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Snowstorm Softens Skyline Edges in 2015 and in 2010

Self-assignment:  Return to the same place and take another photograph.

Did you ever see two photographs where you are to spot the differences?

IMG_7578Photographed February 2015

img_8139Photographed December 2010 Where the Rivers Meet   (note the Christmas Tree at the Point)


Mayor Richard S. Caligiuri Statue in the Snow

Photographed while at a red light on Valentine’s Day 2015.

Mayor Caligiuri Statue

On the steps of the City County Building.

This is a bronze sculpture of former mayor (served 1977-1988), Richard S. Caliguiri.

Here’s an article he wrote about facing his diagnosis of the fatal disease amyloidosis.

 “On October 19, 1990 a statue of Richard S. Caliguiri was dedicated on the steps in front of Pittsburgh’s City-County Building. The sculpture was made by well-known sculptor Robert Berks. It stands 9 feet tall and is 3 feet wide.”


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


Weekly Photo Challenge: Depth

Depth. Going deep. Depth of field. Meaurement. Feeling. Distance. Diving- where depth matters.

sycamores on Shady AVe

Sycamores on Shady Ave

PNC Parkdiving

Unknown Diver Needs Deep Water

spilled liquor

Bottle of spilled liquor running down the street on Liberty Avene, Little Italy Dayrs

Penn Ave Corner

back yard

St George Island

OSU swim

Roberto Clemente Bridge

durand cemetery

Forebears in Durand Cemetery, Illinois

three rivers


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


Lost Keys Board in Mellon Park

This morning I had a photo shoot in Mellon Park and I noticed this new Lost Keys Board.  A lot of people walk their dogs in the park and I guess they find a lot of keys.

At home I keep my car and house keys on a key rack somewhat near the front door.  School keys are on a neck lanyard.

I try to always put the car/house keys in a certain pocket in my purse.  Hmmmmm.

Somtimes I switch the routine, stick the keys in a pair of jeans when I run out to the car for something. Uh-oh. That is where the trouble begins.  I have retraced my steps many times.

Anyway here is the LOST KEYS board at the Park today

Lost Keys


Weekly Photo Challenge: Cover Art

Weekly Photo Challenge is COVER ART

Here is the image I would choose to put on the cover of a book. Because it makes me wonder.

The title of the hypothetical  book is

From the Passenger Window

Cover Art


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

skateboard ramp

skateboard park

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skateboard

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just  few satellite dishes for reception

satellite dish


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


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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