Yesterday I published Pirate Butterfly. Anytime I photography animals or sports I try to take some shots with slow shutter speeds to capture the movement of the scene. In the image “the High Heat” I try to capture the movement of the Pitcher as an example. Yesterday I published “Pirate Butterfly” speaking of baseball but was also intrigued by the movement of the wings and the stillness of the antennae.
We have been trying to sell our Pocono Mountain home and return to our hometown of Pittsburgh for over a year. We recently spent a couple of days there seeing relatives on our way back from Chicago. We have been getting more showings and the market may be picking up. This butterfly came to visit yesterday and I am hoping it is a omen…ya know, BLACK and GOLD…Pirates…Steelers….Penguins!
The Gandy Dancer in Pittsburgh is a premier saloon attached to The Grand Concourse Restaurant. Both are situated in the former Train Station
of the the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad (P&LE) was first chartered and in 1877 with a rail line connecting Pittsburgh to Youngstown. In 1879, the P&LE officially opened for commercial traffic and later became known as the Little Giant for the amount of tonnage that it moved. In 1976, the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation developed the site as a mixed-use historic adaptive reuse development and the train station was converted.
They serve wonderful food and cocktails in an atmosphere that takes you back to another era. The trains still run along the river and the restaurant offers a view of Pittsburgh across the Monongahela River.
One of the most interesting things about visiting the ancient Mayan sites in the Yucatan was seeing their incredible attention to detail. Along the walls of the “ball court” there were incredible engravings like this which detailed the rules of the game.
When touring Chichén Itzá in the Yucatan before visiting the pyramids you stop at a long field. This is known as The ball field . They would play a soccer type of game in which they would kick a small ball through this goal. The goal sits atop a stone wall that is easily 20 feet high.
I have tried to visualize how they did this and still can’t quite comprehend it. The rubber type ball is about the size of a softball and the goal is not much bigger!
I said yesterday, the Endless Pool was a wonderful resort perk. I also love the swim up bar. It’s great to sit at the bar and suck down a Pina Colada or stroll through the pool drink in hand. However in my opinion the greatness of this idea to me is ruined by people sitting in their bathing suits munching on Tacos or Burgers. I can’t fathom it. I mean the pool is great but for gosh sakes take a couple of minutes, get out of the sun and have a great lunch and keep your french fries outta my pool!
Major resorts have lots of great perks which is why people go there. Some are wonderful and some are just stupid. Last year we spent time at a truly wonderful resort in Cancun and were served up our first endless pool. It was great being in a pool without sharks,sand and waves and be able to feel like we were right on the beach. This is a perk I truly love. Tomorrow, a perk that is not so great.
The waters at Lettuce Lake Park in Tampa Florida are dark and foreboding but very clear. The dark waters make this scene a little ominous. Is an alligator lurking below or some terror from a Stephen King Book? Sometimes my imagination gets the best of me.
My father died at age 65, way too young. I still miss him and think of him but don’t have any really good pictures of him. My parents had already moved to Florida when I started to become a competent photographer. However, I have a million pictures of my daughter and thanks to my wife a few of me and my daughter.