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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.


Henry Watched Me Photograph Penny with Lala and James

Laura and James were leaving after Sunday dinner at Mark and Erika’s.

I said, “Grab Penny and I’ll take your photo” as the sun was setting and it was such a nice light.

And when I looked on the computer screen, there was Henry the Airedale, peering out of the storm door.

I can’t read his mind but there are several captions possible.

 

Laura James and Penny and Henry 2

Penny was watching the neighbor instead of me.

 

 


Dog Action and Kids Laughing in the Back Seat

We had a nice time at North Star for dinner and Jeni’s Ice Cream for dessert. Then we went back to Laura and James’ and the kids played with Penny in the backyard.

Soccer.

 

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Penny made a good catch

soccer dog

 

 

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Then we went to pick up Anna at a birthday party and while I was waiting in the van at sunset, I put the camera between the seats and caught them looking at a funny clip of a video Laura had posted of a kid who wasn’t thrilled about going to Disneyland.

 

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laughing in the back seat


Eddy Teach’s Raw Bar- St. George Island FL

As I write this post at almost midnight, I can hear the music still. Eddy Teach’s Raw Bar.

My friend Kristin and I  walked by tonight.  And of course I had my camera.

 

Eddy Teach's Raw Bar

 

 

 

They were playing Rocky Top (Tennessee) originally recorded by the Osborne Brothers in 1967

 

 


Running Home for Supper

Maura running home 7 (1)Maura was playing at a friend’s house.  Erika asked if I would watch for her to run across the lawn and help her cross the street to home.

I had the camera already as I was photographing Mark grilling trout on a cedar plank.  The late afternoon light was perfect.

Maura was running running running.

Old Grandma photographed her but Maura didn’t think anything of it and ignored my shooting.

 

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Freeze a Moment in Time

Thought these two photos of Anna at the Dive Meet Monday afternoon, illustrate the concept of freezing a moment in time.  

I shoot singly, not in a burst, try to anticipate the moment to click the shutter.   Shot these with my 70-200 Canon lens.  It was a hot day.

 

Anna dives

 

 

Anna dives 2


Suitcase Race for Home and Then Off to a Baseball Game

After six days in Pittsburgh- they got out of the car,

retrieved their suitcases and headed up the hill.

They were happy to go to Grandma’s and happy to return home.

 

 

suitcase race for home

 

 

 

suitcase race for home 2Michael stops for a moment to get a better grip on his Playmobil catalog

 

 

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Maura made it to the stoop first, Jack’s suitcase fell over. Michael was watching Jack.

The boys changed and we headed to the baseball field

Michael on the bench

Waiting on the bench

 

little league catcher

Jack as catcher

 

 

 

four grandkids

After the game, Anna set up this photo of the four of them when I said let’s get one of the four kids together.  Cheesy but fun!

Anna enjoyed her week as an “only child”.

 

 

 

 


Hot Town Summer in the City

Back of my neck feeling dirty and gritty.

This is a photograph without a caption other than waiting. One of my self-assignments is to experience more street photography this summer.

Taken with a 100-300mm Canon lens.  The old lightweight one.  Bought it used for $150 at the Camera Repair store.

Shot through the driver’s side glass when I was at  a red light.  I think I was spotted.

 

Waiting for the bus (1)


Watching the River AND the Ball Game @ PNC Park

Drove back from Columbus to Pittsburgh with the youngest three grandchildren for a vacation at Grandma’s House.

We went downtown toPNC Park to see  the Pirates game. It was Pittsburgh Public Schools Night.

Wasn’t sure how I’d manage with all three ( 5, 7 and almost 9) but it was fine. There was a mixture of fun and boredom for them.

A hot summer night.  No rain. Saw a lot of students from school and the grandchildren seemed fascinated as the kids called my name.

 

Our seats had a great vantage point for the activity on the Allegheny River, too.

 

Gateway Clipper Ships

Gateway Clipper Ships Pass Under Roberto Clemente Bridge on the Allegheny River

 

 

Pirates Pitcher

Anticipating the release of the pitch      Pirates lost to Cincinnati Reds 6-5

 

 

IMG_9437Entertaining the crowd

 

Cotton Candy Man

Always like to get a shot of the Cotton Candy Man

 

 

Barges and tug boat

 

 

 

 

Grandkids on way home

A lot of energy left at 10 PM. Home to Grandma’s House.

 

 

 

Take me out to the ball game


The Mango Vendors – NYC

Photographed last June when I visited my sister.

Mango Vendors on the sidewalks of New York City.

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Mango Vendors3

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And here is a link to an article   Fruit of her labor is to put kids through college  by Roslyn Kramer

 

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Stick Your Head in for the Photo Op. Or NOT!

Raggedy Ann

 

Standing between.

Don’t you want to be Raggedy Andy so your old grandmother can capture the moment?

Ahhh, no thanks.

I’ll just stand between the two heads.

so here is Maura between Raggedy Ann and Andy

Okay, got it.

