Earth, Air, Water and Fire

Erica V. at WordPress writes about the photo challenge she created- elemental

“For this week’s challenge, explore the classical elements of earth, air, water, and fire. How do you capture something invisible like air, or the movement of water?”


Denali from the train

IMG_0684Rainy windshield



The wind captured by the flag in Florida


IMG_4090Snow and ice  Highland Park Pittsburgh Pennsylvania


Falls in Washington with my sister-in-law


Homer Alaska



St. George Island Sunrise


Rushing water in Alaska


Train ride to Denali


Burning Basket in Homer Alaska


20228766789_086e0f3569_kMaura running across a field at the farm in Crestline, Ohio


Hard to feel the heat of the desert in a photograph- Arizona


and one of my favorite songs Fantasy by Earth Wind and Fire



Funnel Cake with fresh strawberries and cream or unadorned?

Funnel Cake

I try to keep the blog in real time but these images are from the archives.

My bowl of ice cream with the fresh peach and triple ginger cookies from yesterday got me thinking about how desserts satisfy.

I photographed these desserts in  Ohio.

I didn’t eat it myself but the  the satisfaction factor was there for the nice woman who bought it and ate it (after she let me shoot it!)funnel cake 730

and here is another person’s funnel cake – unadorned – well, a dusting of powdered sugar

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Parachute Action Figure Stuck in the Birch Tree

Jack tried repeatedly to dislodge the nylon parachute guy from the birch tree in the backyard. Stuck!  It was a stunning winter day. Gray and white clouds, blue sky and just below freezing temp. A day for the real camera and not the phone.IMG_0066.JPG

His dad was going to help himtry to retrieve it later after work but I wasn’t there to find out if they succeeded.

Clintonville Blossoms and Bubbles

Strolling with Charles (1) around the neighborhood. 

Hot summer sun. The colors so rich and alive.

I appreciate the gardeners’ efforts. 

Back at the house on the front porch he said “bubble” and pointed to the chair.Underneath was a red plastic bear with bubble stuff. You had to squeeze the Bear’s stomach and it took awhile for me to get the hang of it. 

30 Years Ago the Price was $5.99

Can you guess what it cost to bronze a pair of baby shoes in 2016?*

I’ve seen a lot of bronze baby shoes mounted on a photo stand.  Derek Jeter had a hat bronzed, I read on their site. (Doesn’t have to be baby shoes)

Wednesday night, I was cleaning out a desk drawer and found this envelope and special value certificate to “use by Aug 11, 1986”. Oooops! My money saver certificate has long expired. 

American Bronzing Company is still in business (since 1934) I checked them out and there are a lot of options. Not sure if the ashtray is still available but the company has bronzed over  ” 14,000,000 baby shoes.”

Our story begins in 1934, when Violet Shinbach, the “mother of baby shoe bronzing,” established a business that would soon become the American Bronzing Company, the largest and most-trusted baby shoe bronzing company in the world.

*And today it would cost $79.00 to get a pair of baby shoes bronzed, unmounted. 

I should have ordered in 1986. 

I see you can get silver plate restored too if you have an old tea service that needs spiffing up. 

History of American Bronzing link