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10:27 AM (8 hours ago)

holding Santa's chair

holding Santa's chair --image--

at Phipps Conservatory.
I really enjoy watching kids as they see Santa on the chair, and can't wait to go see him.




8:27 AM (10 hours ago)

heart bokeh

heart bokeh

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Nov 22, 2008 (yesterday)

impressionist fall reflection

impressionist fall reflection

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Nov 19, 2008 (4 days ago)

my pro expires in 6 days

my pro expires in 6 days

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So who has advice?

I've heard there is a way to display not just the most recent 200 but the 200 of your choosing, is this correct?

I can't find anything like that in the faq





Nov 17, 2008 (6 days ago)

lay lady lay

lay lady lay

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sugar maple
finally some snow today
the colors fade



Nov 16, 2008 4:34 PM

last of leaves

last of leaves

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maple leaves blowing in the wind


Media details of snow in our area are vastly exaggerated. A few flurries perhaps, but no accumulation.



Nov 15, 2008 8:31 PM

last poppy

last poppy

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Most of my poppies were done last July.
But a bunch of poppies in a large planter somehow kept on going. They've been going all this time, and still to day I took this photo of a new blossom and a fallen petal. Tonight it is supposed to get very cold so this is probably the last one.

The large size is rather cool. You can better wee the reflection in the drop of water.



Nov 14, 2008 4:52 PM

bokeh pepper smile

bokeh pepper smile

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Bokeh pepper smile..
Wandering along a paved thoroughfare
Finding many subjects but only few to peek my interest
This city garden brings a smile to share
I find a forsaken bell pepper
Hanging from the vine
Hello my small pepper friend, mind if I photograph your lingering pose?
No not at all, feel free to capture me
But the smile is in the bokeh
Hidden behind
The pepper becomes the glandular nose
the places where maples leaves behind shine forth
and those places where there be no leaves form the eyes and mouth



Nov 12, 2008 8:00 PM

dill

dill

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Note the tiny insect on one of the seeds.
The background bokeh is sugar maple leaves, in the city they tend to stay on the trees longer than in the rural surrounding areas, which are now pretty much devoid of leaves. This is a city garden near where I work.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=jM52Xsvw5NQ




Nov 10, 2008 8:51 PM

behemoth

behemoth

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This behemoth tree snag is left standing after a long while, and seems precariously perched.

No, there is no such thing as a 'behemoth tree'
Behemoth is an adjective here. This is most likely either a Sugar Maple or White Oak tree, because these two are most prevalent at Duff Park, Murrysville, PA, in this locale.

Vivaldi
www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFV0aKjPTIQ




Nov 9, 2008 9:28 AM

Tell Tale Tree

Tell Tale Tree

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leaves falling again:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QfFGO2SCPk

The Tell Tale Heart
By Edgar Allan Poe

True! --nervous --very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad? The disease had sharpened my senses --not destroyed --not dulled them. Above all was the sense of hearing acute. I heard all things in the heaven and in the earth. I heard many things in hell. How, then, am I mad? Hearken! and observe how healthily --how calmly I can tell you the whole story.

It is impossible to say how first the idea entered my brain; but once conceived, it haunted me day and night. Object there was none. Passion there was none. I loved the old man. He had never wronged me. He had never given me insult. For his gold I had no desire. I think it was his eye! yes, it was this! He had the eye of a vulture --a pale blue eye, with a film over it. Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold; and so by degrees --very gradually --I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever.

Now this is the point. You fancy me mad. Madmen know nothing. But you should have seen me. You should have seen how wisely I proceeded --with what caution --with what foresight --with what dissimulation I went to work! I was never kinder to the old man than during the whole week before I killed him. And every night, about midnight, I turned the latch of his door and opened it --oh so gently! And then, when I had made an opening sufficient for my head, I put in a dark lantern, all closed, closed, that no light shone out, and then I thrust in my head. Oh, you would have laughed to see how cunningly I thrust it in! I moved it slowly --very, very slowly, so that I might not disturb the old man's sleep. It took me an hour to place my whole head within the opening so far that I could see him as he lay upon his bed. Ha! would a madman have been so wise as this, And then, when my head was well in the room, I undid the lantern cautiously-oh, so cautiously --cautiously (for the hinges creaked) --I undid it just so much that a single thin ray fell upon the vulture eye. And this I did for seven long nights --every night just at midnight --but I found the eye always closed; and so it was impossible to do the work; for it was not the old man who vexed me, but his Evil Eye. And every morning, when the day broke, I went boldly into the chamber, and spoke courageously to him, calling him by name in a hearty tone, and inquiring how he has passed the night. So you see he would have been a very profound old man, indeed, to suspect that every night, just at twelve, I looked in upon him while he slept.

Upon the eighth night I was more than usually cautious in opening the door. A watch's minute hand moves more quickly than did mine. Never before that night had I felt the extent of my own powers --of my sagacity. I could scarcely contain my feelings of triumph. To think that there I was, opening the door, little by little, and he not even to dream of my secret deeds or thoughts. I fairly chuckled at the idea; and perhaps he heard me; for he moved on the bed suddenly, as if startled. Now you may think that I drew back --but no. His room was as black as pitch with the thick darkness, (for the shutters were close fastened, through fear of robbers,) and so I knew that he could not see the opening of the door, and I kept pushing it on steadily, steadily. I had my head in, and was about to open the lantern, when my thumb slipped upon the tin fastening, and the old man sprang up in bed, crying out --"Who's there?" I kept quite still and said nothing. For a whole hour I did not move a muscle, and in the meantime I did not hear him lie down. He was still sitting up in the bed listening; --just as I have done, night after night, hearkening to the death watches in the wall.

Presently I heard a slight groan, and I knew it was the groan of mortal terror. It was not a groan of pain or of grief --oh, no! --it was the low stifled sound that arises from the bottom of the soul when overcharged with awe. I knew the sound well. Many a night, just at midnight, when all the world slept, it has welled up from my own bosom, deepening, with its dreadful echo, the terrors that distracted me. I say I knew it well. I knew what the old man felt, and pitied him, although I chuckled at heart. I knew that he had been lying awake ever since the first slight noise, when he had turned in the bed. His fears had been ever since growing upon him. He had been trying to fancy them causeless, but could not. He had been saying to himself --"It is nothing but the wind in the chimney --it is only a mouse crossing the floor," or "It is merely a cricket which has made a single chirp." Yes, he had been trying to comfort himself with these suppositions: but he had found all in vain. All in vain; because Death, in approaching him had stalked with his black shadow before him, and enveloped the victim. And it was the mournful influence of the unperceived shadow that caused him to feel --although he neither saw nor heard --to feel the presence of my head within the room.

When I had waited a long time, very patiently, without hearing him lie down, I resolved to open a little --a very, very little crevice in the lantern. So I opened it --you cannot imagine how stealthily, stealthily --until, at length a simple dim ray, like the thread of the spider, shot from out the crevice and fell full upon the vulture eye. It was open --wide, wide open --and I grew furious as I gazed upon it. I saw it with perfect distinctness --all a dull blue, with a hideous veil over it that chilled the very marrow in my bones; but I could see nothing else of the old man's face or person: for I had directed the ray as if by instinct, precisely upon the damned spot. And have I not told you that what you mistake for madness is but over-acuteness of the sense? --now, I say, there came to my ears a low, dull, quick sound, such as a watch makes when enveloped in cotton. I knew that sound well, too. It was the beating of the old man's heart. It increased my fury, as the beating of a drum stimulates the soldier into courage.

But even yet I refrained and kept still. I scarcely breathed. I held the lantern motionless. I tried how steadily I could maintain the ray upon the eve. Meantime the hellish tattoo of the heart increased. It grew quicker and quicker, and louder and louder every instant. The old man's terror must have been extreme! It grew louder, I say, louder every moment! --do you mark me well I have told you that I am nervous: so I am. And now at the dead hour of the night, amid the dreadful silence of that old house, so strange a noise as this excited me to uncontrollable terror. Yet, for some minutes longer I refrained and stood still. But the beating grew louder, louder! I thought the heart must burst. And now a new anxiety seized me --the sound would be heard by a neighbour! The old man's hour had come! With a loud yell, I threw open the lantern and leaped into the room. He shrieked once --once only. In an instant I dragged him to the floor, and pulled the heavy bed over him. I then smiled gaily, to find the deed so far done. But, for many minutes, the heart beat on with a muffled sound. This, however, did not vex me; it would not be heard through the wall. At length it ceased. The old man was dead. I removed the bed and examined the corpse. Yes, he was stone, stone dead. I placed my hand upon the heart and held it there many minutes. There was no pulsation. He was stone dead. His eve would trouble me no more.

If still you think me mad, you will think so no longer when I describe the wise precautions I took for the concealment of the body. The night waned, and I worked hastily, but in silence. First of all I dismembered the corpse. I cut off the head and the arms and the legs. I then took up three planks from the flooring of the chamber, and deposited all between the scantlings. I then replaced the boards so cleverly, so cunningly, that no human eye --not even his --could have detected any thing wrong. There was nothing to wash out --no stain of any kind --no blood-spot whatever. I had been too wary for that. A tub had caught all --ha! ha! When I had made an end of these labors, it was four o'clock --still dark as midnight. As the bell sounded the hour, there came a knocking at the street door. I went down to open it with a light heart, --for what had I now to fear? There entered three men, who introduced themselves, with perfect suavity, as officers of the police. A shriek had been heard by a neighbour during the night; suspicion of foul play had been aroused; information had been lodged at the police office, and they (the officers) had been deputed to search the premises. I smiled, --for what had I to fear? I bade the gentlemen welcome. The shriek, I said, was my own in a dream. The old man, I mentioned, was absent in the country. I took my visitors all over the house. I bade them search --search well. I led them, at length, to his chamber. I showed them his treasures, secure, undisturbed. In the enthusiasm of my confidence, I brought chairs into the room, and desired them here to rest from their fatigues, while I myself, in the wild audacity of my perfect triumph, placed my own seat upon the very spot beneath which reposed the corpse of the victim.

The officers were satisfied. My manner had convinced them. I was singularly at ease. They sat, and while I answered cheerily, they chatted of familiar things. But, ere long, I felt myself getting pale and wished them gone. My head ached, and I fancied a ringing in my ears: but still they sat and still chatted. The ringing became more distinct: --It continued and became more distinct: I talked more freely to get rid of the feeling: but it continued and gained definiteness --until, at length, I found that the noise was not within my ears. No doubt I now grew very pale; --but I talked more fluently, and with a heightened voice. Yet the sound increased --and what could I do? It was a low, dull, quick sound --much such a sound as a watch makes when enveloped in cotton. I gasped for breath --and yet the officers heard it not. I talked more quickly --more vehemently; but the noise steadily increased. I arose and argued about trifles, in a high key and with violent gesticulations; but the noise steadily increased. Why would they not be gone? I paced the floor to and fro with heavy strides, as if excited to fury by the observations of the men --but the noise steadily increased. Oh God! what could I do? I foamed --I raved --I swore! I swung the chair upon which I had been sitting, and grated it upon the boards, but the noise arose over all and continually increased. It grew louder --louder --louder! And still the men chatted pleasantly, and smiled. Was it possible they heard not? Almighty God! --no, no! They heard! --they suspected! --they knew! --they were making a mockery of my horror!-this I thought, and this I think. But anything was better than this agony! Anything was more tolerable than this derision! I could bear those hypocritical smiles no longer! I felt that I must scream or die! and now --again! --hark! louder! louder! louder! louder!

"Villains!" I shrieked, "dissemble no more! I admit the deed! --tear up the planks! here, here! --It is the beating of his hideous heart!"





Nov 6, 2008 9:54 PM

falling maple leaves

falling maple leaves

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Here is the video I made of the leaves falling:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5yvPYZR_U8




Nov 5, 2008 7:07 PM

rejuvenate my joy

rejuvenate my joy

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I leave my heart to you
My heart is all that I have left
My last possession, might as well be there
up in the air
blue sky seen through
my heart is gone
only a hole is left where it used to be
but beauty peeks through
Now all I have left is sweet nature
the void where my heart used to be
can be filled by natures essence
It is all that is left to rejoice in
to enjoy, the fragrance and light
Fill me with your nature,
rejuvenate my heart

what words can turn my doledrums into splendor
what deeds can turn apathy back to yearning
what thoughts can think me thoughts of joy
who can turn my darkness into light

My journey has never been a destination
My pleasures past have been the trip
I need a goal or some sheer light
to light up my life



Nov 5, 2008 7:07 PM

rejuvenate my heart

rejuvenate my heart

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I leave my heart to you
My heart is all that I have left
My last possession, might as well be there
up in the air
blue sky seen through
my heart is gone
only a hole is left where it used to be
but beauty peeks through
Now all I have left is sweet nature
the void where my heart used to be
can be filled by natures essence
It is all that is left to rejoice in
to enjoy, the fragrance and light
Fill me with your nature,



Nov 5, 2008 7:07 PM

greenbriar

greenbriar

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Nov 4, 2008 10:27 PM

Autumn gold

Autumn gold

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Nov 3, 2008 7:36 PM

birch fungus and beech leaves

birch fungus and beech leaves

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Nov 2, 2008 10:03 PM

accessory

accessory

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Nov 2, 2008 7:14 PM

free-fall

free-fall

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Autumn splendor...

Bliss with Biss and a full-day excursion on a mountain



Nov 1, 2008 2:36 PM

blazing autumn colours!

blazing autumn colours!

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Bokeh makes photographing leaves more fun!

Tonight I will attend a concert of Eine Alpensinfonie



Oct 30, 2008 8:52 PM

fractal canopy

fractal canopy

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fractal canopy.
I've often thought the trees above my head, when walking in the woods, looks sort of like the patterns of fractals. Here is one example...
Nature's entropy

Tomorrow I will attend a concert of Eine Alpensinfonie



Oct 27, 2008 5:56 PM

peculiar burl autumn scene

peculiar burl autumn scene

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Burl wood is a type of wood used by artists to create sculptures and other items, such as clocks and even some forms of furniture. Burl wood is highly prized by artists because of its unique shapes and ring patterns. Burl wood is a type of fast growing, abnormal growth found on some trees. Burl wood grows because the tree has experienced some sort of environmental stress or damage. This is often caused by either a



Oct 26, 2008 10:02 AM

Mr. Punky Kitten eats Zinnias

Mr. Punky Kitten eats Zinnias

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The last of my Zinnias, picked just before the series of freezing night time temperatures recently.
And of course this one can't resist eating them.





Oct 25, 2008 10:30 AM

Fern over a lazy river

Fern over a lazy river

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Along the Slippery Rock Creek at McConnells Mill State Park





Oct 22, 2008 10:40 PM

frost is here

frost is here

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this was a few weeks ago, now we have frost and all the outdoor flowers are gone





Oct 21, 2008 7:03 AM

you're buggin' me man

you're buggin' me man

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Oct 19, 2008 10:09 AM

Covered Bridge McConnells Mill

Covered Bridge McConnells Mill

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I dare anyone to photograph this bridge on a Autumn's sunny day, and achieve this result without hdr or software!
I think it is impossible (except maybe in winter)

-- View Large --

I don't rightly know why they are constructed this way.
Perhaps to protect the crops, the grain, from rain, but probably not.

Maybe it is simply to be pretty, a romantic sight to bring people as visitors, sightseers.



Oct 18, 2008 1:23 AM

sunset the other day

sunset the other day

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these patterns, they speak to me. they show elements difficult for me to describe.





Oct 15, 2008 6:02 AM

tiny mushroom

tiny mushroom

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tiny mushroom within a mossy wall
is he short or is he tall
defying gravity and all



Oct 12, 2008 10:49 AM

grant me 3 wishes

grant me 3 wishes

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This ominous face is full of foreboding.
I was walking down the trail at McConnell's Mills yesterday. There were many people also there, it was a glorious day and all the tourists were out. But then, all of a sudden, they all seemed to disappear. The noise of the rapids, water splashing hither and thither, suddenly ceased. The birds and other sounds were no more. The face began to speak: "I was wondering when you would see me. In fact, I've been waiting here for over 100 years for anyone to observe my slumber. As luck would have it, I am quite patient. So now you are the first, to see my visage and now you are the lucky one. I will grant you three wishes."
I took those three wishes and kept them, but have not yet used them.





Oct 11, 2008 7:04 PM

field glasses

field glasses

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Oct 8, 2008 7:34 PM

revered again

revered again

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As is my wont, I'm writing poetry to psych myself up for a Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra concert this weekend. These are my words, just written to the music of Sergei Rachmaninoff : Symphony No. 2

Revered again

Often when I'm up against a wall,
and the very simple words I scrawl,
easily reveal my thoughts to you,
as words I hope that do enthrall

Exposing whence my sleeping heart did fall,
back out onto center stage again,
and the wonder of our dream as when,
I could really have that kind of gall

Whosoever
dares to tell
that kind of truth
in this very soft and cloistered world,
can be cheered
but not revered
until they're mired
in dire understandings least unfurled

Abstract wisdom of the past is clear,
mixed with current subtle sounds I hear,
probing rhythm of my thoughts appear,
I'm trusting you my dear

Reveal our truth
together
inspire trust as freedom
unaffected nature as simplicity

www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrKdPDiBZTI




Oct 6, 2008 6:17 AM

that which smells so sweet

that which smells so sweet

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Oct 4, 2008 9:29 AM

contrast

contrast

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Oct 2, 2008 10:53 PM

ash

ash

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Only a tree
yet the source of all life
Sometimes a tree
sees love and sees strife
Only a tree
is needful of me
Forever my life
is grateful for thee
A source of all life
our beautiful trees
so strong and so supple
their branches and leaves
sway in the breeze
and fall to the ground
with nary a sound
yet splendor profound
Only a tree
forever a sight
in each and every season
to bring me delight
in summer so green
in autumn a colorful sight
in winter sturdy and divine
reaching to heaven
a ladder which to climb
O heavenly tree
bring me a spring
filled with sweet scents
and buds of light green
renew your dear life
my dreams I've foreseen
Only a tree
the boon of wildlife



Sep 29, 2008 9:39 PM

hidden

hidden

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Sometimes, I just feel like hiding myself away from the world...
Nature's the best place to hide, this bumble bee has the right idea.
Tucked inside this orchid at Phipps, he seems to be happy.





Sep 26, 2008 10:46 PM

resoundingly beautiful

resoundingly beautiful

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Let's place the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto next to the Mahler Titan Symphony, and see what we might find.. A penultimate comparison of Russian and German style. These thoughts are mine, with little influence from the published descriptions; I like to add my own thoughts and impressions of the music with undue external prejudices. These impressions heard tonight on the radio broadcast of the PSO at Heinz Hall.

Is the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto monumental? They say that Beethoven and Brahms' concertos are monumental, but I'm here to interpret my own impressions. I care less if it is monumental, because I know it is beautiful, as a flower is pretty and aromatic. I leave the logic, issues and reason at work. It is night now, I'm trying to escape from the doldrums of the mundane and into the magical mystical world of classical music.

I'm finding such wonderful emotion and feelings in the music that make my heart and fingers race. The music is like a cacophony of insects buzzing all around the assortment of blossoms in my garden. Often so abundant, quick and racing, then occasionally only a single voice is heard, like a butterfly darting and bounding up, down and around in impossible patterns and eloquence, defying gravity, inertia and logic. But the harmony is there, and the relationship to the rest of the nature is abundant and smoothly combined with divine melody and dramatic flair. The culmination of this amalgamation is joy.

Mahler's Titan Symphony no. 1. überwältigend. Es hallt wider. It reverberates with natural splendor. A compelling, sweeping robust composition. The beginning, a fresh morning dew filled experience with nature's sounds awakening. The second movement, my mind envisions a resounding scherzo full of melodic character. The third movement, a stunningly subtle cross over, Bruder Martin - Frère Jacques - ding dong ding. The fourth movement, complex, seemingly overwhelming. Overall, a vast, mind-blowing experience, yet never overly vexing nor audibly saturated. Altogether a truly a titanic composition, in range, breadth,






Sep 23, 2008 4:45 PM

Titan

Titan

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Mahler Symphony No. 1, 1st mov. part 2
www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkMFRijx7D8

Yesterday while driving home from playing Ultimate Frisbee, I listened to a beautiful violin concerto, described by Ted Sohier of WQED 89.3 as being the world premiere recording, perhaps not heard in over 200 years. "Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit, and tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes, I will be brief:" Why not bring this beautiful concerto to our ears, live, next season at the PSO?And perhaps the solo performer of this CD would be interested:


Franz Clement: Violin Concerto in D Royal Philharmonic / José Serebrier
Rachel Barton Pine, baroque violin

Franz Clement's name has come down to us as the dedicatee of Beethoven's Violin Concerto, but a year previously, in 1805, he wrote his own Concerto in D, and it's a major find. This is no orchestrally challenged, formally dysfunctional, tasteless virtuoso vehicle, but rather is a full-blown classical concerto nearly as long (40-plus minutes) as the Beethoven. The melodic material is consistently attractive--and just as importantly, equally interesting harmonically. Deftly scored, and of course wonderfully written for the violin, its lyricism clearly anticipates Beethoven's own work of 1806. It goes without saying that Rachel Barton Pine plays the work with the style



Sep 22, 2008 9:44 PM

He's juggling again

He's juggling again

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7cwbGBFyEQ




Sep 21, 2008 12:43 AM

multifaceted

multifaceted

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Here is the video of my 6 minute water ski run today:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=deh1PeKsLEY




Sep 20, 2008 10:43 PM

skipper & new england aster

skipper & new england aster

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2tklQp2Cr4




Sep 19, 2008 12:38 AM

The race

The race

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javadoug was in the race of his life. Sure, he could compete with mere mortals, on bicycles, but he chose instead to race the jet airplane. He gained an early head start, but his lead might diminish when those afterburners kicked in. So he knuckled under, gave it all his heart and soul, and poured his strength in one direction, with the



Sep 18, 2008 6:49 AM

watching and waiting

watching and waiting

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Are You Sitting Comfortably
www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LH72BTAYME

The camera was on 'continuous' mode :)





Sep 17, 2008 8:34 PM

help bee, I'm falling

help bee, I'm falling

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this bumble bee was falling from the blossom of the mexican sunflower, backlit by the setting sun at the magic hour, at the appointed time, at the right moment, just for me and the bee





Sep 16, 2008 8:35 PM

Heinz Hall stage sans musicians

Heinz Hall stage sans musicians

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Heinz Hall stage, just before the musicians arrived to play Copland: "Fanfare for the Common Man"
That composition only necessitated the horn section

Here is another version:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xzf0rvQa4Mc




Sep 14, 2008 11:03 AM

some sunny day

some sunny day

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Liebesträume
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejXPcv9MS7s

I don't know where
I don't know when
but I know
we'll meet again



Sep 14, 2008 9:02 AM

autumn offering

autumn offering

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Autumn is coming, not the gall wasp balls on this newly fallen leaf.
With limited lighting, it is difficult to get the balls and the portion of the leaf all in focus at f3.5




Sep 13, 2008 8:02 PM

anticipation

anticipation

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Sep 13, 2008 1:03 AM

spiral staircase

spiral staircase

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I'm blogging for the Pittsburgh Symphony!
pittsburghsymphony.blogs.com/outside/doug_bauman/index.html

Red carpet and spiral staircase near the entrance of Heinz Hall

Alliteration

In symphony season soon to start
I snapped a shot from stage to sight
bokeh harp bore better gold
than token thus with grand tier right

You see this season begins with a preview concert, and and what better way to begin the season, but with a 'best of the season,' complete with general seating where we all picked our own seats, first come first serve. It was sort of a game of musical chairs this evening, both literally and figuratively, in more ways than one. We would hear Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D Major, 2nd movement, but then the music would stop, and one fewer chair would remain (figuratively). With this movement I discovered that the Grand Tier seating area of Heinz Hall really does have better acoustics for the horns and woodwinds, which always seemed to be over-damped a bit when I sat on the main floor last year. To continue with my metaphor, we would later hear Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, "From the New World", 1st movement, and again the music stopped, another chair was removed, and the audience clapped. During a regular concert, if the audience claps after the 1st movement or anything but the last movement, it becomes a point of etiquette, not knowing the right time to applaud. And next, and most deliciously, we had the Mozart: Symphony No. 38 in D Major, "Prague", 3rd movement, (here we see Manfred Honeck with the same movement, one that I like to think of as a musical joke)

Now of course every time the orchestra paused, Jim Cunningham of WQED 89.3, our host for the evening, would eloquently introduce the next piece, and behind him they would be literally rearranging the chairs, as in the allegory of musical chairs. His purpose and their goal was to try to sell season subscriptions to many of the attendees who were not current subscribers. Along the way he told a few good jokes and somehow we all became familiar with German Jelly Donuts and the wonderful waltz by Strauss: "Im Krapfenwaldl," complete with coo-coo and bird sound effects! The final piece of the evening was Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A Major. 4th movement, one of my favorite pieces of all time. I envisioned I was a bird soaring high above the land, in tune to the music, up, over a rainbow, where skies are blue.

Several other single movement compositions were played this evening, but I don't want to forget to mention one I really liked, because the soloist poured her heart and soul into the violin: Bruch: Scottish Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra, 4th movement, Laura Motchalov, violin

One more interesting note, on my way home, with my daughter and her friend, they with their ipods, and I with my WQED on the radio, I was listening to a wonderful piece I've never heard before by Gottschalk: Symphony No. 1, A Night in the Tropics, I & II Utah Symphony Orchestra/Abravanel. And the girls were listening each to their own separate music, and singing out loud, Eat It by "Weird Al" Yankovic and Aly & AJ - Potential Breakup Song. What a symphony of sound!





Sep 12, 2008 11:03 PM

grand tier and bokeh harp

grand tier and bokeh harp

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I'm blogging for the Pittsburgh Symphony!
pittsburghsymphony.blogs.com/outside/doug_bauman/index.html

Pittsburgh Symphony as viewed from outside the grand tier seating area and down to the stage where bokeh shows a harp and more

Alliteration

In symphony season soon to start
I snapped a shot from stage to sight
bokeh harp bore better gold
than token thus with grand tier right

You see this season begins with a preview concert, and and what better way to begin the season, but with a 'best of the season,' complete with general seating where we all picked our own seats, first come first serve. It was sort of a game of musical chairs this evening, both literally and figuratively, in more ways than one. We would hear Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D Major, 2nd movement, but then the music would stop, and one fewer chair would remain (figuratively). With this movement I discovered that the Grand Tier seating area of Heinz Hall really does have better acoustics for the horns and woodwinds, which always seemed to be over-damped a bit when I sat on the main floor last year. To continue with my metaphor, we would later hear Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, "From the New World", 1st movement, and again the music stopped, another chair was removed, and the audience clapped. During a regular concert, if the audience claps after the 1st movement or anything but the last movement, it becomes a point of etiquette, not knowing the right time to applaud. And next, and most deliciously, we had the Mozart: Symphony No. 38 in D Major, "Prague", 3rd movement, (here we see Manfred Honeck with the same movement, one that I like to think of as a musical joke)

Now of course every time the orchestra paused, Jim Cunningham of WQED 89.3, our host for the evening, would eloquently introduce the next piece, and behind him they would be literally rearranging the chairs, as in the allegory of musical chairs. His purpose and their goal was to try to sell season subscriptions to many of the attendees who were not current subscribers. Along the way he told a few good jokes and somehow we all became familiar with German Jelly Donuts and the wonderful waltz by Strauss: "Im Krapfenwaldl," complete with coo-coo and bird sound effects! The final piece of the evening was Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A Major. 4th movement, one of my favorite pieces of all time. I envisioned I was a bird soaring high above the land, in tune to the music, up, over a rainbow, where skies are blue.

Several other single movement compositions were played this evening, but I don't want to forget to mention one I really liked, because the soloist poured her heart and soul into the violin: Bruch: Scottish Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra, 4th movement, Laura Motchalov, violin

One more interesting note, on my way home, with my daughter and her friend, they with their ipods, and I with my WQED on the radio, I was listening to a wonderful piece I've never heard before by Gottschalk: Symphony No. 1, A Night in the Tropics, I & II Utah Symphony Orchestra/Abravanel. And the girls were listening each to their own separate music, and singing out loud, Eat It by "Weird Al" Yankovic and Aly & AJ - Potential Breakup Song. What a symphony of sound!





Sep 12, 2008 5:11 PM

a grand day

a grand day

--image--

a grand day
proclaim parfait
come what may
my words to say
tried to sway
but would allay
your fears away
defray
my cloistered decay
though I turn grey
my heart is gay
sometimes risqué
so please don't slay



Sep 10, 2008 6:55 PM

yellowjacket fly by

yellowjacket fly by

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fly by shooting

Some people kill a nest of yellow jackets, but I let them live, especially that I may photograph them; but there is mounting pressure from others that I rid the world of this nest.

I had to use 400 ISO which has a bit of noise on my camera. With a better camera I could have used even higher ISO to achieve a better result

The nest is in the ground by the garage door. Right where we get into the car door.
I am brave, aren't I ?

Anyone want to guess why I placed the rock in the photo...?





Sep 9, 2008 8:16 PM

dusk at the tennis courts

dusk at the tennis courts

--image--

Using the reciprocal rule for my camera, a good shot would require a fast shot, perhaps 1/60 Second

Instead I got this with 1/6 Sec, which is amazingly lucky for a hand held shot from inside the car, with the motor running (vibration) !





Sep 7, 2008 11:38 PM

Scent of a Rose

Scent of a Rose

--image--

Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival
www.pgh-renfest.com/

www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCPYw8YIe_I




Sep 7, 2008 11:00 PM

Carillon - Cast in Bronz - Keys

Carillon - Cast in Bronz - Keys

--image--

Carillon - Cast in Bronz - Keys
Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival

Amazing sound from these bells! I recorded this video today:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6-AvpJLwfo




Sep 7, 2008 11:00 PM

Carillon - Cast in Bronz - Bells

Carillon - Cast in Bronz - Bells

--image--

Carillon - Cast in Bronz - Bells
Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival

Amazing sound from these bells! I recorded this video today:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6-AvpJLwfo




Sep 7, 2008 8:46 AM

Sir Knight javadoug of the Round Table

Sir Knight javadoug of the Round Table

--image--

The video of my visit to the Ligonier Highland Games...
www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgKgTOxQV8Q


Star Trek - Knights of the Round Table
www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_FzrywmvcY

Run away!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9PGcnM10lA

On second thought let's not go to Camelot, silly place





Sep 5, 2008 6:24 PM

curl up with my petals

curl up with my petals

--image--

my texture was alluring, you could not resist
my color so enduring, a dream yet I exist
light streams in infinite directions
wavelengths combine
perduance yielding varied flavors
enunciating distinct sensations yet to savor
again curl up with me



Sep 3, 2008 7:01 PM

Ich kann Ihnen die Samen, aber nicht der Schmetterling schicken

Ich kann Ihnen die Samen, aber nicht der Schmetterling schicken

--image--

but a picture ..

I'm getting ready for this year's Pittsburgh Symphony season, so I placed all of last year's relevant posts into a blog, which I will update this year on the fly:
beautyofclassicalmusic.blogspot.com/




Sep 3, 2008 7:04 AM

too cute for you

too cute for you

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Sep 2, 2008 7:23 PM

mama beaver teaching baby beaver to build

mama beaver teaching baby beaver to build

--image--

Sep 1, 2008 9:48 PM

coming in for a landing

coming in for a landing

--image--

Aug 31, 2008 10:13 PM

Amur Tiger Cub Pittsburgh Zoo

Amur Tiger Cub Pittsburgh Zoo

--image--

He was so playful! He is just a cub, yet weighs perhaps 200 pounds.
4 months old today!
And plays like a kitten.
This is the movie I made today:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0F00kLeHwA




Aug 31, 2008 9:30 AM

billowing morning web

billowing morning web

--image--

billowing morning spider web well above my head
lucky to have found you my dear or your web I'd have to shed





Aug 30, 2008 6:30 PM

early morning hearts

early morning hearts

--image--

Toccata & Fugue
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FXoyr_FyFw




Aug 30, 2008 2:29 PM

Danaus gilippus

Danaus gilippus

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Queen butterfly (Danaus gilippus) at Phipps Conservatory
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_(butterfly)

One advantage of this Canon Powershot is that it has a super macro mode, I can literally touch the subject with the lens, and it focuses. For butterflies, even inside the conservatory glass, you have to go really slow, or they fly away :)
But I still need a DSLR with the larger sensor area to eliminate grain/noise from the image. That will come in time.




Aug 29, 2008 5:28 PM

sunset above the tennis courts

sunset above the tennis courts

--image--

A few nights ago my daughter and I were playing tennis.... This was the beauty we perceived.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=sG2hGSL345I




Aug 28, 2008 8:29 PM

das Geschenk

das Geschenk

--image--

For some parts of Germany who are currently without butterflies, I hope they return soon!

This is the gift of Julia, native from Brazil to southern Texas and Florida, USA.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dryas_julia

This was taken today at one of my favorite places:
Phipps Conservatory Butterfly Forest


Sounds like a butterfly to me: (Leider ohne Worte)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnbgtdYHbC8




Aug 28, 2008 7:29 PM

way up

way up

--image--

at Carnegie Mellon University.

Must see large




Aug 27, 2008 7:53 PM

a visitor

a visitor

--image--

To the Westmoreland Conservancy at Murrysville Community Day



Aug 25, 2008 1:51 PM

watching and waiting..

watching and waiting..

--image--

..for a friend to play with.

Praying mantis, and incredibly lucky chance to capture the flying insect

Moody Blues
www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZsnHIKXVHE




Aug 24, 2008 12:13 PM

I think to myself, what a wonderful world

I think to myself, what a wonderful world

--image--

(collage photos taken in 2003 at my old house with my old camera)
This morning while watering the flowers, I looked up and saw that I was also watering a humming bird. She kept darting in and out of the spray of water, and so I just stood there holding the stream steady. She eventually landed on a twig of a tree and fluffed herself up and took a nice long bath. So I think to myself, what a wonderful world!
(and also, why didn't I have my camera :)
---------
"What a wonderful world it would be if we would give it a chance - Love, baby, love"

WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD

Written by: George Weiss & Bob Thiele
Performed by: Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong

I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world

I see skies of blue and clouds of white
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world

The colours of the rainbow, so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people going by
I see friends shakin' hands, sayin', "How do you do?"
They're really saying, "I love you"

I hear babies cryin', I watch them grow
They'll learn much more than I'll ever know
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world
Yes, I think to myself, what a wonderful world



Aug 23, 2008 5:01 PM

checkers

checkers

--image--

After just being beaten at checkers by my daughter, here she is filming me pretending to play:

In this video you hear me say "you getting it?"
www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiWHQAXc8Z0




Aug 23, 2008 9:00 AM

wild native berries

wild native berries

--image--

.. of Western Pennsylvania.



Aug 21, 2008 7:44 PM

tentacles revealed

tentacles revealed

--image--

Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar
I never knew they were really red. They always look black to me before :)
The only software editing here was with the sky, none with the caterpillar.
I think the red of the tentacles is because the sun is shining through them.
The rainbow effect is the reflection off of the glass of my camera lens.





Aug 20, 2008 1:18 PM

Stairway to Heaven

Stairway to Heaven

--image--

Stairway to Heaven on a pumpkin blossom with light and shadow dancing it's way down to you, the viewer.

Morning garden impression



Aug 20, 2008 8:17 AM

Joe Pye Weed

Joe Pye Weed

--image--

natural, indigenous, native
einheimisch

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eutrochium




Aug 19, 2008 9:32 PM

backlighting on butterfly

backlighting on butterfly

--image--

I just liked the way this shot turned out, with the back lighting.
Great Spangled Fritillary (?) (thanks for the ID!)





Aug 18, 2008 8:30 PM

wolf spider

wolf spider

--image--

I couldn't resist this photo. I forced him out of his den, gently, and he posed for me in a spot of sun in the deep woods




Aug 17, 2008 10:19 AM

When you wish upon a star

When you wish upon a star

--image--

When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you

If your heart is in your dream
No request is too extreme
When you wish upon a star
As dreamers do

Fate is kind
She brings to those who love
The sweet fulfillment of
Their secret longing

Like a bolt out of the blue
Fate steps in and sees you through
When you wish upon a star



Aug 17, 2008 12:17 AM

serendipity

serendipity

--image--

This is change, well,
a cicada changing clothes,
or , er, shedding his old skin,
sorry, to interrupt you here mr. bug :)

Read below to find the serendipity aspect of this photo





Aug 16, 2008 8:17 AM

bicycle tire

bicycle tire

--image--

my bicycle just happened to be in this shot, and I liked the way it looked.





Aug 15, 2008 11:02 AM

We live in paradise!

We live in paradise!

--image--

Dedicated to a dear flickr friend, Gudi
Check out her wonderful blog!

Nessun Dorma
www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOfC9LfR3PI

Isn't it true, that music makes the world a whole lot better.
We live in paradise, and music reverberates and enhances the beauty!
Wir leben in Paradies, und Musik reflektiert und
Musik verbessert die Schönheit..!

I have a vacation day today, and my daughter and I are going to



Aug 14, 2008 8:58 PM

spider man

spider man

--image--

this tiny spider wouldn't stand still!

Capturing something that is moving is always a challenge. I'm in awe of Nasa, who capture photos with their Saturn Cassini probe moving 40,000 mph!

With the probe moving across the surface of Enceladus at 18 km/sec (about 40,000 mph), obtaining good pictures proved to be quite a challenge for the imaging team.

"The challenge is equivalent to trying to capture a sharp, unsmeared picture of a roadside billboard about a mile away with a 2,000mm telephoto lens held out the window of a car moving at 50mph," they reported on their blog.


-------
Anyone ever try to sell your own pictures before?




Aug 13, 2008 7:39 AM

Garden Impression

Garden Impression

--image--

early morning with dew drops and spider's webs.
I took the photo this morning, a few minutes ago, and now the sun has just broken through!



Aug 12, 2008 7:17 AM

nature's fractal

nature's fractal

--image--

Is it a fractal, or is it North America?
This was pointing up in the canopy of large Sugar Maple and Beech trees.





Aug 11, 2008 9:29 PM

Dafürhalten

Dafürhalten

--image--

Aug 11, 2008 7:01 AM

likely Broad-winged Hawk

likely Broad-winged Hawk

--image--

Just sitting on the wire.
He knew I was there, with my bike, but ignored me as I approached. Eventually, I was too much for him and he flew off.

Description from Scott W of the PABIRDS listserv:
Definitely not an accipiter; you can see how relatively short and thick the tarsii (legs) are, and how heavy the toes are -- on a Cooper's Hawk the tarsii would be half again as long, and like the toes would be much thinner. The legs, and the overall head shape, point to a buteo. (So does the behavior; an accipiter will rarely sit while you walk past, while a young buteo often will.)

So, the question is broad-winged or red-shouldered; the proportions and pattern are all wrong for a Red-tailed Hawk. Based on this photo, I'd say Broad-winged Hawk, judging from the barred flanks (usually teardrop shaped in a young RS), the lack of distinct light barring or any contrast on the secondaries, and the shape of the face, which is subjective but just looks more broadwingish to me. The barring on the tail is a little off for a broadwing; I'd expect the light bands to be wider than the dark, not narrower -- but that could be foreshortening from the angle of the photograph.



Aug 10, 2008 9:13 AM

likely Scarlet Tanager immature

likely Scarlet Tanager immature

--image--

Baby birds (immature) often have no tail feathers, and it looks like he would be a bit off balance.

Found singing in the parking lot of Memorial Park, New Kensington, PA.
My daughter and I helped him fly off to the woods.

ID help suggested Scarlet Tanager or Yellow-throated Vireo,
my guess is Scarlet Tanager because I've seen plenty in these woods (two of my former flickr photos), but none of the Yellow-throated Vireo here, although they are around Western Pennsylvania

videos:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkPCyWc3x_M
www.youtube.com/watch?v=79kWlwIiQeA




Aug 8, 2008 9:21 PM

Scarlet Tanager baby learning to fly

Scarlet Tanager baby learning to fly

--image--

Found singing in the parking lot of Memorial Park, New Kensington, PA.
My daughter and I helped him fly off to the woods.

ID help suggested Scarlet Tanager or Yellow-throated Vireo,
my guess is Scarlet Tanager because I've seen plenty in these woods (two of my former flickr photos), but none of the Yellow-throated Vireo here, although they are around Western Pennsylvania

videos of this little fellow, that I also made:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkPCyWc3x_M
www.youtube.com/watch?v=79kWlwIiQeA

----
I decided to set up t-shirts with this baby bird:
www.cafepress.com/javadoug





Aug 8, 2008 5:05 PM

shiny veneer

shiny veneer

--image--

Campaign promises are like a sleek shiny veneer. Soon shed after being elected.

I don't know about anyone else, but the less they do for me, the happier I am.





Aug 7, 2008 9:24 PM

Do the Hokie Pokie

Do the Hokie Pokie

--image--

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hokie_Pokie

and turn yourself about, that's what its all about!





Aug 6, 2008 5:35 PM

It's an ambush

It's an ambush

--image--

Aug 5, 2008 6:51 AM

summer days rushing by

summer days rushing by

--image--

My addiction to flickr sometimes lets me miss the real world, rushing by...





Aug 4, 2008 7:41 AM

inch worm

inch worm

--image--

Aug 1, 2008 6:14 PM

Bashful

Bashful

--image--

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_pipe




Aug 1, 2008 9:08 AM

an aphid visitor

an aphid visitor

--image--

Each week we play Ultimate Frisbee.
This aphid was on the window of my auto, so of course while the others proceed down to the field, I'm there making photos! My daughter was a bit afraid of him, that he might jump on her.
And when I was done making photos, guess what he did, he jumped on me, so I take him outside and release him into the great outdoors.

I think this fellow was dusting the inside of my car, and it needs it!





Jul 30, 2008 3:55 PM

Zuerst zu blühen

Zuerst zu blühen

--image--

Ich habe einige Samen von meiner mexikanischen Sonnenblume zu einem flickr Freund letztem Jahr geschickt. Ich interessiere mich zu sehen,



Jul 28, 2008 10:14 PM

drunk on pollen

drunk on pollen

--image--

This honey bee was on a lone sunflower at my mom's house. He seemed to be drunk on pollen





Jul 27, 2008 12:06 PM

This shirt saves our planet

This shirt saves our planet

--image--

I was asked to post a few photos of Flash, my greyhound pet of 2 months.
He is 7 years old.
This was at a 'meet and greet' in Pittsburgh, the Buckhead Saloon





Jul 27, 2008 12:06 PM

Flash

Flash

--image--

I was asked to post a few photos of Flash, my greyhound pet of 2 months.
He is 7 years old.
This was at a 'meet and greet' in Pittsburgh, the Buckhead Saloon





Jul 25, 2008 8:53 PM

Feather in your cap

Feather in your cap

--image--

Does anyone know if this is a Northern Flicker feather or not?

Ah, I'm told it is likely a Wild Turkey feather.
I've also been told it is a Ruffed Grouse tail feather.

The apparently impossible creates
a sense under the surface
How you lose your whole fear
Because you are always and everywhere caught
In a feeling so as like
Still water
Timeless and weightless
"Stills Wossa" - Lyrics from Alfred Jaklitsch - Die SEER





Jul 24, 2008 7:19 AM

bumble bee rhododendron

bumble bee rhododendron

--image--

The previous photo was taken at the magic hour with sun pouring in at a steep angle. This photo was taken earlier with higher ISO and soft light. To me this was more grainy than the other direct sun photo. Both of these were done using the continuous mode, taking lots of images, and with patience

Historia de un letrero

Carpe diem
Zeit

NOTE: there seems to be confusion as to why this blooms now. Most of the Rhododendron in the East USA that people have in their yards are not native. This is native to Western Pennsylvania, and blooms at this time of year (actually it is a few weeks late this year because of the



Jul 23, 2008 7:25 PM

bumble bee rhododendron

bumble bee rhododendron

--image--

Historia de un letrero

NOTE: there seems to be confusion as to why this blooms now. Most of the Rhododendron in the East USA that people have in their yards are not native. This is native to Western Pennsylvania, and blooms at this time of year (actually it is a few weeks late this year because of the



Jul 22, 2008 6:41 AM

mysterious stranger

mysterious stranger

--image--

This mysterious stranger was a very tiny insect visiting my small bachelor button flower. I've been reading about quantum physics and time particles again recently
In the article, a physicist remarks: ""The quantum world has become more tangible, and the nature of reality even more mysterious"

I used to watch a TV show called: "Connections" It would leap from one item to another, throughout history using these sometimes weak links called connections. Almost like gossip, which starts with a fact at one end of a chain, and ends up all the way at the other end of a chain completely different, yet with the show, it somehow wrapped it all up into a sort of quasi circle, with a plausible scenario for their completed elliptical turn, and if you suspended your disbelief, and without skepticism, it was an entertaining concoction of historical events.

My connection is this, I begin with the tiny insect, to which I state he is very very small, and I've got this camera which is able to record his or her beauty in fabulous macro style. But I observe his tiny presence and extrapolate smaller, to particles unseen and infinitesimal. The article appears, thanks to first a visit by Panta Rhei, a contact who just got back from a vacation to the North Sea, so you see I'm leaping here, I'm placing these links together in semblances of connections. She has a contact named Perceval's Land (or he has changed his flickr name now). So in his photostream, I see this picture of the chains and gears of a bicycle, and of course I can't resist, being a bike lover myself, and I see he has sent some article about a possible way to actually observe this particles and or waves without disturbing them, perhaps by fixing what you have disturbed; and a fellow named Katz, to Panta, so of course I have to google that and I find the article, it is the quantum theory again, about not being able to observe without also disturbing. Sort of like photography, I am able to observe and photograph this tiny insect, but have I disturbed the scene? Have I sent it into an alternate universe? If I had not disturbed this, it might have happened differently. In the schrödinger's cat thought experiment, the cat is in a box, in a state where he is either alive or dead, but at the same time (that departure elides me a bit), and when you open the box (observation) you find the cat is either alive or dead, but cannot be both at the same time, by observing you have disturbed.

I could make this program a bit longer, with chains upon links of connections, but I'm off for work, and you see I don't want to be that late, even though I'm already a bit. Many more of these connections are possible! Let's take trips through flickr with many connections. My final connection is this: I just happened to be reading a book by Mark Twain, called the Mysterious Stranger, you can only guess who that is. Well I also read another book by C.S.Lewis called "The Great Divorce" about the divorce between Heaven and Hell. Well in that book, heaven is in the sky and grand and glorious, hell is in the tiny cracks of the ground and is infinitesimal. Therefore, you can begin to see further connections, that hell is the tiny particles of quantum physics, and our great big world is heaven, and well, perhaps by disturbing the tiny particles, we are disturbing hell, we don't want to wake up Satan!





Jul 20, 2008 9:50 AM

the Mystic

the Mystic

--image--

A video my daughter made a week ago, at a festival here in Pittsburgh, Bach Beethoven and Brunch
youtube.com/watch?v=drZw9TGVnpg

This is a piece by Bach, performed by T. M. C. of the Pittsburgh Symphony, along with a marvelous local jazz group.

One story goes that Joseph II told Mozart after a performance: "Too many notes, Herr Mozart" (but in German), in the move Amadeus, anyway. But I believe it is Bach who has quite a few notes, as in this piece. The wonderful thing about Bach is the notes are all perfectly placed, mathematically precise, yet emotionally stirring!





Jul 19, 2008 8:50 AM

Stop and smell the roses

Stop and smell the roses

--image--

Every once and a while, it's time to stop and smell the roses.
Escape the hassle and bustle
Relax
but look out for the bees!

Has anyone ever smelled the purple coneflower?
It's one of the most beautiful smells I know!





Jul 18, 2008 5:12 PM

buzz off!

buzz off!

--image--

Take off!

I want to apologize to my world friends for the phony snobbish elitism that is descending on your nations this week.

I'm sorry!

Here in America, we want oil independence, read this: "polls shows 74 percent of likely voters support offshore drilling in U.S. coastal waters"
And how do our representatives in congress respond: NO NO NO
That's elitism. That's snobbishness. That's not representation.
Anyone who calls offshore drilling a "gimmick" is out of touch and does not represent the people.

An interesting quote:

"apparently when unity doesn't align with left-wing orthodoxy, we need more 'leadership' to explain why we're wrong"

If only the whole world could be like flickr, let us eschew our leaders and live in freedom!





Jul 16, 2008 8:07 PM

A brief encounter with an Angel

A brief encounter with an Angel

--image--

on the next day an angel appeared
Have you reached the 50th aniversery of your birth?
yes
Have you learned to be wise?
Perhaps, perhaps not
Have your learned contrition?
I'm trying
Have you given?
Much
Have you received?
Much
What next?
More learning, I seek the truth

Then the angel, only a few mm across, flew off, it was a brief encounter..





Jul 15, 2008 10:12 AM

hey dude

hey dude

--image--

So many questions about my shooting style, so I thought I'd show you...
The LCD is my style, not the real photographer's typical style with the viewfinder glued to their eye, but this is my style.
I took this photo using the timer on my newer camera. The older camera (2003) is in my hands.

The picture below was taken by my clever daughter :)





Jul 14, 2008 5:34 PM

tiny dancer

tiny dancer

--image--

This tiny little butterfly adorned a leaf of my zinnia plants
He was very quick, leaving me little time for inaction, and so my mental arithmetic for the Reciprocal rule had to be equally quick





Jul 13, 2008 1:58 PM

Camouflaged lichen bug

Camouflaged lichen bug

--image--

Watch this video of the camouflaged lichen bug walking:
youtube.com/watch?v=BbSr6CufJL0




Jul 13, 2008 8:43 AM

Still waiting...

Still waiting...

--image--

Bullfrog seen at the Skena farm pond.



Jul 11, 2008 7:27 PM

bee on field of orange and green

bee on field of orange and green

--image--

suite
youtube.com/watch?v=qODGOrArlYM




Jul 10, 2008 9:22 PM

Bachblüten

Bachblüten

--image--

One of my favorite composers, J.S.Bach
youtube.com/watch?v=8EaZGfXMONw

und..
youtube.com/watch?v=dv2AmkYOJTo




Jul 9, 2008 6:31 PM

yellow butterfly on pink zinnia

yellow butterfly on pink zinnia

--image--

What more can a nature loving photographer ask for..?
Look at the large size and note the pink around the edges of this butterfly, it's amazing. I didn't see it when I was outside, only now in the photo. I guess I was



Jul 8, 2008 10:50 PM

Die Brücken am Fluss

Die Brücken am Fluss

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It's fun to do a little experimentation. Although I still prefer the photography without HDR, every once in a while you get the sunlight and shadows as such that no matter what you do, you can't get a good photo, and this was my one and only trip to beautiful McConnells Mill State Park, with my bike and camera...

Qtpfsgui 1.8.12 tonemapping parameters: (three bracketed shots combined)
Operator: Fattal
Parameters:
Alpha: 1.317
Beta: 0.993
Color Saturation: 1.64
Noise Reduction: 0.285
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Jul 7, 2008 8:48 PM

I'm Carrying

I'm Carrying

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I'm Carrying
youtube.com/watch?v=EznGXbKduNo

Anyone know what this wasp is carrying?

I've been told that I'm good at hand held shots. That, and I take many shots.

error, but I'm sure going to give it a try once I study the idea a bit more. One thing I can't figure out is the mm of my lens. It's a fixed lens (see right). Can anyone help me?

For this pic:
Aperture: f/4
Shutter speed: 1/80 second
Focal Length: 6 mm
ISO Speed: 100

Apparently, if my camera were a 80mm or below, then I'd be okay (because of the shutter speed of 1/80); right?
----
Update: Info from my biologist friend:
Before even looking at the photo, I assumed an anesthetized spider. Looking at it real carefully I was puzzled, but I think, not real certain, that what we see is the abdomen of an arrowhead spider. The cephlaothorax and legs are not in sight, but I'm going to seek another opinion. Interesting shot.
---
Update, again from the biologist:
My brother thinks the wasp has the head of a caterpillar in his mouth, but he could be wrong since he can't see the Y suture on the caterpillar's head. There is a faint trace of mandibles at the bottom



Jul 6, 2008 8:49 AM

The model didn't move

The model didn't move

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This friendly damselfly was very patient with me. Since I'm such a big lug compared to him, and I fumbled and bumbled my way into the field of tall grasses where he resided, I was amazed I was able to capture this shot. It was that I approached the final few feet very slowly with the camera held before me in super macro mode, and that I used the flip out LCD as my framing feedback. I put the camera in continuous mode Aperture priority and shot away. Out of about 50 fotos, this one seemed the best.

