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Tugboat and Barges on the Monongahela

Saturday afternoon, after the poetry reading at the Pump House, I walked outside.

I saw the tug pushing the loaded barges up the Mon towards the Rankin Bridge.

Because the leaves are still on the trees, I had to find an open space to catch the scene before it got away. Carrie Furnace is in the background.   Shot with the iPhone5.

Tugboat on the Mon


Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual POV

Unusual POV?  selected from recent shoots

Different Point of View (6)Reflection at Idlewild Park Pond

 

 

Different Point of View (7)

Henrietta Pussycat as seen from Mr. Rogers Neighborhood Trolley- Idlewild Park

 

 

 

 

Different Point of View (5)Yellow Cab about to turn into the intersection as shot from the opposite curb

 

 

Different Point of View (2)Sunset and the city skyline as shot from the McArdle Roadway Bridge

 

 

Different Point of View (3)From McArdle Roadway Bridge, second half warm-up

 

 

Different Point of View (4)As I walked to my car, after the Red, White and Blue Invitational Cross Country Meet- Schenley Park

 

Different Point of View (1)

Not so unusual but this is the McArdle Roadway Bridge where I shot the other two photos

Different Point of View (8)

 

Grandson Michael steers the Ducky boat on the Monongahela River towards the Fort Pitt Bridge

 

 

 

and a Pirates game on TV, as  seen through a bar room window on Carson Street

Different Point of View

 

 

 

 

 


Made in America – Clairton, PA

Clairton PA is the largest coke manufacturing facility in the United States.  Tons of it!

And although the opening in the The Deer Hunter (Best Picture 1978) shows a sign Welcome to Clairton: The City of Prayer  (the film’s story set in the industrial town of Clairton) it sounds like the filming was in various locations other than the city itself.

I really didn’t know much about coke manufacturing from coal for steel production but you can read about it here and I haven’t seen The Deer Hunter in years I can still remember the vivid scenes.

The headline reads U. S. Steel Completed Clairton Coke Battery Project in a Pittsburgh Business Times article by Malia Spencer.  Trying to make production emissions greener…..

My daughter-in-law was driving so I was shooting from the passenger seat of the family van.  A famous photographer ( I forget who but someone might know and comment) when asked to give advice to novice photographers replied, ” You have to get out of your car.”  Oops.

I wish I had but we were headed to dinner at Aunt Linda’s and Uncle Frank’s.

Clairton Coke Works (1)

 

Through the windshield

 

 

Clairton Coke Works (3)

 

 

 

 

Clairton Coke Works (4)

 

 

 

the train yard as we headed down the Mon Valley along the Monongahela River

Train Yard Mon Valley


Tourists in Our Own City- Just Ducky Tours

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday afternoon Steve asked me if I wanted to take that Ducky Tour we had seen last week when we were downtown at the Arts Festival.

After a moment’s hesitation I threw on some clothes and we went.  What a good idea.

Had to wait and hour and a half for the next available tour as the weather was great and everyone was out. We sipped a Yuengling at the Hard Rock Cafe and then made our way to the line that was forming at flag #3 for our boat.

We had a lot of fun. It was so enjoyable.  Especially the rivers part.  Steve said he would definitely go again.

Everyone looks at you as you drive past and then you all quack like a duck so if you aren’t in a cheery disposition or that seems too too corny, don’t go.  It was really funny and fun and I documented the experience with the camera.

The feeling of driving into the river and leaving land was really a cool sensation.  And now I know where to take the grandchildren when they come to visit the city.  They would love taking a Just Ducky Tour.

Did you see the movie Saving Private Ryan? the driver asked.

Just Ducky Tours Amphibious Vehicles HistoryDucky Tour Vehicle

 

All six boats drive off at about the same time, like a convoy

the driver's seat

 

 

 

 

 

Self portrait

 

Self portrait in the rearview mirror

 

 

 

Tour Guide Cait

 

Tour guide Cait finds some humor to entertain the tourists.  Us!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sculptures at Station Square

 

Salvaged from a building? Who are these figures and what are they doing?

 

 

Smithfield Bridge

 

Historic Landmark Smithfield Bridge

 

 

Waiting for the Bus

 

 

 

 

 

 

Downtown Building Reflections

 

 

First you drive around downtown and see everything you know from a different vantage point.

 

 

PPG Plaza Fountain

 

PPG Plaza and fountain.

 

 

 

Man crossing the street

 

Looks like a character from a novel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parking Lot

 

Headed to find her car in the parking lot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blimp and PPG

 

The Blimp and PPG building

 

 

Entering the Mon River

 

 

 

Driving down the Mon Wharf, right into the Monongahela River!

 

 

 

Fort Pitt Bridge

 

Underneath the Fort Pitt Bridge

 

 

 

 

Point Park Fountain

 

The fountain is working again.

 

 

 

Just Ducky Tour Boat

 

What a Just Ducky Tour Boat looks like on the river.

 

 

 

Just Ducky Tour

 

There are the companion Ducky Tourists.

We were on the Monongahela, The Allegheny and the Ohio Rivers. RIght at the point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Driving out of the River

 

 

What it looks like when the amphibious vehicle drives out of the Monongahela River.

