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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Stuff Seen While Trudging, Part 1


Grapevine


The Last Angel


Red Berries


Thistle

This will be a continuing series of stuff I see when I trudge around the Marvelwood track.  Should have started it earlier in the season, but WTH, here we go!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Then and Now - Mellon Park







Mellon Park 1980's

Mellon Park was one of my first shoots back in the 1980's when I received my first SLR as a hand me down from my father.  Kodak Tri-X was always loaded and I used my meter and played with all of my dials.

Now we jump to last weekend in 2014.  A beautiful afternoon with a rejuvenated and beautiful Mellon Park!  My DSLR has no film and I haven't taken it off Auto since I bought it.  My teachers and photo friends are cringing, no doubt.  In this new summer season, I pledge to learn again the photography eye of my youthful enthusiasm.










Monday, June 16, 2014

Pittsburgh Pride makes Pittsburgher proud!!


My Thoughts Exactly


Umbrella with Tu-Tu


Shakin' It


Cop Masquerade

The Pittsburgh Pride parade was a real celebration!  It lasted for an hour with colorful displays of happiness and courage throughout.  My photographs were awful.  I was standing in the shade near the Macy's clock with the sunny side of the street as my background.  (That is why three of the above four have a glow filter on them.)  But, I was standing beside the most mesmerizing group, two mothers and their 5-week old baby who was the main attraction for many of the parade participants.   The mothers and baby were festooned in rainbow colors and received the hoops and hollers from one and all as they marched by.  The penguin was delighted to hold the infant as photographs were snapped.


Another group behind me had a cheerleader who called out to every group as they passed.  The spectators near by, including myself, joined in his shouts and clapping to the the parade participants delight!

Be brave, be happy and be proud!


Friday, June 6, 2014

River Walk June, 2014


Beach Iris


Duck Egg


Beach Gear


Fire Kindling

Yesterday I took my annual spring walk along the Allegheny River.  The requisite afternoon fishermen and lunching couples were there enjoying the beautiful weather with me.

"Duck Egg" was a total surprise to me.  I scared off a mallard couple and found this where they had been standing by the river's edge.  There was no nest nearby, yet there was a similar egg about 3 feet away.  Has anyone else experienced this with mallards?

"Fire Kindling" is time appropriate as last days abound and graduation parties are heard from afar.  It reminded me of the childhood ditty sung on the bus on the last day of the elementary school year, "No more pencils, no more books, no more teachers' dirty looks!"  (Please, no offense to my teacher friends.)  But, it also has traces of, "Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it" and Fahrenheit 451.

More pictures here:
 https://www.flickr.com/photos/foxchapelimagesllc/sets/72157645032294912/

Monday, June 2, 2014

Exhibitions in June, 2014


Bathroom Window
Three Rivers Arts Festival
June 6 - 15

Trust Arts Education Center
805/807 Liberty Avenue

Opening Reception June 6, 5 - 7 pm



Piano
Pittsburgh Society of Artists - small works
June 6 - 29

Most Wanted Fine Art
5015 Penn Avenue 
Saturdays in June, 12 - 4 pm
(I will be gallery sitting on Saturday, June 28th.  Please visit!)

Opening Reception June 6, 6 - 11 pm



Story Teller and


Old Faithful

Associated Artists of Pittsburgh 103rd Annual Exhibition
June 6 - August 31

Westmoreland Museum of American Art @rt30
Greensburg, PA  15601
Tuesday thru Sunday, 11 am - 5 pm

Opening Reception June 14, 6 - 9 pm

Must say, very excited about these exhibits!  Please contact me if you want to join me for a look.  I would love to have walks and road trips!!

Comments and suggestions are always welcome.  Please view my latest photos on:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/foxchapelimagesllc/

I am always adding photos from recent shoots and projects.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Working on a project using grave stones .....


Under the Old Maple Tree


Family Tree



Crosses in the Grass


Mother and Son


Close Company

This is the second post related to graves in the last week.  I am not thinking sadness, so much as honor and remembrance of loved ones.  There is a lot of reverence for beliefs and beauty in my thought process as I incorporate my photography into a  fabric piece for an upcoming exhibit. Others in this series can be found in the flickr album here:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/foxchapelimagesllc/sets/72157644902806071/

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Memorial Day Thoughts 2014





Revolutionary War Veteran


Family Plot

Last June, during a wonderful trip to Boston, I visited the town of Dedham, MA with my Aunt Anne Stone.  We toured an old graveyard decorated for the Memorial Day festivities near the town common.  Although I have photographed a lot of graveyards around Memorial Day, I had never seen Revolutionary War veterans' graves decorated.  What an historic area!

More photographs at:   https://www.flickr.com/photos/foxchapelimagesllc/sets/72157644837648653/

Comments, suggestions and ideas for photo shoots always welcome.