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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





Heinz Stacks and Moon in the Clouds from Troy Hill Road

Left the Rehearsal Dinner at Penn Brewery to go across the street to my car.  This is what I saw.

The scene was elusive in camera, not wanting to focus, but a spectacular view. I really enjoy night photography and need to make a point to get out more at night.


Heinz Stacks



and below a cropped view with more of the city proper

Heinz Stacks and the Moon in Clouds












Seating for Five

When you drive past and the scene sticks in your mind –

you make a turn at the light and swing into the gas station to drive back and photograph –

   with the iPhone as camera at home 

Weeekly Photo Challenge: Wall

Wall. (s)

lego wall 2

Lego Store New York City

New York City-Coney Island.

Coney Island

Coney Island

Excuses Carson St

Excuses Carson St

Ms. Hendricks wall

Weekly Photo Challenge: Cover Art

Weekly Photo Challenge is COVER ART

Here is the image I would choose to put on the cover of a book. Because it makes me wonder.

The title of the hypothetical  book is

From the Passenger Window

Cover Art

Ford Explorer Swallowed by Vines

Centre Avenue on the way home from school.  The lush green growth of summer. 

I turned around after I’d passed it by,

pulled over to the curb, waited until the rush hour cars zipped past.

The reflection on the windshield was so bright, the atmosphere muggy, a bit of haze.

I wonder how long it had been parked there.  It is a second generation Ford Explorer somewhere between 1995-2001according to the front grille as a clue.

I wonder how long it had been parked there. It’s a second generation Ford Explorer somewhere between 1995-2001 according to the front grille as a cl

When Flat Ruthie was traveling courtesy of friend Shuey, she learned the origin of Kudzu and how it can grow a foot in a day.

The first photo with the red parking sign seems better but why I shot it so close to the edge of the frame is beyond me and I did it just the once.

Ford Explorer SWalloed by Vines

Joan Used to Teach at Larimer School- Slated to Become Affordable Housing

The school has been closed since 1980.  Joan taught art there.

Built in 1896 and two additions- 1904 and 1931 for the auditorium.

My friend Joan drove me over to Larimer neighborhood to see it Sunday morning.  Here she’s looking out the driver’s window at the property.

Joan emailed me an article about the future development of Larimer School.

Larimer School is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Larimer School


Although it seems next to impossible, it is slated to be developed into affordable housing.

We spoke with  a neighbor who lives across the street from the property and her niece went to Kindergarten there.

Watching it be restored will please her greatly, as she is tired of looking at the heaps of trash and old tires that have accumulated.







Joan is an artist and is using her iPad to catch images – maybe she will paint from them later



IMG_6569The bas relief is very beautiful



Joan taught in the Art Room on the second floor.  You could see an open window around the corner,


IMG_6574Detail of stone faces


When Joan dropped me off at home, I was glad to see the Eastern Redbud tree in bloom in my backyard.

(Thanks Ginny for planting this beautiful tree in memory of my parents, Roy and Marian,)

Eastern Redbud in Bloom





Anticipating the Moment

I don’t like to take a ton of shots, hoping to get a find one of the action.  I try to anticipate when the moment will be optimum to shoot.

Here is one of a skateboarder by the Game Pieces public art in Philadelphia.


The giant dominoes are part of Game Pieces-

and the cropped version

skateboarder crop-going for the separation between the board and the bench as I am clicking the shutter.

See 3000 dominoes and the domino effect on an old Mr. Rogers Neighborhood episode.

The Domino Effect



Action photography post from four years ago with an airborne skateboarder at UCONN


Two Red Trees and a Teal Fence Grid

two red trees

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


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