 

 

Just Ducky Tour

 

 

Right next to us on the road.  Watch that Baby!!!

Bicycles on Smithfield Bridge

 

 

 

 

 

Back at STation Square

 

Returned safely to Station Square.

They told us NO one has had to use a life jacket in the 16 years of Just Ducky Tours.  I took some photos of people driving the boat and am emailing them their pic.

Quack Quack Quack!

 

 


Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape

They call it challenge for a reason.  Escape. Or trying to.

Escape defined : Break free from confinement or control    (School is out June 17th)

Need to get away. Get out. Break free.

Attempted escape. Some of mine seem like “trapped” or “escape is necessary” . It makes me consider posting a photograph of our jail that they built along the Monongahela River, spoiling the scenic view. Escape from reality.  A fire escape?

Me trapped in the mail chute

Me in the mail chute at the City County Building today when we took down the art show.

Fencing so the Cheetahs Can’t Escape!

Fenced in at the Wilds

NYC

Kayaks on Allegheny River

Kayaks on the Allegheny River Photographed from the Roberto Clemente Bridge

Branch trapped

Fence and Branch at the Softball Game

Get out of the Car Wash

Did you ever feel like you can’t escape when you are in the middle of the car wash?

 

 

 

Play House Captive

Take the keys and lock her up! Little sister tries to escape

Buy a lottery ticket

A hopeful escape from reality and the rat race. I guess I need to buy a ticket.  Oh well.

The Book Loft in Columbus

The Book Loft Columbus Ohio.  Reading is a terrific escape!

Roller Coaster at KennywoodA roller coaster is good for a brief escape

at Kennywood Amusement Park

Helicopter Getaway

Ready for the get away

Fire Escapes

 A Couple of Fire Escapes  ( I was shooting the Bitter End, I think)

Central Park

Central Park Pastorale

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Found Shopping List

Sunday afternoon I drove across the Monongahela River to the Waterfront at Homestead, PA and did a little grocery shopping.

When I wheeled my cart to load the car, I saw this little list on the pavement of the parking lot.

I used to photograph found lists, little wrinkled slips of paper, write poems about them. Some lists abandoned in a cart-  seemed like poems when I found them.

I’d think about the people who wrote them. Sometimes they’d written the oddest mix of items.

I have a friend who keeps a magnetized shopping list pad on her fridge and when she uses something up, she writes it down immediately so she can replenish the larder.  I’m not that disciplined.  I’ve written a list and then left it at home but it can help when trying to remember what I’d written down.

There are even tablets of preprinted lists and you just check the boxes of what you need to get at the store. That’s not my style of list, either.  When I entertain I’m more likely to write a menu AND a shopping list.  Cross things off as I put them in the cart.

What is your “list style”?

What's Cooking Tonight?

What’s Cooking Tonight?


River Catches Lights at Dusk

It’s been a week of bridges on the blog.  Here’s one more.  I thought the lights in the river look impressionistic.  A soft focus on the bridge. Need to keep tripod or brace better against the light pole to avoid camera shake.  You know how I like it when the sky grows dark and the lights come up. And I like to catch reflections.

Once known as the Homestead High-Level Bridge over the Monongahela River, it was rededicated in 2002 to honor The Grays Baseball Team of the Negro League so is known as the Homestead Grays Bridge.  Built in 1936.

“It is notable as the first bridge to utilize the Wichert Truss, which uses a quadrilateral shape over each support.”  says wikipedia.

Homestead Grays Bridge Reflection


My Maps App Took Me Here to Cross the Mon?

(I think I read somewhere-  don’t use alliteration?  Mmmmmmmmm.)

How did I end up here, looking to cross the Mon?

I couldn’t believe it when I landed right in front of this sign. Bridge Closed.  It was just getting dark.

Turns out this bridge to Donora has been closed since 2009!!! The way you have to go now is a four mile addition to the trip.

The Monongahela River winds all around the place.  I’d crossed it at Homestead at the beginning of my journey.

Then I found out later this bridge is slated to be demolished.

With the help of my son’s MIL, Marlene, on the phone in Hardy, Virginia,  I found the Monessen Bridge and wound around  and up and over  to Donora.

You can’t always trust your Maps App.  At least the sign didn’t say BRIDGE OUT!    It was one of three routes.  Better try a different one next time. I read about the major supports having deteriorated.  Maybe the maps app just wanted to show me it for a photo op?

Took this right out of the passenger window

Took this right out of the passenger window


Last Sliver of Sun

Before I drove up the mountain, I went to one of my favorite spots on West Carson Street.  This is what made me decide to head up to Mt. Washington to catch the incline in the snow as the sun set.

 

city skyline


Incline in the Snow

I returned to the Duquesne Incline platform on Monday evening as I arrived from Ohio.  Not quite as much snow as I thought there would be.

Taken just as the sun sank in the sky and the temperatures dropped.  Will try again, a different winter day.

Couldn’t wait any longer to shoot when the sky was darker as it was too windy and cold.  You might have liked the night time version better.

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