University of Pittsburgh

The Cathedral of Learning is easy to take for granted if you live in Pittsburgh. We drive by it all the time but familiarity makes it no less spectacular or beautiful. Think about it. It is the tallest educational structure in the USA and third in the world.It is also one of the few built in an art deco style. Next time you cruise by take a moment for appreciation.

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Cathedral of Learning

Moment of Hope #14—Sunrise

We are living in some scary times right now. I am old and have lived through others but this one is somehow different and maybe more frightening. So until it is over each day I plan to post an image that provides calmness and a moment of zen. We all need a lot of moments like these right now.

Every day you can find a moment of hope. Right before the sun rises all the birds begin to sing. I think they are welcoming the day and their own renewa. Need some hope, get up early and watch the sun rise, listen to the birds and breathe.

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End of Summer Sunrise

Moment of Hope #13

We are living in some scary times right now. I am old and have lived through others but this one is somehow different and maybe more frightening. So until it is over each day I plan to post an image that provides calmness and a moment of zen. We all need a lot of moments like these right now.

I find watching birds in flight to be inspirational and uplifting to the soul. I find few birds as enjoyable to watch in flight as Pelicans. These were photographed in Florida and Mexico and processed in Pittsburgh PA

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Friend or Foe

Skippy

Pelicans at Ding Darling

Another Brown Pelican

Pittsburgh”s Art All Night May 16th

At 4 PM on May 16 the first online Art All Night event will take place. Normally for 24 hours artist and performers display the works in a warehouse in Pittsburgh. It is a large and fun event with food trucks, beer, performance art, music and free for all to enter and attend. This year the event will be virtual but still have on line music, performance art and a gallery of two dimensional art and sculpture. Anyone can submit art and you will professional art displayed side by side with children’s finger paintings.

This year I am submitting Steel City Flyer. This is a photo I took of a jet ski flyer soaring in front of Heinz Field.

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Steel City Flyer

Cathedral of Learning 4/28/2020

It’s strange to be able to stand in the middle of the street and take this shot. No cars, one person walking at high noon. This is our second outing in 7 weeks and still Pittsburghers seem to be following the guidelines for social distancing. This is probably the reason there has not been a big surge in cases here. I hope we have the stamina to keep it up.

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Cathedral of Learning

Isis and Trixie in Frick Park

I have met these two before. Usually they are walking together but like the rest of they seemed to be properly socially distant. Both were rescued when the owners realized they were severely allergic to dogs but still wanted pets. The story I was told was that Trixie was rescued from a stripper who used her as part of the act. Normally you can see them being walked along Braddock Avenue near Frick Park adding as special ambiance to our neighborhood.

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Isis and Trixie

Moment of Hope #11

We are living in some scary times right now. I am old and have lived through others but this one is somehow different and maybe more frightening. So until it is over each day I plan to post an image that provides calmness and a moment of zen. We all need a lot of moments like these right now.

As the daffodils fade, a new sign of hope emerges. This is a Rembrandt Tulip in my opinion one of the most striking Tulips in the world.

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Rembrandt Tulip

Moment of Hope #10

We are living in some scary times right now. I am old and have lived through others but this one is somehow different and maybe more frightening. So until it is over each day I plan to post an image that provides calmness and a moment of zen. We all need a lot of moments like these right now.

Now is a good time for America to reflect. Time at home with family and friends is quality time. Breath deep and stare into a reflective pond or fountain. What do you see? Do you like it? Can it change? Should it change? If America has to change to survive a pandemic, how do we have to change to make that happen?

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Reflections

Moment of Hope #9

We are living in some scary times right now. I am old and have lived through others but this one is somehow different and maybe more frightening. So until it is over each day I plan to post an image that provides calmness and a moment of zen. We all need a lot of moments like these right now.

Even in the darkest of time there is always some light and joy. Your job while you are in quarantine is to find some joy each day and latch on to it. I call this one dark waters. It was photographed in Tampa Florida and edited in Pittsburgh PA using photoshop.

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Dark Waters

A Moment of Hope #8

We are living in some scary times right now. I am old and have lived through others but this one is somehow different and maybe more frightening. So until it is over each day I plan to post an image that provides calmness and a moment of zen. We all need a lot of moments like these right now.

As the pandemic continues so does Spring. Time to be looking for tulips as the daffodils begin to fade. Each flower is a moment of beauty and joy and provides hope. These are from are garden in Pittsburgh a few years ago before the deer ate them. Tulips are like candy for deer.

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First Tulips of Spring