wrapping tiny lights around bare branches, plugging in cords, and flipping the switch to make it bright.

Santa and Headlights

Pulled over to capture the giant Santa and a car sped by


Old School Blow Molds, Illuminated


The Toy Soldier House

Night at the Museum and the Rolled Fondant /Sugar Sculpture

Friday night the Metropolitan Museum of Art is open until nine.

We saw the tree lighting and walked through some of the major exhibits to check out others.

(the Christmas tee is another post, stay tuned) The Holiday Sugar Sculpture of the Museum was fun to see.

museum NYC exterior night

The Metropolitan Museum of Art at Night

hot dog carts museum

the line up of hot dog vendor carts was colorful in the dark

fountain Fifth Avenue

Because it was raining, I just got the fountains looking like this.  Didn’t want to stand in the rain.

museum NYC night lobby

Information in the center of the lobby. You could smell the magnolias.

museum NYC

View from an upper window.

museum NYC sugar

The museum in sugar outside of the cafeteria.

museum NYC sugar credits

Credits to the pastry chef Randy Eastman and his assistants.

museum NYC night

I try to keep up with my sister as we head for the subway.  It was still raining.   The magic of wet pavement.

Unexpected Find at Panza Gallery

Millvale, PA is just across the Allegheny River. Steve and I eat out at Grant Bar Grant Avenue some nights.

If you follow the blog you’ve been to Millvale with me, Jean-Marc Chatellier’s Bakery for Brioche, Esther’s Hobby Shop, Attic Records, the high water mark from the floods.

We popped into the Panza Gallery and saw some friends and acquaintances and checked out the new work show by Brian Lang and Susan Sparks. I’ve posted some photos of Panza’s.

While chatting with Mary Ann, I asked if I could photograph the ceramic holy water font where this package of fuses got placed. Just as it was.

When Mark was finished with his conversation, he concurred that I could photograph this find. Thanks Mark and Mary Ann.

Coming up in February and March, Panza will host programs on the artist Maxo Vanka Murals housed in the St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Parish on the hill.

Holy Water Font

One Shiny Shoe and a Good Thing I’d Eaten Dinner

My neighbors invited me to accompany them to the Carnegie Museum of Art for the opening reception of Storyteller: The Photographs of Duane Michals.   The exhibition was curated by Linda Benedict- Jones and is quite impressive, requiring a return visit to take the show in when it’s less crowded.

In the Hall of Sculpture after the remarks, i was standing on the lighted glass floor and so were three others. Our 4 pairs of  black shoes with the light coming from the floor below.

Photographer Martha Rial and I had our phones out, capturing the pattern.  I call it One Shiny Shoe.

One shiny shoe

Where the light comes from below

Hall of Sculpture

Here is a man looking closely at the photos of Andy Warhol and his mother Julia.


When I got to the refreshments table there were a few grapes

Some of you saw this on FB already but here I am in the Hall of Architecture under the artwork “The Piano” by Chilean Artist Sebastian Errazuriz

I asked a random museum goer if he’d take my photo.  He’d already taken a selfie under the 800 pound piano.

When I showed this photo to the high school students, they said I was crazy to stand under it.  I said, wouldn’t it be funny to have a  tall ladder and some hedge clippers?  They groaned.

Mark said it looked like I was in a Looney Tune.

If you Sebastian Errazuriz

The Beauty of Face Time

I love it when the family calls on FaceTime or SKYPE. Makes them seem so much closer.

I should crop me out of this one but I took this photo by pressing the home button and the top button.

Granddaughter Anna was speaking with me via a device as her Mom looks on.

The light on her face seemed so nice.

Anna FAce Time

Light Bright Bowling

Steve and I took the grandchildren to Harmarville to BOWL on Saturday afternoon.  Just looked up the history of bowling and never knew the Ancient Egyptians bowled.

The lanes we bowled in felt pretty wild.

Michael and Maura put their hands over their ears for some of the rocking video tunes

Music videos are projected on screens over the lanes and spots of disco lights all colors, swirl and flash.

A total sensory experience. Stimulating, for sure.  (Perhaps overly so)

Even the size numbers glowed on the back of the shoes and the bowling balls seemed to glow.

Three out of our six bowlers were left handers!    I think it is a lot harder than it looks.   All in all we had a fun time.


(Photo lightened a tad so you could see their faces)

Anna bowling

Steve, originally from the Akron Ohio area, is a natural bowler.  :-)

Steve bowling

The city is there, I swear

On the way to school, I drove up McArdle Roadway to Mount Washington.

This is shot from the Duquesne Incline Platform.   A blanket of October 1st fog.

Almost a Wordless Wednesday.

Pittsburgh in fog


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