October 7, 2012

Scavenger Hunt Sunday (107/2012 edition)...

Welllllll, I really wasn't even going to do Scavenger Hunt this week. My plan was to take a break.  Not sure WHY I felt I needed a break.  Seems I've been REALLY inefficient lately and not getting much of anything done to take a break from.  But I found myself in center city Philly today with three hours to kill.  And let me tell ya, it was a beauty of a day to wander the streets with 'James Dean'.  How did we survive pre-cell phones and internet?  I really had no excuses NOT to participate in this week's hunt.  I forgot to bring the prompts with me?  Nottaproblem.  I-phone to the rescue.  Where is the nearest "Banana Republic"?  Nottaproblem.  I-phone to the rescue (I like to multi-task).  Where is that parking gargage I left my car in?  Hmmmm...there MUST be an app for that.  Note to self:  don't forget to google that.

This week's Scavenger Hunt Sunday prompts are:  Smile, Unedited, Key, Shadow, and Spice.


1.  Smile


"You Make Me Happy When Skies are Gray"
Thing #3

(linked to:  Weekly Top ShotSnapshot Sunday)

Thing #3 turned 15 this week.  The braces are off and what a beauticious smile she has.  It was because of my youngest Thing that I found myself with free time to roam Philly earlier today.  Dropped her off at the Walnut Street Theatre for some classes (because we can never have ENOUGH "drama" in our lives), and I was OFF.  FREE.  UNENCUMBERED.  Sort of felt like a lonely loser.  Yeah, I knew THAT would make you smile my Thing.


2.  Unedited


"Towering Reflection"
Philadelphia, PA

Not a cloud in the sky today.  If I had been allowed to edit this photo for the hunt, I would have played with the levels a bit.  But I didn't.  Even tho I WANTED to.  Like REALLY badly.  FYI, I'm gonna do it as soon as I hit "post".  Even before I google a parking garage app.


3.  Key


"Love is Key"
Philadelphia, PA


"Love is the master key
which opens the gate of happiness."

--Oliver Wendell Holmes


As soon as I saw this prompt I high tailed it to Love Park and the world famous Love Sculpture. This sculpture has been a part of the Philly art scene since the Bicentennial in 1976.  Fun fact for the day:  I was a part of the Bicentennial celebration as a junior in high school.  Yep, wearing white knee high boots and an outfit so short I can't believe my dad let me out of the house, marching down Broad Street, twirling a baton.  Oh...I wasn't doing this alone (that would just be weird).  Oh yeah, and it was hot, hot, FREAKIN' hot that day.  Made it totally worth it to be wearing next to nothing, but let me tell ya...calves sweat wearing pleather boots in 101 temps.


4.  Spice


"Got Garlic?"

(Linked to:  Simple Things Sunday)

Philly has some amazing outdoor farmer's markets, especially on Saturdays.  Today I wandered over to Rittenhouse Square to take in the colors and smells.  Which were MUCH nicer than some of the other colors and smells I encountered en route.  Just sayin'.  


5.  Shadow


"Me and My Shadow"
Academy of Music
Philadelphia, PA

(linked to:  Your Sunday Best)


2 hours flew by and I needed to FIND my parking garage so I could pick up Thing #3.  I KNOW it is on Broad Street SOMEWHERE.  Which is when it dawned on me that not only do all parking garages look alike, so do all the attendants.  As I strolled Broad Street I passed by the Academy of Music.  I LOVE this place.  Built in 1857 is the oldest opera house/concert hall in the country that is still used for it's original purpose.  Just one of the many things I love about Philly, all the history here.  I think it is so cool to come to a show here at night and see the outside of the building illuminated by these gas lights.  Didn't realize they would be JUST as cool during the day with the shadows they cast.





SHOULD have taken note that my car wound up being in the garage on Broad Street directly across from the nicest Banana Republic I've ever been in and next too a pretty cool gastropub called "The Perch"  Did I mention that I love Philly?  If anyone ever wants a tourguide to the City of Brotherly Love...I'm available as long as you remember the parking garage we park in.

If ya get the chance, hop on over to Ashley's Ramblings and Photos to check out all the other Scavenger Hunt submissions.

--Kathy


linked to:   Scavenger Hunt SundayYour Sunday BestWeekly Top ShotSnapshot SundaySundays in my CitySimple Things Sunday





47 comments:

  1. Love your unedited shot, haven't ever been to Philadelphia but it looks beautiful!

    -Kate

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  2. Glad you didn't take a break....these are great shots! I really love your unedited photo!

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  3. Thing 3 is SO BEAUTIFUL. She looks like Natalie Portman. I love your whole set - of course - but I keep going back to that beautiful face.

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  4. Your sunshine girl has a lovely smile. Love that last shot of the gaslights.

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  5. I really "LOVE"d this week!!

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  6. Lovely pictures - my favorites are "the Smile" & "The Shadow"!

