Up a Tree

How fortunate my neighbors scheduled their trees to be trimmed,

The branches were growing into the side of their house.

After Steve moved the cars out of the garage and onto the street, I thought to myself- “hmmmm- People at Work, right in my driveway!”  Perfect for an interesting photo shoot.  Andrew agreed to allow me to photograph him working. You should see those spikes that help him climb up the tree.  Takes a lot of skill and care.  You have to know what you are doing. Ascend is the word of the week, showing upward movement.

Meet Andrew.  I shot this with the 70-200 Lens.







Throwing down a branch he cut


Crocheted Tree Blankets on Christopher Street

When we arrived in the city Tuesday evening after the long train ride from Pittsburgh we walked down to the Hudson River after supper. It was dark so I didn’t see the colorful crocheted blankets on the trees.
Then yesterday we were on Hudson Street and WHOA- there they were brightening up the landscape.
Here’s an article about the creator of the project – Holly Boardman owner of Musée Lingerie on Christopher says ” It takes about one hour to crochet a single square, and we have over 1,880 squares on our Christopher Street block. That took about 80 days!”

A total transformation of ordinary tree trunks into colorful street art

Here’s the first one I spotted on Hudson Street and then we rounded the corner on Christopher…

Walnut trees along the Ohio River

I don’t see a lot of walnut trees in the city. These trees are at my friends’ home on Neville Island.

Crop of photo below taken with a 24-70 lens     Preparing for winter


Photographed Monday

Look at the weather change on Tuesday afternoon,6086AA38-BB46-4F96-A0E1-7D6CFDA953E4

blue sky and the temps in the 80s


WordPress has  taken a week off from the Weekly Photo Challenge but fellow blogger Cee Neuner has created a Just A Fun Challenge- Hidden

check out her cats, hiding on   Cee’s Blogpost IMG_3033

if you’ve been following me since June 2010 you’ve seen my grandkids hiding under the Japanese Maple in their front yard.

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



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

Circle: Charlie’s First Christmas Tree

Cheri Lucas Rowlands presented the Weekly Photo Challenge

 Circle “you might consider what this familiar shape represents: the cycle of life and death, infinity, perfection, and more.”

As I pulled down Laura and James’ driveway, I saw the Christmas tree at the curb, ready for pick-up. 

Charlie’s first Christmas tree.

He was six months old on Christmas Day.

  I put the emergency brake on, got out and saw the blogpost photo for the weekly photo challenge.


Update Monday afternoon : So I went and bought a saw at Loews this morning and cut a slice off the bottom to make an ornament for next year’s tree. Thanks Julia for the idea.