A Moment of Zen and a Gigantic Crane Operation on Neville Island Guest Blog

A little more than nine miles from downtown Pittsburgh in the Ohio River is  Neville Island , 

Friends Deb and Sy, residents of the island,  are the guest bloggers today- photographs and writing.  This blog post is in two parts.

The first is the moment of Zen sent by Deb to me on my phone and the autumn hillside reflected in the Ohio River and the barge and tug capture the feel of where they live on the island. Peaceful and a gorgeous image.  Thanks Debbie and Sy for creating the blog post today.

 But the day before there was a lot of activity right by their home.

Gigantic Crane Operation Part 2 of the Guest Blog

Sy writes about the crane photos

The photos reveal a crane on a barge that was towed upstream on the
Ohio River, along with an empty barge, from Midland (Beaver County) Pa
to Neville Island.  This crane had a large clamshell bucket, weighing,
according to the owner, approx. 8,500 lbs. EMPTY!

This bucket was utilized to clean out silt from our neighbor’s boat garage. It removed four cubic yards of silt at a time which is a lot of silt!  Muddy
river water would flow into this calm area.  While calm, the silt
would fall out of the water and onto the river bottom in the boat
garage. This boat garage was last cleaned out in a similar fashion
about 11 or 12 years ago. This crew removed approximately 8 to 10 feet
of silt from the river bottom in the boat garage. 

Before this calm area was a boat garage, it was part of the storage area for the
upstream gate to a lock on the Ohio River that was constructed in the
late 1890s and decommissioned in the early 1930s when the present
locks went into operation. The steel lock gate was removed and
utilized for scrap metal around the time of WWII.

Additionally, an old, heavy steel barge cover (at least 60 or 70
years old and more than 2000 lbs.) was removed by the crane as the
boat garage only utilized two such covers and this third cover was
deteriorating and not really needed. All of this work was accomplished
in about 4 hours.”

The crane arrives

And there they go

Relook at Dancing at Bougival Sculpture

A reblog from June 12, 2014

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. Renoir ) is in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

70-200 lens close-up

Note: August 2020. This post inspired after seeing Pittsburgh Artist Jack Puglisi ‘s Pointillist work “The Dance” from his MASTERWORKS series – remembered I had photographed this sculpture in 2014.

“Corona in Berlin Style ;)” – Guest Blog

This photograph was sent in the early morning by my DIL in Berlin.

For the blog!

Thank you, N,❤️!

Shop Window in Berlin Germany

I’ve had some excellent contributions from family members and friends, as my own travel has been restricted, during these Pandemic times.

Here’s what Created the Scarlet Path of Light

Silent Sunday’s Post was a red (correction SCARLET)path of light reflected onto the sidewalk at Ohio State University campus. Today I photographed what created the path of light from yesterday’s post.

  “Not only was the RPAC (Recreation Physical Activity Center) a landmark but it is notorious for its “Scarlet Walkway” connection the RPAC to the Physical Activity and Education Services building.  The walkway adds a flow to building that allows students to go between the buildings without having to cause chaos on the sidewalks.  The Scarlet walkway adds continuality to the façade of both buildings.”

from Silent Sunday in case you missed it

TimerLight in the Y Pool Marysville Ohio

After the Snowflake Invitational Synchronized Swim Meet at the Union County YMCA Pool in Marysville Ohio. The water was pretty still.

The TimerLight reflected in the Y Pool in Marysville Ohio.

15 minutes and 15 seconds

 

Seven Days to see the Light  Becky B of Winchester #JanuaryLight challenge

Bridge Lights on the Allegheny River

Here’s my Square Light Challenge response today. Bridge Lights reflected in the foggy Allegheny River and lights along the River Walk.

West End Bridge and foggy Allegheny River

See Becky’s stunning starlights on her January challenge blog post. 

Kaleidoscope in Motion in the Children’s Garden

Kaleidoscope in Motion at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Columbus Ohio. In the Children’s Garden.   A perfect day to play outside as it was sixty degrees.

“A kaleidoscope (/kəˈlaɪdəskoʊp/) is an optical instrument with two or more reflecting surfaces tilted to each other in an angle, so that one or more (parts of) objects on one end of the mirrors are seen as a regular symmetrical pattern when viewed from the other end, due to repeated reflection”  Wikipedia