Francine In Retirement
Seeing Life Through Photography

Mar
25

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One of the best places to be in the early spring is Washington D.C.  The beauty of the cherry blossoms puts a spring in your step in anticipation of the coming summer fun.

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Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!”  ~Robin Williams 

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Mar
25

COVERED BRIDGE

While touring the covered bridges in Lancaster Pennsylvania, I came across this old weather bridge in Bedford County.

Cuppett’s Covered Bridge was built on land owned by William and Phillip Cuppett. Located near New Paris, this burr truss design has unusually low arches and open sides. Unpainted and allowed to weather naturally, it spans Dunnings Creek, a mile north of New Paris. Privately owned.

The bridge is 60 feet long. It is not traversable.

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Mar
14

I searched through my  archives and found these photos for Cees Fun Foto Challenge: Catching People Unaware.

Walking the streets of Times Square, you never know what you might see.  Enjoy.

See what I found in the mining town of Jerome Arizona.

Now back to my hometown on the streets of Pittsburgh, Pa.

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Mar
13

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE:  WALLS

Below are some of man made walls of water that I have photographed over the past two or three years.  I hope you enjoy them.

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Waterfalls such a beautiful sight
So peaceful and quiet
The water shimmers as it falls
Blue and clear

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Hear the whisper in the air
As the water flows around
Listen at the sound
As it calms you down

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It lets you think
Your mind in a spin
As you wonder
At the amazement of a waterfall

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It is graceful like a swan
As it flows down
It is like a gentle breeze
Such a tender touch

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Waterfalls can touch your soul
Your heart
Make you wonder and think
What beauty nature brings

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Mar
08

The year before I graduated high school the Edmund Pettus Bridge crossing by civil rights activates took place.  It was a dramatic event in civil rights history that lead to many changes for the rights of African-American in the United States.

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On “Bloody Sunday,” March 7, 1965, some 600 civil rights marchers headed east out of Selma on U.S. Route 80. They got only as far as the Edmund Pettus Bridge six blocks away, where state and local lawmen attacked them with billy clubs and tear gas and drove them back into Selma.

Although I did not take any of the above photos, the memory of these event remain vivid in my mind.

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The above photos were taken from my Zimbio Alert email and photographed by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America

 

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Mar
07

The Color Orange

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The color of adventure and social communication

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The color orange radiates warmth and happiness, combining the physical energy and stimulation of red with the cheerfulness of yellow.

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Orange relates to ‘gut reaction’ or our gut instincts, as opposed to the physical reaction of red or the mental reaction of yellow.

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Orange offers emotional strength in difficult times. It helps us to bounce back from disappointments and despair, assisting in recovery from grief.

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The color psychology of orange is optimistic and uplifting, rejuvenating our spirit. In fact orange is so optimistic and uplifting that we should all find ways to use it in our everyday life, even if it is just an orange colored pen that we use.

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Orange brings spontaneity and a positive outlook on life and is a great color to use during tough economic times, keeping us motivated and helping us to look on the bright side of life.

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With its enthusiasm for life, the color orange relates to adventure and risk-taking, inspiring physical confidence, competition and independence. Those inspired by orange are always on the go!

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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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