Bird in Hand

Every day at 11:30 The National Aviary has an Eagle Talk. This bird was a rescued bald eagle that fell out of its nest as a baby and has been nursed to a healthy adult at the aviary. There is another docent with a bucket of food to keep the eagle from not flying or attacking the handler. They are birds of prey after all.

The National Aviary is the largest bird zoo in America and a true Pittsburgh treasure. If you plan your visit properly you can see the Eagle Talk and Penguin Feeding.

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Bird in Hand

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Regent Square Day Lily #3… Pictures of Lily

We planted a lot of day lilies under the misconception that deer would not eat them. They destroyed the ones in our front garden but relentless application of repellent has saved the beauties in our back garden. The dark purple ones will be next to bloom. I think I will call this one Pictures of Lily. Thank you The Who.

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Pictures of Lilly

Peter Frampton at The Benedum Center

I have been fortunate to see many great performances in my lifetime. I saw Jimmi Hendrix perform at The Whiskey in Los Angeles, the farewell concert of Buffalo Springfield and Little Feat perform in a 200 seat lecture hall where Lowell George proclaimed, …”you gotta get up before we get down!” However I had never seen Peter Frampton until last night.

In a Rolling Stone interview in February, Frampton, 68, said he had a degenerative muscle disease called inclusion body myositis, also known as I.B.M. The disease causes muscles to weaken over time but generally does not affect life expectancy. He announced what will probably be his last tour and I immediately bought tickets. The concert was of course sold out.

He has been busy recording a lot of new music while he still is able. So we will still have new Peter Frampton music for a few years. He released a new blues album and played some tunes from it last night in the first public performance. It was magnificent show which he ended with the George Harrison tune, “My Guitar.” He got tearful and refuse to say goodbye Pittsburgh, just good night.

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Reid Anderson–The Bad Plus in Pittsburgh

Getting ready to see Peter Frampton tonight at the Benedum Center. It has got me to thinking about all the great concerts we have seen since returning to Pittsburgh. Last January we saw The Bad Plus at The August Wilson Center and saw a virtuoso bass performance by Reid Anderson.

Reid Anderson is a bassist and composer from Minnesota. He is best known for his work in The Bad Plus with pianist Ethan Iverson and drummer Dave King. The Bad Plus has been together since 1989.

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Reid Anderson

Minute Man National Park

We had been to the Lexington and Concord before but never to Minute Man National Park until this week. It is a beautiful park and you can walk through the woods adjacent to the battlefield where the Minute Man jogged through the woods to reengage the British Troops. This tactic won the battle because the British were convinced there were many more soliders than there actually were.

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Minute Man National Park

A Missing Moment…Jumping Bean

When assembling images for our show, “Moments and Souls” I forgot to include this one. If we ever decide to publish a book I will have to include it. It is a perfect moment captured in front of the Cloud Gate sculpture in Chicago’s Millennium Park. The sculpture is affectionately called The Bean by Second City residents.

This young lady placed a lot of trust in the crowd as she jumped from her boyfriend’s shoulders into their waiting arms.

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Jumping Bean

Zombie French Edition Boxed Set

I recently licensed 10 of my images to be included with the new French edition of Dawn of The Dead. It was known in Europe as Zombie. The people who put together the box set included the images as separate prints that are suitable for framing or in a scrapbook. I thought this was every clever. All the images and over 40 more are included in my book, Zombie Nights: My two Nights with The Living Dead.

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