When I saw this tonight it struck me funny.  I’d forgotten about the fun time we had at Idlewild Park and was thinking about all the grading I need to accomplish this weekend for the upcoming progress reports at school.

And I saw Maura refusing the standard photo opportunity at the amusement park. She did not want to stick her head in the hole.  Maybe she thinks it is a silly plan to do so.   We sure found a ton of ovals in wooden cut outs.  Wonder who started the first one years ago.  Seems a standard practice on the boardwalk.  We were here.  I’ve seen them for Civil War or old fashioned sepia pics offered for $.

A few more….

 

Raggedy Andy

 

Jack agrees to be Raggedy Andy-  on the fly, that is.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

train conductor (1)

 

 

Train conductor

 

 

 

train conductor (2)

 

Michael is totally agreeable to the task at hand. Thanks, Making it easy on Grandma,

Lincoln Highway

Jack and Anna in the old fashioned car

Maybe next year, Maura.  Peek- a -boo.  Need a bit more height for this one.

train conductor


<3 Responsible Dog Owners

Photographed during  a walk this summer, I’m always trying to keep up….  as I was looking for a photo to post tonight, I was reminded me of an ongoing issue in the city. Probably in most cities and towns across the nation.

There are responsible dog owners (xxooxx)               and irresponsible dog owners   :-(.

You read about it on the neighborhood list-serve. Complaints.   Or see it when you take a walk in the nearby park.  Or find a deposit on your lawn.  Uh-oh.  I think there are more responsible dog owners than not but thought this was a good illustration of  a couple of responsible ones.

Laura and Anna walking Penny and Henry in mid-July.

Noticed the little blue bags this evening, two months after I took the photograph

Noticed the little blue bags this evening, two months after I took the photograph


Tattooed Mannequin – Back in the ‘Burgh

Summer vacation’s a wonderful break from the school year.

Have to report back to school two weeks from tomorrow 8-20.

It’s difficult to see summer come to a close.  Even the weather seems tinged with fall.

Trying to keep the blog in “real time” and needed a Pittsburgh photo to post tonight.  I shot this when Steve and I went on the Ducky Tour.

The Pirates are playing the Marlins at PNC Park tomorrow night. And tickets are in hot demand these days!  GO BUCS!

This  mannequin sports PIRATES ink.  I’d never seen a tattooed mannequin before this one.   Shot through the store window at Station Square.

Tattooed Mannequin

 

 

 

 

close up tattoo mannequin

 

 

 

 

We Are Family

 


State Fair Food, Signs and 2000 Pounds of Butter

As promised yesterday, here’s a sampling of the food available at the Ohio State Fair.

People were generous in allowing me to photograph the food they purchased and were about to consume.

I’m sorry I didn’t get pics of the actual Roast Beef Sundae and the Donut Burger.   There is a lot more to see and eat.

 

 

Chocolate Dipped Frozen Banana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chocolate Covered Frozen Banana with Sprinkles

 

The Ribbon

 

The Ribbon (potatoes fried) with Cheese and Ranch Dressing.

Deep Fried Everything

Deep Fried Everything

Deep Fried Buckeyes

Deep Fried Buckeyes

Cotton Candy and Pirate

Cotton Candy Booth

Roasted Corn

Dipping the Roasted Corn in Butter

 

Donut Burger

A Burger in a Donut for a Bun

 

 

on the grill

Peppers and Onions on the Grill

 

 

 

 

 

Muddy Pigs

 

Muddy Pigs Booth

 

Cooking Chicken

 

Grilling Chicken

Eating Food at the Fair

Fairgoers eating Deep Fried Turkey Legs?

Butter Sculpture

The Butter Cow  Sculpture

(I wanted to see this as I remember seeing one a long time ago when I was young)

I read an interesting obituary in the New York Times Norma Lyon, the Butter Cow Lady in 2011

Cow and Calf in Butter

543 Hours to Create the  Butter Sculpture Display Kept at 46 degrees F

Ohio Fair Choir

Ohio State Fair Youth Choir Founder, Glenville Thomas  (d. 1991)    Honored in Butter Sculpture

Kettle Corn

Kettle Corn Booth

French Fries Stand

 

French Fries Booth

Gyros Booth

Gyro Booth

Funnel Cake

Funnel Cake with Powdered Sugar on Top

 

Funnel Cake Stand


Light Writing in the Backyard

 

Four grandchildren in the backyard

+Four White Lightning Sticks with strobe effect (@$5)

+Fading light

+Grandma’s camera on bulb setting, propped on the garden fence.

+Energy and Enthusiasm for the experiment

= ________________________  FUN!

Light Writing

 

We started out slowly, sitting down on the lawn.

 

 

Light Writing 2

 

I suggested a little more movement.   I’d say they complied on both of these shots.

 

 

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Light Writing 4

Michael, Maura, Anna and Jack with their White Lightning Sticks in the Backyard

The final one, directed by Anna, Circles all around.  She staggered her siblings so no one hit one another.  It started to get buggy. We’ll try again another night.

