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perfect playground picnic

lemon pocket pie at the playground picnic (with its nutrition facts captured indelibly... oh dear)

As classes were winding down for the semester, the sun managed to beckon Brad and I away from our studies for a little photo-picnic.

Chicken salad, the best Apricot iced tea in the world*, blackberries, and lemon pocket pies made the perfect picnic lunch. It was a beautiful day, sunny and breezy, and it was wonderful to escape our books for a short while.

But this wasn’t just a little picnic: it was a little photo-picnic.

blue and red swings at cleveland's martin luther king jr. blvd

You see, there are these swings.

They are tucked alongside the almost-highway that is Cleveland’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. We’ve driven by them a million times, and I just love the juxtaposition of the bright red and blue swings against the green grass next to the gray, noisy street. Such a peaceful spot next to such a busy commuter zone.

And I’ve always wanted to take pictures.

blue jungle gym sunburst at cleveland's martin luther king jr. blvd

So we climbed, and swinged, and I snapped away.

red swings at cleveland's martin luther king jr. blvd

The commuters crawled by, onlookers gaped at me and my camera… but it’s their loss. I was capturing colors; they were sitting in traffic.

daisies and the blue jungle gym at cleveland's martin luther king jr. blvd

Don’t forget to take breaks, even on the busiest days! It makes all the difference.

*seriously, this makes the best iced tea. after trying my first batch i returned to the store and bought the last four boxes they had. now that it’s available in bulk from amazon, you know what i’m doing next.

shiny new snaps

rainy chain

black speckly drain spouts

rusty antique sign in a window


see saw

see saw 2

a handful of glorious shots from my darling new camera. last weekend i trekked down to farmville, va, to see an old friend who i hadn’t seen in ages. it was a lovely, if very short, trip. on my way out of the quaint little college town i gave my new camera a workout. i’m super pleased.

i can’t get over this whole “depth of field” thing. SO EXCITING.

today is Awesome Day

rainy playground slides,
make-your-own peanut butter,
yarn-covered meters.

a wonderful, wonderful, super super awesome awesome adventure day.

yarn-covered parking meter next to newspaper boxes, cleveland, ohio

And these were just the icing on the cake.

Last weekend, my boyfriend and I went to see a movie at the Cedar Lee theater, a small theater near school. 500 Days of Summer – it was entertaining, funnier than I expected, and certainly worth watching but not deserving of an all-time favorite position.

parking lot full of yarn-covered parking meters, cleveland, ohio

The best part, though, was exiting the theater to see the street lined with yarn-covered objects. At the sight of this unexpected craftiness, I got unreasonably excited.

yarn-covered parking meters, cleveland, ohio

I ran from one meter to the next, inspecting the stitches and marveling at the artsiness that I had never expected from Cleveland. I’m sorry, Cleveland, I just never realized you were this awesome!

yarn-covered parking meters, cleveland, ohio

Of course, I did not have my camera with me, so I had to settle for mental images. But the boyfriend said the words that sound better than most anything to me: “we need to come back here with your camera!”

yarn-covered tree, cleveland, ohio

And return we did… through pouring rain and soaking wet socks, today I snapped picture after picture of these beautiful works of art against the angry gray sky.

(these sweater-ed parking meters are part of a temporary community public art project called Knitscape by Heights Arts Cleveland… i can’t get over how awesome this is. They say one of the reasons for the project is “to make people smile as they encounter unexpected art in their daily lives”… does giggling, grinning, and jumping up and down count?)