Sometimes you need to call an expert in their field.
A DIY project, when it comes to wildlife encroaching on your territory, doesn’t work
Living across the street from the park and having beautiful deciduous trees makes it a terrific place for squirrels to live. Great. So long as they stay in the trees!
I am really glad it isn’t bats.
The box gutter had a large hole around the downspout, chewed by a critter(s). When I got home from my midwinter break I heard the scurrying of little paws outside my bedroom window but inside the wooden box gutter. It’s an old house.
Yesterday, I had to call Pete Cappa of Cappa Wildlife Control Services. Within 24 hours he arrived to assess the situation.When we were settling up, he told me about being bitten right down to the bone of his thumb by a squirrel and how much it hurt.
I asked him if I could photograph him for my People at Work series and he graciously agreed. Thanks Pete. And you might notice on his website he does not deal with cats or dogs.
“Specializing in the humane removal of nuisance wildlife!”
He got out this critter in the trap from the back of his truck for the photo. From someone else’s home.
I didn’t want my home to become Grey Gardens.
Thank you for visiting the blog and clicking the ‘like’ button and/or leaving some good words. I appreciate your taking the time to look at the photographs. If you’ve been with me this year, you’ve already seen these images but after reading the Annual Review of my Blogging Year from WordPress, I wanted to capture 2015 myself. What I notice is I like weather, people, family and night photography.
I wish you a new year filled with good health and happiness.
A few of my favorites from 2015- I skipped over most of the food photos. Will take new ones in 2016!
Grandkids visit “Cloud Arbor is made up of 64 steel poles reaching 32 feet into the sky, embedded with nozzles that spray a fine mist of water, creating the effect of a spherical cloud suspended in the air.” (artist Ned Kahn)
Some of the family photos-
People at work and play
Before Thanksgiving vacation, I was looking for the game Scattergories. It was sold out in two places I’d looked. (and it wasn’t in this discount store either) It’s still on my list.
When I see a Claw Machine I think of random news reports about small children getting up into them somehow.,
I asked if the Claw Machine was popular which was a dumb question cause there she was refilling it with loads of stuffed animals. Turns out there is a lot of info about the Claw Machines and the mechanical cranes. Here is an article about The Science Behind the Claw Machine Will Enrage You at Buzzfeed
Then I looked up How to Win at the Claw Machine, not that I want to win any of the stuffed animals but wondered if there was a strategy. click- Win at a Claw Machine
I’ve not attempted to use one……..yet.
In fact, I didn’t even know there was science or strategy behind it!
This is Ellis whom I met in Cambridge Ohio. I thought he was selling eggs. Cambridge, OH on Interstate 70 is halfway between Pittsburgh and Columbus.
I’d pulled into a Cracker Barrel to buy a giant set of checkers and use the rest room.
We got to talking, he told me about the price range for the various brands of balls but I didn’t need any golf balls.
Turns out he was from my neck of the woods. West Mifflin, McKeesport, Duquesne- all in the Pittsburgh vicinity.
He will attend a niece’s wedding and unfortunately that’s the same day as his 60th reunion from high school. Hope I got that all correct, sir. Thank you.
To give you a better perspective on his location- above is a crop of the photo below.
Not sure what number of the photographic series but Saturday morning I was in Oakland,(Pittsburgh) shopping at Top Notch Art Store for the 40% off sale on the Prismacolor Pencils-
and all of a sudden the driver of a USPS truck is waving at me.
I looked through the door to the silhouette and and recognized him.
He pulled around to the curb and it was fun! I’d never seen him at work. I learned about the
OD green boxes on the corners. Working all day Saturdays.
Thanks for letting me photograph you, Greg. You are always nice to me about my photography!
I received a text this afternoon, asking if I’d partner with a friend at cooking class tonight.
Something about March Madness and a sick friend – they couldn’t attend. I was happy to fill in, third string.
Sure, I said. I’ll go. She picked me up around 5:45 and off we went.
My friend Barb took her own canvas bag of supplies including a bottle of dishwashing liquid- heavy duty oven gloves. She even brought a garbage bowl.
We were all set, slicing and dicing and preparing the recipes just as Executive Sous Chef Stephen V instructed us.
There were tables throughout the high school culinary class, each filled with two teams of two.
Here is our instructor for the class. Chef Stephen also is an adjunct instructor at the Art Institute- Pittsburgh.
Chef Stephen Varela
Executive Sous Chef
Fox Chapel Golf Club
(I asked if it would be okay to take a few photographs and Chef Stephen consented. Thank you)
Barbara cut the pears for the salad. She added some Hearts of Palm as well.
Charred red pepper for the Pita Bread Individual Pizzas with Pesto or Hummus and a drizzle of Balsamic Glaze
The side salad
Mixed Spring Greens with diced pear, artichokes, and oven toasted croutons with a poppy seed dressing. I was able to bring some home in a contaner (yes, my friend was prepared with empty containers) for school lunch tomrrow.
Thanks for a fun evening Barb -on the right. Me in the Zagreb,Croatia apron.
And on the way out we peeked in next door to see the Crochet Class. At first I thought it was knitting. Everyone was so nice.
For the people at work series.
This is Beth of M and B Designs. On their site it says you can get a design made, ready for pickup in 120 minutes.
She was customizing t-shirt designs for the young dancers in a dance competition at our high school, using the airbrush and it was fascinating to watch her work. She does all sorts of gymnastics, sports and name designs.
I misplaced her card.
Sorry Beth. Thanks for being part of my “people at work” series.
One of the first images I captured with the new mirrorless camera when I was out in Ohio with the family for Christmas.
Granddaughter Anna with the reflected light from an iPad, no other light.