02-02-2022 Ground Hog Day

I really just wanted to write that date with all those twos. Before you know it in three weeks I’ll add another two to the date.

I’m glad I’m not in the dark snowy and muddy frozen woods this year, awaiting the meteorological prognosticator to emerge from his burrow and give us the news about the length of winter. Groundhog Day is here. What will Punsatawney Phil predict? If you’ve seen Bill Murray in the movie you know that Groundhog Day is repeated thousands of times until the main character becomes a better human. Many the compare the two years of the Pandemic to the movie.

Just tonight the weather people say we’re to get freezing rain which will create a sheet of ice and then snow on top of that. Highly motivational for knitting and making a pot of soup.

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This is the Ground Day Compendium today. You’ve seen the pics if you’ve followed the blog for a time. Memories of past Groundhog Days.

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
About the only part of Groundhog Day filmed in Pittsburgh
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Flat Ruthie and the Groundhog

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Michael on left and Jack on the right with Baby Groundhog (a family puppet)

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HAPPY GROUNDHOG DAY- SHADOW OR NO? CHECK BACK AFTER SUNRISE

Virtual this year @ 7:28 AM EST sunrise
https://www.groundhog.org/

“IF CANDLEMAS DAY IS BRIGHT AND CLEAR,
THERE’LL BE TWO WINTERS IN THE YEAR.”

Groundhog Day Traditions casts a shadow back to Medieval Europe –

Candian Press articleJoanne baked a Groundhog Day cake with Shadow Feb 2020

 

2014 Punxsutawney Me Laura and Mary
2019 Movie with Steve
2020Wiggle Whiskey
2020 Steve and Ruth with Phil
2020 at Wiggle Whiskey
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My sister photographed a groundhog puppet I gave her

GROUNDHOG DAY MOVIE WAS FILMED IN WOODSTOCK ILLINOIS IN 1993
HERE IS THE LINK TO BLOG POST OF MARY’S AND MY VISIT TO WOODSTOCK IN 2014

and here is a reblog of our February 2014 PUNXSUTAWNEY ADVENTURE

PUNXSUTAWNEY PHIL DECLARES 6 MORE WEEKS OF WINTER

Groundhog’s Day 2014-

We were there to see Phil the Groundhog rousted out of his slumber, and taken out from his cozy stump to see his shadow amidst the brotherhood of the Inner Circle of Gobbler’s Knob.  The men were all dressed in top hats and formal attire.

Twenty four years ago (before the 1993 movie)  my sister Mary and I drove in the middle of  a foggy night to see the groundhog. I can tell you that it was a much different this trip.  Last time we just parked on the side of the road and walked up the hill to Gobbler’s Knob.  The whole event was well orchestrated and incredibly efficient, especially with the number of people coming to town.   Lots of dedicated people making a concerted effort to insure everyone’s safe and happy experience! Everyone pleasant and a festive atmosphere.  We had fun and were really glad it was rain rain and more rain instead of ice and snow snow snow!

Laura thought she’d like to go last year since it was on a weekend but it was super cold and I had an photography show opening  that weekend and it didn’t work out.  “Next year”, I said.  “Next year.”   Laura wanted to cross it off her Bucket List.

Mary came out from NYC on the train  Thursday night and Laura drove in Saturday morning from Columbus OH.

We went to bed at 8:30 PM Saturday night  and got up at 2:40 AM.

Pulled out of the driveway around 3:20AM and drove the 74 miles to Punxsutawney PA.  Not to0 much traffic but when we got there the Wal-Mart parking lot was already filled up. We were able to find a spot behind the County Market in Groundhog Plaza and walked two blocks to a McDonald’s where we got $5 round trip tickets for the bus to Gobbler’s Knob.

Just like Shuey had told us (he went last year in the bitter cold, driving his MOTORCYCLE from Niceville, Florida) it was “easy peasy.”  The crowd was estimated at 30,000 and yes, it rained on us the entire time but the temp was about 37 so no ice, no snow and none of us felt cold or miserable.  I’d wrapped the camera in a couple of plastic bags and rubber bands on the end of the lens.  At one point we were asked to all pull out our cell phones an light the place like a concert with a lighter. A fellow art teacher plays the bass fiddle in a band The Beagle Brothers and they played a few sets starting at 3AM.  Oh, the Star Spangled Banner, too.

County Market

We stopped in at County Market to buy a couple of magnets and use their nice restroom. The clerk had been there since the night before at 10:30 and her shift ended at 6AM.

School Buses Waiting to Take Groundhog Fans

School buses lined up to take Groundhog Fans to Gobbler’s Knob

Groundhog Bride

On our way to the buses we saw this Groundhog Bride.  Groundhog Weddings were available but no “walk-ins”

Laura at Gobbler'sKnob

Laura at Gobbler’s Knob

cell phones light Gobbler's Knob

Cell phones light Gobbler’s Knob

Zambelli Fireworks

Thirty minutes of Zambelli Fireworks in the woods was an unexpected delight.

