Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Remains of the Day


Salt Fork State Park.  What a beautiful place and just a short 90 min drive from Pittsburgh.  This may be our first visit but it will not be the last.  The lodge itself is huge.  Indoor and outdoor pools, golf course, boating, beach, water's got a little bit of everything.

Three girl scout leaders tucked nicely in their cabin while our six girl scout are living it up in theirs.

This the view of the sunset from one of the cabins near ours.  Just stunning and the next time we visit, I want this cabin.

Because when you stop and look around, this life is pretty amazing.
~Dr. Suess

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Colors in the Blue Hour


It was a rough day and I was thankful for it to come to end in such a beautiful way.  It made up for the fact that I spent all of it cooped up in my 8X8 office.  Just seeing bits and pieces of blue sky over the cubicles outside my office.

Tomorrow starts early but will end with a ton of fun and photographs as I head out with our Girl Scout Troop for a final fun weekend before school starts.  Number one goal is relaxation.  Then lots of fun with a great group of young women.

Colors are the smiles in nature~James Henry Lee Hunt

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Hey Jude!


Got to band practice tonight in just enough time to hear the kids practicing Hey Jude, Sgt. Pepper and The End.  They are sounding good but I will be happy when the lyres are gone!  I can't tell who is who just yet as the band has grown since last year.  Makes me smile to see my daughter and her band mates filling the night with wonderful music!

Looking forward to seeing them in full uniform and ready to play for Senior Rec on 9/9/16.

Don't practice till you get it right, practice till you can't get it wrong!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Three Sisters

Day 232/366

Spent the sunset on Mt. Washington with my friend Carol.  She needed a couple shots for a photo contest and I was more than happy to oblige.  While waiting for the sun to go down, I took a few photos of the view, as it never gets old and there is always some detail I missed the last time.

This time, I was paying close attention to the "Three Sisters".  The Roberto Clemente, Andy Warhol and Rachel Carson were built between 1924-1928 and are the only three identical side by side bridges in the world.

The three bridges are painted with the same iconic color, a shade referred to as Aztec Gold or Pittsburgh Yellow.  Recently there was a survey done allowing the county's residents to vote about changing the color of the bridges.  With 11K responses, 83% voted to keep the bridges yellow.
Trust me, in Pittsburgh, there are no other colors!

Bridges are perhaps the most invisible form of public architecture.
~Bruce Jackson

Sunday, August 21, 2016



Today was a catch-up day for all my past due, current and next assignment in my Flower Photography mentorship on G+.  This week's assignment was bokeh in the garden.  I always thought good bokeh meant that you had those circular bits in the background.  Little did I know was that bokeh was more than that.  Simply put, bokeh is the pleasing or aesthetic quality of out-of-focus blur in a photograph.

It was hard to pick just a few for my assignment and even harder to pick only one for today's post.

I do have a love for bees....

"I'm sorry" said, quite humble
The buzzing, droning Bee.
"The noise is just my bumble,
and natural you see
And if I didn't buzz so,
I'm sure that you'll agree
I'd only be a big fly,
and not a Bumble Bee."

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Into The Night


Sorrow asked her to dance,
because Happiness didn't stand a chance. 
She never noticed Bliss waiting in the light, 
so she walked away with Sadness into the night. 
~Natalie Crow

Friday, August 19, 2016

Greetings From Green Tree


Today is World Photo Day.  This day marks the invention of photography and 177 years later, we can take pictures with our phones as well as a camera!

I thought it appropriate to shoot my little corner of the world as my photo of the day.  The Sheldon Ave side of Wilson Park.  It was a beautiful day that I had to spend the better part cooped up in my office, then a car and worse, school shopping at the mall.  As I was making my way home, I passed a grove of trees and just loved the sun coming through all the leaves.  Unfortunately not somewhere I could stop easily but I knew Wilson Park would give me a good view.  Mother Nature never disappoints.

Photography is the only language that can be understood anywhere in the world.
~Bruno Barbey