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A Florida Rainbow Appeared When Michael was Born

Tampa Florida is his birthplace.

You’ve seen him sport the orange and blue in the scarlet and gray Buckeye Country.

Michael Joseph is 9- August 21st.  

Last single digit birthday. An avid Lego® builder, likes to play chess and is a good swimmer in the pool. 

Happy Happy Birthday Michael.  

love, your Grandma

Mark holding Michael

Mark holding newborn Michael in Tampa Hospital with a rainbow in the background

With Mom Erika at Cousin Vicci and Ben’s Wedding  2014IMG_5724and dancing at the wedding

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Michael has been featured on the blog many times but today is his day. In fact this photo was my first post on the blog

Michael and murph

And just last weekend he did the WipeOut Obstacle Course at Ohio State TWICE!


Eclectic Collection of Color from Monday

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Swim Meet Monday afternoon into the evening and night.

Ohio State University.

Just the older two swam in the meet.

michael swim dive

Michael diving off blocks

Duck

Coach Jeff inspires his team by wearing a duck suit

mascot

The duck mascot takes a break on the Lifeguard chair

t shirtHadn’t really thought about it. Good shirt for a swimmer

orange

Promoting team spirit ( not our team but loved the hair)

watching the coaches swimWatching the coaches relay

red in puddleRed light in the puddled.  The magic of wet pavement.

after the swim meetAunt Lala came.  Daddy’s car was in the other direction.  The magic of wet pavement.  It was pretty dark but shot with the 70-200 lens.

basketball

Wet basketball court Ohio State University

Color Car WashWe drove by the car wash on the way home Erika slowed down the van so I could get a quick shot.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrast

Contrast.

Tonight on the way home from another swim meet, Erika was driving.

And then I saw the lineman working (at 8:44PM), the dark silhouette against the light sky. Camera on my lap from the swim meet. Lens cap off. Click.

Shot from the passenger seat with the 70-200 mm L series lens.  At the intersection of Africa Road and Lewis Center Road, where they are widening the intersection.

lineman

 

The night before I had a similar shot of Michael riding the zip line

 

 

michael on the zip line

 

As the pool closed, Anna spotted a floating Barbie doll.                                          Where?  I had to ask as I didn’t see it right away.

barbie in the pool

 

 

Contrasting styles of shoes at the pool.

shoes at the pool

 

 

 

and a couple of swim moms with contrasting patterns

 

pool moms

 

 

 

 

gas cansRed Gas cans for the engines for the Inflatables, contrast nicely against the green grass.  You saw the fireworks in yesterday’s post but this another view.

 


Pressing the Shutter- Too Soon, Too Late and Just Right

Practicing at the Intersquad Swim Meet at Ohio State Thursday night. Here is the process.  Why it is important to practice.

 

Too Early- Not off the blocks yet

too early2

 

 

Ooops, missed it.  Too late, Not just off the blocks but IN the water

too late

 

 

 

 

And then a couple where I felt I hit the mark better. Anticipating when the swimmers would be OFF the blocks but NOT IN the water yet

better

 

 

 

 

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Used the Canon 70-200 mm lens on the Canon 5D.  The one that was repaired a couple of weeks ago. It seems to be doing all right.

 

I felt I got some good action photography practice in as I watched the kids swim. Maura made it 100 meters Freestyle. That is a looong way for a 5 year old.

Maura completes 100 M freestyle

 

 

and by the parking garage in the late evening light

Swim Meet 2A quick pose for old Grandma. Thanks family. xxoo They are used to me by now.

 


A Few More Reflections

You’ve seen some of these if you’ve been a follower for awhile.

Some favorite reflections.  The weekly challenge prompted me to continue to search the archives for a couple of reflections I wanted to share.

 

swimming ohio state

Swimming at Ohio State Natatorium

 

 

penguin reflection

Blue jeans in the glass of the Penguins exhibit at the Columbus Zoo

 

 

 

subway train reflection

From the subway on the way to Coney Island

 

 

church reflection

Church reflection in the Thai Kitchen table- Bloomfield

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sidewalk reflection

Red lights reflected on the sidewalk- Market Square Downtown Pittsburgh

 

 

 

 

 

mail chute  reflection

Me in the Mail Chute at the City County Building.

 

 

 

 

mary reflection

 

 

 

 

 

Mary in NYC with buildings in the sunglasses lenses

 
jack reflection

 

Jack’s reflection in a puddle.

