Signs of Spring in Berlin: Weekly Photo Challenge

Awakening 2. Signs of Spring in Berlin. Real time.

Yesterday’s post was of Grandson Charlie when he was brand new, just opening his eyes- from the 2015 archives. I caused a bit of confusion as he’ll celebrate his 3rd birthday in June.

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One Word Friday

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Needed a title for this graffiti on a bridge down by the Monongahela. One Word Friday seemed appropriate as I couldn’t post it for Wordless Wednesday.

Just wondering who was motivated and took the time to write this on the bridge.

I don’t think it is a band.

Pittsburgh Autumn in a Bright Light

Yesterday I photographed a few scenes in the drizzly rain. I posted Pittsburgh Autumn in a Dull Light.

Today it was bright and so I returned to the same spots. You can’t see how windy it was.

Thinking about how light affects the mood, color and feel of a photograph.

carrie Furnace and autumn leaves
Carrie Furnace in a bright light today

 

Today’s shot of the Homestead Smokestacks

homestead smokestacks bright

homestead stacks autumnYesterday in the dull light.   The overcast day seems to make the colors more vibrant.

and Three Red Trees

 

 

from the other shore
Homestead Grays Bridge from the other shore  The Monongahela river today.

 

 

and look what happened on my way home? CLOUDS! Lots of clouds arrived in about fifteen minutes time.

neighborhood autumn clouds

Pittsburgh Autumn in a Dull Light

Overcast.

Rain.

Diffused light.

I was down in Homestead at the Waterfront, having been up the hill in West Mifflin.

Shopped for flannel sheets.  Readying for the cold weather.

And though the day was rainy, I thought I’d shoot to include the changing leaves, give a sense of time and place.

carrie furnace autumn
Carrie Furnace on the Monongahela River

homestead stacks autumn

Homestead Stacks

homestead bridge autumn
Homestead Grays Bridge from Below
Monongahela River autumn
Monongahela River View

Waterfront autumn

at the Red Light I saw this tree.

And just for fun, closer to home, the dog in the passenger seat signaling a right turn?

Dog Passenger autumn

It’s Official. Soup Season!

Time to ward off the chill. Make soup.

Today’s post a compendium of past blog posts featuring soup.  Photos will be familiar if you’ve followed since the blog started.

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the rinds of cheese (see Soup Bones above) are key to this Minestrone.

From the BEST RECIPE COOKBOOK of by the editor’s of COOK’S ILLUSTRATED  Minestrone recipe

2 small leek washed thoroughly, white and light green sliced thin crosswise

2 medium carrots peeled and cut small dice

2 small onions peeled and small dice

2 medium celery stalks trimmed and cut small dice

1 medium russet potato peeled and medium dice

1 medium zucchini trimmed and medium dice

3 c stemmed spinach leaves cut in thin strips

1 can (28 oz)  whole tomatoes packed in juice, drained and chopped

1 Parmesan cheese rind about 5×2 inches

1 can cannellini beans drained and rinsed, added last 5 minutes

ground black pepper

at end add 1/4 c basil pesto or 1 T rosemary mixed with 1 teaspoon minced garlic and extra- virgin olive oil

Bring vegetables tomatoes and 8 cups of water, cheese rind and 1 teaspoon of salt to a boil in a big soup kettle or pot.

Reduce hear to medium low simmer uncovered, stir occasionally,until vegetables are tender but still hold their shape about an hour.

Add beans and cook just until heated through about 5 minutes.  Remove pot from heat.

Remove and discard cheese rind. Stir in pesto or Rosemary mixture if desired and adjust seasonings adding pepper or more salt if necessary. Ladle into bowls and serve immediately.

If you want to add pasta be sure to cook separately, drain and put in soup bowl, then ladle soup over it so it doesn’t suck up all the broth.

Do you have a favorite soup you make when the weather changes? Maybe you are firing up a pot of chili or stew.

The Camel on the Sidewalk Caught My Eye

Columbus OH, downtown at the State Auto courtyard. The giant camel was on the sidewalk. waiting to be positioned.

Guess what they were doing? Yep, you guessed.

Putting up the Nativity scenes for Christmas. It was October 7th. 

  

  

  I had to get out of the car for this one

   
    
    
    
 

So Many Firsts

So many firsts 

When you are three months old.   

Today his first autumn leaf. Look!

Oh, there it is

I walked Charlie around the block today and found the ambient light under his stroller canopy. 

Series of three

  
  
 

Baby’s first autumn. 

He’s not at all  worried about the next season and what it will bring.

Everything is new and wonderful.