Karlsplatz Wien

We stayed at the Hotel Bristol in Wien (Vienna) which is literally steps away from the Karlsplatz Metro Station. On a rainy day we ducked into the station to avoid the rain. There is a shopping mall and cafes underground where we had breakfast, bought a hat and strolled under the street to emerge in Karlsplatz park.

The rain had stopped and the view was beautiful as we strolled through Vienna.

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Karlsplatz Wien

Remembering Deuce

I have published a few times about the smartest dog I have ever owned and that was our Border Collie: Deuce. After Deuce died I printed this quartet of images recorded during the same session. I didn’t like it enough to publish it back then but my wife loved it and took it to her classroom at school.

Long forgotten it reappeared yesterday and it made me sentimental for the ol boy. So here is Deuce when he was young.

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Remembering Deuce

Succulent Blooms

This type of succulent which I believe is some sort of aloe plant was in full bloom in February. This was taken at the Los Angeles Arboretum in the Aloe Garden on February 14, 2017.

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Succulent Blooms

Phipps Spring Flower Show Part Two

Last week I posted some images form the Spring Flower Show at the Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh. Here are a couple of more views from our visit.

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Phipps Spring Flower Show Part Two

Phipps Spring Flower Show Part Two

Phipps Spring Flower Show Part Two

Catawba Island Ohio

When i was a child we spent a summer vacation on Catawba Island, We stayed in a rustic cabin along the lake. We took the Ferry to Put-in-Bay on Bass Island and visited the memorial to Admiral Perry celebrating his naval victories on Lake Erie during the war of 1812. It was a great childhood memory. This year we visited on my birthday and the area was still fantastic. I didn’t see any rustic cabins but instead exquisite waterfront homes.

We had a great birthday dinner at the 1812 Restaurant and visited the State Park and Marblehead Lighthouse. All in all it was a great trip and we plan to go back for a longer visit next year.

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Catawba Island Ohio

Catawba Island Ohio

Spring Pond

Catawba Island Ohio

Phipps Spring Flower Show

In Pittsburgh we have one of the best conservatories in the world. The Phipps Conservatory has fourteen different green house rooms connected with walkways. Waterfalls, glass sculptures and benches are scattered throughout and volunteers and employees are there to answer your questions while they maintain the beauty of the environment.

The Spring Flower Show is an excellent time to visit and you still have until the middle of May to catch it in full bloom. Here are a few images form our latest visit.

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Phipps Spring Flower Show

Phipps Spring Flower Show

Phipps Spring Flower Show

Spring Pond

North of Sandusky Ohio lies Port Clinton and Catawba Island. The island is assessable by bridge and from the island you can take ferries to the other islands of Lake Erie like Bass Island. Bass Island has a port known as Put-In-Bay and is the site of where Admiral Perry fought famous battles during the War of 1812.

On the east end of Catawba island is Catawba Island State Park. There are many trails, beaches and boat launches and this lovely spring pond we found along a beach trail.

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Spring Pond