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

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Polish Hill Skateboard Spot

When I saw what I thought was a wading pool filled with graffiti, I thought I’d return another day and photograph it.

Sunday after coffee, Steve and I drove over to the park in Polish HIll and as I walked closer, I realized it was NOT a wading pool that was decorated with urban art but a place for kids to skateboard.

Here’s a list of skateboarding terms and info about the physics of it but not sure if I am properly labeling this pit a half- pipe or not.

Alas, not a skateboarder in sight on Sunday morning so no action shots.

Polish Hill Park

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just  few satellite dishes for reception

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What We Lose When They Raze this Entire Block

The facades were to be restored and preserved but looks like they’re slated for the wrecking ball.

Demolition not preservation.

What happened to the Historic Commission plan to preserve the facades?

We’ve seen lots of development lately and that’s not all bad but there sure are a lot of BOXES going up and the photographs show what we will lose when they raze this entire block.

East Liberty PA.  Penn Avenue.  The same block as Zeke’s Cafe with the super coffee beans.  Spinet Piano Sign

It’s always expensive to restore, true. But what a loss of character for the city.   Lester Betsy Ross Spinets were popular instruments.

Old theater

Penn Avenue Block

formerly Bolan's

Lester Piano sign

Okay I can see this former PNC bank building now empty going but what about the character and history of the rest of the buildings?

formerly PNC Bank


J2 Dimensional Cuisine- John and Jessica Fell in Love Over Their Love of Food

Tonight with friends at the New Hazlett Theater for an excellent piece- PARALLEL LIVES performed by Beth Corning and Arthur Aviles- (a Glue Factory Project) we were invited by Corning Works to “break bread” and “in person” conversations- plus there were two items from a tasting menu in the lobby after the performance.

The food was lovingly and expertly prepared by John and Jessica from International Culinary School at the Art Institute Pittsburgh.  I spoke with the young chefs and John told me they met and fell in love through their love of food.  It was quite romantic.  And sweet. Good energy.

I asked him how he chose food as life’s work and he said every happy memory from childhood involved food.  They were a lot of fun to talk to.

Jessica and John are J2. but I can’t get the 2 in the proper spot as it is “J squared” even after reading how to type an exponent.

Dimensional Cuisine.  They prepared a savory and a sweet to complement one another and the theater goers got to break bread together after the show.

We were instructed to talk to people we did not know and that was easy. Doug and Greg sat with us upon invitation and so we did get to talk to people we just met for the first time.  With our smart phones turned off!  HA!

J Squared

The lighting in the lobby was a challenge so the above shot is with a flash.

Below I turned on the sepia after desaturating the image.

Sorry for the shadow on your face, Jessica. But I wanted the blog readers to see and feel your love and respect for one another as you worked together tonight!

john and jessicaJohn and Jessica love food- and one another!  <3


Weekly Photo Challenge: Humanity

Third Eye Mom, a blog I’ve been following for awhile,  created a great challenge this week- HUMANITY

Makes me think of a crowd and my blog theme- ” place with a trace of humanity”


Making Another Movie in Pittsburgh

It’s always good news for the Burgh when the filmmakers come to town.

The movie making industry is thriving in Pittsburgh.  Here’s a list of films shot in Pittsburgh.

I saw a number of trucks and trailers in an East Liberty parking lot as I drove to school, early this morning.

On the way home, I drove by again and asked a man in a truck with the door open what was being filmed.  He told me Kerosene, The Last Witch Hunter. (with Van Diesel )

I called to him and said “Enjoy the city while you’re here” and he said “I live here”

then he told me that 98% of the crew live in Pittsburgh.

He was very nice and I drove around the Penn Circle to get home and saw more trucks, lights and filming.

Stalled traffic made it easy to catch a couple of quick shots.  On the way back from Bernadette’s  South Side Bday party I asked Steve to swing by the route again on the way home.  Still working into the night.

catering on Centre AveFiring up the grill for dinner time

Got to eat

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That was some giant spotlight illuminating the East Liberty Presbyterian Church

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Road Closed

Not much to see really but a road closed and a blur of the Motor Square Garden dome in the background.

