Weekly Photo Challenge: Descent

Lots of images came to mind.

The trick was digging around in the files and finding what I was envisioning for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Descent created by Cheri Lucas Rowlands at WordPress.   Her example was excellent.

Here is my gallery of descent.

bride on staircase
Classic Bride Jessica descends spiral staircase at Mexican War Streets on the North Side, Pittsburgh
descent incline
The Duquesne Incline in descent
descent log ferris wheel
Idlewild Ferris Wheel ready to make descent

descent airplane

Jet Blue making descent to Baltimore July 2014

descent truck

How I love being the passenger with a camera in hand. My DIL was driving.

Low clouds and a truck making descent in WV enroute to Hardy VA

descent log slide 2

Down the slide at Idlewild Park -Michael, Erika and Maura

descent log slide

Grandson Jack coming down the Giant Slide at Idlewild Park

descent bride deer stand

Mark climbing the deer stand in Centerline OHio

descent kennywood

Some random Skycoaster riders at Kennywood. Lots of screams

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Anna coming down off the obstacle course at the Ohio State Fair

descent swimming

Anna diving into the pool at a swim meet. Descending into the water.

City Sidewalks  Pittsburgh

from a previous post – City Sidewalk -paper street steps- 2010 Garfield when I taught at Fort Pitt School

descent log flume
Grandson Michael in the log flume at Idlewild Park making their rapid descent

Weekly Photo Challenge: Threshold

Threshold

thresh·old   noun \ˈthresh-ˌhōld, ˈthre-ˌshōld\
: a piece of wood, metal, or stone that forms the bottom of a door and that you walk over as you enter a room or building

: the point or level at which something begins or changes

 

jack threshold

Literal interpretation of Jack  crossing a threshold at Idlewild Park in Storybook Forest last summer.

 

 

 

 Erika and kids waiting for Jack to be born

A couple of days before Jack was born 2007

 

 

p.s.  click here to see Madhu’s entry  at The Urge to Wander blog photographerd  at a Shinto Shrine in Japan.

In my opinion, hers is the best of all the responses I viewed! 

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

The challenge of unexpected seemed fun but challenging.

Added a couple you’ve seen but seemed good for the theme.  Knowing when to stop adding to the gallery is the difficult part.

swim coach as a leprechaunThe grandkids swim coach dressed as a leprechaun

lobster phone 1Mr. Wholey on his lobster phone

 

 

gravestones and railcarHeadstones and a railway car as we headed to Idlewild Park

 

man in a vanA man seemingly peeking out of  the back of the van

 

 

michael surpriseQuick, close your eyes for a birthday surprise, Michael.

Laura is surprisedLaura is surprised for her 30th birthday- nice party James!

 

 

alligator jerkyAlligator and Ostrich Jerky at the Renaissance Festival

 

pink water

Downtown by the Convention Center a wall of pink water for Breast Cancer Awareness

cigarette and teabag in a plantA cigarette butt and a teabag in a planter downtown

 

 

Fried picklesFried Pickles sign at Eat ‘N Park

 

 

stuffed animal windowStuffed Animal Window in New York City

 

 

flags in a churchyardA churchyard full of memorial flags in Millvale.

 

 

police eatingPolice having a snack in NYC

 

 

Birthday gift from her brother

Birthday gift from her brother

 

 

dog wash

Dog Wash?

 

 

Jack finds the air rushing

 

Whoa

 

Michael

 

Discovering the rush of air

 

Maura (2)

 

 

fake geese

Two fake geese that I thought were real in Powell , Ohio

 

 

grandkids

Finding the costumes at the History Center in Virginia.

Stick Your Head in for the Photo Op. Or NOT!

Raggedy Ann

 

Standing between.

Don’t you want to be Raggedy Andy so your old grandmother can capture the moment?

Ahhh, no thanks.

I’ll just stand between the two heads.

so here is Maura between Raggedy Ann and Andy

Okay, got it.

When I saw this tonight it struck me funny.  I’d forgotten about the fun time we had at Idlewild Park and was thinking about all the grading I need to accomplish this weekend for the upcoming progress reports at school.

And I saw Maura refusing the standard photo opportunity at the amusement park. She did not want to stick her head in the hole.  Maybe she thinks it is a silly plan to do so.   We sure found a ton of ovals in wooden cut outs.  Wonder who started the first one years ago.  Seems a standard practice on the boardwalk.  We were here.  I’ve seen them for Civil War or old fashioned sepia pics offered for $.

A few more….

