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Boba Fett and Chewbacca Robes – Wedding Gift from their Best Man

 

Remember the groom bestowed upon his groomsmen the colorful light sabers at the rehearsal dinner the other night?

 

And you saw the beautiful wedding couple at the church and the Pittsburgh Zoo and their reception at the PPG Aquarium.

 

 

I took the flash drive with some wedding photos to them earlier today and I got to see them open this gift before they head out early in the morning for a warm beach honeymoon.

Here is the best man Jason’s  gift to them-       STAR WARS hooded robes.    Chewbacca and Boba Fett.

One of the most creative wedding presents I’ve seen! There was a STAR WARS bottle opener tucked inside, too.

I asked permission to post them sporting their new robes and it was granted.  Thanks Shawn and Celeste.

 


Weekly Photo Challenge: Texture

A shot of texture from Friday night’s wedding at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium.

fish and coral texture

 

 


Chef Josef Karst and Mr. Pete Bevilacqua – Men at Work

Weddings don’t just happen.

There’s a lot of planning, decisions made, deposits paid. And there’s a lot of work by a lot of people.  Here are two of those people.

Isn’t it great that when it’s actually happening, there are professionals who have done it many times before and make it a success?

These two men made Jessica and Matthew’s wedding at the National Aviary a success, and guided a team of professionals to make it seem effortless.

Josef

Executive Chef Josef Karst ,originally from Germany, prepared a special dish for one of the guests who needed her meal to be gluten free.

(I found a link to a recipe of his for Kaese Spaetzle -not gluten free)

Josef Karst 2

 

Thanks Chef Josef for letting me photograph you at the reception on Saturday.  Everything was delicious.

Pete Bevilacqua

His years of experience benefit everyone at the wedding but especially the bride and groom who needed to relax and enjoy their special day and not worry about any more details.  Thanks to Mr. Pete Bevilacqua,everything was perfect.  (he was not in charge of weather!)

Jessica thanks them

Grateful for all they did to make the wedding wonderful and delicious, Bride Jessica thanks Chef Josef Karst and Mr. Pete Bevilacqua

wedding drinks

 


Vintage Grand Prix- Sunday Races- Rich, Luke, Chris, and Lauren’s Cars

Got up early Sunday and Steve drove me up to Schenley Park and dropped me off early after we picked up coffee in Shadyside.

Had a hat and long sleeves but wasn’t thinking how very hot it would be in the sun all day.

I had another conversation with one of the wives, the quilter and crocheter from Wisconsin whose husband races his MG, I dropped off a flash drive of photos from Friday and asked where the best place to stand and watch and photograph would be.

A nice man walked me down a pathway and suggested the start/finish line. Next year one of the curves!

I spent a lot of time adjusting the camera as the sun came in and out behind clouds.  Shady is better.

I met a few photographers and spoke with them about their strategies.  Fortunately the cars go eight laps so I had time to try different settings to get the photos of the individual cars.  My goal was to photograph the first time racers I wrote about from Friday.  Many of your saw the wedding photos of Jessica and Matthew from Saturday so I missed the VGP.

Luke and his LotusLuke and his Lotus

 

 

 

Rich and his PorscheRich and his Porsche 912

 

 

Chris Longo Chris Longo and his MGB GT “07”   Chris is the race instructor and car restorer but first time racer

 

 

 

Lauren 1956 Turner

Lauren and her 1956 Turner

 

 

 

 

mimiI met a really nice woman who was waiting for her BF to round the curve.  Turns out he was not only the lead but the winner.

 

 

 

 

 

202 won

202 Perry Genova 1970 BMW 2002 Chapel Hill NC  Winner

202 winner

 

 

 

winner's circle with checkered flagWinner holding the checkered flag

 

 

 

 

red tail hawkA red tail hawk perched for a long time at the start/finish line, not bothered by the sound of the loud engines zooming by

 

 

vintage grand prix 2

 

 

checkered flag2What it looks like as the checkered flag is waved

 

 

 

 

bagpipesBagpipers add to the ambience of the event Sunday

 

 

 

 

LaurenAnd Lauren returns to the Paddock area after the race

 

 

open wheel

After the race, waving to the flag waver and the spectators

 

Stay tuned

See more photos on my Flickr as of Monday AM. Will be adding the link then.  Lots of car photos

 


Frank Vittor, Sculptor, Studied under Auguste Rodin

In 1954, Frank Vittor (who has an interesting story if you click his name)sculpted a famous baseball player, Honus Wagner,  honoring his contributions to baseball.

The  Honus Wagner statue stands at the Home Plate Entrance of PNC Park, Pittsburgh PA. The statue has been in Schenley Park, Forbes Field and Three Rivers Stadium from what I researched before it was relocated to PNC Park.

I posted a St. Joseph the Worker statue in Homestead which was also sculpted by Mr. Vittor

Here is just one side of the base of statue I photographed this evening, of two young boys pointing up to Mr. Wagner on the pedestal above.