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Steve was driving later

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Nicholas C. Ridge Free Library on Friendship Avenue

Right across from the hornet nest is one of the free standing libraries I’ve read about.  Right in someone’s front yard.

We walked over and opened the glass door.  Beautiful craftsmanship and the wood unweathered.  

Turns out it was installed just this June.

We didn’t take a book but it was a nice find.  And now we know where we can go to get a book, twenty four hours a day.

The plaque said Nicholas C Ridge  Free Library and if you click on the link you can read the story.  

The light was waning but took a few shots. 

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A City Hornet Returns to Nest at S. Evaline and Friendship Avenue

 

After dinner Steve said he wanted to go to Bloomfield/ Friendship neighborhood and show me an incredible nest, alive with hornets coming in and out.  Perhaps an expert will be able to identify what type of hornet they are by the nest structure but after researching them when we got home tonight, I wish I had the telephoto lens and didn’t get quite as close with my 50mm fixed lens.  I read about how they can sting multiple times and can be very dangerous to animals and humans.  Hope no one decides to disturb this nest but it is so low to the sidewalk, hanging right over the middle, near a PAT bus stop.

People walk under it all day long and it ‘s fairly well camouflaged by the tree leaves.  It seems the color of the church stones. Hornet Returns to Nest

 

Hornet Returns to Nest

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from the other side you can see the nest entrance

 

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Unsuspecting woman approaching the sidewalk where the hornet nest hangs. 

 

honet6PAT  bus stop 


A Full Pound in Zeke’s Bag of Beans

You know how I love coffee.  That one wonderful cup in the morning.

This morning I receive a text from a colleague who’s teaching art in a different school this year. 

He texted where to come for coffee in East Liberty.        Zeke’s.       Huh?              I couldn’t picture it in my mind.

 Zeke’s Coffee on Penn Ave at Highland Ave.  Only 1.5 miles from my home.  I found it easily once I made the left turn onto Penn it was right there all the time.

And I’ve driven 50 feet from it several times a day and not turned down that particular block on my route.  

Today was the first time I was introduced to the locally roasted delicious coffee. And they’ve been there since 2011!

I bought two bags for friends and family to try and my car smelled like a roastery when I got home. Mmmmmm.

Owned by Chris and Tom (who were out at Farmers Market selling the full one pound bags of their beans that they roasted themselves) In fact that’s how they started at Farmers Market and now they go to NINE of them. ( I looked it up and there was no apostrophe in Farmers Market) 

 I met Brye the baker (wife of Chris) and Alex was the barista and operated the register.  I asked if I could photograph them for the blog and they agreed. Steve and I plan to return in the morning when they open at 8.  

 

 

 

 


Weekly Photo Challenge: Adventure

A November day, three years ago, my sister Mary and I were visiting the family in Ohio.  She was walking with her two great nephews and youngest great niece and Murphy the Airedale (RIP Murph we miss you) to greet Anna as she came home on the school bus. 

The adventure may not seem epic in scale compared to some of the other entries, but when you’re almost 3, 4+ and 6, walking the dog and riding scooters down the block to welcome your big sister( 8) home is pretty exciting.

 I like the feel of the wind, the weather, the line of the five of them, making their way to the bus stop at the end of the road.

An adventure, close to home.

An adventure, close to home.

 


Marlene’s Virginia Garden’s Yellow- Guest Blog

Guest blogger Marlene, (Mark’s MIL- Erika’s Mom) sent me these photographs of  flowers in her garden at the end of June.

 I searched for them to put on her birthday post yesterday (What We Share) but couldn’t find them.

 Then I remembered – she sent them via iPhone, not email. Spent a bit “loading earlier messages” but was able to find and save them.  

 Here is her garden and flowers around her house at the end of June. Near Roanoke Virgina.  

“All the flowers around my house that are yellow or have yellow in them.”

 Now I thought that was perfect for Cee’s Photography Challenge for YELLOW.  

Thanks Mar.  

 

Hope I got the labels all right!   Glad you had a nice birthday. xoxoxo 


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