Silly cats

A quick post to say hello…Hello!

Recently, we bought a cat tree because one of our cats decided climbing the walls was a good idea.

Cat climing post in living room

Domovoi so hyper he climbed the wall!

To combat this, I bought him a six foot cat tree. Yes. Him. Apparently, he believes the cat tree is his.

Domo sitting high above on a 6 foot cat tree

Domo on top of his castle surveying his domain.

Anyone else have a cat who believes all the things are his? LOL!

Eastern State Penitentiary

On December 29 I visited Eastern State Penitentiary with my husband for our 13th wedding anniversary. It’s something we’ve wanted to do for a long time and we thought this seemed as good a time as any to go. I took advantage of their equipment fee {$10 good for a year} and brought along the tripod. It was a cold day, but not unbearable. See, there isn’t heat or air conditioning so what you experience outside the stone walls is what you get inside the stone walls.

I have to say the place is incredible! It is also huge. For reference, Eastern State Penitentiary was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers. Known for its grand architecture and strict discipline, this was the world’s first true “penitentiary,” a prison designed to inspire penitence, or true regret, in the hearts of convicts. Its vaulted, sky-lit cells once held many of America’s most notorious criminals, including bank robber “Slick Willie” Sutton and Al Capone {Eastern State Penitentiary}. We were there five hours and still did not see everything. A return trip is definitely in the cards!

So, to let you feel like you’ve been there yourself or to give you a feel for what to expect if you go, here are some of my favorite images from that day.

OutsideOutside of Eastern State Penitentiary. A bit intimidating.

Outside Guard TowerOne of the corner outside guard towers from the inside.

Hallway The fact that the cabinets are still on the walls is incredible. And the patina on them now is beautiful.

Central guard tower You can see the central guard tower almost everywhere…even through doorways in hallways.

Corridor entrance gatesEntrance to corridor two. I admired the use of the Pennsylvania keystone symbol over the door.

Cross in the skylightThe detail in the skylight was unexpected.

Door outside the chaplain area.I am a sucker for doors and these doors are beautiful. Maybe I just have a thing for wooden double doors.

Plants growing through a windowThe greenery growing on the outside of this window has grown tall.

Barber shop chairA barber shop chair in a cell block.

Metal bed frame in cell A lone metal bed frame in a prisoner cell.

Central guard tower from the outsideA view of the central guard tower. The day was cold, but the sky was the perfect backdrop.

Murals in the Chaplain's areaThese murals were painted by a prisoner in the Chaplain’s rooms. Gorgeous!

Entrance to hospital wingMany photographers have taken this image. To me it’s iconic to ESP. I had to have one as well.

Surgery roomThe surgical room. The hanging light was installed much later. Early surgeries were done under the skylight.

Central guard tower More of that beautiful blue sky behind the central guard tower.

Prisoner cellA prisoner’s cell illuminated by late afternoon sunlight.

Have you been to Eastern State Penitentiary? I thoroughtly enjoyed the visit and look forward to going back!

All photographs taken are from Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, PA.

San Antonio Riverwalk

More photos! We decided to take a walk along the San Antonio Riverwalk one day while our friends were off doing their own thing. It was great seeing everyone, but it was nice to have time to be alone too.

The Riverwalk to me seemed like a cross between the Jersey shore {not the television show!} and Venice. It was nice with lots of restaurants and bars scattered along with a few tourist souvenir shops. Walking around the Riverwalk was the way to go. It gives you a chance to see it and really get a feel for it. Here are some images from our walk.

The River of the Riverwalk fame

The River of the Riverwalk fame

 

Waterfalls abound on the San Antonio Riverwalk as a way to aerate the water for the fish.

Waterfalls abound on the San Antonio Riverwalk as a way to aerate the water for the fish.

