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Sunset on the River: 2010

evening on river

Evening on the River

A storm late in the day often breaks out into a lovely colorful sunset as the layers of clouds all capture a different color and the sun itself glows red.

On the river, with shadows and reflections and ripples in the water, it’s even more beautiful. I equally like the view of the distance, the city still awake, the clouds parting, and the closeup area of the water, gently lapping against the dock.

I was on the Empress Party Liner docked on the Monongahela River recently, and just captured this quiet view up river.

Transportation Yesterday and Today: 2010

photo of paddlewheel and highway ramps

Transportation Yesterday and Today

I was walking along the Monongahela River in Pittsburgh and happened to get a good view of this traditional paddlewheel from a riverboat—and in the background the curving and rising on and off ramps from the Fort Pitt Tunnel. Behind, to the right, is the rail along the walking and biking trail. I couldn’t quite get the train tracks and in the image, but they are there too, and I know there’s a boat on the river because there’s always a boat on the river.

Dairy Queen on a Dark and Stormy Night

dairy queen in the dark
dairy queen in the dark

The Dairy Queen

I was going to post another snow photo, instead I decided to post this from last year…what a respite from summer heat, a rainy summer night, and a Dairy Queen with its white and primary colors promising cool, refreshing, happy bliss.

I love that good old-fashioned look of the Dairy Queen, primary colors, nice clear shapes, that late-50’s slight upward angle of t he roof and outward angle of the windows.

It rained last night, it was hot and humid, and the Dairy Queen beckoned from the dark in the middle of nowhere. The night was dreamy enough and the road dark enough that it almost seemed the DQ was an illusion, and either I’d pull in and it would turn into something else or disappear altogether, or it was a trap, a portal to another dimension and I’d enter some dramatic scenario, the heroine in danger but bravely saving herself and others from some hidden danger in this seemingly innocent place.

But I just enjoyed a medium vanilla with chocolate dip, really enjoyed it. It’s been a while. Maybe that’s why the DQ magically emerged.

I love to photograph scenes on rainy nights; visit my gallery At Night in the Rain—it’s older so the images are small, but they are full of magical colors and neon and puddles and streets.