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Grid: Weekly Photo Challenge

In response to Michelle W. Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Grid.”

shot with iPhone this evening specifically for the challenge.

Park Brugges

Heinz Stacks and Moon in the Clouds from Troy Hill Road

Left the Rehearsal Dinner at Penn Brewery to go across the street to my car.  This is what I saw.

The scene was elusive in camera, not wanting to focus, but a spectacular view. I really enjoy night photography and need to make a point to get out more at night.


Heinz Stacks



and below a cropped view with more of the city proper

Heinz Stacks and the Moon in Clouds












‘Twas The Night Before Picklesburgh – 35 Foot Pickle Balloon Tethered to Ninth Street Bridge- Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is Picklesburgh this weekend. It starts Friday.

There will be a pickle juice drinking contest. Mmmmm.  Maybe I can get down there and photograph some of the festivities. Heinz Pickles production

Here’s a Pittsburgh Post Gazette article about it for more info.  Or a video from CBS with a ton more photos of the pickle balloon.

When I saw Picklesburgh listed in the news on the computer tonight, I got in the car (about 10:15) drove downtown and put the flashers on.  You couldn’t go on the main part of the bridge itself said the nice security man but I walked along the walkway and took a few photos of the giant pickle balloon at night.  I just thought there it would be some “fresh content” and a new topic. I hear there will be pickle cookies to eat.  All kinds of pickly treat to sample.

We can discuss dill, spears, sandwich slices, chips, bread and butter or sweet pickles another time.

I like pickle relish in tuna salad. Dill spears.

One summer I made pickles when I visited my brother David in Okanogan WA and they were delicious.

My grandmother’s handwritten pickle recipe is in a wooden box in my kitchen.

Two days of Picklesburgh and celebrating all things pickled.

Pickle Balloon UPMC Gulf Bldg

looking to the North ShorePickle Balloon

City at Night Ninth Street Bridge

The city at night is always magical to me.

Ninth Street Bridge.

Pickle City at Night Ninth Street Bridge Patrol

City at Night Ninth Street Bridge Patrol

Security on patrol.

Illuminated but Not By The Dawn’s Early Light






A few years ago I got a nice shot of the family looking up at the fireworks. Thought I would try again to improve on it. Some of the shots are strangers Some family.

The canisters sure get launched quickly.  I tried to work fast.

Fireworks Illumination 7








Fireworks Illumination 6

Fireworks Illumination 5


Fireworks Illumination 2


erika and maura




fireworkswatching the fireworks

Funnel Cake Stand with Fireworks

Arrived back in Columbus and went straight to the hospital to see new grandson Charlie. Mark and his family (with all four kids) came to visit too and filled up the hospital room fast.

Then on to the Fourth of July celebration at The Lakes.  The ground so wet the blankets felt pretty soggy. We’ve had a LOT of rain.Funnel Cake Stand Frenzy
Stacee Ray Funnel Cake




Ms. Stacee Ray keeps the hot funnel cakes cooking.  (Yes, that is two e’s in Stacee)

Son Cedric told me he’s the muscles of the operation. I’m sorry I didn’t photograph him for the blog.


Fireworks and Funnel Cake 2






Earlier I asked if I might photograph Mr. Ron Ray of Fun’l Frenzy as he cut the strawberries. Knew he would make a great portrait for the people at work series! Thank you Mr. Ray.

Ron Ray Funnel Cake



Fireworks and Funnel Cake


Funnel Cake Sign




Funnel Cake Stand


Experimenting with camera settings.


Fireworks and Funnel CakeRead more about the origin of Funnel Cake here


4 Cosmic Hula Hoops from Cambridge OHIO

I stopped at Exit 178- Cambridge and popped into the K-Mart to get a phone cord charger.

Saw these Cosmic Hula Hoops and bought 4 for the grandkids as I was on my way.  Had a repeat light writing blog in mind as I drove the rest of the way to Columbus.

So four hula hoops, with blinking lights, plus four grandchildren willing to experiment with light equals a fun night photography effort

They helped Grandma capture a different kind of light writing in the backyard when it got dark outside.

I’d say the first day of retirement was a good one!

We used lightning sticks before which might have been easier to maneuver but not as bright.

hula hoop lights jack and michael watch annaMichael and Jack watch Anna and her hula hoop skills.

hula hoop jack in middle

All four at once.  They were already in their jammies.

If you want to learn to hula hoop you can click here 

A few individual efforts and the group

We will try another night.


Henry Says Goodnight After the Party

Henry the Airedale, released from captivity,bidding the guests adieu.after the party

Wordless Wednesday



I’ll Second the Motion

Still thinking about the Weekly Photo Challenge (motion) from last week

nyc  dogwalker

Just a slight blur or the foot

The NYC gallery

pirates PNC

McCutcheon hits it



cross country

Cross Country Pony Tails


When I arrive in Virginia


ringing bell

Jack makes the bell ring

Children's Museum Michael

Michael raises his Gator Hat at the Wooden Mirror- Children’s Museum Pittsburgh


The cheerleaders last fall


carNight Car


crosswalk Crosswalk in Oakland



MAzeroskiMazeroski Statue and Fireworks

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


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