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Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument

Monument is the weekly challenge.  Mr. Ben Huberman says it can be” broadly defined”

The family was on vacation in Michigan this week.

My son Mark photographed Anna sitting on the Montgomery City Bus, in the very seat in which Rosa Parks was arrested, Dec 1, 1955.

The Rosa Parks Bus is in The Henry Ford in Dearborn Michigan. The exhibit is titled With Liberty and Justice for All.

Anna on the Rosa Parks bus

(Anna sitting in the seat on the Rosa Parks Bus, photographed by her father, Mark )

There are Rosa Parks Statues in Grand Rapids Michigan,  Dallas Texas and The Capitol in Washington D.C.  

Rosa Parks is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit Michigan.  Here is the Wikipedia link to the “First Lady of Civil Rights”

 


Car and Train

Oh, I’ve seen car and I’ve seen train…….

Columbus, Ohio- Saturday afternoon.  Shot from the second floor of the parking garage on our way to the car show.d

A sliver of a city scene. A bit of sunlight.  Shapes and lines.  A car driving down the middle of the road.

I went and looked at all my blog posts tagged transportation  and I ‘ve shot a lot of cars, trains, buses, motorcycles, taxis and trucks.

Transpsortation in ColumbusPick a lane.  Is this car over the double line or what? Maybe they are looking at the train and not noticing or they are planning to pass the cars lined up, waiting to get into the garage.


Photographing the Family at the Columbus International Auto Show

Photographing four kids together can be tricky and exasperating, trying to get everyone looking pleasant simultaneously.

The first photo is one solution. Take them from behind!

Seems easier with the distraction and props of shiny new cars at the Columbus Car Show.  Pretty good cooperation. Especially when they weren’t really thinking about me and my camera!   mustangListening to the finer points of this Mustang by Ford

 

mustang 2Oops, losing their attention and interest in the specs.

 

Anna at the WheelIndividual shots work-  Anna takes a “test drive”

 

 

 

Michael Waves from Inside the TruckAnother individual shot- Michael waves to me from the inside of a pick-up truck. Easy!

 

 

jack in the carJack leans into a curve.

 

 

MAura inside a carNot the most natural smile in this one, Maura,  but having a good time.

 

 

on the motorcycleSeat all four on a large motorcycle.  That was fun.

 

 

win this car

They were smiling and posing for their Dad in this one.  He bought a couple of raffle tickets to win the Cobra, supporting Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

 

 

kids inside a carCrawl into the back of some random car.  Hey, everybody. Look at ole Grandma! Nice ambient light inside this vehicle.

 

 

the rolls royce

The interior of the Rolls Royce. This was behind a barrier. No one got to touch it, let alone sit inside it.

 

 

family at the Car ShowAnd with Mom and Dad, in the back of another van.

family on the downtown sidewalk

Headed for home.


River Ice

 

 

 

 

I like it when a color photo looks black and white. Well, gray and white.

After school I drove up to Mount Washington to see the ice on the rivers.  The Monongahela, the Allegheny and the Ohio.

 

Barge on the River

 

 

 

 

Rivers Casino

 

The Rivers Casino’s sign adds some color

 

 

 

 

Barge Turning on Ohio River

 

The barge turned to dock

 

 

man on bargeMan on the front of the barge


Chestnut Street Trolley Tracks

Driving on the North Side to home, headed down Chestnut Street towards Phineas Street. Going to cross the Allegheny on the 16th Street Bridge but before I got to the intersection, a car stopped in front of me to chat or ask directions of the pedestrians.

I noticed the trolley tracks and the bricks. Caught a quick picture on the phone.

So when did the streetcars stop?  here is the answer

“The trolley lines could have been extended, perhaps. But as Touring Pittsburgh author Harold Smith observes with a minimum of rancor (for a trolley fan), “PAT was bus-minded to a fault. Between 1964 and 1967, it ended trolley service on all North Side and East End lines. By the early 1970s, only the present South [Hills] and the 53-Carrick line remained.”

Click here to learn about the 30+ trolley car collection at the Trolley Museum south of Pittsburgh in Washington PA off I 79.

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It’s a Blimp!

Three of the kids were playing in the sandbox and backyard tent when we saw and heard this blimp.  They were really excited.  It was going back and forth and all around. I had seen it earlier on Polaris Parkway but thought it was a tethered balloon for a used car place or something like that.

I shot the first with the phone and the second with the Canon 5D.  I think the phone pic looks pretty good. But the larger file could withstand a crop to read the blimp’s lettering which we could not with our eye.

So it’s beer, day two!