Below is a shot of him curling up.

This was taken at Harrison Hills Park, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA

Acadian Flycatcher
Hooded Warbler
many many Eastern Towhee (recording link below)
Red-eyed Vireo
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting

audio of the Easter Towhee (and you can also hear the Cardinal, Indigo Bunting
and two other birds I don't quite know, a high pitched song, and a low
pitched song)

javadoug.googlepages.com/MVI_1543.AVI.MP3

audio of the Red-eyed Vireo
javadoug.googlepages.com/MVI_1544.AVI.MP3




Jul 5, 2008 9:21 AM

butterfly milkweed and grain

butterfly milkweed and grain

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Jul 4, 2008 3:14 PM

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!

--image--

Wouldn't it be great if we as individuals had independence from all forms of government tyranny each and every day, not just one day a year.





Jul 2, 2008 10:24 PM

Mountain Laurel

Mountain Laurel

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missed it by that much!
The blossoms must have been there last week. So I did a backlight bokeh shot.

This shot was from a really nice long bicycle ride today at McConnel's Mill State Park.





Jul 1, 2008 10:49 PM

sunflower vandalized

sunflower vandalized

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My large sunflower plant was vandalized, pulled out of the ground completely, and the stem was broken, it was thrown aside and left to die.
I arrived home many hours later, and was distraught, heartbroken. If it had been some material item, I would have had less emotion. But plants mean so much to me. I planted this and nurtured it. and was hoping for a huge bright smiling happy face of a sunflower blossom.

But I forgive whoever did it.

wrt: water, yes, it rained the last 4 days, which was lucky for the plant. I will water too.
I replanted and after 4 days, it still looks like this. I'm not sure if it will recover or not.




Jun 30, 2008 10:15 PM

tiny praying mantis

tiny praying mantis

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tiny visitor to my window screen. He is very small, this picture makes him look much bigger than he is.

Yesterday I took a long bicycle ride in the rain, it was superb!
Along the way I heard and watched a marvelous Mockingbird. Here are three recordings I made. These are mp3 files, click the link. You may need to download them first.

javadoug.googlepages.com/MVI_1060.AVI.MP3

javadoug.googlepages.com/MVI_1061.AVI.MP3

javadoug.googlepages.com/MVI_1069.AVI.MP3




Jun 28, 2008 8:44 AM

backlighting with fern

backlighting with fern

--image--


youtube.com/watch?v=wlvzGT1Ta2w&feature=PlayList&...



Jun 27, 2008 12:07 PM

visitor to my sunflower

visitor to my sunflower

--image--

javadoug.googlepages.com/IMG_1011.JPG




Jun 25, 2008 6:20 PM

The Ugly American - 1982

The Ugly American - 1982

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1982 - that's me climbing the statue. What's funny is I didn't even remember this!
I met some friends after a Pittsburgh Symphony Concert a few weeks ago, and my friend's wife said she remembers this photo, with me sticking my tongue out posing behind this statue. :-)
So he scanned these old slides for me.

From my friend Simon Lowenfeld, who took these photos:
"these statues used to line one of the avenues of the Forum Romanum in Rome; the Forum was the center of Rome and therefore the center of the Roman Empire; the statues were no longer there when I was in Italy 2 yrs ago, undoubtedly removed to save them from tourists climbing all over them…"

He calls this: "The Ugly American"
A reference to a phrase apparently only known to Europeans, about some sort of yankee think or other, I'm not sure exactly ;-) (He's originally from Romania)

Here is another picture from that trip, this one taken in Austria:
www.flickr.com/photos/javadoug/305729943/

And for more of my exploits on that trip, this time in Romania, read half way down this essay I wrote a few years ago:
javadoug.googlepages.com/beauty.html




Jun 25, 2008 6:20 PM

American climbs statue at Roman Forum, 1982

American climbs statue at Roman Forum, 1982

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1982 - that's me climbing the statue.
From my friend Simon Lowenfeld, who took these photos:
"these statues used to line one of the avenues of the Forum Romanum in Rome; the Forum was the center of Rome and therefore the center of the Roman Empire; the statues were no longer there when I was in Italy 2 yrs ago, undoubtedly removed to save them from tourists climbing all over them…"

He calls this: "The Ugly American"
A reference to a phrase apparently only known to Europeans, about some sort of yankee think or other, I'm not sure exactly ;-)




Jun 25, 2008 12:07 AM

determination

determination

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With determination, what can we achieve?
This pumpkin plant is striving for life, for sunlight!
We should set our sights on independence, just as it always was, so it shall be again.
So, am I to believe that we can send a rover to mars:.....
youtube.com/watch?v=zZWOGcdC_PI

But we can't be energy independent?
What's up with that?
We should not have to buy energy from other countries.
France gets 70% of their electricity from Nuclear.
The U.S. imports 60% of its oil.
At the same time we are sitting on vast reserves of oil, and our so-called leaders in congress won't act to open up those reserves for drilling.

We should also be finding ways for more efficient use of energy, but that goes without saying, it's too logical, I shouldn't even have to



Jun 24, 2008 7:25 AM

first pink bachelors button

first pink bachelors button

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The background has purple lavender
www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cGQoPmefyA&feature=PlayList&...






Jun 22, 2008 4:16 PM

beautiful day

beautiful day

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have a beautiful day!

"It is smarter to be pessimistic:
Forgotten are the disappointments,
and one does not stand before others disgraced.
So it is OPTIMISM that is frowned upon by the clever.

OPTIMISM is a vitality, a power of hope, where others resign,
a power to bear setbacks, a Kraft,
which never cedes the future to the opponent,
but rather lays claim to the future for themselves.

One should never contemptuously make OPTIMISM as a will to the future,
even if he errs a hundred times;
it is a healthfulness of life,
which those who suffer should not affix themselves upon"
-- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

(My translation from the original German: )

" Es ist klüger, pessimistisch zu sein:
Vergessen sind die Enttäuschungen,
und man steht vor den Menschen nicht blamiert da.
So ist der OPTIMISMUS bei den Klugen verpönt.
OPTIMISMUS ist eine Lebenskraft,
eine Kraft der Hoffnung, wo andere resignieren,
eine Kraft, Rückschläge zu ertragen,
eine Kraft, die die Zukunft niemals dem Gegner überläßt,
sondern sie für sich in Anspruch nimmt.
Den OPTIMISMUS als Willen zur Zukunft soll man nie verächtlich machen,
auch wenn er hundertmal irrt;
er ist Gesundheit des Lebens, die der Kranke nicht anstecken soll. "



Jun 21, 2008 5:22 PM

elusive ray of light

elusive ray of light

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I do it for light, light, light

I discovered a magical ray of pure sunlight,
I followed it up and I followed it right,
it dodged, and it bounded and looped
all around, I'm trying to find if I may if I might,

It was tiny and bright and it lept over head
but I followed it quick, and it wiggled instead
it was canny and clever and quickly receded,
but I followed it through and aimed just ahead

The light landed up on a green maple tree
and the seeds were illumed to be orange, can't you see
it was steady and stable and lingered awhile
and the seeds didn't move, nor extinguish my guile

The result you can see is a striking redound
of a blade in the air, just the way it was found,
and I captured it fine, and now that its mine
I'm happy to show it to you any time

Enjoy

(written to the music of this song:)
youtube.com/watch?v=O8CyJVTCFYs

I recently made some audio recordings of:
Wood Thrush:
javadoug.googlepages.com/MVI_0861.AVI.MP3

Hooded Warbler (wheatie-wheatie-wheatie-oooh)
javadoug.googlepages.com/MVI_0898.AVI.MP3
javadoug.googlepages.com/MVI_0900.AVI.MP3

Hooded Warbler (alternate call, not heard as often)
javadoug.googlepages.com/MVI_0902.AVI.MP3




Jun 21, 2008 1:25 AM

freewill

freewill

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fall in to my tendrils deep and still
feathers softly bristle like a quill
falling uphill

lessons never learned can not instill
real distinction for another skill



Jun 19, 2008 7:46 PM

Flicker ready to fledge

Flicker ready to fledge

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This was a few days ago, I haven't seen them peaking out of their hole for a few days now, I think they might have already fledged.
I wish I could have been there to see them fly for the very first time!

I recently made some audio recordings of:
Wood Thrush:
javadoug.googlepages.com/MVI_0861.AVI.MP3

Hooded Warbler (wheatie-wheatie-wheatie-oooh)
javadoug.googlepages.com/MVI_0898.AVI.MP3
javadoug.googlepages.com/MVI_0900.AVI.MP3

Hooded Warbler (alternate call, not heard as often)
javadoug.googlepages.com/MVI_0902.AVI.MP3




Jun 17, 2008 2:56 PM

study in perception

study in perception

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Finding the perfect composition sometimes requires overlooking the beautiful flowers on my left and rather, perceiving a tiny seed stalk of grass on my right.
This scene is as it was perceived, no software editing.





Jun 17, 2008 2:51 AM

Warp Speed, Mr. Scotty

Warp Speed, Mr. Scotty

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Sometimes I feel I'm in a fog, seeing things at twice their normal speed, sometime at half their speed. Phasing in and out of dimensions, as if I'm not really there, like some sort of episode of Star Trek. Warping through space and time faster than normal, but what is normal for beyond light speed travel? Life is rushing by too quick, time to take a vacation and slow down. Too much information, running through my head, too much information, running through my mind.
youtube.com/watch?v=0NDRRYMALyo




Jun 15, 2008 6:23 PM

As You Like It

As You Like It

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It's father's day and I'll be doing something as I like it. I'll be riding my bicycle for many miles, on long and winding hilly roads. I'll take my daughter to the pool, and if I were really lucky, I'd go here. Anyone know where this is?

shakespeare.mit.edu/asyoulikeit/full.html

Oh well, no one guessed where this was taken, so here ya go:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_and_Kumar_Go_to_White_Castle

This was when I was traveling to Nashville, in Ohio, about half way. I went to White Castle. So just like the movie, I drove for hours and hours and hours, just to go to white castle (well, not really).

Those burgers are sooooo good! I suggest to anyone who may be leaving the country soon, to go to WhiteCastle just once before your leave :)

Look in the comments below for a different perspective.





Jun 15, 2008 12:36 AM

little camp fires on a tulip tree

little camp fires on a tulip tree

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Little camp fires on a tree
posed right out there just for me
Beyond my reach but near my sight
A perilous reach yet dare I might

A lovely little tulip poplar
where I stay above my room
To capture its beauty I dare to try
but they are perched beyond my zoom

So offered now a beauty blossom
up close to view comes far away
a captured version of what I'd see
if I could fly like birds in May

A hummingbird sees this lovely tulip
and I could too if I could glide
Birds and bees would bend their knees
if they could see my aerial ride

Please grab your camera and make the show
forget your troubles and let me know
if you would smell my fragrant flower
enjoy the close-up and let us grow

Dedicated to a faithful flickr friend who has been very helpful




Jun 14, 2008 3:36 PM

Kennywood's open

Kennywood's open

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Our local amusement park, we had a great day riding the roller coasters and the water rides! Of course I had my camera

I saw a fantastic symphony concert last night:
Faure: Requiem, Opus 48
Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Opus 78, "Organ Symphony"



Jun 13, 2008 10:25 PM

moving slow lately

moving slow lately

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The snail carries his home with him everywhere. The Northern Flicker woodpecker (last frame) builds his home in a cavity in a tree. Which one is more free? The snail moves so very slowly. The woodpecker can fly. An interesting question...
www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YUxbDEPFiM
I'm sort of looking for a new pad right now, so I've not been around too much.
I think it would be grand to carry my house with me, that way I could visit the splendor of nature everywhere, and always be at home!!

I had an architectural idea, sharing rooms in the same space...
My idea of a future home will be one that can make better use of space.
Consider sharing rooms in a creative way using hinges.
We have all these rooms, and can only use one or handful of rooms
at any one time. So why not be creative and wheel things
around in ways that transform one room into another room
on the fly.



Jun 10, 2008 11:13 PM

flicker feeding fledglings

flicker feeding fledglings

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First Video, evening

New Video, next morning
This video shows the fledgling brood being fed by the adult.
Two out of three managed to get food, but I felt bad for the smallest one, who didn't get any food.

larger:
javadoug.googlepages.com/flickerAlcoa4.jpg
javadoug.googlepages.com/flickerAlcoa5.jpg

This is about 40 feet up, more or less.
The sycamore trees line the grounds of the original Alcoa building, now empty.
I am on the street, almost below the old dead branch.
The lens is 12x optical zoom, built in, and the camera is a Canon S5IS
point and shoot, $400-$500 range.
I actually rest the camera at the top of a chain fence, but even so, it's hard to
keep the camera still. There is digital zoom involved here too, so the quality is slightly less.
I often ride my bicycle there, and I've seen the Flickers for
years now. I just happened to see them going into this same hole all the time early this spring.
So I knew they would be nesting a brood there.
Thanks again to everyone for your views an comments!

Crank it up:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8YFZJK3arg




Jun 9, 2008 8:39 PM

The Sage

The Sage

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A sage once told me:
When you feel you are alone, you do not really know how many people are behind you and support you.
When you feel despair, fear not, the despair is only inside you.
When your faith is stretched to the limit, it is time to grow;
encompass a wider range, depth of meaning can be enhanced.
Take a pause, relax, start anew.
That sage was me, my inner voice.
Don't feel home sick, enjoy the company you are with,
be that nature, people, whatever..
Relax, contemplate, slow down.
When you are down, then there is no place else but up,
things will look up.
Take heart

Rossini Overture to L'Italiana in Algeri
www.youtube.com/watch?v=94asd5_o_Sg&NR=1




Jun 8, 2008 9:37 PM

Spiderwort pink

Spiderwort pink

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Spiderwort pink, a rare find!
All the other was purple or blue

I'm still not sure how to precisely control the white balance on my camera.
The settings had sunny, cloudy, tungsten, etc.
Non of these showed the true pink colour, so I used Picasa to change the pink back to the way it really looked, unfortunately, the yellow became a bit skewed to the orange at the same time





Jun 8, 2008 12:06 PM

Lavish Peony

Lavish Peony

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For you I've brung a lavish gift, the soft white peony
A white and fragrent blossom made so delicately
And if you like my gift
It'll make my spirits lift



Jun 7, 2008 11:32 AM

Gray Catbird singing

Gray Catbird singing

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What a wonderful song, because he mimics the songs of so many other song birds or birds in general. It's fun to try to pick out the species of the other songs that he copies, but very hard with the Gray Catbird because it is so varied. The Gray Catbird doesn't really repeat phrases. The Brown Thrasher will repeat phrases twice. The Northern Mockingbird will repeat phrases 3 or more times, that's how to tell them apart (unless you can see them). I knew this was a gray catbird even before I could see him based on this. Another indicator is the 'Meow' that he or she sings. It sounds just like a cat meowing. It's really awesome to hear. I didn't get that in the audio, but I may go back and try again, look back in the days to come to see if I did.
Listen here:
javadoug.googlepages.com/MVI_9655.AVI.MP3
javadoug.googlepages.com/MVI_9656.AVI.MP3

Watch here:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgdCrcJS6nw

Rossini String Sonata No. 1
www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcFGjiG_rzY




Jun 6, 2008 8:51 PM

Flicker breeding confirmed

Flicker breeding confirmed

--image--

The Flicker was feeding the fledglings by regurgitating grubs.
As a member of the Pennsylvania Breeding bird atlas, our goal is to confirm breeding for species of birds.

- Large size -

Schubert Symphony number 5
youtube.com/watch?v=lLnG-1xQFu4




Jun 5, 2008 10:09 PM

Perdurance

Perdurance

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A star appeared one night, midsummer
An apparition of dread yet soon to befall
the stranger who would be firm friend
short term knowing can deceive
Consent to avoid folly too soon
hold back tears of joy for a subtle time
and while thy realm is blurred
sharpen thy tooth on dreams of perdurance,
the long continuance of yon tender relationship
fraught with broken slumber
Determination rewards with eventual pure bonds
of long lasting friendship
sleep tight, thy midsummer dream
sleep well, do daydream,
do care,
hold fast,



Jun 4, 2008 12:01 PM

ageless

ageless

--image--

Two beauties who have not faded with age
nor will I relent to the onset of time
as if written in image or verse upon a page
hold stature with composure, trippingly within rhyme

Pachelbel's Canon in D Major
youtube.com/watch?v=hOA-2hl1Vbc
I like this version, it has the harpsichord and the viola pizzicato included.
I listened to about 6 versions before I chose this one.
more info:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pachelbel%27s_Canon




Jun 3, 2008 10:01 PM

my new car!

my new car!

--image--

HERMIA

'O hell! to choose love by another's eyes.'

-- Shakespeare - "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
shakespeare.mit.edu/midsummer/full.html




Jun 3, 2008 6:16 AM

Green Lacewing

Green Lacewing

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Translucent wing

Take me on the wind translucent wing
reluctant journey neigh
vibes attenuate sigh
colliding acoustics oft do let me sing

Impassionate vivid green flavoured dew drops
perched impossibly, adorn the theatre of the mind
Arouse curiosity beyond the gentle refrain
one's fervent passions never cease to sustain

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_lacewing




Jun 1, 2008 10:42 PM

me and my daughter

me and my daughter

--image--

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Excalibur_%28automobile%29



May 31, 2008 11:18 PM

Faithful Flicker Friend

Faithful Flicker Friend

--image--

This is my faithful Flicker friend. She lives in a hollowed out hole, and perhaps just brought this grub home for her fledglings.
Oh, I realize it might be confusing.
The kind of bird is 'Northern Flicker' which is a kind of woodpecker.
:)
www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Northern_Fl...



May 31, 2008 6:10 PM

This is the dawning of the age of the Honey Bee

This is the dawning of the age of the Honey Bee

--image--

This is the dawning of the age of the honey bee
age of the honey bee
the buzzing bee.. the honey beeeee...

Whizzing all around this morning
buzzing all around this afternoon
this busy bee, makes honey.

This Schubert Impromptu reminds me of a honey bee
youtube.com/watch?v=-3WWZQyPs30




May 31, 2008 12:48 AM

Starling

Starling

--image--

Concerto for Piano & Orchestra No. 17 in G major, K. 453

Mozart composed this concerto for his student Babette Ployer in 1784.

This concerto simply cannot be discussed without mentioning Mozart's pet starling. The composer discovered to his amusement and delight that the family pet could whistle the opening theme of the Finale of this concerto. Well, almost—the bird held the last note of the first bar too long, and sharped the last two notes of the following bar—but there was no doubt the starling was imitating Mozart's jaunty theme.


youtube.com/watch?v=Yo7TKBxqno8

I was hunting for a Starling so that I may post the photo before tonights concert.
I was lucky to find one in such a cool pose :-)





May 28, 2008 10:40 PM

Fairies

Fairies

--image--

Perhaps the The Quarrel of Oberon and Titania

shakespeare.mit.edu/midsummer/full.html

Weber - Oberon
youtube.com/watch?v=5ltK1X4_Tfk




May 27, 2008 9:29 PM

Bluet

Bluet

--image--

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Houstonia_%28genus%29

Four petals of the bluet
one for truth
one for wisdom
one for freedom
and the last for heart

In life we see so little of any of these,
but here on flickr there is truth,
pictures never lie,
there is wisdom, the wisdom of hundreds of contacts,
posting each day, the wisdom of nature, or portraits, or whatever
we feel inclined to photograph and post, truth and wisdom in an image, combined.
There is freedom, we are free to post at will, whatever we please, almost,
and free to be creative, no one tells us what to do or worse: how to do it.

There is a trade off between security and freedom, if it were up to me, I'd like to give everyone freedom because I am the adventurous type, like to take chances, and am less concerned for security.

And best of all, we have heart here in this fun flickr community
I should say, most of all! :-))

And all this reminds me of a quote:
"And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books
in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything."-- William
Shakespeare
As You Like It !
www.shakespeare-online.com/plots/asups.html

(Duke Senior had his dukedom stolen, nevertheless he finds good in
everything; and out in the woods and forest, no less)
shakespeare.mit.edu/asyoulikeit/full.html

Pastoral
youtube.com/watch?v=HZGb-Kjy0S0




May 26, 2008 1:54 PM

Fire pink

Fire pink

--image--

Native wild flower to Western Pennsylvania

Fire pink my native child
wispy waving pure and wild
vivid colour deep and free
yield your wealth for all to see

www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0QQeYrEk-Y




May 26, 2008 1:54 PM

The Ant and the Mushroom

The Ant and the Mushroom

--image--

The Ant and the Grasshopper

by Jim Quinn

The Original Version

The ant busts his ass in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks he's a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away. Come winter the ant is warm and well fed. The grasshopper has no food or shelter so he dies out in the cold.

The New Liberal Version

It starts out the same but when winter comes the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others are cold and starving. CBS, NBC, and ABC show up and show pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to film of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food.

America is stunned by the sharp contrast. How can it be, in a country of such wealth that this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so? Then a representative of the NAAGB (The National Association of Green Bugs) shows up on Night Line and charges the ant with "Green Bias" and makes the case that the grasshopper is the victim of 30 million years of greenism. Kermit the frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper and everybody cries when he sings "It's Not Easy Being Green."

Bill and Hillary Clinton make a special guest appearance on the CBS evening news and tell a concerned Dan Rather That they will do everything they can for the grasshopper who has been denied the prosperity he deserves by those who benefited unfairly during the summer, or as Bill refers to it, the "Temperatures Of The 80's".

Finally the EEOC drafts the "Economic Equity and Anti-Greenism Act" RECTRO-ACTIVE to the beginning of the summer. The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and having nothing left to pay his Retro-Active taxes, his home is confiscated by the government.

The story ends as we see the grasshopper finishing up the last bits of the ant's food while the government house he's in....which just happens to be the ant's old house.... crumbles around him since he doesn't know how to maintain it. The ant has disappeared in the snow. And on the TV; which the grasshopper bought by selling most of the ant's food, Bill Clinton is standing before a wildly applauding group of Democrats announcing that a new era of "Fairness" has dawned in America.





May 26, 2008 12:59 AM

Acadian Flycatcher

Acadian Flycatcher

--image--

It would be difficult to identify the Acadian Flycatcher without knowing a priori his song/call. A very high pitched sort of whistle. They used to nest near my old house, and this one was in the very wooded and dark forest of a local park. Dark, at least, under the canopy, and not good for hand held shots, but these little birds only pose for about 3 seconds before flying to the next branch.
www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Acadian_Fly...



May 24, 2008 6:39 PM

scarlet tanager taking a bath

scarlet tanager taking a bath

--image--

He needs to look clean and red for the ladies :)
The photos are all hand-held because I had to act quick, and the light was very low.

Interesting the white spot on his forehead and under his wing

I also saw a Belted Kingfisher flying up and down the creek at Memorial Park

I also recorded some audio of a Yellow-throated Vireo:
javadoug.googlepages.com/MVI_9088.AVI.MP3

This is the first time I've seen one taking a bath.
It was really cool!
Another non-birder nearby wondered if he was common.
Yes, he is, in fact, there are so many in our woods, I hear them every couple hundred yards, they blanket the woods, at least in my experience.
The problem with visibility is that they are always so high in the canopy that you can't see them. Unless you know their call note, 'chick burrrr', or their song, a screechy version of the American Robin, then you don't know where to look. Since I know the song very well, I can see many of them when I visit the heavily wooded forests of Western



May 23, 2008 10:29 PM

you'll never know

you'll never know

--image--

more of the Speed Poetry,
typing as fast as I can, in less than about 5 minutes,
while listening to music, you should try...
youtube.com/watch?v=Gx_XfNWkf_s

You'll Never Know by Doug Bauman

rolling on anticipation cloud
softly floating through the shadowy regions
reaching well beyond my grasp
clasping fingers 'round dewdrops that collapse

meld back, yonder being, unmixing thought and truth
dimensions unfold untold phantoms of veracity
veraciousness to behold through brimming visor
visages of yonder brimming aspect without meaning
juxtaposed beyond my hold

another exercise in futility
with infinite meaning to me, yet none told
cold fertile joyousness running up my spine
divine my content yet fulfilled

yet revealed, you'll never know

I grant I'll never be revealed
I shan't unnerving be aneilled
Whence discovery come unveiled
Thence composure is unsealed

my heart is yet too very tame
to jump quite quick to any game
keeping simple, running ample
as always never be the same

here she is, my vision of despair
softly fading goldness of her hair
anticipating choices of great flair
hold tight, yonder sight, be fair

I never knew the lovely texture of your form
till that silhouette of sunlight gladly beamed
right by bending supple form, toward my eyes
seeing sight untold now hold just as it seemed

quivering motion upheaved upon my soul
building joyous passages
the kind that overwhelm
gushing emotion beyond the pale seam
of my splendor



May 22, 2008 12:26 AM

You'll never know

You'll never know

--image--

One of my favorite romantic concertos:
youtube.com/watch?v=5ZRbko3UsnQ

Try this out for stirring:
youtube.com/watch?v=ygO3JMVWJ7M




May 21, 2008 8:11 AM

May showers bring June flowers

May showers bring June flowers

--image--

May 20, 2008 1:15 AM

soggy dandelion

soggy dandelion

--image--

This is an interesting 75 minute revelation about oil,
is it believable? You decide, if you have time.
video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3340274697167011147
long story short: the Bushs took Iraq for the oil, because Hussein wouldn't sign on th the oil conspiracy. The IMF/world bank is the bad-guy controlling all the oil in the world, purposely letting oil prices go up. Also, they won't let us drill on a huge reserve of oil in Alaska that would give the U.S oil independence. He even talks about Brazil -- the world bank owns the oil there.

I don't know if I believe it or not, but it is an interesting conspiracy theory





May 17, 2008 10:02 PM

ghosts of the past

ghosts of the past

--image--

Wake-Robin, hear my gentle refrain..
hearken, wake up your bountiful, beauty
darken, when shade pours over your visage
brighten, whiten, sounding subdued then renewed
rolling, doling, hearing, nearing, clearing, searing
heighten, brighten, frighten,
slowing, growing, glowing, flowing
impromptu, spritely dancing from petal to petal
tinkling over lightly textured silky spider web threads
reverberating through the multi-wavelength visual spectrum
repeating, revealing, unveiling, retelling, mellow tantrum
done, but not yet over, rondo repetition ready yet to begin
textured, layered, folded, then refolded, wrapped together
like composition of musical drama, toccata and fugue
Unnerving, tension, feeling unsaid felt sentiment
together, through unknown connections through medium untold
Behold, truly fragrant ripple through glistening waves
embrace, gravity holding together ample molecules
running, sunning, funning, punning, woning, cunning, donning
umbrella radiance throughout, beyond the membrane of space
untold dimensions over under between us, beyond us, together
don't ever end.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBc_xHI7ea8
A fun exercise in creative writing:
Listen to the beautiful Schubert Impromptu,
Think about the image,
then write the words, as quickly as you can, it's fun!



May 17, 2008 10:42 AM

Wake-Robin

Wake-Robin

--image--

Wake-Robin, hear my gentle refrain..
hearken, wake up your bountiful, beauty
darken, when shade pours over your visage
brighten, whiten, sounding subdued then renewed
rolling, doling, hearing, nearing, clearing, searing
heighten, brighten, frighten,
slowing, growing, glowing, flowing
impromptu, spritely dancing from petal to petal
tinkling over lightly textured silky spider web threads
reverberating through the multi-wavelength visual spectrum
repeating, revealing, unveiling, retelling, mellow tantrum
done, but not yet over, rondo repetition ready yet to begin
textured, layered, folded, then refolded, wrapped together
like composition of musical drama, toccata and fugue
Unnerving, tension, feeling unsaid felt sentiment
together, through unknown connections through medium untold
Behold, truly fragrant ripple through glistening waves
embrace, gravity holding together ample molecules
running, sunning, funning, punning, woning, cunning, donning
umbrella radiance throughout, beyond the membrane of space
untold dimensions over under between us, beyond us, together
don't ever end.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBc_xHI7ea8
A fun exercise in creative writing:
Listen to the beautiful Schubert Impromptu,
Think about the image,
then write the words, as quickly as you can, it's fun!



May 15, 2008 11:51 PM

lillies of the vally

lillies of the vally

--image--

This is raw, man, I mean really raw!
I didn't crop, nor straighten, nor correct for redeye, nor "I'm Feeling lucky"
Nor did I add or remove contrast, fill light, highlight shadows or color temperature.
Nor did I apply effects of sharpness, sepia, b&w, warmth, film grain, tint, saturation, soft focus, glow, or any other effect under the sun.
In fact, I'd say this is straight out of the camera, but I didn't even use the camera,
this is the live scene, buddy boy!



May 14, 2008 7:49 PM

mayfly

mayfly

--image--

How many photos did I need to take to get one of a mayfly?
Well the photo below will give you a hint.
I had the camera on continuous mode.
The mayflies were swarming everywhere!
ANd it wasn't easy to get them in mid-air.
Must take more adroit talent than I have :)

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayfly

youtube.com/watch?v=wXYXUd_N2YI




May 13, 2008 9:48 PM

sunburst

sunburst

--image--

sugar maples illuminated by the setting sun





May 13, 2008 6:34 AM

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

--image--

www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Rose-breast...



May 12, 2008 6:54 PM

Northern Watersnake

Northern Watersnake

--image--

Northern Watersnake

Here are a few recordings I made yesterday of Wood Thrush singing:
javadoug.googlepages.com/MVI_8768.mp3
javadoug.googlepages.com/MVI_8822.mp3

youtube.com/watch?v=-1C9N_ICalo




May 11, 2008 11:20 AM

waiting for his princess to happen by

waiting for his princess to happen by

--image--

This green frog was at the St. Vincent Environmental learning Center, Latrobe, PA

Manfred Honeck, who the other day at Heinz Hall was saying that the Viennese speak more slowly, compared to the northern Germans, and therefore the style of music would be slow perhaps, conducts this very fast movement! Neat contrast to his words.

Here are some of his words at the chat in Heinz Hall:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXnhrbILUmc
youtube.com/watch?v=-ngdhUPuoMY




May 10, 2008 10:03 PM

A strange creature hatched...

A strange creature hatched...

--image--

gall wasp shell, encasement on an oak tree leaf; at least that is what I think this is.

One of my favorite symphonies, favorite movements:
youtube.com/watch?v=uslo_QUQET0




May 10, 2008 2:12 PM

May I use your umbrella?

May I use your umbrella?

--image--

May 10, 2008 10:08 AM

Ein Heldenleben, score

Ein Heldenleben, score

--image--

youtube.com/watch?v=iXnhrbILUmc
youtube.com/watch?v=-ngdhUPuoMY

If anyone wonders, might I say, I just really enjoy classical music, and this is my way of sharing, perhaps in the hope that others may become enamored with this beautiful music someday too. I know when I was introduced decades ago, it built upon me slowly. Sure, I listened to classical music from my youth, in bugs bunny and tom and jerry cartoons, we all did, and then it progressed, all through movies and various places, you can't miss it. But the true love of classical music comes from the appreciation of each piece, each composition, and all the components, the individual instruments, you pick them out, hear them, individually, and collectively, and make the connection, you enjoy the point and counterpoint, the drama, the showmanship, the splendor, and you wrap it all together and what do you get, a marvelous art form that is a new appreciation, with neverending possibilities for hearing more and more, and then you wonder why you are not doing this yourself, but at the very least you can share it with others, so enjoy :)

Manfred Honeck: conductor
Michael Rusinek: clarinet
Giuseppe Verdi: Overture to La forza del destino
Alan Fletcher: Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra (PSO commission/world-premiere)



May 10, 2008 12:35 AM

Manfred Honeck at Heinz Hall

Manfred Honeck at Heinz Hall

--image--

This was a post concert chat.
There should be a video of this when I wake up (slow download):
youtube.com/watch?v=iXnhrbILUmc
youtube.com/watch?v=-ngdhUPuoMY

If anyone wonders, might I say, I just really enjoy classical music, and this is my way of sharing, perhaps in the hope that others may become enamored with this beautiful music someday too. I know when I was introduced decades ago, it built upon me slowly. Sure, I listened to classical music from my youth, in bugs bunny and tom and jerry cartoons, we all did, and then it progressed, all through movies and various places, you can't miss it. But the true love of classical music comes from the appreciation of each piece, each composition, and all the components, the individual instruments, you pick them out, hear them, individually, and collectively, and make the connection, you enjoy the point and counterpoint, the drama, the showmanship, the splendor, and you wrap it all together and what do you get, a marvelous art form that is a new appreciation, with neverending possibilities for hearing more and more, and then you wonder why you are not doing this yourself, but at the very least you can share it with others, so enjoy :)

Manfred Honeck: conductor
Michael Rusinek: clarinet
Giuseppe Verdi: Overture to La forza del destino
Alan Fletcher: Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra (PSO commission/world-premiere)



May 9, 2008 4:47 PM

A Hero's Life

A Hero's Life

--image--

Anyone who raises a young'n deserves to be called a Hero!
Tonight I go to see Ein Heldenleben, by the Pittsburgh Symphony!

Ein Heldenleben - Rattle, Berlin
www.flickr.com/photos/javadoug/2479219124/




May 8, 2008 11:07 PM

Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler

--image--

Yellow Warbler at St. Vincent College Environmental Education Center singing his sweet song!

www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Yellow_Warb...

"sweet-sweet-sweet-I'm-so-sweet"

Check out this web page with lots of fabulous photos
Nicht Kunst und Wissenschaft allein, Geduld will bei dem Werke sein.




May 8, 2008 6:45 PM

Warbling Vireo

Warbling Vireo

--image--

Warbling Vireo seen at Saint Vincent Lake, Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA

What a wonderful warbling sound, truly like the name implies. And this fellow was easily heard and vociferous!

You can year it too:
www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Warbling_Vi...



May 8, 2008 6:32 AM

Wader at Saint Vincent Lake

Wader at Saint Vincent Lake

--image--

Spotted Sandpiper, Actitis macularia at Saint Vincent Lake.
Thanks for the ID help from PABIRDS!
This little critter was surprisingly small, it is hard to get the perspective from the photo, but no bigger than a robin.
I'm completely new to the ID of waders, so bear with me.
Thanks.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0KlAHd7dGI




May 7, 2008 6:52 PM

St. Vincent Environmental Education Center

St. Vincent Environmental Education Center

--image--

A field trip collage...
facweb.stvincent.edu/eec/

www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgHUT0IgDFw




May 7, 2008 6:52 PM

Box Turtle

Box Turtle

--image--

Actually taken a few weeks ago in Nashville, at a park

www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2APg0fEFio




May 6, 2008 10:51 PM

red trillium and moss

red trillium and moss

--image--

The trick here was to use a small mirror to cast a bit of sunlight on the front of the flower. The back of the flower was already



May 6, 2008 7:41 AM

Scarlet Tanager

Scarlet Tanager

--image--

Memorial Park, New Kensington, PA
They have a song very much like that of our American Robin, but a bit more hoarse. And a neat 'chick-burrr' call note.
When I hear either of those, it makes it much easier to find these fellows. Even though they are red, because they are so high in the canopy of trees, they are almost impossible to find without first hearing their songs.
They've just recently arrived from their migration trips from down south!





May 5, 2008 6:05 AM

River Otter

River Otter

--image--

This River Otter and his friend were frolicking like little children at the Pittsburgh Zoo. It was fun being there as part of Conservation Connection at the Zoo!



May 4, 2008 6:36 PM

Let's play ball !

Let's play ball !

--image--

This Norther Sea Otter was happily playing ball with his companion





May 4, 2008 11:08 AM

Prehensile-tailed Porcupine

Prehensile-tailed Porcupine

--image--

We had a great time at Conservation Connection at the Zoo! You should have been there; this little critter dressed up in sharp spines!

nationalzoo.si.edu/Animals/SmallMammals/fact-porcupine.cfm

Video of the little critter:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DBkeXyUQho

Check out this great shot of the same adorable critter by Marc_714




May 4, 2008 12:03 AM

Is it all black and white?

Is it all black and white?

--image--

We had a great time at Conservation Connection at the Zoo! You should have been there, and you didn't even have to wear your tuxedo!



May 3, 2008 9:22 AM

conjure forth yon Genie from thy bottle

conjure forth yon Genie from thy bottle

--image--

At Phipps Conservatory

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. What do we know, what do we truly know of the thoughts of others? Seeing makes one conjure up all kinds of notions, models, representations of another's thoughts, values, ideas and beliefs. Conversation helps, but is far from the reality in another's soul. Conversation is dependent upon context, but context is a small circle, hardly able to encompass the whole of beliefs and soul. A lifetime of knowledge of another only begins to touch the surface of understanding.

And what of ourselves, do we even understand our own selves, what we are all about?

youtube.com/watch?v=vr2AKxf8m14




May 2, 2008 11:19 PM

Bravura and ritornello

Bravura and ritornello

--image--

This was taken when I was in Nashville last weekend.

Tonight I heard the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra perform the Beethoven Emperor concerto, and it is the emperor of all concertos! So subtle, so beautiful - exquisite!

To me, a piano concerto is sort of like this image. Contrast dramatically represented by bravura and ritornello, subject and bokeh.
You have the subject in the foreground, the piano (or the flower, the keys perhaps are represented by the stamens), and then the bokeh or background, magnificent in its own right, is the orchestra itself, providing drama, and giving the whole of the image/concerto a spectacular full body and appeal!

Ralph Vaughn Williams : Symphony No. 4 in F minor

Ludwig van Beethoven : Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, Opus 73, "Emperor"

Yan Pascal Tortelier conductor
Horatio Gutiérrez piano
Maestro Tortelier introduced the Williams symphony with a very entertaining walk through dialog.

You will be able to hear this program yourself, if you are patient, in about a year, on a Sunday afternoon at 4pm EST on this radio station (you can listen online):
www.wqed.org/fm/


Here is another performance of the same concerto
youtube.com/watch?v=vr2AKxf8m14




May 1, 2008 10:27 PM

over the precipice

over the precipice

--image--

The title of this White Trillium is inspired by the extent I had to go to get this shot. I had to lean over the precipice and extend my arms. Most of the places where trillium grow are very steep because those are the only places where old growth forests still remain, and man hasn't cut there. Sometimes the forests grow back, and many have in Western Pennsylvania, but for some reason, the trillium don't seem to come back.

"Livin' An American Dream" - Dave Parks
youtube.com/watch?v=zoC_wmbkH3E




Apr 29, 2008 11:16 PM

Red Trillium

Red Trillium

--image--

A wildflower in Western PA and the Eastern USA. Behind are Dutchman's Breeches (a few pictures back).

Tennessee Ernie Ford - Sixteen Tons
youtube.com/watch?v=NBkrAESUbyI




Apr 28, 2008 9:14 AM

Flicker singing

Flicker singing

--image--

Apr 27, 2008 9:21 PM

White-eyed Vireo

White-eyed Vireo

--image--

Here he is singing for a mate (after about 30 seconds intro)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXQ8FqjGNTc

I had to hold the camera over my head to get the video, so sorry for the unsteady view.



Apr 27, 2008 1:36 AM

Barred owl, Radnor Lake, Nashville, TN

Barred owl, Radnor Lake, Nashville, TN

--image--

Thanks for the ID!

Here is a video I made of this owl:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrGuW2QZRyY

Others told me he had just captured and finished up a snake





Apr 22, 2008 3:27 PM

spring maples

spring maples

--image--

Sugar Maple and Red Maple with blossoms

www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8pJ3Q8wn2A

I'm on vacation in Nashville until Monday :)





Apr 21, 2008 4:12 PM

Trillium

Trillium

--image--

Trillium grandiflorum
Over the hill from the previous pic was a hillside filled with beautiful white trillium!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIhx5pIcK0A




Apr 20, 2008 11:42 AM

spring is in the air

spring is in the air

--image--

American Toad
Here is my youtube video of him singing, it is amazing!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIhx5pIcK0A



Apr 19, 2008 7:55 PM

Spring Beauty

Spring Beauty

--image--

Spring Beauty
Spectacular Spring Beauty
Crept up behind me
and surprised me
a beauty unsurpassed and unexpected
vibrant white, soft and subtle texture
remarkable
The beauty of nature
captured in an image
only a small tiny static representation
of a fluid, dynamic multi-dimensional beauty.

My eyes are amazing, what they see.
A camera is technical and cold,
cannot even begin to compare to reality

Seeing in all its glory, the drama and movement
the gentleness and purity,
the grandeur and flavor
unsurpassed in sight
simulated with a model
a simple picture in 2D
not as nice as three

But its the next best thing to being there.

It reminds me of a real life spring beauty.
Infatuation, a beginning
Also a first sight, a seeing
meandering on a bicycle
finding my way
seeing another
instantly seeing
vibrant beautiful
spring beauty was she
right there before me
so nice and friendly
something to see
one more time for me.

Thank you, so nice

have a great day.


Spring Beauty emerges from the ground before most other plants
A small little blossom erupts with color before the leaves obscure the sun
So small, one needs to be careful where you walk
Get down low, look, lo and behold, she lies there looking up
ready to bring joy to all

This Prokofiev Concerto reminds me of spring:
youtube.com/watch?v=44ScC3azEnU




Apr 18, 2008 11:47 PM

cmu buggy raceday sweepstakes

cmu buggy raceday sweepstakes

--image--

Video I made today, of a few of the races
www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-s93_1nMJc
www.youtube.com/watch?v=b97NUxYDURk
www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQ2PnJ2vZbU




Apr 18, 2008 11:47 PM

cmu buggy raceday sweepstakes

cmu buggy raceday sweepstakes

--image--



Video I made today, of a few of the races
www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-s93_1nMJc
www.youtube.com/watch?v=b97NUxYDURk
www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQ2PnJ2vZbU




Apr 18, 2008 11:47 PM

cmu buggy raceday sweepstakes

cmu buggy raceday sweepstakes

--image--

www.andrew.cmu.edu/user/buggy/Sweepstakes/Raceday.html

Video I made today, of a few of the races
www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-s93_1nMJc
www.youtube.com/watch?v=b97NUxYDURk
www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQ2PnJ2vZbU




Apr 18, 2008 11:47 PM

cmu buggy raceday sweepstakes

cmu buggy raceday sweepstakes

--image--

Video I made today, of a few of the races
www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-s93_1nMJc
www.youtube.com/watch?v=b97NUxYDURk
www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQ2PnJ2vZbU




Apr 18, 2008 11:47 PM

cmu buggy raceday sweepstakes

cmu buggy raceday sweepstakes

--image--

www.andrew.cmu.edu/user/buggy/Sweepstakes/Raceday.html

Video I made today, of a few of the races
www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-s93_1nMJc
www.youtube.com/watch?v=b97NUxYDURk
www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQ2PnJ2vZbU




Apr 18, 2008 11:47 PM

cmu buggy raceday sweepstakes

cmu buggy raceday sweepstakes

--image--

Video I made today, of a few of the races
www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-s93_1nMJc
www.youtube.com/watch?v=b97NUxYDURk
www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQ2PnJ2vZbU




Apr 18, 2008 11:47 PM

cmu buggy raceday sweepstakes

cmu buggy raceday sweepstakes

--image--

www.andrew.cmu.edu/user/buggy/Sweepstakes/Raceday.html

Video I made today, of a few of the races
www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-s93_1nMJc
www.youtube.com/watch?v=b97NUxYDURk
www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQ2PnJ2vZbU




Apr 18, 2008 8:23 PM

cmu buggy raceday sweepstakes

cmu buggy raceday sweepstakes

--image--

Video I made today, of a few of the races
www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-s93_1nMJc
www.youtube.com/watch?v=b97NUxYDURk
www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQ2PnJ2vZbU




Apr 18, 2008 8:42 AM

Dutchman's breeches

Dutchman's breeches

--image--

I can't resist these little wildflowers, I had to post them twice





Apr 16, 2008 11:41 PM

Rue anemone

Rue anemone

--image--

für panta rhei

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rue_anemone

Check this out, a real live wolf:
www.flickr.com/photos/cjmouse/2414682288/




Apr 16, 2008 11:41 PM

ready to unfurl

ready to unfurl

--image--

unfurl your shoot oh umbrella plant
cover a toad beneath your green leaves
let the frogs huddle when it rains



Apr 16, 2008 11:41 PM

Cooper's Hawk

Cooper's Hawk

--image--

Just sitting around in the trees

www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Coopers_Haw...



Apr 16, 2008 7:11 AM

Dutchman's breeches

Dutchman's breeches

--image--

Spring is such a wonderful time of year. It is especially nice to go out to pristine wild habitat, near Pittsburgh that is either way out in the country, or closer to town you find really steep hillsides, like this one which was covered with Dutchman's breeches. This hill is so steep, is very difficult to ascend without slipping back down. My daughter and her friend did do a little sliding down the hill, but for the most part we had lots of fun up there in the hills, and they were alive!

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dutchman's_breeches

youtube.com/watch?v=XgURuzc3GmQ




Apr 15, 2008 6:42 PM

audacity of bike

audacity of bike

--image--

It is difficult to shoot one's self on a bike.

Learn to speak German.
Learn to shoot photographs.
Learn to ride a bike.
Learn to ride, shoot and photograph.
All at the same time

Lernen Sie, um Deutsch zu sprechen.
Lernen Sie, um Fotografien zu schießen.
Lernen Sie, um ein Fahrrad zu fahren.
Lernen Sie, um zu fahren, Erschießung und Fotografie.
Alle am gleichen Mal

Today I am FREE.
Free from taxes for the year.
Actually, I will still be working for the government for another month.
The audacity of our tax system.
It's time to have a truly fair tax:
www.fairtax.org





Apr 14, 2008 8:34 PM

Hepatica

Hepatica

--image--

Name: Chelfi
ObjectiveTo achieve highest wizard in the land
Education
- College: University of Greensmin
- I studied mainly in Wizardology
- Spent most of my College classes in sorcery
- For years I worked along side one of the wizards that work for Wizz Co.
Experience / Work History
- My first job was an apprentice for Gandolf the Great.
- Traveled the world and made new Potions.
- Gandolf trained me in fighting against various beasts.
- I can take down a two headed dragon with my wand.
Skills:Slaying beasts and casting spells.
Salary / Stock: I expect to get paid with as much as three eighths of your gold and every Sunday off. For my supplies, I will need potion bottles, two new wands, and a way to travel, so I can collect potion ingredients.
References- Gandolf the Wizard

Oops, that was left over from my daughter's school assignment;
a fictitious Wizardology resume.

Here is the flower :)
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hepatica

And a beautiful piano concerto by Beethoven:
youtube.com/watch?v=At-dDw7sZRg




Apr 13, 2008 6:37 PM

maple Blossom Mayflower

maple Blossom Mayflower

--image--

HDR macro of maple blossoms surrounding a mayapple/mayflower shoot.





Apr 12, 2008 7:50 PM

American Robin

American Robin

--image--

singing cheerily at the park.
My lens is 12x, that helps.



Apr 12, 2008 10:37 AM

water goblin

water goblin

--image--

youtube.com/watch?v=Qhuhn1wbQBE

last night at the Pittsburgh Symphony,
I heard graceful hijinks !

Join the Westmoreland Conservancy for
Conservation Connection at the Zoo




Apr 12, 2008 1:16 AM

graceful hijinks

graceful hijinks

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youtube.com/watch?v=zjX22uheHOA

Tonight at the Pittsburgh Symphony,
I heard graceful hijinks !

Join the Westmoreland Conservancy for
Conservation Connection at the Zoo




Apr 10, 2008 12:17 AM

pink

pink

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Der Rosenkavalier

youtube.com/watch?v=wX3_Sw4kF7o




Apr 9, 2008 6:51 PM

Alexandra Daffodil

Alexandra Daffodil

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Apr 8, 2008 11:40 PM

macro moss

macro moss

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spring has other surprises as well

www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVzJ43gJJQE




Apr 7, 2008 11:37 PM

Yellow

Yellow

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Yellow

yellow is dandelions flowing in the breeze
and tennis balls bouncing on the tennis court
yellow is the tangy taste of ripe pineapples
yellow smells like fragrant flowers and
new crayons still in the box
yellow makes me feel bright and full of glee
yellow is the sound of squirts from lemons
and flames from a burning fire
yellow is the sun or daffodils in a vase
like a golden finch fluttering about
yellow is tanning on a sunny day and
highlights on a paper
yellow is a glint in the stars
yellow is the sparks in firecrackers on
a dark, gloomy night



Apr 7, 2008 6:51 AM

Spring peeper habitat

Spring peeper habitat

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVzJ43gJJQE

A video I took, where you don't see, but you hear spring peepers all over. Amazing that I couldn't visually see them, but they were very



Apr 6, 2008 12:16 AM

one for me and one for you

one for me and one for you

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Ax plays Chopin


This concert was magnificent! Sharp and clear as always; subtle and beautiful with the piano concerto and the Debussy; and loud and tempestuous with the Janácek




Apr 5, 2008 4:52 PM

Ruby Slipper

Ruby Slipper

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Ax plays Chopin


This concert was magnificent! Sharp and clear as always; subtle and beautiful with the piano concerto and the Debussy; and loud and tempestuous with the Janácek




Apr 5, 2008 12:37 AM

Coors Light reflection

Coors Light reflection

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Ax plays Chopin

There's a certain amount of 'American' humor in that.

But in all seriousness, this concert was magnificent! Sharp and clear as always; subtle and beautiful with the piano concerto and the Debussy; and loud and tempestuous with the Janácek




Apr 3, 2008 9:48 PM

Conservation Connection at the Zoo

Conservation Connection at the Zoo

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www.westmorelandconservancy.org/wczoo.html

Original enclosure



Apr 3, 2008 12:57 AM

Eastern Phoebe singing!

Eastern Phoebe singing!

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First Eastern Phoebe singing his wonderful song of spring.
Me on my bicycle, and Phoebe there in the woods, yet with no leaves, singing a beautiful song, I had to stop and linger a while, it was music to my ears.

Twin Oaks Lane, Murrysville, PA, USA

Original enclosure


Apr 2, 2008 11:33 PM

Old roses never die

Old roses never die

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They just fade away

Till there was you
youtube.com/watch?v=JLDsLeVxOaU

On his retirement from the Army, Douglas MacArthur quoted the lines
"Old soldiers never die,they just fade away."

Original enclosure


Apr 2, 2008 6:48 AM

snap dragons

snap dragons

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snap dragons at Phipps
www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVSgx7gKc_k

Original enclosure


Apr 1, 2008 12:08 PM

first spring crocus

first spring crocus

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Bach
www.youtube.com/watch?v=49IOKnhX0Sk

Original enclosure


Mar 31, 2008 8:27 PM

first spring butterfly

first spring butterfly

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While listening to the Spring Peepers (tree frogs) sing their glorious song at the McGinnis Nature reserve(across the Lane), Murrysville, I spotted my first spring butterfly.
Eastern Comma

My recording of Spring Peepers:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=pp8en9ZTbLY

Original enclosure


Mar 31, 2008 6:49 AM

Coltsfoot

Coltsfoot

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Coltsfoot is an early spring wildflower in Western Pennsylvania.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coltsfoot

My recording of Spring Peepers:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=pp8en9ZTbLY

This was seen on the McGinnis Nature Reserve of the Westmoreland Conservancy in Murrysville.
Across Hunter Lane was a field filled with Spring Peepers singing in spectacular harmony!
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spring_peepers
"A Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer, synonym Hyla crucifer) is a small tree frog widespread throughout the eastern USA. The spring peeper is a small frog, attaining an adult size between 0.75 and 1.5 inches (up to 40mm) long. They have a dark cross on their backs roughly in the shape of an "X", though sometimes the marking may be indistinct. The color variations of the spring peeper are mostly tan, brown, olive green, or gray. Females are lighter-colored, while males are slightly smaller and usually have dark throats."

Original enclosure


Mar 30, 2008 1:23 PM

T-Rex, just before devaouring the kids

T-Rex, just before devaouring the kids

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This was at the Carnegie Science Center,
a see through of a T-Rex head skeleton.

