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Light Streams at the Museum

The Carnegie Museum of Art 

Carnegie Museum of Art

I was waiting on a bench in the lobby while Matthew and Natalya were in the galleries.

I saw the light stream through the windows onto the floor.

A family was examining a portion of the  Sebastian Errazuriz: Look Again exhibit.

You might remember The Piano hanging overhead in the Hall of Architecture before Thanksgiving?

(this shot taken with the SONY mirrorless)

Late in the Day View from the School Parking Lot

The light shone on a row of houses in the neighborhood. I was going to my car at the end of a long Saturday afternoon in the gym, watching some of my students perform in the dance, color guard and majorette competition.

I thought about scale again. Size relationships.  How the one house close looked big, the sunlit row much smaller.

But that would be for perspective week, right?

(Mirrorless Camera by Sony)

Carrick Neigbhborhood

Pure Pittsburgh Skyline 1993- Before All the Signs- Thanks to Groundhog Day Movie Capture

Tonight was the annual viewing of the Harold Ramis’ classic Groundhog Day movie.  If you follow the blog, you know how much my family enjoys this holiday.  (No gifts required)

I noticed in the opening credits how different the 1993 skyline looks.

The updated version will have to be another post.  And I’ll need a helicopter ride to capture the same angle.

A screen shot of my computer screen shows the old skyline as it appeared before all the advertisements.

Just two years ago there was an article written by Bob Bauder about this issue- Skyline-defiling signs targeted by council chief.  “Harris said the signs, including company names and logos, clutter the city skyline and detract from its aesthetic splendor.”

And author Charles Rosenblum’s blog post Under a Bad Sign–  Pittsburgh Architectual Club weighs in on the issue.

Pittsburgh Skyline 1993

Night at the Museum and the Rolled Fondant /Sugar Sculpture

Friday night the Metropolitan Museum of Art is open until nine.

We saw the tree lighting and walked through some of the major exhibits to check out others.

(the Christmas tee is another post, stay tuned) The Holiday Sugar Sculpture of the Museum was fun to see.

museum NYC exterior night

The Metropolitan Museum of Art at Night

hot dog carts museum

the line up of hot dog vendor carts was colorful in the dark

fountain Fifth Avenue

Because it was raining, I just got the fountains looking like this.  Didn’t want to stand in the rain.

museum NYC night lobby

Information in the center of the lobby. You could smell the magnolias.

museum NYC

View from an upper window.

museum NYC sugar

The museum in sugar outside of the cafeteria.

museum NYC sugar credits

Credits to the pastry chef Randy Eastman and his assistants.

museum NYC night

I try to keep up with my sister as we head for the subway.  It was still raining.   The magic of wet pavement.

Wordless Wednesday

Cathedral of Hope 2

People at Work- Dan McDonald

Today at 8 AM, Dan and his SIL Todd, came to install my new furnace.  Their day ended about 12 hours later. Well done!

It is great to have efficient heat and not worry about carbon monoxide emissions from the old furnace.  Come summer there will be AC, too. And it was great you knew I needed more amps of electricity first and a new box so all is safe.

This old house hasn’t been this toasty since I moved in here in ’91.

Thanks Dan, for letting me photograph you in my old school basement.

And thanks Mar and Erika for recommending Uncle Dan.  He did a super job, just as you said he would.

Dan McDonald

Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular

Angular. A gallery of angular.  A WPC created by Xiao.


Photographed on iPhone from the school parking lot.Carrick neighborhood. Pittsburgh PA.


A grilled cheese sandwich cut in triangles.

Bench Snow

Snow on a bench in Rockford Illinois

cobblestone road in hill (1)

Cobblestone Road off Centre Avenue, The Hill District

folding chairs

Folding Chairs  Bloomfield Little Italy Days

Jane's carousel

Jane’s Carousel Brookly New York

freedom tower

Lampost and Freedom Tower New York City

brooklyn bridge barge

Barge Through Brooklyn Bridge

nyc subway

Chambers Street Station  New York City

One Shiny Shoe and a Good Thing I’d Eaten Dinner

My neighbors invited me to accompany them to the Carnegie Museum of Art for the opening reception of Storyteller: The Photographs of Duane Michals.   The exhibition was curated by Linda Benedict- Jones and is quite impressive, requiring a return visit to take the show in when it’s less crowded.

In the Hall of Sculpture after the remarks, i was standing on the lighted glass floor and so were three others. Our 4 pairs of  black shoes with the light coming from the floor below.

Photographer Martha Rial and I had our phones out, capturing the pattern.  I call it One Shiny Shoe.

One shiny shoe

Where the light comes from below

Hall of Sculpture

Here is a man looking closely at the photos of Andy Warhol and his mother Julia.


When I got to the refreshments table there were a few grapes

Some of you saw this on FB already but here I am in the Hall of Architecture under the artwork “The Piano” by Chilean Artist Sebastian Errazuriz

I asked a random museum goer if he’d take my photo.  He’d already taken a selfie under the 800 pound piano.

When I showed this photo to the high school students, they said I was crazy to stand under it.  I said, wouldn’t it be funny to have a  tall ladder and some hedge clippers?  They groaned.

Mark said it looked like I was in a Looney Tune.

If you Sebastian Errazuriz

Sunday’s Second Collection

Down by the Ohio River.

An eclectic gallery. The back of a big stop sign.

The Byzantine Church from McKees Rocks Bottoms, too, where the bells were ringing Sunday.

A stop at La Gourmandine Bakery on Butler Street for a brioche.

trailer in the woods

A little camper for a weekend getaway

school bus

Good thing they have an alarm system

air conditioned trailer

Hey, the place has AC




Church Bells were ringing in the tower

Steeler Fan Sign

A home filled with disappointment Sunday afternoon. I wonder if they have to water the shakers.


and a line out the front door, everyone getting their French baked goods on Butler Street in Lawrenceville

Stopped at the Car Wash on the way home

car wash

Ohio River Fog Before Sunrise, Then Clear Reflections









Sunday morning I met my friend and her son to photograph his senior pictures at the boathouse where he rows.

It was foggy and felt like fall.

I could hear a tugboat chugging along the river but could just make out the lights. Not even an outline.

Then as the time passed the bridge was visible and the fog burned off.  It was a beautiful morning.Railroad Crossing in the Fog


Getting down to the river.







Pretty thick fog.

tugboat in fog

You can see the lights of the boat.




Can’t see the bridge




IMG_0678Front row seating on the Ohio River




IMG_1038 Visible bridge now.


IMG_1034Daylight burned off the fog




IMG_1052Like a mirror, barely a ripple




Ohio River Reflections

Sun and light, reflections.




Ohio River Reflections



Ohio River SkyOhio River Sky



Chairs on the RiverWith the fog burned off







Holy Family in a wishing wellWhat I saw when I drove home. Holy Family Wishing Well.



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