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A Sunday in Columbus Topiary Garden

You know the painting.  It’s in Chicago. But in Columbus Ohio you can see the scene.

The topiary garden sculptures are  A Sunday on La Grande Jette 1884- Georges Seurat

The Topiary Garden in Old Deaf School Park in downtown Columbus Ohio. Artist James T. Mason’s creative idea along with his artist wife Elaine, according to the link -you can click on to read more.

We went there on Father’s Day after church.  Thanks for taking me to see it.


Late Afternoon at the Dam

Telling a story without words.   Sequence.

Reviewing these photos from the archives, I’d say I was an observer, not a participant.

Photos taken six years ago.

Anna picks up rocks



Anna Skips


Michael and Jack


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John Patrick- First Holy Communion Day

What a special day for grandson John Patrick (Jack)

The family gathered in to celebrate his day.



Holy Communion

Lucernarium Easter Vigil St. Patrick

Columbus, Ohio.  Holiday weekend with the family.  St Patrick Church.

Easter Vigil  Saturday evening.   The first portion- the Lucernarium.

To photograph a religious ceremony or not.  That was the question.  Someone was firing off electronic flash.Ugh.

I was trying for minimal camera shake. Being unobtrusive. Limit myself to a few shots.

It was really dark.  Just candlelight.  And the light of the bonfire from which they lit the Paschal Candle.



After everyone processed into the church, I stayed back and photographed the lilies on the table with the bonfire in the background.

Dominican Friars in Procession


And Donald and Marlene, Erika’s parents were inside the church a bit of a blur.


A woman in front was a blur, too.


Granddaughter Anna coming into the pew. Then I put the camera away in my bag and zipped it so I wouldn’t try to capture the ephemeral smoke from the incense.

Seven readings and psalms and intermittent prayers after each reading, all the altar candles are lit, the lights come on and as the Gloria is sung, the church bells peal and the sanctus bells ring and ring and ring.

And that is just the beginning…..

Happy Easter.

Repeating Like Groundhog’s Day – Still Winter

Talking about weather and the impact on our lives has taken a prominent role this season.

We’ve had enough of winter here and we’re not Boston. I see their photos of piles of snow to the rooftops. Ugh.

Not sure how they can stand it. What will happen when it all melts?

Dangerous driving, slick roads, walking warily. Ice you can’t see.

Grateful for a furnace and power.  Everything seems more of an effort.

This post is not intended to be a whine or a rant, just the facts.winter scenes Ohio (1)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Scale


 Do you “think about size relationships when you look” at the photos?  

Going to see what else I can come up with this week, specifically for the challenge.

Jack and Maura at the North Side near the Children’s Museum – Ned Kahn’s Cloud Arbor

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Flat Ruthie and Found Friends

Flat Ruthie and Friends

American Doll Hair Salon  New York CityAmerican Doll




Carnegie Museum Summer with the Grandkidsmona lisa mural



My sister Mary,  Kristin (Happy Birthday to you!) and Rick with  Mona Lisa Mural in Columbus



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Cameron’s Hand and His Mom’s




IMG_9821Oliver’s Baby Feet  Guess I need another pair of feet to compare them to but they are so cute. He’s one now!

Dress for the Weather Series

Maura was getting ready to go outside and the accessories were on the floor in a nice light.

The boots, scarf and gloves looked like a still life to me. Their placement.

She’d gotten on the snow pants and coat already.

It was an effort but a successful one.

She ignored me as I photographed her preparing to go outside and play.  Gave me an opportunity to experiment with the mirrorless camera. DSC01296

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

After the Nutcracker at the Ohio Statehouse

Right from school, I drove the 200 miles to Columbus and made it in time to attend the Nutcracker with the family.

We crossed the street after the performance and Maura and her other grandmother and I  sat on a bench while the rest of the family walked around the Statehouseseeing the sites.  We were waiting for the line to the parking lot to subside.

We asked Maura which part was her favorite. (“the kids doing the back handsprings” said Anna and Maura said “Me, too.”)

Maura’s response to the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Dance of the Flowers took place right on the sidewalk..

I was wishing I’d brought my camera but had to do with the iPhone.

Oh, did I mention that it was about 55 degrees. Felt like a Spring evening with a chill wind.

nutcracker dance

Portrait of Pap, Captured by Maura

If You Give a Kid a Camera….

Her view from the shopping cart.

Maura (who’ll be 6 next month) captured her Pap while shopping.

With her mother’s phone. They sent it to me.  I asked if I could blog it.

Good one Maura. Thanks for sharing Erika. Here’s the guest blog of the day.

I thought she did well to freeze a moment in time- Saturday afternoon at Costco, after the swim meet.

Looking good, Pap!

Pap shopping at Costco


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