We also went to the Andy Warhol museum in Pittsburgh. Be careful.
The kids were a bit scared, especially of a statue of a huge baby, just outside the womb.
Made me think of a new movie concept: Night at the Warhol Museum, where the huge baby terrorizes the night watchman.
Also, a bunch of huge Elvis and Marylin Monroe statues or paintings running around.
Also on display was Warhol's huge recreation of the Last Supper. More movie concepts just running through my head...

Too much information running through my brain
Too much information driving me insane
youtube.com/watch?v=0NDRRYMALyo

Original enclosure


Mar 30, 2008 8:56 AM

Spider's web

Spider's web

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youtube.com/watch?v=akc0v_KTZBM

Original enclosure


Mar 29, 2008 10:50 AM

Bottle it up

Bottle it up

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My daughter's sand/bottle art.

youtube.com/watch?v=DHX3oTEB4i8

Original enclosure


Mar 28, 2008 7:46 PM

Courage

Courage

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Do we know what courage means,
what it really is all about?

This is dedicated to the brave soldiers that die for our liberty, freedom and security,
especially these:
www.flickr.com/photos/jendobbs/2369412012/in/photostream/

I want to say thank you, and know that won't be enough!
But I do appreciate it.

Please visit this soldiers flickr page and say so as well, Thanks!

Original enclosure


Mar 27, 2008 8:12 PM

Knight to Queen's 6, Checkmate!

Knight to Queen's 6, Checkmate!

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These huge chess pieces were in the serpentine room at Phipps

The cleanest and sharpest recording of Brahms I've every heard:
youtube.com/watch?v=Wc8ikKESioM

www.pittsburghsymphony.org/Curtaincall.html




Mar 26, 2008 6:51 PM

shed a tear

shed a tear

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Mar 26, 2008 7:31 AM

just for you

just for you

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Mar 25, 2008 5:47 PM

Fire and Ice

Fire and Ice

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Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I've tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.

- Robert Frost
---------
Some say colour



Mar 25, 2008 6:09 AM

indoor spring

indoor spring

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Mar 24, 2008 6:49 PM

orange point of view

orange point of view

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At a tiny scale, all the rules are changed
Gravity means little, colour rules the day
Macro meditation, revealing hidden features



Mar 24, 2008 7:07 AM

Witch-hazel

Witch-hazel

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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Witchhazel

Amazing, that these are out through our whole winter. This photo was taken in the outdoor courtyard at Phipps




Mar 23, 2008 9:18 AM

Rise up

Rise up

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Mar 22, 2008 11:01 AM

add contrast to your weekend

add contrast to your weekend

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Frohe Ostern! Happy Easter! Wondrous Spring Beginnings! or Happy Holiday/Weekend -- whatever you will be celebrating. Enjoy life and bring contrast to augment what beauty you see! focus!





Mar 21, 2008 12:46 PM

(title unknown)

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Mar 21, 2008 9:32 AM

jet stream

jet stream

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just me, my bike and the birds and this small waterfall jet with leaves along Twin Oaks Lane

The sun has been scribbling on my photo :)

Like the bows of the string section...
Brahms Symphony 2, last movement (get this Pittsburgh Symphony version, if you like Brahms)
youtube.com/watch?v=PVS9NaPDgXg




Mar 20, 2008 4:10 PM

The spirit of Phipps

The spirit of Phipps

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As Caroline said, I'm becoming a part of Phipps, having spent so much time there :)

Here I am actually ouside the conservatory looking through the glass, with the camera perched at my side, and the sun was illuminating only my face.

As Tio says: "when you shoot something that's been done many times before...
Try to make it your own..."

Sara Bareilles - Bottle It Up
www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHX3oTEB4i8




Mar 19, 2008 5:58 PM

Gimme Dat Ding

Gimme Dat Ding

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youtube.com/watch?v=YEEy615Jzg4



Mar 18, 2008 7:07 PM

bokeh nova & silhouette

bokeh nova & silhouette

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Cactus Room at Phipps

Love Song - Sara Bareilles
youtube.com/watch?v=MR5xv3pt7KI




Mar 17, 2008 8:45 PM

The Pink Panther

The Pink Panther

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Colour and reflection of a bit of Chihuly in the Spice Room at Phipps Conservatory (seems like it will remain, and not be packed up for the next show, at least it is still there, even though most of the rest has been removed).

I just purchased the Brahms recordings done by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. They are marvelous!
Sometimes when I listen to this, I feel I am listening to the influences of Beethoven.


Another recording here for example:
youtube.com/watch?v=XDxaZbZ_o8A




Mar 17, 2008 5:31 PM

coming up!

coming up!

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I just purchased the Brahms recordings done by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. They are marvelous!
Sometimes when I listen to this, I feel I am listening to the influences of Beethoven.


Another recording here for example:
youtube.com/watch?v=XDxaZbZ_o8A




Mar 16, 2008 7:15 PM

palm and red rose

palm and red rose

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The swirl is from a palm we waved today in church, before the reading of the Passion





Mar 16, 2008 12:58 AM

Burrrr

Burrrr

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Winter attempts to hold on, but soon Spring will be here.

I grabbed this shot a few weeks ago while on m bike ride in the quiet woods. Only me and a Great-horned Owl hooting off in the distance.





Mar 15, 2008 1:35 AM

Its a good year

Its a good year

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...and a Gemini dream

Last night on my way home from a wonderful performance of the Pittsburgh Symphony, I was parked on the top of the parking garage, and I decided to take the time to make a few shots of the Pittsburgh skyline towards the north side where the bridges and stadium reside.

The performance was superb! By Emanuel Ax, who played the solo of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2, and all the members of the Pittsburgh Symphony, who performed with such beauty!

I heard on the radio that some concert goers were upset when the scheduled soloist had canceled, but I was personally glad because Ax is my favorite of the pianists who perform here. And the Co. #2 is simply wonderful, especially the slow movement, with such parts that are so soft and gentle, it is almost to be unbelieved how subtle the sound can be in person. These kinds of experiences can never be transcribed to a CD. At one point his touch on a few very slow keys was to me like the drops of water dropping from rustling leaves into a gentle pond below. Even some of the members of the orchestra seemed in awe of this slow movement, yet I was sure they would not forget themselves.

Another treat was the Roussel: Suite No. 2 from Bacchus et Ariane. What a work of art, and it gave a good opportunity for many parts of the orchestra to show off their talents. Even each of the leads for the strings got to perform a solo, and particularly exciting for me was the very last movement (VIII.Bacchanale and the Coronation of Ariadne), the principals on either side, violin and viola, were playing with such férocité, it seemed almost as if they would go right through the strings, and the sound was unmatched by any other symphonic work I know.

Most of all, don't listen to the newspaper reviews (one I just read at 1am), when they say the performance was 'predictable' -- ha. no way.



Mar 14, 2008 5:15 PM

Ready to bloom

Ready to bloom

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Ha, I'm slow today, no sonnet :)

A sonnet to go from the shotmaker I
flavourful fashion that none should decry
the blossoms my subject seem every so sly
soon to burst forth to yield such a sigh

I go to the Pittsburgh Symphony now
Beethoven Piano Co:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSXOKHbzw48




Mar 13, 2008 6:07 PM

blue flowers for spring

blue flowers for spring

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Phipps Conservatory is just full of these, they were planting them as I was making shots!





Mar 12, 2008 5:27 PM

spring beginnings

spring beginnings

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Mar 12, 2008 6:28 AM

yellow on yellow

yellow on yellow

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The background bokeh is the Chihuly sculpture which will permanently remain at Phipps in the cactus room




Mar 11, 2008 6:33 PM

filigran

filigran

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filigree -
At Phipps they are currently switching to the Spring garden show. This show will feature many statues / busts of various sizes and shapes. This time I chose to use bokeh

To answer a question below: Yes, I have a membership to Phipps, I try to go once a week for my lunch hour :)




Mar 11, 2008 7:26 AM

Cardinal in the pelting snow

Cardinal in the pelting snow

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Yes, that is snow pelting :)



Mar 10, 2008 6:33 PM

a new friend is born

a new friend is born

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we made a snowman, and I lent him my glasses.





Mar 9, 2008 9:46 AM

Mourning Dove

Mourning Dove

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Mar 8, 2008 7:33 PM

Sparrow - ID please

Sparrow - ID please

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thanks for your help!
...
consensus is... song
still, I'm not completely convinced.
Oh well, what's in a name,
a sparrow's song would still be as sweet !





Mar 8, 2008 9:56 AM

UFO?

UFO?

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Mar 6, 2008 7:53 PM

Here's looking at you, kid

Here's looking at you, kid

--image--

Moonlight Sonata movement 3
youtube.com/watch?v=ZUoI8nHeuJk




Mar 5, 2008 7:20 PM

orchid with white behind

orchid with white behind

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While I take photos inside the confines of Phipps Conservatory, a friend was outside in the great outdoors, taking this shot of a partially

white albino White-tailed Deer:

www.flickr.com/photos/8194163@N07/2312072041/in/photostream

Check it out, then listen to the Question:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlFNS2ieVaM&NR=1




Mar 4, 2008 10:24 PM

scintillant sound

scintillant sound

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Hungry like the wolf
youtube.com/watch?v=Lv6Cr5LZStE




Mar 4, 2008 6:29 AM

Mother Nature

Mother Nature

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On her tray she brings seeds to my garden
A jar filled with fresh spring water
she spreads amongst the spread seeds
Soon Spring will arrive along with magic
the seeds will grow
life will form



Mar 3, 2008 7:15 PM

deep green

deep green

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besonders für artemisia

youtube.com/watch?v=zmxxNzf_2WE




Mar 3, 2008 9:47 AM

dexterous

dexterous

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like dexterous fingers curling away from the red glass in the distance

Why I like flickr: because I get to meet and make friends all across the world! :)





Mar 2, 2008 9:39 PM

Beech on snow

Beech on snow

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Mar 2, 2008 8:32 AM

unfurl

unfurl

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unfurl your leaves
send your foliage to the sky



Mar 1, 2008 9:13 AM

joy

joy

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Her pace quickened as she hastened towards the window. A quick glance told the weather, as well as need be, for the sun shone bright in her heart on this particular dawn. What had previously been veiled anticipation now awoke this day with wild excitement; her plans formed and shifted all week and now the day had come. The big event was in store, and she could hardly wait. Yes, a flurry of thoughts took hold and bare feet trod down the stairs, barely able to control herself. She found her parents already eating breakfast in the kitchen. Then came the look, the famous wide-eyed enthusiastic smile her father couldn't resist, buckling under its influence was unavoidable. He saw the look as she entered the room, that same sweet smile which always convinced him. Her joy rubbed off on everyone who encountered this enthusiasm. This morning was no different.



Feb 29, 2008 5:51 PM

sprig

sprig

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Feb 28, 2008 6:41 PM

by hook or by crook

by hook or by crook

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Feb 27, 2008 6:54 PM

few final Chihuly bokeh

few final Chihuly bokeh

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A few final Chihuly bokeh shots as the show is now at its end.





Feb 27, 2008 6:54 PM

G L A S S

G L A S S

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Feb 27, 2008 6:12 AM

F R A G I L E

F R A G I L E

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decommission Chihuly in the serpentine room at Phipps Conservatory, a whole crew was there taking down pieces of glass and packing.





Feb 26, 2008 7:50 PM

Chihuly takedown!

Chihuly takedown!

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decommission Chihuly in the serpentine room at Phipps Conservatory, a whole crew was there taking down pieces of glass and packing.





Feb 26, 2008 4:41 PM

decommission Chihuly serpentine

decommission Chihuly serpentine

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decommission Chihuly in the serpentine room at Phipps Conservatory, a whole crew was there taking down pieces of glass and packing.





Feb 26, 2008 4:41 PM

decommission Chihuly serpentine

decommission Chihuly serpentine

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decommission Chihuly in the serpentine room at Phipps Conservatory, a whole crew was there taking down pieces of glass and packing.





Feb 25, 2008 7:07 PM

Brown Creeper demonstrates camouflage

Brown Creeper demonstrates camouflage

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This little Brown Creeper was the first of this species I've ever actually seen. I've heard them before, but they are so hard to spot, I've had a difficult time seeing them. This fellow afforded me a view as I was ridding my bicycle along a very rural spot in Murrysville (Twin Oaks Lane). It was so peaceful, I even heard a Great-horned Owl



Feb 24, 2008 6:44 PM

Dark-eyed Junco

Dark-eyed Junco

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Enjoying the waiting line for the feeder, and sunshine today!





Feb 24, 2008 12:44 PM

song sparrow

song sparrow

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This song sparrow was puffed up outside my window. And was singing such a sweet song! 3 short notes followed by 5 long notes (or long then short)

At first I thought it was a fox sparrow, but they are much more red apparently.





Feb 24, 2008 9:44 AM

still life

still life

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Feb 23, 2008 9:43 AM

still cold

still cold

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Feb 22, 2008 6:43 PM

purple orchid

purple orchid

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Fly me to the moon
Let me sing among those stars
Let me see what spring is like
On jupiter and mars

In other words, hold my hand
In other words, baby kiss me

Fill my heart with song
Let me sing for ever more
You are all I long for
All I worship and adore
(written by Paul Anka and popularized by Frank Sinatra)





Feb 21, 2008 3:43 PM

fern and globe

fern and globe

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"And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees,
books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in



Feb 20, 2008 6:01 PM

kin

kin

--image--

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.



Feb 19, 2008 7:37 PM

tiny delicate blossom

tiny delicate blossom

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"For art to exist, for any sort of aesthetic activity to exist, a
certain physiological precondition is indispensable: intoxication.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Hope in reality is the worst of all evils because it prolongs the
torments of man.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Character is determined more by the lack of certain experiences than
by those one has had.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Ah, women. They make the highs higher and the lows more frequent.
Friedrich Nietzsche

In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play.
Friedrich Nietzsche

In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and
epochs, it is the rule.
Friedrich Nietzsche

It is not when truth is dirty, but when it is shallow, that the lover
of knowledge is reluctant to step into its waters.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Shared joys make a friend, not shared sufferings.
Friedrich Nietzsche

The true man wants two things: danger and play. For that reason he
wants woman, as the most dangerous plaything.
Friedrich Nietzsche


www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/f/friedrich_nietzsche....



Feb 18, 2008 8:06 PM

hidden -- fern

hidden -- fern

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Feb 18, 2008 8:06 PM

leaf

leaf

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Feb 17, 2008 3:13 PM

orchid

orchid

--image--

Feb 17, 2008 12:12 PM

the world still astounds me

the world still astounds me

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astounds me -- verblüfft

"only worth living if you're born free!"

Yesterday it was sunny here, but still very cold, and snow on the ground.
I saw a really neat formation of very big white birds.
They were in a funnel, high in the sky.
And they circled round and around.
It was very awe inspiring! Like a sign of something wonderful to come





Feb 16, 2008 9:06 PM

Oracle

Oracle

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"Late Lament
Breathe deep the gathering gloom
Watch lights fade from every room
Bedsitter people look back and lament
Another day's useless energy is spent
Impassioned lovers wrestle as one
Lonely man cries for love and has none
New mother picks up and suckles her son
Senior citizens wish they were young

Cold-hearted orb that rules the night
Removes the colours from our sight
Red is grey and yellow white
But we decide which is right
And which is an illusion"



Feb 16, 2008 6:06 PM

Lambda root

Lambda root

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Feb 16, 2008 12:06 AM

1892 Escher

1892 Escher

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Phipps Conservatory was built in 1892. Here we see the Chihuly glass artwork extending its arms toward this built in marker over the doorway.





Feb 15, 2008 12:46 AM

Shriek

Shriek

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Almost as if the plant has been frightened by the bright and alarming glass!





Feb 15, 2008 12:46 AM

kitty at Phipps

kitty at Phipps

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Today at Phipps I saw the cutest little kitty in the Stove Room.
He seemed so sweet, just sitting there between the two doors preening.
I hope they are kind to him.

For something really amazing, check out Ronim's Venice Carnival set

Also take a look at Panta Rhei's Alte Fastnacht. They get to party for 6 days into lent while the rest of us are fasting.



Feb 14, 2008 9:46 PM

web support

web support

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Folks are always asking me, the computer software type, for web support.
I don't mind really, always trying to help.
But sometimes I feel like the spider at the top of this tiny thread of web.
Supporting all that weight with one thin strand :-))



Feb 14, 2008 9:46 PM

let's dance!

let's dance!

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Feb 13, 2008 6:33 PM

cocoa

cocoa

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Chocolate, what could be better than chocolate for Valentine's day?

This large fruit is from a chocolate tree at Phipps Conservatory. One of the few living/breathing cocoa trees in North America.

Well here is the source of the chocolate, One Amazing Chocolate Tree!

In the Fern Room at Phipps Conservatory stands one of the few Chocolate Trees to be found in the Continental United States of America. Most Chocolate Trees grow in tropical climates, and Phipps has one of the few found in our temperate climate.

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a complex of buildings and grounds set in Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (near the Carnegie Museums in Oakland).

"Inside the Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens stands a tropical tree with multiple yellowish, gourdlike pods full of seeds. It's a chocolate tree -- scientifically called "Theobroma Cacao." It takes some time to harvest the bitter cocoa seeds and turn them into edible and palatable delicacies such as milk chocolate bars.

"Chocolate trees grow in areas close to the equator in South America and Africa, so unless you have a sophisticated greenhouse, forget about trying to grow one in your backyard. But you can come visit the Phipps' tree, which is more than 50 years old, and then head out for chocolate cake if it tickles a craving."



Try some Rossini String sonata for the holiday:
youtube.com/watch?v=Jo83JqTOwgE




Feb 13, 2008 8:35 AM

valentines flower and color

valentines flower and color

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Well tomorrow is valentine's day. have a happy day!

The colors of Chihuly certainly brighten up a dull drab winter's day, along with these tiny little blossoms.

Joy: "Beethoven's last symphony seemed to sum up everything the composer had learned and lived. A critic of his day described the music as filled with "never-imagined magical secrets." The piece has everything: Universes seem to collide; intricate textures give way to wild rhythmic contractions -- the birth pangs of a new musical art. There are long, exquisite stretches of heavenly repose, passages of punctilious counterpoint, and moments of earthy humor. There is even a Turkish band thrown in for good measure. And in the end, Beethoven delivers Schiller's ardent plea for universal brotherhood."





Feb 12, 2008 11:01 PM

seed exchange - post

seed exchange - post

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Feb 12, 2008 7:19 PM

reaching

reaching

--image--

I'm running out of titles :)

We had a LOT of snow today, and there has been little time to be creative :)



Feb 12, 2008 9:15 AM

orange touch

orange touch

--image--

I'm running out of titles :)

We had a LOT of snow today, and there has been little time to be creative :)





Feb 11, 2008 8:00 PM

delicate

delicate

--image--

Feb 11, 2008 5:00 PM

hidden

hidden

--image--

Yellow glass sort of hidden behind and in with the green at Phipps





Feb 10, 2008 4:16 PM

fan

fan

--image--

Feb 9, 2008 6:52 PM

usurping flames

usurping flames

--image--

usurping flames underneath



Feb 9, 2008 3:52 PM

glass under glass

glass under glass

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Feb 9, 2008 12:52 PM

glass over glass

glass over glass

--image--

Feb 8, 2008 6:18 PM

bowing

bowing

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bowing in humble light

Read a bit of Plato today, very interesting...

"Whereas the truth is that the State in which the rulers are most reluctant to govern is always the best and most quietly governed, and the State in which they are most eager, the worst." -- Plato quoting Socrates in "The Allegory of the Cave"

It's just that, to me, it somehow seems, that there an awfully lot of eager to govern types parading around the media these days. Whatever happened to the government that governs least governs best..? I think perhaps the most humble candidates have already bowed out of the race for president.

www.wsu.edu/~dee/GREECE/ALLEGORY.HTM

www.wsu.edu/~dee/GREECE/PLATO.HTM




Feb 8, 2008 6:18 PM

shimmer and shine

shimmer and shine

--image--

shimmer and shine

www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5aIsJZcC24

Read a bit of Plato today, very interesting...

"Whereas the truth is that the State in which the rulers are most reluctant to govern is always the best and most quietly governed, and the State in which they are most eager, the worst." -- Plato quoting Socrates in "The Allegory of the Cave"

It's just that, to me, it somehow seems, that there an awfully lot of eager to govern types parading around the media these days. Whatever happened to the government that governs least governs best..? I think perhaps the most humble candidates have already bowed out of the race for president.

www.wsu.edu/~dee/GREECE/ALLEGORY.HTM

www.wsu.edu/~dee/GREECE/PLATO.HTM




Feb 8, 2008 9:18 AM

artsy in the cactus room

artsy in the cactus room

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Feb 8, 2008 12:18 AM

blue swirl

blue swirl

--image--

This blue swirl is the end of another bit of Chihuly glass found in the very large room at Phipps




Feb 7, 2008 6:18 PM

bokeh world

bokeh world

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A bokeh invasion at Phipps!

Originally I had Rachmaninoff, but Ari requested Joplin, so...
per your request :)
Maple Leaf Rag
youtube.com/watch?v=3dN3aFyYTtc




Feb 6, 2008 9:39 PM

inspiration

inspiration

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"Erfolg ist nicht das Resultat eines passiven Prozesses von Selbstentzündung.
Du must dafür aktiv Dein Innerstes in Feuer und Flamme setzen."

(thanks to Gudi for the quote - from anonomous :)


My translation:

"Success is not the result of a passive process of spontaneous combustion. To achieve success you must actively put forth your innermost fire and flame."

Furthermore, I would add...
One should not live by simple hope, but by faith in oneself, and especially by working hard to achieve your dreams! And never let temporary setbacks deter your search for success. :)

And if you like, take a moment to listen to...
Lieutenant Kijè Suite





Feb 6, 2008 7:34 AM

aligned

aligned

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Feb 5, 2008 10:31 PM

aqua illusion

aqua illusion

--image--

Feb 5, 2008 12:53 AM

life's path

life's path

--image--

While listening to Rachmaninoff Concerto N. 2 - II. Adagio sostenuto
youtube.com/watch?v=llveGVApdz4
youtube.com/watch?v=aseYsowHj4E

I composed the following words, quickly as they are, no rework:

remember me when I was younger somewhat spree

I always knew you'd remember me
taken to heart real dearly dear
for thee,
don't hesitate, no regrets for something
more beautiful than anything real

listen once more

I always felt a kind revere one can see
reverberating rather all around me

building like the water down a stream
to a pond that sits and wonders at its
new found potential built up from
trickles.. trickles, streams rivers

rolling washing flowing
flowing like the rivers in my heart
glorious tempests of passions rise
a shimmering sheath of reflecting light

tumbling bouncing building boiling
fall, fall dance, right up
and down and over the edge.....


Hesitant, waiting, anxious, tempted,
back and forth undecided,
relaxing, letting go,
winding down, finding time to go,
over the edge, slow waters still
and now flowing, sparkling waterfall

Down ye go, now smooth and silky
to the bottom of the falls
my love is waiting there
can wait and yet be ready

No need to hurry when there is
patience to find the sublime
time to meet and

Find one find two together
as one, combined now
all right when we
see each other in
our existence
and we can go down
life's path
as a pair can
never ever be
alone
alone
no one
done
yet
now
we
do
seeeee
our..






Feb 3, 2008 10:20 PM

pink appeal

pink appeal

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Feb 3, 2008 10:20 PM

tiny moss trees

tiny moss trees

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Feb 3, 2008 7:20 PM

ygb

ygb

--image--

Feb 3, 2008 10:13 AM

touché

touché

--image--

A bit of Chihuly glass at Phipps Conservatory. In the background is water, with a gold fish passing by. The movement in the water is the shimmer and reflection of the sun. The leaf looked interesting, so I captured it like this, as if the leaves had decided to defend their turf against the invading glass, foil against foil, in a fencing duel to the finish. :)
Indeed, this reminds me of the day when I learned to fence in College.





Feb 2, 2008 7:13 PM

pinecones

pinecones

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along the ground

Some would see this and walk on by,
but a photographer can only think of what they can create, what kind of composition can be made with this beauty. There appears to be more than 2 dimensions in this shot, the depth of field gives that illusion. And



Feb 2, 2008 9:57 AM

Punxsutawney Phil

Punxsutawney Phil

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That goofy goober groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil
heard man-made warming fable from humans on the Hill (Capital)
Sprung up from Gobbler's Knob
their story he would rob
Grievous global forecast do oft make this Phil ill

Phil:
As I look around me,
a bright future 'tis all I see,
deep shadow well before thee.
Rising temps will never be.

Phil's official forecast as read 2/2/08 at sunrise at Gobbler's Knob:

Here Ye! Here Ye! Here Ye!

On Gobbler's Knob on this fabulous Groundhog Day, February 2nd, 2008 Punxsutawney Phil, the Seer of Seers, Prognosticator of all Prognosticators, Rose to the call and greeted his handlers.

After casting a weathered eye toward thousands of his faithful followers, Phil consulted with President Cooper and directed him to the appropriate scroll, which proclaimed:

"As I look around me, a bright sky I see, and a shadow beside me. Six more weeks of winter it will be!"




Feb 1, 2008 10:12 AM

frozen teardrop

frozen teardrop

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Jan 31, 2008 7:04 PM

Freude

Freude

--image--

www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSEqQsAXbJw

Watch this amazing performance of Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Talk about bokeh, DoF!





Jan 29, 2008 7:33 PM

aphids

aphids

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Glaucous Senna (Senna Surratensis) -- the label under this tree.

Take a look at the large size to see the tiny white insects. Actually, I'm not sure what the are, but they are beautiful.

Mickey Mouse & Friends - The Band Concert (1935)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=INb4eNOY_cw&NR=1




Jan 29, 2008 12:09 AM

Artist's brush and pallet

Artist's brush and pallet

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Jan 28, 2008 9:09 PM

elation

elation

--image--

Jan 28, 2008 7:45 AM

small tyke

small tyke

--image--

This was actually a very small dinosaur, underneath the huge monstrosities!





Jan 27, 2008 9:13 PM

prehistoric

prehistoric

--image--

Dinosaurs at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History





Jan 27, 2008 7:30 AM

spiralling down

spiralling down

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As if lying on my back

With my camera, I have the flip-out swivel LCD.
So I did not need to lay on my back.

To all my European flickr friends...
The symphony orchestra I enjoy so much, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, is in Europe right now...
Check it out, perhaps you might like to attend a performance and listen to the beauty for yourself! :-))

www.post-gazette.com/pg/08020/850313-388.stm
Cities on the tour:
1. Pamplona, Spain
2. Vittoria, Spain
3. Castellon, Spain
4. Barcelona, Spain
5. Madrid, Spain
6. Valencia, Spain
7. Amsterdam, Netherlands
8. Cologne, Germany
9. Wuppertal, Germany
10. Hanover, Germany
11. Vienna, Austria
12. Budapest, Hungary



Jan 26, 2008 10:16 PM

light sabers

light sabers

--image--

by bokeh_javadoug

We Are Sinking
very funny! -- urkomisch
sent to me by a friend, since I am trying to learn German :)



Jan 25, 2008 8:10 PM

complement

complement

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To all my European flickr friends...
The symphony orchestra I enjoy so much, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, is in Europe right now...
Check it out, perhaps you might like to attend a performance and listen to the beauty for yourself! :-))

www.post-gazette.com/pg/08020/850313-388.stm
Cities on the tour:
1. Pamplona, Spain
2. Vittoria, Spain
3. Castellon, Spain
4. Barcelona, Spain
5. Madrid, Spain
6. Valencia, Spain
7. Amsterdam, Netherlands
8. Cologne, Germany
9. Wuppertal, Germany
10. Hanover, Germany
11. Vienna, Austria
12. Budapest, Hungary



Jan 23, 2008 11:50 PM

fingers

fingers

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Jan 22, 2008 12:18 AM

fervent

fervent

--image--

Glaucous Senna (Senna Surratensis) -- the label under this tree.

hot; burning; glowing.

Tannhäuser
youtube.com/watch?v=VvieObtpItA

The bokeh of the background reveals those large glass sphere's in a boat, present earlier in my photostream.

I'm remiss in my description, as I forgot to collect the species name when I was there at Phipps Conservatory the other day.

Based on the leaves alone, I'd say this is some sort of Locust Tree, Gleditsia





Jan 21, 2008 8:43 AM

lens

lens

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Jan 20, 2008 7:29 PM

lute

lute

--image--

youtube.com/watch?v=49IOKnhX0Sk



Jan 19, 2008 9:06 PM

Pizazz

Pizazz

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pizazz
1. Dazzling style; flamboyance; flair.
2. Vigorous spirit; energy or excitement.
3. energy; vitality; vigor.



Jan 18, 2008 5:10 PM

Orchidaceae

Orchidaceae

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Orchidaceae, also called the Orchid family, is the largest family of the flowering plants (Angiospermae). [1] [2] Its name is derived from the genus Orchis.

The Royal Botanical Gardens of Kew list 880 genera and nearly 22,000 accepted species, but the exact number is unknown (perhaps as much as 25,000) [3] because classification varies greatly in different segments of the academic world. The number of orchid species equals about four times the number of mammal and bird species together. It also encompasses about 6–11 % of all seed plants [4] About 800 new orchid species are added each year. The largest genera are Bulbophyllum (2,000 species), Epidendrum (1,500 species), Dendrobium (1,400 species) and Pleurothallis (1,000 species). The family also includes the Vanilla (the genus of the vanilla plant), Orchis (type genus) and many commonly cultivated plants like some Phalaenopsis or Cattleya.

Moreover, since the introduction of tropical species in the 19th century, horticulturists have more than 100,000 hybrids and cultivars.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMR-kqyeTnU




Jan 16, 2008 11:36 PM

Softly Slowly

Softly Slowly

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Always with me. Tiny Dancer in my hand.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_O80b002XT0




Jan 16, 2008 8:36 PM

Northern Mockingbird and berries

Northern Mockingbird and berries

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Northern Mockingbird

I go to Phipps to wander around inside the glass rooms in warmth to photograph flowers, and outside I see this Northern Mockingbird sitting in a bunch of berries with the wind blowing his feathers.





Jan 15, 2008 7:48 PM

Neon roots

Neon roots

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These roots make the perfect foreground for the bokeh neon lights in the background





Jan 14, 2008 9:16 PM

Optimal viewing conditions for natural beauty

Optimal viewing conditions for natural beauty

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Leaf, rock and green insect with waterfall in the background at Harrison Hills Park, by bokeh_javadoug

''Kant said the same thing. He took beauty seriously: In his Critique of Aesthetic Judgment, Kant argued that one's ability to appreciate beauty is related to one's ability to make moral judgments. But there was a caveat. Paul Guyer of the University of Pennsylvania, one of America's most prominent Kantian scholars, says the 18th-century German philosopher felt that to properly appreciate beauty, the viewing conditions must be optimal.

"Optimal," Guyer said, "doesn't mean heading to work, focusing on your report to the boss, maybe your shoes don't fit right."

So, if Kant had been at the Metro watching as Joshua Bell play to a thousand unimpressed passersby?''"




Jan 13, 2008 7:46 PM

specter of the woods

specter of the woods

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the light dancing in the background is a stream, a babbling brook, with sunlight reflecting and glistening in beautiful fashion.

Who can tell me this, why my bokeh lights have six sides, yet some other bokeh lights I've seen out there on flickr are round?




Jan 12, 2008 5:28 PM

moss and fern

moss and fern

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Jan 12, 2008 4:28 AM

Pictures at an Exhibition

Pictures at an Exhibition

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Alle von Leben ist lediglich eine Chance, eine Koinzidenz, eine Fingerfertigkeit, alle gefüllte mit freudig kleinen Momenten des glücklicher Zufall.

All of life is merely a chance, a coincidence, a sleight of hand, all filled with fun little moments of serendipity.

I went to see a Red Violin, and ended up seeing Pictures at an Exhibition
(a play on words :)

Samuel Barber : Essay No. 2, Opus 17
John Corigliano : Concerto for Violin and Orchestra ("The Red Violin")
Mr. Bell
Modest Mussorgsky : Pictures at an Exhibition


Superb! After the concert, Mr. Corigliano, Mr. Bell and the conductor Leonard Slatkin
had a discussion for the audience about music and The Red Violin.

While Mr. Bell was outstanding, I would be remiss if I did not say that I really liked the performance of Pictures at an Exhibition by Mr. Slatkin and the members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Bell may have been the star, but the orchestra was all of the heavens combined, raveled all around the concert hall, with symphonic flourishes and real live stereophonic experience, complete with the best basses you've ever heard!

I could listen to this orchestration over and over again. From the program notes: "In the present concerts we hear a new edition of Ravel's score by Leonard Slatkin, which Mr. Slatkin introduced at the



Jan 12, 2008 12:12 AM

The 'real' Red Violin

The 'real' Red Violin

--image--

I went to see a Red Violin, and ended up seeing Pictures at an Exhibition
(a play on words :)

Samuel Barber : Essay No. 2, Opus 17
John Corigliano : Concerto for Violin and Orchestra ("The Red Violin")
Mr. Bell
Modest Mussorgsky : Pictures at an Exhibition


Superb! After the concert, Mr. Corigliano, Mr. Bell and the conductor Leonard Slatkin
had a discussion for the audience about music and The Red Violin.

While Mr. Bell was outstanding, I would be remiss if I did not say that I really liked the performance of Pictures at an Exhibition by Mr. Slatkin and the members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Bell may have been the star, but the orchestra was all of the heavens combined, raveled all around the concert hall, with symphonic flourishes and real live stereophonic experience, complete with the best basses you've ever heard!

I could listen to this orchestration over and over again. From the program notes: "In the present concerts we hear a new edition of Ravel's score by Leonard Slatkin, which Mr. Slatkin introduced at the



Jan 10, 2008 4:38 PM

dried flowers in my office

dried flowers in my office

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Nothing fancy.
Just flowers, this photo taken today at the office.
Thy are dried flowers, that retain their colour.
Ever day last spring, summer and autumn I'd take a flower from my garden to work.
And when they dry, I'd add them to this collection.
I thought I'd share how amazing they look, even though they are dry and no longer fresh and vibrant.
Something nice for a cold and dreary January day





Jan 9, 2008 12:08 AM

source of magic

source of magic

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I didn't know what to call this shot. It's sort an amalgamation of aspects.
Who can help me?

The rise of a spring, the beginning of a stream,
the fountain of all life, the birth of ice structure,



Jan 7, 2008 11:09 PM

Dolphin and Whale in ice

Dolphin and Whale in ice

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To me it looked like a dolphin and whale.
It wasn't very big, but it was completely natural, in a stream at Harrison Hills Park.





Jan 6, 2008 1:34 PM

Westmoreland Conservancy Calendar

Westmoreland Conservancy Calendar

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This is the front page of a calendar that myself and other members of the Westmoreland Conservancy developed about one year ago for 2008.

This year the Westmoreland Conservancy is organizing
"Conservation Connection at the Zoo" to be held at the Pittsburgh Zoo on Saturday, May 3rd, 2008. Our purpose is three-fold: to promote land preservation, expand membership and to encourage like-minded organizations to meet and mingle at a dinner at a great Pittsburgh venue like the zoo. We would like to invite everyone to attend. If you are interested, please contact us. Thanks!



Jan 5, 2008 4:05 PM

ice fern curl

ice fern curl

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Curling fern I couldn't resist
bracketed images arm at rest
Light and color here enhanced



Jan 4, 2008 12:41 AM

A magical world

A magical world

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This magical little world reminds me of the Lilliputians of Gulliver's Travels

I was walking in Harrison Hills Park last weekend, attempting to locate a less than common bird, a Northern Shrike. I didn't find the bird, but I found this old snag of a tree long since laying horizontally at the top of a hill, and all covered with these Lilliputian-esqe fungi growth. It was amazing! My attempt to photograph was difficult, the only one I liked was this Depth of Field style...
Cladonia cristatella

According to my friend Dick: "They're British Soldiers. Also called Matchstick lichen. They are very sensitive to air pollution and disappeared from the Pittsburgh area back in the 1960's and in Murrysville as well. With catalytic converters on the cars after 1973 they started returning. Still haven't reached their former abundance."

Never Comes the Day...
www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dzRdyC0abA&NR=1




Jan 2, 2008 8:22 PM

addicting

addicting

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A gift from my daughter for Christmas.
I had one many years ago, and was able to solve the Rubic's cube in less than 5 minutes. But alas, I forgot the final key. I can get all but the last side now (so far).

Yes, addicting, and fun! And a great gift indeed :)





Jan 1, 2008 9:13 PM

Merely a player

Merely a player

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=mP6-j9pxTGI

All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms;
Then the whining school-boy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress' eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths, and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon's mouth. And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lin'd,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slipper'd pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side;
His youthful hose, well sav'd, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion;
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.





Jan 1, 2008 9:10 AM

Gold for the new year

Gold for the new year

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Dec 30, 2007 3:09 PM

Luftpost

Luftpost

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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lao_Zi

Wozu lebst du, wenn du nicht Lieben kannst (Laotse).
Why you live if you cannot love (Laozi).

Pflicht - ohne Liebe macht verdriesslich.
Duty - without love makes annoyed.

Verantwortung - ohne Liebe macht rücksichtslos.
Responsibility - without love makes ruthless.

Gerechtigkeit - ohne Liebe macht hart.
Justice - without love makes bitter.

Wahrheit - ohne Liebe macht kritiksüchtig.
Truth - without love makes critical.

Erziehung - ohne Liebe macht widerspruchsvoll.
Upbringing - without love makes contradictory.

Klugheit - ohne Liebe macht gerissen.
Wisdom - without love makes torn.

Freundlichkeit - ohne Liebe macht heuchlerisch.
Kindness - without love makes hypocritical.

Ordnung - ohne Liebe macht kleinlich.
Order - without love makes paltry.

Sachkenntnis - ohne Liebe macht rechthaberisch.
Expertise - without love makes bossy.

Macht - ohne Liebe macht gewalttätig.
Power - without love makes violent.

Ehre - ohne Liebe macht hochmütig.
Honor - without love makes haughty.

Besitz - ohne Liebe macht geizig.
Possession - without love makes stingy.

Glaube - ohne Liebe macht fanatisch.



Dec 30, 2007 12:09 AM

I Know You're Out There Somewhere

I Know You're Out There Somewhere

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The Moody Blues - I Know You're Out There Somewhere
www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSyRFLlYnWI&NR=1

Happy New Year!

My new camera, CanonS5-IS,
has a Super Macro mode.
The fern was near the icicle, but I moved it
to be 'on' the icicle.
The super macro means I can literally touch the subject
with the lens, it is that close.

Ah, but that's just the beginning.
I used the HDR technique with bracketing.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_dynamic_range_imaging

The camera has a '3-bracketed-pics-in-a row' mode,
really quick, and the shutter is staggered automatically
by the camera to be one bright, one dark, and one in the middle.
That's perfect for HDR, which needs 2 or more shots to
combine them into something which the eye would see more
naturally. Cameras either make one part too bright, or the
other part too dark.

The software also rotated the pic, and I didn't fix it.

There are several programs that do HDR, but the one I used
is free, but is difficult to work with.



Dec 29, 2007 9:09 AM

bokeh glass and flower

bokeh glass and flower

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bokeh glass and flower
it doesn't matter the hour
with color that's twice
as vivid and nice



Dec 27, 2007 6:09 AM

banana

banana

--image--

banana fruit and flower taken from below. Several photos combined to bring out the details.





Dec 26, 2007 12:09 PM

ghostly fingers

ghostly fingers

--image--

like ghostly fingers, and faces observed, in the waterfall





Dec 25, 2007 12:08 PM

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.

--image--

A new ornament in my tree. Mr. Punky Kitten
---
Editor's note: The following editorial, among the most famous ever written, appeared in The New York Sun in 1897. It remains appropriate for this Christmas Eve 110 years later.
-----------------
Dear Editor!

I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.

Papa says, "If you see it in The Sun it's so." Please tell me the truth: Is there a Santa Claus?

Virginia O'Hanlon
115 West Ninety-Fifth Street
New York, New York


Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! How dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias.

There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal life with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that's no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You may tear apart the baby's rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernatural beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

No Santa Claus! Thank God he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.





Dec 24, 2007 7:00 PM

Dawn's Crows

Dawn's Crows

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A gaggle of crows,
gathering in the dawn's early mist
Endeavor to blow,
making beeline for their jubilant tryst.

Neither humble nor modest,
their early morning carousal about to begin;
Not drunken but noisy,
do babble and bluster much to my chagrin.

Their cackle and riot
form cluster to muster parade to their daily feast.
Whooping and boasting
revelry unhinged as seemed to an earthly bound beast.

To my wondering amusement
the affair in the heavenly trees seems to me
To vauntingly burst forth
to a gurgling tear and divert into swaggering glee

The light breaks forth smoothly
the waining of squawking whooping crows
Ever disbanding so swiftly



Dec 23, 2007 1:00 PM

ice fern

ice fern

--image--

It was actually quite warm yesterday, most of the snow is gone, but these icicles remain on rocks in a secluded section of Harrison Hills park, with ferns growing amongst the rocks. I spent an hour in this rustic valley with ice and a roaring stream, photographing.

This was difficult to film, so I used the bracketing feature on my camera where it takes three photos in a row, at different values for shutter. Then I combined them with HDR to get something that to me, looks more like what I saw. The originals were either too bright in the



Dec 23, 2007 1:00 PM

ice fern

ice fern

--image--

It was actually quite warm yesterday, most of the snow is gone, but these icicles remain on rocks in a secluded section of Harrison Hills park, with ferns growing amongst the rocks. I spent an hour in this rustic valley with ice and a roaring stream, photographing.

This was difficult to film, so I used the bracketing feature on my camera where it takes three photos in a row, at different values for shutter. Then I combined them with HDR to get something that to me, looks more like what I saw. The originals were either too bright in the



Dec 20, 2007 8:54 PM

Frohe Weihnachten

Frohe Weihnachten

--image--

An Amyrillis and a bokeh Christmas Tree for your enjoyment !





Dec 19, 2007 8:54 PM

Chihuly bokeh

Chihuly bokeh

--image--

by bokeh_javadoug
(hey, the java isn't for coffee, although I do love coffee, it is one of the software programming languages I use at work)




Dec 19, 2007 5:54 PM

reaching for the star

reaching for the star

--image--

This cactus appears to be reaching for the Chihuly glass star (seen in bokeh)





Dec 17, 2007 8:47 PM

multitudinous

multitudinous

--image--

The arms are multitudinous on this Sycamore tree





Dec 16, 2007 5:46 PM

hidden treasure

hidden treasure

--image--

I found this water cascade next to a waterfall in a region that seems completely unexplored





Dec 14, 2007 8:43 PM

pure bokeh

pure bokeh

--image--

Dec 13, 2007 11:43 PM

glistening pearls of light

glistening pearls of light

--image--

What am I ?
If you think you can guess, great,

otherwise, take a look:
pearls





Dec 13, 2007 5:43 PM

I'm melting! Save Me!:D

I'm melting! Save Me!:D

--image--

It got warm for one day, now mr. snowman is only a very small bit of snow.
It will get cold again this weekend, maybe, just like Frosty, he will regenerate!





Dec 12, 2007 5:33 PM

narrow

narrow

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narrow bicycle track



Dec 11, 2007 5:33 PM

Look up: Sycamore trees in winter

Look up: Sycamore trees in winter

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Look up: Sycamore trees in winter
Sycamore tree on Hunter Drive, Murrysville.
How many people get depressed or sad in winter because of the weather and conditions outside? What are you missing. You are missing the beauty that still exists out there, but is harder to grasp. It may be cold, colourless and drab, but there is beauty there, nevertheless, and alwaysthemore. Just look at the Sycamore trees, if you have them near you. All of the rest of the trees I would still characterize as beautiful, even in winter, but the Sycamore trees out shine them all. You just can't deny it. They have lost their giant leaves, which aren't necessarily the nicest of leaves, so in summer if you were a sycamore tree you might feel inferior. But in winter it is now your time to shine. The other trees are sort of a dull drab gray or brown, but the sycamores have a beautiful white bark, especially as you ascend the trunk to the upper places. Just look up. Perhaps if you walk all day just looking at your feet, which if you are walking in the woods might be good advice, so that you don't trip over a root or fallen branch, but you must resist that urge and look up at some of that beauty just above you. Whoever endowed you with two sharp eyes to perceive perhaps left out maybe one more to look skyward. But seriously the times I find myself looking up, especially at nature, are the most joyous. The white bark of the sycamore is a great sight to see in winter, so go see it. I've tried to photograph it, and that looks nice, but without the effect of walking around or even driving by one of these great trees, you don't get the full effect. In Pittsburgh old sycamores line many of the roads, but the younger ones in the parks and woods outshine these and deserve a look. One of these days I'll find a way to ascend one of these great beauties to try to get a close up photo of the white bark, just to see how that would turn out.

I wrote this a few years ago, and now that I have my new camera with the 12x zoom, I no longer feel the need to climb the tree to get a good



Dec 10, 2007 9:23 AM

reflection

reflection

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The reflection beyond the berries is a reflection of the sky and some tree limbs. The green is actually a small green plant with tiny leaves that is near the surface of the water, and the surface tension of the water makes the elliptical bokeh effect around it.





Dec 9, 2007 5:00 PM

Mute Swan

Mute Swan

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www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Mute_Swan.html



Dec 8, 2007 9:29 PM

longhorn

longhorn

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Dec 7, 2007 11:48 PM

youth and the thinker

youth and the thinker

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One man the thinker, observing everything he perceives
quiet, gentle, perplexed yet never impatient.

What is the thinker contemplating --
perhaps meaningful philosophical questions of life,
or cognitive interpretations of sensory perception,
with transcendental mediations of pure thought.
Is it coy expressions of ardent love
or else simply observations of all that is around
stored for future contemplation..

The youth seem curious, new experiences all around;
white as pure as the driven snow surrounds their
senses like seeing for the first time.
If the thinker could interpret, observe in
the wild eyed innocent manner, without preconceived notions
or hard wired interpretations which leap to fill in missing gaps...



Dec 7, 2007 5:47 PM

Symphony tonight!

Symphony tonight!

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Heinz Hall
Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Anne Martindale Williams, cello

Corigliano: Phantasmagoria on "The Ghosts of Versailles" for Orchestra
Elgar: Concerto in E minor for Cello and Orchestra
Mozart: Symphony No. 41 in C major

The energy in the final movement of the Symphony was profound. The music stays with me, even now, the notes are running through my mind...





Dec 7, 2007 8:31 AM

florescent

florescent

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rock/mineral at the Carnegie Museum under florescent light





Dec 6, 2007 7:57 AM

Chihuly Statue

Chihuly Statue

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Dec 5, 2007 7:57 PM

Red-bellied Woodpecker - wild grapes

Red-bellied Woodpecker - wild grapes

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This Red-bellied Woodpecker was eating wild grapes.

Many people believe that the wild grape vines choke out trees in the woods. But it is not true. And more than that, this is an important



Dec 5, 2007 7:32 AM

Camptosaurus

Camptosaurus

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Dec 5, 2007 1:31 AM

a player is born

a player is born

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I liked the light, with no flash.
Light emanating from above right and below left.

I was a little disappointed with the camera at 200iso,



Dec 4, 2007 7:31 PM

alive and bright

alive and bright

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alive and bright, tunneling toward the sun
concentric downy autumn seeds



Dec 3, 2007 10:30 PM

Writhe

Writhe

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Writhing, squirming slender colour out
acute distortion wrenching arm about
bending flavour eliptic radial shout
contortled sinews showing little doubt

infectious tendrils twisted out of sight
convoluted intermingled strings of night
flexing indirect sperpents into light
meander forth to spew your crooked height

curving damaged figures till the show
abundant texture over frequent flow
unwrapping beauty discourse under tow
unveiling fervent outline soon to grow

patterns fashion figure from their bode
sparking clever structure form and mode
sharply jutting skeleton connecting node



Dec 3, 2007 10:30 PM

snapdragon

snapdragon

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Dec 3, 2007 10:28 AM

diplodocus carnegii didn't use floride

diplodocus carnegii didn't use floride

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Dec 2, 2007 10:27 PM

Stradivarius Violin perhaps not, but it is the real me!

Stradivarius Violin perhaps not, but it is the real me!

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Idea conceived while driving in car with my daughter to the video store.
-- Self portrait with violin.

I know I won't be as good at a self-portrait as some of the other
clowns on flickr :-)), but hey, it seems like a fun endeavor!

First, turn on the radio, Sunday afternoon, 4:50pm


WQED, 89.3; Pittsburgh Symphony, hosted by Jim Cunningham
Sir Andrew Davis conducts Beethoven's Coriolan Overture,
Strauss' Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks, and, with soloist
Joshua Bell, the Brahms Violin Concerto, and Feast During a Play
(Davis "It's eat and drink for tomorrow we shall die; but the
composer is saying we can't afford to eat and drink -- a serious piece")

Before I begin, I listen to the conclusion of the Brahms Violin
Concerto, the Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks and
a Vivaldi Trumpet Concerto. Then, when the final piece comes on,
Feast During a Play, commence (around 5:20pm)

Problem: lighting, I'll have to make due with non-studio lights

2 minutes: fetch violin from storage location.

1 minute: threaten to play violin for daughter. She laughs out loud:
"Not here you won't" :) She knows me very well!

1 minutes: Dismantle violin from case

8 minutes: play violin (my attempts therein.)
First, since I used to know how to play the guitar,
I pluck some of my old tunes with the violin resting on my knee.
-- tune from Deliverance
-- Yankee Doodle
Second, attempt to use the bow, never had one lesson (I need a
lesson!)

5 minutes: idea! Record the procedure and the time it takes for each
step in a photographers journal

4 minutes: Fetch camera and tripod, setup tripod (my cat looks at me
like I'm assembling some sort of large cat-toy for him to play with,
that could be a problem :) While setting up the tri-pod, my Cat,
Mr. Punky Kitten, starts to play with the violin case, with the violin unsecured,
must avert disaster!

Now I listen to beautiful birds singing in the introduction of the
broadcast of Music from Chautauqua, hosted by Ed Simone. A warbler - I
believe a common yellowthroat, ad a Thrush, I love bird songs!!
Then the wonderful Roman Carnival by Berlioz!

15 minutes: Lighting -- I try for indirect light, there I am with paper and tape,
trying to provide the right ambiance, ugh, I'm not good at this!
I find most of the time is spent setting up the lighting.

10 minutes: Setting up the shot -- Angle, zoom, camera mode.
This all takes time! And then the batteries are dead. I have to
replace them, and of course that means taking off the tripod mount :(

Beethoven Symphony number 7, first movement

20 minutes: taking photos, fun!
My daughter comes down to witness my lunacy. As a joke she desperately tries
to put her fingers behind my head, but of course she is not
anxious be to be in the photograph.

Second movement, third and forth movements of Symphony # 7,
I decide to view the photos...
Review photos always takes so much time. I usually agonize over a
whole set or batch of photos as to which are the best. The quality of
each shot based on so many factors brings a bitter sweet slowness to
the process of selection. Perhaps if I did a mosaic of some sort..

Of course while this is going on, I am simultaneously cooking her
dinner. Spaghetti!

The Beethoven Symphony was superb! The energy in that last movement
is like a small child after eating chocolate, a burst of energy
ensues. I've got that feeling now, I type frantically these words, run
back to stir the dinner, than

Next up: Handel's Judas Maccabeus.
The wonder of Classical Music, is that you can always find some composition
that is so beautiful, and that you've never heard before. There seems
to be a limitless, almost infinite wealth of music, always new, always
fresh, and often surprising!

Now I look inside the violin.
Inscribed inside: antonius stradiuarius cremonentus
Faciebat anno 1723
Yet there seems to be glue protruding from the cracks,
This can't be genuine.

I type this into google, and it responds back:
Did you mean: antonius stradivarius cremonensis
I select this link:

www.holeintheweb.com/drp/bhd/StradivariusViolins.htm

Bottom line: "Don't expect your find to be genuine. The odds against finding the real thing are slim to none. Nevertheless, you might have a decent violin, and if you can play the instrument, that will be its own reward."

