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Awaiting Their Cue

two performers waiting in the wings

Awaiting Their Cue

The first performers wait in the wings.

I attended and photographed a holiday concert at Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall featuring students form Duquesne University’s Mary Pappert School of Music and The Opera Studio performing short works from opera on a holiday-themed stage set. Opera is not easy, and the talent, the voices, the acting made it hard to believe these were students. I found it hard to remember to photograph as I listened to the performances.

ACFL&MH is my local public library, one of the original Carnegie Libraries, and they are also one of my customers for commercial art and design. I’ve photographed that place inside and out. Visit my website’s gallery of my favorite images of this place, or visit the facility’s website photo gallery to see more photos of this inspiring place.


Aliens Found in Farmer’s Field

aliens on a bench in a field

Aliens Found in Farmer's Field

Well, here they are, two alien-looking beings appearing pretty well expired sitting there on the bench* next to the fence. I actually took this photo in early May, so perhaps they landed and decided to take a rest on the bench in the middle of winter when the snow was three to four feet deep and, well…

No, I didn’t pose this, apparently the owner of this land decided to try out a new kind of “scarecrow” setting out stuffed Spiderman costumes.

*(the Group W Bench?)


Awaiting Their Cue

three performers waiting in the wings

Awaiting Their Cue

The first performers wait in the wings.

Today I attended and photographed a holiday concert at Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall. It featured students form Duquesne University’s Mary Papper School of Music and The Opera Studio performing short works from opera on a holiday-themed stage set. Opera is not easy, and the talent, the voices, the acting made it hard to believe these were students. I found it hard to remember to photograph as I listened to the performances.

ACFL&MH is my local public library, one of the original Carnegie Libraries, and they are also one of my customers for commercial art and design. I’ve photographed that place inside and out. Visit my website’s gallery of my favorite images of this place, or visit the facility’s website photo gallery to see more photos of this inspiring place.


Dead Celebrities On Your Lawn

Dead Celebrities on your lawn.

Dead Celebrities on your lawn.

I don’t really go for the trend of these inflatables with timers and everything being stuffed into a big clear plastic snow globe, even without snow. I really love homemade, handmade holiday decorations, no matter the holiday, but especially on Halloween.

Michael Jackson and friends.

Michael Jackson and friends.

I saw this display first from the back and thought the one figure kind of looked like Michael Jackson.

Jimi Hendrix, and she even remembered that he was left-handed.

Jimi Hendrix, and she even remembered that he was left-handed.

Then moving farther I saw what had to be Jimi Hendrix and decided to investigate.

Wouldn't you like to have John Lennon sitting outside your door?

Wouldn't you like to have John Lennon sitting outside your door?

Yes, there are John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jackson…

A dramatic Marilyn Monroe.

A dramatic Marilyn Monroe.

…and Marilyn Monroe, and very good likenesses of them, too!

The artist, Jolene.

The artist, Jolene.

Jolene, the artist, says she is not an artist, she’s a nurse, but her creations are really well done. I’ll bet that artistic tendency helps her make her patients’ days a little brighter, too!


Pumpkin Faces

Welcome Pumpkin

Welcome Pumpkin

Every year our local Friends of the Panhandle Trail in Walker’s Mill and Rennerdale host a Nightwalk on the trail.

Happy Pumpkin

Happy Pumpkin

Youth groups carve around 100 pumpkins, which are lined up along the trail and lit with tea lights.

Spider Pumpkin

Spider Pumpkin

The trail is lit at two entrances for this event, but is dark between. It was a rails-to-trails project and because rail lines tended to run on the outskirts of things it’s far from street lights or any other ambient lights, surrounded by woods.

Cat Pumpkin

Cat Pumpkin

The pumpkins look like shimmering faces in the dense darkness of an October night.

Werewolf Pumpkin

Werewolf Pumpkin

Because the pumpkins are on the ground and I want to get a face-on view, photographing these pumpkins involves either setting my camera on the ground or on a low tripod, then either crouching very low or nearly reclining to frame and focus. Plenty of concerned people stopped to ask if I needed help, lying on the ground like that!

Too bad most of them had burnt out by the time the crowd thinned enough to take photos! I’ve seen some really fantastic glowing faces on the night walk.