"Place, with a trace of humanity" Photography/Photo of the Day/Pittsburgh

Night Light in the City

Friday Night City Lights

After the homecoming dance I drove up to Grandview Ave. on Mt. Washington.  I mistakenly thought the Liberty Tunnel was closed until 6AM.  Not!

The clear fall night air lent itself to a couple of photos, sans tripod, just a fence.

The Gulf Building lights are pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Downtown City Lights


Baseball in October

Steve and I went down to PNC Park and the Sixth Street Bridge and walked along the Allegheny River.

We could hear the roar of the crowd- 6-2 over Cincinnati tonight.  It was an energetic and enthusiastic crowd.  First time there’s been baseball in October for the Pittsburgh Pirates in TWENTY ONE YEARS!

Fireworks are shot off for every home run so it was a loud night.

Oh, and we saw the Forty Foot Duck, moored at the Point by the fountain.

Jolly Roger from Bridge

Jolly Roger from BridgeFans

Pirates in the Allegheny

Pirates on the Allegheny River with their own version of the Rubber Duck


Rubber Duck and Fountain

Home Run





Burgh MAnBurgh Man with a lit up cape, skating by in a blur


Jolly RogerEveryone is hoisting the Jolly Roger



WPXI News (1)WPXI Channel 11 News filming the exciting news of a win over Cincinnati and the Pirates are going to St. Louis on Thursday

If You’re In Town, Go See OUR TOWN (Pittsburgh, that is)

Just returned home after an unexpected evening at the Pittsburgh Public Theater. Friends called and asked if we would like to go with them. My dad loved this play and I thought of him a lot as I watched it.

Thornton Wilder wrote it in 1938.  I’d say it is still going strong!

Directed by Ted Pappas.  A really fine performance by all, headed up by Tom Atkins.  Act 3 made me cry.

You’ve probably read the play or seen it, the movie or a TV version.  Iconic, they say.  A classic.

My parents were married in 1939.  I have to ask my sister more about their affinity for it but tonight was a dress rehearsal  at the O’Reilly Theater.

Opening night is tomorrow September 26th.  It will run until October27th.

Everyone stood at the end of the play and gave the cast an enthusiastic, solid standing ovation.  Powerful.

Had my cell to shoot this scene outside the theatre.  The LION KING was happening at the Benedum and  a school bus parked, waiting.  A busy night for downtown Pittsburgh, our town.

Anyway, if you live in Pittsburgh, find a time to get downtown sometime in the next 30 days and experience OUR TOWN.

Our Town on Penn Ave

Penn Avenue Shot at Intermission between Acts

Bagpiper on Penn Avenue, Saturday Night

Unexpected bagpipe music emanating from Penn Avenue near the Car Park, on our way to the Fireworks Night at PNC Park-

Steve pulled over to the curb.  I got out of the car.  Placed a bill in her case on the walk and asked if it would be all right to take a photo.  She nodded.

A student at Carnegie Mellon University, piping for the Tartans, practicing, playing cool music for downtown Pittsburgh

AND imprinted on her card-

Bagpiping for Western Pennsylvania, (and doing a great job of it, too)

and at the bottom-  Weddings, Funerals, Military Functions, Anniversaries, Birthdays, Social Events, Group and Individual Instruction.  Solo and Band Prizes -US Canada and Scotland   I believe it!

….. Her name is Liz Cherry and she is skilled in the way of the pipes!

Bagpiper on Penn Avenue

Bagpiper on Penn Avenue (1)

I crossed Penn Avenue and took this view, to capture the surroundings.

Knit the Bridge and Three Boats

View from the Roberto Clemente Bridge( 6th Street)

View from the Roberto Clemente Bridge( 6th Street)

Knit the Bridge on the Andy Warhol/Seventh Street Bridge. Night shot.

Photographed from the vantage point of the Roberto Clemente/Sixth Street Bridge on Fireworks night, A muddy Allegheny River reflecting the night light. I used the 70-200mm L series lens.

Just three more days of the installation so get down and walk across and back to experience the creativity of communities gathering together who nit and crochet the colorful panels now stretching across the span.










PNC Park- Pirates Beat St.Louis

When you take a photograph, you realize the limitations of the medium. One tries to capture the scene for the viewer to share later.
The photographer chooses what to focus on and catch- and it’s exasperating at times.
The frozen frame can’t recreate the moment, the atmosphere and surroundings entirely.
The sound of boat horns, traffic rushing by below, a blimp circling overhead, the thousands of fans roar or collective sigh….

