This Years Crop

When our new neighbors put in a fence I wondered how it would change our backyard. It only improved it by giving us a little more privacy I thought. Then I realized the real advantage. The deer that would every year travel up from Frick Park to eat our lilies would no longer have access to our back garden.

For the last two years we have had amazing blooms. This year they not only survived the deer but also a terrible storm that brought down trees but not our five feet tall lilie

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American Legion Quemahoning Township

When we stopped to photograph The Trostletown Bridge last week it was hard not to notice the adjacent American Legion Post. All I could think of is how small these war machines were and how cramped the crew space was.

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Selective Color Project–The Perfect Beer

I took the color image in Paris after a long walk through the city. We stopped for lunch at a cafe and they had Leffe on tap. I had the beer a few times in Belgium from the bottle but the beer on tap was perfect for a hot summer day. The mussels were also very good! Also a good choice for my selective color project.

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The Perfect Beer

Winter Joy at The Phipps Conservatory

I miss visiting the Phipps Conservatory of Pittsburghthis year especially in the dead of winter in the dead of winter. When your skin is dry and you are cold and chilly it is wonderful to spend an hour or two in warm humidity smelling the blooms of orchids and other fragrant flowers. It’s almost as good as a spa treatment. I have no idea what the actual name is of this orchid but it brought me joy in the cold of winter so to me it is Winter Joy.

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Winter Joy

East Jesus Quality Control

I have published a number of images from Easy Jesus California. Looking through old images I found this one. Like any Art Museum, this place needs to have quality control and this is their ride.

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East Jesus QC

Selective Color Project–Arizona Moth

The beautiful color of this moth gets lost in the tree it is perched on. A perfect candidate for my selective color project. Photographed at the butterfly garden in the Tucson Botanical Gardens.

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Selective Color Moth

Selective Color–Pittsburgh Butterfly

I never published this picture because the bright red of geranium blooms seemed to diminish the color of this butterfly photographed in our garden. A perfect candidate for my selective color project.

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Pittsburgh Butterfly

Inside Out In Regent Square

Today we had one of the largest snowfalls we have had in years. Over nine inches. The visual difference between the inside of our house and the outside is pretty extreme.

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Inside Out In Regent Square

Inside Out In Regent Square

Inside Out In Regent Square

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