Sunday, September 25, 2016

City Reflections


Spent time on the North Shore this evening with KO Senior, Nicholas Callas.  We were finishing up his senior portraits and what a lovely evening we had.  Perfect weather and just gorgeous light as the sun was setting over the City of Bridges.

There is never a lack of photographic material in this town and we captured great shots tonight. From the fountain at the Point, graffiti at the Water Steps to getting a bit courageous on the Clemente Bridge, we could have shot for hours if the light held out.

Sunglasses are always a fun accessory in any photo shoot and this was no exception.  I love capturing the beautiful bridges and cityscapes of this great town and how fun it was to include them in Nick's shoot.

Life is only a reflection of what we allow ourselves to see.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Rocket Toss


Tonight was the last Band Festival of the 2016/2017 season.  We finished up at Mt. Lebanon High School and were joined by Allderdice, Steel Valley, Burgettstown and California University of Pennsylvania.  Our hosts also did special numbers with their color guard, drum line and front ensemble.  Another outstanding night of music in western PA.

As our own Golden Eagles have performed over the past few weeks at festivals and football games, this final medley of Hey Jude, Sargent Pepper's and The End have come to be my favorite.  The rocket toss by our color guard, Kaydeens and twirlers definitely "WOWs" the crowd!

I am still trying to find the perfect spot to shoot this but I had a good view tonight right on the 50 yard line and almost at the top of the stands.

(no instrumentalists were harmed during this toss)

Friday, September 23, 2016

The Golden Hour with our Golden Eagles


This sunset could not have been more perfect for tonight's game.  Gold for Child Cancer Awareness month and in honor of Joey Fabus.  In 2014 we all met Joey at a KO football game as he was in the middle of his fight with DIPG.  This is an inoperable brain tumor with zero chance of survival.

Joey lost his battle on January 21, 2015 surrounded by his family.  As the Golden Eagles were set to take the field they work special gold emblems on their helmets and gold laces on their cleats.  Child Cancer Awareness t-shirts were everywhere as we all remember that "no one fights alone".

For more info on Joey and how you can help with donations or volunteering, please visit

Let's Tackle Childhood Cancer!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Goodbye Summer....Hello Autumn


It's the first day of Fall.  If you were hoping for cooler weather, Mother Nature had other plans. When I left work today, it was almost 90F on the thermometer in my car and that was at 4:45pm.  But no matter what the temperature, the changes come whether we want them or not.  Soon enough we will be raking leaves instead of mowing the lawns.  Shorts traded for jeans and hoodies for t-shirts. Personally, I cannot wait!

By all these lovely tokens September days are here, with Summer's best of weather and Autumn's best of cheer.
~H.H. Jackson

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Clean shirt, new shoes....,


365 days a year my son wears shorts, sneakers and a t-shirt. When the temps dip, he adds a hoodie (which he would also wear 365 if the weather permitted). 

Today was a field trip for his STEM class. Business casual was the required attired. This meant a drive to the outlets over the weekend and a final stop to Payless for dress shoes. 

Way too many $ later, (at least for a field trip) he's all set and looking sharp! 

Bonus too, today was picture day at school!

They come runnin' just as fast as they can.  'Cause every girl crazy 'bout a sharp dressed man.
~ZZ Top

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Be Prepared.....


September Court of Honor is always a big deal in Troop 23.  Our Scouts have worked hard at Summer camp earning an average of 4 merit badges.  We also had Scout working on a few Eagle required badges as our group within our Troop.  Environmental Science and First Aid badges will be appearing on quite a few sashes at upcoming meetings!

99 Merit Badges were earned and recognized this evening.  Could have been 104 but a few Scouts forgot to hand the blue cards over in time (oops!).

We had 7 different Scouts earn 8 different ranks as well.  Three Tenderfoot, one Second Class, three First Class and one Star.  We have an Eagle just about ready to fly as well!  So proud of all the Scout in Troop 23.

We also welcomed in our new Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader and all our new Patrol Leaders.  2016-2017 is going to be an exciting year!

Do a good turn daily!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Sometimes We Create


Sometimes I am an adventurer with my camera.  I go hunting to search for things I want to see and capture that particular moment.

Sometimes I am a visionary and I create what I want you to see.  Tonight I am the latter.  It was supposed to be a baseball game but the less than desirable weather last night made the field a giant mud puddle.  So when I got home, it was on to lesson 7 in my G+ Mentorship, double exposure.

This is one of the last cone flowers in my garden and I had a bit of fun blending the shots and addting some textures.  Reminds me of a warm summer day as the flowers in my garden just sway in the breeze.  In the coming months I will pull this out as our days grow shorter and cooler.

Let us dance in the sun wearing wildflowers in our hair....
~Susan Polis Shutz