 


Diving Board Silhouettes, a Lifeguard, and Clear the Pool for Lightning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Touch Toes Silhouette

 

Swim and Dive Team Pool Party Celebration Tuesday July 16th  A hot, humid day so the water felt refreshing.

Diving Board at Dusk

 

 

Lifeguard on Duty

 

 

Lifeguard on Duty

 

 

 

Empty Pool

 

The whistles blew and everyone got out of the pool due to lightning.   Time to go home.

Dear Followers, Readers, Friends and Family,


Thanks for all the lovely comments and emails. I appreciate the good words and your cheering me on.

It was fun to share celebrating the four year mark of the blog.  

I think my headline/title confused some people as I meant I was just starting the fifth year of blogging as the four year anniversary occurred.

xxooxx

Ruth

 

 

 

 


You Know There’s a Story to This Scene

Boat Washed Ashote

 

Late afternoon photo of the abandoned boat

at Smith Mountain Lake Virginia

Earlier in the day photo of the abandoned boat.  I’d say it’s been there for awhile.

An assignment in photo class, take a photograph of the same scene at different times of day.  Check.

Abandoned Boat

 

 


Boy’s Best Friend

Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia.

Michael talks to 3 month old Henry, (the Airedale Terrier puppy) on the boat.

Henry wore a life jacket and did a bit of doggy paddle with the family but was glad to get out of the water and shake off.

Henry is losing his black puppy hair on his face and as Mark said today, he is looking more “Airedaley”.

Boy's Best Friend


Skycoaster Ride at Kennywood

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Don’t know the people who paid an extra $15 to be pulled up high on a  cable and released.  It sure looks high!

Summer coming to a close.

 

 


One Minute It’s Summer- Now the Pool’s Drained

 

Officially summer on the calendar but nothing like Back-to-School to bring it to a close. Summer vacation has been wonderful. Relaxing and lots of time with the family. Reading a book, flipping through a magazine, lazing about on the hammock, getting things done or not. Fresh sliced tomatoes with salt and pepper. Summer’s grand.

Then school started with meetings and room set up and although it was a short week of actual teaching(2 days), the back to school feeling is in earnest and a new cycle has begun

A bit hot and muggy tonight from the rain, I can’t hear the cicadas but the change of season is impending.  The earlier sunsets. Something about the feel of the air.   Today we saw swarms of students shopping for wastebaskets and bedding, eating ice cream as they crossed the street.  The city has a different feel since they’ve returned to campuses.

I converted both images to black and white to unify them for the thought of swimming in summer and then a different pool, just drained for the season.  You get ideas. Some work. Some don’t.

Swimming at Aunt Linda’s neighbor’s pool-

 

 

 

St. Basils on Brownsville Road in the background.  Phillips Park Pool in Carrick.  Shot at the Corn Festival.


Shammy and Sean at the Corn Festival

Last Saturday I went to the Carrick Corn Festival at Phillips Park, across the street from the high school where I’d just started my new position (digital photography teacher)  the day before. Our principal had invited us to attend and get to know the community plus it was a chance to see the Marching Band perform and shoot some photos of the event. There were Irish Step Dancers and Bhutanese Dancers and I’ve quite a few views of the corn being shucked and boiled, dripping in butter but this is the photo of the day.

At one of the booths, this man was writing people’s names and telling their meaning.  I asked if I could photograph his dog (Shammy) who was by his side with a bowl of water on the grass.  Sean told me that I should have seen her at the St. Patrick’s Day parade and he shared some snaps of her in her outfit.   Here he’s picked her up for another pose.  Even though I was short on cash, this generous gentleman wrote the meaning of my name Ruth (a friend to all)  on the back of a prayer card, using a calligraphy pen in neat writing.

Not just any prayer card but the patron saint of photographers.

He’d asked me if I knew who the patron saint of photographers was and I ‘d no idea.

He told me the story of St. Veronica and her capturing the image of Jesus’ face in the cloth she offered to him.

Receiving this unexpected gift felt like a special blessing at the start of of the new school year. Thank you Sean.


Dead End Street Sign in Full Bloom

Aspinwall, PA.  The pole is totally covered with colorful flowers and vine.


Little Green Apples

It’s an iPhone photo story and the bowl of peelings didn’t come out.   This was last Thursday.

Recipe for a summer afternoon.

Generous neighbors with an apple tree laden with fruit- a couple of boxes waiting  to be filled. (We filled one.)

A friend to help pick, peel, core and slice.

The crust was butter, flour and salt, a few tablespoons of ice water- mixed up in the food processor, rolled out.

Four open face pie/tarts and one quart of applesauce that looks almost green to me.

We took one of the pies down to the owners of the apple tree and were they ever surprised.   I brought one out to Ohio for the family. Along with the applesauce.

Small apples, tart and sweet, firm flesh and delicious.  A sprinkle of lemon, dots of butter and light on the cinnamon.   A bit raggedy looking but tasty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Summer Still Life

My friend Barb brought these beautiful figs. I rinsed them and put them in a bowl to take out to the front porch. They looked so lush and colorful, I pulled out my phone and photographed them before we picked one to eat. They were perfectly ripe and delicious.

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