Tonight on the way home from another swim meet, Erika was driving.
And then I saw the lineman working (at 8:44PM), the dark silhouette against the light sky. Camera on my lap from the swim meet. Lens cap off. Click.
Shot from the passenger seat with the 70-200 mm L series lens. At the intersection of Africa Road and Lewis Center Road, where they are widening the intersection.
The night before I had a similar shot of Michael riding the zip line
As the pool closed, Anna spotted a floating Barbie doll. Where? I had to ask as I didn’t see it right away.
Contrasting styles of shoes at the pool.
and a couple of swim moms with contrasting patterns
The perfect twist ice cream cone as suggested by this week’s challenge eluded me. These photos are taken today expressly for TWIST.
Steve and I went over to the South Side to the Dairy Queen where one of my students had a shift Saturday night.
I asked for a small twist cone! and this is how they make them on Carson Street. Waaaaah! It’s a half and half.
There was no licorice to be found so I had to think of another TWIST specifically for this week’s challenge.
Twist on a medicine bottle!
I saw TURN and an ARROW but no word TWIST what I was looking for….. a TWIST CAP! childproof? None to be found in the medicine chest here.
The leftover sock yarn ball has a twist to the strand! Finding a twist in the house
the base of the red glass goblet ( my friend Joanne knit me this patriotic dishcloth)
For the final image for TWIST
a couple of hanger tops.
and a couple from the archives Coney Island Ride
and a student made this scarf in knitting activity period this year
Is this a twist or a swirl?
Spring is a welcome season.
Especially after the long hard winter months.
I found it difficult to make my entry unique
so am just going with the theme in general- green shoots, blossoms and leaves and the old apple tree’s flowers.
Baseball is Spring -
Baseballs at the High School game.
Apple blossoms on my tree in the backyard
Full leaf trees and the red bud blooming.
New shoots push up through the old leaves and dirt
Outdoors without coats on deck in Ohio, after swinging on the swings.
Peeps® on top -
on top of grass.
Purchased for photographic purposes outside Columbia City, Indiana.
The doughnut shop was connected to a gas station.
Photographed in Rockford Illinois in a motel parking lot as the sun was going down. It had snowed the day before! Did not eat them.
thresh·old noun \ˈthresh-ˌhōld, ˈthre-ˌshōld\
: a piece of wood, metal, or stone that forms the bottom of a door and that you walk over as you enter a room or building
: the point or level at which something begins or changes
Literal interpretation of Jack crossing a threshold at Idlewild Park in Storybook Forest last summer.
A couple of days before Jack was born 2007
p.s. click here to see Madhu’s entry at The Urge to Wander blog photographerd at a Shinto Shrine in Japan.
In my opinion, hers is the best of all the responses I viewed!
Perusing the archives in a different computer. I know this STREET LIFE challenge could go on and on and on……Will stop now. I really liked it, though. Guess you can tell.
It’s fun to scan the files for forgotten photos you might not post otherwise.
The Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life part two Found these in my old laptop. Different city streets-
From the archives
You’ve seen some of these if you’ve been a follower for awhile.
Some favorite reflections. The weekly challenge prompted me to continue to search the archives for a couple of reflections I wanted to share.
Swimming at Ohio State Natatorium
Blue jeans in the glass of the Penguins exhibit at the Columbus Zoo
From the subway on the way to Coney Island
Church reflection in the Thai Kitchen table- Bloomfield
Red lights reflected on the sidewalk- Market Square Downtown Pittsburgh
Me in the Mail Chute at the City County Building.
Mary in NYC with buildings in the sunglasses lenses
Jack’s reflection in a puddle.
Jack and Maura at the Columbus Zoo
“This week’s photo challenge is about perspective: post a photo which is not what it seems to be.”
Game Pieces- by Daniel Martinez, Renee Petropoulis, and Roger White
Public Art in front of Philadelphia Municipal Services Building.
Me and my sister in Philadelphia
left without needed protection or care
left by the owner
no longer held or thought of : given up
Not to be confused with lost.
WordPress’ Cheri Lucas Rowlands posted the challenge with a great example of the interior of an abandoned building. It’s apparent that I stick with exteriors.
