Space Station Sighting Sunday Night

You might have to strain your eyes to see it in the photo. The space station sighting on Sunday night. The little white dot to the left,over the neighbors house roof, is the space station. Traveling 4.7 miles per second. Erika’s dad knew what time to see it in the sky, thanks to an app he has.

It tells him where and when to see satellites and such in the night sky. It was really bright. Although it was over Sunset Beach Florida when we saw it, we were standing in Columbus, Ohio.

My iPhone was the camera.

Shillelagh Maker in Pittsburgh PA

People at Work.  Meet Shillelagh maker, Mr. Patrick Byrne.   Today I got invited to his workshop, Byrne Shillelaghs,  to photograph him making a shillelagh.  Irish Walking Sticks, right here in Pittsburgh.  Made to order.  I got to see a work in progress- A Thumb Stick.  His custom designs are gorgeous.  I saw an authentic thorn stick too, with the thorns still protruding from the column of wood.

We met because we both donated our artistic creations to the Kidney Gift of Life Gala.

Shillelagh makerCustom Branding, Embedded Coins, Gems, Nameplates are all a possibility when ordered your custom made shillelagh.  Here is Pat Byrne holding one made of hard maple.

Here is Mr. Byrne, holding the shillelagh that was given to him by a man who said, “You’re Irish aren’t you?” and went into his house and brought this out and gave it to him as a gift. This first shillelagh started his thinking, I could make this!   And he does, beautifully.  His son does the art work and branding on the shillelaghs and made one with a Celtic knot carved design that was stunning.

Tour Guide

Krista Stevens at WordPress creates some interesting photo challenges. This week we’re to show where we live with the theme Tour Guide,   

Here’s a Pittsburgh montage.  Knowing when to stop digging in the archives is the problem but it’s one AM so we’ll start with this gallery tonight.

If you enter the city from the south- Ft Pitt Tunnel and Bridge this is the view when you emerge from the tunnel,

Duquesne Incline and a view of the city

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Statue of beloved Mayor Caliguiri on the steps of the City-County Building

 

Andy Warhol Museum Detail and the old Lobby

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East Liberty Carnegie Library and Presbyterian Church

 

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The Point and the fountain. Where the three rivers meet, Allegheny and Monongahela form the Ohio River,

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Incline in the Snow

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Carnegie Museum of Natural History\

 

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Carnegie Museum of Art

 

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Carnegie Museum of Art Sculpture Garden Courtyard

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Above-Forbes Field Wall and Bill Mazeroski Statue with Fireworks.  1960 World SeriesBill Mazeroski

 

Immaculate REception

 

 

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Ritter’s Diner

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St Paul Cathedral

St Paul Cathedral at Night

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Heinz Field at Night

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Heinz Hall at Night

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Prantl’s Bakery-Home of the World Famous Burnt Almond Torte

 

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Heinz Chapel

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Keeping Tabs- Holocaust Memorial- Squirrel Hill

 

University of Pittsburgh Cathedral of Learning

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From the Norhside- Fineview

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Carrie Furnace on the Monongahela River

 

Got Bridges?  Why yes, we do!

 

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Lost Kennywood- Kennywood Amusement Park

 

North Side- Cloud Arbor by the Children’s Museum

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Southside Club Cafe   Live Music VenueSt. Paul Cathedral in Oakland

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AMTRAK station downtown

 

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Carnegie Library- Oakland

East Liberty- Motor Square Garden and the Presbyterian Church

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Guard rails, hills, and retaining walls.

 

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Phipps Conservatory

Lawrenceville Neighborhood- Arsenal Lanes

 

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Art Rooney Statue in the Snow

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Shadyside Variety Store

Kaufmann’s Clock Downtown.

 

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Kennywood Amusement Park- Racer

TOUR GUIDE

Up a Tree

How fortunate my neighbors scheduled their trees to be trimmed,

The branches were growing into the side of their house.

After Steve moved the cars out of the garage and onto the street, I thought to myself- “hmmmm- People at Work, right in my driveway!”  Perfect for an interesting photo shoot.  Andrew agreed to allow me to photograph him working. You should see those spikes that help him climb up the tree.  Takes a lot of skill and care.  You have to know what you are doing. Ascend is the word of the week, showing upward movement.

Meet Andrew.  I shot this with the 70-200 Lens.

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Throwing down a branch he cut

 

Temporary Camping at the Apple Store in Berlin

Ben H. Challenged WordPress bloggers to show a photo that illustrates Temporary

The other day we walked by the Apple Store on Kurfürstendamm Straße in Berlin.
People camped out waiting for the release of the new iPhone X

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Pedestrians on Cell Phones in NYC

Downright dangerous.

From my archives March 2013

I remember taking these photos as my sister and I walked down Fifth Avenue. Photographed with a Canon 5D.   I shot 188 images in about 45 minutes, Here are a few. Too many I know but it was hard to choose.

Pedestrians on cell phones can get distracted  and crossing the street while staring at your screen is risky.  These pedestrians were easy to photograph cause they weren’t paying attention to me. Well, maybe one or two noticed.

You could write a phone conversation dialogue for the images.




Three different women on a cell.
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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