They just spoke to me.   Maybe it was the way the light made their three dimensions pronounced.

 

Honus Wagner Statue

 

You’ve all heard how valuable  the Honus Wagner baseball card is.   (millions paid)  

Here is what the back of the statue says

J.P. “HONUS”
WAGNER
(Back of base:)
ERECTED IN 1955
BY THE FANS OF AMERICA
IN HONOR OF A BASEBALL IMMORTAL
A CHAMPION AMONG CHAMPIONS
WHOSE RECORD ON AND OFF THE
PLAYING FIELD OF THE NATIONAL GAME
WILL EVER STAND AS A MONUMENT
TO HIS OWN GREATNESS
AND AS AN EXAMPLE AND INSPIRATION TO THE YOUTH
OF OUR COUNTRY

SPONSORED BY
THE PITTSBURGH PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL ASSOCIATION
RELOCATED BY THE PITTSBURGH BASEBALL CLUB
FROM SCHENLEY PARK TO THREE RIVERS STADIUM
AND REDEDICATED JULY 21, 1972

SO THAT FUTURE PIRATE FANS WILL BE REMINDED OF HONUS WAGNER’S CONTRIBUTIONS TO BASEBALL IN PITTSBURGH.


We Had to Memorize High Flight with Mrs. Stewart in the Sixth Grade

Pilot John Gillespie Magee, Jr. wrote this sonnet three months before he was killed at age 19, when his Spitfire collided with another plane on 11 December 1941.

Today when I was flying home from Panama City Florida to Pittsburgh Pennsylvania (via Baltimore), I remembered we had to memorize and recite this poem in Mrs. Stewart’s Sixth Grade at Morris Plains Borough School 1963.

True, I wasn’t the pilot but man’s ability to fly  is astounding to me.

 

High Flight

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;

Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds — and done a hundred things

You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hovering there,

I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.

Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the windswept heights with easy grace

Where never lark, or even eagle flew.
And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod

The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

 

clouds

First image shot with iPhone   The rest shot with a  Canon 50D

clouds 2

clouds

It was a great day to fly.

airplane flight2

airplane flight

Above the fruited plain……..


John and Eugenia’s Wedding at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church

Eugenia and John ceremony2Shot from the choir loft     Eugenia and John crownsI was invited down to photograph the couple from the front, wearing the crowns     Eugenia and John altarThree times around the altar         Eugenia and John ceremony Jaxon checking out the rose petals       Eugenia and FatherA little out of order, Eugenia and her father come down the rose strewn aisle       Eugenia Bridal portrait. Eugenia and I taught together at Arlington.

 

 

 

 

 

wedding party Eugenia and John entrance Eugenia and John make an entrance       Eugenia and John outside A very happy day.


David and His Elderberries in Okanogan. WA

Flag Day!  June 14th.

Started in the year 1895. For history click here

AND it’s my brother’s birthday!  Happy Birthday David.

Carolee (David’s wife)  sent these photos of my brother David, standing by the enormous elderberry plants.

I’ve been saving them all week to post on his birthday. Thanks for sending the photos Carolee.

 

 

Happy Birthday from Pittsburgh-  American Flag and the PPG building tonight.  love, Ruth

Flag and PPG

 

 


Dancing at Bougival as Turn of the Century Giant Sculpture

I was downtown at the Camera Repair Service again.  Don’t ask.  Used a different camera card to experiment and tes.

Here is the delight of the day- (Stef!) 

A monumental sculpture by J Seward Johnson has been at PPG Place for “about four days”, the guard said.

But don’t worry.  The giant dancers will be in place until October.

Dancing at Bougival (painted in 1883 by Pierre A. Renoiris in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

 

Dancing at Bougival Fountains

 

 

 

 

Dancing at Bougival PPG Place4

 

 

 

 

Dancing at Bougival PPG Place5

 

 

 

 

Dancing at Bougival PPG Place3

 

 

Dancing at Bougival PPG Place2

 

 

 

Dancing at Bougival PPG Place

From underneath

A Turn of the Century (1)

 

A Turn of the Century  faces

Using the 100-300 Canon lens to get a closer look

 

 

Self Portrait at PPG PLace

The reflective glass made for a clear self portrait.

 


Weekly Photo Challenge: Room

Turned in the Grade Summary Reports and my keys. The room is able to be cleaned now the clutter is gone.

Got the  required signatures on my close-out sheet for School Year 2013-14 and took a photograph as I was getting ready to leave.

Thursday and Friday we go to training at another location from 8-3. Three o’clock Friday it will be School’s Out for the Summer.

Here is the room in response to the challengePhotography Classroom

 

 

A photo of a colleague in an art room upstairs, photographed almost exactly one year ago

art room

 

 

An a giant room/gym with the graduating class of 2013 last June, keeping with the school related room theme

 

graduation in the gym panorama

 

Click this link for the Top Five Songs for School’s Out for the Summer

(Alice Cooper, Pink Floyd, Al Green, Chuck Berry and  Supertramp are featured)


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