Old School House near Okanogan Washington
shot from the road
Boarded up in Wilkinsburg PA
near Okanogan Washington – mailboxes still in place on the right
Old bathtub at Conneaut
New York City Chair and Hanger
Last windows gallery for the week. Thanks for stopping by and seeing these views.
Ninth Street Bridge from the Parking Lot
St.Luke’s Windows New York City
Smokestack Pittsburgh Squirrel Hill Pittsburgh PA
Museum of Modern Art New York City
Motor Square Garden Pittsburgh PA
Greenwich Village Window with a Treble Clef
From the Rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
A muddy boot found in a loaner car at the Subaru Dealer Murrysville PA
From a Hotel Window (Before it was demolished ) Civic Arena and Old Train Station Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
Andy Warhol Museum from a Parking Lot and Close-Up of Windows
Marlene in a frozen window
They said it was a Weekly Photo Challenge so I turned it into a Week-long Photo Challenge
Today I’m posting Windows with signage or things in them.
When I went to the external hard drives looking for the Infant of Prague in a window (thanks Jack) I saw quite a few windows photos that could fit in several categories. Categories with windows pictures reminded me of that old 25,000 Pyramid Game show hosted by Dick Clark.
-Windows with Things to Eat in Them
-Windows with Fashion
-Windows with a View Through Them
-or this time of year could be Looking Through a Dirty Car Window
Tomorrow will be a new challenge so squeezing in one more gallery of windows.
South Side Pittsburgh
North Side Window Taxidermy
South Side of Pittsburgh
New York City
Brownsville Road, Carrick Pittsburgh PA
Betty Boop Window on Carson Street South Side Pittsburgh PA
Roanoke Virginia Hat Cleaning Sign
Shadyside Shoe Store on Walnut Street Pittsburgh PA
Philadelphia South Ninth Street Window
Hardware Store Arlington Avenue Pittsburgh PA
Peace Sign Bloomfield Pittsburgh PA
Maura wants Aunt Linda’s Dolls
Making the theme last all week? I photograph a lot of windows.
St. John’s Chrysostom Byzantine – Columbus, Ohio- St. Olga Window
Merry Christmas Window Pittsburgh PA
Brooklyn Bridge from Jane’s Carousel Dumbo, Brooklyn NYC
Franklin Conservatory Columbus Ohio
University of Pittsburgh Cathedral of Learning on the Horizon from Arlington
Freedom Tower from my sister’s apartment window
Graduation Party Window
Oakmont Bakery Oakmont PA
Bus Window on Field Trip
When I posted for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Window Saturday night, within an hour’s time, I received an email from my good friend J in Omaha.
Attached to the email were photographs of interesting windows from her recent retirement European holiday.
I emailed back before midnight and invited her to guest blog. She sent a few more.
Since January first and the wordpress monkeys’ report telling me that I had 80,000 fewer viewers in 2013 than in 2012, I’ve been thinking about the purpose of my blog and reflecting on why this occurred. The decrease in viewers was astounding to me. It had been increasing, building, growing. And then it plummeted? Hmmmmm.
My blog followers numbers have increased. Doesn’t make sense. Thought maybe my posts mundane, not exotic enough, or the writing sparse or the writing boring or people just tired of seeing a pic of what I ate for dinner on a Tuesday when it was cold outside? People are rushed, stressed and don’t have time to look at the photographs? Not sure.
But hearing from my friend J in response to the gallery of windows photographs I posted, or receiving via email the Barred Owl from Shuey (which was #4 in the lineup for most viewed post this past year even though it was from 2012) or knowing that my son Mark sent Mt. Vernon photos he took of the kids after he looked at my post of him standing in front of Washington’s home all those years ago- and that was at 3:30 AM he was looking and sending current photos. It felt good.
Responding to photographs. It’s about dialogue, communication. I am always talking to the high school students about the purposes of photography. What makes a good photograph.
Maybe you wrote a comment after feeling something upon viewing an image. Or emailed me a story of a memory a photograph triggered (thanks Jack)
After all, I want people to look at the photographs I take or I wouldn’t bother to upload them and share. Didn’t my friend V just say that about why people post on FB?
They want a response!
I’m seeking some connection to others. Making sense of my life. Honing my eye. Seeing what is right in front of me in my world. Individual yet universal experience.
Most of the people I hear from via email don’t have their own blogs.