 

Theater stage on the San Antonio Riverwalk

Theater stage on the San Antonio Riverwalk

 

Seats for the theater on the San Antonio Riverwalk

Seats for the theater on the San Antonio Riverwalk

 

Outdoor seating on the San Antonio Riverwalk

Outdoor seating on the San Antonio Riverwalk

July Vacation – The Alamo

This past week, hubby and I went to San Antonio for a college friend’s wedding. We decided to make this trip our vacation this year, so we extended our trip a bit more than others.

On our first day we visited the historic Alamo. We were surprised at how close it was to our hotel and to the San Antonio River Walk. We arrived at the hottest part of the day and happily learned admission was free. We opted for the audio tour, which I would recommend. It really gave us some wonderful information.

Enjoy some photos from the Alamo. It is small today compared to what it was in 1836. But, it is pretty interesting. Sadly, we were unable to take images within the mission itself, so all photos are from the grounds, which are impressive in their own right.

The Alamo

The Alamo through the trees. It is right in the middle of town. Odd to be walking along a modern street and come across a building from the 1700s.

 

The Alamo from the front. It is a beautiful building.

The Alamo from the front. It is a beautiful building.

 

The Alamo

The Alamo front with a modern building next to it. It is amazing to see the old and the new together.

 

The Alamo Garden

Behind the Alamo is a beautiful garden. This garden wasn’t part of the original structure, but added for the 1968 World’s Fair.

 

The Alamo Garden

Beautiful trees and pathways at the Alamo garden. The gardens are peaceful, even with many people wandering about.

 

The Alamo koi

There is a small stream between the Alamo and the gardens. In this stream are incredibly large koi. They do say everything in Texas is bigger…

 

The Alamo cactus

Beautiful cactus outside the Alamo. The flowers were gorgeous and sitting next to the Alamo mission made them amazing.

 

The Alamo at night

Seeing the Alamo at night is amazing. It is gorgeous as the sun is setting. The blue sky against the mission is just gorgeous.

 

The Alamo doors

I have a fascination with doors. Especially old doors. These doors are amazing.

 

The Alamo tree

This tree stands to the right of the Alamo in front. In the evening with lights illuminating it, the tree is incredibly beautiful.

 

The Alamo at night

This was one of the images I desperately wanted to get while on vacation. The trick to this image is to go later at night to avoid people walking around. I took this around 11:00 p.m. at night. I love this photo!

 

Stephanie & Henry – Central PA Wedding Photographer

I had the honor this past Saturday of photographing my wonderful friend Stephanie and her husband’s wedding reception. Back in March, they eloped to Vermont and had an absolutely gorgeous ceremony on a front porch. You should check out their photos here. On the first day of summer, they invited friends and family to celebrate their marriage on Stephanie’s parents farm. It was a fantastic day!

Fun with flowers and shadows

The other night I was walking through the living room. The way the lights in the house were on, there was a pretty cool shadow of my beautiful roses on the wall. I knew I had to take a photo of it.

Shadow of roses

Shadow of roses

I loved how you can clearly see the flowers and yet you don’t see them. Plus, I’m in love with these roses. I’ve had them since mid-May and while they have died, they still look amazing.

Pretty roses with shadow

Pretty roses with shadow

You can see the bottom roses have started to droop, but they are still so pretty. They look antique to me and yet, they are just simple roses. These roses make me smile and seeing the wonderful shadow they cast also made me happy.

Remember, look around you for an interesting composition. Sometimes the unusual captures something just as good as the actual item!

And I’m back!

Hello! I am dusting off the ole photo blog and plan on posting again. Sorry I wandered off. I plan on sharing my images again and this is the perfect place to do it. So, I’ll share a few photos with you now and will begin adding themed posts again shortly. I will have a fantastic post coming up for you next week when I share images from my wonderful friend Stephanie and her husband’s wedding reception!

Boys entrance at the Harrisburg, PA Y.M.C.A.

Boys entrance at the Harrisburg, PA Y.M.C.A.

Curved tile at the Y.M.C.A. in Harrisburg, PA

Curved tile at the Y.M.C.A. in Harrisburg, PA

Beautiful tile at the Harrisburg Y.M.C.A.

Beautiful tile at the Harrisburg Y.M.C.A.