Take one


The tug and barge in the river are set for fireworks night by the Zambelli

Option two- iPhone panorama


Another panorama


after the night game (8)


Read the New York Times article and see a video – Pittsburgh’s Stirring Leap from the Abyss20130902-054434.jpg


Little Italy Days Bloomfield Neighborhood, Pittsburgh PA

Saturday afternoon I went to Little Italy Days in Bloomfield with my friend V and this evening I went over with Steve.

The street was blocked off and it was quite festive.  Can’t put up the aromas of the various food items.

 Maria Merante with a tray of Lemon Knots

Maria Merante with a tray of Lemon Knots at Merante’s on Liberty Avenue



Little Italy days (2)





Watching Bocce

Watching Bocce



West Side Story Performance

West Side Story Performance






Violinist Through the East End Book Store window

Violinist Through the East End Book Store window





Little Italy days











Little Italy Days (13)At the rectory- Formerly St Joseph’s










Cannolis and Snow Cones

Cannolis and Snow Cones


Little Italy Days (15)


Live entertainment at Center Stage



Balloon Man

Balloon Man






Steel City Shaved Ice Truck

Steel City Shaved Ice Truck












Little Italy Days (11)

Simon and Garfunkel Cover





Little Italy days (3)





Little Italy Days (14)











DJ's Butcher Block
Grass Fed Beef and Free Range Chicken without Antibiotics Right on Liberty Avenue at DJ’s Butcher Block.





















Just Past Midnight- Columbus Ohio

My son Mark drove me and my sister downtown so Mary could catch a 1:10 AM bus to DC to visit some friends. We’ve had a nice couple of weeks together, first in New York City and then with the family in Columbus.

After we dropped her at the Greyhound station, he drove me around the downtown area so I could get a few nighttime shots of the city.  The Ohio Statehouse- just a bit of it as I shot it from the car window. Had the 70-200mm Canon L series lens on the camera.  I should have gotten out of the car but we were on our way to take Mary.  I had envisioned flags flying as they had been the last time we drove by in the daytime, but not even a breeze.

Ohio Statehouse

Ohio Statehouse (Greek Revival) Built 1839-1861

Christopher Columbus Statue

Christopher Columbus  in front of City Hall-  a 3-ton bronze statue- Uncrated Oct 10, 1955   A gift from Genoa

LeVeque Tower

LeVeque Tower- second tallest building- Art Deco with red white and blue lights on it tonight for the upcoming Fourth of July

The Palace Theater

The Palace Theatre

Eternal Flame

The Columbus Fire Department Memorial Eternal Flame 

The Santa Maria

(You hear about “noise” in a photograph.  This is a fine example of “noise”)

The Santa Maria in Battelle Riverfront Park on the Scioto River

Nationwide Building

City buses lined up headed north

Columbus Dispatch SignThe Columbus Dispatch Neon Sign across from the State Capitol Building

Thanks Mark for the just past midnight tour of Columbus downtown.

You Write the Story

Here’s the scene.

Found on a New York City Sidewalk on Bleecker Street-  Night time- a tad grainy and soft.

 High Chair and TV Tray Table.

High Chair on Bleecker Street

Pyramid of LED Lights on the Gulf Tower, Change with the Weather

Dear Blog Readers,  

Thank you for the thoughtful expressions of sympathy, your comments and emails yesterday, on the passing of Murphy the Airedale.  

It means a lot to the whole family to read such an outpouring of love, care and concern.  Your words offer comfort and understanding.   xxoo Ruth


For years the Gulf Tower Building ( built in 1930) had a beacon that displayed the weather- red lights for fair  or blue lights for precipitation

Now The Gulf Tower has a fancy installation of programmed LED lights that change with the holidays, sporting events and  special occasions but still tell the weather at five minutes before the hour. The combination of lights can produce any color.

Designed by Cindy Limauro,  professor of lighting design at Carnegie Mellon University and husband, Christopher Popowich, partners in C&C Lighting LLC.

Read more: at the Post Gazette article with a chart telling how to”read” the lights.

From the Train Station

This  photo was taken  from my car window while waiting or my sister to buy her train ticket back to NYC at the AMTRAK station downtown.



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