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Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition

Juxtaposition.  I read the definition twice.

Michelle W. at the Daily Post  says Unexpected Pairings.

Looked through the archives and found these for the gallery. It did mention “abstract” and I think mine are more “concrete”


walk and sit


Pittsburgh Marathon  -Walk and Sit


wood and chain llnk

wood branch in chain link fence






One orange amidst the others Smith Mountain Lake Virginia



truck and car





boats and pirates

Old boat and pirates, new boats and boaters



healthy tastes good

New York City Garbage



scaffolding on St Patricks

St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Scaffolding


lego and real world

Lego world- real world   Rockefeller Center New York City



beatlesOk a bit of a stretch    but when I was scrolling through, George caught my eye



splint and leg


Splint and leg



anna and monkey

Anna and the sock monkey


porta pot garbage truckThought the weekly photo challenge was exactly that- a CHALLENGE

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

The challenge of unexpected seemed fun but challenging.

Added a couple you’ve seen but seemed good for the theme.  Knowing when to stop adding to the gallery is the difficult part.

swim coach as a leprechaunThe grandkids swim coach dressed as a leprechaun

lobster phone 1Mr. Wholey on his lobster phone



gravestones and railcarHeadstones and a railway car as we headed to Idlewild Park


man in a vanA man seemingly peeking out of  the back of the van



michael surpriseQuick, close your eyes for a birthday surprise, Michael.

Laura is surprisedLaura is surprised for her 30th birthday- nice party James!



alligator jerkyAlligator and Ostrich Jerky at the Renaissance Festival


pink water

Downtown by the Convention Center a wall of pink water for Breast Cancer Awareness

cigarette and teabag in a plantA cigarette butt and a teabag in a planter downtown



Fried picklesFried Pickles sign at Eat ‘N Park



stuffed animal windowStuffed Animal Window in New York City



flags in a churchyardA churchyard full of memorial flags in Millvale.



police eatingPolice having a snack in NYC



Birthday gift from her brother

Birthday gift from her brother



dog wash

Dog Wash?



Jack finds the air rushing






Discovering the rush of air


Maura (2)



fake geese

Two fake geese that I thought were real in Powell , Ohio




Finding the costumes at the History Center in Virginia.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon

Apparent horizon or visible horizon.  The line where the earth meets sky.

We’ve got plenty of buildings and trees that block the clean line around here.

First up – Coney Island Horizon

Coney Island Horizon




Another clean line separating earth and sky in Cumberland Ohio at The Wilds

Wilds Horizon


Charleston West Virginia Horizon

WV Horizon




Hardy VA HorizonHardy Virginia Horizon




Rainy Thursday 2 CityPittsburgh Rainy Thursday Afternoon



VA Horizon (1)On the road to Virginia Horizon



New York City Horizon

NYC Horizon




Pittsburgh Horizon

And a vertical taken in traffic at the red light Pittsburgh PA


Okay, that’s a pretty good sampling of horizons.

Starting to get too many choices to put up.  I’m stopping now and going to bed.  I thought about going into an external hard drive and finding British Columbia or Okanogan WA but it’s late.





May 26, 1976 Fort Knox Kentucky

Ireland Army Hospital.

The family has gathered in to Erika’s parents to celebrate Mark’s birthday.  You were a bicentennial baby and my father’s mother knit you a red ,white and blue afghan.

This afternoon we went to the farm next door to see how the pigs are growing. We were playing with the runt named P.P. and watching her root in the mud.  No truffles found, though.

Mark and his sons Michael and Jack were walking back home.  Of course I had the fixed lens (50mm) on the camera.  I almost missed them though.  Erika asked me “Did you get it?” We saw the three of them at the top of the hill at the same time.  The next frame they’re in total sunlight and it isn’t as strong.

Happy Birthday Mark.  I searched the card racks for the right words but the card writers this year didn’t capture what I wanted to say.

When I see you grown up, loving your own beautiful family, my heart is full.

I love you.   Ma


Road to the Farm

Eyeing the Carrot

What do you get when you cross a miniature horse and a donkey?


Running to Home

Syon Abbey, Copper Hill, Virginia

Syon Abbey’s groundbreaking took place in 2002.You’re driving along the Blue Ridge Parkway and then you see it across a huge green field.  I didn’t realize it was built so recently.

I thought the downed fence in front added some depth to the image.



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Anna Rests on Murphy

Anna rests on Murphy the Airedale Terrier

Favorite from the Archives- Hardy Virginia. Taking a rest on Murphy.

Mill Mountain Star 60 Years Roanoke Virginina Icon

Guest photographer Mark J McGrath.  Seemed to need a human to illustrate the scale.  Arrived just before sunset.

Ruth in front of Mill Mountain Star above Roanoke


Click above link to read about the construction of the star and the 60th anniversary celebration.


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