Following the bunny trail

Good thing I had a passenger in front seat this morning. I’m calling this post a group guest blog cause it was a team effort!

Maura passed up the good camera from my bag in the back and Anna was able to capture this load of large Easter eggs. Were we ever surprised to be following them down the road!

Fortunately, Anna could get all three eggs as the truck approached the roundabout.

Maura read that they were headed for the Columbus Zoo. And helped me upload the photos from the camera this evening.

Remember Anna’s photo of the pickup truck with the mannequin legs ?

Our first sighting.

Lunar New Year Literary Awards – Guest Blog

Guest blog photo today by Outis* on IRT

(“The Interborough Rapid Transit Company (IRT) was the private operator of the original underground New York City Subway line that opened in 1904, as well as earlier elevated railways and additional rapid transit lines in New York City.”) Wikipedia

Outis’ title of his image is the newspaper’s headline.

Thank you Outis for your eye catching photo! Nice.

*”Outis (transliteration of Ancient Greek Οὖτις, in capitals ΟΥΤΙΣ, from οὔτις “nobody” or “no one”) is an often used pseudonym. Artists, writers and others in public life use this pseudonym in order to hide their identity” Wikipedia

A Happy Valentine from 2007, Found While Cleaning

This photo and note were sent to me in 2007 by my dear friend Dorothy Holley.

I found it today (Valentine’s Eve?) while cleaning a desk I rarely use. It was a lovely find as Dorothy passed in June 2010.

I included her note on the back, telling how she took it through a window and a screen.

Now and then I see one in my yard, too. Cardinals look stunning against the evergreen by my porch, especially in the snow. Dorothy loved the birds and waited to capture this picture.

She was a good encourager to me.

Placed her Valentine’s photo on red paper to take a shot with my phone to share with you.

If you’ve followed the blog, you’ve “met” Dorothy before.The Quart Jar Poet film is for sale as a fundraiser for Madwomen in the Attic, Carlow University.

And here’s a poem by Liane Ellison Norman about Dorothy’s iris.

By Their Sidewalks You Will Know Them

First posted in February 2010 and again in 2013.  Thanks Timons Esaias Guest Poet

Sidewalk Shoveled

Tim’s Poem Came to Mind as I Admired the Concrete First Time in Two Weeks – Photographed Feb 2010

By Their Sidewalks You Will Know Them

Originally there were eleven Commandments

Moses, perhaps confused by the unfamiliar

snow, ice, and sidewalk,

botched one, and left it out.

But Buddha said that though Life is Pain,

falling on ice is gratuitous pain

and those who cause it, by neglect,

should never escape the Wheel of Rebirth;

and Lao-Tzu agreed, for those who will not

clear the path will never find the Way.

Zoroaster, in the endless war of light

against ice, demanded diligence;

claimed that those who surrender

the public way to the Enemy

have empty souls,

can scarcely be regarded as human.

The Prophet, regarding sidewalks and snow,

is silent; but his sura

Sand Drifting Against the Caravanserai Gate

is thought to apply. The condemnation there

is brutal and eternal.

Plato counted safe sidewalks as fundamental

to the ideal Republic, noting that those remiss

in this clear duty lacked all character;

and his pupil – perceptive, immortal Aristotle-

further declared, famously, that

lack of character

is destiny.

-Timons Esaias
Timons Esaias is a writer and poet living in Pittsburgh. His short stories, ranging from literary to genre, have been published in fourteen languages. He has had over a hundred poems in print, including Spanish, Swedish and Chinese translations, in such markets as 5AM, Bathtub Gin, Main Street Rag, Willard & Maple, Elysian Fields Quarterly: The Literary Journal of Baseball and many others. He has also been a finalist for the British Science Fiction Award, and won the Asimov’s Readers Award. His poetry chapbook, The Influence of Pigeons on Architecture, sold out two editions. He is Adjunct Faculty at Seton Hill University, in the Writing Popular Fiction M.F.A. Program. This poem was originally published in when it existed.

This entry was posted on February 19, 2010. It was filed under poetry, Things in the Snow and was tagged with city scene, HIghland Park, photo of the day, photography, Pittsburgh, Poem, poet, poetry, shovel, sidewalk, snow, Timons Esaias, urban scene, winter scene.


16 responses


Too deep for me.

February 19, 2010 at 7:07 am Edit


Toni Kichi

Makes me happy that our sidewalks are clear and clean – thanks to Mike!! I couldn’t handle all those punishments! Seems like an almost normal day today!! Thanks for starting it with something special!!! Did Bill mean the snow was too deep – or the poem??!! Either way, I agree! My mind is mush (like this snow will soon be) — been in the house too long!!!

