Monday, March 26, 2012

Friends and Philly

No truer sign that spring is here than to see the Robins in my backyard.  They have been much more frequent lately, and that's just fine with me.  Today, the winds are strong and the temps have dropped back to the normal 50's for this time of year.  But last Friday's temp of 82 was awesome!

And speaking of awesome, my presence for jury duty was not required last Thursday!  Sweet!  With my DIY project behind me and no jury duty, I was able to prepare for some special guests this past weekend.

Two friends, 
traveled to Philly and we didn't waste a moment once they arrived.

We headed down to the Italian Market since it was an area none of us had explored.  
It did not disappoint. 

Even being a cold and rainy day, we had no problem finding things to capture our interest.  
Of course, I enjoyed capturing Kate & Daryl (and some young man's butt .... ha!).

Later, we happened upon Queen Village, 
one of the city's oldest residential neighborhoods ....

 and I continued capturing Kate and Daryl!

While there, we happened upon Mable, an English Bulldog, 
who was very delighted to have her photo taken.  
Isn't she just adorable!

Soon we were ready to leave the village and head towards 
Penn's Landing.

With the weather a bit nasty, we decided to take a break and have some tea on the Moshulu, one of Philly's finest restaurants.  She's a beautiful boat and here's a bit of her history from her website should you be interested:

"Since the launching of the Moshulu (pronounced Mo-shoe'-loo) in 1904, she has had a long and exciting career on the seas working the ports of Europe, South America, Australia, America and Africa. She was confiscated by the Americans in one war and by the Germans in the next. She has traveled around Cape Horn 54 times. She has hauled coal and coke, copper ore and nitrate, lumber and grain. In lesser days, she has served as a floating warehouse. In grander days, she won the last great grain race in 1939. Today, the Moshulu is the world’s largest four-masted sailing ship still afloat."

Just to give you an idea of how windy and nasty the weather was, 
we captured this window reflection of ourselves.  
Like our comb overs?!

Come Sunday, we had brunch down in Manayunk at Bourbon Blue and strolled around bit.  
When leaving, I captured these two walking by.  

Look at that pup's long face .... 
he didn't get a pit stop at that post!
~sigh~

Later that afternoon, Kate and Daryl headed home.



It was a great weekend to share with friends.
 
AND  
I got to take lots of pics, 
something that I had been missing
over the last two weeks due to that DIY project.

: : :

Hoping life gets back to being a bit more normal now
and I can make my visits more regular.

Hope your week is getting off to a great start!
(Oh, in case you're interested, all of these shots were edited in
Dynamic Light.)

Later friends,


59 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

love the shot of the 3 of you in the reflection. too cool! glad you all had a great time!

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

I, too, like the 'comb over' shot :-) Neat collection from the city, it has so much to offer and I don't take advantage of it frequently enough.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, I love the shot of the 3 of you, too! Great reflection and what a fun time all of you enjoyed! I'm just a tad jealous, but happy you had this opportunity -- in spite of the weather! Really enjoyed your tour of the city! Hope you have a beautiful week, Reena! Enjoy!

Sylvia

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a wonderful day and lots of photos to remember it by. I took a photo yesterday and posted it that I didn't not edit in any way. I hope you get a chance to see it. I just happened to catch a heron in flight!

photo by ansku said...

Great editing!!! :-)

Just Stuff From a Boomer said...

The colors just pop! Love the window boxes. What a fun time you had. Good Times... great memories.

My Journey With Candida said...

Oh how cute Mabel is. I guess she is one of your new friends you met along the way.

What a fun place to stop and have your tea!! You made me think of tea and now I must go out and make myself a cup.

Jill said...

Beautiful, wonderful photos and edits! Love the one of the three of you!

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

Looks like you guys had fun despite the weather.

Michael said...

the collors really pop...my favorite is Queen Village

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Enjoyed reading about the sailing ship. What an adventurous life she had. Great shot of the 3 camera girls.

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

It looks like a fun weekend in spite of the weather. If I lived closer, I'd invite myself along!

Dianne said...

Such a fun day ... Love your reflections shot Reena ... Sort of blown in the wind look ..... Great effects!

Jazzi said...

Looks like a great time was had with your friends!! Love your bird pictures!!

wags
Jazzi

Brian Miller said...

oo nice..know you all had a great time! i am heading to NYC to visit some blog friends this thursday and friday

Caroline said...

Oh my gosh...what fun! And you got to hang with Kate! Lucky! Love your photos!

Ann said...

Well it sounds like you had a marvelous time. Love that shot of all of you in the window shooting :)

Cheryl said...

Looks like a blast! Love all your shots of the womenfolk and the neighborhood. Lurved the comb-over look.

GailO said...

What a delightful time! What wonderful photos of your adventures:)
I will admit to being quite jealous of all your fun:)

Can you believe that for all my visits to NYC and DC I have never been to Philly except for a quick drive through on the way somewhere! I have no excuse!

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful images you have made.

Pat said...

Great shots! Looks like the three of you had a wonderful time shooting together!

Ginny said...

What wonderful pictures of the pure joy of tourists! I would love to go there! So the restaurateur is on the ship? This is a beautiful shot of it with all those wooden masts. I love the combination of the skyscrapers and the lovely brick and stone townhouses.