Jack and Maura at the Columbus Zoo


Weekly Photo Challenge: Community

Community.
Communities.
Swim Team Community
Swim Team Community- Columbus Ohio
Bocce Community
Bocce Community in Bloomfield, Pittsburgh
Baseball PNC
Baseball Community- PNC Park
Zion Apostolic Christmas Dinner
Zion Apostolic Community-  Christmas dinner Monroeville PA
Etna Softball
Softball Community in Etna PA
River City Brass Band
River City Brass Band  (Community) at Carnegie Music Hall- Pittsburgh PA
Knit the Bridge
Knit the Bridge Community- (and Crochet)  Warhol Bridge- Pittsburgh PA
Culinary Class Gingerbread Houses
High School Culinary Class Community Gingerbread Houses- Each kitchen created one together as a group effort
Football
Football Community- Steelers Fans- Pittsburgh PA
Candles at St Patricks
                                               St Patrick’s Church Community- Columbus Ohio
Art Community Panza Gallery
             Art Community  Panza Gallery Millvale PA
Guitar Community
Guitar Community. Bleecker Street New York City
Army Community Germany
  Army Community- Grafenwoehr Germany    I am the one holding the camera!   Thirty years ago.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

The challenge of unexpected seemed fun but challenging.

Added a couple you’ve seen but seemed good for the theme.  Knowing when to stop adding to the gallery is the difficult part.

swim coach as a leprechaunThe grandkids swim coach dressed as a leprechaun

lobster phone 1Mr. Wholey on his lobster phone

 

 

gravestones and railcarHeadstones and a railway car as we headed to Idlewild Park

 

man in a vanA man seemingly peeking out of  the back of the van

 

 

michael surpriseQuick, close your eyes for a birthday surprise, Michael.

Laura is surprisedLaura is surprised for her 30th birthday- nice party James!

 

 

alligator jerkyAlligator and Ostrich Jerky at the Renaissance Festival

 

pink water

Downtown by the Convention Center a wall of pink water for Breast Cancer Awareness

cigarette and teabag in a plantA cigarette butt and a teabag in a planter downtown

 

 

Fried picklesFried Pickles sign at Eat ‘N Park

 

 

stuffed animal windowStuffed Animal Window in New York City

 

 

flags in a churchyardA churchyard full of memorial flags in Millvale.

 

 

police eatingPolice having a snack in NYC

 

 

Birthday gift from her brother

Birthday gift from her brother

 

 

dog wash

Dog Wash?

 

 

Jack finds the air rushing

 

Whoa

 

Michael

 

Discovering the rush of air

 

Maura (2)

 

 

fake geese

Two fake geese that I thought were real in Powell , Ohio

 

 

grandkids

Finding the costumes at the History Center in Virginia.


Pool Party Panorama

Still playing around with the panorama option on the iPhone to capture the pool at night.

The weather has cooled down considerably so when you get out of the water, and the air hits you, it feels like fall. Brrrr.  Last day of July.

Pool at 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

 

 

 

 


Jumping into Year Five of Blogging

Dear Blog Readers,

Just after midnight, WordPress notified me of the blog’s anniversary.  Four years.

So today’s post is the beginning of year five! 

The  blogging effort got off to a slow start, I didn’t exactly  know what to post and wondered if anyone would look at the posts, let alone follow the blog.

There were spaces between days of blogging.

I’d taken a Purposeful Blogging class with photographer John Craig at the Silver Eye Center for Photography and at the end of the class, I wasn’t sure what my purpose was but I plunged in anyway. A photo. A thought.  Something  My first post was just a photograph of  my grandson Michael in “time out” and the family dog Murphy the Airedale, waiting for him to get out of the corner. You can see the very first post by clicking here.  Michael’s  going to be 8 next month. And Murphy passed this Spring.

Thanks to everyone for your support and encouragement, your taking time to look at my photographs and leave some good words now and again, for clicking the “like”  button and for understanding my not being the best replier. Being part of the WordPress Blogging Community has added much to my life.

Grateful for family, friends, fellow bloggers, guest bloggers, readers and followers.  xxooxx Ruth

Jumping in the Pool

Anna jumps in the pool to get on her mark for the back stroke heat.


What the Kids Saw When They Got Home From the Pool

Grandkids

 

Jack, Anna, Maura and Michael got out of the van after swimming practice.

 

 

Cutting Down Tree

 

The sound of a chain saw goes right through me.  The sound that is…..

 

 

Twenty Year Old Tree

 

Shot with the iPhone camera-  the kids counted twenty rings

The men are coming back to grind up the trunk.   Mark and Erika are thinking of planting a Dogwood Tree.

 

 

Firewood

 

The firewood shot with the iPhone camera.

 

and the before photo of the Ash Tree in the front yard

 

The Ash Tree

 

Mark and Erika said the tree had been hit by lightning.

