Philadelphia

From A Bygone Era

Pine Valley Covered Bridge

Covered bridges are echoes of a romanticized past, where life moved more slowly and no one worried about terrorism or ebola.  A past where the clip clop of horse hooves bounced from the wooden planks to the roof overhead as they pulled carriages and wagons.  A past where the trestles creaked as Model Ts rattled above.  Today, 197 […]


Return To Laurel Hill

Tilted Monument

I’m not sure what it is about old cemeteries that fascinate me–the mausoleums that are monuments to historic excess, the sculpture, the peacefulness or just the difference between the sterileness of the flat markers found in the modern cemeteries of today.  I’ve never been a “visit dead relatives at the cemetery” kind of girl, nor […]


Cathedral Glow

Bryn Athyn Cathedral

On a sultry June evening, I ventured out to Bryn Athyn Cathedral for a sunset shoot.  After a long day of telephone interviews with autism caregivers (and a long couple of weeks of work), I desperately needed to use the creative side of my brain for a few hours.  With storm clouds looming on the […]


By The Light Of A Blue Moon

Angels watch over Millionaire's Row

The full moon wasn’t visibly blue, but its light bathed the 176-year old Laurel Hill Cemetery in a glow for hours last night.  Part outdoor sculptural garden and part horticultural oasis, Laurel Hill is the final resting place of some of Philadelphia’s most famous and wealthiest residents. Both peaceful and eerie, statuary at Laurel Hill […]


Cellblock 14

Cellblock 14

Moody. Crumbling. Haunting.  Once the crown jewel of the Pennsylvania Corrections system, Eastern State Penitentiary (ESP) was abandoned in 1971 after continually housing inmates for 142 years.  Known for its distinctive wagon-wheel design and its system of keeping inmates in isolation so that they could contemplate their sins and their penitence, ESP housed some of […]


Splash Of Spring Color

Tulip Wide Angle Close Up

On a somewhat gloomy May Sunday, I decided I was in need of a taste of spring. So, I made the drive out to Longwood Gardens to gaze at the spring flowers. While the tulip gardens were the main attraction, there were all sorts of beautiful blooms on which to feast the eyes. A few […]


Spring Blossoms

Lomo springtime flowers

Mother nature gave us a beautiful first day of spring–sunny, blue skies, 72 degrees. The tree in my backyard has begun to flower and it’s absolutely gorgeous. Birds are flying about and the wind chimes are tinkling on the gentle breeze that floats in through my sliding door. Considering the wretched winter we had, I […]


Snow Geraniums

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We’re getting our first snow today and yet my geraniums are still in full bloom.  It just seems wrong.


One More Watcher

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One more Amur tiger kept a close eye on us at the zoo Monday. http://the35thillusion.blogspot.com


The Watcher Becomes The Watched

Orangatan

Monday, my sister Sara and I took a trip to the zoo on one of her last days before leaving for the Peace Corps. Despite being a fairly warm and humid day, the animals didn’t disappoint. While some slumbered away in the summer heat, others let their personalities out on display. At times you wondered […]


Summer Lilies

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Still working on my London and Paris pictures. But, in the mean time, some really pretty lilies started blooming in my garden today. http://the35thillusion.blogspot.com


Zootopia

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I wrapped up my vacation last week with a trip to the Philadelphia Zoo–the oldest in the country, dating back to 1874. I strolled through the 42-acre Victorian Gardens in an 85 degree heat that assured anyone who had been in doubt, that summer had finally arrived to Philadelphia after a chilly and wet May. […]