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  7. Well, I think your day worked out beautifully. Your daughter was happy, you was happy, and we definitely all were happy after seeing your wonderful shots. Happy Sunday!

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  8. Wow, they're all fabulous pictures it's so hard to pick a favourite. But if I had to it would be smile. what a beautiful young lady. You must be very proud.

    Herding Cats

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  9. These are fan-tas-tic! I love, love, love your shadow shot! And your smiling daughter of course ;D She is beautiful!!
    Enjoy your Sunday. I would love to visit Philly - I may have to take you up on your tour guide services...hee.

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  10. Look at you in spot #1 on the SHS. Not only did you rock the set you weren't going to do, but you beat everyone else to the punch. I love it when you shoot in Philly. I enjoyed the city and only wish I was a photog at the time. When you say Academy of Music (BTW-awesome shots), or Rittenhouse-I'm right there with you. I am NOT however with you on the pleather boots in 100 degrees. I see your boot thing started early. Love your images Kathy. Always do. Now get going on that edit-I'm sure it will be even better tweaked.

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    1. I know!!! Haha. I've never been #1 before :)

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  12. Beautiful daughter and great shots from around Philly. My only experience with Philly is on the train passing through and have to say, that is not especially a people friendly or attractive part of town - glad to see more pleasing sites from there.

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    1. True! Glad they didn't put the station in the middle of town..wouldn't look too cool having train tracks run up to Betsy Ross's house :)

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  13. What a beautiful series! The shadows are wonderful. Never been to Philly but you make me want to go :)

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  14. So glad you "Got er, done" because your set is awesome.
    What a gorgeous Smile on your lovely young lady.
    I love the angle of your Unedited shot.
    Key - Now see this would have been something I would have tried to do (had I been in Philly).
    Shadow is really cool, probably my favorite of your set.

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    1. I think "shadow" is my fav of the week too...thank you :)

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  15. Your Thing #3 looks so much like you, what a beauty, both of you. I really like the shot of the lanterns on the wall, great repetition and beautiful iron work. I love walking the city, only been to Philly once on a business trip many years ago. Need a refresher, may call.

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    1. I think you AND Kim should come for a visit :)

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  16. You had me at garlic! Loving the shadow. So glad you came out to play! Happy week to you, Kathy.

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  17. Love me som Philly pictures!!! The unedited is AMAZING!!! Hope Thing 3 had a great b-day!

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  18. Fantastic pictures! Thanks for the treat! :D

    Happy Sunday!

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  19. What a wonderful image, the smile is very beautiful and garlic is very good spice, I think so. Buildings are huge. Great shots.

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  20. I seriously love your shadow shot! It is awesome!

    Your unedited shot is great too. I am with you, I have a very hard time not editing my photos!

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  21. Very good article Kathy, when I saw your first picture, I had to smile. It has this effect on me.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  22. Great job! Love these shots and the stories behind them. That smile picture is gorgeous. Yay for no braces!

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  23. So many wonderful photos to be had in Philly! I've been there briefly twice in my life. Didn't get to take any photos either time. Of course, I wasn't really into photography then. :) Anyway, your daughter is gorgeous! And your spice photo makes me want to whip up something Italian. :) Glad you found your car!

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  24. Love the "Key." My brother was just in PA this weekend ;)

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  25. Awesome! you hit it out of the ball park again :)

    Go Reds!!!!

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  26. The best I liked are the Smile and Garlic :-)

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  27. What beautiful captures...I would love to roam the streets of Philly and see all the sights. Thank you for sharing, and Thing #3 has your smile! (she's so lovely) :)

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  28. My fave was the unedited shot, and I can't imagine liking it any better after editing.

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  29. I'm glad you decided to participate as I always enjoy your images.

    As far as taking a break -- I get this feeling about once a week. Then something re-energizes my interest and I'm back at it again. Hopeless! :)

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  30. 1. I LOVE all your shots... every.single.one. LOVE!
    2. you make me laugh... so I love you. not in a weird way of course!
    3. I dream of going on a "history" tour of your side of the world... so one day I might take you up on that tour... =)
    4. there IS an app. for that!! use a GPS app.(like for geocaching)... set the parking garage as "home"... home = car! =)

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  31. These are really great Kathy!!!! You nailed each one!!! You daughter is so STUNNING!!!!! Wish your 3 were on the blog more.

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  32. Love that beautiful portrait of your daughter - gorgeous.

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  33. Beautiful young lady! Thanks for sharing at Your Sunday Best.

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  34. Thank you SO much for sharing on Weekly Top Shot #51… I’m sorry that I am very late coming by to visit your entry. But I have been fighting being sick all week, trying to fend off a virus and haven’t been doing much besides working and sleeping.. I do hope you’ll forgive me and come by tomorrow to share on Weekly Top Shot’s 1st Anniversary!

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  35. Your photographs are fantastic and so is your writing. I love how you sense of humor and personality shine through the entire post.

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  36. ... yes... the shadow... and smile ;)

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