Rudbeckia Hirta

This is the time of year when we see one of nature’s most beautiful displays in the northeastern United States. Rudbeckia Hirta, commonly known as Brown Eyed Susan are in full bloom. If you plan your garden right they seems to explode into bloom as the Day Lilies begin to stop blooming. This specimen was found in the Phipps Garden in Mellon Park in Pittsburgh PA.

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Brown Eye Susan

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Tree Mouth

I finally stopped to take a picture of the tree growing out of the head in Mellon Park. We had been driving past it for some time as we tooled down Fifth Avenue. It’s not amazing or anything just kind of clever and cool as is the rest of Mellon Park.

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Tree Head

Tree Head

Hibiscus–A Perfect Bloom

There are few blooms that can compete with the Hibiscus for size and beauty. This almost perfect flower was photographed at the Phipps outside garden in Mellon Park in east Pittsburgh. It is about six inches in diameter. Normally when I photograph close ups of blooms they have a flaw. A hole from a bug or a leaf damaged by wind. This one however is nearly perfect!

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A Perfect Bloom

A Perfect Bloom

Same As It Ever Was

When I taught Photography at the Ivy School of Professional Art I would frequently take students on photographic field trips to Pittsburgh’s Market Square. The variety of subjects included people feeding pigeons,street performers,old architecture,street performers and local characters. This cultural stew offered students a variety of subjects to test their skills on.

From this perspective nothing has changed. Sure the stores are more upscale now but the clientele is still the same. Kids chasing birds, saxophone serenades at lunch and giant fish sandwiches from The Original Oyster House. I swear these same two guys were playing chess when I left 35 years ago.

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The Chess Game

The Chess Game

DreamMap on Sale for $.99 through Wednesday

We have begun work on World’s Apart, the second book in the DreamMap trilogy. To celebrate we will be offering DreamMap on sale! Starting on August 12th and ending on August 19th you can buy our exciting fantasy/mystery novel DreamMap at Amazon for just $.99 for the Kindle version. You can also purchase the trade paperback for just $10.53 and get the Kindle version for just $1.99 additional. So discover the other world romance of Jake and Rose and experience the thrilling ride through our world of the DreamMap.

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DreamMap

Patterns on The Square

Pittsburgh’s Market Square area has changed a lot over the years. It is now surrounded on two sides by the buildings of PPG Place. Adjacent to Market Square is a smaller square around the water fountain in the center of the PPG Place enclave. The stunning glass towers of PPG place provide a great backdrop for Market Square and the window patterns are truly works of art.

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PPG Place

PPG Place

DreamMap on Sale For $.99 Through Wednesday

We have begun work on World’s Apart, the second book in the DreamMap trilogy. To celebrate we will be offering DreamMap on sale! Starting on August 12th and ending on August 19th you can buy our exciting fantasy/mystery novel DreamMap at Amazon for just $.99 for the Kindle version. You can also purchase the trade paperback for just $10.53 and get the Kindle version for just $1.99 additional. So discover the other world romance of Jake and Rose and experience the thrilling ride through our world of the DreamMap.

To order your copy, click here!

DreamMap