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So What Are You Supposed to Do?

You’re taking the same exit as the truck in front of you with the sign?

What do you do?

Roanoke Route 581  Photographed by Marlene with Erika driving. The truck exited the same direction they wanted to go.  They exited too!

Thanks for sending these Mar. Fun.IMG_5242


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Cars on Edge

NYC- Spring Break. Spotted by my sister as we walked  by.

They looked even more precarious in person, though, as you stood below and looked up!

cars on edge

School Bus Sign

While stopped at the red light.School Bus Sign

Cropped and rotated from the bigger photo

Bus checks are necessary as sleeping children have been left on empty (almost) busses

school bus

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.

trolley tracks

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!










And the advertising said:


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 Trailer Park








Bridge over Ohio River


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





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 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


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