Atop the Stump at the Farm etc.

And a few other pics for the second ATOP gallery.

  I was talking with my friend today and said I don’t think I use the word atop in my everyday vocabulary.  But I seem to have a few photos from the archives that illustrate it.

At Chuck and Sharon’s farm in Crestline, OH

grandkids atop roofGrandkids atop the playhouse in the backyard, a few years ago.

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People ready to scream atop Phantom’s Revenge at Kennywood

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Duquesne Incline atop Mt. Washington Pittsburgh PA

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Wonder Bread sign in Columbus OH

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St. Mary of the Mount atop Mt. Washington Pittsburgh

WordPress forgot to send a note- after 6 years of blogging. How could they?

I thought it was automatic.  An electronic note to me.  Six years is a long time.  Today’s post is #2132.

Six years ago today I started blogging at wordpress.  I thought at least they would send a notice… Congrats on Six Years of Blogging. I’ve seen badges on other blogs for years of blogging accomplished.

I told my granddaughter it was my blogaversary and she said, “What’s that?”

No drum roll, no brass band, waaaaah waaaah waaaaaah, whine, whine, whine,

No one really cares, just me.

This was the first photo I blogged on July 14, 2009.

Murphy passed away and Michael is going to be ten in August.

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For today’s 2015 photo gallery I’m posting the grandchildren feeling exhilarated at Kennywood


And a silhouette of the Phantom’s Revenge

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P.s. 11th hour update.  Thanks WP

  

 
 

Potato Patch Fries Production 

There are two lines to take the $ nowadays so no one handles cash and food. 

Your order comes up on a screen. I’ve no idea how they keep it straight. 

A team of teenagers orchestrate the production and it’s efficient. 

Fast furious pace behind the counter.  Everyone knows their part. 

Fries spilling over the paper tray’s edge. 

A ladle of “cheese” and bacon bits for some. 

We had seasoned salt and tiny cup cheese on the side. The word tiny is a poor one for this post, a small plastic cup. Think stadium nachos. Add ketchup.  Napkins. 

 We shared. 

I asked a couple if I could photograph their bacon and cheese fries.   
   

    
    

    
    
   

  

  

  

  

  

Swing Like a Pendulum Over the Tree Tops

And at a high speed!

Yes, it’s a thrill ride. Watching it from the ground with a 70-200 lens, you’re mesmerized.

You wonder why a person would want to get buckled in and subject oneself to the sensation.

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Actually they look serene.

I would be screaming,  I know.

 

Here’s a youtube post of the ride in action so you can get a better idea.

 

Phantom’s Revenge at the Red Light

After I drove Jack and Maura to Aunt Linda’s and Uncle Frank’s  (where I got to sample cookies for the wedding cookie table tomorrow) I pulled into the Kennywood Parking Lot drive at the bottom of their hill.

I marvel at roller coaster design, engineering, construction and  contemplate the desire of those who ride,

ed the clouds and the people headed up to the first drop.

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Showing the final shot first. The clouds looked threatening for sure..

 

 

 

 

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Anticipation-  I  watched and listened to the riders scream.

 

 

Theme for my week- Serenity

Once you start looking for photographs in your archives that say “serenity”

-you think of more and you’re seeking the ones that make you feel calm and peaceful inside, just to look at them.

So you just go with it, like a raft on a gentle ocean wave.

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.

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

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Jet Blue making descent to Baltimore July 2014

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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

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

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Grandson Jack coming down the Giant Slide at Idlewild Park

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Mark climbing the deer stand in Centerline OHio

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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

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

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

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

Weekly Photo Challenge: Humanity

Third Eye Mom, a blog I’ve been following for awhile,  created a great challenge this week- HUMANITY

Makes me think of a crowd and my blog theme- ” place with a trace of humanity”