Time of upload 9:55pm
Well it has been about 5 hours in the making :) And well worth it just for the fun of it!
And I never got to see that video.



Dec 2, 2007 4:27 PM

Hide and Seek

Hide and Seek

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For all fans of Star Trek:
Introduction to the Ondes Martenot
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybYIhomm5KM

Be patient, the Star Trek reference is at the end :)





Dec 2, 2007 1:27 PM

Only a Tree

Only a Tree

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Only a tree
yet the source of all life
Sometimes a tree
sees love and sees strife
Only a tree
is needful of me
Forever my life
is grateful for thee
A source of all life
our beautiful trees
so strong and so supple
their branches and leaves
sway in the breeze
and fall to the ground
with nary a sound
yet splendor profound
Only a tree
forever a sight
in each and every season
to bring me delight
in summer so green
in autumn a colorful sight
in winter sturdy and divine
reaching to heaven
a ladder which to climb
O heavenly tree
bring me a spring
filled with sweet scents
and buds of light green
renew your dear life
my dreams I've foreseen
Only a tree
the boon of wildlife
by javadoug
(Thanks for the inspiration Gudi :)
(I saw the photo of a tree posted in her photostream, and wrote the poem)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=qB76jxBq_gQ




Dec 1, 2007 10:27 PM

Dinosaurs in Their Time

Dinosaurs in Their Time

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Dedicated to the PSO.
Today I met a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony at the Carnegie Museum, where they have Dinosaurs in Their Time, a new exhibit.

Behind the Scenes of the PSO Brahms Recordings
www.youtube.com/watch?v=67OvGbkMg_w

Well, I just realized there are two PSO organizations locally...
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
www.pittsburghsymphony.org/
and
Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology
www.pabirds.org/





Dec 1, 2007 10:26 AM

Chihuly Bokeh

Chihuly Bokeh

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by bokeh_javadoug

Hilary Hahn - Sibelius Violin Concerto
I had the great honor to attend a concert with Hilary Hahn at Heinz Hall years ago.



Nov 30, 2007 6:48 PM

snap dragon at Phipps

snap dragon at Phipps

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Chihuly glass statue in the background (below)

I was amazed, with the new camera, I cropped the photo below to produce what you see above!





Nov 29, 2007 6:47 PM

Depth of Field

Depth of Field

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Mother Nature's Son

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zm2r1GK4PFY



Nov 28, 2007 6:16 PM

pink lollipops

pink lollipops

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This is actually a huge sculpture with glass, not really lollipops :)

Chihuly at Phipps: Gardens & Glass




Nov 28, 2007 6:16 PM

Cathedral of Learning

Cathedral of Learning

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Chihuly at Phipps: Gardens & Glass




Nov 28, 2007 6:16 PM

(title unknown)

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Chihuly at Phipps: Gardens & Glass




Nov 28, 2007 6:16 PM

(title unknown)

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Chihuly at Phipps: Gardens & Glass




Nov 28, 2007 6:16 PM

lush

lush

--image--

Chihuly at Phipps: Gardens & Glass




Nov 28, 2007 6:16 PM

feign

feign

--image--

Chihuly at Phipps: Gardens & Glass




Nov 28, 2007 6:16 PM

I've just seen a face

I've just seen a face

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I can't forget the time or place..
Where we just met...
As it is I'll dream of her tonight....


Chihuly at Phipps: Gardens & Glass




Nov 28, 2007 6:16 PM

burning desire

burning desire

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No one could save me but you...
www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXmlJQN5Pm8




Nov 28, 2007 6:16 PM

Hamerschlag Hall

Hamerschlag Hall

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Marc hat ein schönes Foto von dieser Kunst genommen. Schauen Sie sein Nacht Bildnis an.
Sein Foto überrascht einfach!




Nov 28, 2007 6:16 PM

with a flourish

with a flourish

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with a flourish, by javadoug

curling spirals spire central circles
radiating corkscrew helix winding wondrous whirls
gyrating elliptical tendrils spew scrolling coiled gyre
flourish rounded tortile arcs whirling in a swirl


Chihuly at Phipps: Gardens & Glass

Check out Marc's night time shot of this piece; simply amazing!




Nov 28, 2007 6:16 PM

cork screw

cork screw

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Chihuly at Phipps: Gardens & Glass

This sculpture goes on and on and on...
Check out Marc's night time shot of this piece; simply amazing!




Nov 28, 2007 6:16 PM

(title unknown)

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Chihuly at Phipps: Gardens & Glass

This sculpture goes on and on and on...
Check out Marc's night time shot of this piece; simply amazing!




Nov 27, 2007 5:35 PM

Squirrel

Squirrel

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I captured this Squirrel on the fence in the back yard. I was just out to see how my new camera would perform. Seems pretty good to me. This was 'hand held' using the built in image stabilizer. I was perhaps



Nov 27, 2007 7:38 AM

giving way

giving way

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Nov 26, 2007 7:25 AM

melted snow

melted snow

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This was the background bokeh for the grass photo two back in my photostream..





Nov 25, 2007 7:25 PM

Leaf on the hood of my car

Leaf on the hood of my car

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Oak leaf was there after my hike in the woods.





Nov 24, 2007 10:20 PM

grass with shining dew

grass with shining dew

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grass and shimmering dew
with sunshine shining through
zooming on top
a marvelous crop



Nov 24, 2007 10:20 PM

sunflower

sunflower

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Nov 24, 2007 1:20 AM

Firebird

Firebird

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Gianandrea Noseda -- The most animated and alive conductor I've ever seen. An amazing performance, by the symphony and by the conductor. He was almost literally jumping all over the podium. It was a sheer delight to watch. And to hear. He seemed to control the orchestra with a sheer grasp as he conducted The Firebird -- fully lyric 1910 version, not often heard!
Additionally, Yefim Bronfman was fabulous with the Prokofiev piano concerto No. 3, which blended so well with the orchestra in amazing fashion. The slow movement was superb!

This photo was taken on the street outside of Heinz Hall.





Nov 22, 2007 1:19 PM

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

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The Real Story of Thanksgiving...
"Bradford assigned a plot of land to each family to work and manage, thus turning loose the power of the marketplace. That's right. Long before Karl Marx was even born, the Pilgrims had discovered and experimented with what could only be described as socialism. And what happened?

It didn't work! Surprise, surprise, huh? What Bradford and his community found was that the most creative and industrious people had no incentive to work any harder than anyone else, unless they could utilize the power of personal motivation!

But while most of the rest of the world has been experimenting with socialism for well over a hundred years – trying to refine it, perfect it, and re-invent it – the Pilgrims decided early on to scrap it permanently. What Bradford wrote about this social experiment should be in every schoolchild's history lesson. If it were, we might prevent much needless suffering in the future."

Here now, in its entirety, the William Bradford journal, what he wrote about the social experiment after abandoning what essentially was socialism shortly after the Pilgrims had arrived in the United States or in the new world:

"'The experience that we had in this common course and condition, tried sundry years…that by taking away property, and bringing community into a common wealth, would make them happy and flourishing – as if they were wiser than God,' Bradford wrote. For this community [so far as it was] was found to breed much confusion and discontent, and retard much employment that would have been to their benefit and comfort. For young men that were most able and fit for labor and service did repine that they should spend their time and strength to work for other men's wives and children without any recompense…that was thought injustice.'

The Pilgrims found that people could not be expected to do their best work without incentive. So what did Bradford's community try next? They harnessed the power of good old free enterprise by invoking the under girding capitalistic principle of private property. Every family was assigned its own plot of land to work and permitted to market its own



Nov 21, 2007 11:50 PM

autumn contrast

autumn contrast

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Sunflower stalk against yellow sugar maple leaves





Nov 21, 2007 8:50 PM

turkey foliage art competition

turkey foliage art competition

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Happy Thanksgiving!

My daughter and I decided to enter into a turkey foliage art competition.
She was going to draw a turkey and I was going to create a turkey out of leaves.
This is my entry, and hers is below.
She tricked me, deciding to draw other than a turkey.



Nov 20, 2007 8:26 PM

To fill your heart like no three words could ever do

To fill your heart like no three words could ever do

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In fact, it's just another ordinary day.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=PY45DkaP9Ls




Nov 20, 2007 8:26 AM

cellular membrane

cellular membrane

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Schubert Wanderer Fantasy




Nov 19, 2007 11:26 PM

'shroom

'shroom

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Chopin - Fantasie Impromptu




Nov 19, 2007 8:26 AM

loop

loop

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Chihuly at Phipps: Gardens & Glass
a loop of glass sculpture near the tip

Chihuly's web site:
www.chihuly.com/installations/phipps/index.html

Video:
www.chihuly.com/Video/phipps_150.html




Nov 18, 2007 5:26 PM

Guess what I am... a banana petal

Guess what I am... a banana petal

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hint: I am a flower petal

Answer: Banana tree
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:M._acuminata_x_balbisiana.JPG



Nov 18, 2007 11:25 AM

blue reflection

blue reflection

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Chihuly at Phipps: Gardens & Glass
Check out the reflections of the glass panels above

Chihuly's web site:
www.chihuly.com/installations/phipps/index.html

Video:
www.chihuly.com/Video/phipps_150.html




Nov 17, 2007 11:25 AM

Green and red

Green and red

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Wanderer Fantasy
Saw a wonderful old movie:
Ninotchka (1939)
Brief Synopsis:
Only the royal suite at the grandest hotel in Paris has a safe large enough for the jewels of the Grand Duchess Swana. So the three Russians who have come to sell the jewels settle into the suite until a higher ranking official is dispatched to find out what is delaying the sale. She is Ninotchka, a no nonsense woman who fascinates Count Leon who had been the faithful retainer of the Grand Duchess. The Grand Duchess will give up all claim to the jewels if Ninotchka will fly away from the



Nov 16, 2007 6:02 PM

Sassafras leaf and Greebriar berries

Sassafras leaf and Greebriar berries

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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sassafras

Smilax glauca






Nov 14, 2007 11:37 PM

wild Yam

wild Yam

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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wild_yam

If I had to do the same again...




Nov 14, 2007 8:36 AM

legacy

legacy

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Nov 13, 2007 5:33 PM

Flowing

Flowing

--image--

Chihuly at Phipps: Gardens & Glass
Check out the reflections of the glass panels above

Chihuly's web site:
www.chihuly.com/installations/phipps/index.html

Video:
www.chihuly.com/Video/phipps_150.html




Nov 12, 2007 8:17 PM

Leaf adorns Tree

Leaf adorns Tree

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Nov 12, 2007 7:18 AM

glass shells

glass shells

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Chihuly at Phipps: Gardens & Glass




Nov 11, 2007 10:18 PM

shining star in the desert room

shining star in the desert room

--image--

Chihuly at Phipps: Gardens & Glass
The points serendipitously seem to touch - glass to plants





Nov 11, 2007 10:18 PM

flowing

flowing

--image--

Chihuly at Phipps: Gardens & Glass




Nov 11, 2007 1:17 AM

Stradivarius

Stradivarius

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Marek Janowski, conductor
Nikolai Lugansky, piano


Brahms: Hungarian Dances
Beethoven: Concerto No. 4 in G Major for Piano and Orchestra
Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor

See the Music...

I saw the Pittsburgh Symphony perform these works tonight
And heard the music in ways that CD's just don't do right
Tonight there was drama, as Brahm's works do tell
And triumphant beauty with Beethoven as well

But to see the music is difficult to describe
Each section of the drama yet to unfold
Watching the artists, their rhythms to imbibe
Yet contrasting with style, a thing to behold

The music lay bare before me, so clear as a graph
It's movement was made clearly, I was willing to quaff
Watching each artist, a motion hand to hand
Their place in the fragment, elicit and so grand

Without the aid of the vision, my temporal glasses
I'd hear a whole composition, such symphonic classes
But what to my wandering eyes do I hear
A particular instrument, a brand new frontier

----
After the concert I read the following:

After transporting the audience with a graceful performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 in Heinz Hall under the baton of Marek Janowski, Lugansky went into the ranks of the audience to hear the rest of the program, Brahms' Symphony No. 4.



Nov 10, 2007 4:17 PM

Ghost of the Woods

Ghost of the Woods

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My friend at Harrison Hills Park, trying to bring colour to an otherwise dull gray day.





Nov 10, 2007 10:17 AM

Oak and Fern on Rock

Oak and Fern on Rock

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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polypodium



Nov 10, 2007 12:07 AM

cd2

cd2

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Qtpfsgui 1.8.12 tonemapping parameters:
Operator: Fattal
Parameters:
Alpha: 0.03
Beta: 0.747
Color Saturation: 2.18
Noise Reduction: 0.014
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Nov 9, 2007 6:21 AM

Great balls of fire

Great balls of fire

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With palm leaves in silhouette
Chihuly at Phipps: Gardens & Glass




Nov 8, 2007 9:20 PM

Phipps balls boat

Phipps balls boat

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Nov 8, 2007 6:17 PM

Brownie Hawkeye

Brownie Hawkeye

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Nov 8, 2007 6:17 PM

Sepia just won't do

Sepia just won't do

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Colourful Chihuly balls






Nov 7, 2007 6:11 PM

Phipps Orange

Phipps Orange

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Nov 7, 2007 6:11 PM

Chihuly glass with flowers

Chihuly glass with flowers

--image--

Chihuly at Phipps: Gardens & Glass




Nov 7, 2007 6:11 PM

Cathedral of Learning

Cathedral of Learning

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Viewed from entrance to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens





Nov 7, 2007 8:57 AM

Jacobs Creek Falls

Jacobs Creek Falls

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Nov 6, 2007 5:57 PM

Vanishing Point

Vanishing Point

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This trestle is part of a beautiful parcel of land, over Jacob's Creek in Westmoreland County. They were looking down between the wood beams to the creek, and remarking "hey, that's pretty far down"

from wikipedia:
Vanishing points were first used by Renaissance artists such as Donatello and Masaccio.

Vanishing points can also refer to the point in the distance where the two verges of a road appear to converge. This is often used to help assess the upcoming curves in the road; to judge the radius and therefore the entry speed and optimum line. If the vanishing point moves towards you or to your sides, the curve is tightening. If the vanishing point moves away from you or comes to center, the curve is straightening.

THANKS to Perceval's World for the idea of Vanishing Point as a theme!!




Nov 6, 2007 5:57 PM

Hunter Drive Bokeh

Hunter Drive Bokeh

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Where I grew up, the sugar maples are always spectacular in Autumn!





Nov 6, 2007 5:57 PM

Beech on Hunter Drive

Beech on Hunter Drive

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The beech are also quite nice, but not as abundant as the sugar maples





Nov 6, 2007 5:57 PM

Hunter Drive Sugar Maple

Hunter Drive Sugar Maple

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Where I grew up, the sugar maples are always spectacular in Autumn!





Nov 6, 2007 8:53 AM

Creek Falls Hike waterfall goldenrod

Creek Falls Hike waterfall goldenrod

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The creek is Jacobs Creek in Westmoreland County, Western Pennsylvania





Nov 6, 2007 8:53 AM

Creek Falls Hike Train Track

Creek Falls Hike Train Track

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Nov 5, 2007 11:53 PM

American Elm

American Elm

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Creek Falls Hike.



Nov 5, 2007 11:53 PM

Creek Falls Hike start

Creek Falls Hike start

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Nov 5, 2007 8:53 PM

Sugar Maple

Sugar Maple

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Maple leaf, Tomer Nature Reserve of the Westmoreland Conservancy

The wind was blowing these leaves all over the place. Without the sun the capture would have been difficult.




Nov 4, 2007 10:22 PM

My new hairdo

My new hairdo

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Milkweed seeds and silk, emerging.
Yellow and green leaves in the background.

Tomer Nature Reserve of the Westmoreland Conservancy




Nov 4, 2007 10:22 PM

Synchronized

Synchronized

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Synchronized Milkweed seeds and silk, emerging.

Tomer Nature Reserve of the Westmoreland Conservancy




Nov 4, 2007 10:20 AM

Oh help me, I'm falllllling

Oh help me, I'm falllllling

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Maple leaf, Tomer Nature Reserve of the Westmoreland Conservancy




Nov 3, 2007 8:18 PM

maple leaf moss

maple leaf moss

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maple leaf moss
plentiful and fine
kaleidescope of colours



Nov 3, 2007 8:18 PM

courtly

courtly

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taken at the Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheekwood_Botanical_Garden_and_Muse...

Cheekwood is a privately funded 55-acre estate on the western edge of Nashville, Tennessee that houses the Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art. Formerly the residence of Nashville's Cheek family, the 30,000-square foot Georgian-style mansion was opened as a museum in



Nov 2, 2007 11:18 PM

You tiger now

You tiger now

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Bengal Tiger at the Nashville Zoo.



Nov 2, 2007 11:18 PM

Meerkat

Meerkat

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Nov 2, 2007 11:18 PM

Meerkat

Meerkat

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Nov 2, 2007 11:18 PM

Meerkat

Meerkat

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Nov 2, 2007 11:18 PM

Meerkat

Meerkat

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Nov 2, 2007 6:05 PM

Good to the last drop

Good to the last drop

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taken at the Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheekwood_Botanical_Garden_and_Muse...

Cheekwood is a privately funded 55-acre estate on the western edge of Nashville, Tennessee that houses the Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art. Formerly the residence of Nashville's Cheek family, the 30,000-square foot Georgian-style mansion was opened as a museum in 1960.

The house that coffee built

Christopher Cheek founded a wholesale grocery business in Nashville in the 1880s. His son, Leslie Cheek, joined him as a partner, and by 1915 was president of the family-owned company. Leslie's wife, Mabel Wood, was a member of a prominent Clarksville family. Meanwhile, Joel Cheek, Leslie's cousin, had developed an acclaimed blend of coffee that was marketed through Nashville's finest hotel, the Maxwell House. Legend has it that Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed the blend "Good to the last drop," which is still a registered trademark for the product. Cheek's extended family, including Leslie and Mabel Cheek, were investors. In 1928, the Postum Cereals Company (now General Foods) purchased Maxwell House's parent company, Cheek-Neal Coffee, for more than $40 million.

With their income secured by the proceeds from the sale, Leslie Cheek bought 100 acres of what was then woodland in West Nashville for a country estate. He hired New York residential and landscape architect, Bryant Fleming, and gave him control over every detail - from landscaping to interior furnishings. The result was a limestone mansion and extensive formal gardens inspired by the grand English manors of the 18th century. Fleming's masterpiece, Cheekwood, was completed in 1932.

Leslie and Mabel Cheek and their daughter, Huldah Cheek Sharp, lived at Cheekwood until the 1950s when it was offered as a site for a botanical garden and art museum.

The development of the property was spearheaded by the Exchange Club of Nashville, the Horticultural Society of Middle Tennessee and many other civic groups. The Nashville Museum of Art donated its permanent collections and proceeds from the sale of its building to the effort. The new Cheekwood museum opened to the public in 1960.





Nov 1, 2007 9:14 AM

I'm Cold...

I'm Cold...

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Oct 31, 2007 9:10 PM

Botanical Art at CMU

Botanical Art at CMU

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12th International Exhibition of Botanical Art & Illustration
huntbot.andrew.cmu.edu/HIBD/Exhibitions/Exhibitions.shtml




Oct 31, 2007 9:10 PM

Meerkat

Meerkat

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Oct 31, 2007 8:46 AM

critters

critters

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Oct 30, 2007 11:31 PM

Meerkat

Meerkat

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Oct 26, 2007 5:13 PM

Nashville bound

Nashville bound

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Maybe I'll be a country singer or song writer.
See you next week when I get back.
Or perhaps I will find internet connectivity at the hotel.





Oct 26, 2007 7:21 AM

like glowing little ghosts

like glowing little ghosts

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Wie Glühen kleine Geister



Oct 24, 2007 5:36 PM

partners

partners

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www.roaringrun.org/

Another day, another bike ride in nature

A beech leaf, sitting in club moss along the Roaring run stream.
I can't decide if the other leaf is a maple or an oak..?





Oct 24, 2007 5:36 PM

Roaring Run

Roaring Run

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www.roaringrun.org/

Another day, another bike ride in nature

A beech leaf, sitting in club moss along the Roaring run stream.
I can't decide if the other leaf is a maple or an oak..?





Oct 24, 2007 5:36 PM

"little hug"

"little hug"

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www.roaringrun.org/

Another day, another bike ride in nature

A beech and a maple leaf, sitting in club moss along the Roaring run stream.





Oct 23, 2007 10:51 PM

Autumn leaf

Autumn leaf

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Oct 23, 2007 7:49 AM

mushroom

mushroom

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Annabel Lee

It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of ANNABEL LEE;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.

I was a child and she was a child,
In this kingdom by the sea;
But we loved with a love that was more than love-
I and my Annabel Lee;
With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven
Coveted her and me.

And this was the reason that, long ago,
In this kingdom by the sea,
A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling
My beautiful Annabel Lee;
So that her highborn kinsman came
And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulchre
In this kingdom by the sea.

The angels, not half so happy in heaven,
Went envying her and me-
Yes!- that was the reason (as all men know,
In this kingdom by the sea)
That the wind came out of the cloud by night,
Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.

But our love it was stronger by far than the love
Of those who were older than we-
Of many far wiser than we-
And neither the angels in heaven above,
Nor the demons down under the sea,
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee.

For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise but I feel the bright eyes
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
Of my darling- my darling- my life and my bride,
In the sepulchre there by the sea,
In her tomb by the sounding sea.



Oct 22, 2007 4:31 PM

milkweed

milkweed

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Oct 22, 2007 4:31 PM

antique car

antique car

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antique car seen along old farm road in Ligonier. I was just able to get a shot before he rounded the corner.




Oct 22, 2007 8:32 AM

Mocking Bird

Mocking Bird

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Mocking bird. I heard quite a few while on a bike ride in Ligonier





Oct 22, 2007 8:32 AM

Mocking bird

Mocking bird

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Mocking bird. I heard quite a few while on a bike ride in Ligonier





Oct 22, 2007 8:32 AM

Mocking bird

Mocking bird

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Mocking bird. I heard quite a few while on a bike ride in Ligonier





Oct 22, 2007 8:32 AM

poison ivy

poison ivy

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Oct 21, 2007 8:28 PM

pirate captures fair maiden!

pirate captures fair maiden!

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Oct 21, 2007 8:28 PM

pirate

pirate

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Oct 21, 2007 10:49 AM

Virginia Creeper

Virginia Creeper

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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia_creeper

One of my favorite autumn plants.
This shot was made at the Ultimate Frisbee field.





Oct 20, 2007 3:41 PM

PENN AVENUE EXIT

PENN AVENUE EXIT

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This was in the lobby looking out the exit, the door had just been opened and was almost closed.

Letzt Abend werde ich schöner klassischer Musik zuhören.
Last night I attended a performance of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at Heinz Hall

Sibelius: Concerto in D minor for Violin and Orchestra superbly performed by Nikolaj Znaider!
Debussy: Nocturnes, Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh
Ravel: Suite No. 2 from Daphnis et Chloé, Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh

This concert was simply superb. Somehow, it is hard to describe the feelings evoked when listening to beautiful music. Can a picture portray the same emotion, rolled all together like a ball of string, which when unraveled charismatically invokes a thousand subtle yet enduringly beautiful flavors symphonically portrayed as a whole, yet revealing as an artist with his brush the individual pieces taken together rhythmically joining thrilling tones, notes and harmonic passages that thrill my heart. I see that in certain images and most definitely heard the unsurpassed loveliness this evening.

Continuing with the metaphor, to describe a wonderful work of art of the form 'music' in terms of a picture or a painting, I begin with the colours. Pastel colours best describe the movement presented from the ballet Daphnis et Chloé. I've brought forth and posted one of my favorite images from my trip to Ohiopyle last weekend (see back a few photos). That photo most certainly describes a pastel setting, with two main characters in the foreground. Now of course we all realize that these two represent Daphnis and Chloé, one in the open, perhaps dancing in the wind, and Chloé is hiding in the reeds, or perhaps in this case, she is hiding through the veil of sunlight shining directly at the lens



Oct 20, 2007 9:40 AM

herbs and spice on zinnia

herbs and spice on zinnia

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herbs and spice and everything nice
and one pure zinnia to break the ice
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dill





Oct 20, 2007 12:29 AM

Daphnis et Chloé

Daphnis et Chloé

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Heute Abend werde ich schöner klassischer Musik zuhören.
Tonight I attended a performance of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at Heinz Hall:

Sibelius: Concerto in D minor for Violin and Orchestra superbly performed by Nikolaj Znaider!
Debussy: Nocturnes, Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh
Ravel: Suite No. 2 from Daphnis et Chloé, Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh

''The Suite No. 2 consists of the last three scenes of the ballet, after Chloé has been rescued from the pirates. The music begins with a shimmering "Daybreak." After this Daphnis and Chloé realize their love for each other and embrace; they then dance a mime recalling the love of Pan for Syrinx. Chloé disappears into the reeds, and Daphnis calls her back with a flute he fashions from the reeds themselves. Then all join together in a celebratory dance.

''Ravel's comments sum up the music best: "It was my intention to compose a vast musical fresco, less concerned with archaism than fidelity to the Greece of my dreams, which was similar to that imagined and painted by French artists at the end of the eighteenth century. The work is constructed symphonically, on a very strict tonal plan, based on a small number of motives, the full development of which is assured by the symphonic unity of the whole."''





Oct 19, 2007 5:29 PM

Heinz Hall

Heinz Hall

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Heute Abend werde ich schöner klassischer Musik zuhören.
Tonight I again attend a performance of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at Heinz Hall:

Sibelius: Concerto in D minor for Violin and Orchestra
Debussy: Nocturnes
Ravel: Suite No. 2 from Daphnis et Chloë

Breaking news...
It looks like the Technische Universität Darmstadt will be the winner of the Solar Decathlon:
www.solardecathlon.org/
"The Solar Decathlon joins 20 college and university teams in a competition to design, build, and operate the most attractive and energy-efficient solar-powered house."

My alma-mater, CMU, is in 14th place, but hey, they are all winners, for advocating alternate energy sources! Someday I wish to build a



Oct 18, 2007 2:41 AM

Witch-hazel leaf at the cascades

Witch-hazel leaf at the cascades

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I think it is from a Witch Hazel bush/tree.
The sun was shining through, my camera and my eyes were amazed!
Ich tippe mal, das habe Ich wieder so arrangiert -- I admit it!

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Witch-hazel

Ohiopyle

I URGE you all to visit some photos of my friends on this trip:
www.flickr.com/photos/8194163@N07/1607284251/
and
www.flickr.com/photos/27736546@N00/1582550603/

The Moody Blues - Nights in White satin´67
www.youtube.com/watch?v=9muzyOd4Lh8




Oct 17, 2007 8:37 PM

reflections of grass

reflections of grass

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Ohiopyle

I URGE you all to visit some photos of my friends on this trip:
www.flickr.com/photos/8194163@N07/1607284251/
and
www.flickr.com/photos/27736546@N00/1582550603/

The Moody Blues - Nights in White satin´67
www.youtube.com/watch?v=9muzyOd4Lh8




Oct 17, 2007 6:34 AM

Fern at Cucumber Falls

Fern at Cucumber Falls

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Ohiopyle State Park
Our leaves are still green for the most part, but are just beginning to turn colours.





Oct 16, 2007 6:33 PM

Cucumber Falls

Cucumber Falls

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Cucumber Falls is a tall slender waterfall at Ohiopyle Park. Not as big as the huge falls in the town.




Oct 15, 2007 11:56 PM

Point of View

Point of View

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Oct 14, 2007 10:34 PM

acorn and leaf

acorn and leaf

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Photoshoot with a group from the Westmoreland Conservancy




Oct 14, 2007 10:34 PM

Ohiopyle

Ohiopyle

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Photoshoot with a group from the Westmoreland Conservancy




Oct 14, 2007 10:34 PM

Ohiopyle waterfall

Ohiopyle waterfall

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Photoshoot with a group from the Westmoreland Conservancy




Oct 13, 2007 1:00 AM

Tristan und Isolde

Tristan und Isolde

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Seen while walking my bike after a flat tire..

Tonight I went to see a superb performance by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra -- Richard Wagner : Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Prelude und Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde and Beethoven's Symphony number 5

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tristan_und_Isolde

I know beauty when I see it, or in this case hear it, feel it, experience it profoundly! The Tristan und Isolde gave me goosebumps!!
If you've never experienced a live performance of symphonic music, it is a sensation you must try, the dynamic range is profound, the nuances superb, everything is so much more noticeable, it is just extraordinary!


I took a vacation day Wednesday, that's when I took a bike
ride from Keystone Park to Derry, and when I
was climbing the ridge beyond Derry, I noticed my tire was
going flat, so I turned around and high-tailed it back,
almost flying down this steep hill on Chestnut Ridge.
I noticed an American Chestnut growing up there.

Just beyond Derry on the way back, I saw two Mute swans
at Derry lake (lake Ethel). They are residents there.

The tire was still ridable, but getting constantly flatter.

Just past that, I asked a local resident to borrow a pump.
He was very nice to comply.
Wouldn't you know, he had this huge industrial powered pump.
And it blew out my tire altogether .
I thanked him nevertheless, I felt sort of embarrassed, and
bad for him, even though it was my tire.

So I walked back to Keystone lake with my bike, running/jogging



Oct 12, 2007 7:00 PM

dogwood on lichen

dogwood on lichen

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Seen while walking my bike after a flat tire..

Tonight I went to see a superb performance by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra -- Richard Wagner : Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Prelude und Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde and Beethoven's Symphony number 5

I know beauty when I see it, or in this case hear it, feel it, experience it profoundly! The Tristan und Isolde gave me goosebumps!!


I took a vacation day Wednesday, that's when I took a bike
ride from Keystone Park to Derry, and when I
was climbing the ridge beyond Derry, I noticed my tire was
going flat, so I turned around and high-tailed it back,
almost flying down this steep hill on Chestnut Ridge.
I noticed an American Chestnut growing up there.

Just beyond Derry on the way back, I saw two Mute swans
at Derry lake (lake Ethel). They are residents there.

The tire was still ridable, but getting constantly flatter.

Just past that, I asked a local resident to borrow a pump.
He was very nice to comply.
Wouldn't you know, he had this huge industrial powered pump.
And it blew out my tire altogether .
I thanked him nevertheless, I felt sort of embarrassed, and
bad for him, even though it was my tire.

So I walked back to Keystone lake with my bike, running/jogging



Oct 10, 2007 8:28 PM

orange fungus

orange fungus

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Seen today while out on a nature bike ride! This was taken at the McGinnis Nature Reserve of the Westmoreland Conservancy
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicken_of_the_woods

www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZGb-Kjy0S0




Oct 10, 2007 8:28 PM

fungus McGinnis

fungus McGinnis

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Seen today while out on a nature bike ride!
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicken_of_the_woods
- large -


www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZGb-Kjy0S0




Oct 10, 2007 5:28 PM

moo

moo

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seen on my bike ride today.

Karajan - Beethoven Symphony No. 6 In F Major 'Pastoral'
www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZGb-Kjy0S0




Oct 9, 2007 9:51 PM

Dahlia mit Liebe

Dahlia mit Liebe

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'Dahlia mit Liebe'
Warm fragrent coca boost verses by Goethe
Pasta and pizza faun infra red karma
Flora with fauna cage aqua gray pukka
Panta rhei krishna push gamma ray soda
Rumba and mamba drive hula girl scuba
Kola and java swell mocha with okra
Santa with sanka drape rosa red sofa
Pupa and puma surge hydra dye krone
Lima with lira like lama sans lava
Yucca shaped Dahlia grow heart laden kāma



Oct 8, 2007 6:07 PM

One singular sensation

One singular sensation

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I saw this leaf, this one leaf, rising above the water, and I knew, that she was the one!
The one I had to capture.
The one I had to see.
The one so full of rapture.
The one who speaks to me.


www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyZeGOsR9IA

A Chorus Line

"One singular sensation, every little step she takes
One thrilling combination, every move that she makes
One smile and suddenly nobody else will do
You know you'll never be lonely with you-know-who
Do I really have to mention



Oct 7, 2007 11:38 AM

bumpy pumpkin

bumpy pumpkin

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I'll take some hoedown music with that pumpkin... :)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8ueWs-qnbM




Oct 7, 2007 11:38 AM

pumpkin leaf

pumpkin leaf

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I'll take some hoedown music with that pumpkin... :)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8ueWs-qnbM




Oct 7, 2007 11:38 AM

pumpkin colours

pumpkin colours

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I'll take some hoedown music with that pumpkin... :)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8ueWs-qnbM




Oct 7, 2007 11:38 AM

pumpkin colours

pumpkin colours

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I'll take some hoedown music with that pumpkin... :)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8ueWs-qnbM




Oct 6, 2007 5:37 PM

Humpty Dumpty before the fall...

Humpty Dumpty before the fall...

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Oct 6, 2007 5:37 PM

Help us, we are sinking!

Help us, we are sinking!

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Trip to the pumpkin farm :)


en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bert_and_Ernie




Oct 6, 2007 5:37 PM

Oak leaf and smile :-)

Oak leaf and smile :-)

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Oct 6, 2007 5:37 PM

goldenrod

goldenrod

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Oct 6, 2007 11:36 AM

petals

petals

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soft delicious petals
reaching for the sky
discerning subtle mysteries



Oct 5, 2007 5:36 PM

woolly bear - forecast is: long cold winter

woolly bear - forecast is: long cold winter

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dedicated to one special flickr friend.
zu einem besonderen flickr Freund.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyrrharctia_isabella
The common moth Pyrrharctia isabella is known by different common names at its two main life stages. The adult is the Isabella tiger moth and the larva is called the banded woolly bear.

------ WARM OR COLD WINTER?
According to legend, the severity of the upcoming winter can be judged by examining the pattern of brown and black stripes on woolly bear caterpillars--the larvae of Isabella tiger moths. If the brown stripe between the two black stripes is thick, the winter will be a mild one. A narrow brown stripe portends a long, cold winter.





Oct 4, 2007 5:31 PM

American Chestnut Trees

American Chestnut Trees

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I was on Jury duty today.
After a long while waiting, it ended up that I was not picked for the jury.
I had mixed thoughts: relieved I did not end up spending so much time away from my daughter or work, but on the other hand, I felt it was my duty to attend the trial. At the very least, it was my duty to inform others about our rights as Americans to know the concept of jury nullification, and our rights to judge not only the facts of a trial, but the laws themselves. We must not let tyrannical laws stand!

Jury Nullification: The Top Secret Constitutional Right
by James Joseph Duane


I took this photo the other day in Highland Park, at the same stand of American Chestnut trees described in this article!

Volunteers work to revitalize chestnut trees

"In 1996, Bill Lord and five other members of the chestnut foundation planted 102 hybrid chestnut trees in a 65-by-100-foot clearing off Stanton Avenue in Highland Park.

The trees were the third generation of a cross-pollination experiment that bred Chinese chestnut trees -- which are resistant to the blight but much smaller than the American trees -- with the few remaining American chestnuts.

Sixty of the Highland Park hybrids remain, and most are starting to succumb to the blight, their bark splitting open where the fungus has taken hold. In a decade they'll probably be gone. But they hung on longer than ordinary American chestnuts would have, so they'll be cross-pollinated with other resistant strains until the American Chestnut Foundation has a tree that reaches the height of the American chestnut but resists blight such as the Chinese chestnut. "

The American Chestnut Foundation -- Working To Restore The King of The Forest
www.acf.org





Oct 3, 2007 11:31 PM

American Chestnut

American Chestnut

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I took this photo the other day in Highland Park, at the same stand of American Chestnut trees described in this article!

Volunteers work to revitalize chestnut trees

"In 1996, Bill Lord and five other members of the chestnut foundation planted 102 hybrid chestnut trees in a 65-by-100-foot clearing off Stanton Avenue in Highland Park.

The trees were the third generation of a cross-pollination experiment that bred Chinese chestnut trees -- which are resistant to the blight but much smaller than the American trees -- with the few remaining American chestnuts.

Sixty of the Highland Park hybrids remain, and most are starting to succumb to the blight, their bark splitting open where the fungus has taken hold. In a decade they'll probably be gone. But they hung on longer than ordinary American chestnuts would have, so they'll be cross-pollinated with other resistant strains until the American Chestnut Foundation has a tree that reaches the height of the American chestnut but resists blight such as the Chinese chestnut. "

The American Chestnut Foundation -- Working To Restore The King of The Forest
www.acf.org





Oct 3, 2007 5:31 PM

softly

softly

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slowly





Oct 2, 2007 8:27 PM

black swallowtail

black swallowtail

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from a friend:
> Das Glück kommt ganz bestimmt zu Dir,
wenn Du ihm etwas Spielraum lässt!
Die Blume hält den Schmetterling,
den sie so liebt,
ja auch nicht fest!! <


The Black Swallowtail, Papilio polyxenes, is a butterfly found throughout much of North America.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_swallowtail_butterfly
Der Schwarz Swallowtail, Papilio polyxenes, ist ein Schmetterling, der durch viel von Nordamerika gefunden wird.


2. Pas de Deux (Black Swan) - Swan Lake - Tchaikovsky
www.youtube.com/watch?v=3oaBRhH7iZo




Oct 1, 2007 9:36 PM

Tomato ring

Tomato ring

--image--

Somehow it reminds me of this march, composed by Beethoven.
I've tried to learn this composition on the piano with only the right hand, very difficult. ;)
Evgeny Kissin - The Turkish March
www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oS7Gk7-KZ8




Oct 1, 2007 9:36 PM

indian Pipe

indian Pipe

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seen about a month ago on my property.
I like the way these little indian pipes start low and unfurl themselves !

Delicate, like this compostion:
Evgeny Kissin la campanella - Niccolò Paganini / Franz Liszt
www.youtube.com/watch?v=5y9Wiqsd9xY




Sep 30, 2007 9:26 PM

illumed

illumed

--image--

One red maple leaf has fallen,
in the midst of a slight hill,
into the green blades of grass,
sunshine illumed and quite still

Ein rotes Ahornblatt ist gefallen,
mitten unter eines geringen Hügels,
in die grünen Blätter des Grases,



Sep 30, 2007 9:26 AM

prosper: life won't be denied

prosper: life won't be denied

--image--

On my bike ride, I noticed this solitary corn stalk reaching for the sun. It was alone in a house building construction site, covered in mud, yet thriving and prosperous nevertheless!

Auf meiner Fahrradfahrt. Ich habe diesen einsamen Maisstängel bemerkt. Es erreichte für die Sonne. Es wurde allein in Schlamm bedeckt. Noch gedieh diese Pflanze und habe Prosperität dennoch!





Sep 29, 2007 3:25 PM

early morning magic sun and dew

early morning magic sun and dew

--image--

Red maple leaf fallen in green blades .
Rotes Ahornblatt ist in grünen Blättern gefallen .


Minuetto Boccherini
www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMkYQzHbx2o




Sep 27, 2007 9:25 PM

red maple leaf

red maple leaf

--image--

First of the season!
erst rotes Ahornblatt von Herbst!

And now, I just found out that a friend, an excellent photographer (shooter, as Tio would say), much better than me, has begun to post on flickr in earnest! Take a look at this Skimmer shot, it's a beaut: (Please do)

www.flickr.com/photos/8194163@N07/1450320942/



Maple Leaf Rag - Joplin
www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMAtL7n_-rc

Maple Leaf Rag Really Really REALLY FAST!!!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nl17svmZKso




Sep 26, 2007 6:23 PM

O awful Loveliness

O awful Loveliness

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"Hymn to Intellectual Beauty" (excerpt)
I vowed that I would dedicate my powers
To thee and thine—have I not kept the vow?
With beating heart and streaming eyes, even now
I call the phantoms of a thousand hours
Each from his voiceless grave: they have in visioned bowers
Of studious zeal or love's delight
Outwatched with me the envious night—
They know that never joy illumed my brow
Unlinked with hope that thou wouldst free
This world from its dark slavery,
That thou—O awful Loveliness,
Wouldst give whate'er these words cannot express.
-- Percy Bysshe Shelley



Sep 25, 2007 6:21 PM

Story of my life...

Story of my life...

--image--

Someone beat me to it :)
Well, I guess that's just the name of the game.

ABBA - Name of the Game
www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-weY3qUVEc




Sep 24, 2007 10:09 PM

Overlooked - undervalued

Overlooked - undervalued

--image--

Übersehen, aber sehr glücklich

ABBA - Waterloo (deutschsprachlich)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4_2TGXZubQ




Sep 24, 2007 1:01 AM

The Winner Takes It All

The Winner Takes It All

--image--

The loser has to fall.
Why should I complain.

Der Sieger bekommt alles,
der Verlierer verliert alles,
worüber soll ich mich beklagen.

ABBA
www.youtube.com/watch?v=xK3mVxGfzPY




Sep 23, 2007 12:02 PM

nature

nature

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Saturday morning bike ride -- the perfect time for photography!

The audio on my computer is broken :(
Does anyone know anything about the Toshiba laptop --
Realtek High Definition Audio version 5.10.0.5200
The sound comes out like a bad echo/reverberation, like the device is slow and cannot keep up with the stream of audio.

Zu allen meinen deutschen Freunden, und allen, die Deutsch mit mir lernen wollen, frei zu fühlen, in deutscher Sprache zu kommentieren:) Meine Reise, zu lernen, ist ein langes langsam Ein, und ich brauche



Sep 22, 2007 1:14 PM

Life is a highway

Life is a highway

--image--



I want to ride it -- all night long

rascal flatts life is a highway
www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8x-Ul6jShk

Aster
westmorelandconservancy.org/WCBiosurC60p.html




Sep 22, 2007 9:58 AM

I'm rich

I'm rich

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I feel rich, or enriched, with this bounty of chestnuts!

Every year we collect chestnuts from trees at Northmoreland park. My daughter just loves to do this with me. We each get a bag, and try to fill them up. It's a fun contest to see who can gain the most. And of course there is sometimes a little cheating, one of us will steal a few nuts from the other's bag. Money can't buy this kind of fun :)
I truly am blessed and enriched :-))

These are chestnuts from Chinese Chestnut trees, which are smaller than American Chestnut trees in height and breadth. The American Chestnut tree has suffered a huge decline because of a blight brought in 100 years ago with the introduction of the later. Hardly any really big American species are left, although there still are quite a few small saplings that can try to resist the blight.

The American Chestnut Foundation, Working To Restore The King of The Forest
www.acf.org





Sep 22, 2007 9:58 AM

chestnut bounty

chestnut bounty

--image--

Every year we collect chestnuts from trees at Northmoreland park. My daughter just loves to do this with me. We each get a bag, and try to fill them up. It's a fun contest to see who can gain the most. And of course there is sometimes a little cheating, one of us will steal a few nuts from the other's bag.

These are chestnuts from Chinese Chestnut trees, which are smaller than American Chestnut trees in height and breadth. The American Chestnut tree has suffered a huge decline because of a blight brought in 100 years ago with the introduction of the later. Hardly any really big American species are left, although there still are quite a few small saplings that can try to resist the blight.

The American Chestnut Foundation, Working To Restore The King of The Forest
www.acf.org





Sep 21, 2007 6:54 AM

Magic fountains of thistle

Magic fountains of thistle

--image--

Taken at the Ultimate Frisbee field.


Abba - take a chance on me
www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuB8xWeA59I




Sep 20, 2007 9:53 PM

Orange Dew

Orange Dew

--image--



ABBA - Does Your Mother Know
www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWWEjz6iTMI




Sep 20, 2007 12:44 AM

I Can't stop loving you..

I Can't stop loving you..

--image--

Why should I....

www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdgaJpEuNHI




Sep 19, 2007 9:44 PM

shoot in water, second try

shoot in water, second try

--image--

This time I submerged a zinnia, and positioned the camera below the surface with the light going through the water and capturing the reflection on the upper surface! Thanks Tio for the idea!!

Orange for all those fans of orange out there: dedicated to you!

Rossini -- Semiramide
www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhCxXA-EeaM
www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIhmG0nepXU




Sep 18, 2007 11:30 PM

Don't you (forget about me)

Don't you (forget about me)

--image--

Seen along the road in Murrysville

Not every visit to one of our reserves is an 'outing'
by Doug Bauman

The other day I rode my bike around Murrysville. First I rode by the McGinnis Reserve on Hunter Drive. Then I rode down Wallace and down Twin Oaks Lane right by the Tomer Reserve. Twin Oaks Lane is one of my favorite places to ride. Then I rode up Mamont Road and via Steele and Hilty to Wiestertown, where I found a few chestnut seeds. They are just beginning to come out of their jagged shells. Soon I was whizzing down the road toward the Walter Nature Reserve. I stopped there for a short visit. I visited the location of the grove of Paw Paw trees; every year I keep hoping, but I still have not been able to see any fruit up in that dense vegetation. Next to the path I observed some mushroom. I took out my camera and took a few pictures of the fungi in various lights, sun and shade. One mushroom looked like a creature from Star Wars! On my way back I rode by the King Nature Reserve off of Crowfoot. Well for me this was a short ride, one filled with joy with my desire to combine bicycling with observing and photographing nature!

The Breakfast Club
Simple Minds - Don't You Forget About Me (extended version)




Sep 18, 2007 6:24 AM

Mushroom, The return of the ...

Mushroom, The return of the ...

--image--

Seen at the Walter Nature Reserve of the Westmoreland Conservancy:
www.westmorelandconservancy.org

The previous photo was in direct sun. This was in complete shade. So my lighting was difficult at best. I was on my bicycle, so I did not have a tripod; and with this PoV, I couldn't use a tripod anyway. I set the camera on the ground, and tried to hold it very still!

I don't know anything about 'editable mushroom'. If my best friend told me it was editable, I'd still pass :)

Not every visit to one of our reserves is an 'outing'
by Doug Bauman

The other day I rode my bike around Murrysville. First I rode by the McGinnis Reserve on Hunter Drive. Then I rode down Wallace and down Twin Oaks Lane right by the Tomer Reserve. Twin Oaks Lane is one of my favorite places to ride. Then I rode up Mamont Road and via Steele and Hilty to Wiestertown, where I found a few chestnut seeds. They are just beginning to come out of their jagged shells. Soon I was whizzing down the road toward the Walter Nature Reserve. I stopped there for a short visit. I visited the location of the grove of Paw Paw trees; every year I keep hoping, but I still have not been able to see any fruit up in that dense vegetation. Next to the path I observed some mushroom. I took out my camera and took a few pictures of the fungi in various lights, sun and shade. One mushroom looked like a creature from Star Wars! On my way back I rode by the King Nature Reserve off of Crowfoot. Well for me this was a short ride, one filled with joy with my desire to combine bicycling with observing and photographing nature!

Rubinstein Plays Schubert Impromptu
www.youtube.com/watch?v=jK7bHaBWPV4




Sep 17, 2007 8:35 AM

tall mushroom

tall mushroom

--image--

Seen at the Walter Nature Reserve of the Westmoreland Conservancy:
www.westmorelandconservancy.org

Not every visit to one of our reserves is an 'outing'
by Doug Bauman

The other day I rode my bike around Murrysville. First I rode by the McGinnis Reserve on Hunter Drive. Then I rode down Wallace and down Twin Oaks Lane right by the Tomer Reserve. Twin Oaks Lane is one of my favorite places to ride. Then I rode up Mamont Road and via Steele and Hilty to Wiestertown, where I found a few chestnut seeds. They are just beginning to come out of their jagged shells. Soon I was whizzing down the road toward the Walter Nature Reserve. I stopped there for a short visit. I visited the location of the grove of Paw Paw trees; every year I keep hoping, but I still have not been able to see any fruit up in that dense vegetation. Next to the path I observed some mushroom. I took out my camera and took a few pictures of the fungi in various lights, sun and shade. One mushroom looked like a creature from Star Wars! On my way back I rode by the King Nature Reserve off of Crowfoot. Well for me this was a short ride, one filled with joy with my desire to combine bicycling with observing and photographing nature!

Chopin Fantasy Impromptu - Evgeny Kissin
www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSJD9RtMBtM




Sep 16, 2007 8:42 PM

Chestnut on bed of goldenrod

Chestnut on bed of goldenrod

--image--

I found this chestnut while riding my bike. This is the first one this year!
I can't wait for more :)

Not every visit to one of our reserves is an 'outing'
by Doug Bauman

The other day I rode my bike around Murrysville. First I rode by the McGinnis Reserve on Hunter Drive. Then I rode down Wallace and down Twin Oaks Lane right by the Tomer Reserve. Twin Oaks Lane is one of my favorite places to ride. Then I rode up Mamont Road and via Steele and Hilty to Wiestertown, where I found a few chestnut seeds. They are just beginning to come out of their jagged shells. Soon I was whizzing down the road toward the Walter Nature Reserve. I stopped there for a short visit. I visited the location of the grove of Paw Paw trees; every year I keep hoping, but I still have not been able to see any fruit up in that dense vegetation. Next to the path I observed some mushroom. I took out my camera and took a few pictures of the fungi in various lights, sun and shade. One mushroom looked like a creature from Star Wars! On my way back I rode by the King Nature Reserve off of Crowfoot. Well for me this was a short ride, one filled with joy with my desire to combine bicycling with observing and photographing nature!

Star Trek Meets Monty Python
www.youtube.com/watch?v=luVjkTEIoJc




Sep 16, 2007 10:54 AM

yellow on blue

yellow on blue

--image--



Rossini La Gazza Ladra Overture Abbado Vienna 1991
www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYUdixQGF0w




Sep 15, 2007 3:25 PM

Tio's Challenge: shoot in water

Tio's Challenge: shoot in water

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A week ago Tio challenged us all to shoot in water. This is my first try.
The poor little ant was probably confused with the water, sunshine, reflection and disturbance. He made it out alright !
I used a clear bowl of water and placed a Nasturtium along the edge, just touching the water surface, The grass wasn't completely canceled out, but it looks rather neat.

The only post processing was a slight crop, and darkened the top a little.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=sG2hGSL345I
(first half of the Rossini William Tell overture)





Sep 15, 2007 3:25 PM

sunrise

sunrise

--image--

Nothing spectacular, just a pretty sunrise from the parking lot where I work in Pittsburgh. It was nice to see before I popped in to work (no windows ):

www.youtube.com/watch?v=5D5SDGjRidY
(morning part of William Tell Overture by Gioachino Rossini)





Sep 15, 2007 12:25 PM

crown

crown

--image--


Tchaikovsky Swan Lake,Margot Fonteyn,Rudolf Nurejev II
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykS1waEUrBw


And check out this, something to smile about, really:)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6EuEHIbIVs




Sep 14, 2007 11:13 PM

Stay off, it's mine!

Stay off, it's mine!

--image--

Mull Of Kintyre



Sep 14, 2007 7:51 PM

"I just called to say I love you"

"I just called to say I love you"

--image--

I get goosebumps...

www.youtube.com/watch?v=PY45DkaP9Ls




Sep 14, 2007 7:51 PM

iapetus: mystery of missing bees solved

iapetus: mystery of missing bees solved

--image--

antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap070914.html
Iapetus in Black and White
Credit: Cassini Imaging Team, SSI, JPL, ESA, NASA

Explanation: Iapetus, Saturn's third largest moon, is a candidate for the strangest moon of Saturn. Tidally locked in its orbit around the ringed gas giant, Iapetus is sometimes called the yin-yang moon because its leading hemisphere is very dark, reflecting about 5 percent of the Sun's light, while its trailing hemisphere is almost as bright as snow. This recent Cassini spacecraft flyby image is one of the closest views ever and spans about 35 kilometers across a cratered transition zone between bright and dark terrain. Iapetus itself has a density close to that of water ice, but the detailed reflective properties of the dark material suggest an organic composition. Honoring the moon's discoverer, the dark terrain is called Cassini Regio.





Sep 14, 2007 7:06 AM

Fly by

Fly by

--image--

An insect flies by a sunflower while I'm taking a picture, note the bee in the center, not illuminated as well as the petals.

This sunflower is located in the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy gardening lot in Point Breeze (Pittsburgh) near were I work. I had a pleasant conversation with one of the people that grow this marvelous garden yesterday at lunch :)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNvCqi_gvoA




Sep 13, 2007 10:06 PM

In the Hall of the Mountain King

In the Hall of the Mountain King

--image--

from wikipedia:
The Large White or Cabbage White (Pieris brassicae) is a butterfly in the family Pieridae. The butterfly is called the Large Cabbage White in India.