 

Raggedy Andy

 

Jack agrees to be Raggedy Andy-  on the fly, that is.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

train conductor (1)

 

 

Train conductor

 

 

 

train conductor (2)

 

Michael is totally agreeable to the task at hand. Thanks, Making it easy on Grandma,

Lincoln Highway

Jack and Anna in the old fashioned car

Maybe next year, Maura.  Peek- a -boo.  Need a bit more height for this one.

train conductor

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

Inside out.

Inside of an inch.

I’m here on the inside , getting the inside scoop.

“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you , pales in comparison to what lies inside of you,”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Mostly I’m on the outside looking in.  Beside myself, editing out for INSIDE.

Maybe I should title it, a glass between us.

Inside (10)Maura inside, me outside

 

Inside (3)

 

Costume Store NYC

 

 

 

Inside (5)

 

NYC W 10th Street Cleaning the Sewers Truck

 

 

Inside

 

Idlewild Park, You can see outside from Inside the One Room Schoolhouse

 

 

Inside (4)

Inside the glass booth

 

 

Inside (7)

 

Inside the bakery case

 

 

Inside 2

 

Construction on Carson, before the football game

 

 

Inside 3

Inside the press box

 

 

 

Inside 2 (1)from the car looking into the Beehive Interior

 

 

 

Farewells at the graduation party

Inside (1)

 

 

 

 

 

Inside (9)

The Balloon Man

 

 

 

Inside (6)Outside of Cowgirls, looking inside

 

Please Do Not Climb on Top of Cheese

Anna and I were on FaceTime Wednesday evening  and she asked me what I was going to blog tonight.

I didn’t have a plan, I said.  She said to tell her when I was posting it so she could be the FIRST one to see it.

So I am choosing a summertime August afternoon from their recent visit.  Before school started.

Storybook Forest in Idlewild Park.  Ligonier PA.

The grandkids in the cheese. Well, three of them that is. The fourth, Maura was looking at her siblings peeking out of the holes.

And then tonight  as I uploaded, I saw the sign on the side which I had not seen before.

Anna said “the cheese stunk.”  

Stunk like what?, I asked.

 She said “I don’t know, it just stunk.  Like elephants.”

 

(Maybe it stunk but we had a great day!)

mouse cheese (3)

 

 

mouse cheese  sign(1)

 

 

mouse cheese (2)

And a portrait of cousin Parker in the cheese

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual POV

Unusual POV?  selected from recent shoots

Different Point of View (6)Reflection at Idlewild Park Pond

 

 

Different Point of View (7)

Henrietta Pussycat as seen from Mr. Rogers Neighborhood Trolley- Idlewild Park

 

 

 

 

Different Point of View (5)Yellow Cab about to turn into the intersection as shot from the opposite curb

 

 

Different Point of View (2)Sunset and the city skyline as shot from the McArdle Roadway Bridge

 

 

Different Point of View (3)From McArdle Roadway Bridge, second half warm-up

 

 

Different Point of View (4)As I walked to my car, after the Red, White and Blue Invitational Cross Country Meet- Schenley Park

 

Different Point of View (1)

Not so unusual but this is the McArdle Roadway Bridge where I shot the other two photos

Different Point of View (8)

 

Grandson Michael steers the Ducky boat on the Monongahela River towards the Fort Pitt Bridge

 

 

 

and a Pirates game on TV, as  seen through a bar room window on Carson Street

Different Point of View

 

 

 

 

 

Pirate Ship at Idlewild Park- Soaking Up the Last Days of Summer Fun

PirateShip at Idlewild ParkI was an observer, not a participant.  The grandkids’ teeth were chattering by the time we headed out of the Soak Zone portion of Idlewild Park.

They really loved the wave pool, too.

Not sure who the girl is running to the tipping bucket, spilling the chilly water for the kids to play.  Brrrrrr.  They had a great time going down the curvy water slides.   One of the workers said some of her colleagues had already left to return to college (why only one trolley was running at the Mr. Rogers Neighborhood ride.)   Enjoying being with the family these last days of summer.

It was much a much cooler day than expected in August.  You can feel the hint of fall in the air.  Especially at night.

Mother Goose

Storybook Forest- Idlewild Park , Ligonier, PA.  Nestled in a dark green forest…..

Aunt Linda talked to a worker who said the Old Woman in the Shoe was not at home in her shoe was because she had to fill in and be Mother Goose in the late afternoon.

But to the kids, this was Mother Goose, no questions asked.

Mother gooseJack, Cousin Parker and sister Maura are listening attentively as she asks them about a giant in the forest.  Jack knew right away who we needed to find.