Being a tourist in my own city

 

When you turn 65 in Pittsburgh you can apply for a free PAT bus pass.

Monday morning I went downtown on the 71 B.  I am going to familiarize myself with schedules and routes but having a smart phone is a big help

You can pick the stop where you’re waiting it tells you how many minutes until a bus arrives. My plan is to visit all of the 88 neighborhoods in the city of Pittsburgh.

Here’s  Day One of my Free Bus Pass Photography Adventure.IMG_9946Me waiting at Highland and Bryant for the 71 B to go downtown.

Meet Kevin M. who accepted my medicare card until I get the pass.

His portrait will be wonderful in the People at Work show next July.

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taken as I exited the bus, with his gracious permission.

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The Port Authority where you fill out your application to get your bus pass.

 

I went to the City County Building where I was greeted by a sign and a bronze statue of Mayor Caligiuri

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IMG_9977Mayor Caligiuri by Robert Berks 1990

 

 

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Cathedral of Learning   University of Pittsburgh

 

I rejoined the Carnegie Museum of Art in Oakland

 

 

Crabcake and Slaw lunch at the Union Grill

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St. Paul Cathedral as I went to the next Bus Stop to get to Shadyside where they were setting up a Vintage Car Show on Walnut Street

Cars arriving in trailers  I caught the next bus on Highland Avenue and guess who my driver was?  Yep you guessed. Turns out Kevin went to the same high school as my sons but he was a class ahead of Mark.

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Steve and I  took a ride up to Shadyside later to see the vintage cars but it was raining

 

 

 

Metal Restorer-People at Work

Meet John.  He restores metal downtown. Lots of metal.  

I spoke with him when I was downtown for lunch on jury duty selection day. 

 John used to teach shop but it was difficult to land a full time teaching position. 

How about these doors that have been restored? 

Here’s the BEFORE.  Check out left top corner 
I have to return to photograph some elevator doors he has restored. I should have asked him if he redtored the ones in the City County Building?Bronze elevator doors post, my guess? yes.

City Snippets Puddle Study

Along Grant Street, downtown Pittsburgh, after being released from jury duty. You know how I like reflections. 

I walked a few blocks to the train station to meet Steve who was picking me up.

 There must have been a lot of rain while I was inside the courthouse all day. 






‘Twas The Night Before Picklesburgh – 35 Foot Pickle Balloon Tethered to Ninth Street Bridge- Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is Picklesburgh this weekend. It starts Friday.

There will be a pickle juice drinking contest. Mmmmm.  Maybe I can get down there and photograph some of the festivities. Heinz Pickles production

Here’s a Pittsburgh Post Gazette article about it for more info.  Or a video from CBS with a ton more photos of the pickle balloon.

When I saw Picklesburgh listed in the news on the computer tonight, I got in the car (about 10:15) drove downtown and put the flashers on.  You couldn’t go on the main part of the bridge itself said the nice security man but I walked along the walkway and took a few photos of the giant pickle balloon at night.  I just thought there it would be some “fresh content” and a new topic. I hear there will be pickle cookies to eat.  All kinds of pickly treat to sample.

We can discuss dill, spears, sandwich slices, chips, bread and butter or sweet pickles another time.

I like pickle relish in tuna salad. Dill spears.

One summer I made pickles when I visited my brother David in Okanogan WA and they were delicious.

My grandmother’s handwritten pickle recipe is in a wooden box in my kitchen.

Two days of Picklesburgh and celebrating all things pickled.

Pickle Balloon UPMC Gulf Bldg

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City at Night Ninth Street Bridge

The city at night is always magical to me.

Ninth Street Bridge.

Pickle City at Night Ninth Street Bridge Patrol

City at Night Ninth Street Bridge Patrol

Security on patrol.

Mayor Richard S. Caligiuri Statue in the Snow

Photographed while at a red light on Valentine’s Day 2015.

Mayor Caligiuri Statue

On the steps of the City County Building.

This is a bronze sculpture of former mayor (served 1977-1988), Richard S. Caliguiri.

Here’s an article he wrote about facing his diagnosis of the fatal disease amyloidosis.

 “On October 19, 1990 a statue of Richard S. Caliguiri was dedicated on the steps in front of Pittsburgh’s City-County Building. The sculpture was made by well-known sculptor Robert Berks. It stands 9 feet tall and is 3 feet wide.”

Pure Pittsburgh Skyline 1993- Before All the Signs- Thanks to Groundhog Day Movie Capture

Tonight was the annual viewing of the Harold Ramis’ classic Groundhog Day movie.  If you follow the blog, you know how much my family enjoys this holiday.  (No gifts required)

I noticed in the opening credits how different the 1993 skyline looks.

The updated version will have to be another post.  And I’ll need a helicopter ride to capture the same angle.

A screen shot of my computer screen shows the old skyline as it appeared before all the advertisements.

Just two years ago there was an article written by Bob Bauder about this issue- Skyline-defiling signs targeted by council chief.  “Harris said the signs, including company names and logos, clutter the city skyline and detract from its aesthetic splendor.”

And author Charles Rosenblum’s blog post Under a Bad Sign–  Pittsburgh Architectual Club weighs in on the issue.

Pittsburgh Skyline 1993

Hot Town Summer in the City

Back of my neck feeling dirty and gritty.

This is a photograph without a caption other than waiting. One of my self-assignments is to experience more street photography this summer.

Taken with a 100-300mm Canon lens.  The old lightweight one.  Bought it used for $150 at the Camera Repair store.

Shot through the driver’s side glass when I was at  a red light.  I think I was spotted.

 

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Dancing at Bougival as Turn of the Century Giant Sculpture

I was downtown at the Camera Repair Service again.  Don’t ask.  Used a different camera card to experiment and tes.

Here is the delight of the day- (Stef!) 

A monumental sculpture by J Seward Johnson has been at PPG Place for “about four days”, the guard said.

But don’t worry.  The giant dancers will be in place until October.

Dancing at Bougival (painted in 1883 by Pierre A. Renoiris in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

 

Dancing at Bougival Fountains

 

 

 

 

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Dancing at Bougival PPG Place

From underneath

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Using the 100-300 Canon lens to get a closer look

 

 

Self Portrait at PPG PLace

The reflective glass made for a clear self portrait.