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Backyard

 

 

 

And the advertising said:

BUDWEISER

Designate a Driver

(A crop from the photo above)

Budweiser Blimp


Road Trip Passenger Seat View

From Virginia to Ohio, through West Virginia in between.  It’s a little more than 350 miles.  Sunday afternoon and the holiday weekend travelers were on the highway.  A tractor trailer had overturned and rolled through the median- you could see the jersey barrier broken up and then the missing guard rail along the other side of the highway.on Route 77- all traffic on the  road was actually stopped for a time

Thunderstorms, lightning, magnificent clouds, sunlight behind clouds, wet pavement and teaming rain, then some bright sun for the weather report.

Shooting through glass is never ideal.  I got to be in the passenger seat this trip.  Good to be back in Ohio with the family, safe and sound.

 

Route 77 West Virginia

 

 

 

 

Holiday traffic

 

 

 

 

 

Dog getting air when traffic stopped

 

 

 

Charleston WV Capitol

 

 

 

 

Ravenswood

 

Ravenswood Trailer Park

 

 

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Bridge over Ohio River

 

Ravenswood Bridge connecting West Virginia and Ohio   a two lane cantilevered bridge

 

 

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Driving Over the Ohio River on Ravenswood Bridge

One Nation Under God

 

Side of a truck trailer parked, taken through the driver’s side from the passenger seat

 

 

Smokestack and Clouds

 

Clouds and smoke at dusk

Smokestack

Smokestack through the driver’s window

 

Nelsonville Ohio    Information on the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway  if you are thinking of taking an old fashioned train ride

 

Nelsonville Ohio


Painting the Bike Lane on Bleecker Street and Bicycles in the City

iPhone shot of the bike lane on Bleecker Street being painted

and all over the city you see brand new blue Citi bikes (bike sharing program)are parked, waiting to be rented.

Bleecker Street Bike Lane

 

Crew painting the blke lane along Bleecker Street- butter mint green?

 

 

Before Painting

 

The Bike Lane before painting.

 

 

Bleecker Street Bike Lane

 

You can see the bike lane before it is painted green

 

 

 

Blue citibikes

 

Man riding a blue Citibike at Union Square

 

 

 

bicycle east side

 

Lower East Side Bicyclist

 

 

Battery Park

 

Bicyclist watching the man do a flip in Battery Park

 

 

 

Coney Island Bike Rental

 

Coney Island Bike Rental

 

 

 

Delivery Bicycle

 

Bicycle delivery

 

 

Hudson River Bicycle

 

Along the Hudson River

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Man on cell phone on bike

man on cell phone on bike

 

Bicycles parked along sidewalk

bicycles pakred

Single wheel locked up on the sidewalkbicycle wheel


Staten Island Ferry Ride – New York City

The Staten Island Ferry

Fact:  365 days a year, 24 hours a day

Fact:  a 5 mile trip, about 25 minutes one way

Fact:  21 million people a year ride the Staten Island Ferry

Fact:  There are nine ferries in the fleet

Fact:  The three new ferries were made in Wisconsin at Marinette Marine

Fact:  If you saw the movie Working Girl in 1988 the ferry is in the opening credits  (see link below)

How much does it cost to ride? It’s free.  And a lot of fun.  We used to go when the kids were younger. It was one activity I really wanted to do again this visit to NYC.

Mary and I went boarded and rode over to Staten Island.  We stood outside on the upper deck.  After a smooth voyage and wonderful view, we got off as everyone has to get off the ferry.

We walked down the ramp and followed  a path and then got right  back onto the very same ferry to return to Manhattan.

Manhattan Skyline

 

As we left Manhattan and looked back

 

 

 

Staten island Ferry

 

A different Staten Island Ferry in the harbor. Brooklyn Bridge in the background.

 

 

 

Statue of Liberty

 

The Statue of Liberty

 

 

 

 

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Statue of Liberty Framed in the Ferry Door

 

 

STaten Island Ferry

 

A pigeon is a passenger on the ferry

 

 

Disembark from Ferry

Ready to disembark

 

 

Passengers waiting for the doors to open so they can board the ferry on the Manhattan side

 

Passengers Waiting

 

 

 

 

Carly Simon sings Let the River Run  Opening Credits of movie Working Girl 1988


Waiting for Barges on the Allegheny River Late in the Day

Standing on the Roberto Clemente Bridge from Sixth Street.  Saturday night.

Near the Duquesne Bridge

 

 

 

waiting for the Barges

 

 

 

 

 

View from the Bridge

 

 

 

 

 

Just the single barge

 

 

 

 

 

Tug Boat


Following Mr. John’s Truck Up the Narrow Road

Mr. John's Truck at School

One day BEAUTY, the next day NECESSITY- Andy said the blog is like a Carousel Slide Show and you just don’t know what’s next–

On the way to school one morning.  Shot with old iPhone 4.  How about that narrow road  Parkfield Street?