The Large White is common throughout Europe, North Africa and Asia to the Himalayas often in agricultural areas, meadows and parkland. It is a strong flyer and the British population is reinforced in most years by migrations from the continent. Its wingspan is 5 to 6.5 cm.

The wings are white, with black tips on the forewings of both males and females, the female also has two black spots on each forewing. The underside is a pale greenish and serves as excellent camouflage when at rest. The black markings are generally darker in the summer brood.

Grieg Peer Gynt
In the Hall of the Mountain King
www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzyi3C4gNnE




Sep 13, 2007 9:35 AM

segmentation

segmentation

--image--

Sep 12, 2007 9:06 PM

Morning

Morning

--image--

Grieg Peer Gynt Morning
www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAbwMGZtIsY




Sep 11, 2007 11:48 PM

Alive!

Alive!

--image--

Turn your volume all the way up, then click for Tchaikovsky symphony 4, fourth movement

www.youtube.com/watch?v=mctpTyIBt_I



Sep 11, 2007 8:48 PM

soft light, heart and pollen

soft light, heart and pollen

--image--

It was rainy and cloudy over the weekend, so I decided to try a shot with no sun. There is no sun in this shot, and you can tell that underneath the mexican sunflower you can see the green stem much better because of the soft light. The only part of the monarch butterfly in focus is near the head, as the wind was blowing and my camera does not acquire a very good focus in soft light.



Sep 11, 2007 8:48 PM

scout4878612

scout4878612

--image--

1,000,000 thank yous
49 photos
44 nature
42 2007
26 macro
31 plant
24 flower
18 animal
15 pink
12 insect
11 dark background
11 yellow
9 orange
8 bokeh
7 green
6 2006
5 red
4 bird
3 landscape
3 ice
3 water
2 bees
2 people
2 silhouette
1 2005
1 alien
1 telephone booth
1 ladybug/ladybird
1 snake
1 fox
1 wild pony
and a partridge in a pear tree!

1. embrace, 2. Golden bee, 3. softly captured, 4. Belie vein love, 5. Orange bouquet, 6. sunshine of my life, 7. slow approach, 8. Buckeye on Zinnia,

9. corn snake, 10. Cicada, 11. nasturtium, 12. Rondo, 13. bee fruitful, 14. Monarch !, 15. Somebody, 16. Mushroom Forest,

17. dragonfly, 18. fibonacci spiral, 19. cosmos, 20. Tiger Swallowtail on my zinnia, 21. End of a beautiful day!, 22. First Monarch Butterfly and Zinnia, 23. Assateague Pony, 24. Orange Cosmos,

25. Bachelor's button, 26. On your mark, get ready, get set, GO!, 27. The Woman in Red, 28. Aliens prefer Kodak, 29. agonize not, 30. Dancing in the wind, 31. Pink on blue, 32. blue abates,

33. kids challenge, 34. at the Jaguar dealership, 35. Peach 11, 36. palm, 37. orchid and palm, 38. Lace, 39. Nordic Nights, 40. the web wide world,

41. reflections of Thailand, 42. My Funny Valentine, 43. bird's eye view, 44. Snow flakes adorn, 45. First icicles of late autumn, 46. Last leaves of Autumn, 47. Ruby Throated Hummingbird, 48. Monarch Butterfly on Zinnia,

49. Red Fox, Churchill, PA




Sep 10, 2007 10:37 PM

Bald Henry

Bald Henry

--image--

This cardinal has no feathers on his head. Does anyone know why that might be?

He's been here all spring and summer.
He has a mate, and she seems normal.



Sep 10, 2007 1:51 PM

embrace

embrace

--image--

I think Engelbert Humperdinck, Dean Martin, Conway
Twitty, Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, etc all got it
backwards.
Perhaps instead of 'release me' it ought to be
'embrace me'.
Here is my version of the song:

Please embrace me, hold me thus
'Cause I will love you evermore
And to live with our love is a must
So embrace me and be my love once more

I have found a new love, it's you dear
And I'll always want you to be near
Our lips are warm when we do kiss



Sep 10, 2007 8:30 AM

moth and thistle

moth and thistle

--image--

I was taking pictures of the seeds and thistle, when I got lucky, this little moth, maybe a skipper?, landed right where I was aiming!





Sep 9, 2007 5:03 PM

bokeh heart

bokeh heart

--image--

This one is dedicated to Jan, check out the heart on the left, a bit of bokeh magic !
The title is 'bokeh heart'
not 'broken heart' ! At first glance, it might be confusing ;-)

Brahms Piano Concerto No 1
www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpOEZoC7hQQ




Sep 8, 2007 10:04 PM

Golden bee

Golden bee

--image--

I decided to try a shot of my honey bees with the sun shining through.

dedicated to Tio, master of light, who said he had no true 'bee' image; and to momhascrafts, who has no bees in Florida.

Brahms Symphony No. 3
---

"Virus implicated in bee decline"




Sep 8, 2007 2:43 PM

softly captured

softly captured

--image--

This was taken while waiting at the Ultimate Frisbee field, with extra time so that I may observe nature, and record its magnificent



Sep 8, 2007 1:17 AM

Pavarotti Il Trovatore

Pavarotti Il Trovatore

--image--

Remembering Pavarotti
My favorite scene with his marvelous voice!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0_UG2UnM7o

Here's another great scene, Act II, no Pavarotti, but beautiful music:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ls1IBFSRw_Y




Sep 7, 2007 12:36 AM

I can't resist

I can't resist

--image--

The temptation for a photographer is to do what they do best, and to keep on doing that kind of shot, even if it seems to dominate all else!



Sep 7, 2007 12:36 AM

sproing

sproing

--image--

Sep 6, 2007 2:01 AM

Belie vein love

Belie vein love

--image--

Belie vein love

I play with light
in the morning shade
the sun comes bright
behind the green parade

marching over and through
the silhouetting sharpness
of little burrs growing new
jutting out of voiding darkness

Burning segments through my eye
sparking images illuminating wry
clever likeness epitomizing nie
interesting diction pervasively belie

Stick to me soon, before I sigh

Believe in love



Sep 5, 2007 6:41 PM

Opera

Opera

--image--

Bugs Bunny version of 'Wagner: Die Walküre' and other overtures

www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyxPxpSvXQ8




Sep 4, 2007 7:36 AM

tomato

tomato

--image--

Sep 4, 2007 7:36 AM

King discovers Don Juan with his mistress

King discovers Don Juan with his mistress

--image--

Don Juan apparently is flirting with the King's mistress.

This was fun to see, the characters put on live skits all over the festival.

Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival




Sep 3, 2007 10:12 PM

Dryad

Dryad

--image--

Sep 3, 2007 10:12 PM

musical instruments

musical instruments

--image--

Sep 3, 2007 10:12 PM

corn on the cob

corn on the cob

--image--





Sep 2, 2007 10:43 AM

daddy long legs

daddy long legs

--image--

Sep 1, 2007 10:22 PM

Orange bouquet

Orange bouquet

--image--

Sep 1, 2007 10:22 PM

Jack and the beanstalk

Jack and the beanstalk

--image--

Sep 1, 2007 8:56 AM

red ant and spider

red ant and spider

--image--

The spider is down below, perhaps stalking the ant.

This was taken at the field where we play Ultimate Frisbee. The time was spent because I was waiting for the others to arrive.




Aug 31, 2007 8:48 PM

Follow the yellow brick road

Follow the yellow brick road

--image--

This yellow brick road lies near my neighborhood, just above my church. Way down below is the valley with the Allegheny River. And above that is a ridge on the other side, a small bit of which can be seen in the photo.

A neighbor came outside and saw me crouched down on the ground/road with the camera. I'm not sure what he thought.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHCGVAf7Fjw




Aug 31, 2007 3:53 PM

sunshine of my life

sunshine of my life

--image--

www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPyq4iqt6Go

This sunflower exists in a city garden of Pittsburgh near where I work.
What a wonderful idea. Land or small abandoned lots are acquired by the Western Pennsylvania Conservatory, and are lent out to volunteers to grow gardens! This patch is nestled between houses and homes, and I just can't resist to visit on my lunch hour. These volunteers and gardeners do a fabulous job, most of the flowers and vegetables eclipse



Aug 30, 2007 7:44 AM

slow approach

slow approach

--image--

I see you, but you move too slow for me to react. I'll jump if you come any closer. Really, I will!




Aug 29, 2007 6:16 PM

American Lady

American Lady

--image--

I wanted an ID, but I've been given that...:

He was on my zinnias, apparently called the
American Lady butterfly ( Vanessa cardui ).
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanessa_cardui

At first was leaning towards
Common Buckeye: they are similar, but not exactly the same. Thanks to Mc Shutter!





Aug 29, 2007 6:16 PM

Vanessa cardui on Zinnia

Vanessa cardui on Zinnia

--image--

I wanted an ID, and I've been given that...:

He was on my zinnias, apparently called the
American Lady butterfly ( Vanessa cardui ).
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanessa_cardui

At first was leaning towards
Common Buckeye: they are similar, but not exactly the same. Thanks to Mc Shutter!





Aug 29, 2007 6:16 PM

take off

take off

--image--

Monarch Butterfly caught in take off.
This is really hard to do.
Those photographers who get a shot like this, and it is in focus AND sharp, well my hats off to them.




Aug 28, 2007 10:54 PM

grasshopper

grasshopper

--image--

Aug 28, 2007 12:48 AM

Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis

--image--

This Praying mantis was found in my huge spread of pole beans!
THANKS to Gundi for giving me the idea of beans, otherwise I would not have beans, and I would not have my friend the Praying Mantis!

Dieser Betend mantis wurde in meiner riesigen Ausbreitung von Stangenbohnen gefunden! DANK zu Gundi für Geben mich die Idee der Bohnen, sonst hätte nicht ich Bohnen, und ich hätte nicht meinen Freund den Betenden Mantis!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-GtMDLlGRI




Aug 27, 2007 7:23 AM

trust

trust

--image--

The Westmoreland Conservancy was on display again for Murrysville Community Day.
This year the animals seemed to be a hit with the young crowd!
This young boy was fascinated by the corn snake seen in the photo. Check out the look of
wonder and awe, yet trust in his eyes, as if to say: 'are you sure I can touch him?'





Aug 27, 2007 7:23 AM

bursting through

bursting through

--image--

Aug 26, 2007 11:00 PM

Cicada

Cicada

--image--

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cicada

Found him on the poles I had placed for my pole beans..
He was about 7 feet in the air, above my head. Without my canong2, I wouldn't have been able to get this shot. The flip out LCD did the trick!

Right now I hear them outside, singing so loud!





Aug 26, 2007 9:55 AM

corn snake

corn snake

--image--

..at the Murrysville Community Day..
from wikipedia:
"Corn snakes are generally docile and make excellent pets. Their average adult length is about 1.2 to 1.8 metres (4-6 feet) fully grown, and they can live up to 20 years. They are found throughout the south-eastern and central United States as well as parts of Mexico. The name 'corn snake' refers to the splotched pattern on its belly, which resembles Indian maize. Some, however, believe it is because they are often found in corn fields where they search for rodent prey."





Aug 25, 2007 1:31 PM

leaning

leaning

--image--

heart of blue
and yellow too
one for me
and one for you
gentle time
sunken splendor
leaning our way



Aug 25, 2007 9:56 AM

nasturtium

nasturtium

--image--

I was just sent a poem, so here it is...

Leda

Where the slow river
meets the tide,
a red swan lifts red wings
and darker beak,
and underneath the purple down
of his soft breast
uncurls his coral feet.

Through the deep purple
of the dying heat
of sun and mist,
the level ray of sun-beam
has caressed
the lily with dark breast,
and flecked with richer gold
its golden crest.

Where the slow lifting
of the tide,
floats into the river
and slowly drifts
among the reeds,
and lifts the yellow flags,
he floats
where tide and river meet.

Ah kingly kiss --
no more regret
nor old deep memories
to mar the bliss;
where the low sedge is thick,
the gold day-lily
outspreads and rests
beneath soft fluttering
of red swan wings
and the warm quivering
of the red swan's breast.



Aug 24, 2007 1:36 AM

hidden box of bees

hidden box of bees

--image--

I offer these bees for Tio... In his quest to find a bee for his studio in N.Y.

A hidden box of bees,
closed up, away from light,
in my photo library,
where no one yet can see
Please take these bees,
enjoy them with alacrity,
let them see the light of day.






Aug 22, 2007 1:03 AM

Indian Pipe

Indian Pipe

--image--

Who knows what this plant is...?

I know that this is a plant.

I know how to research books or the internet in order to determine the name or classification of this plant.

I now know the name of this plant... Indian Pipe
I know the background, history and more.
But do I really know this plant, through and through.
I believe that there is much unknown in the universe, even though we think that all is known, the truth may be far more vast.

Am I wise, know that this is a truth? (wissen)

Am I pragmatic, with sufficient know-how to determine the truth? (kennen)

A great book I read a while ago...
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zen_and_the_Art_of_Motorcycle_Maint...
"The book also is based on two riders who represent two different types of personalities, those who are interested mostly in the gestalt (Zen) of something (romantic viewpoints), the other who needs to know the details, the inner workings, the mechanics (motorcycle maintenance) of everything (classic viewpoints)."

You tell me, am I the romantic thinker, or the classical thinker...?


Epistemology
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epistemology
"Philosophers thus distinguish between theoretical reason (knowing that) and practical reason (knowing how), with epistemology being interested primarily in theoretical knowledge. This distinction is recognised linguistically in many languages but not in English. In French (as well as in Portuguese and Spanish), for example, to know a person is 'connaître' ('conhecer' / 'conocer'), whereas to know how to do something is 'savoir' ('saber' in both Portuguese and Spanish). In Greek language the verbs are γνoρίζω (gnorízo) and ξέρω (kséro), respectively. In Italian the verbs are 'conoscere' and 'sapere' and the nouns for 'knowledge' are 'conoscenza' and 'sapienza', respectively. In the German language, it is exemplified with the verbs "kennen" and "wissen." "Wissen" implies knowing as a fact, "kennen" implies knowing in the sense of being acquainted with and having a working knowledge of. But neither of those verbs do truly extend to the full meaning of the subject of epistemology. In German, there is also a verb derived from "kennen", namely "erkennen", which roughly implies knowledge in the form of recognition or acknowledgment, strictly metaphorically. The verb itself implies a process: you have to go from one state to another: from a state of "not-erkennen" to a state of true erkennen. This verb seems to be the most appropriate in terms of describing the "episteme" in one of the modern European languages."


Now who wants to discuss global warming.
I know there is no such thing as global warming...
Anyone care to debate this 'fact'...?



Aug 21, 2007 12:43 AM

passion

passion

--image--

Having had a wonderful walk into the woods, I encountered two brown
mushrooms down below the lush green canopy in a very deep and dark
valley next to a freshly babbling creek. It was so dark, I had to use
the flash.

I find it completely refreshing to discover a new natural wonder, a
place I have never before seen, an area seemingly untouched by
mankind, wild and wonderful! Last Saturday was just such a day, to find a
new area not too far away, yet tucked away in vale laced with several
small streams and adorned with indiginous trees like beech, hemlock
and maple. I was the only traveler at this time, having rode my
bicycle through a house lined neighborhood, and not expecting to find
this area. I walked my bike down a steep hill a ways, and parked and
walked.

It seemed almost unreal, to make this amazing discovery, certainly
known to many, but for now, for me, only just the first time. The
first time brings for me, a high degree of ardent wonder,
contemplation and appreciation. My goal of conservation, filled and
abided by the beauty of our natural wonders, is graciously guided by
an equal degree of cheer to celebrate the land.

Speaking of passion, check out the first movement of Rachmaninov - piano concerto No. 2

www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZRbko3UsnQ




Aug 20, 2007 6:43 PM

hibiscus

hibiscus

--image--

It's rainy outside right now...
Not much to do for a bike riding photographer...



Aug 20, 2007 6:43 PM

Mother Nature won't be outdone!

Mother Nature won't be outdone!

--image--

Some goofy kid throws his old shoes up on a telephone wire, so mother nature responds by dropping the twig with leaves!




Aug 19, 2007 5:34 PM

Don't Stop Me Now!

Don't Stop Me Now!

--image--

I'm having such a good time.

youtube.com/watch?v=e_I75KsQ_qI




Aug 19, 2007 7:57 AM

itsy bitsy

itsy bitsy

--image--

Aug 18, 2007 4:51 PM

bee fruitful

bee fruitful

--image--

TITHONIA (Torch)
(these are the words on the packet I used last year, this year, I used the seeds I collected from the previous year)
"Lead the uninhibited life, and let Torch light your way. Its fiery orange petals are irresistible, and it's so easy to grow. Direct sow and allow one square foot of space for growth. In no time your garden will ignite with its growth." - Livingston Seed Co., Columbus, OH





Aug 18, 2007 1:10 PM

wolfie part 2

wolfie part 2

--image--

missing a few legs.

This spider was huge, and carried a sack, perhaps with millions of baby spiders.
I believe this is a wolf spider...
"The Wolf Spider is not aggressive but they will inject venom freely if provoked. Their bite is mildly venomous; symptoms include swelling, pain, itching,and loss of skin. They are usually not considered dangerous to humans. The bite, however, may be painful; first aid should be sought immediately."
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolf_spider

And now, I take a break from the computer...
I want to ride my bicycle!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CTPLUcQAjk




Aug 18, 2007 1:10 PM

Wolf Spider!

Wolf Spider!

--image--

missing a few legs.
I added colour saturation to make it look cool! (simply increased the setting using picasa)
This spider was huge, and carried a sack, perhaps with millions of baby spiders.
I believe this is a wolf spider...
"The Wolf Spider is not aggressive but they will inject venom freely if provoked. Their bite is mildly venomous; symptoms include swelling, pain, itching,and loss of skin. They are usually not considered dangerous to humans. The bite, however, may be painful; first aid should be sought immediately."
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolf_spider

And now, I take a break from the computer...
I want to ride my bicycle!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CTPLUcQAjk




Aug 18, 2007 9:15 AM

resilient

resilient

--image--

Monarch butterfly receiving a few rays of hope and encouragement, for its eventual return flight to Mexico...

Resilient because they fly all the way from North East America to Mexico to spend the winter, one of the more amazing flights considering their low mass!

unverwüstlich -- That sounds like it would fit.
Because these butterflies certainly do have a resilient nature/character





Aug 17, 2007 12:17 AM

just counting

just counting

--image--

Aug 17, 2007 12:17 AM

pay no attention to the man behind the camera

pay no attention to the man behind the camera

--image--

Aug 17, 2007 12:17 AM

sea monster

sea monster

--image--

I've just seen a face...

www.youtube.com/watch?v=cC8i0ypy4s4




Aug 16, 2007 12:00 PM

Wood Duck

Wood Duck

--image--

After water skiing on the Youghiogheny River Lake, I was able to film this Wood Duck at the dock, near the Mason Dixon Line between Pennsylvania and Maryland.

We were feeding them bread crumbs to keep them near enough for me to get this photo, even though my zoom is only 3x. I've found out that this is an adult male in non-breeding plumage, in other words, not as spectacular as with the colourful plumage one would see in the spring or early summer.

"WOOD DUCK (Aix sponsa, genus name aix from Greek, a water bird; species name sponsa, Latin, a betrothed in reference to its exquisite plumage, the phrase signifies "waterfowl in wedding raiments" as though it were arrayed for a marriage. "Wood" refers to its preferred habitat.)"





Aug 16, 2007 8:13 AM

You Tube

You Tube

--image--

Aug 15, 2007 9:44 PM

Yankee crosses the Mason Dixon Line

Yankee crosses the Mason Dixon Line

--image--

After tossing that rock aside, he decides to go water skiing on the Youghiogheny River Lake, crossing the Mason Dixon Line between Pennsylvania and Maryland

www.lrp.usace.army.mil/rec/lakes/youghiog.htm

way down south -- in Dixie!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdj8CQEvUqg




Aug 15, 2007 11:00 AM

Hercules waiting for his replacement

Hercules waiting for his replacement

--image--

Camel Rock, Roaring Run trail and stream.

http://www.roaringrun.org/trail.html





Aug 15, 2007 1:59 AM

everything's goin' my way

everything's goin' my way

--image--

www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DdUlvZqUrI

Roaring Run
www.roaringrun.org/trail.html





Aug 15, 2007 1:59 AM

Oh What a Beautiful Day

Oh What a Beautiful Day

--image--

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gje6Z-wmT1w


Roaring Run
www.roaringrun.org/trail.html





Aug 14, 2007 9:51 AM

Oh What A Beautiful Morning

Oh What A Beautiful Morning

--image--

On my beautiful bicycle ride on Sunday, I saw this
corn field stretching out into the distance, and
arrayed in a way that made it easier to photograph.
Many fields are too flat for me to make a suitable
composition.

(song from the musical 'Oklahoma' sung by Gordon
Macrae):
www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwiFqjyBJ2o




Aug 13, 2007 9:38 PM

Roaring Run

Roaring Run

--image--

www.roaringrun.org/trail.html

A wonderful forest with roaring rapids and a bike trail along the way!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8hgZykQADI




Aug 13, 2007 8:48 AM

couple

couple

--image--

Aug 12, 2007 8:48 PM

early pumpkin

early pumpkin

--image--

www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8eigkwmMEo




Aug 12, 2007 8:48 AM

Monarch !

Monarch !

--image--

A whole wide world in macro.

These two movements of 'Rossini - William Tell overture' always remind me of butterflies, one moment at rest on a flower, the next fluttering around the sky with amazing adroitness speed and control!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=5D5SDGjRidY




Aug 12, 2007 8:48 AM

Bungi !

Bungi !

--image--

The runners send out these tendrils which look to me like bungi chords (sometimes spelled bungee).

My pumpkin is bigger this year than ever before!!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=sG2hGSL345I




Aug 11, 2007 11:44 AM

Pokeberry blossoms

Pokeberry blossoms

--image--

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pokeberry


Check out this funny video:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvlCu1_noTc




Aug 10, 2007 11:39 PM

Aye, aye, Skipper!

Aye, aye, Skipper!

--image--

Taking a bit of Tio's advice, or hint,
backing up just a little, and what to my wondering eyes does appear, but a beautiful bokeh landscape, all covered in yellow, black eyed susan's (or rudbeckia, this shows at least 26 species:)
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudbeckia

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fcly8-RGhgw




Aug 10, 2007 11:39 PM

Somebody

Somebody

--image--


www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKhuSJ-0v4Y




Aug 10, 2007 5:39 PM

Ebony and Ivory

Ebony and Ivory

--image--

My mom's two new kittens.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=sssqBjaTzOU




Aug 10, 2007 5:39 PM

Ebony

Ebony

--image--

Aug 10, 2007 5:39 PM

Ivory

Ivory

--image--

Aug 10, 2007 2:36 AM

missed

missed

--image--

Aug 10, 2007 2:36 AM

fishin'

fishin'

--image--

Aug 9, 2007 11:36 PM

My Way

My Way

--image--

That's how I did it.

I sang this song once, in front of a studio audience in Hollywood, for the taping of the show
Married with Children.

There was a pause, a break in the taping of the show, and they asked the studio audience if anyone wanted to sing something, in order to keep the audience interested, or at least not bored. So I foolishly volunteered.

I begain to sing, and remembered a verse or two. At first everyone started to cheer, hoot holler and clap.
Then I began to forget the words, and the audience turned, and I got some boos.
So I didn't win the prize, that went to my pal, a good friend, who went with me, I can't remember what he did, perhaps told a joke. What was the prize?
No, it wasn't a date with Christina Applegate, it was a copy of the script for that episode. He won the copy, and he razzed me all the way back :)

But what's more than this, at least, I did it my way!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1tGdoA6mCc

My Way -- by Paul Anka

And now, the end is near;
And so I face the final curtain.
My friend, I'll say it clear,
I'll state my case, of which I'm certain.

I've lived a life that's full.
I've traveled each and every highway;
And more, much more than this,
I did it my way.

Regrets, I've had a few;
But then again, too few to mention.
I did what I had to do
And saw it through without exemption.

I planned each charted course;
Each careful step along the byway,
But more, much more than this,
I did it my way.

Yes, there were times, I'm sure you knew
When I bit off more than I could chew.
But through it all, when there was doubt,
I ate it up and spit it out.
I faced it all and I stood tall;
And did it my way.

I've loved, I've laughed and cried.
I've had my fill; my share of losing.
And now, as tears subside,
I find it all so amusing.

To think I did all that;
And may I say - not in a shy way,
No, oh no not me,
I did it my way.

For what is a man, what has he got?
If not himself, then he has naught.
To say the things he truly feels;
And not the words of one who kneels.
The record shows I took the blows -



Aug 9, 2007 11:36 PM

film Grain

film Grain

--image--

Aug 9, 2007 11:36 AM

hummingbird silhouette

hummingbird silhouette

--image--

this is an older image.
I was at work today, wondering if I could find a way to post an image.
Even though my work place does not allow flickr.com
I can email images to my account, but only from my yahoo email.





Aug 8, 2007 8:25 PM

bee preening!

bee preening!

--image--

Aug 8, 2007 8:25 PM

dab_mr_punky

dab_mr_punky

--image--

This is myself and Mr. Punky Kitten
when he was a kitten.

My mom just got two new kittens to keep her company.
That's so great!
My daughter is in love with them.
Their photo will probably be here soon.
But to compare, I offer this photo of myself and our cat Mr. Punky



Aug 7, 2007 7:13 PM

Magic Mushroom

Magic Mushroom

--image--

www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqOKvonLrH8

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Am_the_Walrus

"Sitting in an English garden waiting for the sun
If the sun don't come
You get a tan from standing in the English rain
I am the eggman, they are the eggmen
I am the walrus, goo goo goo joob goo goo goo goo joob"


Notice at the end of the video, the photographer is taking pictures!


Caroline thought I was into mushroom photos lately! Yes. Because they are interesting, and I am beginning to see them everywhere.





Aug 7, 2007 9:04 AM

I'm down

I'm down

--image--

How can you laugh, when you know I'm down
www.youtube.com/watch?v=tt1sN8AGBuw

I injured my ankle playing Ultimate Frisbee last night,
and it is very difficult to walk right now!






Aug 5, 2007 11:39 AM

Mushroom Forest

Mushroom Forest

--image--

This mushroom forest was seen on the side of Twin Oaks lane. A lane so quiet and hardly every used, I could lie down on the road for quite some time, with no traffic! Just me and the birds :) (and the trolls)





Aug 4, 2007 11:26 AM

morning glow

morning glow

--image--

It rained last night, and the sun is shining again this morning!





Aug 3, 2007 9:41 PM

dragonfly

dragonfly

--image--

www.westol.com/%7Ebanding/index.htm

I was finally pleased to meet Bob Mulvihill of the Powdermill Avian Research Center. He graciously let me and my friends look around the lake and the bird banding facilities! Very impressive. This is basically what I saw:

www.westol.com/%7Ebanding/NET_LANE_MAP_TOUR.htm




Aug 2, 2007 12:25 AM

This is the way it should bee

This is the way it should bee

--image--

Paul McCartney -- "This Never Happened Before"
from the movie: "The Lake House"

www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2_hV-s18XM

"I'm very sure, this never happened to me before
I met you and now I'm sure
This never happened before

Now I see, this is the way it's supposed to be
I met you and now I see
This is the way it should be

This is the way it should be, for lovers
They shouldn't go it alone
It's not so good when your on your own

So come to me, now we can be what we want to be
I love you and now I see
This is the way it should be



Aug 2, 2007 12:25 AM

honey bee in action!

honey bee in action!

--image--

It was glorious to lie there beneath the dozens of working honey bees, snapping picture after picture! What fun!

Mother Nature's Son -- that's me.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqUnbZiYDF4




Aug 2, 2007 12:25 AM

Honey bee rage

Honey bee rage

--image--

I'll sting you, my pretty, and your little dog too!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ywg-PdeGVL0

I got lucky and got a shot of the honey bee from below!

There are more honey bees than I've ever seen before!!!





Aug 1, 2007 9:25 PM

bees - a - plentiful

bees - a - plentiful

--image--

This bee and many many more bees and other insects
are swarming on my herb blossoms and zinnias.
Whatever the hypothesis is about a decline in bees, I am extremely
skeptical of the media reporting concerning the reports.

It is my impression that there is no real decline in bees. Sorry to
put a dent in everyone's gloom and doom beliefs, but I am an eternal
optimist, and I believe the earth is in great shape and is fully
capable of taking care of itself. I love fauna and flora and of course
am in favor of a green world. And I am optimistic about the prospects
of a green future!

Here are a few interesting articles on the subject:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colony_Collapse_Disorder

www.tigersandstrawberries.com/2007/05/29/concerning-bees-...

''Written by Douglas Yanega, an entomologist from the University of
California, Riverside, who has been maintaining the Wikipedia page on
the subject of CCD, the overview is succinct, and highly skeptical of
the idea that this particular bee die-off is as apocalyptic as most of
the major news media is making it out to be.

''Yanega says, "… there's no reason at this point to think European
honey bees are going to be wiped out, now or ever. The die-offs so far
appear to affect some beekeepers more than others, sometimes in the
same area. That's one reason scientists are so puzzled, but it
strongly suggests the losses may have something to do with how
individual beekeepers are managing their bees. The "significant
percentage" of failing hives is still a drop in the bucket when viewed
against the global population of honey bees, and there are lots of
beekeepers (even in the U.S., which appears hardest hit) who have not
had, and may never have, significant losses of colonies. Plenty of
honey bees remain to replace the ones that have died. It's not yet
time to scream that the sky is falling."

''So there we are: the sky isn't really falling, every honeybee in the
world isn't going to die tomorrow, and we humans are probably not
going to starve to death within four years.''

one more:
www.classicalvalues.com/archives/2007/04/media_bee_lying....



Aug 1, 2007 6:25 PM

the sky is NOT falling

the sky is NOT falling

--image--

I've been trying to upload this photo of a wasp for 2 days, I hope it doesn't show up 3 times ...

This wasp and many more insects, including lots and lots and lots of
bees, are swarming on this bunch of herb blossoms. Some form of mint,
I'm not sure the exact species, but they really like this plant.
Whatever the hypothesis is about a decline in bees, I am extremely
skeptical of the media reporting concerning the reports.

It is my impression that there is no real decline in bees. Sorry to
put a dent in everyone's gloom and doom beliefs, but I am an eternal
optimist, and I believe the earth is in great shape and is fully
capable of taking care of itself. I love fauna and flora and of course
am in favor of a green world. And I am optimistic about the prospects
of a green future!

Here are a few interesting articles on the subject:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colony_Collapse_Disorder

www.tigersandstrawberries.com/2007/05/29/concerning-bees-...

''Written by Douglas Yanega, an entomologist from the University of
California, Riverside, who has been maintaining the Wikipedia page on
the subject of CCD, the overview is succinct, and highly skeptical of
the idea that this particular bee die-off is as apocalyptic as most of
the major news media is making it out to be.

''Yanega says, "… there's no reason at this point to think European
honey bees are going to be wiped out, now or ever. The die-offs so far
appear to affect some beekeepers more than others, sometimes in the
same area. That's one reason scientists are so puzzled, but it
strongly suggests the losses may have something to do with how
individual beekeepers are managing their bees. The "significant
percentage" of failing hives is still a drop in the bucket when viewed
against the global population of honey bees, and there are lots of
beekeepers (even in the U.S., which appears hardest hit) who have not
had, and may never have, significant losses of colonies. Plenty of
honey bees remain to replace the ones that have died. It's not yet
time to scream that the sky is falling."

''So there we are: the sky isn't really falling, every honeybee in the
world isn't going to die tomorrow, and we humans are probably not
going to starve to death within four years.''

one more:
www.classicalvalues.com/archives/2007/04/media_bee_lying....



Jul 31, 2007 11:49 PM

pole bean tee-pee

pole bean tee-pee

--image--

I can't wait to start eating these fresh, scrumptious beans!!!



Jul 31, 2007 8:48 AM

Pole bean blossom and zinnia

Pole bean blossom and zinnia

--image--

Jul 30, 2007 11:48 PM

a game of chicken

a game of chicken

--image--

who will win, the bicyclist or the train engine?





Jul 29, 2007 11:14 PM

trapped

trapped

--image--

Jul 29, 2007 11:13 AM

360 degrees on a bike

360 degrees on a bike

--image--

"Carnegie Science Center" Pittsburgh "Sports Works" 360 bicycle





Jul 29, 2007 11:13 AM

Underwater Explorer

Underwater Explorer

--image--

Jul 28, 2007 11:12 PM

toy train village

toy train village

--image--

toy train village at the Carnegie Science Center, Pittsburgh





Jul 28, 2007 11:12 PM

up periscope

up periscope

--image--

up periscope (actually the exit hatch) aboard the submarine "U.S.S. Requim", permanently docked at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh





Jul 28, 2007 11:12 PM

helm

helm

--image--

aboard the submarine "U.S.S. Requim" at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh.
These colours were this way because they had coloured lights set up to illuminate :)





Jul 28, 2007 11:12 PM

bored

bored

--image--

she would rather go in to the building where all the really cool techno-whiz-bang-cool science fun games and gadgets are!




Jul 28, 2007 11:12 PM

torpedo tubes

torpedo tubes

--image--

aboard the submarine "U.S.S. Requim" at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh
www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsQ3mm0Tm08




Jul 28, 2007 11:12 PM

U.S.S. Requim

U.S.S. Requim

--image--

An old submarine on display at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh





Jul 28, 2007 2:12 PM

fibonacci spiral

fibonacci spiral

--image--

1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, and so on.





Jul 27, 2007 8:11 PM

preparing for take-off

preparing for take-off

--image--

Jul 27, 2007 12:25 AM

cosmos

cosmos

--image--

Across the Universe...

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rj-4t9drUlM

It was the magic hour...
The sun was off in the distance well behind my subject...
The wind was blowing...
But the actor was determined and steady...
To gain a shot, the background must be dark, he thought...
And the illumination 'through' the flower was paramount...
And it was done...
And it was good...
cosmos around the world on flickr,
and who knows,



Jul 25, 2007 7:59 PM

Mr. Bean

Mr. Bean

--image--

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Bean

Mr. Bean's Holiday
www.beansholiday.com/

These little beans are very small right now,
but in a week I will be eating them.

Thanks again Gundi for reminding me to plant them !

... er... hem... this is the deliberate, technical, thinking shot...



Jul 25, 2007 7:59 PM

Tiger Swallowtail on my zinnia

Tiger Swallowtail on my zinnia

--image--

The funny thing about this photo is.. I went out to photograph my beans, and did so, but on the way back in, I saw this delightful fellow, and couldn't resist, and took only 3 quick shots. So I feel kind of bad that this quick non-technical, non-deliberate, non-thinking shot earns all the approval (thanks Tio and all), but hey, I guess lots of evening (magic hour) sunshine, and a beautiful subject will get ya all every time :)
Oh, and I only took this shot about 5 minutes ago.





Jul 25, 2007 10:32 AM

Ford every stream

Ford every stream

--image--

The Allegheny River, at Harrison Hills Park.
To get there I climbed down a very steep ridge.
Climbing back up this ridge was a challenge!

Take a look at this map:
maps.google.com/maps/ms?msa=0&ll=40.652774,-79.691648...

You can see by the dark area along the river, how steep this must be.
Hey, this is the ridge I almost fell off of last winter!

--
Climb every mountain,
Ford every stream,
Follow every rainbow,



Jul 25, 2007 1:32 AM

old man of the woods

old man of the woods

--image--

The old man of the woods reached his frothy arms way high to the sky
They say I am a white oak, but at my age I feel more like gray
He stretched so high above the highest competitor of the canopy
And halfway down, illuminated greenery surrounded his pealing fray

When I grew up, there was a small lane, called Twin Oaks Lane.
Twas a very secluded lane rarely traveled
of course I used to ride my bicycle there whenever I could

Certain parts of the hilly lane were lined with Pennsylvania mountain
laurel, way up on the steeply inclined ridges on the left
On the right was a beautiful little stream stretching off into the
deep dark woods. So many birds and so much fauna and flora
climbed over my head and around my way -- the sights and sounds
brought secluded joy to my young heart.

Twin Oaks Lane led to a park, beyond tree lined meandering section,
just adjacent to a field, a farm, a different habitat.
The park was a wondrous destination, a place to ride to, a place to
stop and hike and see the various sights. One section was covered
with a whole set of pine trees, I'm told were planted in the 1930's.

Eventually, when I was just this youngster yet, but beyond the teen
age years, by a single year, I met another, who's heart was enthralled
by nature. But that is a whole other story.

My glorious white oak tree, I've seen you yet again.
Stand ever so tall for me, don't abandon me.

www.westmorelandconservancy.org
I'm a member of this organization, also on the board.
We are trying to acquire the land where this particular white oak tree stands.
I took a stroll in these lovely woods. And this photo is my keepsake.





Jul 24, 2007 10:30 AM

Yearning to be free

Yearning to be free

--image--

Travel to new places can be beautiful.

Around 1981, when I was 22 years young, I went with a friend to
Europe. He was originally from Romania, and so we went there too. At
the time they were behind the iron curtain. We arrived at the border
after a pleasant trip through Hungary at around Midnight. They
detained us there at the border for about 3 hours, prior to finally
accepting our previously obtained visas and letting us proceed into
the country. For a young fellow like myself, at the time, it was a
really scary experience, but one that I would not have passed up. Most
of those long hours I spent in the car, alone, waiting, and wondering
what the heck kind of dilemma we had driven ourselves into. Most of
that time my companion, Simon, was not in the car with me, although he
would return occasionally to grab something out of his backpack. Most
of the time he was in the station doing his 'wheeling and dealing' and
whatever else he had to do to get us in. I found out afterwards, that
in communist countries, you have to grease the wheel to get anything
done. Apparently bribery was not frowned upon as heavily as it was
and is in our country. He had to bribe the border guards into letting
us in. I don't recall what all he gave them, but I do remember that
one item was a nice pen that had an LCD clock built into it.
Apparently they had never seen anything quite like that before, and
apparently he came prepared for this eventuality. He was older and
wiser than I. The other truly frightening aspect was that we could
actually literally see the huge fence that was the border. It was just
as you see in those movies, with huge towers with armed guards on top
of them. Of course one knew that under normal circumstances they would
not bother you, but still one would get the chilling sense of
foreboding that this was not the kind of situation one would like to
encounter too often. Try to imagine how intimidating this would be, to
see these guards with their machine guns in person, and to be detained
in the wee hours of the night for such a long period of time.

The country itself was quite charming, once we got in. And there were
plenty of beautiful natural scenes which I did enjoy at the time. But
what about the beauty of the one story I recall the most. At the time
I might not have considered that particular part of the trip to be
full of glory. But today I would characterize this as a great travel
experience because it makes a great story, and for that reason I
suppose I have remembered it best. So one does not always see the
beauty at the time one encounters it. It may take hindsight to ascribe
it as such.

There are a few other stories of Romania which comes back vividly to
my mind. Traveling with a companion who is from the country you are
visiting certainly has its advantages, you see and hear things you
wouldn't normally experience otherwise. I was told by Simon and all of
his former pals, back in his hometown of Timisoara, that in Communist
countries, the biggest problem for many of the people was boredom.
Communism did indeed provide for most people, but limited most. So it
wasn't strictly survival that was the problem. There was little
ownership, so everyone was either on a farm or in an apartment. There
existed little incentive to do better, because there was no reward for
it. They all thought that the most wonderful thing of all about
America is capitalism. It was refreshing to hear them say that. They
all envied us because of our liberties. They envied our opportunities
to work and be rewarded for that work. This is one other reason, they
told me, why people drink so much under that political system, because
if there is no incentive, and there is depression and the like. There
also was no environmentalism because there was no wealth, and thus the
environment in those countries is in much worse shape than our own.

Then there was the lost weekend. This story also happened in the
country of Romania on the same trip. My friend Simon went to visit an
old friend to reminisce, and left me with a friend of his who did not
speak English. So his friend wants to show off his local town to the
'American'. He didn't speak much English. And of course I didn't
speak any Romanian. We ended up buying a bottle of vodka, went to a
college and ended up in a girl's dorm. After finishing off the bottle
the next thing I knew is we awoke in the dorm with the headmistress
screaming at us and we high tailed it out of there. Nothing happened.
That's it in a nutshell. Nothing to be proud of but quite humourous.
I was quite naive and went wherever I was lead. Simon's friend was
obviously having fun with the naive American. Simon of course was
worried sick because we were supposed to meet later that night, not
the next day. I had the car. He told me he imagined I was locked up
in some prison somewhere being interrogated by the communists. Does
this story have quite the 'beauty'? It may not be fraught with beauty,
but the story itself is quite interesting.

I find myself longing to go back to Europe again. Shall it be this
year, or perhaps next?
A flickr friend has started an interesting group, a great idea, for
flickr friends to meet up at some prescribed time in the future. I
can't access flickr right now (I'll correct this tonight at home, I
send this via email), but the group is called something like 'flickr
meetup Berlin 2008'. In the mean time, or when you think of it, you
can search for the group.



Jul 24, 2007 1:30 AM

guess what I am...

guess what I am...

--image--

Several correct answers: a Railroad Track with very shiny reflections.
See below for another view...

The trains run every day, filled with -- dirty, sooty coal, yuk.
I vote we find multiple other forms of energy.






Jul 23, 2007 10:30 PM

it took too long

it took too long

--image--

.. for me to post this photo :)
how could I resist depriving you of this beauty...?

www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqpA5Acc8-c

.. you're not livin' 'till you're livin'





Jul 23, 2007 11:15 AM

Glistening atop the hood of my car

Glistening atop the hood of my car

--image--

Glistening atop the hood of my car,
raindrops and sparkles seen from afar.
A yellow contrasted to dark blue I see,



Jul 22, 2007 11:12 PM

nature surrounds

nature surrounds

--image--

Listen to the dawn chorus,
as early birds sing their song,
sung perhaps not just for us,
yet believed as we belong.

And I perceive not randomness,
but music to my ears,
I hear an oral symphony,
methinks pure thought appears.

Nature enchants with her delightful qualities
Those particular characteristics that attract
A breezy inexplicable magical charm
Mischieviously woven yet inexact.



Jul 22, 2007 2:12 PM

Bumble Bee

Bumble Bee

--image--

Jul 21, 2007 8:12 PM

Sphinx Moth

Sphinx Moth

--image--

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sphinx_Moth

Sphinx Moth, or Hawk Moth.
Some think this is a hummingbird because of the similar hovering, size and shape, but it is not a bird at all!




Jul 21, 2007 8:12 AM

a game of tag

a game of tag

--image--

a game of tag
what fun to behold
running in sand
delight will unfold

sand spraying
toes flaying

wowing, wrangling, wrenching, wrestling, wriggling, writhing,
yawing, yearning, yielding, yipping, yowling,
zapping, zinging, zipping, zoning, zooming



Jul 20, 2007 11:12 PM

Open Up

Open Up

--image--

Jul 19, 2007 11:11 PM

Holy bicycles Batman, javadoug is faster than the batmobile!

Holy bicycles Batman, javadoug is faster than the batmobile!

--image--

members.tripod.com/~AdamWest/rob.htm

This is a self-image, I set the timer on the camera, ran to the bike, and smiled.





Jul 19, 2007 2:11 PM

obligatory 'me at the beach'

obligatory 'me at the beach'

--image--

Jul 19, 2007 1:54 AM

lay an egg

lay an egg

--image--

4 or 5 years ago Ocean City was covered with these bird sculptures. And somewhere I have many photos of my daughter posed next to them. She was the one who remembered. But she won't let me fetch the old photos and post them. This year this funny fellow was the only one I could



Jul 18, 2007 12:48 AM

End of a beautiful day!

End of a beautiful day!

--image--

I was honored to show Benno Moreth around the north east corner of
Allegheny County today. Benno was here on a business trip from Germany to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA for a week. He is also an avid birder, like myself.

We started at Harrison Hills Park in the north east corner of Allegheny County. Benno seemed to be impressed that I was able to identify many birds by ear, he wouldn't mark down the ones I observed that way, but he still was able to get quite a few himself. We started around noon, and he
observed other birds on the west side of Pittsburgh in the morning, before he met me out east.

This is my list (from memory, I also enter these into the PA breeding bird atlas project):

Harrison Hills Park:
Observations for Freeport 5 (58C15)

Red-tailed Hawk
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Acadian Flycatcher
White-eyed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
Tufted Titmouse
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Hooded Warbler
Scarlet Tanager
Eastern Towhee
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting

Then I drove us around to the Lower Burrell side of the Allegheny
River, next to Jack's Island, and we observed:
Observations for New Kensington Eas 1 (58D11)

Cedar Waxwings -- many, many eating what I believe were a swarm of mayflies.
It was a wondrous sight! near us and over across at the island.
Mallard
Herring Gull (that's what we thought they were, at least 3)
Killdeer
Spotted Sandpiper
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Bank Swallow
Tree Swallow
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle

It truly was a beautiful day!
This photo from Ocean City shows the end of another recent beautiful day.





Jul 17, 2007 6:48 PM

Nights in White Satin

Nights in White Satin

--image--

www.youtube.com/watch?v=9muzyOd4Lh8

Moody Blues -- Nights in White Satin
"Nights in white satin,
Never reaching the end,
Letters I've written,
Never meaning to send.

Beauty I'd always missed
With these eyes before,
Just what the truth is
I can't say anymore.

cause I love you,
Yes, I love you,
Oh, how, I love you.

Gazing at people,
Some hand in hand,
Just what I'm going through
They can understand.

Some try to tell me
Thoughts they cannot defend,
Just what you want to be
You will be in the end,

And I love you,
Yes, I love you,
Oh, how, I love you.
Oh, how, I love you.

Nights in white satin,
Never reaching the end,
Letters I've written,
Never meaning to send.

Beauty I'd always missed
With these eyes before,
Just what the truth is
I can't say anymore.

cause I love you,
Yes, I love you,
Oh, how, I love you.
Oh, how, I love you.

cause I love you,
Yes, I love you,
Oh, how, I love you.



Jul 17, 2007 12:47 PM

Hey, dude, where's my car?

Hey, dude, where's my car?

--image--

I thought I left my car out here somewhere...





Jul 17, 2007 12:47 PM

A perfect day at the beach continues...

A perfect day at the beach continues...

--image--

A few umbrellas
add to the day
we wouldn't want to get sunburned, would we?





Jul 17, 2007 9:24 AM

A beautiful day at the beach begins

A beautiful day at the beach begins

--image--

A beautiful day at the beach begins
Ready to relax...
Not I --
I am not idle
I am on my bike with camera in hand
Ready to snap another image
Whosoever left these reclining chairs
gave me a cool opportunity
to capture the light shining through



Jul 17, 2007 3:05 AM

me and Mr. Weiner

me and Mr. Weiner

--image--

homecooking.about.com/od/foodhistory/a/hotdoghistory.htm




Jul 17, 2007 3:05 AM

Flyin' High

Flyin' High

--image--

Sea for Yourself!

This art work collage was created by my tenant of my trip to Ocean City. I'm told that in Gaithersburg (near Washington D. C.) is his "gallery"...basically a 3 car garage where everything in it is collaged...everything! The floors, the walls, the stairs, trunks, tables, mannequins, the ceiling...it's like one huge cartoon!





Jul 17, 2007 12:04 AM

Ocean City Mailbox

Ocean City Mailbox

--image--

This is from the creator of the mailbox art (Susan)

"Also, not that this is important but I, not Steve, did the mailbox.....I had quite a bit of fun doing it...and I notice that someone mentioned that they thought the shells were from Florida and not OC...we'll some of them are from Florida...also Texas, Louisiana, California, Hawaii, Georgia, South and North Carolina, Virginia, St. John, Tortolla and Figi...oh and yes, even OC!.....I am an avid shell collector and I have many, many more....always looking for a great way to display them and this fit the bill perfectly!"





Jul 17, 2007 12:04 AM

Mysteries of the Mind

Mysteries of the Mind

--image--

This art work collage was created by my tenant of my trip to Ocean City. I'm told that in Gaithersburg (near Washington D. C.) his "gallery"...basically a 3 car garage where everything in it is collaged...everything! The floors, the walls, the stairs, trunks, tables, mannequins, the ceiling...it's like on huge cartoon!





Jul 16, 2007 2:51 PM

javadoug

javadoug

--image--

Flickr has given me a present.
Yesterday my latest picture to make it into 'explorer interestingnessness'
was my monarch butterfly :)
Thank you to the flickr community, you all have given me this present.

So I took the image generated by bug huge labs scout, and compressed
it down a little so that the pictures are closer together, and
sharpened a bit.

Does anyone wish to hazard a guess at this number?
Hints:
Let's call my age 'x'.
The square root of my age is a whole integer, call it 'y'.
y * y = x
'y' is a prime number.
An infinitude of prime numbers exists, as demonstrated by Euclid in
about 300 B.C.
I am an adult less than 121 years old.
'y' is not a Fibonacci number.
... determine 'x'

--
Climb every mountain,
Ford every stream,
Follow every rainbow,
'Till you find your dream

http://www.flickr.com/photos/javadoug/





Jul 16, 2007 11:15 AM

Goofy Goober

Goofy Goober

--image--

My daughter draws a picture of me in the sand.
A little like me and a little like Sponge Bob Square Pants.

:-))

"Oh I'm a goofy goober yeah
You're a goofy goober yeah
Were all goofy goobers yeah



Jul 15, 2007 11:14 PM

First Monarch Butterfly and Zinnia

First Monarch Butterfly and Zinnia

--image--

Jul 15, 2007 8:13 AM

Great Egret of Assateague

Great Egret of Assateague

--image--

At least I think it is a Great Egret, anyone have a better idea?



Jul 13, 2007 9:07 PM

Assateague and Chincoteague tour

Assateague and Chincoteague tour

--image--

We took a local boat tour of Assateague and Chincoteague Islands.





Jul 13, 2007 3:07 PM

mini-clams in sea shell, reaching

mini-clams in sea shell, reaching

--image--

My daughter and I went to the beach on Assateague Island, there we
occupied our time digging in the sand each time the water retreated
from a wave -- our bounty was lots of little mini-clams, alive! We
placed them in a small clam shell, filled with ocean water, and this
photo reveals their beauty as they reach for food.

Not to worry, ff course she made sure we placed them back into the sea
when we were done.

"After a 1933 Hurricane opened an inlet at Ocean City, Maryland a
jetty was built to protect the inlet. The jetty interfered with the
longshore transport of sand causing the north end of Assateague Island
to migrate toward shore. Today, the surf zone of Assateague Island is
landward of the island's 1933 lagoon shoreline. Note the serrated
pattern of cusps on the beach front in the lower part of the
photograph."
http://www.earthscienceworld.org
http://photo.agiweb.org/utils/showimage.php?ID=hszwz8




Jul 13, 2007 12:06 AM

javadoug hacks the batmobile

javadoug hacks the batmobile

--image--

Here I am hacking into the batmobile at Ocean Gallery





Jul 12, 2007 9:06 PM

All Are Welcome

All Are Welcome

--image--

This fabulous sculpture in sand by Randy Hofman looked all the more spectacular at night. This is the scene of the last supper with Jesus in the center.
www.oceancity.com/articles/article.php/a_id/78
randyhofman.com/





Jul 12, 2007 11:54 AM

Assateague Pony

Assateague Pony

--image--

A male wild pony on the island of Assateague. This one was attacking
another male as perhaps his way to protect his mares from a
competitor. It was quite exciting, and a bit intimidating as I was
trying to photograph the whole thing, they both ran quite close to me
in their attempts to intimidate each other.

www.assateagueisland.com/
www.nps.gov/asis/





Jul 11, 2007 11:46 PM

Ocean City 100

Ocean City 100

--image--

I'm back from vacation, so I thought I'd upload every single photo all in one (don't worry, I'll agonize over the best later :)

Part of the trip was the visiting of the wild ponies of Assateague island. One of the male ponies was attacking another male as perhaps his way to protect his mares from a competitor. It was quite exciting, and a bit intimidating as I was trying to photograph the whole thing, they both ran quite close to me in their attempts to intimidate each other.

www.assateagueisland.com/
www.nps.gov/asis/

www.oceancity.com/articles/article.php/a_id/78
randyhofman.com/





Jul 6, 2007 10:44 AM

OceanCity, Md

OceanCity, Md

--image--

Today begins my vacation at the beach!
auf Wiedersehen
adiós
adeus
ciao
au revoir

Some of the pictures from last year are here:
javadoug.googlepages.com/pics2006.html




Jul 5, 2007 10:15 PM

sprites as inspiration

sprites as inspiration

--image--

writing and drawing, the creative process,



Jul 5, 2007 10:13 AM

Orange Cosmos

Orange Cosmos

--image--

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmos_sulphureus




Jul 4, 2007 10:13 PM

Independence!

