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Downtown Alley

 

 

The illumination challenge could have kept me going for the rest of the year.  I shoot a lot of photos in the dark with lights!  When you look at your body of work ( or parts of it) you notice different things and details on different days.

When I was sifting through files, I found this city alley downtown and just liked the perspective, the people, the shapes and lines. Although it was captured in another season, the thermometer went up to 69 degrees ( I saw it lit up on a sign!) and for the second week of January it feels odd.

I think I need to return downtown and shoot some more alley views.

 
downtown alley


Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal

The Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal.

Autumn offers no crocuses or tiny redbud blooms on trees. I thought of library books and contracts, being signed up for a team.  Commitment.

Everything is preparing for dormancy, dropping beautiful  gold and orange leaves in gutters like crazy.  There is a sense of approaching winter, the urge to cocoon, make soup.  And then the temperature is in the 60s and predicted 70 for Sunday. One day you are making up your bed with flannel sheets, boiling water for tea, making chili or soup.  The next day you are ripping off your sweater and sporting a cotton T.  The fluctuations feel strange and off.

As I left school, this is what I saw…

The fresh pine cones dangling for the pine trees branches, bobbing in the wind and the late day sunlight shining right on them said renewal to me.

Everything has been focused on the vibrant palette of the deciduous trees but look at this magnificent coniferous tree!


Weekly Photo Challenge: Wrong

A flag in tatters.   Montclair, New Jersey.  Corner of Claremont and Valley Road.  A revolutionary marker at the site commemorating George Washington’s Temporary Headquarters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parking on the wrong side of the street, going the opposite direction of traffic.  Some neighborhoods ticket for this offense.

No Cardboard (you may have seen this one before)

No Parking in New York City. Just over the line.

Looks like the light is red but perhaps it was flashing

 

 

 

 

Green Eggs.                                                                And other interpretations for this week’s photo challenge may be seen here

 

 

 

 

 


Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple

What I discovered is I shoot a lot of red.

I blurred my eyes to spot purple in the archives.

Yes, I  made the rainbow jello to photograph.  It took 5 hours. I got the recipe from my daughter Laura who found it on the web here 

The one pictured is not spiked and no one ate it either.  It is still in my freezer to slice and photograph with light coming through the jello like stained glass.

Purple views, white balance setting askew but it works for the challenge.

A compendium of purple.

Fellow bloggers links are at the Daily Post at WordPress. (Thanks to Jo I know how to get on the list now.)

and the cake is by Aubrey’s Bakery in Steubenville Ohio for Justin and Vicky’s wedding


Pay Phone Missing in Short North- Guest Blog

My daughter Laura sent me this photo from her iPhone to my iPhone. She was the one who turned 21 in the Weekly Photo Challenge: fleeting moment post. She’ll be 29 in August.

She and her husband James were walking in Short North, going to Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Shop  (she had a scoop of grapefruit and a scoop of lemon and blueberries frozen yogurt, cause she told me when I asked.

“James had his usual”     Laura said and I knew what it was but had to get the official name of the flavor on Jeni’s website  

The Buckeye State
“Our version of Ohio’s favorite confection. Rich and salty peanut butter yields to the crunch of exceptional dark chocolate for perfect balance. Total comfort for Buckeyes and Buckeyes at heart.”

Anyway, I digress.  This is about the pay phone and the missing pay phone.

I remember the days of pay phones and phone booths, a pile of change.

She saw this and I bet she thought, my mom would photograph this!   I have photographed and posted a similar scene in Wisconsin in 2009.

It’s fun to receive photos from family and friends.  Thanks Laura.


For My Son on Father’s Day

Last year my Father’s Day post was honoring my father and this year I am honoring my son who is a wonderful father (along with Erika their wonderful mom)  to the four children pictured-  Anna, Michael, Jack (John) and Maura.

Murphy is an important part of clan so while I watched the kids tonight and we were playing in the back yard I tried to get a shot of each of them for the Father’s Day post, the 1000th post!

Happy Father’s Day Mark!.  love, Mom

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Cowboy Ignores Sign Posted


Yikes- You’ve Got to Pull Over, Get Out of Your Car and Shoot It!

In the distance you can see the Cathedral of Learning at Pitt.

The sparkly Christmas Tree caught my eye . St Patricks’s preparation?

And as I returned to my car, I saw the sidewalk/stairs in the shade.


City Shapes

Old and new, shapes and colors.


From a Downtown Parking Lot Window

No students on Monday or Tuesday. Clerical day on Monday to complete semester’s grades and the Art and Music teachers went downtown Tuesday morning to the August Wilson Center for an inservice.  Then back to our schools after lunch.  When I went to my car I saw this view and shot the Ninth Street Bridge and the street below. It was a Spring like day today, getting all the way up to 60 degrees.

Pittsburgh Ninth Street Bridge


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