Pittsburgh In Monochrome

Since I am traveling virtually this year I am revisiting places I have been and editing some of my images in monochrome. I look for images where the color does not add any value to the image and then see if I can convert it effectively. Of course Pittsburgh is my home but right now I miss traveling to my favorite places. I miss the museums, The National Aviary and the Phipps. I miss being able to do street photography. Yet looking through some of my images I found a few that were worthy of converting to monochrome.

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River View

PNC Park View

Schenley Park View

Pittsburgh

Happy New Year 2019!

I want to wish everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year as the sun sets on 2018 and we look forward to new adventures in 2019. This sunset at The David Lawrence Center in Pittsburgh.

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Pittsburgh Sunset

Our Pittsburgh Garden– Stalking the Day Lily

A lot of people don’t like day lilies because they grow wild by the road side. I really like them though and over the years we have planted many different colors. The trick is thinning them out and controlling them.

This yellow one is the first we planted in this Pittsburgh garden. This year we will probably add the dark blue or purple variety for next year’s photo shoot. I like this shot. It is unconventional and gives you the felling that this day lily is being stalked,

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Stalking the Day Lily

Our Pittsburgh Garden–Bleeding Heart

The first year we returned to Pittsburgh we planted Bleeding Heart. It has always been a favorited of ours. In our mountain garden we had a ugh specimen. It reminds me of an upside down version of the wild flower Dutchmen’s Britches. This one has grown significantly in three years and is now the size of a small shrubbery.

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Bleeding Heart

Azalea Time in Pittsburgh

Spring came late to Pittsburgh this year. When you travel through Pittsburg the first sign of Spring are the blooming forsythia bushes. That happened weeks ago. You know when Spring is really here when you see the bright splashes of color from blooming azaleas.

As i walked my dog through Regent Square the least couple of weeks I noticed azaleas loaded with buds but not a single bloom. Then this weekend, boom Azaleas everywhere. Spring is officially here. Carry on.

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Our Azalea 2018

Windows on Market Square

A few weeks ago I published The Birdman of Pittsburgh which was taken in the 1970″s. The picture received a few comments and people asked me where that picture was taken in relationship to the current Market Square.

I am not sure but think I was probably standing in what is now part of PPG Place. I believe I was standing off 4th Avenue near Stanwix. The windows and reflections from PPG Place are truly amazing.

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Windows on Market Square

Pittsburgh Signs–Beckert Seed Company

Continuing with the Pittsburgh Signs and Murals project, I give you the remnants of the Bekhert Seed and Bulb Company formerly on Liberty Avenue in Downtown Pittsburgh. This faded sign is all that is left and can be seen from Market Square.

Many major cities had seed and bulb companies in the early 1900’s. Centralization and mass production in places like Holland Michigan made it difficult for small operations to survive.

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Beckhert Seed and Bulb Company

The Birdman of Pittsburgh-Revisited

I have been editing some old images with my new editing tools and in some cases improving the quality. I originally published this in 2012. It is one of a series of images I took of this gent who you would see around Market Square in Pittsburgh. I would take my photography classes form the Ivy School of Professional Art on field trips to Market Square.

Every day he was there feeding the pigeons and some other gents were sitting at a table playing chess. The square had changed a lot but the chess players are still there and so are the pigeons.

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The Bird Man of Market Square

Pork Enchilada in Mole Sauce

There are many great restaurants in Cancún Mexico. However one stands out in my memory from my last visit and I can’t wait to return. Julia Mia not only has incredible food and service but they will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the restaurant in the heart of Cancún and return you safe and sound at the end of your feast.

This was a dish from one of The Prix Fixe menus. A fried pork enchilada in Mole sauce.

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Enchilada Mole at Julia Mia

Dessert at Julia Mia

Earlier this year I wrote about having dinner at Julia Mia Cancún which is an upscale authentic restaurant loved by locals. In the article I mentioned dessert but recently found this image of the table-side preparation. Can’t wait to revisit this place when we travel to Mexico next year.

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Dessert at Julia Mia