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Larimer School Revisted

Didn’t someone just post about beauty in decay?

I know photographers who go into abandoned buildings and take some striking images. Usually with a friend to spot.

Me? I took these from my car window.

Haunting views of Mayview Mental Hospital come to mind, a documentary video created by a wonderful teacher I had at Manchester Craftsmen’s GuildJill Wiggins.

I returned to Larimer school where my friend Joan used to teach. You might remember the initial post. 

Here is what I saw this time.   Clearly there is something happening on site.  Just now sure what.

Larimer School

Larimer School doors

pile of tires

clearing out junk





School’s out for the Summer and for me? for always! That’s it! Retired!

Thanks Susan for helping me get the job at Carrick and for sending me off at the finish.   You and Ava were a big help to me, made it a nice ending with Origami  paper flying around the parking lot, your catching it.

Thanks for taking my picture in the parking lot, all packed up and ready to pull out.  Hooray.  I couldn’t have done it without you.

Made an art project out of the Mini-Mes found in drawer 

Completing the gradebook, returning materials, getting signatures that I’ve accomplished the required tasks.  

My remaining time at school growing shorter by the minute. 

Still things to be done, so why not take a break and create something?
I glued all the “students” in the lid of a copy paper box.   Well, not all of them but as many of the seniors who graduated last Sunday.  

What might look like leftover stuff to others became a wonderful memory to me.

Thanks for the memories. 

The Final Fire Drill and Floral Bouquets

Something smoking in in the culinary room.  You know how easily the smoke alarms  go off when you burn toast at home.

You always know it isn’t just a drill when you hear the trucks come. All was checked out and fine.

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And two girls were waiting for me at my classroom door yesterday morning, bouquet in hand.

bouquetWhat a surprise!  Thank you girls.  That was so sweet.




and at the Double Wide Grill after school, a colleague brought the two retirees, another lovely bouquet

A good day.

Friday the last day with students, Two classes take finals.  Then it is clerical days next week, gradebook entries and RETIREMENT begins.


Thank you Cynthia. The flowers are lovely.




Wordless Wednesday

art room sink

My June Plans Revealed at School Friday Afternoon 

During seventh period my door got decorated as a surprise, courtesy of Ms. McCann and a team of The Future Is Mine students.

I got some lovely words from some sweet teenagers as they read the door.

In January. I’d put in my letter of intent to retire at the end of this school year and told the adults but hadn’t shared with the students.  Now they can help me celebrate.


Today it feels real. 🎓🎉🎏😃





Thanks Ms. McCann

Pittsburgh Skyline, Incline and Sea of Fog

Pittsburgh in Fog

Made the decision to turn right at the mouth of the Liberty Tunnel, go to Mount Washington and photograph the city in fog on the way to school this morning.

I thought the above shot was best with the gift of light on the incline car, as it prepared to head down the mountain. No tripod although there was a man with one.  I stabilized my camera on the iron fence.


Of course, the light changes every moment as the sunrises in the east.  All shots taken with 24-70 lens on the Canon 5D Mark ii




One vertical shot. Light and dark/ Cloud and shadow.

Trying to get the best view in the frame.

Being there. looking at the city in the fog,  was a magnificent experience. The limits of photography.

It felt like being in a plane but you’re standing on a concrete platform by the incline, looking at the city disappear in a foggy sea. Wasn’t it just last week I was photographing the icy river and the barge lane?  Today felt like early Spring.

IMG_9358Three young men agreed to let me capture their silhouettes. Thanks guys.  I’ll email them  the blog post link today.

Find the Typo on My Colleague’s Clock

Monday morning at Common Planning period, my colleague took her clock off the wall to spring forward an hour and showed me the face.
She had told me it had a typo and to read it carefully.
So I read it outloud.

We had a good laugh.
Six bucks at Family Dollar Store.

Thank you Lauren for the good idea for a blog post!


Winter Sun and Shadow at School

As I arrived, I noticed sunlight.

It’s been pretty gray around here.  Twenty four days until Spring.


Winter City


Just the tips of the top of the PPG building, reminded me of a sandcastle at the beach.



And up over the hill, the rest of the skyline.

You can see the barge lane in the middle of the icy Monongahela River. Don’t let the blue sky fool you, it was really cold.


A panorama taken with the Sony Mirrorless camera. First time I used this feature.



This was actually the first shot Monday afternoon as I pulled out of the school lot.

First time the sun had shown itself in awhile.


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