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Photographing People Photographing People Can Be Boring

but I like this picture.  A lot.  It makes me happy.

A man capturing his family group on the benches at Central Park Zoo. I’d just come out of the Penguins.

To me, he looks like a conductor of an orchestra, feeling joy as he views the image of those whom he loves.

Central Park Zoo


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.

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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

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

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A woman in front was a blur, too.

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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.


My Sister’s Swedish Bride Doll- 1948

A gift to my sister Mary from some friends and neighbors in Mt Vernon, NY.

She wasn’t played with either, just like the italian doll I posted yesterday.

Her white clothing has yellowed even though she’s been wrapped up and tucked away.

I’m still amazed at how different angles and backgrounds create such a varied look.

You can write the captions.

Swedish Bride Doll

Swedish Bride doll

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Spring Break Begins

7th Avenue South at Bleecker Street-
A late dinner after a long drive.
Thin NYC crust. Let the vacation begin.

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Eight is Great!

March 21st is grandson John Patrick’s 8th birthday.

Where does the time go?  Happy Birthday Jack!

love,

FF Ruthie

Jack is 8 and Henry

Jack and Henry

Jack Swimming

Jack at  swim meet last summer 2014

Jack at the Carnegie Museum of Art Sculpture Garden last summer 2014Tom and Jerry at Pittsburgh

Sneaking a cookie from cousin Vicci’s wedding cookie table. (Aunt Linda’s curtain veils weren’t enough)

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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)


Do You Have a Sentimental Toy from Childhood?

Laura asked me if I could find Ned.  That wasn’t his name when he was purchased in 1987.

She received this Cabbage Patch Premie for her fourth birthday.

I dug around in a closet and found him, a little soiled on his feet and hands.  I washed him and then his little outfit.

When I was soaking the doll hands in the suds, it looked as if he was washing his own clothes and diaper.

I’ll take him out to Laura when I visit.

Cabbage Patch PRemie

Before getting a bathCabbage Patch Doll


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


Winter Morning Sun and Edge of Frost

I’m helping out with the grandkids this weekend.

At breakfast, I looked out the kitchen window and saw rays of sun.

Threw a coat over my pajamas, added my hat, laced up my boots, got my camera, and tried to capture some winter sun.

Worried about that groundhog seeing his shadow on Groundhog’s Day.

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the edges of the metal decorative windmill

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Frost pattern on wooden that didn’t get put inside in the fall

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Swing Set Chains, one rubber coated,the other metal.


Peaceful, Calm, Untroubled- all sound good to me

Serenity – continued.  Finding photos to go with this week’s theme has been satisfying. Thanks for looking at today’s gallery of images that feel peaceful in a variety of ways.


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