Walnut trees along the Ohio River

I don’t see a lot of walnut trees in the city. These trees are at my friends’ home on Neville Island.

Crop of photo below taken with a 24-70 lens     Preparing for winter

 

Photographed Monday

Look at the weather change on Tuesday afternoon,6086AA38-BB46-4F96-A0E1-7D6CFDA953E4

blue sky and the temps in the 80s

Tugs and Barges Passing at Dusk

IMG_3115Ohio River Sunday night.  We were visiting our Neville Island friends again. They live on the banks of the Ohio River.  We had a wonderful boat ride earlier and it was time for dinner.  Two tugs and their barges appeared up river and down river.  Our host pointed out the buoy that marked the channel and told us they both had to be on this side on it.  How would there be enough room?  As the sun was sinking we watched them approach one another, a horn blew.  It was a dramatic end of the day on the river.

Pittsburgh River Rescue

Fortunately it’s a timed challenge practice drill and not a real rescue situation on the Ohio River yesterday. These men and women do important and difficult work.

I’d taken two grandkids to the Carnegie Science Center and we had just toured the submarine docked behind the Center.

Watching the diver dive into the river while tethered to the rope as it unfurled, was something to see.  Another diver waited on deck, ready to help if diver one got into trouble.

You have to be a paramedic first before any further training can begin. The instructor was patient and answered all Jack’s questions.

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“USS Requin, a Tench-class submarine, was the only ship of the United States Navy to be named after the requin, French for shark. Since 1990 it has been a museum ship at The Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania”. Wikipedia

Tugboats and Barges in Daylight

Neville Island.  Shot Saturday during the retirement party at a friend’s home along the Ohio River.

Maybe you saw yesterday’s night photography of the barges and tugboats. Those were taken handheld with Canon 24-70 L series lens.  The reflection of the lights on the dark river at night are more dramatic but the daylight shots taken with the Canon 70-200 L series let you see the details and appreciate the size of the vessels. They move at a fast clip.

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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

 

 

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Something there is that does love a bridge

Something there is that does love a bridge

The Pittsburgh Bridges galleries from the past two days have evoked a tremendous response from blog viewers. The views today add more weather and some are taken from the river while on the Ducky Tour or the wedding below.

Cheri Lucas Rowlands at WordPress really unleashed so many of the BRIDGE photos I’ve taken.   And finding so many images with bridges makes me realize I have taken bridges for granted.

And my friend V is right about the photos- people respond to the the bridge structures, NOT the sunsets taken from a bridge.

Smithfield Bridge in the snow

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SINGER SONGWRITER-Sue Gartland  (Ford Fairlaine link)

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Railroad Bridge Allegheny 715

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Ready to lace up the panels for Knit the Bridge

 

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Kevin and Kat were married on the Three Rivers Queen and there are numerous shots with various bridges in their wedding highlights.

 

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Queen of the Mississippi on the Ohio River

A guest blog today.

Look what passed my friend’s house yesterday!

The Queen of the Mississippi.  

Read the June 28 Article  by Megan Guza about The Queen of the Mississippi Returns to Pittsburgh. Click to read

Deb sent me these photos she took as the riverboat traveled down the Ohio River.

Her home is on Neville Island.

Something you don’t see everyday, that’s for sure.  Thanks for sending the photos, Debbie.

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