Welcome Spring

March 20, 2017 – Today we celebrate the arrival of springtime in the western hemisphere.

The first day of spring is also called the vernal equinox, where days are close to 12 hours long, and increase as the season progresses.

Extra daylight is celebration worthy, so in honor of spring’s arrival, take a moment to listen to Vivaldi’s Spring…

… while glancing at a few photos from last week’s Philadelphia Flower Show:

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Against the Odds

February 17, 2017 – This week’s photo challenge is against the odds.

It’s almost spring, baseball is on the brain, as is against the odds. Here are shots from an over 50 baseball league in Cherry Hill, New Jersey:

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Stretching is important before any game, especially if you are over 50, when most men turn to softball instead of baseball.

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The day’s starting pitcher was 62!

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The manager and right fielder observe the opposing team’s batting practice to see what they’re up against.

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The right fielder, one of the younger team members in his early 50s, still plays for the love of the game.

Spring pilgrimage to Laurel Hill Cemetery

May 19, 2014Yesterday I made my annual spring trek to Laurel Hill Cemetery in the East Falls neighborhood of Philadelphia. The grounds are lovely any time of year, but spring and fall are my favorites.

Laurel Hill Cemetery is one of the most important cemeteries in the U.S., and the first to be named a National Historic Landmark.

Laurel Hill Cemetery is one of the most important cemeteries in the U.S., and the first to be named a National Historic Landmark.

Revolutionary and Civil War heroes are buried on the grounds, along with influential politicians, inventors and industrialists.

Revolutionary and Civil War heroes are buried on the grounds, along with influential politicians, inventors and industrialists.

This particular section of mausoleums reminds me of a cemetery I visited in New Orleans. The city sits below sea level, which means everyone in New Orleans is buried above ground.

This particular section of mausoleums reminds me of a cemetery I visited in New Orleans. The city sits below sea level, which means everyone in New Orleans is buried above ground.

The cemetery is open to bikers, dog walkers, hikers, and picknickers. There are also public tours available.

The cemetery is open to bikers, dog walkers, hikers, and picknickers. There are also public tours available.

Phillies broadcast legend Harry Kalas is buried here, with four seats from the old Veterans Stadium standing guard.(Picture courtesy of Bill Cannon)

Phillies broadcast legend Harry Kalas is buried here, with four seats from the old Veterans Stadium standing guard. (Photo by Bill Cannon.)

Here lies Rocky's wife, Adrian Balboa. At first I thought it was strange to have a fictional tombstone in the cemetery, but this is the city that also erected a bronze statue of the fictional Rocky outside of our sports complex.

Here lies Rocky’s wife, Adrian Balboa. At first I thought it was strange to have a fictional tombstone in the cemetery, but this is the city that also erected a bronze statue of the fictional Rocky outside of our sports complex.

Spring in Old City

April 28, 2014 — A dose of Old City Philadelphia in the spring is exactly what I needed after a long, cold, and snowy winter. My lunchtime stroll through the gardens surrounding Independence Hall offered photo opportunities and the chance to escape without leaving the city.

Close up shot of a tree on Independence Mall, across the square from Independence Hall

Close up shot of a tree on Independence Mall, across the square from Independence Hall

An Amish group takes a tour of Independence Hall.

An Amish group takes a tour of Independence Hall.

The top of Independence Hall, the birthplace of America, and the site where the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776.

The top of Independence Hall, the birthplace of America, and the site where the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776.

Spring daffodils bloom.

Spring daffodils in bloom.

An inviting place to sit and relax on a beautiful day.

An inviting place to sit and relax on a beautiful day.

Spring tulips in bloom!

Spring tulips in bloom.

Wide view of the garden adjacent to Independence Hall.

Wide view of the garden adjacent to Independence Hall.