Back from The Brink

In 1970 Humpback Whales were listed as an endangered species. There were estimated to be only 750 whales left in existence. Commercial whaling of this species was stopped internationally although certain countries still hunt other whale species in violation of international law.

Today, the worldwide Humpback Whale population is estimated at 84,000 and increasing. Regional estimates are 18,000–20,000 in the North Pacific,12,000 in the North Atlantic and over 50,000 in the Southern Hemisphere. The population is no longer considered endangered but still protected by NOAA. Because of this protection it is hard to photograph these animals. Boats are not allowed to get closer than 100 yards. If whales approach the boat they are required to shut off their engines and stay in “whale jail” until the whales back off.

We were fortunate to see a lot of whales and managed to get a few images including a mother and baby.

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Liberty Remembered 6/6/2022

This morning I published the first mage below on a number of Facebook groups that I belong to and it it got me to thinking. The news media today is focused on the attempted overthrow of the United States Government that took place last year. I don’t usually post political ideas on this blog and will not make this a normal practice. However, this is a day that will live in infamy in the same way Pearl Harbor and 9/11 do.

The day before 9/11/2001, New York City looked like this but on that day more than the skyline was changed forever. Last year the US Capitol was attacked for the first time since the war of 1812. This day has to be remembered in the same way as 9/11 is. In some ways it is even a more significant event. The people that attacked the Capitol were Americans. Deluded in their beliefs in the same way the traitors who seceded from the United States were in 1861. We can never forget 1/6/2021 and have to bond together to thwart the mob and stop extremism and every tear remember the insurrection as long as hate and extremism exist in our country .

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Liberty Before The Fall
The People’s House

Black Friday Kindle Sale–Both Books for Under $3

Starting on 11/26 Worlds Apart Kindle Edition will go on sale for just $1.99 The 70% price reduction will continue through 12/3.  Worlds Apart is the sequel to DreamMap. You don’t need to read DreamMap first but it helps to understand the characters better. You can get a Kindle copy of DreamMap for only 99 Cents by clicking here.

Set in Pittsburgh in the real world and many alternate realities, World’s Apart begins as Jake and Rose travel to Dublin and Jake agrees to help Stan find his missing niece. Rose travels home to discover that her father needs her help. Apparently Eligio is missing and Nathan fears he has been injured or worse. The search for those missing takes Jake and Rose to many different worlds where they remain separated. As one mystery is solved, another appears. As one evil is destroyed, another emerges. With the help of new and old friends, the two resolve the mysteries only to be led into deeper danger. Encountering magic and shape shifters, they must separately confront an ancient evil while remaining worlds apart.

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Inside The Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit in Pittsburgh

For our first outing in almost two years to someplace other than a restaurant we decided to see the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit on the North Side. It was an exhilarating and amazing experience. It literally made me gasp and my wife said it gave her the chills. The music was perfect for each series of images and sound was beautifully rendered. Make sure you are sitting down and experience a psychedelic experience without ingesting drugs.

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Black and Gold City

I found this unremarkable color image in my archive and decided it would look better in selective color. As the sun set it caused the buildings to light up as if a golden spotlight was shining on them.

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Run Around The Square

In just one more week our neighborhood will be transformed once again. Each year near the end of August Pittsburgh has one of its best 5k races. There are a number of things that make Run around The Square</em> different. The race goes through the cobblestone streets of Pittsburgh’s Regent Square Neighborhood and then through Frick Park ending in Fern Hollow in the midst of the park.Along the way there are water breaks, cmapagne breaks and live musical performers to entertain the racers.

At the end of the race Regent Square’s famous Hot Dog Shop serves up free hot dogs and beer to the crowd in the park and other local business also offer water, snacks and free merchandise to entrants.

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Run Around The Square
Run Around The Square
Run Around The Square

The Vitava River at Prague

Revisiting and editing my image library always provides surprises. I didn’t think this shot of the river was important because it was not the famous Charles Bridge. Yet the view of the river with the church in the background is lovely none the less

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Morning Mass at Sacre Cœur

You are not allowed to take pictures inside Sacre Cœur In Paris during Mass. I have a personal rule as a photographer to respect the rules. However, I also reserve the right to play dumb. When I enter such a place I find a location to take the shot I want and quickly take as many as I can until I am stopped. I then claim, I didn’t know, apologies and politely put my camera away. I didn’t get off many shots but here it is, morning mass.

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Morning Mass at Sacre Cœur