Frazier's  Landscaping

 

My dad used to play The Ash Grove on the piano.


Mini-Celebration in the Midst of Sadness

When we gathered in to Aunt Linda’s and Uncle Frank’s to mourn the passing of Aunt Theresa, there was lots of food to share and it kept pouring in from generous neighbors and friends and relatives.

Anna’s other Grandma, Marlene, sister of Aunt Theresa, Aunt Linda and Aunt Georgeann wanted to acknowledge the excitement and accomplishment of Anna(9) qualifying to swim Freestyle and Breaststroke  in the Junior Olympics in Ohio next weekend.  Marlene bought a cake- a 3 pound 12 ounce cake!  (We read the label, didn’t we Aunt Linda?)

Because the occasion was the gathering in and remembering Theresa who had passed, I never took my camera out of the car.

It didn’t seem like a time to take photos.  But of course when the cake came out and Marlene was videoing our singing Happy Junior Olympics to you, I felt compelled to take a photo and slipped out the trusty old iPhone and took one shot.  This is it.   Of course we are so proud of Anna. On the left standing up and smiling is her Mom, Erika. And cousin Shannon, in the red on the right was very gracious.  Lots of love and affection over this past week.

Cake


BUCKEYES Reflection- Guest Blog

My son Mark sent this to me  from his phone today.  He was with Anna at an Invitational Swim Meet, Ohio State University – The Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion to be exact.   The text he had written to me with the photo was:

Photo Challenge Reflection.

No matter that the Weekly Photo Challenge for Reflection was the beginning of December.  I thought it was fun to receive the photo he took with the accompanying words.  He saw that and thought of the Photo Challenge Reflection. And he thought of the blog.  It was nice to receive and so I’m sharing it you.

Thanks Mark. (more…)


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.


Happy 7th Birthday

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Seven years ago I was in Florida watching Anna while Erika and Mark went to the hospital. Happy Birthday Michael Joseph!  He just lost his first tooth and is starting First Grade on Wednesday so your last day of summer vacation you don’t have to go to school.  Bet you’ll find time to build something with your new  Star Wars Lego today.

Blogging from Aunt Mary’s computer in NYC at 3 AM so when you wake up you can see your birthday post.  Love, FF Ruthie

 

 

 

 

 

 


Cool Pool and Walk Around the Neighborhood at Sunset

High 80s and no thunderstorms in sight. The pool was practically empty!

We got home for a late supper.  Took a walk/ride around the neighborhood.  You can see glimpses of the setting sun.

 

 


Pool Party Evening Light

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The setting sun and the lights coming up from the pool made an interesting contrast of color and light.  The photograph has limitations in illustrating the mood.

 

 

 


The Lost Towels and Rule One

Saw this scene at the pool where Anna practices her swimming strokes. Looked like quite a collection.

And in this shot you can see how badly the rain is needed.


Michael (6) Airborne

Diving meet Monday afternoon.  I cannot tell you which dive this is or what the degree of difficulty is.

I like the pool’s reflected light on his skin.  His other grandmother is taping all of the diving competition for the Olympic Trials to inspire the 3 grandchildren who dive. They sure start them young!

It was a beautiful day and could even be called “chilly”. Michael received a ribbon for 3rd place in his age group.


Sea Lion Viewing Window at the Pittsburgh Zoo

Pittsburgh Zoo trip with K-2 grade.

The Sea Lion seemed to enjoy looking at the students!

I could have stayed there a long time to watch the sea lions swim by and blow bubbles at us.


Michael Jumps Off the Board into 12′

Saturday afternoon with the family .  We checked out the indoor pools, one a leisure pool with a lazy river.  Everyone had a good time.  How to ward off cabin fever? Enter the balmy Westerville Community Center pool. We skipped the climbing wall. Note the little drips of water off the back of his suit as he jumped. Mark took the two oldest back on Sunday afternoon.

Practicing my sports photography, stop action!


Backstroke Bullpen- Anna Ready for Event #23

There is a lot of waiting at swim meets.  Anna sat on a white folding chair by Lane Six. Biting her finger. A teammate offers support. The smiling at Grandma pics are cute but I like the ones when they are unaware, forget I am there with the camera.

Anna waits for her event to begin

Wonder what is going through her mind as she waits to swim


How to Put on a Swim Cap Before Your Event

Experimenting with the settings on the camera from across the pool.  The swimmers have to wet the cap before putting it on! Caught the cascade of pool water with a 70-200 L series lens(Canon). Converted to black and white as the color was a distraction from the water splashing.

The swim cap held a lot of water.


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