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


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


Andy Warhol Museum Detail and the old Lobby



East Liberty Carnegie Library and Presbyterian Church


Mr Rogers Sweater and sneakersMr. Rogers Sweater and Sneakers at the Airport Display

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



Carnegie Museum of Art Sculpture Garden Courtyard


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


Heinz Field at Night

Heinz Hall

Heinz Hall at Night


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



Heinz Chapel


Keeping Tabs- Holocaust Memorial- Squirrel Hill


University of Pittsburgh Cathedral of Learning


From the Norhside- Fineview


Carrie Furnace on the Monongahela River


Got Bridges?  Why yes, we do!



Lost Kennywood- Kennywood Amusement Park


North Side- Cloud Arbor by the Children’s Museum


Southside Club Cafe   Live Music VenueSt. Paul Cathedral in Oakland


AMTRAK station downtown



Carnegie Library- Oakland

East Liberty- Motor Square Garden and the Presbyterian Church

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Guard rails, hills, and retaining walls.



Phipps Conservatory

Lawrenceville Neighborhood- Arsenal Lanes


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Art Rooney Statue in the Snow


Shadyside Variety Store

Kaufmann’s Clock Downtown.


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Kennywood Amusement Park- Racer


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.







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

Temporary living conditions

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

Henry the Airedale Took a Photo with my iPhone

Saturday morning I photographed the pancakes and put the iPhone on the table. Maura said, “what’s that camera noise?” Henry nuzzled the open camera app and captured the red tablecloth. Maybe a smudge of butter on it that drew him to the circle at the bottom of the screen.

Shades of Rothko? Definitely abstract.


And here he is taking up most of the bed while I’m visiting for the weekend. 


Meet the Man Who Made Copies of the Film Quart Jar Poet

Imagine Audio Media President

Meet Dino Pandolfo who graciously consented to be part of my People at Work Series. He has a full recording studio and can create multiple copies of DVDs and CDs(see below) right here in Ingram a West End neighborhood in Pittsburgh.


The Quart Jar Poet: Dorothy Holley is a film I made  in 2005. Dorothy was a good friend to me- an encourager. Dorothy Holley-Poet, Friend


Dino created the copies to be used as a fundraiser for  Madwomen in the Attic-he was a pleasure to work with and they look wonderful. He even carted the boxes to my car.
The Madwomen Reading series presents the second annual Dorothy Louise Holley Memorial Reading featuring a poetry reading by Diane Gilliam

Saturday, November 12, 2016
Kresge Center, Carlow University
Reading at 7:30 p.m. (book table at 7 p.m.)
Reception and book signing following the reading
Free and open to the public
Free parking