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While Waiting for Wedding Cookies Post #2

To the bakers of the wedding cookies  for Vicci and Ben  

‘Twas Three Days Before the Wedding

 

While aunties and cousins are baking all day,

Kennywood’s open- people scream while at play

 

Upstreet the neighbors, childhood friends, drop in to chat.

They help eat misshapen rejects, reminisce and laugh.

 

Praline grahams, oatmeal raisin, and chocolate chip

Coconut macaroons all lovingly dipped.

 

Nut horns, peanut blossoms, dough rolled out, shaped and cut.

Almond, vanilla, sticks of butter, chopped nuts.

 

Ladylocks, pinwheels, and sugar cookies in a heart,

snowballs , biscotti and pecan tassie tarts.

 

Cookie tables laden, all homemade sweet treats

Pittsburgh baking traditions cannot be beat.

 

(Marlene is gathering the photos of Wednesday’s Cookie Baking from various members of the family.  Stay tuned)

 

Taken after I left the cookie bakers on Monday evening

 

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WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: Curves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plitvice Lakes Park

The challenge for the week is curves.  Tour bus above in the National Park with all the waterfalls- Plitvice National Park – Croatia-

No guard rails on this curve!

 

 

Plitvice Lakes FallsPlitvice Lakes Park in Croatia   a curved walkway

 

 

 

 

 

Tree in Plitvice

 

I knew I had some back seat driver photos from my visit to Croatia and I was able to find a few.            Fasten Your Seat Belt!

Car Trip Croatia

Curved Gate

Curved Roof Tiles

Roof Tiles  in Istria

Tunnel Curve

Light at the end of the curvy tunnel- Croatia Car Trip

Ram horns

On Brijuni – Tito’s Personal State Summer Residence

Zagreb Fountain

Zagreb Fountain- the water a straight line but the curve of the back caught my eye

And Back in the States Kennywood Amusement Park a few years back

Anna at Kennywood Whip

Anna on the whip in Kiddieland Kennywood Amusement Park

Kiddieland Roller Coaster

Carousel Horse

Curved Carousel Horse

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Pap puts Anna into the car on the curve at Kennywood – Is this the Turnpike?

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Log Flume Ride Kennywood

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Glass Paperweight


Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape

They call it challenge for a reason.  Escape. Or trying to.

Escape defined : Break free from confinement or control    (School is out June 17th)

Need to get away. Get out. Break free.

Attempted escape. Some of mine seem like “trapped” or “escape is necessary” . It makes me consider posting a photograph of our jail that they built along the Monongahela River, spoiling the scenic view. Escape from reality.  A fire escape?

Me trapped in the mail chute

Me in the mail chute at the City County Building today when we took down the art show.

Fencing so the Cheetahs Can’t Escape!

Fenced in at the Wilds

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Kayaks on Allegheny River

Kayaks on the Allegheny River Photographed from the Roberto Clemente Bridge

Branch trapped

Fence and Branch at the Softball Game

Get out of the Car Wash

Did you ever feel like you can’t escape when you are in the middle of the car wash?

 

 

 

Play House Captive

Take the keys and lock her up! Little sister tries to escape

Buy a lottery ticket

A hopeful escape from reality and the rat race. I guess I need to buy a ticket.  Oh well.

The Book Loft in Columbus

The Book Loft- Columbus Ohio.  Reading is a terrific escape!

Roller Coaster at KennywoodA roller coaster is good for a brief escape

at Kennywood Amusement Park

Helicopter Getaway

Ready for the get away

Fire Escapes

 A Couple of Fire Escapes  ( I was shooting the Bitter End, I think)

Central Park

Central Park Pastorale

See others bloggers escapes-

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Up

 

Up!      Crane your neck a bit.

10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1—–Maura is ready for rocket launch!

Rocket Ship Launch

 

 

 

Greenwich Village Night in the backyard by the garbage cans

Greenwich Village Backyard

 

 

 

Jane’s Carousel and Bridge- Brooklyn NY

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Jack Erika and Mark at the Rock Climbing PlaceIMG_5613

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bleecker Street Store Ceiling at NightIMG_5579

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Black Widow on the upswing at KennywoodIMG_4950 (1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Headed upstairs to the brigeIMG_5673

 

 

 

Maura Rock Climbing

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The Skycoaster at Kennywood

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Wooden, Metal or I’d Rather Not Ride?

Roller Coaster connoisseurs have a preference I’m sure.  Some prefer solid ground and wait for family and friends while they ride.

I know our friends Rob and his son Bradley were touring the country, riding roller coasters in many states.  I even have a friend who told me tonight that she sat in the first car on the Phantom’s Revenge and I was in awe of her bravery.

That’s not for me but I’m fascinated by the lines of people waiting to get on and ride.  Summertime is the time for thrill rides at Amusement Parks and  if you live in Pittsburgh the place to go is Kennywood Park in West Mifflin, along the Monongahela River.

Thunderbolt is the big wooden roller coaster but there are two other wooden coasters- The Jackrabbit (built in 1920) and Racer, which is a double track wooden coaster.

One of the newer coasters is the Phantom’s Revenge.  You watch it go up, up, up to the peak and then drop.  Even though I’m not on it, I imagine what it is like, just before that steep drop and the rapid drop itself. You hear the screams.

Here’s a photo of the wooden Thunderbolt and the metal Phantom’s Revenge, photographed as my family waited to board the Turtle.

Both coasters make different sounds.

I rode The Jackrabbit last week and still can’t believe I actually went on it-

and yes, you do lift out of your seat, YIKES!

I’ve ridden the Thunderbolt and the Racer but that was when the kids were younger.

Here are a few photos of the Phantom’s Revenge

And the RACER.  You have to wonder why they have that big yellow sign- DON’T STAND UP!

And the kids loved the Pittsburgh Plunge, getting wet on a hot day didn’t seem to bother them.  It goes up slowly slowly and when it comes down…………….


Phantom’s Revenge Riders Fly Towards the Full Moon

August first,  just after sunset.  West Mifflin, PA.  Kennywood Amusement Park.  Just driving by.  Got out of the van and waited for the cars filled with riders to come into the frame.

 


Evening Light on a White Shirt and Green Rail

You notice the light on the object and how it’s reflected off the object, too.  This is the photo just before yesterday’s post- “real time” and yet the approach to the top, ready to drop, looked like a stronger moment. I put myself on assignment, studying the movement, the mood and the composition- all in a few blinks. I liked this one for the light.

Phantom's Revenge Roller Coaster Kennywood

Enough light to get it without a lot of blur. Although a bit of blur might make one queasy.


Headed for the Big Drop

After photographing family in West Mifflin Sunday afternoon, I drove a couple blocks to the Free Parking lot at Kennywood. Sat in the car with the 70-200 lens and watched a few loads of Phantom’s Revenge Riders speed by at different angles. It would be a long two minutes and fifteen seconds for me.  People love the thrill of roller coaster rides.  How about Rob and Bradley in Illinois going from park to park on tour?  Will fill you in on their stats when I receive them.   A new coaster is going to be on the site of the Turnpike Ride (my speed) and the numbers they tout are zero to fifty in three seconds, 90 degree drop. Any mention of G force and I am opting out!  WOW.

Phantom's Revenge Roller Coaster at Kennywood Park West Mifflin PA

Sunday early evening roller coaster ride.


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