Twin Pink Dogwoods in Full Blossom

Is it full blossom or full bloom?

After being at home for so long it feels strange to be in the car.  I drove out today to the Post Office, to deliver and mail some masks to friends and family.  On my way home, I saw these gorgeous pink dogwood trees in full bloom.  Good thing the name of the church is embossed in stone above the doors. I was distracted when I pulled over to take a quick photo of the blossoming trees on my phone.

Christ Lutheran Church in Millvale on Evergreen Road. Perhaps they stood out since it was a gray and gloomy day but these twin dogwoods brightened the landscape and were amazing to see. I did google the Legend of the Dogwood that was in the recesses of my mind , the symbolism of the blossoms and but the legend was debunked as no Dogwood grows in Israel.  I think somewhere there is a postcard in my possession with the legend printed on it.

 

Candlelight and Tiffany Window Light

St. Photios Shrine Candles – St.Augustine Florida

 

 

 

and Tiffany Window at Trinity Episcopal Church on King St.

St Augustine Florida

Thanks for inspiring a month of light Becky B.

 

Sacristry Light

“a room in a church where a priest prepares for a service, and where vestments and other things used in worship are kept

St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church on the North Side

 

Becky B captures a Daily Dose of Daylight in Lisbon as she continues the #Januarylight challenge

St. Stanislaus Churchlight At Night

We were coming home from the Masters of Visual Arts Show at the Heinz History Center. It was dark but the church in the Strip District was glowing from inside. St. Stanislaus Church was built in 1891      For Becky B’s  #Januarylight challenge

St.Stanislaus Pittsburgh PA

The above photo a square or close to it. The following photo shows the stained glass window design and I couldn’t bear to crop the photo.


Stained Glass Windows at Heinz Chapel Pittsburgh

When out of town guests visit, it’s an opportunity to be a tourist where you live and appreciate the sights the city has to offer.  We parked and went into Heinz Chapel and I’ve been in many times. Each time you enter you think, hmmm I could be in France, the architecture and feeling of the sanctuary is remarkable.  Some of the stained glass windows are seven stories high. I learned that they were all designed by a single artist

“The chapel’s 23 windows were designed by Charles Connick and created at his Boston studio. The windows total approximately 4,000 square feet (370 m2) and contain nearly 250,000 pieces of glass. There are 391 identifiable people in the windows, a large supporting cast of anonymous individuals, and an extensive variety of flora and fauna.”

Here are a few examples of some of the windows

 

Isaac Newton,  John Keats, Emily Dickinson  William Shakespeare, Abraham Lincoln and Beethoven to name a few.

 

 

 

 

St. Matthias Reflections

At the Winterfeld Market Platz. A vendor had a mirror for sale, lying down on the cobblestone path. St.Matthias was reflected in the glass. As I moved closer, I captured a second shot to include a snippet of tree.

Spring Hats Evoke Another Era to Me

When I was visiting the family in Ohio for an extended stay, one of the last days I was there we went to Von Maur, a lovely department store in Columbus at the Polaris Mall.

Maura and I saw all the elegant Spring/Easter hats on display.  She tried on a gray one that matched her Ohio State Swim shirt.  A gracious salesperson asked if we needed any help and of course, we did not. But she didn’t seem worried about trying on a hat.

(*see Men’s Hat Posts below the photos)

Growing up, almost all women in church wore hats.

.The Kentucky Derby, the first Saturday in May, is a place to wear a fashionable hat. Or a Derby party as you watch the race on TV.  You see Royal Wedding attendees sporting stylish hats.  I wish I’d looked inside the hats to see where they are made. Do you own a hat and on what occasion do you wear it?

Putting on a hat can change your whole persona, help you feel dressed to the nine.  The epitome of dressing up in style.

“To the nine” is an English idiom meaning “to perfection” or “to the highest degree” or to dress “buoyantly and high class”. In modern English usage, the phrase most commonly appears as “dressed to the nine” or “dressed up to the nine”.

 

*  And not to leave the men out of the hat post.

I posted Meyer the Hatter in New Orleans in 2009 

and the Bleecker Street Hat Shop in NYC post in 2012