The Beagle Boys

The Beagle Brothers band

The Beagle Boys entertain the crowd

The Beagle Brothers played a few sets and the National Anthem.  Fellow art teacher Kyle on the Bass Fiddle.  Nice job!

Weather Channel Trucks

Piles of snow and Television Trucks

Phil Sees His Shadow

Phil’s handlers belong to the Inner Circle.

The Inner Circle

Uh oh. He saw his shadow.   SIX MORE WEEKS OF WINTER!!!

After the Prediction

Six more weeks of winter, he predicts.  The crowd let out a collective groan.

Ruth Laura and MAry at Gobbler's Knob

A fellow groundhog fan took our photo on Gobbler’s Knob

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Josh  (dogmatic liveart) painted Groundhog Day right on the spot!

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his palette

Checking their photos

Groundhog fans checking their photos and messages.

Buses at Gobbler's Knob

Headed for the buses at Gobbler’s Knob

Groundhog Hat

Groundhog Fan with Groundhog Hat

Laura

Another shot as the light increases in the sky- Laura at Gobbler’s Knob

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Photographer on Gobbler’s Knob

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After the Prognostication

Buses on Gobbler's Knob

Getting on the bus for downtown

Gobbler's Knob Arch
Kids playing on Snowpile

Kids playing on piles of dirty snow

porta potties

Necessary facilities

Groundhog Statue

Groundhog Statues all over town!

Celebration Tent

Celebration Tent

Giant Wood Groundhog

Downtown Punxsutawney

Inner Circle Tom Uberti

Mr. Tom Uberti shook  my hand and welcomed me to Punxsutawney.  AKA Big Windmaker.  He graciously allowed me to “shoot him.”

2019

GROUNDHOG DAY AT THE OAKS THEATER

Happy Groundhog Day.

My granddaughter Maura has predicted six more weeks of winter prior to Punxsutawney Phil the Groundhog.

We’ll know at sunrise if she’s right.

The movie starts at 7:30 PM at The Oaks Theater in Oakmont PA

Laura and Charlie called earlier to wish me a Happy Groundhog Eve.

You might remember my post of Woodstock Illinois where the movie was filmed or the post where Mary Laura and I ventured to Punxsutawney to see Phil at sunrise.

Pittsburgh City Lights on the Allegheny

Becky B’s Square Light Challenge continues to inspire January’s photographs.

A bit of fog added to the mood on the swollen river, seeping over the wall.

Columbus Skyline Captured by Jack

From the top floor of a hospital parking lot. Columbus, Ohio.  Jack (12) texted me his photograph from this vantage point. You know it pleases me when a grandchild sees something, takes a photograph and sends it to me. I told him he is honing his eye. He asked me, is that good?  Yes, it is.

Columbus Ohio Skyline

Night Lights in the City

Night lights in the city.  Pittsburgh. Sunday night. Taken from the North Shore of the Allegheny.

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On Top of the World

The city of Pittsburgh’s Mt. Washington (elevation 6,289) just before sunset, Monday evening.

Inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge 

and a big nod to  Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen sculpture Spoonbridge and Cherry in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the sculpture garden- Walker Art Center   The spoon weighs 5,800 pounds the cherry 1,200 pounds. I saw this sculpture when we visited Matthew when he was a student at Macalester College in St. Paul. It came to mind when I was thinking about photographing a cherry on top for the weekly photo challenge.

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And the cell phone shots below to compare which I thought looked better than the good camera.

Cherry on a spike and one of my gray hairs and the Duquesne Incline


Without the spoon, the city in focus

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)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Endurance

Steelers fans watch their team fairing poorly against the the Miami Dolphins. Sitting through it while it snowed.

ENDURANCE.

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Steelers fans exhibit incredible endurance.

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The park bench and tree endure the winter snowfall.

40th anniversary billboard

A billboard tribute to Bob and Chris.  Happy 40th Anniversary.

Carousel Horse

from the early 1900’s, Marcus Illions carved carousel horse at Coney Island

Grandmother's Silver

Grandmother’s Silver

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New York City endures

Watching the River AND the Ball Game @ PNC Park

Drove back from Columbus to Pittsburgh with the youngest three grandchildren for a vacation at Grandma’s House.

We went downtown toPNC Park to see  the Pirates game. It was Pittsburgh Public Schools Night.

Wasn’t sure how I’d manage with all three ( 5, 7 and almost 9) but it was fine. There was a mixture of fun and boredom for them.

A hot summer night.  No rain. Saw a lot of students from school and the grandchildren seemed fascinated as the kids called my name.

 

Our seats had a great vantage point for the activity on the Allegheny River, too.

 

Gateway Clipper Ships

Gateway Clipper Ships Pass Under Roberto Clemente Bridge on the Allegheny River

 

 

Pirates Pitcher

Anticipating the release of the pitch      Pirates lost to Cincinnati Reds 6-5

 

 

IMG_9437Entertaining the crowd

 

Cotton Candy Man

Always like to get a shot of the Cotton Candy Man

 

 

Barges and tug boat

 

 

 

 

Grandkids on way home

A lot of energy left at 10 PM. Home to Grandma’s House.

 

 

 

Take me out to the ball game