Francine In Retirement
Seeing Life Through Photography

Jun
09

 

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Photos taken in the Welcome Center, the first LEED® certified visitor center in a public garden.

Here, Dale Chihuly’s Goldenrod, Teal and Citron Chandelier, designed and created exclusively for Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, heralds the beauty that awaits inside of the glasshouse.

Around the walls of the welcome center are these vivid framed art designs.

 

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May
30

TO THE PROM – NOT ONE, BUT TWO

It’s prom season and my youngest granddaughter is off to have fun and make memories.

The first one (in pink) was to her date’s senior prom last week.

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The second  (in ivory) was to her senior high school prom yesterday.

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May
16

“Some hats can only be worn if you’re willing to be jaunty, to set them at an angle and to walk beneath them with a spring in your stride as if you’re only a step away from dancing. They demand a lot of you.”
― Neil Gaiman

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May
15

BY WATER

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“In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans; in one aspect of  You are found all the aspects of existence.”
― Kahlil Gibran

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BY FIRE

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The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.

Plutarch

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The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.

Ferdinand Foch

BY LAND

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 “When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.”

– Aldo Leopold

 

JOY OF A CHILD

“When we are surrounded by what we love, we have joy”

Francine Gassette

Some of these photos have been posted before but I thought they fit the challenge for this week.

What enveloped means to me is to be surrounded by all things that are good for the body, soul and spirit.

The water that purifies 

“The fire that burns within us

The earth that brings  joy all around us.”

Francine Gassette

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May
08

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I have purchased one of these cutting boards and was impressed with the skill and design of this artist and fellow blogger. Try one for yourself, you will love it as well. BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

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Just in case you think I might have been slacking off in my retirement, here are four recent completions from the Shop at La Taj.

Everything But the Kitchen Sink

I don’t like to waste anything, so this one is called EBTKS, shorthand for Everything but the Kitchen Sink. It is an end grain board made up of leftover pieces and the drop from other projects, and has 6 different kinds of wood in it.

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This is made of Cherry, Maple, and Padauk, which is the one in vivid red.

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I’ll go out on a “limb” here and call this one, The Tree. It’s made from Walnut, Cherry and inlaid Maple.

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A Rising or Setting Sun, depending upon your perspective. This one is a favorite and is made from Walnut, Cherry, Maple and inlaid Padauk.

I must thank my local friend who has been encouraging me since the beginning and wishes to…

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May
06

“In three words I can sum up everything

I’ve learned about life:

it goes on.”

― Robert Frost

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Psalm 37:25 

I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread.

 

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May
05

CEE’S FUN FOTO CHALLENGE: PINK

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 Click on below link to take part and see other entries.

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May
03

For Cee’s ODD BALL PHOTO CHALLENGE this week I choose to show some of the odd things I found in a bicycle shop a few years ago.

See how many odd things you can find that you wouldn’t expect to see in this kind of shop. Hint: Look in the background of some photos.

 

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May
02

I love taking photos, as a hobby. I usually don’t perform any editing except to brighten or convert my photos to sepia or black and white.

I was playing around with Photo Shop and this is what happened during my experiment. What do you think?

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TO THIS

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May
02

TRAVEL . . . TO THE BEACH

KIDS KORNER!

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Pittsburgh has Three Rivers, but no beach.  What a joy for the children to arrive at Point State Park in downtown Pittsburgh to fine this man-made beach just for them.

This post was created for Where’s my backpack? Travel Theme Challenge: Youngters.  Click on highlighted for more entries.

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