52 Week Challenge

52 Weeks of Susan's Life


Week 22 – #13- Downtown in B&W

City Hall, Philadelphia, Market Street, 15th street Philadelphia

City Hall Philadelphia, Willian Penn Philadelphia

City Hall sits at the corner of Market and 15th Street  (One Penn Square) in downtown Philadelphia.  Until 1908, City Hall, Philadelphia was the tallest building in the world!! It remained the tallest building in Philadelphia until Liberty Place was built in 1987. You can see that the statue of William Penn which sits on the tower is what makes this building so  tall.     It hosts over 700 rooms making it one of the largest municipal buildings in the US if not the world.

The second image was taken with my 20mm wide angle lens which gave it a “fish eye” appearance.


Week 21- #A-2 Christmastime

Carolers, Philadelphia, Christmas

Have you ever heard of the Byers’ Christmas Carolers?  I’ve been collecting these Christmas decorations since the early 1980’s.  It was a tradition to receive one each Christmas so if you do the math you will realize that I have quite a collection!

The Byers’ figurines went from an artist’s idea to decorate her own table in the 1960’s to a business that employs over 80 people!  If you haven’t seen these figures – visit their website for a little more history and to view the beautiful collection.  They certainly make Chirstmastime decorating very festive.


Week 20 – #35 On The River

Schuylkill River, Boatouse Row, Philadelphia, RowingSchuylkill River,Boathouse Row, Philadelphia, Rowing


One thing I used to love to do in Philadelphia was to go down to Boathouse Row on the Schuylkill River and watch the rowing teams. “Boathouse Row is a Historic site located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on the east bank of the Schuylkill River, just north of the Fairmount Water Works and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It consists of a row of 15 boathouses housing social and rowing clubs and their racing shells. Each of the boathouses has its own history, and all have addresses on both Boathouse Row and Kelly Drive (named after famous Philadelphia oarsman John B. Kelly, Jr.” Local Universities row out of the boathouses on Boathouse Row.

Unfortunately I was unable to take this photo after dark when the boat houses are outlined in LED lights giving them a gingerbread house appearance.  The lights change colors according to the season, holiday or event, reflecting into the Schuylkill River.

Boathouse Row is a National Historic Landmark and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987



Week 19 – #33- Old Timer



What does one do when visiting Philadelphia PA during the Christmas holiday and it’s 70 degrees and raining?  Drive around and look for interesting things to photograph!  Having lived in the Philadelphia area for almost 40 years, I have always loved the historic sites and countryside of the Philadelphia suburbs.  Today, I came across this graveyard in Chester County that obviously had some historic significance.  I took a few shots and could not wait to get home and google this old grave site  and find out about it’s history.

It turns out that this graveyard is in the Okehocking Indian Land Grant Historic District set among a collection of 18th and early 19th century buildings  and  rural outhouses. This particular district grew large enough to warrant their own meeting house and  cemetery which was completed by 1798.  Most of the buildings were build before 1845 and are are constructed out of local stone.  The gentle rolling topography and the standing structures provide a strong visual definition of how this area appeared . The area is so rich in American/Indian history and this site happens to be the only Indian Land Grant devised by William Penn.

Although many areas were affected by the Colonial Revival it seems that in this historical site the  appearance of most of the buildings dating to the 18th and early 19th century remains the same.


Week 18 – #9 Complimentary Colors

yellow parrot2So what makes a color a “complimentary color?   By definition “a complimentary color is a secondary color that, when combined with the primary color whose wavelength it does not contain, produces white light. Thus yellow, which is produced by mixing the primary colors red and green, is the complementary color of blue”.  Yesterday I came across this parrot at Lowry Zoo in Tampa  with his  beautiful blue and yellow feathers. I felt this was a perfect example of why complimentary colors looks so good together! 


Week 17- #23 Letters

familyThis is a busy time of the year and I am a few weeks behind in my blog posts. The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas seems to get shorter every year!  The weeks are filled with commitments, parties, travel, shopping and trying to ready ourselves for the Christmas holiday.  What becomes abundantly clear to me during this time is the importance of family.  My immediate family is scattered from Florida to Alaska so when I do get to spend time with them, all those other insignificant activities become less and less important.  This year, I’ve decided to not get caught up in the stress of the season by being flexible and realistic with what I can do and what is important.  I’m blessed with a wonderful family so taking the time to appreciate them seems like the perfect way to spend this holiday.


Week 16 -#4 Biggest Fear


When I was 8 years old, I had a near drowning experience.  Our family used to summer at the Jersey Shore in Mantoloking.  Remember those days  when the beaches were long and the dunes were high- before beach erosion?  I wasn’t in very deep water but I can remember the experience as though it were yesterday. I was sitting on a raft and I fell backwards and went underwater.  For some reason, I became disoriented and was unable to tell up from down.  The panic I felt did not help my situation. If felt like an eternity before someone realized I was struggling.  This experience has left me with a general fear of being underwater.

Thanksgiving brought me to visit my kids in Charlotte NC.  We decided to go to the US National Whitewater Center for a family outing.  It’s a great outdoor facility where you can hike, zip line, whitewater rafting and lots of other fun activities.  I saw a group out practicing their whitewater rafting skills and decided to take a few photos.  The little boy in the photo appears to be around 8 which was the age of my mishap.  The look on his face is priceless – fear and exhilaration at the same time.  Whenever I see water activities like this – it does remind me of my own experience and I have to say after all these years, I still possess a fear of being underwater!