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Snow Leopard, Seals. Santas and Family in NYC

snow leopardCentral Park Zoo.


Seals at Feeding Time Central Park Zoo


santasRadio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular


IMG_0351Mark and Erika and the kids with Aunt Mary after the Christmas Spectacular


4 Cosmic Hula Hoops from Cambridge OHIO

I stopped at Exit 178- Cambridge and popped into the K-Mart to get a phone cord charger.

Saw these Cosmic Hula Hoops and bought 4 for the grandkids as I was on my way.  Had a repeat light writing blog in mind as I drove the rest of the way to Columbus.

So four hula hoops, with blinking lights, plus four grandchildren willing to experiment with light equals a fun night photography effort

They helped Grandma capture a different kind of light writing in the backyard when it got dark outside.

I’d say the first day of retirement was a good one!

We used lightning sticks before which might have been easier to maneuver but not as bright.

hula hoop lights jack and michael watch annaMichael and Jack watch Anna and her hula hoop skills.

hula hoop jack in middle

All four at once.  They were already in their jammies.

If you want to learn to hula hoop you can click here 

A few individual efforts and the group

We will try another night.


Early Bird


sunrise and gull ST George

The weekly photo challenge is Early Bird  The golden hour BEFORE sunrise.  This is just at the moment of sunrise on St. George Island State Park, Florida where I was visiting dear friends last summer.  The last morning we were there we drove and then walked to the end of the Island.  It was a beautiful sunrise.

sunrise St George gull

Another early bird- in  a tidal pool, not at the State Park but by the house where we were staying.

Early Bird

“For this week’s photo challenge, get up early and explore the morning light.”

                                                                                                                                       -Brie Anne Demkiw




Lauren Bacall “The Look” Exhibit in NYC

You’ve probably watched a Lauren Bacall film sometime in your life. She passed last August. (obituary)

This exhibit’s over now but I’ll post what my sister and I saw at the Fashion Instititute of Technology while I visited on Spring Break.

We had a lot of fun looking at the fashions and reading the accompanying magazine pieces.

The first piece we saw is the coat

(Cell phone photo :-(  the only one I took)

"A vivid pink wool coat by Norman Norell, worn by Bacall in the 1964 film Sex and the Single Girl, is on display."

“A vivid pink wool coat by Norman Norell, worn by Bacall in the 1964 film Sex and the Single Girl, is on display.”

The opening of video Bacall hosts in 1968 -Bacall and the Boys about four men (designers) Christian Dior’s Marc Bohan, Pierre Cardin, Emanuel Ungaro, Yves St Laurent


For more close-up photos and an AP article by Leanne Italie click here

A Man and his Dog, Long Island Selfie-Stick Girls, a Food Line and Sunset on Hudson

A man and his dog. Central Park  Sunday. He was calling and waving to his family. Before the Greek Parade on Fifth.


man and dog

Is this a Basenji? no, says Dog Expert Juilia. Thanks   She sent this pic of an Ibizan Hound

Ibizan Hound

selfie stick girls

I asked these girls if they would pose with their selfie stick so I could show my high school students in photography class next week.  Later I asked where they were from….. Long Island!


Food line on Sixth Avenue with reflection in the fountain some birds are using as a bird bath


Silhouettes of another man and his dog at sunset – New Jersey across the Hudson River

Colorado Morning Serenity-Guest Blog

My Floridian friend Kristin is braving the elements and skiing in Colorado.

This is the view upon awakening.   She emailed it to me this morning.

I thought it fit in nicely with the theme of the week- serenity.

Thanks Kristin.   Was the world muffled?

(Almost looks like a black and white photo)

Colorado Morning

Theme for my week- Serenity

Once you start looking for photographs in your archives that say “serenity”

-you think of more and you’re seeking the ones that make you feel calm and peaceful inside, just to look at them.

So you just go with it, like a raft on a gentle ocean wave.

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Installation -NYC- via Joe and Jack- Guest Blog Photos

You remember the Father/Son blog followers and dear friends who guest blogged the scenes from Central Park in Fall and Winter?

Here is what dad Jack wrote

“Joey’s office is near Rockefeller Center. He sent these pictures of the Christmas Tree as it arrived. He said that some branches are removed making it bare in spots. They reattach the original branches and add branches from other trees. Who would have known? Not me for sure. I was impressed by the scaffolding and all. It is different so I thought you would enjoy it. I will send the finished product if Joe sends it to me. “


Jazz Festival Sign from Croatia – Guest Blog

Blog follower Tanja read the Weekly Photo Challenge Post with the signs on Oct 8th.

She wrote to me and sent the photo of the sign below.

Thanks for your contribution to the blog today, Tanja.

Best,  Ruth

“My summer vacation I was in Istria, in a small town called Bale and I attended at the Jazz Festival. During the festival, a small cafe near the place where the festival was held, had put the sign in the front of the cafe. The sign was something that I have never seen before so I took a photo.  Maybe you will find it interesting too.”

Jazz Festival Sign

Laurel Highlands Highlights Photographed by Anna

The super awesome guest blog I mentioned yesterday, Anna 10+ (almost 11)is the photographer.  It’s fun for me when the family contributes to the blog effort.  Thanks Anna! (Photographed with an iPad.)

Anna and Michael and their Mom and Dad went to the Laurel Highlands this weekend. They toured Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater checked out Steeler’s Training Camp at the end of the day and visited General Braddock’s Grave.

Saturday early evening they came to Pittsburgh to pick up the two younger ones, Jack and Maura, and left early Sunday morning.  We were 16 for dinner Saturday night with family and friends coming to see them.   Today the house is really quiet. :-(

But on Friday night they stayed at the Historic Summit Inn Resort in Farmington, PA.



Michael said the doors had real keys!  Here he is with Mark and Erika.



One of the “few remaining ‘porch hotels’ in America.”  Built in 1907, The Summit Inn is on the National Register of Historic Places. 




Before sunset



photo-12Anna did a sunset series. Nice balustrade’s shadow on the roof.



red flower sun Anna

Love how she moved to take the photo of the sun behind the red flower




I like the drain pipe line and puddle


And she must take after her grandmother, photographing what was on the table.



salt and pepper Anna

Salt and Pepper Still Life


Thomas Edison and Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone  stayed at the Summit Inn in 1917. Their names are signed on the Hotel Register. (Dad Mark has that photo)





Leaving for Pittsburgh.  A shot from the van window showing motion.  I see the snack bag reflection.






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