Independence!

--image--

Liberty, individuality, and independence from government to everyone!





Jul 2, 2007 9:27 AM

Sweet Basil

Sweet Basil

--image--

Jul 1, 2007 12:27 PM

almost an oil painting

almost an oil painting

--image--

I saw the sun shining through this leaf, and took many photos placing focus on multiple spots. All of the other images seemed to be perfectly focused, but this one, with focus on one blade only, seemed to be the most interesting. With this, I did agonize over the various pictures, and was attempting to think about what I was really trying to






Jun 30, 2007 9:22 AM

Oxalis, Wood Sorrel

Oxalis, Wood Sorrel

--image--

My composition consists of Oxalis, Wood Sorrel, surrounded by fallen pansy pedals, and a few clover flower blossoms with grass.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxalis

Shooting tip :) a-la Tio (: abscond with pedals from your flower garden, scatter them in the grass in the early morning dew; also pick some wood sorrel and place them delicately behind the pedals, so as not to cause too much dew to roll away, place a few clover blossoms in the mix; grab a bicycle helmet and place it on the ground to not only keep your camera from getting wet from the dew, but to use as a quasi-tri-pod; place the black bottom of a back-pack behind the composition to give nice contrast; snap away with different settings; then agonize over which image to post on flickr ;-))

@qt flickr: Then put the helmet on and get a dewy head! -- Yes! LOL





Jun 29, 2007 9:40 PM

Future trumpets, bring forth your splendor

Future trumpets, bring forth your splendor

--image--

future trumpets, come forth, you are on your way
come show your colours, for us, now is your day
night time is for black and white and shades of gray



Jun 27, 2007 8:15 PM

Wee ditty: Tarry not, come hither

Wee ditty: Tarry not, come hither

--image--

Wee ditty: Tarry not, come hither
Douglas A. Bauman

Although I tarry haste, I shall come hither,
Do not parry chase, lest ye go thither.
If thou pour a life in one direction,
Then thou lose a chance at fresh convection.
If thou hear my words, spend little labor,
Words of praise speak not, but gentle favor.
Bare the thoughts your eyes can never hide,
Hear your soul and ride the rushing tide.
For you have never, been so clever,



Jun 26, 2007 11:10 PM

Trumpet vine

Trumpet vine

--image--

Jun 26, 2007 12:38 AM

Juggler's blues

Juggler's blues

--image--

There's rhythm in the air tonight, I can feel it in my bones,
I had certain kind of feeling, a need to gather stones,
I knew I'd find a few, but I never knew the thrill,
as the balls shuffled and rounded always without spill
So baby, here's my ticket, to juggle with my hands
Here's a little fun right now, I hope it isn't bland
You be cool for twenty minutes, your wish is my command

It's not magic or a slight of hand,
nor a clever silly trick,
It's the nature of the business,
It's the juggler's blues
Juggler's blues

(I wrote this version of the lyrics myself,
it goes to the music of Smuggler's Blues by Glenn Frey)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAkq1OezI6g&mode=related&...

Thanks to Panta Rhei for the inspiration (and far superior poetry)
www.flickr.com/photos/panta/523320577/




Jun 26, 2007 12:38 AM

one pink in the middle

one pink in the middle

--image--

one pink Bachelor's button in the middle, surrounded by mostly blue.

Dedicated to all the flickr friends who decide to stay.

I'm using love of nature and colour in my attempt to be optimistic.





Jun 24, 2007 8:12 AM

Chestnut blossoms

Chestnut blossoms

--image--

Chinese Chestnut tree near my home with bee. My daughter and I think these smell wonderful.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_chestnut

There also exists American Chestnut in our woods, but not too many because of the blight:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_chestnut

I rode my bicycle by a few small growing American chestnut trees yesterday, I can see where they may have been proud giants at one time.



Jun 22, 2007 5:23 PM

Bachelor's button

Bachelor's button

--image--

The Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus) also known as Bachelor's button, Basket flower, and Boutonniere flower is a small annual flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, native to Europe.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornflower




Jun 22, 2007 5:23 PM

yellow on blue

yellow on blue

--image--

Jun 20, 2007 6:38 PM

Frazzled

Frazzled

--image--

I'm frazzled because of the censorship issue. (zerfetzt)
Here's my show of solidarity for my flickr friends who have gone gray.
(this is just a few of them)
www.flickr.com/photos/73339697@N00/562035185/
www.flickr.com/photos/artemisia_owl/553719130/
www.flickr.com/photos/panta/553931317/

This was created with ImageMagik

www.imagemagick.org/





Jun 19, 2007 10:19 AM

Gaillardia

Gaillardia

--image--

Gaillardia (Blanket flower) is a genus of drought-tolerant annual and perennial plants from the sunflower family (Asteraceae), native to North America. It was named after M. Gaillard de Charentonneau, an 18th-century French magistrate who was a patron of botany. The common name refers to the inflorescence's resemblance to brightly patterned blankets made by native Americans.

Die Kokardenblume, auch Papageienblume oder Malerblume, gehört zur Familie der Korbblütengewächse (Asteraceae).

Es sind einjährige oder mehrjährige krautige Pflanzen. Die Blütezeit ist von Anfang Juni bis Oktober.




Jun 18, 2007 8:36 AM

On your mark, get ready, get set, GO!

On your mark, get ready, get set, GO!

--image--

Get ready for the long run of this Pumpkin plant.
They stretch their leaves, stems and tendrils into my yard.
The seeds remained from the pumpkin from last year,
for several years now they have regenerated.
Within weeks, it will be halfway across the yard,
with large yellow blossoms appearing every morning.
Reaching, for the sun.
So green.

friends, please tell me if this translation is close :)
Bereiten Sie sich für den langen Lauf von dieser Kürbis Pflanze vor.
Sie strecken ihre Blätter, Stämme und Ranken in meinen Hof aus.
Die Samen sind vom Kürbis von letztem Jahr geblieben.
Sie haben für mehrere Jahre jetzt erneuert.
Innerhalb Wochen wird es halbwegs über den Hof,
mit großen gelben Blüten erscheinend jeden Morgen sein.
Erreichen, für die Sonne.



Jun 17, 2007 12:14 PM

Don't leave now...

Don't leave now...

--image--

Dedicated my friends in Germany (and other places affected by this so-called censorship).

Don't leave now.

This is me in the deep dark green woods of Harrison Hills Park, on my bike.

Take heart. How many photos are affected by this ban anyway. You are thinking with your heart, but use your brain.

Please don't go.

As a friend just told me:

"...running away is no solution...."

Chicago -- If you leave me now
www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeY-8F1qsZs

If you leave me now, youll take away the biggest part of me
No baby please dont go
If you leave me now, youll take away the very heart of me
No baby please dont go

A love like ours is love thats hard to find
How could we let it slip away
Weve come too far to leave it all behind
How could we end it all this way
When tomorrow comes well both regret
Things we said today

A love like ours is love thats hard to find
How could we let it slip away
Weve come too far to leave it all behind
How could we end it all this way
When tomorrow comes well both regret
Things we said today

If you leave me now, youll take away the biggest part of me
No baby please dont go
Oh girl, just got to have you by my side

No baby, please dont go

Oh mama, I just got to have your lovin, yeah



Jun 17, 2007 12:14 PM

Moss blossoms

Moss blossoms

--image--

"Harrison Hills Park"
Deep in the woods.
One more lovely thing.
that the hills might show



Jun 16, 2007 5:23 PM

Nutcracker

Nutcracker

--image--

This reminded me of the animated figures in Disney's Fantasia

Perhaps this one, although I'd have to watch again to see.

www.filmsite.org/fant.html

"Cossack/Russian Dance: one thistle with six pink blossoms bursts from the largest bubble, becoming six separate, Russian-looking, mustached, high-kicking thistles. More groups of thistles join the dance, spinning and dancing with groups of orchids that resemble slim-waisted peasant girls with full skirts and quaint headdresses. The pace gets faster and faster until it freezes on a final tableau "

www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3CjBLrazE8
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mi_efzYcXGI




Jun 16, 2007 5:23 PM

Beans stretch their first leaves!

Beans stretch their first leaves!

--image--

Wake up to the world, soon you will be like jack in the beanstalk, and climb the pole I have provided for you...


When I was in High School, it was my assignment to sing this song.
I was just thinking about it the other day, what an inspirational song.
Sometimes life is like this, and we can't ever forget about our most noble dreams...

www.reelclassics.com/Audio_Video/Music7q/manoflamancha_ot...
"The Impossible Dream"
from MAN OF LA MANCHA (1972)
music by Mitch Leigh and lyrics by Joe Darion

To dream the impossible dream
To fight the unbeatable foe
To bear with unbearable sorrow
To run where the brave dare not go

To right the unrightable wrong
To love pure and chaste from afar
To try when your arms are too weary
To reach the unreachable star

This is my quest
To follow that star
No matter how hopeless
No matter how far

To fight for the right
Without question or pause
To be willing to march into Hell
For a heavenly cause

And I know if I'll only be true
To this glorious quest
That my heart will lie peaceful and calm
When I'm laid to my rest

And the world will be better for this
That one man, scorned and covered with scars
Still strove with his last ounce of courage



Jun 16, 2007 2:17 AM

To reach the unreachable star

To reach the unreachable star

--image--

Yucca and Clover -- together again: They looked so good together.

When I was in High School, it was my assignment to sing this song.
I was just thinking about it the other day, what an inspirational song.
Sometimes life is like this, and we can't ever forget about our most noble dreams...

www.reelclassics.com/Audio_Video/Music7q/manoflamancha_ot...
"The Impossible Dream"
from MAN OF LA MANCHA (1972)
music by Mitch Leigh and lyrics by Joe Darion

To dream the impossible dream
To fight the unbeatable foe
To bear with unbearable sorrow
To run where the brave dare not go

To right the unrightable wrong
To love pure and chaste from afar
To try when your arms are too weary
To reach the unreachable star

This is my quest
To follow that star
No matter how hopeless
No matter how far

To fight for the right
Without question or pause
To be willing to march into Hell
For a heavenly cause

And I know if I'll only be true
To this glorious quest
That my heart will lie peaceful and calm
When I'm laid to my rest

And the world will be better for this
That one man, scorned and covered with scars
Still strove with his last ounce of courage



Jun 15, 2007 2:21 AM

Standing tall

Standing tall

--image--

Standing tall
into the sun
reaching for light
yearning for fun

Red and blue
form an array
light and shadows
learning to play

Magnificence frozen
the wind we don't see
three dimensions
its all bokeh to me

edges so sharp
and pedals so thin
hovering bees
filled to the brim

a world filled with giants
standing over my height
they get the spotlight
usurping my light

colours divide
and shadows provide
glory that mystics



Jun 15, 2007 2:21 AM

More pool art by Cara '04

More pool art by Cara '04

--image--

I don't know Cara, but when I see this art on the building at my pool, I am compelled to share it here.

Perhaps one can get to know another by the works they create...





Jun 13, 2007 9:52 PM

bean creature 2

bean creature 2

--image--

I let a bean germinate in a jar of water,
then brought in a few fallen poppy pedals



Jun 13, 2007 9:52 PM

Bean creature 1

Bean creature 1

--image--

Jun 13, 2007 9:52 PM

Americans ALSO against Censorship!!!

Americans ALSO against Censorship!!!

--image--

Net censorship spreads worldwide
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4973114.stm

against censorship

flickr sperrt uns aus! Und auch dich!
Seit gestern werden für deutsche Nutzer keine Bilder mehr angezeigt, die als 'moderate' oder 'restricted' markiert sind! Es gibt keine Moeglichkeit das umzustellen - das ist eine grobe Unverschämtheit und Frechheit von flickr!

In English:
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Jun 13, 2007 2:58 AM

The Woman in Red

The Woman in Red

--image--

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nj_UbqqdrRE

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Woman_in_Red

"I Just Called to Say I Love You" is a song written, produced and performed by Stevie Wonder as part of the soundtrack to the 1984 film The Woman in Red.

No New Year's Day to celebrate
No chocolate covered candy hearts to give away
No first of spring
No song to sing
In fact here's just another ordinary day

No April rain
No flowers bloom
No wedding Saturday within the month of June
But what it is, is something true
Made up of these three words that I must say to you

I just called to say I love you
I just called to say how much I care
I just called to say I love you
And I mean it from the bottom of my heart

No summer's high
No warm July
No harvest moon to light one tender August night
No autumn breeze
No falling leaves
Not even time for birds to fly to southern skies

No Libra sun
No Halloween
No giving thanks to all the Christmas joy you bring
But what it is, though old so new
To fill your heart like no three words could ever do

I just called to say I love you
I just called to say how much I care, I do
I just called to say I love you
And I mean it from the bottom of my heart

I just called to say I love you
I just called to say how much I care, I do
I just called to say I love you
And I mean it from the bottom of my heart, of my heart,
of my heart

I just called to say I love you
I just called to say how much I care, I do
I just called to say I love you
And I mean it from the bottom of my heart, of my heart,
baby of my heart



Jun 12, 2007 10:58 PM

Ultimate Frisbee !

Ultimate Frisbee !

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This is us at the Ultimate Frisbee field at the old Westinghouse Research and Development labs. We play Ultimate Frisbee twice a week -- it is fabulous exercise !
Some of us older dudes will play against the younger dudes, guess who wins..?

There are 40 beautiful acres near the heart of Pittsburgh down below, and that's where we play. Last year there were wild (and tame) fox. I hope they return this year. Go back to the very first upload of mine on flickr to see the fox.

de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultimate_frisbee

Dies ist uns am Ultimate Frisbeefeld am alten Westinghouse Forschung und Entwicklung Laboratorium. Wir spielen Ultimate Frisbee zweimal pro Woche -- es ist sagenhafte Übung! Einige von uns werden ältere Leute gegen die jüngeren Leute spielen, gewinnt wer erraten..?

Es gibt 40 schöne Acker nahe das Herz von Pittsburgh hinunter unten, und das ist, wo wir spielen. Letztes Jahr gab es wild (und bändigte) Fuchs. Ich hoffe, dass sie in diesem Jahr zurückkehren. Gehen Sie zurück zum sehr ersten lädt von Mine auf flickr, den Fuchs zu sehen.





Jun 12, 2007 11:47 AM

take off

take off

--image--

I saw this hot air balloon while driving home from Ultimate Frisbee.
They were preparing for take-off, and I pulled over to take these shots.
In the lower corner is a hawk or turkey vulture.
Be sure to view the large size :)
Large Size
Extra Large
This was created with netpbm (a command line image toolset)





Jun 12, 2007 2:12 AM

Baby Killdeer in camoflage

Baby Killdeer in camoflage

--image--

This baby killdeer ran away from us along with its parent.
My daughter had to see him, so I brought my camera.
As soon as he got to the grass, he dropped down and didn't move.
The parents swooped away as if to draw us away from the baby/immature bird.
I took a few photos, then urged our departure.





Jun 11, 2007 12:28 AM

Is this thing on?

Is this thing on?

--image--

My daughter made me upload this picture, and she came up with the title :)





Jun 10, 2007 12:50 AM

Heinz Hall

Heinz Hall

--image--

So I did go to Heinz Hall this evening to hear the spectacular symphony number 9 by Beethoven. I've heard that Beethoven couldn't hear the opening performance. To me, that is such a shame, and also a miracle and testament to his genius, to compose so much of this symphony without the aid of hearing. He had it all up there, in his creative brain, all those notes: amazing.

A wonderful way to observe the orchestra and choir perform was with my binoculars. Somehow, watching that way gave my senses a mechanism to not only focus my eyes on a particular instrument and performer, but also my ears. It was amazing, but I could actually pick out the individual instruments with my ears simply by focusing on them and concentrating, especially in the quieter sections of a piece, or when that instrument was accented.

Somehow, I kept on coming back to the viola section. Well, one of the artists, I was lucky to see outside after the performance, standing there, and wouldn't let me pass for a moment. :)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNsmrd-aR1c

I'm not sure if most of the attendees expected the choir to appear so late in the symphony. And even though that fourth movement was divine, I liked the whole symphony, each movement in kind was a piece of art, a superb composition. My favorite is the first movement, somehow I think that music is so creative in its range and depth and variations.

Mendelssohn's violin concerto was unbelievably well performed by Sarah Chang and the orchestra. I'm sure that so many came just to see her. And I wouldn't blame them if they did. To have both pieces of art in one program was like getting two for the price of one. And the house was sold out, standing room only!

It was fun to watch the musicians perform, I could even see their facial expressions. I wondered what might have been going through their minds. Was there a bit of envy to the talent of Miss Chang? Probably just awe, which is exactly what I had.

This shot is interesting, first, this is about 10:45, a half hour after the end of the performance. I didn't want to get into traffic, so I went back to my car to get my camera. I'm not sure why, but this shot is much brighter than the one from the opposite side of the building. You should have seen the tide of people filing out of the building. I



Jun 10, 2007 12:50 AM

Heinz Hall

Heinz Hall

--image--

So I did go to Heinz Hall this evening to hear the spectacular symphony number 9 by Beethoven. I've heard that Beethoven couldn't hear the opening performance. To me, that is such a shame, and also a miracle and testament to his genius, to compose so much of this symphony without the aid of hearing. He had it all up there, in his creative brain, all those notes: amazing.

A wonderful way to observe the orchestra and choir perform was with my binoculars. Somehow, watching that way gave my senses a mechanism to not only focus my eyes on a particular instrument and performer, but also my ears. It was amazing, but I could actually pick out the individual instruments with my ears simply by focusing on them and concentrating, especially in the quieter sections of a piece, or when that instrument was accented.

Somehow, I kept on coming back to the viola section.

I'm not sure if most of the attendees expected the choir to appear so late in the symphony. And even though that fourth movement was divine, I liked the whole symphony, each movement in kind was a piece of art, a superb composition. My favorite is the first movement, somehow I think that music is so creative in its range and depth and variations.

Mendelssohn's violin concerto was unbelievably well performed by Sarah Chang and the orchestra. I'm sure that so many came just to see her. And I wouldn't blame them if they did. To have both pieces of art in one program was like getting two for the price of one. And the house was sold out, standing room only!

It was fun to watch the musicians perform, I could even see their facial expressions. I wondered what might have been going through their minds. Was there a bit of envy to the talent of Miss Chang? Probably



Jun 9, 2007 1:55 PM

Morning has broken

Morning has broken

--image--

Morning has broken, and I found 7 new poppy blossoms all opening on the same day!
It rained really hard and long last night. I think they like that, along with the beautiful sunny blue skies this morning.

As sung by Cat Stevens

lyrics by Eleanor Farjeon

Morning has broken, like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken, like the first bird
Praise for the singing, praise for the morning
Praise for the springing fresh from the word

Sweet the rain's new fall, sunlit from heaven
Like the first dewfall, on the first grass
Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden
Sprung in completeness where his feet pass

Mine is the sunlight, mine is the morning
Born of the one light, Eden saw play
Praise with elation, praise every morning



Jun 9, 2007 9:23 AM

a metaphor for life

a metaphor for life

--image--

Sun shines through this one lonely pedal.
Sometimes a metaphor for life.



Jun 8, 2007 6:13 PM

Ode to Joy

Ode to Joy

--image--

I have joy and I have a little sadness, 2 tickets to Ode to Joy, and only me to attend (I think my daughter is bailing on me).
Anyone want to buy a plane ticket, hop on over to Pittsburgh and attend with me Saturday evening? ;-))




Jun 8, 2007 1:15 AM

light and wind on poppy pedal

light and wind on poppy pedal

--image--

The light and wind on this weathered poppy pedal played a marvelous game.
A game of hide and seek, a game of little frustration.
But not too much, because I was able to get a good shot, thanks to the sunlight!
Who was it that was saying, it's all about light :)





Jun 7, 2007 11:58 AM

Musical Mystery Ride

Musical Mystery Ride

--image--

Going round and round
the kids are nearly found
the lens can point one way
yet motion can betray
the focus on one spot
to capture one sure shot
I spin the camera 'round
rotationally unbound
to match the field of view
their motion would askew
as they hang deftly on
unbridled fun and song
Yes round and round they roam
as I bring the image home

javadoug.blogspot.com/





Jun 7, 2007 2:08 AM

OK, one of us went swimming

OK, one of us went swimming

--image--

At the pool it was cold, but it is going to be warmer tomorrow

Hey, a new blog...:
javadoug.blogspot.com/





Jun 6, 2007 8:19 PM

pool Art by Cara '04

pool Art by Cara '04

--image--

At the Sylvan Pool.
I used photostitch to stitch 3 photos together.

Hey, a new blog...:
javadoug.blogspot.com/





Jun 6, 2007 8:19 PM

the pool

the pool

--image--

Today it was too cold to swim. We tried for about 5 minutes, and then I switched to taking pictures instead.




Jun 6, 2007 8:50 AM

spinning

spinning

--image--

Spinning freely
Merry go round
Blazing clearly
Joy unbound.

There is so much to learn about photography. My shots are not technically precise, nor artistically composed with respect to the image to be generated. I like to concentrate on the subject. So the photo is just a window into a static view of what I have seen. Just a bit of what I have seen for you all to see as well.





Jun 5, 2007 9:25 PM

More aliens at Kennywood

More aliens at Kennywood

--image--

Jun 4, 2007 11:02 PM

My first poppie

My first poppie

--image--

Jun 4, 2007 11:02 PM

The Matrix Revisited: revenge of the frogs

The Matrix Revisited: revenge of the frogs

--image--

At the arcade, Kennywood amusement park: the prize was toy frogs





Jun 3, 2007 9:30 PM

Aliens prefer Kodak

Aliens prefer Kodak

--image--

I had a Canon, pointed at him.
He had a Kodak, pointed at me.



Jun 3, 2007 1:25 PM

Aliens have landed at Kennywood!

Aliens have landed at Kennywood!

--image--

They are trying to export our amusement park, piece by piece.





Jun 3, 2007 3:00 AM

Garfield's Nightmare

Garfield's Nightmare

--image--

Kennywood Amusement park in Pittsburgh. It was a barrel of fun! This used to be called the Old Mill, a scary ride on a boat through the dark. Now it is called Garfield's Nightmare, not as scary (except maybe for the really little kids). But it is cool because they have 3D glasses and effects! This was taken by the ride, then I photographed the photograph.





Jun 1, 2007 11:47 AM

floating

floating

--image--

This insect looked to me as if he were floating in the midst of this large orange azalea blossom




May 31, 2007 1:11 AM

first red rose

first red rose

--image--

First red rose of the season just opening up.
I didn't agonize this either, well maybe just a little...
It's not the sharpest of shots, it's not the most unique of shots, it's not the most surprising of shots, it's not the most perfect of shots. It just pleases me, that's all !
I like the red, I like the perspective, and all the rest :-))





May 30, 2007 8:48 PM

agonize not

agonize not

--image--

I was just commenting in Tio's latest photo how I agonize over every shot. Then I get lucky and a lady bug appears, and voila, instant lucky



May 30, 2007 6:59 AM

Spiderwort

Spiderwort

--image--

My camera's sensor doesn't seem to be able to achieve this colour. I can see the spiderwort flowers from my window, so I used photo editing software to restore the colour to what it ought to be, the colour



May 29, 2007 3:29 PM

Bullfrog Tadpole

Bullfrog Tadpole

--image--

May 29, 2007 1:12 AM

Emily -- Welsh Pony

Emily -- Welsh Pony

--image--

Today I rode my bicycle.
I rode for quite a while.
I rode and rode and rode.
36 miles in all
This is the route:
www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=996031

Along the way I saw and heard many things.
I also smelled the wonderful smells of spring in the air.
We have a species which is called invasive,
but it smells wonderful: The multiflora rose,
It can be found everywhere and smells like a cultivated rose.
There are many other wonderful smells as well,
like the beauty bush.

Around mile 5 I rode down along the Allegheny River.
What a really cool sight, down by a lock and dam.
There was a steel mill there as well. Not everything is beautiful.
As I rode up a really steep hill coming from the river,
I noted how beautiful the steep valleys remain, those
places where man cannot or dares not encroach upon.
Green beech and maple lined streams with so many birds singing,
like the yellow warblers, hooded warblers, wood thrush,
robins, indigo bunting, and even a white eyed vireo.

Riding up the hills is a challenge, and to me there
is a rush from exercise, a sort of natural adrenalin high.
Riding down the hills is wonderful, like a bird flying
through the air is how I feel.

Around mile 14 I arrived at Northmoreland Park.
I stopped there for a while to replenish my energy,
and watched all the folks enjoying their holiday by the lake.
This lake has great memories for me, I so often took my daughter
there to walk or bicycle. Here I photographed the 'Inchworm'

Then I rode on to the area where I used to live.
I stopped by a friends house, a wonderful house in the
country. She has a Welsh pony named Emily (that photo to follow).
Her land is so superb, I hope she realizes her dream to
have it preserved in a natural state.

By mile 25 I was skirting Murrysville, the place where I
grew up as a boy. At that point I was starting to fatigue,
so instead of my original plan to do a tour I decided to
head back. From this point onward my legs were just pumping
with no pain, yet I knew there was fatigue. I felt sort of like a machine,
doing over 36 miles, but also felt great.

I was reminded of a short story by one of my favorite authors:
Mark Twain, Samuel Langhorne Clemens
"What is Man .. Man the Machine"



May 29, 2007 1:12 AM

inchworm

inchworm

--image--

Today I rode my bicycle.
I rode for quite a while.
I rode and rode and rode.
36 miles in all
This is the route:
www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=996031

Along the way I saw and heard many things.
I also smelled the wonderful smells of spring in the air.
We have a species which is called invasive,
but it smells wonderful: The multiflora rose,
It can be found everywhere and smells like a cultivated rose.
There are many other wonderful smells as well,
like the beauty bush.

Around mile 5 I rode down along the Allegheny River.
What a really cool sight, down by a lock and dam.
There was a steel mill there as well. Not everything is beautiful.
As I rode up a really steep hill coming from the river,
I noted how beautiful the steep valleys remain, those
places where man cannot or dares not encroach upon.
Green beech and maple lined streams with so many birds singing,
like the yellow warblers, hooded warblers, wood thrush,
robins, indigo bunting, and even a white eyed vireo.

Riding up the hills is a challenge, and to me there
is a rush from exercise, a sort of natural adrenalin high.
Riding down the hills is wonderful, like a bird flying
through the air is how I feel.

Around mile 14 I arrived at Northmoreland Park.
I stopped there for a while to replenish my energy,
and watched all the folks enjoying their holiday by the lake.
This lake has great memories for me, I so often took my daughter
there to walk or bicycle. Here I photographed the 'Inchworm'

Then I rode on to the area where I used to live.
I stopped by a friends house, a wonderful house in the
country. She has a Welsh pony named Emily (that photo to follow).
Her land is so superb, I hope she realizes her dream to
have it preserved in a natural state.

By mile 25 I was skirting Murrysville, the place where I
grew up as a boy. At that point I was starting to fatigue,
so instead of my original plan to do a tour I decided to
head back. From this point onward my legs were just pumping
with no pain, yet I knew there was fatigue. I felt sort of like a machine,
doing over 36 miles, but also felt great.

I was reminded of a short story by one of my favorite authors:
Mark Twain, Samuel Langhorne Clemens
"What is Man .. Man the Machine"



May 27, 2007 2:27 PM

fallen pedals

fallen pedals

--image--

May 26, 2007 10:40 PM

Something beautiful awaits!

Something beautiful awaits!

--image--

Sometimes I feel there is beauty just around the corner.

Ahnest du den Schöpfer, Welt?
Such' ihn über'm Sternenzelt!
Über Sternen muss er wohnen

www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSEqQsAXbJw&mode=related&...

Freude, schöner Götterfunken
Tochter aus Elysium,
Wir betreten feuertrunken,
Himmlische, dein Heiligtum!

Deine Zauber binden wieder
Was die Mode streng geteilt;
Alle Menschen werden Brüder,



May 26, 2007 1:54 PM

Dancing in the wind

Dancing in the wind

--image--

Columbine on a spider thread
The pedal was spinning and floating and dancing in the wind!





May 24, 2007 11:57 PM

Forget-me-not

Forget-me-not

--image--

Don't forget me :)


Freude trinken alle Wesen
An den Brüsten der Natur;
Alle Guten, alle Bösen
Folgen ihrer Rosenspur.
Küsse gab sie uns und Reben,
Einen Freund, geprüft im Tod;
Wollust ward dem Wurm gegeben,
Und der Cherub steht vor Gott.


I'm still looking foward to the 9th on the 9th.
Beethoven's 9th Symphony on June 9th



May 24, 2007 10:51 AM

Orange

Orange

--image--

In my flower garden, an early arrival, all the other plants are just coming out of the ground. I still find it interesting how, when I sow the seeds, I watch the little plants pop out of the ground, and that to me seems more interesting than the flowers themselves. I just like to



May 19, 2007 10:05 AM

Charmed

Charmed

--image--

Strings peal from a Charmed Yucca plant

In particle physics, quarks are one of the two basic constituents of matter (the other are the leptons). Quarks are the only fundamental particles that interact through all four of the fundamental forces. The word was originally coined by Murray Gell-Mann as a nonsense word rhyming with "pork".[1] Later, he found the same word in James Joyce's book Finnegans Wake, where seabirds give "three quarks", akin to three cheers (probably onomatopoetically imitating a seabird call, like "quack" for ducks, as well as making a pun on the relationship between Munster and its provincial capital, Cork) in the passage "Three quarks for Muster Mark!/Sure he hasn't got much of a bark/And sure any he has it's all beside the mark.". Further explanation for the use of the word "quark" may be derived from the fact that, at the time, there were only three known quarks in existence.

Quarks come in six flavours, and their names (up, down, strange, charm, bottom, and top) were also chosen arbitrarily based on the need to name them something that could be easily remembered and used.





May 16, 2007 5:33 PM

criss cross chives

criss cross chives

--image--

herb garden

inspired by this wonderful composition




May 16, 2007 2:07 AM

Always Angelic

Always Angelic

--image--

www.youtube.com/watch?v=f38Ne96R3iE

Daughters

but what did she see?
was it a bug?
was it the rust on the chain?
was it the way the chain was all tangled?
Or maybe she was just using her imagination!



May 16, 2007 2:07 AM

dandelion

dandelion

--image--

abstract, my rendition



May 15, 2007 1:51 AM

fingers in the sky with azaleas

fingers in the sky with azaleas

--image--

azaleas beneath the fingers in the sky

www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGFlkcnZRFI

In the magificent dawn sky
fingers transended across my eye
off to the car I leapt with a bound
to acquire my camera and turn me around
ducking under the azaleas I came
avoiding the bees all the same

fingers in the sky with azaleas



May 14, 2007 8:37 AM

Everything

Everything

--image--

www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUtAcRY8LRM

"Everything I Own" -- Bread
You sheltered me from harm
Kept me warm, kept me warm
You gave my life to me
Set me free, set me free
The finest years I ever knew
Were all the years I had with you

I would give anything I own
Give up me life, my heart, my home
I would give everything I own
Just to have you back again

You taught me how to love
What its of, what its of
You never said too much
But still you showed the way
And I knew from watching you
Nobody else could ever know
The part of me that can't let go

I would give anything I own
Give up me life, my heart, my home
I would give everything I own
Just to have you back again

Is there someone you know
You're loving them so
But taking them all for granted
You may lose them one day
Someone takes them away
And they don't hear the words you long to say

I would give anything I own
Give up me life, my heart, my home
I would give everything I own



May 12, 2007 6:53 PM

Don't look at the camera

Don't look at the camera

--image--

So of course she did.
If I had asked her to look at the camera, then she wouldn't ;)

www.localconnect.net/~javadoug/may122007.html




May 11, 2007 8:13 AM

Be my buttercup

Be my buttercup

--image--

Won't you be my buttercup.
You hold the buttercup under someone's chin, and if you see yellow reflected onto their chin, then they are your buttercup.



May 11, 2007 8:13 AM

drops of water

drops of water

--image--

May 9, 2007 10:53 PM

Yellow and red Pansy

Yellow and red Pansy

--image--

May 9, 2007 8:51 AM

Here's looking at you kid

Here's looking at you kid

--image--
Rick: Last night we said a great many things. You said I was to do the thinking for both of us. Well, I've done a lot of it since then, and it all adds up to one thing: you're getting on that plane with Victor where you belong.
Ilsa: But, Richard, no, I... I...
Rick: Now, you've got to listen to me! You have any idea what you'd have to look forward to if you stayed here? Nine chances out of ten, we'd both wind up in a concentration camp. Isn't that true, Louie?
Captain Renault: I'm afraid Major Strasser would insist.
Ilsa: You're saying this only to make me go.
Rick: I'm saying it because it's true. Inside of us, we both know you belong with Victor. You're part of his work, the thing that keeps him going. If that plane leaves the ground and you're not with him, you'll regret it. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life.
Ilsa: But what about us?
Rick: We'll always have Paris. We didn't have, we, we lost it until you came to Casablanca. We got it back last night.
Ilsa: When I said I would never leave you.
Rick: And you never will. But I've got a job to do, too. Where I'm going, you can't follow. What I've got to do, you can't be any part of. Ilsa, I'm no good at being noble, but it doesn't take much to see that the problems of three little people don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. Someday you'll understand that. Now, now... Here's looking at you kid.


May 8, 2007 8:45 PM

aviary

aviary

--image--

The National Aviary in Pittsburgh.
A bunch of flickr members of the Pittsburgh group went on an outing ...

Here is the discussion link




May 8, 2007 9:39 AM

YMCA

YMCA

--image--

www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJCsgXeGmU4



May 8, 2007 12:25 AM

Love is in the air

Love is in the air

--image--

Love is in the air at the National Aviary!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNC0kIzM1Fo

The National Aviary in Pittsburgh.
A bunch of flickr members of the Pittsburgh group went on an outing ...

Here is the discussion link




May 7, 2007 1:00 AM

it's a bird, it's a plane, it's superman -- no it's a bird.

it's a bird, it's a plane, it's superman -- no it's a bird.

--image--

It is an abstract I created.
I added colour.
I turned it upside down.
I enhanced contrast (those shade spots)
It is the backside of a large bird at the National Aviary






May 7, 2007 1:00 AM

Tuxedo

Tuxedo

--image--

May 7, 2007 1:00 AM

reflection

reflection

--image--

May 7, 2007 1:00 AM

High up

High up

--image--

May 7, 2007 1:00 AM

Resting their feet

Resting their feet

--image--

May 7, 2007 1:00 AM

Rustic Decor

Rustic Decor

--image--

May 7, 2007 1:00 AM

Dinner for 2

Dinner for 2

--image--

May 7, 2007 1:00 AM

Inside looking out

Inside looking out

--image--

May 7, 2007 1:00 AM

Mexican War Streets

Mexican War Streets

--image--

May 6, 2007 7:00 PM

Leave me alone and I'll let you see my head

Leave me alone and I'll let you see my head

--image--

And now for something completely different
The National Aviary in Pittsburgh.
A bunch of flickr members of the Pittsburgh group went on an outing today...

Here is the discussion link




May 6, 2007 7:00 PM

And now for something completely different

And now for something completely different

--image--

And now for something completely different
The National Aviary in Pittsburgh.
A bunch of flickr members of the Pittsburgh group went on an outing today...

Here is the discussion link




May 6, 2007 9:59 AM

An American in Paris

An American in Paris

--image--

Saturday night I visited the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for the sixth time this season. This evening they played "An American in Paris" by George Gershwin.

If you know the tune, try matching it up to these made-up lyrics:
"That's all right, That's okay, I can do it anyway"

"Yes, there are no blue skies"

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ym_lu4KhkwA

Yan Pascal Tortelier, conductor
Jean-Philippe Collard, piano
Randall Scarlata, baritone
Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, Betsy Burleigh, director
Honegger: Pacific 231
Theofanidis: The Here and Now
Ravel: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand
Gershwin: An American in Paris




May 5, 2007 9:43 AM

Red Trillium with white cast

Red Trillium with white cast

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May 4, 2007 8:27 AM

stop bugging me

stop bugging me

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This little insect seemed a little annoyed with me for trying to take his photo. Maybe I should have had him sign an agreement to have



May 3, 2007 1:37 PM

Wetlands, Mine Drainage, Frogs and Fun

Wetlands, Mine Drainage, Frogs and Fun

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I was chosen to be one of the chaperons for my daughter's 5th grade class field trip to Saint Vincent College Environmental Education Center. What a fun time! We all learned about how to clean up our environment from mine drainage. Coal is leaching acid and iron into our streams. They are finding ways to clean it up using wetlands!

Above you see the water color in the first wetland, which is orange, and is loaded with iron. Next you see a frog in one of the later wetland drainage areas, and that water is much cleaner.

Wetlands, Mine Drainage, Frogs and Fun
Saint Vincent College Environmental Education Center

Our mission is to provide quality and diverse environmental education programs and activities in a community outreach approach to Saint Vincent College, local school systems and the general public. The programs, activities, and events that are the foundation of Saint Vincent College Environmental Education Center encourage local watershed restoration efforts through research, education and community involvement.


A really cool activity booklet in PDF file format:
facweb.stvincent.edu/eec/PDF/AMD%20Activty%20Booklet%20PD...



May 3, 2007 7:37 AM

6 legged friend

6 legged friend

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This little green insect was trying to hide himself away from me inside this White Trillium
As I walked through the beautiful wooded hills at Memorial Park in New Kensington, I heard many warblers and a Baltimore Oriole singing their lovely spring songs.
I wish I had the kind of photographic equipment that would permit me to get some nice shots of these birds, way up in the trees. Someday soon perhaps. But for now, its going to have to be a bunch more pretty flowers. And, the occasional insect :) Hope you all are not bored with



May 2, 2007 4:37 PM

Pink on blue

Pink on blue

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May 2, 2007 12:52 AM

Spring Beauty

Spring Beauty

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Spring Beauty
Spectacular Spring Beauty
Crept up behind me
and surprised me
a beauty unsurpassed and unexpected
vibrant white, soft and subtle texture
remarkable
The beauty of nature
captured in an image
only a small tiny static representation
of a fluid, dynamic multi-dimensional beauty.

My eyes are amazing, what they see.
A camera is technical and cold,
cannot even begin to compare to reality

seeing in all its glory, the drama and movement
the gentleness and purity,
the grandeur and flavor
unsurpassed in sight
simulated with a model
a simple picture in 2D
not as nice as three

But its the next best thing to being there.

It reminds me of a real life spring beauty.
Infatuation, a beginning
Also a first sight, a seeing
meandering on a bicycle
finding my way
seeing another
instantly seeing
vibrant beautiful
spring beauty was she
right there before me
so nice and friendly
something to see
one more time for me.

Thank you, so nice



May 1, 2007 3:05 AM

Violets are blue

Violets are blue

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Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Sugar is sweet;



Apr 30, 2007 11:27 AM

Release me

Release me

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This leaf doesn't seem to want to release this may apple plant ...

Please release me, let me go
For I don't love you anymore
To waste our lives would be a sin
Release me and let me love again

I have found a new love, dear
And I will always want her near
Her lips are warm while yours are cold
Release me, my darling, let me go

Please release me, can't you see
You'd be a fool to cling to me
To live a lie would bring us pain
So release me and let me love again
(Let me love, let me love)

-- Eddie Miller - W. S. Stevenson
performed by countless artists including
Elvis Presley, Engelbert Humperdinck,



Apr 29, 2007 2:23 AM

Solitude

Solitude

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Another lonely walk in the park
Looking for someone to share
All my deepest intimate thoughts



Apr 28, 2007 8:23 PM

rhapsody

rhapsody

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Wake Robin -- Red Trillium

Duff Park was a nice place to walk today, even in the rain. This little insect and I were the only ones in sight :) Although I did hear quite a few song birds as well.

Wake Robin, tell him what he's missing
Wake Robin, who knows just what he'll see
Wake Robin, regards a rainy afternoon
Wake Robin, downcast but not too dreary

As I type this text this evening, I see an almost full moon out the window, it was overcast during the day, but cleared up this evening. That moon shines a wondrous light on my shoulder. I listen on the classical music radio station, the beautiful composition by Sergei Rachmaninoff, as performed by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra --
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

www.youtube.com/watch?v=90MuPqYtV_k

If you are feeling blue, just grab a slice of beauty or two, bundled together and experienced for a little while, all will be green again.





Apr 27, 2007 10:47 AM

White Trillium

White Trillium

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White Trillium / Trillium grandiflorum found at Duff Park, Murrysville a year ago about this time.

Which utmost irresistibly indelibly joyful facet of beauty have I yet not revealed? Have I been cheating everyone of the one truly splendid slice of beauty which ought not be overlooked, lest one might have not spoken of beauty at all and not done it justice? Sometimes I touch upon this subject, in subtle and coy flirtatious manners which transcend the general and target the specific feelings which gather momentum from the true meaning of that underlying radius of beauty. The radius might just encompass 360 degrees of the whole when considered. Sum up all of the aspects one might think of when considering beauty, and one might not yet have a sum total which comes close to the feelings of beauty elicited by this heretofore unmentioned expression of beauty. The countenance and bearing of the form of beauty comes from abstract feelings felt deeply yet concrete in their effect on my behavior when I am under its spell. And the three hundred and sixty degrees of influence this infectious affect has over me is only described in two dimensions as complete, yet one has to go into three and four dimensions to fully understand the true influence it has. A circle becomes a sphere, and the sphere in time revolves around from an initial infatuation of a youngster into a full fledged powerful emotion



Apr 27, 2007 12:21 AM

blue abates

blue abates

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The game continued throughout the day
sparkle and shimmer as colours do play
blue was persistent, but its light would draw thin
And I had the camera, so I knew who would win !





Apr 27, 2007 12:21 AM

Who will win -- green or blue?

Who will win -- green or blue?

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I saw this green plant at the bottom of the stream
It seemed so luscious and oh so green
Then all of a sudden, another form came through



Apr 26, 2007 7:05 AM

Red Trillium -- Wake-robin

Red Trillium -- Wake-robin

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This Red Trillium comes out early in the spring. It is usually red, but this particular plant was a deviation that was mostly white. There is also white trillium in this old growth area, but this is the red species.

This was taken at Memorial Park, New Kensington, PA
Many of my other shots were taken at Duff Park, Murrysville, which is another great place for trillium.

From Wikipedia:
Trillium erectum

The Wake-robin, also known as the Beth root or Stinking Benjamin, Trillium erectum, is a spring-flowering perennial plant native to the east and north-eastern areas of North America. The flowers are a deep red colour, and the plant takes its name Wake-robin by analogy with the Robin, which has a red breast that heralds spring.





Apr 25, 2007 8:58 AM

dutchman's breeches

dutchman's breeches

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Dutchman's breeches are native to Western Pennsylvania and beyond. Now found exclusively in old-growth areas which are not that wide-spread.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dutchman%27s-Breeches

I was riding my bike in the park at lunch yesterday, I saw a red bird.
Since it is migration season, I thought, perhaps it could be a scarlet tanager. Alas, I thought in the next instant, it is only a cardinal.
Now isn't that such a shame, to look at such a beautiful species like a Northern Cardinal and think such a mundane thought. I should have thought: Wow, what a glorious creature! How lucky I am to see this vivid and spectacular colour in the midst of such blandness around me (although just a bit of



Apr 25, 2007 1:53 AM

Bullfrog singing

Bullfrog singing

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I was riding my bike in the park at lunch today, I saw a red bird.
Since it is migration season, I thought, perhaps it could be a scarlet tanager. Alas, I thought in the next instant, it is only a cardinal.
Now isn't that such a shame, to look at such a beautiful species like a cardinal and think such a mundane thought. I should have thought: Wow, what a glorious creature! How lucky I am to see this vivid and spectacular colour in the midst of such blandness around me (although just a bit of green is showing).

Oh well, sort of the difference between seeing someone who is familiar to you, who you like very much, and seeing someone new. It's not fair is it?

Later, on the bike ride, I went by a wetland area of Frick Park in Pittsburgh, PA, and heard a bunch of Bullfrogs singing.




Apr 24, 2007 11:32 AM

burning desire

burning desire

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water of the stream
flowing through a path
sun and sunlight glowing
with fluid I long to quaff

playing currents underneath
waves and patterns make
troughs and ripples intersect



Apr 23, 2007 8:23 AM

Bee-lieve it or not

Bee-lieve it or not

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I'm at work, and I find that they have turned off the viewing of 'images' for the flickr domain, only the photos are 'blocked', so I can't see your photos. :( What's the use of getting in to work at 6:30 in the morning if I can't take a little time in the morning to view and comment on a few photos while drinking my coffee.
Note this: -- I can't even see my own photo, so I hope I uploaded the correct image.

These two bees were buzzing around these flowers (grape hyacinth). I tried to get a better more direct shot, but somehow I liked this perspective the best, even though the flower in the middle is out of



Apr 22, 2007 12:30 PM

Water Skimmers

Water Skimmers

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Apr 22, 2007 6:24 AM

Baywatch

Baywatch

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I'll be ready, whenever you need me.
I'm always here!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuYrRebvFHc




Apr 21, 2007 10:12 PM

Skunk Cabbage Leaf

Skunk Cabbage Leaf

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Apr 21, 2007 8:39 AM

Another happy face

Another happy face

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I couldn't help but post another view of this vibrant daffodil. It just looked soo good, I thought I'd share it. The sun has that effect.





Apr 20, 2007 11:16 PM

Light my fire

Light my fire

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The sun came out, and it was intoxicating !
I took my first new photo in a long while.
Light reveals the splendor all around, especially in nature.
Amazing how it cheers.

But what about sounds. Beauty to hear is more abstract, perhaps, than to see or smell. When one hears music, right away, it starts to suggest beauty. A singing voice may posses more beauty than a simple speaking voice. The variation of tone, in a rhythmic fashion lends some hint of composition which develops into a beautiful sequence. Variation of an atomic theme in a regular pattern tends to be a simplified definition



Apr 20, 2007 3:10 PM

Anemone -- wind

Anemone -- wind

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A flower is usually thought of as possessing beauty. Yet how fleeting is a flower. They bloom every year, every season, every week or even every day. But any one flower blossom lasts, to us, such a short while. That beauty comes and goes, like the wind, but in our memories is stored a lifetime. That beauty we never forget. And many often strive to revive those memories as often as possible. We grow flowers merely for the enjoyment they bring us. Visually striking, flowers are so colorful and radiant. They smell so sweet. When I think of beauty, I often think immediately of flowers. Nature's compact definition of beauty might be the perfect icon for the concept.

This Buttercup won't be flying on the wind, it was picked and placed in a bottle of water. The evening setting sun shone through the kitchen window, and made a striking contrast for me to photograph.





Apr 20, 2007 2:11 AM

A Bee-utiful Day !

A Bee-utiful Day !

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How often does one ever have a beautiful day. To get up in the morning, feeling great, to travel through your day enjoying every aspect and feature the day serves up, and to put the day to bed with equal joy, would be one possible characterization of a beautiful day. With such a definition, however, one might allow slight deviations in parts of their day to hinder the entire notion. Depending on your outlook, one might translate the day as being beautiful, good, or bad, simply based on the turning of a few critical moments at some point along the way. Is the glass half full or half empty. This is the kind of metric which can be applied to a day as well. If one considers the most beautiful semblances encountered in a day and combines them together into an abridged package, a superb amalgamation is the result.

It's not always easy to simply take this advice and represent a day as only the best pieces tied up in a knot. Sometimes one has to make a few good pieces for themselves. Don't just sit around and take too much of the bad part of a day, without trying to consider the good or if drastic measures are needed, find the good somewhere else. Get out of your environment, and go somewhere else for a while, just to give your day a piece of beauty. And don't forget, its all around you, only for you to find it. "Beauty to find in so many ways, if we could but



Apr 19, 2007 2:27 AM

Coming Up -- Like a Flower

Coming Up -- Like a Flower

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Coming Up
You Want A Love To Last Forever
One That Will Never Fade Away
I Want To Help You With Your Problem
Stick Around, I Say

Coming Up, Coming Up, Yeah
Coming Up Like A Flower
Coming Up, I Say

You Want A Friend You- Can Rely On
One Who Will Never Fade Away
And If You're Searching For An Answer
Stick Around. I Say

It's Coming Up, It's Coming Up
It's Coming Up Like A Flower
It's Coming Up. Yeah

You Want Some Peace And Understanding
So Everybody Can Be Free
I Know That We Can Get Together
We Can Make It, Stick With Me

It's Coming Up, It's Coming Up
It's Coming Up Like A Flower
It's Coming Up For You And Me

Coming Up, Coming Up
It's Coming Up, It's Coming Up, I Say
It's Coming Up Like A Flower
It's Coming Up
I Feel It In My Bones

You Want A Better Kind Of Future
One That Everyone Can Share
You're Not Alone, We All Could Use It
Stick Around We're Nearly There

It's Coming Up, It's Coming Up Everywhere
It's Coming Up Like A Flower
It's Coming Up For All To Share
It's Coming Up, Yeah
It's Coming Up, Anyway
It's Coming Up Like A Flower
Coming Up



Apr 19, 2007 2:27 AM

risen

risen

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Apr 17, 2007 9:06 AM

Peach Blossom

Peach Blossom

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It's been rainy and cold here, and I didn't have anything else to post but a photo from the archive




Apr 17, 2007 12:27 AM

statue of Jesus

statue of Jesus

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Mt. Saint Peter catholic church, New Kensington, PA
After Easter we have 50 days to feast and be joyful.
One of the tenants I have learned is forgiveness.



Apr 16, 2007 12:52 PM

heart of bicycle

heart of bicycle

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for Ana..
The heart of the bike, I'm happy to say
is good for your health, no need to allay

I now own 5 bikes altogether. I ride whenever I can.
I wish I could ride to work, but the distance is too far.
I may try it one day.

I have the 1999 BMW automobile because it gets better gas mileage. (more kilometers on a liter of petroleum, how is that described in Europe? :)
Yes, I am concerned for the environment. I wish that there would be less pollution placed into the atmosphere. Like SO2 Sulpher dioxide, and ground level particulates which harm people's health.
I like to breath fresh air.
Have you ever ridden on a bicycle behind a row of vehicles going 45 miles per hour (72 KPH)?
The fumes are awful, even with the stuff they place on the vehicle to make it 'clean' .
I wish we had more bike trails for commuters where I live, but Pittsburgh is so hilly, I guess we are lucky we even have roads.




Apr 16, 2007 12:59 AM

kids challenge

kids challenge

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I challenge you all
to be like a kid again



Apr 14, 2007 4:22 PM

I'll sing once more

I'll sing once more

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A frog camouflaged down by the creek at my previous home. I placed tadpoles in a little pond that my daughter and I had constructed, just like beavers would have, along the stream. A month later, when I went back last sumer I found this cute little green frog. If I hadn't heard him singing, I would have overlooked him, because of the wonderful camouflage, he was hard to see even when I knew where he was, unless I got close. And that was a difficult endeavor as well, because I had to sneak up really slow so that he wouldn't jump into the water and effectively disappear. My canong2 only has a 3x lens, so I had to get pretty close to get this shot, and it took perhaps 30 minutes of very slow diligent quiet approach.

I feel this way about my old house nestled in the country.
Interestingly, I just closed on the house yesterday. The night before I took one last walk around the woods, a peaceful setting with so much wild life and so many birds! There are Great-horned owls, Eastern Screech-owls, Pileated Wood peckers and a whole lot more. I even heard an early migrant warbler, but could not identify him.

