Neville Island Night Lights on the Ohio River

The retirement party at our friend’s home on Neville Island began in early afternoon but the barges and tugs went by into the night. Both directions!

Lots of drama to watch. Multiple freight trains on the opposite bank blew their train whistles.

See the powerful blue light the Captain was shining down river to illuminate a buoy in the middle of the river?  Neville Island Bridge is in the background.

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Centerpieces with tiny white lights and fishing accessories glowed like lanterns.

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Here you can see the dark barges being pushed by the tug as they approach the bridge.IMG_1673.JPG

 

 

IMG_1657.JPGIMG_1639.JPGIMG_1699.JPGIMG_1736IMG_1683The bonfire kept us warm and warded off the increasing damp chill as the sun disappeared. Skipping the photo my friend took of me devouring a gooey s’more.

 

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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.

 

IMG_1034Daylight burned off the fog

 

 

 

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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.

 

What a Difference a Year Makes

Happy Seventh Birthday Jack (John Patrick).

March 21st is your big day.  Thought you’d like to see the faces your old grandma captured this past year!

 

Last year you looked like this.

Jack in the Monkey tie

 

 

And now you are getting your permanent front teeth after losing those baby ones!

 

The shot below was taken one week before your birthday at the Columbus Car Show.

 

jack is sevenYou had a great year being six-   Here you are making the leap from six to seven!

jack at Idlewild stepping

 

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned

Abandoned.  

Defined:

left without needed protection or care

left by the owner

no longer held or thought of : given up

 

Not to be confused with lost.

WordPress’ Cheri Lucas Rowlands posted the challenge with a great example of the interior of an abandoned building.  It’s apparent that I stick with exteriors.

 

Old School House near Okanogan Washington

Old School

 

 

 

Old School

shot from the road

 

boarded up

 

Boarded up in Wilkinsburg PA

 

 

 

Smith Mountain Lake Virginiaabandoned boat

 

 

 

 

 

near Okanogan Washington – mailboxes still in place on the right

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Conneaut Amusement Park  PAconneaut amusement park

 

Old bathtub at Conneaut

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chair on the sidewalk

                                                                                             New York City Chair and Hanger

Photograph taken near school one afternoon.  abandoned umbrella

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

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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

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You Ought to Write a Book….By George- George Boyle, That Is!

Last Saturday night we were down by PNC Park and strolling along the walkway while the Pirates were inside the park, beating the St. Louis Cardinals, 7-1. The Allegheny River was muddy and reflecting the night lights of the boats and city.

My friend Steve saw a man he recognized.  Captain George Boyle on the Safety Boat by the fireworks on the barge.  They hadn’t seen each other in years.

Captain George was patrolling the river to keep the pleasure boats away from the barge where  the fireworks were set to go off after the game, to  keep the boaters out of the danger zone.

Captain George invited us aboard the Safety Boat, and Steve bought his book (which Captain George autographed for him) One of those serendipitous moments in life.

“A world traveling photographer and film producer chronicles the highlights and adventures of a unique and thrilling career”

If you’re from Pittsburgh you might have seen one of the 13 part TV series “What’s New at the Zoo” which Captain George filmed.

You can read about Captain George’s suiting up in scuba gear and his retrieval of the Gateway Clipper Steamboat’s Paddlewheel from the bottom of the Allegheny River.

Captain George Boyle

Captain George Boyle just autographed a copy of You Ought to Write A Book…By George

Lots of adventures packed in twenty chapters!  If you want a copy of his book just leave a comment and I’ll contact Captain George.

Here is what Mr. Fred Rogers said in the blurb on the back cover

“My goodness George, what a marvelous tome you have written.  You certainly have gone to great lengths to help the reader understand some of the technical details of photography.  I’m happy to be included in the events of your life.”  Fred Rogers, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood