Francine In Retirement
Seeing Life Through Photography

Feb
23

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My granddaughters are very precious in my life.  They don’t like me to photograph them, so when they give in and let me I get very excited. The above are a few of my favorites.

If you are drawn to their eyes, then I have fulfilled the rule of thirds guidelines.

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Feb
07

I searched through my archive of photos and came up with a few that I feel fit this weeks challenge.

AMISH SCHOOL HOUSE & BUGGY

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Not far from the hustle and bustle of city life live the Amish of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. These deeply religious people shun the conveniences of modern society to live a simpler life where transportation is a horse and buggy and horsepower really means horsepower.  The Amish children are taught in a one-room schoolhouse.

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The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is where the 1883 Renoir painting titled Dance at Bougival resides. It was one of a series of three paintings Renoir did of couples dancing. InDance at Bougival The couple twirl in an outdoor cafe scene near Paris. This is the painting that has been brought not so much to life, but to three dimensions and bigger than life, by artist J. Seward Johnson. His 20 foot tall bronze depiction of the dancers in Renoir’s painting graced PPG Plaza in 2014.

40 FT YELLOW DUCK

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The first U.S. version of the 40-foot-tall rubber duckie that’s made a splash in harbors from Hong Kong to Sao Paulo since 2007 appeared in Pittsburgh last year at Point State Park to the delight of thousands.

CRUISE SHIP VS. MOUNTAIN

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Jan
30

 

DEPTH OF THE LOVE BIRDS

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“Love can take you from any depth and place you on the highest mountain.”
― Bryant McGill

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Jan
23

ROC  PITT MASCOT

A wonderful portrait of self-expression is in the form of a school mascot.  They add levity, excitement and interest to a game or pep rallies.  Their job is to provide opportunities to excite the crowd and get everyone ready for cheering on their favorite team.

They typically dance and do motions to some cheers in exaggerated form.  They are very funny and have a way of getting the crowd to respond.  They are outstanding performers and have a really outgoing personality.

The below photos are of ROC, the University of Pittsburgh’s mascot, and taken at their homecoming game.

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Jan
13

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I took this photo in July of 2014.  Then it  filled me with appreciation, wonder and gratitude.  Today, it reminds me of the scripture and song below.

“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old.

Behold, I am doing a new thing;

now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?

I will make a way in the wilderness

and rivers in the desert. “

Isaiah 43:18-19

The following are the lyrics to a song by Don Moen taken from this scripture:

 

God will make a way
Where there seems to be no way
He works in ways we cannot see
He will make a way for me
He will be my guide
Hold me closely to His side
With love and strength
For each new day
He will make a way
He will make a way

By a roadway in the wilderness
He’ll lead me
And rivers in the desert will I see
Heaven and earth will fade
But His Word will still remain
He will do something new today

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Jan
12

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SHADOWS IN LIFE

“Periodically a shadow my hover over our lives,

but don’t allow it to shut out or hide

the beauty beneath.”

Francine Gassette

“Nothing good comes from hiding in
the shadows”
― David A. Broughton

This photo of the Grand Canyon was taken a few years ago.  It wasn’t until I downloaded it, that I realized the clouds above were casting the shadows below.

Lately this photo has reminded me of where to place my focus in life. Although the shadow was there all the time, it didn’t prevent me from seeing the beauty of God’s creation before me.  My wake up call!

I’m back.  Thanks for all your concerns and prayers!

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Apr
18

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“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”

1 Peter 2:24

 

PAYING BILLS

Every one of us at some time or other has walked into an office, mailed or paid on-line a bill — for telephone service, electricity, or some other obligation we have incurred.  We hand the money over for the bill we owe, and receive a receipt.  The company could never collect that bill from us again, for if they tried to do so, we would produce the receipt and they would know that the matter had been cleared, and that we were free from the obligation forever.

The Lord Jesus Christ walked up to Calvary, which was God’s desk for payment of the bill of our sins.  The account was heavy against us, and the Lord Jesus Christ could settle the account by shedding His blood in dying for us.

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HE PAID IT ALL!

Photos were taken at The Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona, Arizona.

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Apr
12

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CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS

I have posted a number of memorials and monuments in the past on this blog. I search my archives and found these photos of Christopher Columbus’ Monument located on the North Side of Pittsburgh.

When I was in elementary school our teacher taught us the below poem to remember the history of Columbus.

IN 1492


In fourteen hundred ninety-two
Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

He had three ships and left from Spain;
He sailed through sunshine, wind and rain.

He sailed by night; he sailed by day;
He used the stars to find his way.

A compass also helped him know
How to find the way to go.

Ninety sailors were on board;
Some men worked while others snored.

Then the workers went to sleep;
And others watched the ocean deep.

Day after day they looked for land;
They dreamed of trees and rocks and sand.

October 12 their dream came true,
You never saw a happier crew!

“Indians!  Indians!”  Columbus cried;
His heart was filled with joyful pride.

But “India” the land was not;
It was the Bahamas, and it was hot.

The Arakawa natives were very nice;
They gave the sailors food and spice.

Columbus sailed on to find some gold
To bring back home, as he’d been told.

He made the trip again and again,
Trading gold to bring to Spain.

The first American?  No, not quite.
But Columbus was brave, and he was bright.

 

A few years ago, two replicas of Columbus’ ships, The Nina and The Pinta were on exhibit on our North Shore.  Above are photos I took of the event.  I guess you could say they are traveling monument’s of Columbus’ voyage.

 

Visit WPC to see more monuments.

 

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Apr
11

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ZEBRA BACK

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INSIDE DOME OF THE CAPITAL WASHINGTON, D.C.

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BOTTOM OF ROCK POOL

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CEILING CONCERT HALL

I leave you with the patterns of dancing waters that I filmed in Station Square of Pittsburgh, a few years ago.

DANCING WATERS

Take a visit over to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge for more patterns.

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Apr
11

ANIMAL NOSES

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Be Glad Your Nose is on Your Face

Be glad your nose is on your face,
not pasted on some other place,
for if it were where it is not,
you might dislike your nose a lot.

Imagine if your precious nose
were sandwiched in between your toes,
that clearly would not be a treat,
for you’d be forced to smell your feet.

Your nose would be a source of dread
were it attached atop your head,
it soon would drive you to despair,
forever tickled by your hair.

Within your ear, your nose would be
an absolute catastrophe,
for when you were obliged to sneeze,
your brain would rattle from the breeze.

Your nose, instead, through thick and thin,
remains between your eyes and chin,
not pasted on some other place–
be glad your nose is on your face!

by Jack Prelutsky

Visit Tagged “N” for more entries.

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