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Weekly Photo Challenge: Boundaries

Boundaries.  Some people have none.

The creator of the challenge Ben Huberman says,”This week, let’s explore the creative potential of limits, borders, and dividers of all types.”

Here are a few visible from the archives


swim lanes 2

Keeping in her lane at the swim meet.


turtle soup sign

Finding the turtle soup sign. Taken by Anna.  I was driving.

Ninth Street Bridge

Ninth Street Bridge. Allegheny River. The night before the Pickle Festival.




hospital nurseryAfter the swim meet. Anna and Michael ooking through the nursery glass window, watching their first first cousin, Charlie.


swim lanes 3 Maura (r) dives off the block into her lane.

forbes field wall

Forbes Field Wall where Pittsburgh Pirate Bill Mazeroski hit his famous homerun to win the 1960 World Series.



A Pittsburgh Wall We Know and Love (and a Couple of our Regular Retaining Walls)

A very special wall Forbes Field.

The remains.

Forbes Field is long gone (1972)

-but the wall where the1960 World Series was won by Bill Mazeroski’s homerun stands.

It’s called the Greatest Homerun Ever.  You can watch it at YouTube here

Forbes Field Wall


Forbes Field

And the retaining walls of Pittsburgh are featured prominently in Rick Sebak‘s excellent video 25 Things I Like About Pittsburgh available for viewing on Youtube for a short time.

You can’t believe how many retaining walls there are in every neighborhood of the city.


Serious Unicycles for the Split-Second Story

Thought this a good story for the Split-Second Weekly Photo Challenge although I am in a gray area as it is to be a single frame telling a story.
Uh-oh. If the creator (Shane Francescut, Toronto Street Photographer and Blogger) of the challenge is grading the entries, mine will not meet the objective.

But how often are you in the company of unicyclists?

I was down at PNC Park photographing the prom goers and two nice guys drove by on unicycles. They cycled past me,  and as I was photographing them from behind, the guy in the yellow shirt gave the thumbs up and looked back at me and unintentionally gave me what looked to be an “uncomfortable shot” when he lost his balance momentarily.


They stopped and talked with me for a bit and I asked them stupid questions about their wheels.  Steve and Daniel.  Thank you! And I bet I am not the first person to ask them goofy questions-

These were SERIOUS unicycles. Unicyclists are well balanced they said.   I asked if I could blog them and they agreed. unicycles Steve on the left. Daniel on the right   Prom 2014 314 Ouch   Prom 2014 315 Prom 2014 316 Thumbs up sign, all is well.     Prom 2014 317Getting back on the unicycle.  Check out that tread.   unicycle   I was just wondering how different people get involved in different activities.  I am sure I would not even be able to get on one and make it go.

By the Dawn’s Early Light- Opening Day

As I was driving to school, crossing the Liberty Bridge, I decided to make a right turn up McArdle  Roadway to Mt. Washington and shoot the city from the Duquesne Incline Platform.  Traffic didn’t seem too thick. I knew I could do it.

Time tight,  the light so nice and the next Opening Day would be a year away.   You saw the view from inside the park on yesterday’s post.

A decision, a moment, you know you’re a photographer.

And as I was standing there I realized I’m witnessing the sun rising, coming up behind the buildings. It didn’t take too long.

I had to wait to shoot the sun as it peeked through.  Not exactly Stonehenge in NYC but a thrill just the same!

PNC Park was a happy place as the Pittsburgh Pirates won in the 10th Inning.  (sorry Chicago John) You can see the Ballpark lights glowing on the left hand side of the photos.



Opening Day Pittsburgh



and the iPhone shot


sunrise Pittsburgh





Sure Signs of Spring

At the high school baseball game after school Monday afternoon.

A gallery of abandoned baseballs in the brush-

baseball 4





sunflower hulls and cleat marks


Cleat marks in the dirt and discarded sunflower seed hulls





baseball 6

It was like an Easter Egg Hunt, all of the lost baseballs in the underbrush.  The afternoon light hitting them sideways.





baseball glove 1

Leather baseball glove or is it a mitt, lying on the wooden bench.




baseball fans 3The weather felt like a football game but the fans huddled together, wrapped in a blanket.




baseball 5

I see a bit of new green in the baseball photos amongst the dead leaves.




baseballs 2




baseball interior

And Monday March 31st will be Opening Day for the Pittsburgh Pirates with the Chicago Cubs coming to PNC Park

Follow Me to Forbes Field Vintage Sign

Saw this sign on the back wall behind the Cobra Kings band at Excuses on the South Side Friday night. The kitchen door is on the right, the spice rack a blur.

Some of you may know how Baseball in October is a big thrill in the city of Pittsburgh right now, after twenty one years without a winning season we have one now…. and then some!

Another game against the St. Louis Cardinals tomorrow afternoon. On our home field of PNC Park. Everyone is hoisting the Jolly Roger flags and cheering them on.

Forbes Field Forever is a website which maintains the memories although the actual field is no longer there, but the brick wall with the painted distance numerals is still in Oakland, covered with some ivy. Home plate in a U of Pitt building floor, covered with plexiglass for all to see. GO BUCS!

follow me to forbes field

Weekly Photo Challenge: Good Morning!











Liberty Tunnel

Note the Pirates Flag at the mouth of the Liberty Tunnel- Red ligh

Of course I posted the Pittsburgh at daybreak and then they call for GOOD MORNING challenge

Some new  some from the archives.




La Prima Espresso







sunrise (2)




sunrise (1)

School buses arrive at school



Sunrise in the windows of school

Vending Machine


Vending machine loading at Hudson River NYC



Farm Machinery


Behind farm machinery in Ohio



cross countryCross country meet at Schenley Park

Baseball in October

Steve and I went down to PNC Park and the Sixth Street Bridge and walked along the Allegheny River.

We could hear the roar of the crowd- 6-2 over Cincinnati tonight.  It was an energetic and enthusiastic crowd.  First time there’s been baseball in October for the Pittsburgh Pirates in TWENTY ONE YEARS!

Fireworks are shot off for every home run so it was a loud night.

Oh, and we saw the Forty Foot Duck, moored at the Point by the fountain.

Jolly Roger from Bridge

Jolly Roger from BridgeFans

Pirates in the Allegheny

Pirates on the Allegheny River with their own version of the Rubber Duck


Rubber Duck and Fountain

Home Run





Burgh MAnBurgh Man with a lit up cape, skating by in a blur


Jolly RogerEveryone is hoisting the Jolly Roger



WPXI News (1)WPXI Channel 11 News filming the exciting news of a win over Cincinnati and the Pirates are going to St. Louis on Thursday

Raising the Jolly Roger in the Burgh

Baseball in October’s called BUCTOBER around here. Go Bucs! 

For the first time in a couple of decades, the whole city of Pittsburgh is excited about baseball.

(Now Sue, you were there all the twenty one years of losing seasons too so this must be especially sweet)

Pittsburgh Pirates –  a winning season and  clinched a spot in the playoffs.


Jolly Roger (2)




Jolly Roger (1)

Maz and the Rockets Red Glare

One more photograph from Fireworks Night. Bill Mazeroski statue lit up by the Zambelli Fireworks last Saturday night.


MAz and the Rockets Red Glare

Bill Mazeroski statue in silhouette against a fiery sky. 


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