Pittsburgh City Lights on the Allegheny

Becky B’s Square Light Challenge continues to inspire January’s photographs.

A bit of fog added to the mood on the swollen river, seeping over the wall.

Apollo 11 Command Module Hatch Window

Laura and Charlie are in from Ohio so we returned to see the Destination Moon Exhibit at the Heinz History Center.  Charlie ( 3 1/2) loves all things SPACE.

Today I captured them from the other side of the hatch, looking though.  Of course it is protected under glass/plexiglass.

You can see the other side of the hatch here

Throwing Coins in the Wishing Well

We drove from Columbus this afternoon and  pulled into Pittsburgh and went straight to the Phipps Conservatory Botanical Garden to see the train exhibit before they change exhibits after Sunday.

Do you ever throw a coin in a wishing well or a fountain and make a wish?

Here is Michael making his coin splash, thinking about his wish.

IMG_1880He told me to wait to take the picture as he was thinking about his wishes carefully.  I was scrounging around in the bottom of my purse pockets for coins.

 

Charlie made a splash, too.

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I was trying to get the moment of impact on the water.

 

Here are the trains.

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Dinner Out Coincides with Millvale Days Once Again

It was Thursday night.  Steve and I met our friend V at Grant Avenue Bar in Millvale for a casual dinner and saw the road was blocked off and a banner overhead announced MILLVALE DAYS 2015. We were there!

This exact experience has happened to me and Steve before, three years ago (see post). But there wasn’t any wrestling going on this evening.

After dinner we walked down Grant Avenue, listened to a couple of live bands, checked out the vintage cars and ate a piece of Yetter’s chocolate.  Unexpected fun.  Of course, I’d left my camera at home!

And there’s a to-go container of tapioca in the fridge downstairs. Looking forward to breakfast.

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Pittsburgh Skyline, Incline and Sea of Fog

Pittsburgh in Fog

Made the decision to turn right at the mouth of the Liberty Tunnel, go to Mount Washington and photograph the city in fog on the way to school this morning.

I thought the above shot was best with the gift of light on the incline car, as it prepared to head down the mountain. No tripod although there was a man with one.  I stabilized my camera on the iron fence.

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Of course, the light changes every moment as the sunrises in the east.  All shots taken with 24-70 lens on the Canon 5D Mark ii

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One vertical shot. Light and dark/ Cloud and shadow.

Trying to get the best view in the frame.

Being there. looking at the city in the fog,  was a magnificent experience. The limits of photography.

It felt like being in a plane but you’re standing on a concrete platform by the incline, looking at the city disappear in a foggy sea. Wasn’t it just last week I was photographing the icy river and the barge lane?  Today felt like early Spring.

IMG_9358Three young men agreed to let me capture their silhouettes. Thanks guys.  I’ll email them  the blog post link today.

Ohio River Fog Before Sunrise, Then Clear Reflections

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday morning I met my friend and her son to photograph his senior pictures at the boathouse where he rows.

It was foggy and felt like fall.

I could hear a tugboat chugging along the river but could just make out the lights. Not even an outline.

Then as the time passed the bridge was visible and the fog burned off.  It was a beautiful morning.Railroad Crossing in the Fog

 

Getting down to the river.

 

 

 

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Pretty thick fog.

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You can see the lights of the boat.

 

 

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Can’t see the bridge

 

 

 

IMG_0678Front row seating on the Ohio River

 

 

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IMG_1038 Visible bridge now.

 

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Ohio River Reflections

Sun and light, reflections.

 

 

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Ohio River Reflections

 

 

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Chairs on the RiverWith the fog burned off

 

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Holy Family in a wishing wellWhat I saw when I drove home. Holy Family Wishing Well.

 

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

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just  few satellite dishes for reception

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Little Italy Days Nighttime Collage

Steve and I went over to Bloomfield Saturday night to see what was happening at Little Italy Days.  We saw fire consumption as we did in June by @PghFireGirl

The recycled glass Aurora Lamps were eye-catching.  And there were a ton of food vendors and food trucks.

We met Lenny and James and admired the BBQ trophies.  James gave us a sample to take home and will be competing down at Heinz Field next week.  The Wool Sports Logo Banners would look great at school in the counselor’s office.

The Sacred Heart Window
The Sacred Heart Window

Daniel Striped Tiger was the Highlight for Me

But the kids loved everything in the Children’s Museum on the North Side.

Porch Swing

They said “Just like Lala’s porch swing”   (at the entrance)

 

Jack and Maura rushing to get inside. We lucked out –  THROWBACK THURSDAY the kids were 1/2 price admission.

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Silk screening first so everything had a chance to dry in the studio before we took it home

Silk Screen

 

Maura loved putting her artwork into the dryer and watching it come out the other end on the conveyor belt.

 

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ribbonsOf course Grandma had to take a shot of the installation art     More Light by Dick Esterle with the beautiful ribbons and the rotunda of the Old Post Office.

constructionDon’t  bother buying toys, just tape of corrugated boxes so the kids can build. STUDIO

 

tower clockI found this  Tower Clock n the stairwell when I checked on Jack.

 

 

Ant Farm CLimb

Climbing in the Ant Farm.  They never tired of climbing up and down.

 

Mr. Rogers SweaterOne of the Mr. Rogers’ items in the museum.  His mother knit this- perfectly

You can watch Mr Rogers explain how his mother shows love here

His sneakers were in the next exhibit area- ATTIC

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Stop Animation Video

Maura tried her hand at STOP animation video production  in MAKESHOP®

Gravity Room SLideLost count how many times they went down the slide via the Gravity Room

 

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Cool puppets display in the ATTIC

 

But here is my favorite  Daniel Striped Tiger

Daniel Striped Tiger

 

 

Henrietta PussycatHenrietta Pussycat Puppet from Mr. Rogers Neighborhood

 

 

 

spin the sand

This sand design created by  spinning the disk is mesmerizing  –  Avalanche by Ned Kahn

 

 

video emotions

Videoing the emotion on the screen  This is SCARED in the XOXO exhibit.  All you need is love………..

 

 

spinning barrels

A really great installation art piece of the spinning barrels    by Will Schlough  in the GARAGE

 

 

 

jack and the parachute

Jack cranked the parachute up to the ceiling but it got trapped.

 

 

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You can see the Old Post Office Rotunda from the outside

 

 

At the outdoor lemonade stand, Jack promised to buy me a new car on his promise of a good deed tag.   No money for the lemonade.  I promised to be a patient grandmother and tweeted it with a hashtag.

Jack got on the KDKA news clip

 


Waiting for the mist to come in Buhl Community Park- Cloud Arbor by Ned Kahn  click here to see an excellent photo

 

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The original Carnegie Free Library on the North Side (Allegheny).  Walked by on the way to the car. It was a great day.

Thanks to my friend V for suggesting I take the kids.  A very good idea.