Not sure how a toilet got named a John,  so I looked it up and found out they are named for Sir John Harrington and that there is even a toilet museum.

One of my favorite posts on the blog is the pink toilet in the snow.

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Cars Driving Uphill Have the Right of Way

….and so when I leave school and I’m driving down Parkfield Street (AKA the Cow Trail) and someone’s driving uphill, the road’s so narrow you have to pull over to the curb and allow the uphill car passage. Even pulled over it can be a tight squeeze.

Wouldn’t you know it, I got lucky on Monday afternoon and as I’m at the curb I look out the passenger window and see the neighborhood of Carrick and St. Basil’s Church up at the top of another hill.   One shot with the window down and then I put the camera back in my school bag and take my foot of the brake and head down the hill as the uphill driver gives a wave of thanks.

Looked up St. Basil‘s story, too.

This shot shows Pittsburgh topography. Hills and more hills.

The trees are full of leaves now. Shot with the Canon 70-200mm lens as I was headed to the  Girl’s Softball game.

Carrick Neighborhood

 

 

 


Sure Sign It’s Spring

Bloomfield Bridge Tuesday afternoon waiting at the red light I looked next to me and saw a vision.
Top down on a shiny brightly colored convertible.
A definite change in the weather and I took it as a sure sign that Spring is finally here. (it’s a Murano by Nissan).

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NYC Transportation

Another gallery from NYC trip over Spring Break.

Remember the 25,000 dollar Pyramid Game Show?  A category is on the card and your partner lists all the things that are in that category.  Things that Have Wheels?  Things that you ride?  Things that help you get around.


NYC Afternoon

 

Corey is filming his cousin Michael and his brother Justin is resting up for his ride.  Watched this effort for awhile.  They used to skateboard.  I talked to them and asked if I could put them on the blog.

Thomas Paine Park

And now it is Justin’s turn

Justin Jumps over the Stairs

Pizza  Man and Religious Statues

E Rossi Co doesn’t have any pictures of the new pope yet,  but are expecting delivery soon.

E Rossi Co Mosaic

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Seems everyone is on some sort of device.

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The hair color (above)  matches the shoes on the man below!

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And a Fiat 500 but not sure what year?  Anyone??

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Bleecker Street  West Village

Bleecker Street Women

On a cell phone while making a delivery.

Cell phone on bicycle

Good thing it isn’t the Sunday Times

Dog carries newspaper


River Catches Lights at Dusk

It’s been a week of bridges on the blog.  Here’s one more.  I thought the lights in the river look impressionistic.  A soft focus on the bridge. Need to keep tripod or brace better against the light pole to avoid camera shake.  You know how I like it when the sky grows dark and the lights come up. And I like to catch reflections.

Once known as the Homestead High-Level Bridge over the Monongahela River, it was rededicated in 2002 to honor The Grays Baseball Team of the Negro League so is known as the Homestead Grays Bridge.  Built in 1936.

“It is notable as the first bridge to utilize the Wichert Truss, which uses a quadrilateral shape over each support.”  says wikipedia.

Homestead Grays Bridge Reflection


Incline Operator

Meet Chuck Wise.  He says his job has its “ups and downs.”  You can find him on youtube he told me!    Thanks for the tour, Chuck.  I was showing fellow blogger Vastly Curious around the Burgh Wednesday night, all the fine sights (  the city view on Grandview Avenue in Mount Washington)

Brrrr it was windy out on the platform.

Churck Wise (like the potato chip he reminded me so I’d spell his name right) has been operating the incline for about 15 years, just as his Great Grandfather did.

He graciously allowed me to photograph and blog him.. Thanks Chuck.

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Opened to Public: May 20, 1877
Cost to Build: $47,000
Length of Track: 794 feet
Elevation: 400 feet
Grade: 30.5 degrees
Speed: 6 miles per hour
Passenger: Capacity 18 per car
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A Pick-Up Truck Bed Filled with Legs on a Snowy Highway

Guest blogger again today.  The blog has been a family effort as of late.  I’ve been out here for ten days and going back home New Year’s Day.

Today”s guest blogger is none other than my nine year old granddaughter Anna who shot this scene with her mom’s cell phone from a moving car.

She saw this pick-up truck on the way to swim practice.  What I love is that she saw it, got her mom’s camera on the phone going and captured the shot and THEN she texted it to me saying “I just blogged for you”.  People write to me and tell me they see something and think, ahh Ruth would photograph this.  People have called or emailed suggestions of things to consider photographing for the blog. If I had seen this truck filled with a pile of fake legs in the back

And then there are these moments of serendipity.

