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Going Around in Circles- from St. Augustine to Switzerland and France

Guest blog courtesy of my friend Joanne.

Galleries of carousels. Her guest blog exemplifies connection, which was a weekly photo challenge a few weeks ago.

First Carousel  was built in Leavenworth KS in 1927. and is now in St. Augustine Florida

This the Fairy Tale Carousel  in Geneva Switzerland you can watch it moving on youtube, here is a link Joanne sent to me.



The carousel below is in Beaune, France in the Burgundy region

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The carousel gallery is sent from Lausanne Switzerland

Thanks Joanne for sharing your carousel photos.







Carousels in Columbus OH and Ligonier PA

I missed National Carousel Day on July 25th but have seen two beautiful carousels in the ten days or so.  Idlewild Park was last week and the Grand Carousel at the Columbus Zoo today 

The lead horses look similar – http://www.carouselfigures.com/id250.html

Idlewild Park Carousel in Ligonier PA is first. Built by the Toboggan Company in Philadelphia 

And celebrating Michaels tenth birthday at the Columbus Zoo today 

Carvings by Marcus Illions from Lithuania who did the Coney Island carousel 




Weekly Photo Challenge: Yellow

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

Yes, they said they threw us a curveball with the challenge for yellow right in the midst of silver and red and green holiday colors.  No lemons available in the house.

giant duck on River

Allegheny River Pittsburghcaution tape

New York City

yellow dress at EasterNew York City

yellow pastryyellow cabs 2

Central Park Taxi Cabs


Pasta at Eatalyyellow carouselJane’s Carousel Brooklyn

brooklyn botanic garden rose


yellow flowers

Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular

Angular. A gallery of angular.  A WPC created by Xiao.


Photographed on iPhone from the school parking lot.Carrick neighborhood. Pittsburgh PA.


A grilled cheese sandwich cut in triangles.

Bench Snow

Snow on a bench in Rockford Illinois

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Cobblestone Road off Centre Avenue, The Hill District

folding chairs

Folding Chairs  Bloomfield Little Italy Days

Jane's carousel

Jane’s Carousel Brookly New York

freedom tower

Lampost and Freedom Tower New York City

brooklyn bridge barge

Barge Through Brooklyn Bridge

nyc subway

Chambers Street Station  New York City

Coney Island Carousel Restored

My sister  Mary sent me a New York Times article  by Lisa W. Foderaro about the restored B and B Carousel in Coney Island.

The restoration took place in Marion, Ohio and took more than five years.  We took the subway/train out to Coney Island on Tuesday morning and found where the horses were located.

As we approached the carousel pavilion’s new location along the boardwalk, we were surprised at the giant lettering in bright colors.  The horses had real horsehair tails!  The special lead horse was carved to commemorate Lincoln’s Centennial of his birth(1909) by famous carver Marcus C. Illions.

There was a paper sign taped on the lead horse with the Lincoln relief, NO RIDERS but the carousel attendant asked if I would like for him to take it off so I could photograph it.  Very nice.  I’m showing the ornate horse with the paper sign, too.

A  carousel bench before restoration with all the layers of paint and after restoration is shown below.

Each horse had a unique expression and markings.  We enjoyed the ride and had great fun.  (And the restrooms are clean and colorful with confetti-like decor)

Carousel Ticket








Coney Island Carousel Lead Horse



Patriotic Horse






Carousel horse






Carousel Pavillion






Lincoln Centennial Horse


The lead horse carved to honor Lincoln’s Centennial of his birth in 1909 by Macus C. Illions


Griffin on Carousel Bench


Before Restoration


Carousel Bench BEFORE restoration




After Restoration Carousel Bench



Carousel Bench AFTER restoration



Carousel Lettering on Pavillion

Carousel Pavillion workers adding the lightbulbs on the letters

And another article about the horses being sent to Marion Ohio.

They were  lovingly and expertly restored at Carousel and Carvings,  by owner Mr. Todd W. Goings.



Carousel Music






B and B Carousel



You might remember that Mary and I rode Jane’s Carousel in DUMBO (Brooklyn) during my Spring Break from school.











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

Happy 7th Birthday

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Seven years ago I was in Florida watching Anna while Erika and Mark went to the hospital. Happy Birthday Michael Joseph!  He just lost his first tooth and is starting First Grade on Wednesday so your last day of summer vacation you don’t have to go to school.  Bet you’ll find time to build something with your new  Star Wars Lego today.

Blogging from Aunt Mary’s computer in NYC at 3 AM so when you wake up you can see your birthday post.  Love, FF Ruthie







Shoot Where You Are

Culled from the day’s catch- didn’t photograph any food making today but here is what I photographed on Saturday.

School’s out for the summer  so I’m not in my home territory.  Most days I shoot photographs as I drive around the city. But I am seeing different scenery these days.  We went to a T-ball game on Saturday morning.

Four Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies fell out of the van onto the pavement and their bright orange caught my eye but I thought, nah, four bitty snack crackers are not worth a photograph since we have to get to the game and haul  the fold-up chairs and the bag of snacks for the team.  I mean another day I could do a Snack Cracker still life but we were in a rush.

Imagine my surprise when we returned to the van. The neon orange obliterated.  Ants working hard to live.



and a close up detail


and then as we pulled out of the school parking lot by the baseball fields, there was a church parking lot and a scene I wanted to photograph. This is when you are probably annoying to your daughter-in-law but she doesn’t mind and pulls over by the dumpster and I got out and took about 4 quick shots on the gray day.




and the detail. My DIL asked if I wanted to come back and pick it up to take back home since it wasn’t broken!


A quick trip to the zoo and the reptile house.  The kids got a chance to touch the Rosy Boa. I photographed the Pythons devouring rabbits but it is too graphic.


The Columbus Zoo has a lovely 1914 Carousel, restored.  The youngest 3 grandkids took a ride.



and youngest granddaughter Maura in a quiet moment


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