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Weekly Photo Challenge: Cover Art

Weekly Photo Challenge is COVER ART

Here is the image I would choose to put on the cover of a book. Because it makes me wonder.

The title of the hypothetical  book is

From the Passenger Window

Cover Art


Polish Hill Skateboard Spot

When I saw what I thought was a wading pool filled with graffiti, I thought I’d return another day and photograph it.

Sunday after coffee, Steve and I drove over to the park in Polish HIll and as I walked closer, I realized it was NOT a wading pool that was decorated with urban art but a place for kids to skateboard.

Here’s a list of skateboarding terms and info about the physics of it but not sure if I am properly labeling this pit a half- pipe or not.

Alas, not a skateboarder in sight on Sunday morning so no action shots.

Polish Hill Park

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just  few satellite dishes for reception

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What We Lose When They Raze this Entire Block

The facades were to be restored and preserved but looks like they’re slated for the wrecking ball.

Demolition not preservation.

What happened to the Historic Commission plan to preserve the facades?

We’ve seen lots of development lately and that’s not all bad but there sure are a lot of BOXES going up and the photographs show what we will lose when they raze this entire block.

East Liberty PA.  Penn Avenue.  The same block as Zeke’s Cafe with the super coffee beans.  Spinet Piano Sign

It’s always expensive to restore, true. But what a loss of character for the city.   Lester Betsy Ross Spinets were popular instruments.

Old theater

Penn Avenue Block

formerly Bolan's

Lester Piano sign

Okay I can see this former PNC bank building now empty going but what about the character and history of the rest of the buildings?

formerly PNC Bank


Nicholas C. Ridge Free Library on Friendship Avenue

Right across from the hornet nest is one of the free standing libraries I’ve read about.  Right in someone’s front yard.

We walked over and opened the glass door.  Beautiful craftsmanship and the wood unweathered.  

Turns out it was installed just this June.

We didn’t take a book but it was a nice find.  And now we know where we can go to get a book, twenty four hours a day.

The plaque said Nicholas C Ridge  Free Library and if you click on the link you can read the story.  

The light was waning but took a few shots. 

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A City Hornet Returns to Nest at S. Evaline and Friendship Avenue

 

After dinner Steve said he wanted to go to Bloomfield/ Friendship neighborhood and show me an incredible nest, alive with hornets coming in and out.  Perhaps an expert will be able to identify what type of hornet they are by the nest structure but after researching them when we got home tonight, I wish I had the telephoto lens and didn’t get quite as close with my 50mm fixed lens.  I read about how they can sting multiple times and can be very dangerous to animals and humans.  Hope no one decides to disturb this nest but it is so low to the sidewalk, hanging right over the middle, near a PAT bus stop.

People walk under it all day long and it ‘s fairly well camouflaged by the tree leaves.  It seems the color of the church stones. Hornet Returns to Nest

 

Hornet Returns to Nest

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from the other side you can see the nest entrance

 

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Unsuspecting woman approaching the sidewalk where the hornet nest hangs. 

 

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Light Through Overhead Railroad Ties

Down in Pittsburgh’s Strip District by the scrap yard and tracks.  My car was parked under the old railroad bridge.

Lines, patterns, rhythm, repetition-all those elements we look for in class.  Finding these elements everywhere.

Railroad Bridge

I love the light on the cross bar, giving a sense of depth.

This first image is the strongest compositionally.  But the others  give you a sense of the place.

 

 

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railroad ties in the hood of my car

The hood of my car.  Could stand a wash.

 

 

 

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Grateful for Traffic Backup

This post inspired by fellow blogger Colline   – Wednesdays she publishes a “grateful post”.

Last year at school in the final staff meeting, I was awarded the Most Optimistic Award.  I found the little plastic trophy and happy dancing apple in my school cupboard yesterday afternoon and took it out and placed it on my desk.  A reminder to remain optimistic,

It’s a new year so don’t want to rest on my laurels, though.

HA!  (Just this morning my sister was remembering how dad would say that when he wrote to us)

Would be cool to be a repeat for this new school year, I thought to myself and laughed at myself.  A good plan.

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Last June Selfie.  An unexpected award voted by my colleagues- Most Optimistic

On my way home this afternoon, a different route, there’s a bridge out. What a mess.

It means everyone sits and sits,  winds around the corner like snails, waiting to get a quick left turn, the arrow light. It’s a real clog.

I first saw the rainbow on the straightaway and you can see it’s photographed through a tinted windshield.

But then I had to inch up.

What a glorious rainbow.

Were there a parking lot to pull into, I would have done so and gotten the end of the rainbow as it arched into the Allegheny River.

Back in my car since school started, driving around the city  all over the place.

Opportunities to see things I wouldn’t have seen if I were stretched in my hammock on the front porch, sipping a lemonade, reading a book, or knitting for winter.

Today I was grateful for the traffic standstill.  Got to catch a rainbow.  Thanks, Colline. For more posts on Colline’s Gratitude Project, click here.

Rainbow in traffic

 

Uh-oh, can’t see it between the wires as I did when I looked with my eye Interesting wires intersecting.

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It gets better and the traffic winds around the bend.

 

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Rainbow in traffic series 3

And the other half of the rainbow as I made my way in the traffic

 


Back to School Silhouettes on my Drive to School

Silhouettes challenge was August 15th.  

But look what I found this morning on the way to school.  (And yes,  I pulled to the side of the road)

I was behind a workman’s truck and saw the silhouette.

Pulled over to the curb, mindful of the time, knew I could wait a minute. Parking brake on, the hill’s steep.

The school bus

and then two students walking to our high school.

Work truck silhouette

Turning onto Brownsville Road

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School bus coming down the hill

students in crosswalk silhouette

I was hoping for some separation between the two but not this morning.  


Ford Explorer Swallowed by Vines

Centre Avenue on the way home from school.  The lush green growth of summer. 

I turned around after I’d passed it by,

pulled over to the curb, waited until the rush hour cars zipped past.

The reflection on the windshield was so bright, the atmosphere muggy, a bit of haze.

I wonder how long it had been parked there.  It is a second generation Ford Explorer somewhere between 1995-2001according to the front grille as a clue.

I wonder how long it had been parked there. It’s a second generation Ford Explorer somewhere between 1995-2001 according to the front grille as a cl

When Flat Ruthie was traveling courtesy of friend Shuey, she learned the origin of Kudzu and how it can grow a foot in a day.

The first photo with the red parking sign seems better but why I shot it so close to the edge of the frame is beyond me and I did it just the once.

Ford Explorer SWalloed by Vines


Car and Train

Oh, I’ve seen car and I’ve seen train…….

Columbus, Ohio- Saturday afternoon.  Shot from the second floor of the parking garage on our way to the car show.d

A sliver of a city scene. A bit of sunlight.  Shapes and lines.  A car driving down the middle of the road.

I went and looked at all my blog posts tagged transportation  and I ‘ve shot a lot of cars, trains, buses, motorcycles, taxis and trucks.

Transpsortation in ColumbusPick a lane.  Is this car over the double line or what? Maybe they are looking at the train and not noticing or they are planning to pass the cars lined up, waiting to get into the garage.


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