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#creativesprint Day 2

Getting unstuck in the creative department, that’s the purpose of these exercises, prompts! 

From #creativesprint Blog spot  Day 2 

“Author Hans Christian Anderson was born on this day in 1805. Make something inspired by a children’s fable or fairy tale.”


The Three Bears at home for breakfast with a bit of backlighting. 

I’m thinking making photography is making art. Looking forward to seeing what fellow participants are posting for day 2.

Airedales and Baby on Easter Walk

Yesterday’s post it was formal portraits. Today it’s candids. Capturing the day with a few casual images.

A sunny Easter afternoon.  We went for a walk around the neighborhood.

Michael and Jack had Airedale duty.  Anna carried Charlie.

When we got back to the house the children hunted for hidden eggs in the backyard.  Some of the eggs opened with a fortune cookie message inside ” A special day with Charlie.” “You pick what’s for supper”  “You pick the family movie”  “One day of no chores” “Two hours of Ipad time”  and some eggs had dollar bills, quarters or dimes.

easter egg hunt 1easter egg hunt 2easter egg hunt 3easter egg hunt Chrles



Easter Portraits, 4 in Half-Light


A wonderful term.  Took individuals of the grandkids about 7:30 PM. We were headed to Easter Vigil which started at 8:30 PM.

Took Anna and Michael again in the church parking lot as the light was even more lovely when we arrived.

Charles’ was taken on his front porch Thursday, ambient light but not exactly half.

MIchael in half lightMichael in Half- Light in front of St Patrick Church

Anna in Half Light

Someone’s brake lights added the red highlights to Anna’s hair.

JAck in half light 2Jack’s photo was taken first.  Still bright.

Maura in half light

Maura at dusk in the front yard


Charles on the front porch

And the following poem comes to mind for the challenge- except a small fat grandmama I am not- I’m a BIG one! And instead of Banbury Cakes we brought out four dozen Hot Cross Buns from Rocco’s Pasticceria on Bleecker Street.

My mother used to read me this poem from The Bumper Book by Watty Piper

The Cupboard

by Walter de la Mare

I know a little cupboard,
With a teeny tiny key,
And there’s a jar of Lollypops
For me, me, me.

It has a little shelf, my dear,
As dark, as dark can be,
And there’s a dish of Banbury Cakes
For me, me, me.

I have a small fat grandmamma,
With a very slippery knee,
And she’s Keeper of the Cupboard,
With the key, key, key.

And when I’m very good, my dear,
As good as good can be,
There’s Banbury Cakes, and Lollypops
For me, me, me.




Wagonful of Grass on Grove Street

Wagon full is Wagonful.        I looked it up.

Grove Street near Bleecker in the West Village, New York City.  I hope they add some eggs. 

How about that wagon? 

52 in 2016- Week #1 Reflection

The other day I was reading Say it With a Camera blog.   Mike Hardisty’s accomplishment of 52 in 2015 intrigued me.    I read about how to participate in the weekly themed challenge.  The part that appealed to me is you have to take photographs during the week of the theme- no archived shots.  I read the rules of the group and signed on the participate in the 52 in 2016 Challenge and Day 1 of Week 1 is Monday January 4th.

I like the idea of a new goal in photography. Actively working on something different.  A challenge.

Week #1 theme is reflection.  Today I was watching my grandson Charlie while his mom, Laura, was packing away the Christmas tablecloth and cleaning up the kitchen. She had just polished the electric kettle and I was standing there in her kitchen and thought, reflection.


Reflection Week #1

Ice Skating Saturday Night

Jack was invited to an  birthday party at the ice skating rink. He was so excited.   Mark took him.

We came an hour later for “free skate” but I didn’t don skates.

A good photo op for Grandma, who happened to have the real camera, not just the iPhone.

Lots of reflections, not enough light or too much light.

Made adjustments.

On the way home I got to photograph a brightly lit house display as I was in the passenger seat.

ice skating family




xmas house ohio

Wordless Wednesday 


Here Comes the Sun for your Birthday

On your birthday today and everyday, I wish you much love and happiness. Thirty five years seemed to go by pretty fast.

IMG_3056I photographed a few of my kids special toys from childhood when I took a Polaroid Transfer class.

Barker and Little Green Doggie were Matthew’s favorites.


A few pictures from the past

A few pictures from this year.  Love you,  Ma


Remembering when we went to the Richie Havens concerts together and you met him in the hallway at the Carnegie Lecture Hall?

Maura Clare Celebrates #7

Maura Clare born November 17, 2008.  Celebrating her seventh birthday today.

Maura Clare is Seven





Happy 7th Birthday Maura Clare.  Thanks to FF Marlene for the Last Pic as Six.

I thought about adding a couple of  your selfies that keep showing up on my phone!!)

Love from your Grandma Ruthie

A Dozen Years of Love

Lucky us!   Happy Twelfth Birthday Anna Catherine!

One October morning before dawn, you made me and Marlene happy grandmothers.

Loved by your family and friends, your loving heart and kind spirit come out in your eyes.

21768696150_c310a73680_kAnna holds her cousin Charlie- Sunday Oct 4th.


Twelve years flew by!   Love you lots, Anna.  Happy Birthday.   FF Ruthie

Hula Hooper Anna video from five years ago.