This song pretty much sums it all up for me:

Oscar Hammerstein II and Richard Rodgers - "The Sound of Music"
My Day in the hills has come to an end I know
A Star has come out, to tell me it's time to go
But deep in the dark green shadows
Are voices that urge me to stay
So I stop and I wait and I listen
For one more sound, for one more lovely thing
that the hills might say

The hills are alive with the sound of music
The songs they have sung for a thousand years
The hills fill my heart with the sound of music

My heart wants to sing every song it hears
My heart wants to beat like the wings of the birds
That rise from the lake to the trees
My heart wants to sigh like the chimes
That flies from a church on a breeze
To laugh like a brook when it trips
And falls over stone on its way
To sing through the night
Like a lark who is learning to pray
I'll go to the hills when my heart is lonely
I know I will hear what I've heard before
My heart will be blessed with the sound of music



Apr 13, 2007 9:47 AM

prehistoric bird skeleton

prehistoric bird skeleton

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At the Carnegie Museum, right next the the recreation with feathers, was this prehistoric bird skeleton. Yes, it is quite large. I think this is also a recreation or cast of another original from someplace else. I suspect so because it is not behind any barrier. Perhaps I will



Apr 12, 2007 9:47 PM

not dodo, but prehistoric nevertheless

not dodo, but prehistoric nevertheless

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This prehistoric bird recreation can be seen at the Carnegie Museum of Pittsburgh.

This model is as tall as me, if I remember, maybe taller.





Apr 12, 2007 12:09 AM

Ready to roll !

Ready to roll !

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Kids ready to roll down the hill :)

More simple poetry written whilst stuck in traffic; it really is therapeutic ! I was listening to Swan Lake on the radio... it's a very abstract poem.
Swan Lake
Subsequent yellow mottled follow hasty clever knaves
Solid sequined swans with colourful sounds play near, never far
Winding fumes laughingly flow round and round repeating allegro
Softly sublte victims of luscious beauty, rebuild a phrase
Heightened brightness musically scored and redounded, once more
Scherzo laughing slowly bare, bouncing prancing through the air
Raindrops glisten without sun, building steady till they run
Intermezzo harps and flute rudely sprinkle harmony brute
Finale yet to shed its flair, making for its shameful tear
Ringing out in tangent form, rondo gathering splendid charm
Thinly voiced violin alone sweet textures see, elicit words with glee
Swans resting on bended knee, set irresistible facets free





Apr 11, 2007 3:46 PM

Oscar the Grouch

Oscar the Grouch

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I decided not to buy the Jaguar after all.
I only had 90000 dollars, not 100000.
Besides, Oscar the Grouch bought it before I had a chance :)




Apr 11, 2007 12:44 PM

XKR

XKR

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Apr 11, 2007 9:44 AM

at the Jaguar dealership

at the Jaguar dealership

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in case you forgot your cell phone whilst buying a $100000 Jaguar XKR.

Stuck in traffic again this morning.
I find myself writing poetry again, wishing the traffic would last longer :)

Spring's Urban Visions

Delirious sycamore undulating bark
Migrating warblers sonorously hark
Railroad tracks nestled beneath early grean shoots
beyond which a towhee kicks at the roots
Spring's early blossoms now frozen and brown
fly through the wind and fall to the ground
Mourning doves perched on telephone wire
patiently wait as if nothing is dire
River of great breadth flows aimlessly by
yanks out frustration, delivers a sigh
Telltale signs of spring's early rise



Apr 10, 2007 10:28 AM

Jaguar

Jaguar

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Leaping red
nothing said
impending dread
turned and sped
victim fled
winding thread
vellum shed
wings to spread
bedrock tread



Apr 9, 2007 12:23 PM

Carnegie Museum beetles

Carnegie Museum beetles

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Apr 9, 2007 12:23 PM

Carnegie Museum beetles

Carnegie Museum beetles

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The point behind this display, beyond the display of such colourful insects, is to demonstrate the wealth of varieties of beetle there are in the world. Each of these, I believe, are a different species or



Apr 9, 2007 12:23 PM

Carnegie Museum

Carnegie Museum

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The Carnegie Museum of Pittsburgh.
Ancient remains of a relative of the horse, millions of years old.





Apr 9, 2007 12:23 PM

outside Carnegie Museum

outside Carnegie Museum

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Apr 9, 2007 12:23 PM

paparazzi

paparazzi

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Kids run away from the paparazzi -- er, me, with the camera





Apr 8, 2007 9:04 PM

Come on, Spring, let's get going

Come on, Spring, let's get going

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It's winter here again, been snowing for days, and more to come :(
Someone forgot to tell Mother Nature about global warming :)

So I post this photo from a week earlier when it was warmer in hopes to spur the warm weather again, I'm looking forward to gardening :)





Apr 7, 2007 4:54 PM

Green Eggs and Ham

Green Eggs and Ham

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Apr 7, 2007 4:54 PM

Happy Easter

Happy Easter

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Apr 7, 2007 4:54 PM

Easter Eggs

Easter Eggs

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Apr 6, 2007 1:53 PM

Easter Eggs, Daffodils and Basket

Easter Eggs, Daffodils and Basket

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My daughter and her friend made Easter Eggs this morning. I made one, can you spot it?





Apr 5, 2007 11:05 AM

Lord's Supper

Lord's Supper

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Beautiful marble statues of Jesus and Mary. I post today in preparation of the Lord's Supper.
Mount Saint Peter church, New Kensington I took this photo 15 months ago.
I converted the colour to B&W, except for the area around the head of Jesus.


In the 1940's, the famous Mellon mansion was taken down and most of the marble and ornate materials were salvaged and donated for use in the construction of a beautiful church called Mount Saint Peter in New Kensington, Pennsylvania, USA. The preservation of beauty was made possible in this instance by the generous donation and use of these materials to build a divine church, and with a lot of volunteer effort of the local community to build the church.



Apr 5, 2007 8:03 AM

peach Blossom mosaic -- progression

peach Blossom mosaic -- progression

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Shows a two week transition of peach blossoms on my property at Zubal Rd. in Westmoreland Co, Western Pennsylvania.




Apr 4, 2007 9:57 AM

Peach 12

Peach 12

--image--

Apr 4, 2007 9:57 AM

Peach 11

Peach 11

--image--

Apr 4, 2007 9:57 AM

Peach 10

Peach 10

--image--

Apr 4, 2007 9:57 AM

Peach 9

Peach 9

--image--

Apr 4, 2007 9:57 AM

Peach 8

Peach 8

--image--

Apr 4, 2007 9:57 AM

Peach 7

Peach 7

--image--

Apr 4, 2007 9:57 AM

Peach 6

Peach 6

--image--

Apr 4, 2007 9:57 AM

Peach 5

Peach 5

--image--

Apr 4, 2007 9:57 AM

Peach 4

Peach 4

--image--

Apr 4, 2007 9:57 AM

Peach 3

Peach 3

--image--

Apr 4, 2007 9:57 AM

Peach 2

Peach 2

--image--

Apr 4, 2007 9:57 AM

peach blossom begins

peach blossom begins

--image--

Apr 3, 2007 12:57 PM

tall grass

tall grass

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In early spring gray days highlight contrast
vestiges of last years crop juxtaposes
this years growth is steadfast



Apr 2, 2007 12:41 PM

one more lovely thing

one more lovely thing

--image--

Apr 1, 2007 6:07 PM

scout April Fools

scout April Fools

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Apr 1, 2007 3:07 PM

curiosity... ... passion

curiosity... ... passion

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My daughter's creation underneath a curious Mr. Punky Kitten.

My cat is my APRIL FOOLS JOKE :) That is because he is a joke, sent from above, as he is always getting into everything (:




Apr 1, 2007 9:06 AM

In a Big Country

In a Big Country

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In a big country nature reaches beyond man
holding wonder ever wide

In a Big Country Video





Mar 31, 2007 9:06 PM

experiment

experiment

--image--

This is an experiment. The previous picture is straight from the camera. This one was edited to give darker shadows.
Let's see how flickr treats them :)



Mar 31, 2007 9:06 PM

white oak leaf

white oak leaf

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It's spring, and the hazy sun shone through a white oak leaf.



Mar 31, 2007 12:06 PM

Poison Ivy Berries & Feather

Poison Ivy Berries & Feather

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Mar 30, 2007 11:55 AM

dab1

dab1

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Mar 29, 2007 5:17 PM

circumstantial evidence

circumstantial evidence

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I think I figured out a little something about flickr recently.
The explorer/interestingness page is rigged against photos that have been edited by google's picasa. This is my opinion, based on circumstantial evidence. Perhaps because they are a competitor to yahoo, who owns flickr? Who knows.

Just like these tracks are circumstantial evidence that a racoon had recently visited Potter's Corner Nature Reserve of the Westmoreland Conservancy in Murrysville... Not proof positive, but a very strong



Mar 28, 2007 10:57 PM

yearning to be free

yearning to be free

--image--

Skunk Cabbage, found at the Potter's Corner nature reserve of the Westmoreland Conservancy.



Mar 28, 2007 1:31 PM

joy

joy

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Christmas manger nativity scene with beautiful marble statues made in Italy, specifically for Mount Saint Peter church, New Kensington. I took this photo 15 months ago.

Fontinini nativity:
www.fontaninistore.com/

In the 1940's, the famous Mellon mansion was taken down and most of the marble and ornate materials were salvaged and donated for use in the construction of a beautiful church called Mount Saint Peter in New Kensington, Pennsylvania, USA. The preservation of beauty was made possible in this instance by the generous donation and use of these materials to build a divine church, and with a lot of volunteer effort of the local community to build the church.



Mar 28, 2007 1:31 PM

love

love

--image--

Christmas manger nativity scene with beautiful marble statues made in Italy, specifically for Mount Saint Peter church, New Kensington. I took this photo 15 months ago.

In the 1940's, the famous Mellon mansion was taken down and most of the marble and ornate materials were salvaged and donated for use in the construction of a beautiful church called Mount Saint Peter in New Kensington, Pennsylvania, USA. The preservation of beauty was made possible in this instance by the generous donation and use of these materials to build a divine church, and with a lot of volunteer effort of the local community to build the church.



Mar 27, 2007 1:32 AM

noise

noise

--image--

the noise is from the inexpensive camera, after I add contrast.
I just thought it looked neat.
I took the photo from the courtyard of Heinz Hall at intermission.





Mar 26, 2007 8:58 AM

resistance is futile

resistance is futile

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secret life of plants
an unknown conspiracy
a collective not unlike the Borg.
resistance if futile
we all will be assimilated
carbon dioxide is the fuel
the plants mean to take over the globe
a new jurassic
the whole planet will be a lush tropical paradise



Mar 25, 2007 11:54 AM

Heinz Hall

Heinz Hall

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Last night at Heinz Hall, I was treated a marvelous performance by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, including..
Stravinsky's Suite from Pulcinella,
Schumann's Piano Concerto under the baton of Andrew Davis and played spectacularly by Jonathan Biss,
and the beautiful Symphony number 5 by Sibelius

I also saw a friend at the intermission, a fellow Ultimate Frisbee player. You never know who you will meet at the Symphony.

Music Review: Pianist Biss' exuberance should earn him many returns




Mar 23, 2007 11:54 PM

These Eyes

These Eyes

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGVvx11IZQA



The Guess Who - "These Eyes"
(Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings)

These eyes cry every night for you
These arms long to hold you again

The hurtin's on me, yeah
And I will never be free, no, my baby, no no
You gave a promise to me, yeah
An' you broke it, an' you broke it, oh no

These eyes watched you bring my world to an end
This heart could not accept and pretend

These eyes are cryin'
These eyes have seen a lot of loves
But they're never gonna see another one like I had with you



Mar 23, 2007 8:54 PM

For The Shot

For The Shot

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me -- taken by a friend at Phipps Conservatory.
Amazing what lengths photographers go to to get the shot.
The Things we do for the shot..
Reminds me of this song...
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wd8mDVWJeQ4

10CC - "The Things We Do For Love"

Too many broken hearts have fallen in the river
Too many lonely souls have drifted out to sea,
You lay your bets and then you pay the price
The things we do for love, the things we do for love.
Communication is the problem to the answer
You've got her number and your hand is on the phone
The weather's turned and all the lines are down
The things we do for love, the things we do for love.
Like walking in the rain and the snow
When there's nowhere to go
And you're feelin' like a part of you is dying
And you're looking for the answer in her eyes.
You think you're gonna break up



Mar 23, 2007 11:54 AM

shy

shy

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Mar 22, 2007 11:19 AM

fallen beauty

fallen beauty

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Like a scene from the ballet Swan Lake,
the ballerina has fallen off the stage.
Can we assist her back up?
Will she be able to complete the performance?
Let the music play on...
"Swan Lake Pas de Deux Bernstein"


Swan Lake is the story of the love between Odette, a young woman who has been transformed by a malevolent sorcerer into a swan, and Prince Siegfried, who finds Odette and her bewitched companions by an enchanted lake. Siegfried vows to break the spell by staying true to Odette for eternity, but runs tragically afoul of the sorcerer's evil daughter and his own character flaws. Tchaikovsky's music sweeps the audience through the many worlds of the ballet, from the lighthearted festivities of the royal court, to the passionate tenderness of Odette and Siegfried's duets, to the mysterious moonlit lake. Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's Swan Lake is based on the traditional 19 th -century choreography by Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa, staged and directed with individual touches by Orr.

" Swan Lake is a masterpiece of music, with beautiful, sensual bodies on stage in a dramatic love story," Orr says. The ballet is extremely popular with audiences and a touchstone work for a ballet company. Its themes are universal: good versus evil, first love, longing, trust, deception, betrayal, and redemption. The central situation, a human transformed into a bird, appears in mythologies around the world. "Siegfried goes into the woods--there's that metaphor--and there he falls in love. That could be anywhere," says Orr. "And there are obstructions, which is what happens when you fall in love and you have to find how you can get over those barriers. It's happened to every one



Mar 21, 2007 11:18 PM

Young At Heart

Young At Heart

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juxtaposition between delicate, fleeting, beautiful, new, aromatic, fluid, natural
and hard, cold, solid, mundane, chipped, old, constant, supportive, permanent

Sometimes that seems to be the juxtaposition between myself and my daughter.

But then I realize, you are only as old (or young) as you feel.

"Young At Heart"
Music by Johnny Richards with lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, 1954

Fairy tales can come true,
It can happen to you
If you're young at heart
For it's hard, you will find,
To be narrow of mind
If you're young at heart

You can go to extremes
With impossible schemes
You can laugh when your dreams
Fall apart at the seams
And life gets more exciting
With each passing day
And love is either
In your heart or on its way

Don't you know that it's worth
Every treasure on Earth
To be young at heart
For as rich as you are
It's much better by far
To be young at heart

And if you should survive
To 105
Look at all you'll derive
Out of being alive
Then here is the best part
You have a head start
If you are among
The very young at heart

Don't you know that it's worth
Every treasure on Earth
To be young at heart
For as rich as you are
It's much better by far
To be young at heart

And if you should survive
To 105
Look at all you'll derive
Out of being alive
Then here is the best part
You have a head start
If you are among



Mar 21, 2007 8:18 AM

Kidorable

Kidorable

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To all my faithful flickr friends... I try to view, comment on your images. When I miss a few perhaps this image can stand in as a replacement :)

At Phipps Conservatory, the Spring theme in one room had this umbrella over Snap Dragons. I added a few adjectives.




Mar 20, 2007 11:53 AM

seed mosaic

seed mosaic

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How'd I do that?

I used a command line package that's been around a long time called 'netpbm'. Also here'.

Of course this package isn't for the feint of heart. It takes a lot of computer savy, image knowhow, and old fashioned mathematics (calculator), along with a good text editor, and an image display tool to show the widths and heights of each image.

This is the script I created, it took an hour or so, I guess you need to be a computer geek like myself to enjoy doing this :)

Oh, there is one more trick to this script, a trick that I think it would be hard to recreate with a tool such as PhotoShop. The script uses it's output as input. So that if you run the script multiple times, say, 6, 7, 8 or more times, then the upper left hand image is itself repeated over and over. That's how I got that effect. I suppose it can be done in P.S., but to me, I prefer this method because once I get the numbers right, all I do is rerun the script, and in seconds, I've regenerated the mosaic again! AND, I can move things around at will, if I like. Automation :)

Be glad I didn't bore you all with each of these 8 separate images spread out over 8 days .





Mar 19, 2007 8:44 AM

Enveloping Pusteblume

Enveloping Pusteblume

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At dusk last night, I noticed this Pusteblume, or seed clock, not unlike a dandelion, but from a different species.. I instantly knew that my camera would 'see' a view much different from the view that I initially observed. This is not the sun, but a corner streetlight.





Mar 18, 2007 8:43 PM

Beware the MASK !

Beware the MASK !

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The eyes and mouth consist of poison ivy tendrils
which have encased a huge poison ivy vine that is
crawling up and taking over a black cherry tree.
I turned this image upside down to exhibit the mask.
A recent show in Western Pennsylvania has covered
the landscape with 4 inches of show, enough to make
one more trek through the snow covered woods a delight,



Mar 18, 2007 8:43 PM

Ohhh, it'sss coldddd

Ohhh, it'sss coldddd

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Recent snow storm, Harrison Hills Park

Almost like Modern Art, hauntingly surreal.
Was it a ghost, a shriek I didn't hear?
Or only an illusion, a tree did appear.



Mar 18, 2007 2:42 AM

hovering

hovering

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orchid hovering over a reflecting pool with goldfish





Mar 17, 2007 8:42 PM

Smile - please ;-)

Smile - please ;-)

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Mar 17, 2007 2:42 PM

reaching

reaching

--image--

like a friendly yellow face that yearns to see the sun...
inside this flower a tiny pool of water was shaped like a heart..





Mar 16, 2007 11:39 PM

Meatball !

Meatball !

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Yum !

Tonight I went to 'Exposure - Pittsburgh'. I met a lot of fellow photographers -- the nicest folks in the world -- and here we all are on flickr.

This shot was taken a week ago, but I thought I'd post it tonight :)





Mar 16, 2007 2:20 PM

illuminating

illuminating

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sun's rays illuminating yonder blossom
peach colours enveloping the distance
flourish of trumpet expectant for an anthem



Mar 15, 2007 7:12 AM

palm

palm

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Sun illuminating large palm leaf at Phipps new tropical room, taken from behind.





Mar 14, 2007 8:16 PM

Tulip

Tulip

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The water drops in this tulip, illuminated by the sun, seemed interesting.





Mar 14, 2007 8:58 AM

snapdragon

snapdragon

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Guess what's in the background of these snapdragons...

... it was guessed: pansy



Mar 13, 2007 7:19 PM

looking up

looking up

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Sorry flickr friends, I've been sick for a few days.

But things are looking up now. Like this shot, taken in the cactus room at Phipps Conservatory. This is part of a reef that hangs on the door.





Mar 11, 2007 9:32 AM

between shows

between shows

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They were preparing for the spring flower show. I took this photo of the wall of flowers using the wheel barrows as a backdrop.




Mar 11, 2007 9:32 AM

silhouette

silhouette

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At Phipps in the new tropical room there was this interesting leaf that was just extending its reach. I used the flip out LCD such that the camera was peaking out toward me. The LCD was turned around so that I could frame the shot.

Perhaps not a great shot, but it seemed interesting to me.





Mar 10, 2007 9:47 AM

Serendipity

Serendipity

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At Phipps Conservatory they were preparing for the spring flower show. Yet a blossom from the past show had fallen onto a row of pots yet to be planted. I did not place it there. Perhaps another photographer did so. Or perhaps it was simple serendipity





Mar 9, 2007 7:22 AM

Spiegel

Spiegel

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eminent hidden raindrops
messages spreading wide
intersect without effect
missions they abide

gazing spiegel underneath
illusions fill my mind
inverted sight not rejected
expectations light combined

unavoidable focus
overlooking other realities
no alternate hypothesis
switch harmonies for melodies

look behind the mirror
permeating visage evident
imperceptible artifacts manifest



Mar 8, 2007 10:43 AM

prickly

prickly

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A prickly situation at Phipps, in the Cactus room. I liked the lines and angles with this particular view. Nature, in the form of this cactus tree, is warning us to stay out. Will we listen?





Mar 7, 2007 6:49 PM

remains of the snow cat

remains of the snow cat

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It snowed again in Pittsburgh. This is the remains of my snow cat, with many thaws and refreezing events virtually making it unrecognizable. This little mound is only about half a foot high -- the illusion is reinforced by the camera angle, it was held just above the



Mar 7, 2007 8:57 AM

extending fingers

extending fingers

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Snow laden branches
extending delicate fingers over my brow
devise hollow silhouettes
projecting heavy lines hear and now

Another great line of cars obstructed my path this morning
Giving me yet another opportunity to compose a little poetry.
Remember Panta Rhei - everything is flowing, well, not too literally
this morning -- traffic was flowing, very very slowly, perhaps like the
unseen currents in this calm reflecting pool.

The snow came down in droves, the hills and roads adorning
My gaze averted straight ahead rejecting dismal symmetry
so that I may hear the birds out a cracked window
or see a line of snow upon a ridge above me
nature is beauty when she wears white

These plants extend over the reflecting pool at Phipps Conservatory.
The reflection is the greenhouse roof.

It seems the image from Phipps doesn't necessarily go with the poem,
but I was delayed again in traffic this morning, and while maintaining
my grip on calm, I listened to nature, viewed the grand Allegheny river,
and wrote poetry. It was not a risky endeavor, however, because most of



Mar 6, 2007 1:33 PM

Panta rhei

Panta rhei

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Everything is flowing
a visual ballet,
residual folly,
flirtatious temptress,
nature's volley,
life forms growing,
subliminal harmony,
transitional delight,
reverberating symphony,
resounding in sight
Panta rhei

-- I wrote this in traffic on the way to work this morning.

"Panta Rhei" --
πάντα χωρεῖ καὶ οὐδὲν μένει (Plato, Cratylus 402a)
Everything flows and nothing is left (unchanged). or Everything flows and nothing stands still.or "All things are in motion and nothing remains still."


Oh, this seems to be the early blossoms of a palm. I will go back to see how it progresses if I get a chance.




Mar 6, 2007 12:51 AM

Original Phipps Art

Original Phipps Art

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Mar 6, 2007 12:51 AM

coffee cup

coffee cup

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After a vigourous session of making photos at Phipps Conservatory, we went for lunch at a place in the Oakland portion of Pittsburgh



Mar 6, 2007 12:51 AM

flash cube

flash cube

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This flower reminds me, first, of an old fashioned flash bulb, on the old Kodak cameras. The kind that looked like a big cube, and would rotate 3 times between shots. When I was a youth that was the camera I used. Adjacent to Phipps conservatory is Carnegie Mellon University, and one of the buildings used to be called the flash bulb because it looked like that: a big cube flash bulb. When you would look inside any of the sides of the flash cube, the element or filament looked like this flower, with a hood to reflect the light.

Secondly, this reminds me of an indiginous plant to Western Pennsylvania called the Jack in the Pulpit, which comes out in our woods in the spring. I look forward to spring !



Mar 5, 2007 6:48 PM

orchid and palm

orchid and palm

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Members of the Westmoreland Conservancy met at Phipps Conservancy in Pittsburgh. Silly me, I forgot to bring my tripod, for they allowed us to bring them in on this particular Sunday morning for a few hours. I was fortunate to also meet 3 other flickrites in person. This shot was in the new building, currently with the theme of Thailand.

I was also lucky enough to recognize and introduce myself to the Concertmaster for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, also at Phipps with his kids, as was I. Interesting, however, none of my friends knew who he was. I guess I was the only classical music Aficionado of the



Mar 4, 2007 4:27 PM

hat trick

hat trick

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This composition was staged -- by me.
I grabbed some snow and ice.
I placed it on a log.
I found an acorn cap and a white oak leaf.
Arranged them all together,
right before the falls.



Mar 3, 2007 6:56 PM

coal

coal

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"-(

i SEE THE TRAINS EVERY SATURDAY,
AND HEAR THEIR WHISTLE EVERY DAY

Coal - the heart of the earth
Coal - to fill our hearths
Coal - to fill our lungs
Coal - to harm our young

Instead of burning, we should have superman



Mar 1, 2007 10:37 AM

Amazing Skunk Cabbage and Shadow

Amazing Skunk Cabbage and Shadow

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In our area some of the first signs of spring, from the natural aspect of our land, include Dutchman's Breeches and Spring Beauty, two very beautiful early blooming flowers natural to Western Pennsylvania. But even before those popular beauties come out, there is the Eastern Skunk Cabbage. Poor old Skunk Cabbage, to have such a smelly name. When I was a kid, we used to jump on these blossoms, to mischieviously emit the smell; kids will be kids. But to tell you the truth, that isn't a fair representation of this great species. Under normal circumstances they do not smell. I walk among them all the time, this time of year and into the spring, and if you are careful not to step directly on the plant, you will not disturb them or elicit the foul smelling odors. It's great to view these, as I believe them to be beautiful, filled with green and purple colours, unsurpassed for such an early contingent.

"It is thought possible that Eastern Skunk Cabbages may be able to live for hundreds of years."
Not bad for a species that has such a name.

I made both of these photos at Potter's Corner one of the nature reserves of the Westmoreland Conservancy, located in Murrysville, Pennsylvania

Last night I was listening to Pittsburgh's local Classical radio station: WQED. They were playing Beethoven's spectacular 9th symphony: my favorite. This picture reminds me of the ninth symphony: Ode to Joy. Most popular seems to be the second movement of that symphony. Abridged versions of the symphony will include only the second movement. Also of note, the Ode to Joy melody only appears in the choral fourth movement. But to me the glorious first movement is the reason for beauty. It is one of the most beautiful movements or pieces of music I have ever heard. It is juxtaposed right up against the wonderful second movement, and therefore, because the 2nd movement is also so wonderful, and obviously pronounced in terms of popularity, it often takes a back seat.

Now consider this photo. What do you see first? Is it the first stalk, which will eventually form the leaves of the plant, or do you see the flower pod, the second 'movement' of this plant? In fact, the flower pod is more visible, more pronounced, especially when viewed from this perspective, and in the next few weeks or a month will form a flower. So the so-called second movement is the star of the show, while the spectacular first movement takes a back seat. Just like Beethoven's first two movements of his 9th symphony. But what happens if we look at a different perspective... (see below in comments)





Feb 28, 2007 7:34 PM

vestige

vestige

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softly waving fields of grass direct my eye
below the plane from the spectacles high
fervently I bring one blade from it's site
and lie with the grass, only wind and sigh

Ice so hard and shimmering free
sometimes cracked and often with alacrity
a suitable bed for my blade and me
camera in hand and ready to see

sparkle sparkle in the light
fill my head with what you might
turn my soul away from fright
and spare me from the endless night

adroit fingers in the frigid cold
do so ever be so bold
fill your sensors with this image



Feb 27, 2007 10:33 AM

Across the Universe

Across the Universe

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Tangent Ice formations freely flowing
in unbelievable directions
easily manipulated flair

Shapes of summer waves
frozen such as pixels
dancing in the air



Sounds of laughter shades of life are ringing through my open ears
Inciting and inviting me
Limitless undying love which shines around me like a million suns
It calls me on and on, across the universe...


Trying to rule the day.



Feb 26, 2007 7:14 PM

old tree snag

old tree snag

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When I have time to myself, I tend to go to the woods.
Where else is there solitude?
Even in the city the hustle and bustle can be temporarily pushed on to the queue.
Such was the case this day. I traveled to Frick Park for lunch.
One would never know that this park was located smack dab in the middle of Pittsburgh.
In the middle of the park it gets just as quiet as any forest in the suburbs.

I found this old tree snag -- most likely an anchient white oak tree.
This shot had me looking up, almost toward the sky.





Feb 24, 2007 1:36 AM

Something

Something

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When I was a child I was amazed,
by a beautiful song that filled my heart,
Splendiferous music resounded and dazed,
with lyrics trumpeting what they impart.

Viewing this orchid brought back this thought,
I searched and listened,
Something astounding,
Goosebumps,
Unbelievable beauty !

"Something" -- The Beatles (Harrison)

Something in the way she moves
Attracts me like no other lover
Something in the way she woos me

I don't want to leave her now
You know I believe her now

Somewhere in her smile she knows
That I don't need no other lover
Something in her style that shows me

Don't want to leave her now
You know I believe her now

You're asking me will my love grow
I don't know, I don't know
You stick around now it may show
I don't know, I don't know

Something in the way she knows
And all I have to do is think of her
Something in the things she shows me

Don't want to leave her now
You know I believe her now



Feb 23, 2007 10:00 AM

Preparation

Preparation

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Concentration -- preparation - ready for sledding





Feb 22, 2007 11:24 AM

Comedy Tragedy Theatre Masks

Comedy Tragedy Theatre Masks

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thawing and freezing on a fence.
This reminded me of the comedy and tragedy theatre masks of Greek Theatre.

Also, on the right, to me it looks like the face of the firebird of the Firebird Suite from Disney's Fantasia 2000, as seen from the side perhaps:)
The ice, like the firebird, also represent the theme of death and rebirth in nature (again personified by a sprite)!




Feb 21, 2007 12:25 AM

sledding afternoon

sledding afternoon

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Feb 20, 2007 9:14 AM

Mardi Gras Masks

Mardi Gras Masks

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Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is the last hurrah before the Catholic season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. It also has links to the Christmas season through the period known as Carnival.

Mardi Gras, literally "Fat Tuesday," has grown in popularity in recent years as a raucous, sometimes hedonistic event. But its roots lie in the Christian calendar, as the "last hurrah" before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. That's why the enormous party in New Orleans, for example, ends abruptly at midnight on Tuesday, with battalions of streetsweepers pushing the crowds out of the French Quarter towards home.

What is less known about Mardi Gras is its relation to the Christmas season, through the ordinary-time interlude known in many Catholic cultures as Carnival. (Ordinary time, in the Christian calendar, refers to the normal "ordering" of time outside of the Advent/Christmas or Lent/Easter seasons. There is a fine Scripture From Scratch article on that topic if you want to learn more.)

Carnival comes from the Latin words carne vale, meaning "farewell to the flesh." Like many Catholic holidays and seasonal celebrations, it likely has its roots in pre-Christian traditions based on the seasons. Some believe the festival represented the few days added to the lunar calendar to make it coincide with the solar calendar; since these days were outside the calendar, rules and customs were not obeyed. Others see it as a late-winter celebration designed to welcome the coming spring. As early as the middle of the second century, the Romans observed a Fast of 40 Days, which was preceded by a brief season of feasting, costumes and merrymaking.

The Carnival season kicks off with the Epiphany, also known as Twelfth Night, Three Kings' Day and, in the Eastern churches, Theophany. Epiphany, which falls on January 6, 12 days after Christmas, celebrates the visit of the Wise Men bearing gifts for the infant Jesus. In cultures that celebrate Carnival, Epiphany kicks off a series of parties leading up to Mardi Gras.

Epiphany is also traditionally when celebrants serve King's Cake, a custom that began in France in the 12th century. Legend has it that the cakes were made in a circle to represent the circular routes that the Wise Men took to find Jesus, in order to confuse King Herod and foil his plans of killing the Christ Child. In the early days, a coin or bean was hidden inside the cake, and whoever found the item was said to have good luck in the coming year. In Louisiana, bakers now put a small baby, representing the Christ Child, in the cake; the recipient is then expected to host the next King Cake party.

There are well-known season-long Carnival celebrations in Europe and Latin America, including Nice, France; Cologne, Germany; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The best-known celebration in the U.S. is in New Orleans and the French-Catholic communities of the Gulf Coast. Mardi Gras came to the New World in 1699, when a French explorer arrived at the Mississippi River, about 60 miles south of present day New Orleans. He named the spot Point du Mardi Gras because he knew the holiday was being celebrated in his native country that day.

Eventually the French in New Orleans celebrated Mardi Gras with masked balls and parties, until the Spanish government took over in the mid-1700s and banned the celebrations. The ban continued even after the U.S. government acquired the land but the celebrations resumed in 1827. The official colors of Mardi Gras, with their roots in Catholicism, were chosen 10 years later: purple, a symbol of justice; green, representing faith; and gold, to signify power.

Mardi Gras literally means "Fat Tuesday" in French. The name comes from the tradition of slaughtering and feasting upon a fattened calf on the last day of Carnival. The day is also known as Shrove Tuesday (from "to shrive," or hear confessions), Pancake Tuesday and fetter Dienstag. The custom of making pancakes comes from the need to use up fat, eggs and dairy before the fasting and abstinence of Lent begins
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Feb 19, 2007 5:31 PM

Hidden Splendor

Hidden Splendor

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Hidden splendor at Phipps Conservatory!
I forgot this shot the last time I was there. This one orchid seemed to be hiding in amongst an array of other plants. The multitude of colour



Feb 18, 2007 1:16 PM

sees

sees

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"The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone." -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A Saturday morning, I'm all alone,
To brave the elements, chilled to the bone,
The ice is nice,
my own device,



Feb 17, 2007 3:39 PM

Lace

Lace

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A twig dared to jut out across the stream. Throughout the frigid night the frost grew down and out in various crystalline directions.





Feb 17, 2007 3:39 PM

The Ice Around Us

The Ice Around Us

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"Beginnings are apt to be shadowy, and so it is with the beginnings of that great mother of life, the sea." -- Rachel Carson, from "The Sea Around Us"

A walk down to the stream which is along the trail head of the Rachel Carson Trail. The twigs and tree branches were all encased in ice. (My title is a tribute to the wonderful book by Rachel Carson "The Sea Around Us", one of my favorites). And what better beginning for the sea, than the rain that falls from the heavens, and in this instance, formed as ice around all of the twigs, branches and even the top of this sign. This sign, the trail head for the Rachel Carson trail, the start of this trail for hiking, and the beginning of the life of a drop of water, which will melt in the spring, flow down to the stream below, down through a great and gorgeous ravine, and into the Allegheny River. This river flows down to the Ohio River and eventually to the Mississippi River which flows down to the Gulf of Mexico. The cycle will be complete when the water again, who knows when, will evaporate back into the atmosphere. But the sea, as in the book, is that vast reservoir of life; a sink for temperature and a basis for our stability on Earth.

The Rachel Carson Trail is a hiking trail north and east of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, spanning 35.7 miles (57.4 kilometers) from Harrison Hills County Park in the extreme northeast corner of Allegheny County, to North Park in the north-central area of the county.





Feb 17, 2007 12:39 AM

Admissions

Admissions

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Admissions connecting building of the Children's Museum, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
This museum is now comprised of three buildings interconnected. A new building (seen in this photo) joins the old post office (where I took the photo) to the old Buhl Planetarium.

The bird is titled: One Great Blue
by Tim Kaulen
-- a 13-foot tall Great Blue Heron
Best as I can tell, it is made of old signs from businesses, perhaps gas stations.

This photo depicts my way of seeing life, from the outside looking in.
I'm in a different building from the scene.
I see colours that these folks don't see.
I don't hear what they are hearing (sort of like a picture).
I'm isolated, often alone, almost in a different set of dimensions, 5th, 6th, ... nth dimension.



Feb 17, 2007 12:39 AM

This laptop computer is mine !

This laptop computer is mine !

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Apparently this laptop computer no longer belongs to me. It has been marked by Mr. Punky Kitten.




Feb 15, 2007 7:51 PM

Sunburst !

Sunburst !

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All the trees in Western Pennsylvania are encased in ice. Without the flip-out LCD, I would not have been able to get this shot. As it is I took too much of a risk looking into the sun.

dphotomeister.blogspot.com/2007/02/without-ti-time-would-...
Without ti, time would be me.
Here are a few definitions for ti:

- the syllable for the seventh tone of a diatonic scale.

- An eastern Asian tropical shrub (Cordyline terminalis) having a terminal tuft of long narrow leaves and panicles of white, yellowish, or reddish flowers.

- The symbol for the element titanium: A strong, low-density, highly corrosion-resistant, lustrous white metallic element that occurs widely in igneous rocks and is used to alloy aircraft metals for low weight, strength, and high-temperature stability. Atomic number 22; atomic weight 47.87 melting point 1,660°C; boiling point 3,287°C; specific gravity 4.54

- abbr. Bible: Titus

- TI - time (shortwave transmission)

Without me, there also would be no time. I'm always complaining there is not time, for this or that. Probably the fault lies with me, not ti. But what is time. Is it the fourth dimension? If we can move along this dimension in only one direction, then perhaps it is only half a dimension, or no dimension at all, since the movement is timed, we cannot jump about: in that respect is sort of fixed.

In Star Trek they were violating time all the time. They would travel back in time. They would travel faster than the speed of light. Speed is an interesting component of time: velocity = distance / time. Since time is fixed, we change distance more quickly, say, if we are late for something.

This image shows the branches and twigs of a tree, frozen in time and space. Frozen in time via the photograph. Frozen in space via the ice that has formed around the branches. But eventually time takes over. In time the sun melts the ice. The branches are again free, free to breath. The ice turns to water, runs into streams and rivers and eventually makes its way to the ocean. The water of the ocean, over vast periods of time, will evaporate back into the atmosphere, and the cycle will eventually complete when another rain drop or snow flake is formed.

Faith is -- knowing that there is an ocean when seeing only a snowflake.





Feb 14, 2007 7:49 PM

snow cat and heart

snow cat and heart

--image--

The heavy snow covered over my snow cat sphinx, and my heart -- the crop-circle heart I made in the yard :)




Feb 14, 2007 4:49 PM

Great-blue Heron

Great-blue Heron

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A summer's day in 2004. He was waking in the grass near a creek.
I was just leaving a township festival, where I manned the booth for the Westmoreland Conservancy, when I spied this Great-blue Heron.



Feb 14, 2007 10:49 AM

walk among us

walk among us

--image--

I'm not sure who noticed,
that I've quoted the wrong Saint.
My mind is protist,
it is what it ain't.
____________________
So why was Saint Valentine a saint. He was martyred....
It is probable that the various legends about St. Valentine were invented during this period. Among these legends:

* On the evening before Valentine was to be martyred for being a Christian, he passed a love note to his jailer's daughter that read, "From your Valentine."

* During a ban on marriages of Roman soldiers by the Emperor Claudius II, St. Valentine secretly helped arrange marriages.[13]

Valentine's Day is mentioned by the character Ophelia in Hamlet: "Tomorrow is Saint Valentine's Day."

____________________
"I saw a man coming, as it were from Ireland. His name was Victoricus, and he carried many letters, and he gave me one of them. I read the heading: "The Voice of the Irish". As I began the letter, I imagined in that moment that I heard the voice of those very people who were near the wood of Foclut, which is beside the western sea—and they cried out, as with one voice: "We appeal to you, holy servant boy, to come and walk among us." -- Saint Patrick




Feb 13, 2007 4:49 PM

Work from home?

Work from home?

--image--

Western Pennsylvania has been hit with a really big snow storm today. I stayed at home, purportedly to work. How can one get work done, when my cat, Mr. Punky Kitten, was on a tear, getting into everything, biting cords, and climbing over the top of the laptop computer? I was reading an email from my boss while Mr. Punky posed for



Feb 13, 2007 10:48 AM

Jack Frost on Ice

Jack Frost on Ice

--image--

crystalline structures and sky reflection on top of the ice surface in a creek at Harrison Hills Park

Jack Frost is an elfish creature who personifies crisp, cold, winter weather; a variant of Father Winter (AKA Old Man Winter). He is a figure some believe to have originated in Viking folklore.

He is said to leave frosty crystal patterns on windows on cold mornings. Those who believe in Viking folklore roots state that the English derived the name Jack Frost from the Norse character names, Jokul ("icicle") and Frosti ("frost"). Another theory is that he is a much more recent import into Anglo-Saxon culture from a Russian fairy tale. In the Finnish epos Kalevala Canto number 30, translated from Finnish into English by Keith Bosley, Jack Frost is the son of Blast, "Pakkanen Puhurin Poika" (see Finnish Kalevala). Other tales in Russia represent frost as Father Frost, a smith who binds water and earth together with heavy chains. In Germany however, it is an old woman who causes it to snow by shaking white feathers out of her bed.





Feb 12, 2007 1:48 PM

What one picture is worth.

What one picture is worth.

--image--

To a nature loving optimistic photographer like myself, I often go to extremes to get that 'one-shot' that has a certain story, flair or is otherwise interesting, at least for myself. My goal is first to please myself with the adventure of obtaining a fun image, perhaps even a composition that would be enjoyed by others. And occasionally there turns out to be a few bumps along the way, and an interesting story to go along with the photo.

Such was the case this last Saturday at the wooded Harrison Hills Park near the border of four counties in Western Pennsylvania. Every Saturday morning I often hike along a scenic trail which lies at the top of a very steep ridge along the Allegheny River. At the base of the ridge are railroad tracks. I don't often see trains along there, but on this occasion, there was a train stopped right below me.

In winter the view is spectacular; off in the distance one can see the town of Freeport, and there are snow covered hills and trees as far as the eye can see if one looks up the valley. The river itself is often teaming with various forms of ducks and geese often heard, and with binoculars seen down in the distance.

On this particular day I spied a bird's nest, by my estimation most likely the nest of a Red-eyed Vireo based on the size and location in the branch of a small wild Black-Cherry tree. I decide that I'd try to get a photo of this durable nest, even though it was situated down about 15 feet from my position. The embankment there is quite steep, and against my better judgment I began to descend a little bit over the edge. There was a nice foot hold for my right leg which I decided was the best place to make pictures. I dared not go any further. I took a few photos, but my zoom was only 3x, and decided I need to get just a few inches further.

Suddenly I slipped onto my back, but yet did not slide down the ridge. My cool head told me to put the camera away, which I did, luckily, I even managed to get my glove back on my right hand. But how would I get out of this predicament? A moment later I began to slide, and slid on my back halfway down the steep ridge. Luckily, a log loomed large and I grabbed it, otherwise who knows how much further I would have gone, and to what peril.

I was able to gain my feet, inspect for damage, to which there was none, and traverse along the ridge to a place where trees with many hand holds afforded a chance for me to ascend back out of the ridge back to the path. I went back to where I had fallen and marveled at my luck. I then proceeded to place a few well laid foot prints so that anyone else coming upon the scene wouldn't worry that someone had fallen over the cliff because the tracks would have appeared to go one way only: down. I didn't want anyone to institute a search.

Perhaps some day, another photographer, in a similar situation, will think of my story, and err on the side of caution. Maybe my foolhardy



Feb 11, 2007 4:46 PM

Snow cat with snow man on back.

Snow cat with snow man on back.

--image--

My daughter and I built a huge sphinx-like snow cat, this is just the top, the huge legs and tail were not captured. On his back was a little snow man. In the distance is a neighbor's house. It seemed like a funny picture, so I posted. He is still out there today, after several weeks, except the head is almost melted and the carrot is on the ground. The head was way out of proportion to the rest of the body.





Feb 10, 2007 7:45 PM

Snow Sprites

Snow Sprites

--image--

Many of these puffs of snow looked like a small or elusive sprite, elf or pixie.





Feb 9, 2007 4:45 PM

Frozen

Frozen

--image--

A white oak leaf frozen in the stream, and in time.





Feb 9, 2007 7:45 AM

Gully

Gully

--image--

Moss - any tiny, leafy-stemmed, flowerless plant of the class Musci, reproducing by spores and growing in tufts, sods, or mats on moist ground, tree trunks, rocks, etc.

This Gully and stream, in Harrison Hills Park near Pittsburgh, PA, is filled with lots of little dips and drops which represent water falls in miniature. When the ice had frozen over the flat spots, it was fun to drop down below, set the camera on the flat surface of the ice, and make some photos of the wonderful scene illuminated by the sun! A bit of saturation was added to highlight the leaves.





Feb 7, 2007 10:45 PM

Home of the Great-horned Owl

Home of the Great-horned Owl

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On this lovely cold and sunny afternoon I stopped by my old house in the country to look, listen and enjoy the nature all around. A stroll along the creek reminded me of this picture of a snow adorned white-pine branch. The creek was completely frozen over and covered with a layer of fluffy snow. Several long gone trees had fallen across the stream and were equally convered with snow. Often I used to cross the stream by walking across the logs, but this day I dare not, it was slippery and a long way down. I proceeded down the way to the place where my daughter and I used to enjoy the wonders of our dear creak, which in summer would be teaming with life and activity, but on this day was quite still in its frozen state. However, I could hear the slight sound of a trickle of running water beneath the ice.

After a while I began to hear the melodic low pitched hooting of a male Great-horned Owl off in the distance. The very low pitch is wonderful to hear, and at first, not easy to pick up. Only because I am familiar with the call, and perhaps expecting to hear it, I've heard it so often before in the winter, I was able to readily recognize the call. Not many things in nature or otherwise have such a low pitch, that I know of. What a wonderful sound!

Pleased was I, that I had stopped, and waited, and listened, for one more lovely thing...

"My Day in the hills has come to an end I know
A Star has come out, to tell me it's time to go
But deep in the dark green shadows
Are voices that urge me to stay
So I stop and I wait and I listen
For one more sound, for one more lovely thing
that the hills might say" -- The Sound of Music - Rodgers and Hammerstein





Feb 7, 2007 7:45 AM

Down is Up -- snow puff

Down is Up -- snow puff

--image--

A plant was facing down. Very few things indeed are really impossible.

"Alice opened the door and found that it led into a small passage, not much larger than a rat-hole: she knelt down and looked along the passage into the loveliest garden you ever saw. How she longed to get out of that dark hall, and wander about among those beds of bright flowers and those cool fountains, but she could not even get her head through the doorway; "and even if my head would go through," thought poor Alice, "it would be of very little use without my shoulders. Oh, how I wish I could shut up like a telescope! I think I could, if I only knew how to begin." For, you see, so many out-of-the- way things had happened lately, that Alice had begun to think that very few things indeed were



Feb 6, 2007 10:44 AM

Tiger Gyration / Intellectual Beauty

Tiger Gyration / Intellectual Beauty

--image--

Last of the set of orchids from Phipps; sorry I don't know the names of these beauties, scientific or otherwise. I was there on my lunch 'Hour' :)

The last poem from a few flowers ago was mine -- fun, but nowhere near as good as this poem which came to mind when I was uploading this picture. This is only part of the whole poem:

"I vowed that I would dedicate my powers
To thee and thine—have I not kept the vow?
With beating heart and streaming eyes, even now
I call the phantoms of a thousand hours
Each from his voiceless grave: they have in visioned bowers
Of studious zeal or love's delight
Outwatched with me the envious night—
They know that never joy illumed my brow
Unlinked with hope that thou wouldst free
This world from its dark slavery,
That thou—O awful Loveliness,
Wouldst give whate'er these words cannot express."
-- Hymn to Intellectual Beauty



Feb 5, 2007 9:01 AM

The Star Flower

The Star Flower

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Feb 4, 2007 10:55 AM

Nordic Nights

Nordic Nights

--image--

Last night I went to see the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra perform a program they titled: "Nordic Nights" including Nielsen's first symphony, Hummel's trumpet concerto, performed beautifully by George Vosburgh, and finally, the Pièce de résistance, the marvelous 'Suite from Peer Gynt' by Edvard Grieg. What a magnificent trio!

I thought these three flowers from Phipps might represent a nice composition with which to describe my splendid evening of music! :)





Feb 3, 2007 1:53 AM

Behold what wonders I observed last night

Behold what wonders I observed last night

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Oh, what wonders I observed last night,
Were shining on high with no competition.
A star so beautiful and ever so bright,
Colorful and spinning with much revolution.
Pulsing red then green then blue then white,
in momentary flashes I have never before seen.
Reaching out with a telescope to behold a pure sight,
Even in that manner, it remained red and green.
Steadfast and radiant, and pinned to one place,
neither helicopter, nor plane, nor man made device.
Trumpeting news of this breathtaking discovery,
Might bring fervent tenacity to fortunate advice.
Behold what wonders I observed last night,
With awe and adoration as perceived just then,
A legend is formed by this hued starlight
That hopes never dashed will return once again.



Feb 2, 2007 7:49 AM

elegant - graceful in form

elegant - graceful in form

--image--

Feb 1, 2007 10:49 PM

backlit radiance

backlit radiance

--image--

This yellow orchid was backlit from behind in the Orchid Room at Phipps Conservatory. The sun was shining wonderfully through the glass panels onto the back of the orchid. It generated a sort of glow that



Feb 1, 2007 1:49 AM

the web wide world

the web wide world

--image--

My daughter is always dragging me down to the Pittsburgh Children's Museum, now located in the old Post Office of the North Shore of Pitsburgh, PA, and also now in the old Buhl Planetarium. What is really interesting is to see this old Post Office, with it's grand old architecture and the marvelous ornate dome. From the inside, when you look up you can see the inside of the dome. Well a 'dad' can get rather bored at a Children's museum, after about 5 hours of running around with the youngsters (don't get me wrong, I'm still a big kid at heart), one starts to look for different perspectives to photograph. This interesting item is a large children's maze, which is rather amazing, it is both a sculpture, and a place for kids to crawl around inside. Parents would never be able to get in there, it is just too cramped. So I decided to get my shot from down below looking up toward the old dome



Jan 31, 2007 3:38 AM

Coherence

Coherence

--image--

Check out the spot of water that clings.
Grass over water and ice --



Jan 31, 2007 3:38 AM

grass, ice and snow

grass, ice and snow

--image--

A small stream at Frick Park, Pittsburgh, PA





Jan 30, 2007 1:11 PM

pay no attention to the man behind the curtain

pay no attention to the man behind the curtain

--image--

A photo of me taken at Buttermilk Falls, behind an array of huge icicles !

All credit goes to the photographer: Mini Mouse, I'm trying to convince her to get a flickr account ;)



Jan 29, 2007 10:11 PM

Moss at Buttermilk Falls

Moss at Buttermilk Falls

--image--

soft focus added with software and my clicking ;)





Jan 28, 2007 8:29 PM

I'll never do it again, I promise ;-))

I'll never do it again, I promise ;-))

--image--

On a very cold and wintery day at the end of January the photo enthusiasts of the Westmoreland Conservancy went together on a photo excursion to the scenic Buttermilk Falls east of Pittsburgh, PA. Days like this usually make photography a difficult endeavor, not the least of which is caused by the constant pelting snow, and our aversion to get the cameras wet! The falling snow added to the splendor of the pristine habitat down by the falls, so we decided to hazard a chance to make photos.

Of course the falls were fed by a very fast moving stream, which we needed to cross in order to get down below the falls. Most of us had waterpoof boots, but one member, being from Norway decided to cross the stream in bare-feet. This appeared to be the highlight of the trip, as everyone was enjoying with mirth the obvious (at least to the rest of us) humor in the situation.

To get down the falls we descended a very steep incline, which had a sign at the top: WARNING: Restricted Area. Of course we ignored the sign and vetured down anyway, making a bit more mirth about our inability to follow signs. In order to document our descent, I proceeded down at breakneck speed, so that I may be able to document the descent of the rest of our crew. A rope was affixed at the top, and the others were full of laughs considering the obvious fun they had lowering themselves down along the way. At the bottom another venturous photographer decided to get on her hands an knees and crawl around underneath the waterfall, camera in hand, in order to film from that perspective. The ice underthe falls was not covered with snow, and was therefore quite slippery, fortunately the camera and photographer made it back out without slipping!

In addtion to Buttermilk Falls, the group took a nice hike along Mr. McFeely trail, a circular loop which took us through the fascinating wooded area. The snow was much deeper at this elevation, an area east of the city and near a ridge along the Allegheny mountains called Chestnut Ridge. The American Chestnut tree no longer towers above the woods, but we were surrounded by many Beech, Red and White Oak, Maple and Birch trees along the path. One member exclaimed he had seen a ghost -- a ghost tree: A tree adorned with lots of snow.

Many of the old trees had fungi growing on their vertical faces. With the snow on top, it reminded me of the expression: "There may be snow on the roof, but there's still a lot of fire left in the hearth!" These particular woods seemed to have a feel or distinctive aura all their own, and indeed we began to hear what sounded like a very loud babling brook sound off to once side, an area near the top of a hill that didn't seem to be able to support that much water. Maybe the ghost had indeed returned? Or perhaps there was a stream over there. Several member ventured to see, and determined that the sound was being made by the heavily falling snow impacting large hi-voltage electric cables that ran through along this area. They made such a loud sound, that sounded like water running, it seemed almost unreal.

