Merry Christmas and Happy New Years

As we prepare to go visit family I wanted to take a moment to thank my on-line family for your support during the year. I expanded my reach to over 80 countries and had the best year for visitors with over 9,000 visitors and close to 20,000 views.

Next year we will take ourselves and our lenses to four different countries and revisit some of our favorite domestic locations so please stay tuned.

I wish you all a happy end to 2018 and even a better year in 2019 and a joyous holiday season.

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Feliz Navidad

All Gave Some…Some Gave All

It’s time to pause and give thanks to all of those who serve and defend our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Happy Veterans Day and thanks to all for your service.

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Independence Day

Happy Independence Day at the National Aviary

I love my country and Independence Day. I don’t really like fireworks though. I worry to much about our veterans with PTSD and the dogs hiding under the bed. I like cookouts and barbecue and am not going to let the current political climate detract from celebrating our independence from Great Britain.

So what better way to celebrate than by visiting our national symbol at The National Aviary. Pittsburgh should be proud of having the largest aviary in the United States and it is currently having the tropical room refurbished but still worth visiting if only to see this nesting pair.

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Our National Symbol

Happy Hanukkah!

Tonight begins the “Festival of the Lights”. Christians mistakenly refer to it as the Jewish Christmas but it is actually not an extremely important holiday in Judaism. Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday commemorating the re dedication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt and the capture of Jerusalem by the Hebrews.

Here is wishing all have a wonderful Holiday Season regardless of faith!

Portuguese Synagogue Amsterdam Holland

Labor Day 2017

When I was a kid hardly anything was open on Labor Day. Gas Stations, movie theaters and a few restaurants. People used to give their staff and actual day off. Now it is just another commercial holiday targeted to get us to consume.

Now that I am retired, I think I have a deeper appreciation of those who labor. Of course I worked for a long time and still do creative work every day, but there is work and then there is labor. I have also done some labor in my time. I worked in a commercial bakery. I worked in supermarkets. I was a cab driver. I have done photography inside nuclear reactors, steel mills and paper mills. I understand what labor is and to all of you who labor…thanks and enjoy your day!

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Labor Day 2017