"Place, with a trace of humanity" Photography/Photo of the Day/Pittsburgh

Posts tagged “childhood

Playing Catch in Sinking Light


Oh, they were so much younger then (me, too)

Photographed by Herr Spahn in 1985

Grafenwoehr, Germany

I smocked the frame (and Laura’s dress)


Mark  Matthew and Laura

Weekly Photo Challenge Nostalgia

Puzzle People

imageimageimageimageMy  father bought this puzzle in 1976. He’s the one who got Mark saying Sacramento at age 2, when you’d ask him “what’s the capital of California?”

This summer Mark took his family to see ten more state capitals/ capitols.

The handcrafted wood puzzle was missing New York and Lake Ontario. For years! Missing puzzle pieces is such a bummer. I’m not sure why I waited so long to see if I could get replacements.

Wk, I just received the hand cut replacement pieces and although the wood is a bit thinner these days and the color brighter, it is wonderful to have the puzzle complete again.

Besides New York is my birth state (yes, I grew up in the Garden State- New Joisey)

Thank you Puzzle People Michael and Pat Smith of Philo, California for completing the puzzle once again,  40 years later.


City Puddles after the Downpour

After the birthday party (grown up), the nextdoor neighbor kids were playing in the puddles.

There’d been a downpour.

Kids love puddles. They are like magnets to them.

Fun Fun the weekly photo challenge


Guest Blog-Wordless Wednesday 

Thanks for sending this wonderful Wordless Wednesday photographShannon

Faces Change in a Blink

How quickly their faces change.










The Weekly Photo Challenge is FACE,  I have a lot to draw upon from my archives.




Can You Tell By His Face, He’s Teasing Me?

Michael called to me from upstairs.

 I started walking up. Oh.

This is what I saw.  Yikes!

How did he get his head between the spindles? 

(One of the spindles comes out!)

He got me.

Good one, Michael.

Face is the Weekly Photo Challenge

The Swing, a Slide, a Tunnel, Peek

26753299721_11b5fa3254_kThis is a new sensation.  Laura gave him a little push.

26548296810_12585223d2_kHolding on, not too sure about the swing yet.

26548250000_1feb4bf144_kGoing up the slide.


26786492736_039ae01e23_kComing out of the tunnel.



26786453486_20aa7c1c1c_kPeek a boo.  I see you, Grandma!

Laura and Charles (10 months) came to visit Grandma in Pittsburgh.

Fortunately I have a playground in the park across the street.

I used the 70-200 lens to document his visit.

Fun to catch him enjoying this playground equipment for the first time. At least the first time I’ve seen him experience a playground.   They returned home to Ohio yesterday but I was savoring their visit when I went through the photos tonight.

First Visit to Children’s Museum 

Monday May 2, 2016.

Charles, Laura and I went to the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.

When you’re ten months old there are so many “firsts” to experience.

I am so glad I bought a family membership last summer when Mark and Erika’s children came to visit.

Today the waterplay at the end of our visit was his favorite but I didn’t get any photos of his splashing. So much more to explore next visit!

26717338741_85f8b02c2a_kChecking out Henrietta Pussycat puppet from Mr. Rogers Neighborhood.


IMG_6535Playing with toys in The Nursery


img_4006Lunch in the café.  Mom brought a pouch for Charles. We ordered a slice of cheese pizza. Laura ran into a friend Stephanie and her son Joe in the cafeteria so that was nice.

Making the lights move onto the wall as Laura pushed the stroller through the light.





IMG_6558The Wooden Mirror is amazing.  I am still trying to figure it out, how it works.


One of our favorite parts was the helpful woman in the Museum Gift Shop.

We found a little “first car” and a baby beaver Folkmanis puppet for Charles’ first birthday coming in June. (shhhhh, it’s a surprise!)


Lost Toy NYC

My sister sent me this photo she took with her phone. 

A little sock  monkey, from the lost toy  basket.

You know how I feel about sock monkeys.  

Thanks Mary
And here are a few sock monkey pics from old blog posts.  Just last December we went to the sock monkey museum in Rockford,  Illinois


And Click for Sock monkey brothers post  
 Below the Sock Monkey Museum in Rockford Illinois 
  Charles as sock monkey   
  Swedish Pancakes and Sock monkeys