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200 Tons of Sand Divided by 5

My friend Roberta called me today. What a great find for the blog! She told me about the cool competition happening in front of the main Carnegie Library.  Pittsburgh themed and sand sculptures being created by five international teams of two, right under a big tent in Oakland.

The competition is over Friday afternoon at three-“Trowels Down”

200 tons of sand from a quarry was delivered to the walkway in front of the museum, then moved by a front loader.

Each team received 40 tons of sand to sculpt.

IMG_2860International Sand Sculptor Katsuhiko Chaen  has a Sand Museum in Japan


IMG_2917Teammate Bruce Phillips from San Diego concentrating on details of “Dear Andy”.



Teammates Andrius Petkus from Lithuania and Maxim Gazendam the Netherlands creating “The Pearl”IMG_2912“The Pearl”




“Master of Steel”


Jon Woodworth from Texas and Karen Fralich from Ontario Canada work on their sculpture “Master of Steel”


Fergus Mulvany from Ireland and Thomas Koet from Florida

“The Renaissance of Pittsburgh”




“Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio  The Three Graces of Pittsburgh”

Teammates Ilya Filimontsev from Russia &  Susanne Ruseler of the Netherlands


IMG_2943Sifting the sand to get rid of the rubble


IMG_2946Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh- Main

IMG_2942If you want to try your hand at sculpting sand, here is a link from Katsuhiko Chaen  to the Sand Museum in Japan on how to do it.


and FB page

Snowstorm Softens Skyline Edges in 2015 and in 2010

Self-assignment:  Return to the same place and take another photograph.

Did you ever see two photographs where you are to spot the differences?

IMG_7578Photographed February 2015

img_8139Photographed December 2010 Where the Rivers Meet   (note the Christmas Tree at the Point)

Snow Day Tugboat and Barges Push Through the River Ice

Pittsburgh Skyline in Snow

View of the Monongahela River and skyline from Grandview Avenue.  (Stef, do you think it is smiing?)


See the path where the tug pusning the barges has cut through the ice?

Duquesne incline

Duquesne Incline in the snow.  A path left where the tug and barge cut through the rivers.


Three Rivers Stadium and the Ohio River

School got called off so I went to take some photographs on the way home.

1degree and -16 windchill.   I didn’t stay long with my cameras.

My friends Deb and Sy live downstream along the Ohio River.  They emailed me the cell phone photos they took at eye level as the tug cut through frozen Ohio River ice 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Converge


Ben Huberman’s challenge of the week.   He says, “Photos are visual spaces where shapes and lines, objects, and people come together.”

And what classic photo from my Pittsburgh archives could I choose, except where the Allegheny River and the Monongahela River converge to create the great Ohio River?  Three Rivers!

three rivers Pittsburgh

anna and lala converge

Anna and Lala converge at james’ parents’ farm

ocean and sand

Ocean and sand converge at sunrise. St. George Island, Florida

little italy days

Double Yellow Lines converge at Little Italy Days in Bloomfield.

railroad tracks

Railroad tracks appear to converge even though we know they are parallel.  Ohio.

traffic converge

Perhaps this one is for MERGE where the traffic attempts to converge

lines of light

Geometric lines of light, Market Square.  CONGREGATION  kinetic interactive video art installation

The Beatles song Come Together comes to mind

The city is there, I swear

On the way to school, I drove up McArdle Roadway to Mount Washington.

This is shot from the Duquesne Incline Platform.   A blanket of October 1st fog.

Almost a Wordless Wednesday.

Pittsburgh in fog

Sunday’s Second Collection

Down by the Ohio River.

An eclectic gallery. The back of a big stop sign.

The Byzantine Church from McKees Rocks Bottoms, too, where the bells were ringing Sunday.

A stop at La Gourmandine Bakery on Butler Street for a brioche.

trailer in the woods

A little camper for a weekend getaway

school bus

Good thing they have an alarm system

air conditioned trailer

Hey, the place has AC




Church Bells were ringing in the tower

Steeler Fan Sign

A home filled with disappointment Sunday afternoon. I wonder if they have to water the shakers.


and a line out the front door, everyone getting their French baked goods on Butler Street in Lawrenceville

Stopped at the Car Wash on the way home

car wash

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.







Pretty thick fog.

tugboat in fog

You can see the lights of the boat.




Can’t see the bridge




IMG_0678Front row seating on the Ohio River




IMG_1038 Visible bridge now.


IMG_1034Daylight burned off the fog




IMG_1052Like a mirror, barely a ripple




Ohio River Reflections

Sun and light, reflections.




Ohio River Reflections



Ohio River SkyOhio River Sky



Chairs on the RiverWith the fog burned off







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


Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio -Three Rivers

Threes.  Many things come in threes. It’s a strong number- a favorite number of many.

Still on the theme of three with a triptych story with the suggested 3 pictures will be coming in the near future……………

Thanks Mark for this thought on the Three Rivers even though the stadium by that name was demolished in 2001

(see implosion below)

Panorama from the Duquesne Incline platform

Panorama from the Duquesne Incline platform

Allegheny River on the left

Monongahela River on the right

Forming the Ohio River at the triangular point!








River Ice





I like it when a color photo looks black and white. Well, gray and white.

After school I drove up to Mount Washington to see the ice on the rivers.  The Monongahela, the Allegheny and the Ohio.


Barge on the River





Rivers Casino


The Rivers Casino’s sign adds some color





Barge Turning on Ohio River


The barge turned to dock



man on bargeMan on the front of the barge

Daybreak October First- Comparing iPhone 5 image to Canon 5D Mark ii








I tell the students at school, the only way to improve photographic skill is to practice. And that is what I was doing yesterday morning.

On the way to school, I detoured to Mount Washington to catch the sunrise and the PNC Park lights on, readying the field for Tuesday night’s playoff game.  The city looked so inviting, the light coming fast.

Everyday the city is a different color, a variety of colors, sometimes golden or pink.


And a glimpse of the Lucky Duck (which is bigger than my house!)

Daybreak October First

This picture is shot with the Canon 5D Markii- a 70-200mm L series lens.



Daybreak October First Cell phone

Looks pretty good to me and not sure why I took the photo with both the camera and the phone but this one is the iPhone 5 camera.

And here is the panorama of the scene.

Daybreak October First Cell phone 2 pano


Still working on getting those panorama shots right.  You can see a dark bar indicating I need more practice. But it was fun trying.   Love the lettering on the Duquesne Incline station house.


Daybreak October First Cell phone pano

But here is a closer shot taken with the Canon 5D Markii.

Daybreak October Canon 5D Mark2


These are unretouched images.  Looks like Pittsburgh of yesteryear with the Heinz Plant spewing white smoke from a stack!