Claudia said...

I lived in Philly for 5 years, so I enjoyed seeing shots of one of my favorite cities. I lived in two different apartments in Center City and also just a few blocks from the Italian Market.

It's a beautiful city.

xo
Claudia

Wanda..plain~N~simple said...

Looks like you had a fun weekend with your friends, beats jury duty any time!

grammie g said...

HI Reena...Wow there is nothing like 3 gals on the loose ; }
What fun that must have been! I do like those old residential neighborhood shots and the cute doggie..the guy's butt lol!!
The windy photographers shot is great ..
We had that freaky heat spell and today is so windy.."good grief lower the anchor" !!
Looked at your rehab post ..great job...
Grace

Ivanhoe said...

Sounds like so much fun! Wish I was there, too. Or at least had some photo friends close by...
Have a great week, Reena!

rainfield61 said...

You are not only a rehab addict, you are a photography addict as well.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

What a fun, fun day!! I love taking trips like this, and seeing all the sights and people with good friends really is the best, isn't it?

Gillian Olson said...

What a fun day, great picture of the three of you reflected in that window, and looked pretty windy.

Michaele said...

What great places to go with friends. Glad you didn't let a little wind stop you : )

lisa said...

Saw some images of the weekend at Daryl's.
It looks like you had a wonderful time!

Country Girl said...

I love how dynamic your editing was for these images, Reena. I always find it so interesting, when photographer friends get together, to see the different takes on a scene. I love yours!

Hilary said...

Three of my favourite bloggers together snapping shots. Love it. And I especially love the windy window shot.

Lili said...

Oh this was so cool to read! I didn't realize you and Kate knew each other (I got to meet her too last summer!) What a fantastic time you all must have had. I loved seeing all these pictures, and the reflection of all of you in the wind was so creative and fun! ~Lili

mrs mediocrity said...

these photos are fabulous!

it looks like you had a wonderful time, and that Mabel is just adorable!

islandwonder said...

Great photos!

Congrats on missing jury duty.

Linda R said...

What wonderful shots. I always enjoy seeing your photos.. The colors look amazing.. And you know I just love the comb overs..

Hugs, Linda

Shane Kent Louis said...

The picture that I like best is your picture with your reflection, it's so cool and awesome.

Hugs,
Shane


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eileeninmd said...

Hi Reena, thanks for the lovely tour of Philadelphia. The reflection photo is a great capture. And I love the ship. The doggies are always a favorite of mine, I just love dogs. Wonderful series of photos, have a great day!

ladyfi said...

All your shots look like HDR. Beautiful!

Kerri said...

You ladies sure know how to have FUN!

Sandra said...

love the bird, love all the city shots, but Mable made my heart go pitty pat and of course so did the german shepherd.

Daryl Edelstein said...

Kate and I look like escapees from a monastery ... hooded women! Mabel was a delight .. the entire weekend was perfect even with the not so great weather and chilly temps. Now we need to set a weekend for Rittenhouse Square wandering .. xo

Madi and Mom said...

You gals know how to have fun even in the rain. Excellent shots. Oh my gosh you all are serious shutter bugs. Look at those zoom lenses.
Good news on the jury duty...some times it is good not to be needed.
Hugs Madi and Mom

Debbie said...

i had robins all winter this year, that has never happened before. perhaps they stayed because of the warm temperatures.

all your photo's are so very special, i have missed seeing your beautiful work.

looks and sounds like you ladies had a lot of fun!!

Suldog said...

It's great fun to meet up with folks with whom you've shared many blogs and blog comments. You read about my recent meeting with Lime. Same sort of thing - lots of fun. Daryl and I will DEFINITELY meet up someday. She's good people.

Snapper II said...

I love the street scenes. Great post.

ZielonaMila said...

Beautiful photographs. I am greeting

CherryPie said...

It sounds like you have been having a great time. I love the reflection picture of you all :-)

OceanoAzul.Sonhos said...

I loved walking with you! I liked the tea, the ship Moshulu, the photos and even the cold. Your photograph report and your words come to us! Thank you Reena!
cvb

michelle said...

Beautiful shots with beautiful colors - I can't wait till I can get back out there with my camera. Thanks for sharing such beauty.

michelle said...

Beautiful shots with beautiful colors - I can't wait till I can get back out there with my camera. Thanks for sharing such beauty.

Deanna said...

Looks like you had a grand time with your friends eventho the weather was a little dicey. Great pics!!

geetlee said...

Beautiful!! It must be awesome to have a photo outing with dear friends!
I should plan that sometime :)

beth said...

four is a great number.....one of these days i'm going to join the three of you and all your fun !!
xo

Barbara said...

Oh, what a fun weekend! Love that shot of all of you in the window!

Betty Manousos@ CUT and DRY said...

hi reena, so glad you all had a great time.

those street photos are very interesting...very well captured.
i always enjoy your lovely photos; and thank you SO much for your kind words and get well wishes for my sister.

just wanted you to know how much i really appreciate them.

big hugs!

S. Etole said...

Looks like a great place for both friends and photos!

Nancy Claeys said...

How fun that you got to meet up with some bloggy friends! Awesome captures of your windy, rainy lovely day. :)