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Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

The challenge of unexpected seemed fun but challenging.

Added a couple you’ve seen but seemed good for the theme.  Knowing when to stop adding to the gallery is the difficult part.

swim coach as a leprechaunThe grandkids swim coach dressed as a leprechaun

lobster phone 1Mr. Wholey on his lobster phone

 

 

gravestones and railcarHeadstones and a railway car as we headed to Idlewild Park

 

man in a vanA man seemingly peeking out of  the back of the van

 

 

michael surpriseQuick, close your eyes for a birthday surprise, Michael.

Laura is surprisedLaura is surprised for her 30th birthday- nice party James!

 

 

alligator jerkyAlligator and Ostrich Jerky at the Renaissance Festival

 

pink water

Downtown by the Convention Center a wall of pink water for Breast Cancer Awareness

cigarette and teabag in a plantA cigarette butt and a teabag in a planter downtown

 

 

Fried picklesFried Pickles sign at Eat ‘N Park

 

 

stuffed animal windowStuffed Animal Window in New York City

 

 

flags in a churchyardA churchyard full of memorial flags in Millvale.

 

 

police eatingPolice having a snack in NYC

 

 

Birthday gift from her brother

Birthday gift from her brother

 

 

dog wash

Dog Wash?

 

 

Jack finds the air rushing

 

Whoa

 

Michael

 

Discovering the rush of air

 

Maura (2)

 

 

fake geese

Two fake geese that I thought were real in Powell , Ohio

 

 

grandkids

Finding the costumes at the History Center in Virginia.


Millvale Duo Silhouette

Monday afternoon I got out of the car to photograph a churchyard full of American flags, honoring military veterans

This is what I saw when I returned to my car-

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Ohio House Front Yard

The blog has been a real family effort since I have been on vacation. My DIL drove by slowly so I could shoot the giant flag and Mustang on the lawn.  This is one of those 100+ days we had in early July.  Already we are past mid July!  Oh my.

Now it’s drought conditions around here so the lawns are more brown. The thunderstorms just don’t provide enough precipitation


Such Expressive (and Unexpected) Taxidermy

Beware of Fox!

It’s been up on this porch roof for at least a couple of days.

I was driving to the zoo from school on Monday.

The story I heard from the guy out in front of the house next door?

The guy who lives there does demolition and probably got it from some home he was tearing down.  It is the season of demolition around the city as you know.

A photographer has no choice but to pull to the curb and shoot the scene.  Remember the days of women’s stoles with fox heads dangling and tiny paws with claws? Beady eyes?  Ugh. Wonder if they take him in if it rains?

The last book we read in 2nd grade Intervention Group was the Fantastic Mr.  Fox by Roald Dahl.


Garden of Marys

Northern Ohio

I was driving to Columbus OH from Conneaut Lake one August and took some back roads.  I wish I could remember how I came to be on the other side of this outdoor statuary which was for sale.  Perhaps a stop at a gas station.  You might remember the story of how I retrieved a Mary statue standing out on the curb in our neighborhood.  It just didn’t seem right for the trash. Then a nice woman who was doing some gardening for me, took the Mary statue home to her house to paint her since she was so weathered.  The master gardener also a puppeteer had the urge to restore her since she was so beat up looking.  Turns out she was plastic and hard to paint but she is in my side garden now, looking bright and renewed.  I actually hope she weathers a bit.  I did call her Our Lady of the Weeds but my sister is here and made the side garden really lovely so I will have to rename her.  I am intrigued by private grottos and garden statuary.  You may remember Mary in the Springtime or Mary in the Snow. Sometimes the placement of Mary statues in Pittsburgh is a real juxtaposition. Stuck in odd spots.  No matter where I see the Mary statues, they look peaceful to me.

 


Steelers Garden Gnome

Steelers Garden Gnome Stands Guard

As I was leaving B & B’s home in the slopes, this little guy caught my eye. He is standing guard.  I hadn’t seen a Steelers Garden Gnome before. B’s mom bought it.  My DIL is always promising to get me a garden gnome for my yard but I bet she hasn’t seen this model.

And just a bit ago, V texted me-  Hines Ward won the Dancing With the Stars competition.  Earlier in the week she’d seen something on TV about Pittsburghers all watching and voting for Hines as the “Steeler Nation felt it was their civic duty”.  With her instruction and encouragement, I was able to go online and vote for him, too! That was fun! Not sure if other regions have garden gnomes(click for origin of garden gnomes) sporting their team’s colors, but wanted to share this one wearing the Black and Gold.


Inflatables to the nth Power + Reflections on the Car = ?

A math problem with no answer.  It could take years to calculate.  At Thanksgiving we saw a yard with 31 inflatables but they were all deflated in the daylight, it just isn’t the same effect.  Joan B found this house for me, too.

And I spoke to the owner and she said her husband had been ill and they had really scaled down this year (2008).  Pre-blog  I realize I have been at this for a time now. Shot on the  Northside.

What can the electricity bill be this month?


Front Lawn Outhouse

Mark says, “it looks like a picture some person took when they pulled over to the side of the road.”  Yep! That’s it.  Old Washington Ohio again. Sometimes you just aren’t sure why you  photograph something but you don’t want to regret that you didn’t later, so you shoot, look at the pictures later.  You respond to something you see.  Shoot it. And wonder.  What was someone thinking?  How did this come to be here? I know there is a backstory.  Aren’t outhouses usually in the back of the house?  Clearly whomever placed it here wanted people to see it.  And so you are…..

A creative writing prompt image.

Anyone with a guess what the story is on this one?


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