Thinking About The National Aviary

Since returning to Pittsburgh we have been members of the National Aviary. It’s the largest Aviary in The United States and we are fortunate to have it in Pittsburgh. We go there often enough that I have my favorite birds and during this horrible pandemic I frequently wonder how they are doing. I can’t wait until we can venture out and visit again.

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An Aviary Moment

The National Aviary

The National Aviary

The National Aviary

Missing the Phipps Conservatory

I am reading a novel by Stewart O’Nan entitled Emily Alone. The author is from Pittsburgh and his descriptions of our city are really accurate. The chapter I am reading today is about The Phipps Conservatory and he made me realize how much I miss going there. We are members and normally we visit three or four times a year. Not his year though, hopefully we will be able to go next year.

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Autumn at The Phipps

Autumn at The Phipps

Phipps Spring Flower Show

Grateful Dead Pittsburgh Civic Arena 1973

I am excited to announce that I have signed an agreement with Rhino Records to license my images of the 1973 Grateful Dead concert at the Pittsburgh Civic Arena. The images will be used with the upcoming release of Dave’s Picks Volume 38. Finally I will become a part of the grateful dead universe.

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Grateful Dead Pittsburgh 1973

Tapas Barcelona Style

I have posted some images of Barcelona. The art of Antoni Gaud, the sculpture and architecture are all magnificent. The city is electric, alive and vibrant as are the people. However, one of the great things I loved about the city was the Tapas restaurants.

The first place we went to was El Nacional which was recommend by a friend. It is actually a collection of restaurants which we visited twice. Quite honestly you eat there every night it was that good. However, one of my favorites was Xistorrā a small tapas only restaurant also pictured here.

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Thinking of Mexican Sunsets

For the last few years we have traveled to warm places in the winter. Mexico, Florida and California have been our winter destinations. This year travel is not possible due to COVID-19 and the snow today has got me thinking about Mexican sunsets/

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Yet another sunset

Mexican Sunset

Sunset Silhouette

Sunset at the Blue Deck

Pittsburgh Sunset

A train leaving the city in front of the David Lawrence Convention Center. Pittsburgh at Sunset taken from the deck of the Hienz History Center.

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Pittsburgh Sunset

Worlds Apart Black Friday Sale Starts Today

Starting on 11/25 Worlds Apart Kindle Edition will go on sale for just $2.99. The 70% price reduction will continue through 12/2. 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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Happy Thanksgiving

This year is a sad thanksgiving. We can’t travel and see our families. The amazing Steelers are playing the Ravens and I will have to watch it on zoom with my family. That said, it could be worse. You could be one of these guys. Yinz all be safe and happy.

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Run for Your Lives!

Selective Color Revisited #2–Color Guard

I published the full color version of this picture earlier this week in Changing of The Guard. I thought the guard got lost in the image so I did a little bit of editing to make him stand out.

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Color Guard

Selective Color Revisited #1–Girl in The Blue Dress

I have been writing this blog for about 8 years and now have over 2000 followers in over 30 countries. I have not monetized the blog and am pretty casual about promotion. I do follow the analytics though and the posts that get the most attention are concert images, zombie images, wildlife images and attractive women. I have notice another trend recently after publishing A Monaco Moment.

People like selective color images. Combine an attractive woman and selective color and I have a really popular image. Here is one similar to A Monaco Moment taken in Milan a few years ago and edited in 2018. It also received a lot of views, comments and one person in Europe purchased it last year.

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The Girl in The Blue Dress