Pizzelle Perfect

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Baked in Bloomfield ( using a special pizzelle iron)

Maria Merante – Celebrating all things Italian since 1983

Anise or vanilla?  They are delicate and delicious.

 

Little Italy Days in Bloomfield Neighborhood

Opening day of Little Italy Days.

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Guaranteed Distraction?

“What about you: what is guaranteed to distract you? What is your “Ooh, shiny!”?Weekly Photo Challenge

Garbage.  Unexpected.

I’m fascinated by trash. Litter, too. Funny thing is, I find it difficult to throw things away.  Here are previously featured found garbage photos. I even did a Garbology post.   “the study of a community or culture by analyzing its waste.”

Here’s a sample of my photos of cat trees, toilets, chairs, aquarium, couches, champagne bottles, old televisions.

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Shared Summer Harvest

Come January we’ll be longing for these tomatoes. The taste of summer.

My friend R stopped by the other evening and shared these fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes.  Just picked!

Olive oil, chunky chopped onions and a couple of garlic cloves. Threw in the remaining cherry tomatoes (we’d been popping them in our mouths, unadorned)

Black beans and rice.  Mmmmmmmm.

Tugboats and Barges in Daylight

Neville Island.  Shot Saturday during the retirement party at a friend’s home along the Ohio River.

Maybe you saw yesterday’s night photography of the barges and tugboats. Those were taken handheld with Canon 24-70 L series lens.  The reflection of the lights on the dark river at night are more dramatic but the daylight shots taken with the Canon 70-200 L series let you see the details and appreciate the size of the vessels. They move at a fast clip.

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Neville Island Night Lights on the Ohio River

The retirement party at our friend’s home on Neville Island began in early afternoon but the barges and tugs went by into the night. Both directions!

Lots of drama to watch. Multiple freight trains on the opposite bank blew their train whistles.

See the powerful blue light the Captain was shining down river to illuminate a buoy in the middle of the river?  Neville Island Bridge is in the background.

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Centerpieces with tiny white lights and fishing accessories glowed like lanterns.

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Doesn’t look too safe

My granddaughter Anna texted, “Doesn’t look too safe” with these three photos she took on Friday.

Seriously unsafe.

You might remember Anna’s guest blog of pick up full of mannequin legs     and another of a driver brushing his teeth.

I can see her taking the photo in the side mirror reflection.

Thanks for being the guest blogger today.

 

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Just a Glimpse – Plitvička Jezera

from the archives

Plitvička Lakes National Park    Croatia

Click above link for a virtual tour.

The waterfalls and pools are everywhere you look.  We took the boardwalk you see from the aerial view photo, a bus on winding roads with no guard rail through the forests and a boat ride on a glacial lake.  Good photos for water and earth, but no fire.

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Earth, Air, Water and Fire

Erica V. at WordPress writes about the photo challenge she created- elemental

“For this week’s challenge, explore the classical elements of earth, air, water, and fire. How do you capture something invisible like air, or the movement of water?”

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Denali from the train

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The wind captured by the flag in Florida

 

IMG_4090Snow and ice  Highland Park Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

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Falls in Washington with my sister-in-law
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Homer Alaska

 

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St. George Island Sunrise

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Rushing water in Alaska

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Train ride to Denali

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Burning Basket in Homer Alaska

 

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Hard to feel the heat of the desert in a photograph- Arizona

 

and one of my favorite songs Fantasy by Earth Wind and Fire