February 19, 2010 at 8:42 am Edit



All tis is great Ruth. It is like your photos and words are a diary of living through these snowy days.


February 19, 2010 at 9:12 am Edit



Too wonderful for … words?? 🙂 Changes my attitude on shoveling, altho I am already somewhat aware that I smile and feel satisfaction when I get to the concrete! A bit anxious now, tho, about the snow still on the bushes, bending branches low over the sidewalk leading to my caravanserai gate ……! 🙂

February 19, 2010 at 9:52 am Edit


Arlene Weiner

There is a special place in hell

where, frozen in ice, only his rear

exposed to Satan’s teeth, he’ll dwell

whose sidewalk’s untouched while his driveway’s clear.

February 19, 2010 at 10:50 am Edit


joseph k

that is one great photo


February 19, 2010 at 4:27 pm Edit


Bonnie Imhoff

I know the snow is a pain, but it is beautiful. I enjoy the pic very much.



Two Airedales By Anna

Two Airedales by Anna.

It’s a week of guest blogs. Why not? I’m not in my own home and the contributions to the blog have been most welcomed.

Captured this morning by granddaughter Anna (14)

Josie looking in and Henry asking to go out.

Ice Hotel/Hotel de Glace Guest Blog

I was going to post the results of a light snowfall in Ohio where I’m visiting… but then –

my friend Kristin from Florida (and steadfast blog follower) texted a dozen photos today that fascinated me.

Thought you’d enjoy seeing the Ice Hotel in Quebec City. Hotel de Glace.

I’ve never been to an Ice Hotel but I loved the virtual tour via her photos.

I asked if your lips stick to the glass made of ice. You lick it first. Brrrrrrr.

(Maura said it reminded her of Elsa’s Castle in Frozen)

the only bathroom they saw

Friends Shared Winter Carnaval Quebec- Guest Blog

Although I’m in Ohio, I got to experience a taste of the winter Carnaval Quebec in Quebec City today. What fun!

A group effort on the photography, thanks to Kristin and Rick.

Quebec City-today’s “temperature was a balmy 25 and yesterday a -2”

See their exhilarating toboggan ride video below.

Linda with Bonhomme -mascot of the Carnaval

“Bonhomme is the official representative of the Quebec Winter Carnival. Snow white, he proudly wears the red tuque and arrow sash of the heroes of our past. This living representation of the Québécois’ joie de vivre is represented by an Effigy modeled after him.”

Kristin (native Floridian ) framed by the intricate ice sculpture.

(Linda,I love your sockhead knit hat!)

Join my friends on a fast toboggan run!

You might remember the pie pin map at Grant Bar in Millvale when Kristin and Linda visited me.

Samson and the Snowflakes

Guest Blogger Kim Teeple (my daughter’s sister-in-law) got a new DSLR camera.

She posted this photograph on her Facebook page and her brother James (my son-in-law) thought it would be a perfect guest blog.  I agree.


“Our 9 year old Husky mix, Samson, loves the snow. I captured him with my new Canon Rebel T6 at a rare moment when he decided to stay in one spot. It was a cold snowy day in early January, 2018 at our home in Mansfield, Ohio. For 2018, my husband, Jeff, and I resolved to learn photography for our future of traveling North America in our KZ Venom Fifth Wheel. . Follow along on our travels at to watch our budding skills improve.”

Image Info:

Canon EOS Rebel T6

300 mm – 1/500 – F-1.0 – ISO 2000

Samson and the Snowflakes-RuthEH Blog-Jan2018

Kim S Teeple

BIO:   App developer for Vitro – La Compañia del Vidrio. Loves camping, rockets, and the planet Mars. Is learning to take beautiful photographs for her travel blog.


Note from Ruth:  If you’ve ever tried to photograph a dog with black fur you will appreciate how good this photo is.



Tuesday Morning This House Will Be Moved Up the Street-Guest Blog

Guest blog today by my friend River Watcher on Neville Island.

Thanks Deb for sending these pictures today.

Their whole neighborhood is planning to come out and watch this entire house be moved to the waiting lot up the street. The foundation will be dug AFTER the House is moved. My plan is to go document the actual moving of the house on Tuesday morning.

I’m amazed this can be done. When Mark was little in 1978 we watched a house be moved down the street in Philadelphia.

ready to roll

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