I asked her where she thought the truck was going

Her reply   “Probably a dummy store.”    

Anna has shown me photos before to be on the blog but I said We’ll know when it is right!   Today it is perfect.

 

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10th Euro Car Oktoberfest Held at Volkswagen of America Westmoreland Site

It was a gorgeous October day. On the warm side.  Guys in T shirts and shorts. Saw a few VW tattoos. I took the scenic route from Columbus as I made my way back home to Pittsburgh.

I drove to VW Westmoreland (which used to assemble VW Rabbits but closed in 1988) to a Euro Car show sponsored by Sendell Motors and organized by Jason Santo Columbo and Josh Volk. (if you click their names it will send you to the events FB page)

 It was George with the 1973 VW Thing from the Garfield Art Car Show last week who told me about the Oktoberfest today. Parked next to George was Lenny’s 1964 356 Outlaw Porsche. Lenny told me he spent 13 years restoring it. I should write out THIRTEEN so it sinks in.  A labor of love.  He’s a certified race flag waver who works at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, keeping the drivers safe by signaling with a flag, letting them know what is going on.  Lenny has an article in the ARPCA (Allegheny Region Porsche Club of America) but I couldn’t find the specific link to it, sorry.

Some of you may remember the post of  Volkswagen Family photograph shot in North Carolina.

Thanks for the tip on the show today, George!                  So, what do you think, Uncle Frank?

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Art Car Show in Garfield on Penn

Friday night I read about the Art Car Show in an article in the Post-Gazette.   At this show, there weren’t any cars like the Art Car in Columbus OH I posted a couple of years ago.

Steve and I ventured out Saturday afternoon and what started out as a gray, dark day became perfect

First, we met George and his 1973 VW Thing.  He came when the weather was good as his vehicle has no roof!  Made in West Germany and customized in Redondo CA, he bought it in Indiana and told me his goal is to have every car he thought was cool when he was a kid.  He has five cars and I should have asked him what the other four were but that question will have to wait for the Oktoberfest Car Show at the old VW Factory in  Westmoreland next Sunday, October 14th.

Jason Sauer of Most Wanted Fine Art Gallery was the host of the event and showed me his demolition car named DOA and “that’s what it is”  he said,”Dead!” That is why it was covered with a white sheet!

Parts of it have been torched out of the body and grace his Art Gallery walls and there is even a car pieces wind chime hanging from the tin ceiling of the gallery.    He was the host for the day. He was at an event in Texas and had Xerox Most  Wanted signs and people posed for the piece you see on the gallery wall. All the photos are on the trunk of a car, hanging on the gallery wall and the participants tagged themselves on FB.

Sam Thorp posed by the van she painted.

Steve bought a psychology book at Awesome Books a few doors down and he pointed out the giant sleeping cat in the front of the bookstore.   We had fun in Garfield Saturday afternoon.

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Black Widow Adds a Lot of Screams to the Park

Back and forth, as a pendulum.

Spin round and round simultaneously.  Not to mention the height.     Oh my.

I shot this angle at dusk.

No, I did not ride it but was fascinated by the long lines of people waiting to get onto it and be scared out of their minds.  The screams rated high in decibels.

You can read a great article about it and there is a video link to view as well.  Plan a vacation in Pittsburgh and take the Black Widow at Kennywood.

 


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.

 


Note to Self: Leave Home Ten Minutes Earlier

Two school buses and a garbage truck stopped on the narrow street as I made my way to school. A standstill, brake lights on. Do you worry? No, you photograph the scene. Write a note to self.


Tugboat Pushes Barges on the Mon

Shot through a chain-link fence.

I was in the passenger seat and I had my camera out. The 70-200 lens.

We were headed to the wedding reception from McKeesport to Greentree. (Lots of double ee)

Crossing the McKeesport-Duquesne Bridge. A truss bridge.

And there was a tugboat pushing filled barges on the Monongahela. (Monongahela means “Falling Banks”)

Pushed the shutter and shot shot shot as fast as I could, no chance to change settings. Lucked out with the cables on the edge and the gull in flight. The chain link fence gives the photo a soft haze and fuzz to the sharpness.

I’d asked my friend to drive a little more slowly but everything whizzes by when you are moving and it was unrealistic to go slow on the bridge. Couldn’t have done it if I were driving as there was no place to pull over. It was a squeeze.

and might as well show you the failed shots, the ones with the bridge cables, the blocking the view, the actual fence.

Photography can be exasperating. You would like to get it right.

There was no time for a turnaround, rerun, do-over.

It was the one shot that worked. Lucky day. Oh yes, at least three below that didn’t.


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