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Winter City Reflection

On the way home from the airport. Steve had picked me up. We stopped by the North Shore.

I’d just come from almost 70 degrees weather is Arizona and the winter city at dusk was such a contrast.

The beauty of winter.

IMG_4213Lone jogger on the trail along the Allegheny River.

 

IMG_4223Bill Mazeroski runs into home plate for a Pirates win- 1960 World Series

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A bit of snow highlighted Mr. Mazeroski’s shoulders

IMG_4209From the North Shore.


Four out of Five

The 2015 Annual Report on the Blog came from WordPress .

Four out of five most viewed blogposts this year were NOT published in 2015.

Just one of the most viewed was posted this year.

Not sure what to think about the most popular posts viewed in 2015 date back to 2010.   Huh?


NOW- Day 3

“Sometimes, we get caught up in nostalgia, future fantasy, or both, and we don’t embrace the “now.” For this week’s challenge, take a moment to notice your present, and share a photo of it.”

Embracing the “now” as I returned home this afternoon.

Took a moment. Noticed my present.  Sharing a photo of it.

 

dirty dishes in the sink

Dirty dishes in the sink and an empty eggnog container to rinse and recycle.


My Favorite Christmas House

Yes, the longest day of the year is coming soon. Craving the light.

This is the third year I’ve photographed this house.

I love how they go all out.

One year I sent it as my Christmas Card cause it looked like a Gingerbread Candy House all lit up.

This year I took the photo with my iPhone, just two shots.

I think they’ve changed to LED lights.  It must take a tremendous amount of time to install all these lights.

Will I remember to drive by in July and see if they leave them up all year round, such a lot of time to decorate? Probably not.

At the end of the post, if you scroll down, you can see the string of lights Steve added to the front of our house. When I drove home from Ohio Wednesday night, I saw the colorful   beacon along the driveway and it touched me that he put  up a string of lights and plugged them in. Reminiscent of Charlie Brown’s sweet little tree.  He must have found them in the garage.

You can see why I am so attracted to the over the top display highlighting the architectural details of the Morningside home.  So cheerful in the dark night.

 

XmasHouse2015Here is the 2015 view taken Thursday night.

 

 

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The 201o version above.

 

IMG_4266Lone string of lights on bare branch tree to stave off the darkness at my house.  Less is more?


Bread and Salt Adventure

Maybe you read Mark Bittman’s farewell article A Slice of Heaven in Pittsburgh (in the NYTimes) about the Pittsburgh bakery- Bread and Salt.

My neighbor and I went over to Bloomfield and got in line to order our lunch. We took it to go.

Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday you need to plan ahead.

You can order via email. If you ordered bread or pizza online you don’t have to wait in the line.  Just go ahead to the counter, pay and pick up.

Samples of bread are in bowls on the counter. Here are a couple of loaves.  They are sold by the pound so you can get exactly what you need, you don’t have to buy the whole loaf.

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Here is Laura on her first day of work. She was gracious to let me photograph her.

That’s a ricotta/almond cake.  They weigh the bread and pizza. It was Laura’s (smiling on right) first day

 

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We sampled all four types offered on Friday.

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We had a nice lunch back at my neighbor’s.

Lots of fresh veggie toppings.

The one on the right is the Rosa pizza with oregano.

The classic Margherita was my favorite.  The combination of basil, fresh  mozzarella and tomatoes so fragrant and delicious. Next time I plan to try the bread.

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Writer Hal Klein has an article in Pittsburgh Magazine describing the breads, the baker Rick Easton  and the bakery

If you plan to go, be sure to click the Bread and Salt link to check on hours of operation.


Ohio River Antique Mall Sampling

There is something for everyone. Three floors of all kinds of items.

I don’t need a single thing and yet I enjoy looking.

Instead, I should be signing up for the attic or basement clean-outs offered.

My friend and I were driving back from the yarn store.  I was stocking up for the winter.

We’d seen this colorful place on the way out to Sewickley and made a stop on the way back.

The huge ornament is from Kaufmann’s Department Store Santa Land and the giant cage belonged to Mrs. Kaufmann’s tropical bird (which outlived her)

santa land ornament

Bill the owner told us the story about the bird and the ornament and you can see how this scene caught our eye as we drove by.

 

kaufmann christmas tree

Too bad I didn’t have this photo for the WPC Ornate-   Kaufmann’s Christmas Tree

 

valisesYou know these suitcases (valises) each have a story. Not sure where they’ve been.

 

Barbie dollsYou know the dolls look at me….or in this case, look away from the lens.

 

bride doll

Not sure if bride dolls are still manufactured but they were popular at one time.

ANTIQUES

self portrait in antique mirrorSelf portrait.  There were two more floors but we didn’t have time today to explore.

I bought a handkerchief.  Has a little nursery rhyme in the middle.  Another post just for it another day.

So free consultations for Estate Sales, on site and home appraisals, a licensed precious metal dealer,

if you need a cleanout of attic, basement and or garage or need to rent props for a movie or a play

William Cox is the owner.  4331 Ohio River Blvd.   (right near where you turn to go to Bellevue)

If you’re looking for something specific, email him

antiquemallohioriver(at)yahoo(dot)com

 

 

 

 


Pittsburgh Sculpture: Joy of Life by Virgil Cantini, 1960

Saturday afternoon I drove home from a happy baby shower on the South Side.

The late autumn light on this sculpture was gorgeous.  Although I drive by this sculpture frequently, I don’t stop.

I parked, got out of the car, listened to the fountain and felt the spray as the wind was gusting.

The circle of figures holding one another in the circle seemed particularly beautiful this afternoon.  When I came home and looked it up, I was reminded of the sculpture’s title-

Joy of Life.

Joy of Life

Joy of Life in Wet Pavement

East Liberty Presbyterian Church and Joy of Life

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The Weekly Photo Challenge: Victory


Giant Golden Ginkgo

Not quite alliteration with the “g” but this is one majestic tree in Highland Park, Pittsburgh PA.

Ginkgo has several spellings and there are male and female trees. The golden fan leaves make it one of  the prettiest trees in autumn.

View one of the Giant Golden Ginkgo Tree

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View 2  I felt the telephone pole was in the way but the light is different from this angle.

Ginkgo tree


Larimer School Revisted

Didn’t someone just post about beauty in decay?

I know photographers who go into abandoned buildings and take some striking images. Usually with a friend to spot.

Me? I took these from my car window.

Haunting views of Mayview Mental Hospital come to mind, a documentary video created by a wonderful teacher I had at Manchester Craftsmen’s GuildJill Wiggins.

I returned to Larimer school where my friend Joan used to teach. You might remember the initial post. 

Here is what I saw this time.   Clearly there is something happening on site.  Just now sure what.

Larimer School

Larimer School doors

pile of tires

clearing out junk

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Pittsburgh Autumn in a Bright Light

Yesterday I photographed a few scenes in the drizzly rain. I posted Pittsburgh Autumn in a Dull Light.

Today it was bright and so I returned to the same spots. You can’t see how windy it was.

Thinking about how light affects the mood, color and feel of a photograph.

carrie Furnace and autumn leaves

Carrie Furnace in a bright light today

 

Today’s shot of the Homestead Smokestacks

homestead smokestacks bright

homestead stacks autumnYesterday in the dull light.   The overcast day seems to make the colors more vibrant.

and Three Red Trees

 

 

from the other shore

Homestead Grays Bridge from the other shore  The Monongahela river today.

 

 

and look what happened on my way home? CLOUDS! Lots of clouds arrived in about fifteen minutes time.

neighborhood autumn clouds


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