Soon we circled all the way around to where the path split off at a Y. Several of the female members of the bunch, off in front, were laughing at something very funny. We found out it was a curious dialog concerning "sense of direction" and perhaps the differences that gender may make in such a sense.

-------


For the late Fred Rogers Buttermilk Falls was a place of childhood enchantment. Buttermilk Falls was once owned by Fred McFeely, Mr. Rogers maternal grandfather. As a child Mr. Rogers often visited his grandfather's farm near Clyde, PA. After Sunday dinners and on summer vacations he would walk the grounds with his grandfather sharing in special times. Many ideas and expressions used in the children's television program 'Mr. Rogers Neighborhood' were originally conceived at Buttermilk Falls

In the late 1970's Mr. Rogers revisited Buttermilk Falls to film a segment for the PBS series entitled "Old Friends…New Friends". Two character actors portrayed Mr. Rogers and his grandfather in the program which focused on what different generations can learn from each other.

When visiting the site today it is not hard to imagine how a young boy, who grew up to influence millions of people on public television, could recall in later years the special significance this place held for him. Even today Buttermilk Falls is a place of enchantment and



Jan 28, 2007 8:29 PM

I've been spotted!

I've been spotted!

--image--


On a very cold and wintry day at the end of January the photo enthusiasts of the Westmoreland Conservancy went together on a photo excursion to the scenic Buttermilk Falls east of Pittsburgh, PA. Days like this usually make photography a difficult endeavor, not the least of which is caused by the constant pelting snow, and our aversion to get the cameras wet! The falling snow added to the splendor of the pristine habitat down by the falls, so we decided to hazard a chance to make photos.

Of course the falls were fed by a very fast moving stream, which we needed to cross in order to get down below the falls. Most of us had waterproof boots, but one member, being from Norway decided to cross the stream in bare-feet. This appeared to be the highlight of the trip, as everyone was enjoying with mirth the obvious (at least to the rest of us) humor in the situation.

To get down the falls we descended a very steep incline, which had a sign at the top: WARNING: Restricted Area. Of course we ignored the sign and ventured down anyway, making a bit more mirth about our inability to follow signs. In order to document our descent, I proceeded down at breakneck speed, so that I may be able to document the descent of the rest of our crew. A rope was affixed at the top, and the others were full of laughs considering the obvious fun they had lowering themselves down along the way. At the bottom another venturous photographer decided to get on her hands an knees and crawl around underneath the waterfall, camera in hand, in order to film from that perspective. The ice under the falls was not covered with snow, and was therefore quite slippery, fortunately the camera and photographer made it back out without slipping!

In addition to Buttermilk Falls, the group took a nice hike along Mr. McFeely trail, a circular loop which took us through the fascinating wooded area. The snow was much deeper at this elevation, an area east of the city and near a ridge along the Allegheny mountains called Chestnut Ridge. The American Chestnut tree no longer towers above the woods, but we were surrounded by many Beech, Red and White Oak, Maple and Birch trees along the path. One member exclaimed he had seen a ghost -- a ghost tree: A tree adorned with lots of snow.

Many of the old trees had fungi growing on their vertical faces. With the snow on top, it reminded me of the expression: "There may be snow on the roof, but there's still a lot of fire left in the hearth!" These particular woods seemed to have a feel or distinctive aura all their own, and indeed we began to hear what sounded like a very loud babbling brook sound off to once side, an area near the top of a hill that didn't seem to be able to support that much water. Maybe the ghost had indeed returned? Or perhaps there was a stream over there. Several member ventured to see, and determined that the sound was being made by the heavily falling snow impacting large hi-voltage electric cables that ran through along this area. They made such a loud sound, that sounded like water running, it seemed almost unreal.

Soon we circled all the way around to where the path split off at a fork in the trail. Several of the female members of the bunch, off in front, were laughing at something very funny. We found out it was a curious dialog concerning "sense of direction" and perhaps the differences that gender may make in such a sense.

-------


For the late Fred Rogers Buttermilk Falls was a place of childhood enchantment. Buttermilk Falls was once owned by Fred McFeely, Mr. Rogers maternal grandfather. As a child Mr. Rogers often visited his grandfather's farm near Clyde, PA. After Sunday dinners and on summer vacations he would walk the grounds with his grandfather sharing in special times. Many ideas and expressions used in the children's television program 'Mr. Rogers Neighborhood' were originally conceived at Buttermilk Falls

In the late 1970's Mr. Rogers revisited Buttermilk Falls to film a segment for the PBS series entitled "Old Friends…New Friends". Two character actors portrayed Mr. Rogers and his grandfather in the program which focused on what different generations can learn from each other.

When visiting the site today it is not hard to imagine how a young boy, who grew up to influence millions of people on public television, could recall in later years the special significance this place held for him. Even today Buttermilk Falls is a place of enchantment and



Jan 28, 2007 8:29 PM

Westmoreland Conservancy at Buttermilk Falls

Westmoreland Conservancy at Buttermilk Falls

--image--



On a very cold and wintry day at the end of January the photo enthusiasts of the Westmoreland Conservancy went together on a photo excursion to the scenic Buttermilk Falls east of Pittsburgh, PA. Days like this usually make photography a difficult endeavor, not the least of which is caused by the constant pelting snow, and our aversion to get the cameras wet! The falling snow added to the splendor of the pristine habitat down by the falls, so we decided to hazard a chance to make photos.

Of course the falls were fed by a very fast moving stream, which we needed to cross in order to get down below the falls. Most of us had waterproof boots, but one member, being from Norway decided to cross the stream in bare-feet. This appeared to be the highlight of the trip, as everyone was enjoying with mirth the obvious (at least to the rest of us) humor in the situation.

To get down the falls we descended a very steep incline, which had a sign at the top: WARNING: Restricted Area. Of course we ignored the sign and ventured down anyway, making a bit more mirth about our inability to follow signs. In order to document our descent, I proceeded down at breakneck speed, so that I may be able to document the descent of the rest of our crew. A rope was affixed at the top, and the others were full of laughs considering the obvious fun they had lowering themselves down along the way. At the bottom another venturous photographer decided to get on her hands an knees and crawl around underneath the waterfall, camera in hand, in order to film from that perspective. The ice under the falls was not covered with snow, and was therefore quite slippery, fortunately the camera and photographer made it back out without slipping!

In addition to Buttermilk Falls, the group took a nice hike along Mr. McFeely trail, a circular loop which took us through the fascinating wooded area. The snow was much deeper at this elevation, an area east of the city and near a ridge along the Allegheny mountains called Chestnut Ridge. The American Chestnut tree no longer towers above the woods, but we were surrounded by many Beech, Red and White Oak, Maple and Birch trees along the path. One member exclaimed he had seen a ghost -- a ghost tree: A tree adorned with lots of snow.

Many of the old trees had fungi growing on their vertical faces. With the snow on top, it reminded me of the expression: "There may be snow on the roof, but there's still a lot of fire left in the hearth!" These particular woods seemed to have a feel or distinctive aura all their own, and indeed we began to hear what sounded like a very loud babbling brook sound off to once side, an area near the top of a hill that didn't seem to be able to support that much water. Maybe the ghost had indeed returned? Or perhaps there was a stream over there. Several member ventured to see, and determined that the sound was being made by the heavily falling snow impacting large hi-voltage electric cables that ran through along this area. They made such a loud sound, that sounded like water running, it seemed almost unreal.

Soon we circled all the way around to where the path split off at a fork in the trail. Several of the female members of the bunch, off in front, were laughing at something very funny. We found out it was a curious dialog concerning "sense of direction" and perhaps the differences that gender may make in such a sense.

-------


For the late Fred Rogers Buttermilk Falls was a place of childhood enchantment. Buttermilk Falls was once owned by Fred McFeely, Mr. Rogers maternal grandfather. As a child Mr. Rogers often visited his grandfather's farm near Clyde, PA. After Sunday dinners and on summer vacations he would walk the grounds with his grandfather sharing in special times. Many ideas and expressions used in the children's television program 'Mr. Rogers Neighborhood' were originally conceived at Buttermilk Falls

In the late 1970's Mr. Rogers revisited Buttermilk Falls to film a segment for the PBS series entitled "Old Friends…New Friends". Two character actors portrayed Mr. Rogers and his grandfather in the program which focused on what different generations can learn from each other.

When visiting the site today it is not hard to imagine how a young boy, who grew up to influence millions of people on public television, could recall in later years the special significance this place held for him. Even today Buttermilk Falls is a place of enchantment and



Jan 28, 2007 5:29 PM

Snowy Fungi

Snowy Fungi

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"There may be snow on the roof, but there's still a lot of fire left in the hearth!"

In addtion to Buttermilk Falls, today the photo enthusiasts of the Westmoreland Conservancy took a nice hike along Mr. McFeely trail, next to Buttermilk Falls, east of Pittsburgh, PA. It was a very cold and snowy day. Along the way these fungi seem rather interesting.

For the late Fred Rogers Buttermilk Falls was a place of childhood enchantment. Buttermilk Falls was once owned by Fred McFeely, Mr. Rogers maternal grandfather. As a child Mr. Rogers often visited his grandfather's farm near Clyde, PA. After Sunday dinners and on summer vacations he would walk the grounds with his grandfather sharing in special times. Many ideas and expressions used in the children's television program 'Mr. Rogers Neighborhood' were originally conceived at Buttermilk Falls

In the late 1970's Mr. Rogers revisited Buttermilk Falls to film a segment for the PBS series entitled "Old Friends…New Friends". Two character actors portrayed Mr. Rogers and his grandfather in the program which focused on what different generations can learn from each other.

When visiting the site today it is not hard to imagine how a young boy, who grew up to influence millions of people on public television, could recall in later years the special significance this place held for him. Even today Buttermilk Falls is a place of enchantment and



Jan 28, 2007 5:29 PM

Fire in the hearth !

Fire in the hearth !

--image--

In addtion to Buttermilk Falls, today the photo enthusiasts of the Westmoreland Conservancy took a nice hike along Mr. McFeely trail, next to Buttermilk Falls, east of Pittsburgh, PA. It was a very cold and snowy day.

For the late Fred Rogers Buttermilk Falls was a place of childhood enchantment. Buttermilk Falls was once owned by Fred McFeely, Mr. Rogers maternal grandfather. As a child Mr. Rogers often visited his grandfather's farm near Clyde, PA. After Sunday dinners and on summer vacations he would walk the grounds with his grandfather sharing in special times. Many ideas and expressions used in the children's television program 'Mr. Rogers Neighborhood' were originally conceived at Buttermilk Falls

In the late 1970's Mr. Rogers revisited Buttermilk Falls to film a segment for the PBS series entitled "Old Friends…New Friends". Two character actors portrayed Mr. Rogers and his grandfather in the program which focused on what different generations can learn from each other.

When visiting the site today it is not hard to imagine how a young boy, who grew up to influence millions of people on public television, could recall in later years the special significance this place held for him. Even today Buttermilk Falls is a place of enchantment and



Jan 28, 2007 5:29 PM

Buttermilk Falls

Buttermilk Falls

--image--

Today the photo enthusiasts of the Westmoreland Conservancy took a trip to Buttermilk Falls east of Pittsburgh, PA. It was a very cold and snowy day. Not good for photography, but we made the best of it. The snow actually added to the splendor of the pristine habitat down by the falls. It may have been a bit hard on the cameras, but we all had a great time enjoying the scenery.

For the late Fred Rogers Buttermilk Falls was a place of childhood enchantment. Buttermilk Falls was once owned by Fred McFeely, Mr. Rogers maternal grandfather. As a child Mr. Rogers often visited his grandfather's farm near Clyde, PA. After Sunday dinners and on summer vacations he would walk the grounds with his grandfather sharing in special times. Many ideas and expressions used in the children's television program 'Mr. Rogers Neighborhood' were originally conceived at Buttermilk Falls

In the late 1970's Mr. Rogers revisited Buttermilk Falls to film a segment for the PBS series entitled "Old Friends…New Friends". Two character actors portrayed Mr. Rogers and his grandfather in the program which focused on what different generations can learn from each other.

When visiting the site today it is not hard to imagine how a young boy, who grew up to influence millions of people on public television, could recall in later years the special significance this place held for him. Even today Buttermilk Falls is a place of enchantment and



Jan 27, 2007 11:28 PM

I threw a snowball at a tree

I threw a snowball at a tree

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Jan 27, 2007 5:28 PM

funny snow face...

funny snow face...

--image--

Along my hike and jog today in the snow covered hills of Harrison Hills Park I encountered this funny face nestled in the Y of a Red Oak Tree! It looked like he might have something to say...

"My Day in the hills has come to an end I know
A Star has come out, to tell me it's time to go
But deep in the dark green shadows
Are voices that urge me to stay
So I stop and I wait and I listen
For one more sound, for one more lovely thing
that the hills might say
-- Oscar Hammerstein II and Richard Rodgers - "The Sound of Music"





Jan 27, 2007 2:25 AM

One Amazing Chocolate Tree !

One Amazing Chocolate Tree !

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It's getting closer to Valentines day. And what could be better than chocolate, right? Well here is the source of the chocolate, One Amazing Chocolate Tree!

In the Fern Room at Phipps Conservatory stands one of the few Chocolate Trees to be found in the Continental United States of America. Most Chocolate Trees grow in tropical climates, and Phipps has one of the few found in our temperate climate.

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a complex of buildings and grounds set in Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (near the Carnegie Museums in Oakland).

"Inside the Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens stands a tropical tree with multiple yellowish, gourdlike pods full of seeds. It's a chocolate tree -- scientifically called "Theobroma Cacao." It takes some time to harvest the bitter cocoa seeds and turn them into edible and palatable delicacies such as milk chocolate bars.

"Chocolate trees grow in areas close to the equator in South America and Africa, so unless you have a sophisticated greenhouse, forget about trying to grow one in your backyard. But you can come visit the Phipps' tree, which is more than 50 years old, and then head out for chocolate



Jan 24, 2007 2:41 PM

over the waterfall

over the waterfall

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I thought I'd flashback to a photoshoot I did with fellow members of a local organization I am involved with called the Westmoreland Conservancy: a non-profit organization whose purpose is to "acquire and preserve rural and rustic lands for the public good".







Jan 23, 2007 12:20 PM

:o)

:o)

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Smiley with Snow Beard on Black Cherry tree log, Harrison Hills Park.
The tree had fallen across the hiking path during a wind storm. It was subsequently cut to clear the path.




Jan 22, 2007 3:20 PM

reflections of Thailand

reflections of Thailand

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In a reflecting pool in the new tropical room at Phipps Conservatory rays of light hit first my eye, then my camera. It was a gray dreary day, so I increased the saturation and lighting and otherwise augmented



Jan 22, 2007 10:23 AM

Locks of grass adorn icicles

Locks of grass adorn icicles

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Jan 21, 2007 10:22 PM

The autonomous vehicle Sandstorm

The autonomous vehicle Sandstorm

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The autonomous vehicle and Alex Gutierrez' excellent description of the race.
The vehicle does not have a driver!
It is a robot.

The autonomous vehicle (they also call it a robot), is from the Robotics Institute. I used to work with a Professor Mark Fox from that department in the early 1980's on an Artificial Intelligence/Expert System developed at Westinghouse. The department is now run by William Red L. Whittaker. The team of folks demonstrating the robot, and also who were part of the Red Team competition, where this vehicle, called Sandstorm, took second place in the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge, included:

Alex Gutierrez and Andrew Mellinger
redteamracing.org

The unofficial upshot I gleaned from other alumni (not from members of the Red Team) is as follows: the first place winners from Stanford included two individuals who were originally from CMU, and perhaps reused some of the 'know-how' from there.





Jan 21, 2007 7:22 PM

I Robot -- An unfortunate accident

I Robot -- An unfortunate accident

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The autonomous vehicle
(they also call it a robot), is from the Robotics Institute. I used to work with a Professor Mark Fox from that department in the early 1980's on an Artificial Intelligence/Expert System developed at Westinghouse. The department is now run by William Red L. Whittaker. The team of folks demonstrating the robot, and also who were part of the Red Team competition, where this vehicle, called Sandstorm, took second place in the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge, included:

Alex Gutierrez and Andrew Mellinger
redteamracing.org

The unofficial upshot I gleaned from other alumni (not from members of the Red Team) is as follows: the first place winners from Stanford included two individuals who were originally from CMU, and perhaps reused some of the 'know-how' from there.

As for the vehicle itself, it ran into a large rock. :o)





Jan 20, 2007 3:42 PM

Guess what I am...

Guess what I am...

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My first guess would be a satellite view of the moon Titan which revolves around Saturn :o))


----- ANSWER: This is the outer surface of a red oak tree, 10 years after it died





Jan 20, 2007 3:42 PM

Can you see a face -- from the side?

Can you see a face -- from the side?

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An old red oak tree stump with snow on top!



Jan 20, 2007 3:42 AM

My new (old) car! ;-) not really (-:

My new (old) car! ;-) not really (-:

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The Frick Art Museum on the east side of Pittsburgh.
frickart.org/features/ccm/
The curator was happy to photograph me along side this vintage car!





Jan 20, 2007 12:42 AM

Vintage car at the Frick!

Vintage car at the Frick!

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1898 Panhard et Lavassor Tonneau
No, that's not Flickr, that's Frick.
The Frick Art Museum on the east side of Pittsburgh.
frickart.org/features/ccm/

It was made into a museum for art and there is a gallery of their vintage cars and carriages housed there as well. I took this picture



Jan 19, 2007 12:12 PM

"My heart is in the work." -- Andrew Carnegie

"My heart is in the work." -- Andrew Carnegie

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Hamerschlag Hall, CMU -- back view; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

After spending eight years in and about Carnegie-Mellon University 25 years ago, four full time, and four part time, it seems fitting that I write a personal tribute to Andrew Carnegie.

Many have opinions concerning the life of the man best know as being rich and for his pioneering philanthropic spirit. This is the proverbial 'my 2 cents worth'.

I am grateful for the charitable works of Mr. Carnegie; as I am grateful for the contributions of Mr. Carnegie to the economic powerhouse that is the extent of our country today. I daresay he is one of my heroes on that note. As well as for his hard-working attitude towards life.

Was Andrew Carnegie:
"A bad man who became a good man later in life?"

Or was he:
"A great man who became legendary for his philanthropic contributions to society later in life?"

I would sum it up this way:

He was a good man all his life. His hard-working entrepreneurial spirit, while not very friendly to the environment, was friendly to business and provided vast employment to many people. With or without all of his pioneering philanthropy, his fundamental characteristic of entrepreneurial business, that which built his massive wealth, benefited society by pushing the very boundaries of the economy and industrial technology to a point whereby, I might say, this country was pushed to the forefront of greatest nations and was indeed the basis of our economy today. To sum it up: he was not the only one to benefit from his wealth. The so-called 'toilers' were gainfully employed, who would otherwise not be. For this contribution alone, I think he is overlooked and is sometimes even vilified. Why must a nation apologize for this kind of contribution.

"My heart is in the work." -- Andrew Carnegie




Jan 18, 2007 12:08 PM

Hamerschlag Hall

Hamerschlag Hall

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Photo taken in 2005 at my 25th college reunion for Carnegie Mellon University.
The campus does seem a bit more crowded, because there are gobs of new buildings.
In this shot I am looking west at Hamerschlag Hall , with Cathedral of Learning of the University of Pittsburgh in the background. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
more pics of campus

Hamerschlag Hall pioneers green roof technology
another article





Jan 17, 2007 9:07 AM

Crimson and Gold

Crimson and Gold

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On either side of the entry to the new exhibit at Phipps Conservatory stands two wonderfully artistic masks of Thailand which represent symbols of the tropical forest paradise that one is about to visit. This is on the bottom of the mask on the left.
I especially want to thank the Khon artist for a wonderful piece of art, that is the person who deserves the most credit, I am just the documentarian.

This is from the Phipps website:
"Khon Masks.
Located in the entry vestibule, which is decorated in the Thai national colors of crimson and gold, these masks are from the traditional royal Khon dramas that have been performed for several hundred years. Each Khon mask is a highly valued piece of art because there are only a few Khon mask makers left due to the strict requirements of high skill,



Jan 17, 2007 9:07 AM

Entry of the Khon

Entry of the Khon

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On either side of the entry to the new exhibit at Phipps Conservatory stands two wonderfully artistic masks of Thailand which represent symbols of the tropical forest paradise that one is about to visit. This is on the top of the mask on the left

This is from the Phipps website:
"Khon Masks.
Located in the entry vestibule, which is decorated in the Thai national colors of crimson and gold, these masks are from the traditional royal Khon dramas that have been performed for several hundred years. Each Khon mask is a highly valued piece of art because there are only a few Khon mask makers left due to the strict requirements of high skill,



Jan 17, 2007 9:07 AM

Overture to Thailand

Overture to Thailand

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On either side of the entry to the new exhibit at Phipps Conservatory stands two wonderfully artistic masks from Thailand which represent symbols of the tropical forest paradise that one is about to visit. This mask is on the right.

This is from the Phipps website:
"Khon Masks.
Located in the entry vestibule, which is decorated in the Thai national colors of crimson and gold, these masks are from the traditional royal Khon dramas that have been performed for several hundred years. Each Khon mask is a highly valued piece of art because there are only a few Khon mask makers left due to the strict requirements of high skill,



Jan 16, 2007 3:01 PM

ice Seal

ice Seal

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Natural ice formation.

Imagination. Would most people find beauty in a babbling brook or creek: yes. Would they imagine a portion of that creek to be a waterfall: likely no, but hopefully yes. How about finding patterns in ice on top of the stream? Are these patterns beautiful? It is with imagination that we can mould alluring bits of nature into grand canyons of beauty. And not just nature per se, but with anything we can think of. Building beauty where it may not readily be seen is a fitting endeavor for anyone. Make beauty.

One way to make beauty is with photography or art. What does a picture or painting give you. A snapshot frozen in time of beauty. In real time one sees beauty, but it is hardly ever frozen to be viewed by many for more than a passing instant. Usually once you have passed it by, you have only your memory to keep it. With a picture or painting it is preserved and can be viewed in a context which freezes that beautiful thought for all. It goes back to the notion that there is a model of reality. The picture fills in as the model in an 'external to the mind'



Jan 15, 2007 6:00 PM

abstractPlants

abstractPlants

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Turning a bad shot into something interesting with photo editing software :)





Jan 14, 2007 5:42 PM

photo Maker In Action

photo Maker In Action

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Jan 14, 2007 5:42 PM

Future Flury of Flowers

Future Flury of Flowers

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Jan 14, 2007 2:42 PM

smile

smile

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Jan 14, 2007 11:42 AM

light Shadows

light Shadows

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Amaryllis, Phipps Conservatory

I am truly lucky to work close to Phipps Conservatory. Not only the flowers, but the tropical setting inside all of that glass is truly wonderful.
I don't want anyone to envy my photos from Phipps. Consider them a gift to all of you. Many are not technically tack sharp or suffer some degradation which is generally not visible in the size that flickr shows.
However, they do show the beauty and splendor of this marvelous place.
I just want to let others see the beauty.
So let's all thank Henry Phipps for the location and Mother Nature for the flora:

"The Phipps Conservatory gardens were founded in 1893 by steel and real-estate magnate Henry Phipps as a gift to the City of Pittsburgh. Its purpose is to educate and entertain the people of Pittsburgh with formal gardens (Roman, English, etc.) and various species of exotic plants (palm trees, succulents, bonsai, orchids, etc.). Currently the facilities house elaborate gardens within the thirteen room conservatory itself and on the adjoining grounds. In addition to lovely flora, the sophisticated glass and metalwork of the Lord & Burnham conservatory offers a wonderful example of Victorian greenhouse architecture."





Jan 13, 2007 9:47 AM

One last flower for the season just past.

One last flower for the season just past.

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Amaryllis, Phipps

I am truly lucky to work close to Phipps Conservatory. Not only the flowers, but the tropical setting inside all of that glass is truly wonderful.
I don't want anyone to envy my photos from Phipps. Consider them a gift to all of you. Many are not technically tack sharp or suffer some degradation which is generally not visible in the size that flickr shows.
However, they do show the beauty and splendor of this marvelous place.
I just want to let others see the beauty.
So let's all thank Henry Phipps for the location and Mother Nature for the flora:

"Henry Phipps (1839-1930) was born the son of an immigrant cobbler in 1839. He grew up in poverty stricken conditions in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with Andrew Carnegie. It was Henry Phipps' friendship with Mr. Carnegie that led him to invest, in 1861, in an iron works operation. In 1901 the Carnegie Company was purchased by J.P. Morgan, and it became US Steel. Mr. Phipps retired, affluent beyond his expectations, and devoted his



Jan 13, 2007 9:47 AM

Red Green

Red Green

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Just experimenting. Looking up at a draped banner to the heights at Phipps Conservatory.





Jan 12, 2007 6:47 PM

A Broken Heart

A Broken Heart

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How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?
"I can think of younger days when living for my life
Was everything a man could want to do.
I could never see tomorrow, but I was never told about the sorrow.

And how can you mend a broken heart?
How can you stop the rain from falling down?
How can you stop the sun from shining?
What makes the world go round?
How can you mend this broken man?
How can a loser ever win?
Please help me mend my broken heart and let me live again.

I can still feel the breeze that rustles through the trees
And misty memories of days gone by
We could never see tomorrow, noone said a word about the sorrow."



Jan 12, 2007 9:40 AM

My Funny Valentine

My Funny Valentine

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This heart appeared before my eyes one day. Then poof, it disappeared just as quick. But I kept my smile, for I had seen its beauty just for that one instant, and it left an indelible imprint upon



Jan 11, 2007 3:39 PM

Frosty Jr.

Frosty Jr.

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I built this little snowman yesterday on a whim. It took about 2 minutes to make him, he is made of three hand sized snowballs. His arms and eyes are made of sticks, and I gave him a cute weed for a broom! There wasn't much snow and I didn't have much time, I had to get back



Jan 10, 2007 3:33 PM

Wispy first snow

Wispy first snow

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This is my first snow photo this year!
All the others were from previous years, posted as my enthusiastic way to ask Mother Nature for snow!
I didn't change anything for this pic. No software alterations.
The purple is an artifact from the sun shining into the lens. It is really a shadow of a small mound with snow.




Jan 10, 2007 9:33 AM

Sponge Bob Square Pants in snow

Sponge Bob Square Pants in snow

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It snowed really heavily a few years ago, after we had rolled a little snowman. The next day, it snowed again. That snow was so heavy, that it made his head look almost square. It didn't accumulate any snow yesterday and my daughter and I are still looking forward to frolicking in the snow! Actually, she desires a good snowball battle.





Jan 9, 2007 12:25 PM

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

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Not much snow here yet. So I post a photo from a few years ago. The wind was blowing and the powdered snow was radiating through the sunlight that day!
From the song: "The weather outside is frightful, but you are so delightful!"

Snow White
I have seen beauty, and sometimes it takes the form of snow white. This kind of beauty is hard to photograph, as it is either moving all about in a storm, or gleaming in the reflected light. It often takes the form of movement and the sounds of the wind blowing in fits and puffs, first one direction, then another, alternating in irregular radii; and often, for a moment, seems to stand still. The snow betrays the unseen nature of the cold air; between the sounds of the wind and the observations of the snow, one beholds a certain visual nature of the fluid all around. Like an engineer's scientific experiment, the air is laden with regularly placed markers which, if observed and recorded, could tell the dynamics of the fluid known as air. No longer merely invisible, felt on the cheeks and now suddenly seen.

Often I would sit and observe the blowing snow illuminated by a lamp post in the early hours of the morning. Sitting back and listening to a Mozart Symphony in my car, I would simply enjoy the dancing particles going back and forth in the beam up above my position. How long would one partake in such an activity, occupying the senses with these simple aspects which are beautiful.(?) Often people are in too much of a hurry to do so, they glance at the sight, but exit the car and go in to work, having missed a chance to burn a more lasting impression of a marvelous chunk of beauty. What else is life worth living for?





Jan 8, 2007 9:24 PM

Reflections while waiting

Reflections while waiting

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Waiting for the bus to let off. A reflection off of the back window of my vehicle.

I was surprised by this photo. This was almost a throw away shot. All of the other 'good' shots, I rejected, because, well, they just were not 'creative' enough, even though they were technically beautiful. This is basically fun because it is creative. I'm starting to get an eye for this 'perspective' thing. Why is it that in real life, I look around and I see beauty, but sometimes in photography, we need more of a presentation that strikes a surprising or creative pose



Jan 7, 2007 6:09 PM

G-clef on Ice

G-clef on Ice

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This is my musical ice! Photographed by me 3 years ago in the stream near my house. I believe it looks like the musical G-clef on its



Jan 7, 2007 6:09 PM

Fingerprint in ice

Fingerprint in ice

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Jan 7, 2007 6:09 PM

Poplar seed and stem on frost

Poplar seed and stem on frost

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Above the creek in the woods near my house.





Jan 6, 2007 9:09 PM

Stop the insanity

Stop the insanity

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Hi there community. Well I'm keeping my faith in the human spirit. I can't let one rotten egg spoil the whole batch. Or even three rotten eggs. First, I am certain that 99.999999999% of us here at flickr are legitimate. There goes my eternal optimism again. Well of course we should all take measures to be careful, like only add contacts that seem legitimate by investigating, and setting default protections so that only contacts may view the 'original size' of our photos. But I refuse to let the recent incidents where flickr users were copying other's images and posting them as their own dampen my spirit.

So exactly what is copyright infringement. There is the blatant form of infringement like has been demonstrated by the damn-it, pinky_cro, henrydarger incidents:
www.flickr.com/groups/mywinners/discuss/72157594452611206/

Then there are smaller, more subtle infringements, like some of the photos I post now and then. I have some photos of a neighbor's yard, filled with his own ornaments. Perhaps not infringement so much, or is it? Or how about nature? Every single photo I have of nature is sort of like a copyright infringement on God and/or Mother Nature. It's a good thing they are good natured about it, so to speak.


Enjoy flickr everyone. And I'm not going to be dragged into the game of taking life too seriously.
Perhaps it is best to move beyond any resentment. These false users HAVE been found out and these three accounts are no longer on flickr! Remember the best part of flickr: we meet others who are as passionate about photography as we are. I find that photographers see life with just a bit more zest! So get out there and snap a few more photos and



Jan 6, 2007 3:08 PM

It's a long way down.

It's a long way down.

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Jan 6, 2007 12:51 AM

Red Orchid Xmas Tree

Red Orchid Xmas Tree

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This image was made by my daughter a few days after Christmas. She creatively framed the shot through the large leaves of the palm or banana trees. And of course her mere dad couldn't dissuade her from doing so. It turned out she was right! Kinda neat. Best seen large!



Jan 6, 2007 12:51 AM

4 by 4 of Phipps

4 by 4 of Phipps

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16 photos I've taken at Phipps Conservancy in the past. Best seen large





Jan 5, 2007 12:51 PM

In my neighborhood

In my neighborhood

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A Lutheran church in my neighborhood with a large oak tree. The shadows were vey long, and this shot appealed to me. This church has a marvelous bell which rings on the hour and half hour. It plays a variation of the Westminster Chimes or Westminster Quarters. Twice a day it also plays a whole series of wonderful songs.





Jan 4, 2007 3:51 PM

let's Dance

let's Dance

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I'll lead..... (I'm hearing the song from David Bowie in my mind.)



Jan 4, 2007 12:51 PM

After the Harvest Moon comes the Bakery Moon

After the Harvest Moon comes the Bakery Moon

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This is my view in the parking lot of where I work. I noticed the moon was just sitting on the building next door. I hoped none would



Jan 3, 2007 9:51 AM

Sycamore Trees in Winter

Sycamore Trees in Winter

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How many people get depressed or sad in winter because of the weather and conditions outside? What are you missing. You are missing the beauty that still exists out there, but is harder to grasp. It may be cold, colourless and drab, but there is beauty there, nevertheless, and alwaysthemore. Just look at the Sycamore trees, if you have them near you. All of the rest of the trees I would still characterize as beautiful, even in winter, but the Sycamore trees out shine them all. You just can't deny it. They have lost their giant leaves, which aren't necessarily the nicest of leaves, so in summer if you were a sycamore tree you might feel inferior. But in winter it is now your time to shine. The other trees are sort of a dull drab gray or brown, but the sycamores have a beautiful white bark, especially as you ascend the trunk to the upper places. Just look up. Perhaps if you walk all day just looking at your feet, which if you are walking in the woods might be good advice, so that you don't trip over a root or fallen branch, but you must resist that urge and look up at some of that beauty just above you. Whoever endowed you with two sharp eyes to perceive perhaps left out maybe one more to look skyward. But seriously the times I find myself looking up, especially at nature, are the most joyous. The white bark of the sycamore is a great sight to see in winter, so go see it. I've tried to photograph it, and that looks nice, but without the effect of walking around or even driving by one of these great trees, you don't get the full effect. In Pittsburgh old sycamores line many of the roads, but the younger ones in the parks and woods outshine these and deserve a look. One of these days I'll find a way to ascend one of these great beauties to try to get a close up photo of the white bark,



Jan 2, 2007 8:07 PM

My shadow, bike and I

My shadow, bike and I

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Going for a late afternoon bicycle ride in the neighborhood, I couldn't resist using this driveway and yard to capture an image of the



Jan 2, 2007 10:31 AM

Like water over the waterfall

Like water over the waterfall

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October: Adam's Falls, Linn Run State Park, Pennsylvania, USA.
One leaf clings to the side of tha face, refusing to go over this waterfall seen from the top of Adam's Falls. It's not a very large waterfall, but it's a fun place to take photos with friends. Here is a story of another trip to this location with other members of the Westmoreland Conservancy:

Second Friday in October
We were all ready for a great outing, and really looking forward to it too. After figuring out who would drive, we collected ourselves and all of our photo equipment in my Jeep and were ready to go. First we stopped to buy donuts and coffee, not really the healthiest of breakfasts, but tasty. The drive towards Greensburg was a nice prelude to our day as we beheld a most wonderful cloud formation which arced over the sky and bellowed the reddish colors of morning. As we approached Ligonier we encountered a vast area enveloped in fog. Some said the fog would be helpful for the photo shoot in the wee hours of the morning, but this fog was so think we soon started to think otherwise. Luckily, when we turned off of Route 22 on to the Hunt Club Road area, the fog diminished and disappeared altogether. The journey though this scenic stretch is always enjoyable, and especially so in the early fall when the sugar maple trees along the road turn vivid hues of yellow, orange and red. After passing the small town of Rector, we soon approached Linn Run State Park, our destination for the nature walk and photo shoot.

No other vehicles were present this early morning, when the sun had not even broken over the horizon. Linn Run is thoroughly wooded, and it would probably take a while yet before the sun sent shimmering beams down through the trees. Our goal was to find a rustic walking bridge at the end of a trail that only one of our members had walked before. The trail ran adjacent to the stream which runs down this rhododendron lined vale. Our hope was to time things just right, in an attempt to film the bridge nestled in the sun's rays penetrating through the mist. The picturesque trail along the stream was beautifully wooded and made for a nice nature hike. The hike would normally have taken only half as long as it did, but everyone started taking pictures of everything the area had to show, including mushrooms, leaves and each other. The bridge which has been displayed on our web site for the last six months loomed before us (www.westmorelandconservancy.org). "Oh yes, that is it," but the photo on the web site, taken from the other side by a great photographer and member of the conservancy, was taken at just the perfect magic moment, as described before. It took me a moment or two to acclimate myself and imagine the same scene. Sometimes reality doesn't fulfill one's expectations, or is it the other way around?

Just beyond the bridge is a wonderful area know as Flatrock. The stream there flows up to and trough a channel which I am told is used in the summer as a great water slide. The huge rock surface was indeed generally flat all around, and quite photogenic. Everyone disbanded and assembled their various photo paraphernalia in the desired combination and began shooting pictures. I've never been on a photo shoot with various friends before, and what struck me as almost whimsical at first was the odd orientation of all of us photographers, scattered here and there, pointing our equipment at different angles at independent subjects seeking suitable compositions. At length I became accustomed to our common yet independent photo quest and my initial introspection faded. I simply blended in, making sure not to invade the radius of another's photo-space, and started taking pictures of my own. My camera is a digital and I am quite used to its operation, but have not had much exposure to film cameras, so I was pleased when one of my friends offered to show me the operation of her camera, and let me snap a few photos. I anxiously await their outcome.

Soon it was apparent that the perfect ray would not attire the otherwise captivating bridge, so we hiked back and onward to Adams falls, currently a pool of water which trickled down to the cavernous area below. Some photographed the reflections in the still pool, others circled around to the bottom to film from below. Three members of our bunch of photo enthusiasts regularly kept their cameras attached to a tripod. Since I am still new to this, especially the low-lighting situations beneath the canopy of the woods, I have yet to adopt this approach. Many of my photos are not what could be called 'tack' sharp, but with the digital camera I have the luxury of taking as many photos as I please because there is no cost to developing. In sunlight and bright lighting conditions I tend to achieve my desired result, but as I continue to learn the art of photography I find that I ought to adapt. If I had adopted this modus operandi in this endeavor I would not have lost many of the compositions I had desired to make.

That said, I happened to notice a few of the idiosyncrasies that exemplified this technique. Perhaps the procedure should prescribe that the photographer take the time to remove the tripod before approaching the next subject, then fully attach the device again before proceeding. However, I noticed that my compadres did not use the full-fledged procedure and simply kept the tripod attached all the time. For flat terrain this might work well, but now we were traversing steep areas especially at the falls. One member ascended a dead log that was entrenched at about a 45 degree angle in an attempt to relocate herself back out of the basin below the falls. Two of us helped her retain her balance to make the final hurdle from the top of the log to solid ground at the top, all the while with the camera and tripod in her other hand.

Another authority concocted a wholly new method which avoided the above stated procedure, as a way to preclude the necessity of removing the tripod from the camera. When it was his inclination to turn the camera 90 degrees to get a portrait orientation of a scene, the whole assembly was hoisted together, with one hand steadying the tripod off to his left and the other hand operating the camera unaided. Wouldn't that defeat the whole purpose of a tripod, to make the camera completely still? The comical effect to the rest of us did not go unnoticed. In fact we joked about it amongst ourselves, and a few photos of this authoritative subject were recorded for posterity.

We concluded this portion of our day at Linn Run and drove back down to the Hunt Club Road area, where a wonderful section of the wide stream was smooth. Photos of this pristine habitat would be sure to be stunning especially considering our luck that the sun was blazing upon a section of maple trees which reflected splendidly in the glass-like still water. Fortune was fickle, as one of our members lost hold of a lens and it dropped in the water. Removing her shoes, rolling up her pants, and with my hold on her hand, she dipped in and quickly fetched the lens. But the water was apparently deeper and colder than predicted, she let out a briefly anguished 'whoa' and her jeans were soaked. We all offered our regrets, and she promised not to let it ruin her day. One member even snuck a picture of me helping her back up out



Jan 1, 2007 10:22 AM

Extending a hand from nature in 2007

Extending a hand from nature in 2007

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A dear friend sent to me a series of articles from our local post-gazette newspaper last year, the articles were originally written in 2004. These well done articles described countless nature hikes in the Pittsburgh rural areas. One hike was to a place called Quebec Run Wild Area. If it was not for those articles I would probably not have gone on the hike last summer, where a friend and his daughter and my daughter experienced a wonderful variety of wild life. Of course this snail was just one of the species we encountered. There were also many birds that I heard in the distance. I am a birder, especially adept at recognizing birds by ear, and this region offered me the chance to hear two species I had not heard before, the Blue-headed Vireo and the Veery; additionally I heard one of my favorite birds of all time, the Hermit Thrush, with its hauntingly surreal song!

If you think about the effect of flickr, now we have a worldwide set of friends to network with via photos. Who knows what future avenues will be opened up simply because a friend or contact on flickr has sparked a notion or idea in some wonderful photographer's imagination...? Have a



Dec 31, 2006 2:13 PM

my daughter's new camera

my daughter's new camera

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" Man kann das Leben nur rückwärts verstehen....
- aber man muss es vorwärts leben !"
"One can understand our lives only backwards ...
- However one must live our lives toward the future !"





Dec 31, 2006 2:13 PM

bird's eye view

bird's eye view

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OceanCity, Md, bayside, summer vacation. Herring Gull.





Dec 29, 2006 12:43 PM

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

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I manually created this mosaic from my Western Pennsylvania set. I was curious what this might look like :)




Dec 29, 2006 8:58 AM

Subtle shades enhanced

Subtle shades enhanced

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I could not but help myself to enhance the colour and contrast ever so slightly in this lovely sunset that befell my eyes last evening. In this information age, even the knowledge of this wonderful sight was made known to me with a not so subtle cell phone call while I was having a conversation with neighbors. The voice on the phone told me to get out there and see that sunset, wherever you are! So I did, and I



Dec 28, 2006 2:40 PM

Acorn and reflections

Acorn and reflections

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Acorns flowing in the stream of water at Linn Run State Park, Western Pennsylvania.
-- My treasure chest! A small groove in the stream bed captured these acorns back in October. I overlooked this photo a while ago, so I posted it now. The green is the reflection of the leaves, and the blue, you know... This was somewhat difficult to capture because I had to lean way out over the not insignificant breadth creek bed, with my camera stretched out before me, in order to get this shot!





Dec 28, 2006 8:40 AM

Relic

Relic

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A fabulous trail along the Allegheny River in the wee corner of the county with the same name affords a wondrous hike in any season. In winter it is even so as interesting, yet sometimes difficult to photograph, unless you stretch a little beyond the confines of 'the box'. This old relic is a Black Birch tree, readily identified by the variegated peeling bark. These trees are the first to repopulate land after it has been cleared, in succession they are the first to die off to be replaced eventually by the hardwoods like oak. Yet they still provide a use for various forms of fauna, like insects, and perhaps woodpeckers like the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (not as common) or the more common Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker or Hairy Woodpecker which are present in these woods year round.

Harrison Hills Park, Western Pennsylvania, USA





Dec 27, 2006 2:22 PM

A Window into Paradise

A Window into Paradise

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I work quite close to Phipps Conservatory, and I have a yearly subscription, so often I visit at lunchtime, especially in the winter. This view I particularly like because the flora is so lush. It gives me a small illusion of being in a tropical paradise!





Dec 27, 2006 11:22 AM

It's a big world after all !

It's a big world after all !

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I've been thinking of this ever since I was a youngster, because it always seemed a curiosity to me why "It's a small world after all" was so popular, when I always thought the opposite. Their message is that people should try to get together, whereas my message is that there are so many wonders in the universe that are neverending and worthwhile! But why can't both these messages work as one..? The whole world can get together and enjoy nature and culture with awe, admiring the boundless beauty. And what better way to start, than with flickr.





Dec 26, 2006 8:22 PM

Winter Flowering Begonia

Winter Flowering Begonia

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Phipps Conservatory
- any tropical plant belonging to the genus Begonia, including species cultivated for the handsome, succulent leaves and waxy flowers.
[Origin: < NL (Linnaeus), named after Michel Bégon (1638–1710), French patron of science]





Dec 26, 2006 11:22 AM

Escape!

Escape!

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Dec 26, 2006 2:22 AM

3 for tea

3 for tea

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Last night with my family we play a fun game. We call it the gag gift, and I think it might also be called White Elephant. Everyone brings fun, silly or otherwise goofy gifts all wrapped up. Then each person takes a turn to chose a gift, or they can steal a gift from someone else. If your gift is stolen, you in turn can steal what you like best. Often the gifts that are stolen are really silly, but popular. These three tea candles were the gift I stole most often. We also had a cowboy cupcake holder for toddler children, a toy snowman who layed snowballs, a toy toilet with silly putty inside, a 40 year old Christmas tree ornament which was a bird house with birds that sing, and it still works! Another popular item was the Larry the



Dec 26, 2006 2:22 AM

My best present ever!

My best present ever!

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me and my present, not sure if he is a gofer, or chipmunk, or prairie dog, or what, but it is a great piece of art from my daughter! And she took this photo with her new digitial camera.





Dec 25, 2006 1:45 PM

Colour and Reflection

Colour and Reflection

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Dec 25, 2006 10:23 AM

Peace

Peace

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Dec 24, 2006 4:19 PM

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

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This photo is actually a composite of two.
I cut out a sharper image of Mr. Punky and pasted it into this
background, which had a sharper focus on the Peanuts ornament.





Dec 23, 2006 10:19 AM

mrpunky: caught in the act

mrpunky: caught in the act

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Caught in the act of snooping. Also shreading, and tearing bags to tatters, and knocking ornaments off the tree, this is the last ornament left at 'cat-level'.



Dec 22, 2006 1:19 PM

Snow flakes adorn

Snow flakes adorn

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Cardinal and other birds seemed so happy to accept my gift of seed.





Dec 21, 2006 4:19 PM

Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh

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I couldn't resist uploading another view of this fungi in snow.





Dec 21, 2006 1:19 PM

Fungi casting long shadows, even at the peak of the sun's daytime visit!

Fungi casting long shadows, even at the peak of the sun's daytime visit!

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A Beautiful Day!
How often does one ever have a beautiful day. To get up in the morning, feeling great, to travel through your day enjoying every aspect and feature the day serves up, and to put the day to bed with equal joy, would be one possible characterization of a beautiful day. With such a definition, however, one might allow slight deviations in parts of their day to hinder the entire notion. Depending on your outlook, one might translate the day as being beautiful, good, or bad, simply based on the turning of a few critical moments at some point along the way. Is the glass half full or half empty. This is the kind of metric which can be applied to a day as well. If one considers the most beautiful semblances encountered in a day and combines them together into an abridged package, a superb amalgamation is the result.

It's not always easy to simply take this advice and represent a day as only the best pieces tied up in a knot. Sometimes one has to make a few good pieces for themselves. Don't just sit around and take too much of the bad part of a day, without trying to consider the good or if drastic measures are needed, find the good somewhere else. Get out of your environment, and go somewhere else for a while, just to give your day a piece of beauty. And don't forget, its all around you, only for you to find it. "Beauty to find in so many ways, if we could but



Dec 21, 2006 1:19 AM

Patience is a virtue

Patience is a virtue

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Sometimes I feel like it is hard to wait for summer, but if I get snow, I will enjoy skiing and sled riding instead ;)




Dec 20, 2006 10:19 PM

Ent

Ent

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Ent: a fictional race from J. R. R. Tolkien's fantasy world of Middle-earth.
This tree reminded me of the Ent that I had read about in Tolkien's fabulous books.
I listened, and I prayed, that I'd hear one more fabulous sound, that the Ent might say.
He leaned over to tell me, that he might just be camera shy. And then I got a face full of snow!





Dec 20, 2006 4:14 PM

Less is more

Less is more

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Dec 19, 2006 7:14 PM

Santa's Magic Toy Shop

Santa's Magic Toy Shop

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He's on his way.
this is a neighbors wonderful hand made and hand painted display. I couldn't help snapping a shot at the magic hour this evening, just



Dec 19, 2006 7:14 PM

Christmas Berries

Christmas Berries

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Dec 19, 2006 1:14 PM

Flower Ballerina

Flower Ballerina

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"Phipps Conservatory", Pittsburgh, PA, USA





Dec 18, 2006 10:10 AM

White Orchid

White Orchid

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"Phipps Conservatory", Pittsburgh, PA, USA





Dec 16, 2006 6:52 PM

Dusk

Dusk

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Red Oak tree silhouette, Frick Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA





Dec 16, 2006 6:52 PM

Green

Green

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White Pine, Crestview Rd., Westmoreland Co. Western Pennsylvania





Dec 16, 2006 6:52 PM

Fly away

Fly away

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Dec 15, 2006 3:47 PM

Merry Christmas at Phipps

Merry Christmas at Phipps

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Phipps Conservaty Christmas Tree made of flowers. On top are orchids!





Dec 15, 2006 3:47 PM

Reflections of Christmas

Reflections of Christmas

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This is actually a reflection through a black pool of water. I rotated 180 degrees.
Phipps Conservaty Christmas tree made of flowers. On top are orchids!
Yes, it is a reflection, I brightened it a little bit, but it was a very black bottom to the water (I think they do that on purpose) and that makes the reflection almost like the original, like a Mirror





Dec 15, 2006 3:47 PM

Palm Leaf and Blue Sky

Palm Leaf and Blue Sky

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New Tropical Room



Dec 15, 2006 3:47 PM

One Ray of Sunshine

One Ray of Sunshine

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New Tropical Room



Dec 15, 2006 12:47 PM

Christmas Spirit: Mr. Punky Kitten

Christmas Spirit: Mr. Punky Kitten

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Dec 14, 2006 7:39 PM

Squirrel on Sycamore

Squirrel on Sycamore

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in front of what building in Pittsburgh region..?

"Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better." -- Samuel Beckett




Dec 14, 2006 9:47 AM

Coca-Cola with Leprechaun

Coca-Cola with Leprechaun

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where is this building exactly, in the Pittsburgh region..?





Dec 14, 2006 9:47 AM

Brighten my day

Brighten my day

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This photo I took a few days ago, just a simple theme, the cross on top of a church, leaves have fallen from the maple tree, white wifts of beautiful clouds floating away to infinity, and a blue sky to brighten my day. So is the glass half full, or half empty..? I'd say it is



Dec 13, 2006 6:47 PM

Phipps Conservatory Christmas

Phipps Conservatory Christmas

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Dec 13, 2006 6:47 PM

Phipps Conservatory Orchid

Phipps Conservatory Orchid

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Dec 13, 2006 3:47 PM

Front Door: Mount Saint Peter Catholic Church

Front Door: Mount Saint Peter Catholic Church

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In the 1940's, the famous Mellon mansion was taken down and most of the marble and ornate materials were salvaged and donated for use in the construction of a beautiful church called Mount Saint Peter in New Kensington, Pennsylvania, USA. The preservation of beauty was made possible in this instance by the generous donation and use of these materials to build a divine church, and with a lot of volunteer effort of the local community to build the church.



Dec 12, 2006 1:20 PM

Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Butterfly

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Time, Phases of Nature, or Growth and Transfiguration
Not all butterflies are perfect. In fact, it looks like this little fellow has just been on a very long trip, perhaps all the way from Mexico. And he or she has decided to stop by my neck of the woods for this express purpose : for me to make this photo!





Dec 12, 2006 1:20 PM

Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Butterfly

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Time, Phases of Nature, or Growth and Transfiguration





Dec 12, 2006 1:20 PM

Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Butterfly

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Time, Phases of Nature, or Growth and Transfiguration: Cocoon stage





Dec 12, 2006 1:20 PM

Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar

Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar

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Time, Phases of Nature, or Growth and Transfiguration, large Caterpillar





Dec 12, 2006 1:20 PM

Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar on Milkweed

Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar on Milkweed

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Time, Phases of Nature, or Growth and Transfiguration: Very small caterpillar.





Dec 11, 2006 4:33 PM

Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar on Milkweed

Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar on Milkweed

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Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar on Milkweed
Monarchfalter
For those last few shots that showed the seeds of the Milkweed plant in December, here is a view of the same plant in Summer. It is often covered with these fun little Monarch Caterpillars! The Milkweed plant and the Monarch Butterfly have an almost symbiotic relationship. The Monarch Caterpillars are only hatched here! In winter, they all go to



Dec 10, 2006 7:20 PM

Colours of autumn when leaves won't be greener

Colours of autumn when leaves won't be greener

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Dec 10, 2006 7:20 PM

Angel's Hair: Milkweed pod exploding with seeds

Angel's Hair: Milkweed pod exploding with seeds

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Bright colored pictures of things in odd poses;





Dec 10, 2006 7:20 PM

Milkweed silhouette -- halo

Milkweed silhouette -- halo

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Clear skies and there I am on the side of the country road aiming my camera toward the sun. All the cars passing by probably thought, well



Dec 10, 2006 7:20 PM

on my bike

on my bike

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Best place to look for photo opportunities.





Dec 10, 2006 4:20 PM

Grass silhouette

Grass silhouette

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Bike ride in long country hours with camera in tow





Dec 10, 2006 4:20 PM

Moss structures protruding above the snow / late autumn

Moss structures protruding above the snow / late autumn

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Dec 10, 2006 10:20 AM

First icicles of late autumn