Cousin Paul sent a photo of his house in the moonlight, Rob sent a photo of a glass of wine on a table in an excellent composition and Bill sent the completed crossword. Okay, now who am I forgetting?
Matthew sent the pics from the Museum of Broken Relationships from Zagreb and Laura the photo of the Longaberger Basket Offices shaped like a basket and my sister Mary, I can always count on her to see something interesting. When I visit her in NYC she has lots of ideas about where to go and find things to photograph. Here’s one she sent of NYC signage.
The grandchildren have taken turns and want to be guest blogger as has my DIL Erika for Windsor the Rescue Horse- Anna with the pickup full of mannequin legs, Michael shooting into the sun at breakfast , Jack setting up the sock monkeys and telling them to smile, Maura with her drawing,
I’ll l add more guest bloggers links in future posts but I’m grateful the blog has created a forum for exchange with one another!
Here are J’s wonderful windows she sent in response to the challenge. Thanks J.
Arles, France – chandelier in window
Arles – peeking through the window to the sewing room of La Poule Blanche. The proprietor made everything she sold in her shop, and I bought an apron, of course.- J
A sunrise – a perfect beginning.
A baby, just born.
The first page of the dictionary.
The first page of the new calendar.
Once you start, more come to mind.
Beginning= possibility? A new start.
I did not search the archives for beginnings but put the iPhone to use at breakfast-
My Saturday morning.
Here’s the beginning -
The special English muffins a surprise in the Christmas mail from Ben and Susan, thanks
A newly sharpened pencil ready to begin……
a journal entry, a letter, a poem, a novel, a list-
Begin with a single match…………..
The challenge said to find shots that weren’t just BIG but “made your jaws drop”. Hmmmm. A “wow moment”? Not simple to find.
I thought of slides of Fingal’s Cave in the Hebrides from a trip with my parents but that would mean digging in a distant closet. I went in a rowboat without a life preserver but they said the water was so cold you wouldn’t make it anyway.
Then I found the photos from a Washington trip to Dry Falls which isn’t the Grand Canyon but still astounding- well, it is when you are standing there drinking it all in. The postcard shot I managed doesn’t capture the awe of the scene. Or the grandness. Maybe tomorrow. The Western vistas just don’t accompany the one below.
Thinking of a grand moment in life, flipping through fading albums of photos made from actual FILM, I found the one to answer the grand challenge for me. A picture of a picture, true and how about that turquoise woven web lawn chair?
If I had to retitle it, I would call it “love”.
When I was at the Mattress Factory for Professional Development last Tuesday, a colleague and I slipped into this room, part of the permanent exhibition.
The black light gives you a strange sensation when you’re in there. You can lose your equilibrium.
It’s really cool. You should come to Pittsburgh and experience this mirrored, polka dotted space. The going into the actual room as compared to viewing an iPhone snap of it, is quite different. The limitations of technology.
The artist- YAYOI KUSAMA created the installation.
You can watch the short documentary about her and her artwork below.
Sounds like a cinch, doesn’t it? From lines to patterns? Organic might have been a better route. Nature.
After reading about this week’s challenge and viewing some fellow bloggers posts, here’s my gallery.
It was suggested to go with the “tiled mosaic gallery” so I thought I’d try it.
Inside of an inch.
I’m here on the inside , getting the inside scoop.
“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you , pales in comparison to what lies inside of you,” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Mostly I’m on the outside looking in. Beside myself, editing out for INSIDE.
Maybe I should title it, a glass between us.
Costume Store NYC
NYC W 10th Street Cleaning the Sewers Truck
Idlewild Park, You can see outside from Inside the One Room Schoolhouse
Inside the glass booth
Inside the bakery case
Construction on Carson, before the football game
Inside the press box
Farewells at the graduation party
The Balloon Man
Vertical horizontal vertical horizontal Sorry I could not get them into two columns to compare the two shots.
One shot, two ways. I didn’t realize I do this challenge without thinking about doing it. The WordPress post said shoot a vertical and a horizontal. And although I did not go out and reshoot for this challenge, here is what I discovered on Tuesday night I shot vertical, horizontal naturally without too much thought. Shoot, turn the camera,shoot, turn the camera, Shoot and turn the camera – shoot. I was surprised how many times I did this exact thing without knowing about the challenge that came out today.