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Carrie Furnace Reflection in the Monongahela River

With the sun sinking as I was headed to Swissvale to deliver Girl Scout cookies for Anna, I saw Carrie Furnace and the river in a warm glow.  I pulled into the Rivers of Steel parking lot and got out of the car and photographed a few  shots of the reflection.  And then I saw the full moon in the frame!  Good to return to a location shot before and to try to capture a different light and scene. No barge today. A travel channel video on the history and a tour of Carrie Furnace is here.  The autumn view is here.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Self-Portrait

Along the Monongahela River by late afternoon light and at night on the way home from the Waterfront in Homestead. Two of my favorite  views, anytime of day or night!

I had the cardboard “me” in the car already.  We make people out of brown corrugated boxes. I always make myself as a model for the students, this year with gray yarn hair!

Some of you know I teach Art in the City K-8th grade.  Not too many people get to make themselves out of scrap cardboard at their job.  The “Flat Ruthie” (have you ever seen Flat Stanley?-I photographed him for granddaughter Anna’s school project) was driving around with me cause I was thinking it might make a fun Christmas card, myself and the skyline or something.

In 2009 I was in a self-portrait show at Silver Eye Center of Photography.  I can’t tell you how many images I shot of myself in my kitchen, trying to look young and thin.  Figured I could achieve both effects with myself as a cardboard puppet. No wrinkles on the smooth cardboard.

Along Beechwood Boulevard looking to Homestead


Tug, Barges and Carrie Furnace on the Monongahela River- Autumn Afternoon

After school I drove down the slopes to the flats and headed to Homestead to buy a special cable for an external hard drive so I could retrieve a summer photo for Erika.

I turned onto Waterfront Road towards Best Buy and saw the late afternoon light reflected and warm the rusting metal across the Mon. Pulled over and stood on top of a guard rail to capture the sinking light on the Carrie Furnace, remnants of Homestead Steel Works  and then I heard the tug and saw it pushing the barges up the river.  It was a mighty scene on the river and the limitations of photography or my ability to capture it thoroughly, the seeing and feeling it, became clear once again.

The Rivers of Steel Heritage Corporation sponsors tours but the last one was October 15th so will have to wait until 2012.

If you want to get a real feel for the Blast Furnaces and the incredible history, interviews with employees  and historical photographs I recommend watching at least video # 1 at this website.  I especially liked the man reading the last names of the workers he found in some type of log at the site. He spoke of reading obituaries of workers who gave 30-40 years of hard work for the Homestead Steel Works What a compilation of footage of Carrie Furnace.  Closed in 1986.


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