Project 365 – Day 11 – Divine Lorraine

One of my favorite views of Philadelphia, headed down Broad Street with William Penn coming closer and closer into view. There was a time that he was the highest point in the city, but that is no longer the case, he still stands proud upon City Hall! 
The large building on the left, The Divine Lorraine, has intrigued me from the first time I noticed it. It once was once a beautiful building that was home to many of the cities wealthiest families. 
Built betweern 1892 and 1894. At 10 stories tall it was one of the first high rise buildings in the city. 
After it’s purchase in 1948  by Father Divine, it became the first racially integrated hotel of it’s class in the country. Anyone who was willing to follow the rules of Father Divine’s Universal Peace Mission Movement, was welcome.
Abandoned since 1999 the building has fallen into ill repair and is covered in grafitti (how do they do that at such heights and go unnoticed?) Much of the interior has been salvaged.
The building has passed through several owners. Currently plans for renovation are underway and reported to begin in May 2015. I hope that some day in the near future the building is restored to the graduer of the past.

The Divine Lorraine is listed on the National Register of Historic Places due to its significance in architecture and civil rights history.

If you are interested in seeing more of the building, I found this aweseome video shot with a drone.  
Joining in on Mellow Yellow Monday… there are bits of yellow throught the shot! 
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Autumn Leaves

The fall colors seem like such a distant memory, when in reality I took these photos just nine days ago. Just a few short days before the monster storm Sandy arrived here on the east coast. While my area was spared the utter devastation of the Jersey shore coast, barrier islands and New York, we had our share of multiple day power outages, downed trees and other storm related damage. We were very fortunate and thankful to have not lost power at our home. Tara missed three days (and 2 hours) of school, but I did not miss work, my scheduled days off coincided with the storm.
My last day off prior to the storm, and what I suspected would be my last chance to get out and find some foliage pictures for this autumn was Friday, October, 26th. The weather was really not that great, very overcast. It seems like we have had overcast skies for weeks now! I decided to just head out any way and see what I could see. I was past the prime, but I did find some nice colors in Schwenksville, PA along the Perkiomen Trail.

These last few were taken around Green Lane, PA.

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Mellow Yellow Monday – Electric Factory

Viki and Tara – Electric Factory

More pictures from our photo adventure around Philly.
The Electric Factory was our actual destination that day. We were buying tickets for Monster Energy Outbreak Tour featuring Asking Alexandria one of the girls favorite bands.
The venue is in an old converted electric factory at 421 N 7th Street in Philly. This location has been open since late 1994.
I love the artwork of the entrance door. Totally brings me back to my teen years with the peace sign and Ms Pac man!!

Around the corner on the other side of the building I found this. Nothing special. I just really like brick walls!

Join in the fun of Mellow Yellow Monday! Yellow adds a little fun to everything!


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Rainbow Connection

Tara and I took a drive to downtown Philly on Saturday with a friend. We had one stop to make and the rest of the afternoon we did some “drive by” shooting with our cameras.

This is a daycare building we saw on the way home! I loved the rainbow, and who doesn’t love ELMO!

                                     Rainbow Connection (from the Muppet Movie)

Why are there so many songs about rainbows
and what’s on the other side?
Rainbows are visions, but only illusions,
and rainbows have nothing to hide.
So we’ve been told and some choose to believe it.
I know they’re wrong, wait and see.
Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection.
The lovers, the dreamers and me.

Who said that every wish would be heard
and answered when wished on the morning star?
Somebody thought of that and someone believed it.
Look what it’s done so far.
What’s so amazing that keeps us star gazing
and what do we think we might see?
Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection.
The lovers, the dreamers and me.

All of us under its spell. We know that it’s probably magic.

Have you been half asleep and have you heard voices?
I’ve heard them calling my name.
Is this the sweet sound that called the young sailors.
The voice might be one and the same.
I’ve heard it too many times to ignore it.
It’s something that I’m supposed to be.
Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection.
The lovers, the dreamers and me. 

Join Drowsey Monkey and all the rest of the participants in Mellow Yellow Monday!


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Camera Critters


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Flowers of Allentown

What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable. 
Joseph Addison
I took these photos on my photography outing this past week. You can see other pictures here

An added bonus, a YELLOW BUG!

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Whistle While You Work

Today is my 7th day of work in a row, and I am tired. Tired of getting up and going to work. I am ready for a few days off! So, today, to get through the day, I think I will be singing the song of the dwarfs for Snow White!

When hearts are high the time will fly so whistle while you work.

If you are a Disney character fan, seeing Snow White and ALL seven dwarfs out together in the parks is rare! I waited 3 hours in 95 degree weather to get this shot! It is one of my all time favorite photos I took in the 6 years we lived in Florida!

Snow White and Seven Dwarfs – Germany, EPCOT, Disney World  20-May-2006


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Mellow Yellow Bug

VW Bug that is!


I’m sure I’ve shared these before, but I’m out of YELLOW! Need to go on a hunt this week!

Stop by and visit other MYM participants!

I’m still trying to decide if I like this new layout!

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What would you do if you saw a banana driving down the road?

No, really, a GIANT BANANA CAR!

Can’t think of a better Mellow Yellow photo for the week! BIG YELLOW BANANA CAR!

Every June, for the last 22 years, Fairmount Fire Company in Lansdale has been hosting Under the Lights Car Show. I remember in years past going to see the cars in a shopping center parking lot, but now, they close down the town, at least the main street!

Cars, cars and more cars. I believe there were close to 400 registered this year! Yummy food vendors were along the way, the smell of funnel cake followed me down Main Street. I resisted though! Couldn’t hold my camera, my phone and a funnel cake!

This post is about the BANANA CAR! It’s not the best picture, it was a busy spot, with parents putting their kids in the car for a photo op! I had to wait five minutes for a guy and his girl to get out of my way to get this view. They were talking to the guy (I’m thinking one of the owners) in the yellow chair, and I did not want to be rude!

The BIG BANANA CAR has a Facebook page and a website. You can check them out for more details!
Here’s a video interview of Steve Braithwaite.
He along with his brother and a crew of other folks have built this car. Until I saw this car, and checked out their page, I did not realize that car is housed locally in Coopersburg, PA. Gosh I wish I had the opportunity to see it driving down the road!
The brother’s plan an around the world trip in the car to raise awareness of and money for DVT. Deep Vein Thrombosis. Their mother passed away suddenly from DVT. 
I did not know that more people die from DVT each year than breast cancer, AIDS and traffic accidents combined. I remember when I was in college my father was hospitalized for DVT.
If you are on a long plane flight, make sure you get up and walk around!
Stop in and visit Drowsey Monkey and other Mellow Yellow participants.  Let’s see if they can top a banana car!

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