Walnut Hills High School Chalk Art Contest

It was my honor to serve again as a judge for the 30th annual  Walnut Hills High School Chalk Art Contest. I was joined my many distinguished fellow artists and Walnut HIlls Alum. I love going back to my Alma Mater and seeing all the young talent there. Here are some photos from that beautiful day. I have included a photo of my talented  colleague Ann Segal. You can see her work at .www.annsegalphotography.com/

 

 

 

 

Day 4 Switzerland

Even though my dad is the only one reading this blog I thought I better not neglect it - I still have 4 days from my Swiss adventure to share! On our fourth day in Switzerland my daughter and I headed to the Berner Oberland region.This is a must see area when traveling in Switzerland. It is chock full of beautiful scenery, great hiking and adorable small mountain towns. We took the train to Interlaken and then on to Lauterbrunner. If we were there later in the year we would have spent time in Interlaken. The Swiss open air Folk Museum sounds delightful. Lauterbrunnen is a one street town  and it is where we took the cable car up to Muren. We took a total of three different lifts that day. Several of the photos here are taken inside one of the cable cars we took to continue our ascent. If you look closely you can see a white knuckle in one of the photos. The lifts can be quite a thrill ride! Muren is an adorable town and seems dependent on ski season. The permant population is around 400. Our final destination however was an even smaller town named Gimmelwald. It was well worth the trip. Gimmelwald looks like a hobbit village. I think the population is around 100. It was perfectly charming. If we had more time we would have gone to Jungfraujoch. You take a train up to the highest train station in Europe 11,300 ft. It is supposed to be the coolest thing to do in Switzerland. We had planned to go back on our last day with our hostess Serena but it rained and/or snowed all day depending on where you were. We did a lot of walking on our fourth day. I really do not recommend visiting Switzerland in March. The trails are mostly still covered with slush or ice so hiking opportunities are limited. We did see people hauling ski stuff up the mountain on the lifts but I have to say the skiing did not look the least bit appealing. Everyone who knows has told me the best skiing in the world is in the American West. I think I will stick to that. All in all it was a great day. I will never forget visiting a hobbit village with Claire.

 

 

 

One year portrait Cincinnati children's portrait photographe

This is my second photo shoot with this angel. She just turned one. Her father taught my son chemistry at Walnut Hills High School. He is one of the best teachers my kids ever had! Pink is always a great choice for little girls. She was very active so we kept changing things up to keep her intersted. We took pictures in the studio as well as in my sun room with natural light. When she got restless we gave her a book to read or some cheerios to munch on. Many of these photos had cheerios in them before I retouched them out but I kept them in the photo where she is wearing the red pants. I love her in the pink pettiskirt and in the tub. In the photo where she is clapping her musical sticks together she is showing off what she learned in Miss Amanda's Music Garden class.www.missamandasmusic.com/home.html Happy Birthday !!!

 

Spring Fashion from Sweetie Pies

Who doesn't have at least a dozen t-shirts they don't wear but can't stand to part with because they are sentimental? B.j. McHugh can recycle them for you and create a modern skirt or shirt for you. All of the clothes shown here are made from recycled t-shirts, even the scrunchie! These models were so much fun. The younger kids were "workin' it".  They kept us laughing the whole time. Check out www.sweetie-pies.com for adorable children's and now adult clothing.www.sweetie-pies.com

 

Switzerland day 3:Bellinzona and Lugano

After a long and bleak winter in New York and CIncinnati Claire and I went in search of the sun on the 3rd day of our Swiss adventure. We headed towards the Italian part of Switzerland where we were promised by both guide books and weather.com a mediterranian climate complete with sunshine and temperatures close to 60 (fahrenhiet).An added incentive for choosing our destination was the rumor we heard that George Clooney has a home in Lugano. Of course I knew that George was actually back in Cincinnati wrapping up shooting for "The Ides of March" so we were not likely to run into him. When we arrived we discovered cloudy chilly conditions. By the way when we first arrived in Switzerland we purchased an 8 day Swiss rail pass for 2 - it was the best deal and included 8 days of train, bus,some lifts and boat travel as well as admission to most museums and discounts to other attractions for around $640 francs. Bellinzona has 3 castles to visit - we went to 2 of them. We climbed tons of stairs that day and walked all over the charming beautiful town. As I am sure many of you experienced the first time you traveled to the old country - I was taken by how beautifully old everything was. I have decided that if age puts such a beautiful patina onto a place why not expect that for myself as I approach the half century mark? Maybe it is possible to age gracefully. After we wore ourselves out we got back on the train and went on to Lugano. This town is a more upscale resort type area with shopping and resteraunts (and George Clooney). It is a vertical city so we continued climbing. Here we walked , people watched and ate gelato. I photographed the most unusual artichokes I have ever seen. All in all we had a wonderful day of people watching and seeing the sights.

 

 

 

 

 

Switzerland day 2: Zurich

Day 2 in Switzerland was Mardi Gras. Everywhere we went that week we saw confetti all over the ground. Every town must have their own Mardi Gras parade. Zurich has theirs a week later than everyone else  so as not to compete with the other events. The costumes are amazing as you can see here. I think every child in town must have nightmares afterwards!

 

 

 

Switzerland Day 1: Luzern

I am envious of photographers who have a talent for writing - I am not one of them. If I could just post photos on my blog that would be fine by me but for the sake of search engine optimization I have to add a few words.  I am back from my first trip to Europe. My daughter and I stayed in Zurich with my sister -in -law  who works for Coca Cola (which explains why I included a photo of a coke sign). Serena was kind enough to pick us up at the airport which saved us about a zillion francs. We then did exactly what everyone told us NOT to do; we took a nap. After our siesta Serena, her husband Scott, Claire and myself took a 45 minute train ride to Luzern.  The focal point of this town is the covered wooden 14th Century Chapel Bridge.  The bridge is decorated with paintings showing the early history of the town as well as its two patron saints. The swans on the lake you see in the photographs are said to have originated from swans given as a gift by king Louis XIV. The bike in the lake dates from the 21st century as far as I can tell. I was surprised to discover that switzerland is a dog friendly country. Dogs are permitted in stores, trains and restaurants. We walked all over this little town.We explored the outside of what I assume is a castle and visited the Lion Monument. Our day ended at a fondue restaurant. I never did get the appeal of fondue but "when in Rome"   Stay tuned for Day 2 - Mardi Gras Carnival!