Winter Tree at the Playground

My granddaughter Anna (13) texted me this photo from Ohio, just after I returned to Pittsburgh. I’d  a week’s visit with both families. It was warm enough to play at the playground today. img_3251

I thought it a good composition

 

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Then she sent me the second photo and I could see some warm lights through the trees.

You might remember Anna’s photo  of the pick-up truck full of mannequin legs on a snowy highway.  From 4 years ago        Click to see Anna’s photo from 2012

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.

Pier 25 Play Area- Hudson River

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Maura, Jack and Michael in the late afternoon.

Took this the Saturday after Thanksgiving when the grandkids and I visited Aunt Mary in NYC. It was a wonderful piece of playground equipment, made in Germany.

Pier 25 Play Area

The Real World by Tom Otterness

img_0539Artist Tom Otterness created The Real World installed in 1992

(You can see more of his artwork Life Underground at the 14th Street-Eighth Avenue Subway Station)

Also known as Penny Park  along the Hudson River in New York City.

Michael, Jack and Maura enjoyed exploring the bronze sculptures.

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We were headed to the Staten Island Ferry- at the end of the day our walking total was just shy of nine miles.

Autumn Leaf Delight at the Playground

Laura and Charlie enjoying the crunch of the leaves at the playground this morning.

I tried to be an observer, not a participant. Watched them play together.  Just kept shooting, trying to be unobtrusive.

Kept my distance and sorry I  didn’t have a zoom lens.

It was a happy time.  A joy to watch Charlie have fun in the leaves.

The bear hat doesn’t quite fit right but old grandma will knit another one.

Big slide, the swings, finding a shadow, mommy hide behind the tree trunk, throw the leaves, kick the leaves, stomp and crunch pick up a big stick.

No shortage of games and activities.

 

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He was trying to master the balance beam, figure it out.  Too hard but the fact he was trying was something to watch.

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One direct smile at old Froo Froo Ruthie.

 

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Yes he knew I was there!  Hard not to notice that sock monkey who sits on the 24-70 lens.

img_2557Back to the car.  Good bye playground.  See you soon.

Balls in the Air

Taking a break from the cherry on top challenge although I was considering another shoot.

When the family visited we went to the Children’s Museum a couple of times.  One of the favorite rooms is called The Garage. The kids tried to catch the balls that were held up by air blowing out of the table.

IMG_3265Laura held Charles as he reached for the ball.

It was easier for Maura to catch the balls.

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One more try

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Molasses Swamp Switched for Chocolate Swamp?

I like molasses. Granted it’s been a few years since I’ve played CANDY LAND, but I missed the old Molasses Swamp. You get mired in a Chocolate Swamp these days.  I read it was changed because today’s children don’t know what molasses is!

Molasses makes me think of cookies.  Here’s a recipe (use butter instead of shortening) for Cookies-Molasses Crinkles. My mother baked them for years.

And yes the Candy Land artwork is different on the board. There’s a lot more “stuff” and it looks a bit clown-like now. I miss the ice cream floats. You still advance on the board by drawing a card with a colored square (or two) and moving your gingerbread piece to the matching color.  The plastic gingerbread game pieces look like they are dancing nowadays.  The classic candy Valentine conversation hearts bit the dust, too. 

The board game is 67 years old, says it was created by Eleanor  Abbott, a polio victim herself. Children in the hospital wards, afflicted with the disease, played her original game. Milton Bradley manufactured the first game in 1949 but now the brand is Hasbro. 

My granddaughter Maura brought it to my house while she’s visiting. We played it a lot.

When I played with Anna (almost 13)she had the original version as an anniversary edition in a tin.  

Another opportunity for me to feel antique and reflect how everything changes. Rapidly. 


I went and got out the jar of molasses out of the pantry. An old grandma on the label. Guess it is old fashioned. 

Where did Grandma Nutt come from? 


If you go to the wiki link above you can see the image of the original board. 

The Swing, a Slide, a Tunnel, Peek

26753299721_11b5fa3254_kThis is a new sensation.  Laura gave him a little push.

26548296810_12585223d2_kHolding on, not too sure about the swing yet.

26548250000_1feb4bf144_kGoing up the slide.

 

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26786453486_20aa7c1c1c_kPeek a boo.  I see you, Grandma!

Laura and Charles (10 months) came to visit Grandma in Pittsburgh.

Fortunately I have a playground in the park across the street.

I used the 70-200 lens to document his visit.

Fun to catch him enjoying this playground equipment for the first time. At least the first time I’ve seen him experience a playground.   They returned home to Ohio yesterday but I was savoring their visit when I went through the photos tonight.