Prison

I think I mentioned last week that I need to get out an take some photos……  Well, nothing has changed since then… I haven’t taken any photos and I still need/want to….

 

Tonight’s photo is from our past exploration of the abandoned Pennsylvania prison….  I can’t imagine what this looked like or felt like with a couple hundred prisoners inside it.  It felt dark, sad, and repressive with it empty….

 

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Speeding Across Smithfield

I took this photo about a year ago, but just processed (edited) it today.  Using my normal process, (total random selection about what photo I process next) I came across this beauty this morning.  I had a rare event happen.  I had a few hours with nothing to do so I processed a large batch of photos.  I normally do few per day, but don’t often get a large amount of time to dedicate towards it.  It was raining outside, housework was done, and we didn’t have anywhere to go so it became photo editing time.

About this photo:  Blair, Dave and I went for a photo walk in early 2018 around the Smithfield Bridge in Pittsburgh.  We met up after work to capture some photos, grab dinner, and take more photos at sunset.  I captured this one as a number of cars and a bus zoomed passed me.  Pittsburgh has some interesting and beautiful bridges.  The Smithfield Bridge is high on the list of wonderful spots.   

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Bonaire Summer Nights

What a great country!!!  I want to go back right now.  Can I pretty please???  Okay, I know I have adult things to do, so I’ll stop complaining now. 

 I took this photo a little after sunset on the beach in front of our resort.  They started a fire on the beach a few minutes after I took this photos and people sat around it on those bean bag chairs you see in the lower right portion. 

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Cape Town Park

I took this photo during our South Africa trip at the end of 2017.  We spent a little time in this park checking out the plants, flowers, and animals.  I wanted to check out where this path went to, but I didn’t get the chance.  What a beautiful spot.  Can you imagine having this amazing park in your hometown?

 

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Abandoned Detroit

This is one of my favorite spots in Detroit.  The Michigan Central Station in the background is a wonderful spot.  The evening I took this photo, my group had 5 drones flying around at the same time (which was interesting)…. More importantly, the sky was magical that night to help make this photo special.

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Mariyinsky Palace

This beautiful palace sits on a hilly back of the Dnipro River in downtown Kiev Ukraine.  Blair and I had a hard time capturing a photo of this building without hundreds of military soldiers around it.  They were expecting protesters, so they called in the military to guard this and many other spots in the city that day.  Let’s just say it made for an interesting day within the city.

 

This is the official ceremonial residence of the President of Ukraine.  It was originally built between 1744 and 1752 for the Russian empire royalty.  It also serves as the residence for Governors-General in the 18th and 19th centuries.  Sadly, it was burned down by a number of fires in the 19th century but was reconstructed later using old drawings and watercolors as their guide.  In the early 1900s, it was part of an agricultural school and museum.  It was badly damaged in World War II and restored again in the late 1940s.  Today it serves for official functions for the Ukrainian President.

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Stained Glass

I really need to get out and take more photos.  I have all kinds excuses, which I’ll spare listing for you.  Some of them are real and some I’ve just let get in my way.  Basically, I have a mental block right now.  I need a photography kick in the butt.  I need to get outside, get in an abandoned building, get out of bed to catch a sunrise, put my drone in the air and/or just find a beautiful spot to capture.  Something to get me motivated.

Today’s photo is one I took a while back at a classic Pittsburgh spot.  This beautiful abandoned cathedral is one of my favorites.    

 

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Donkey

I hope you have a great weekend.  Today’s post is from Bonaire.  They have this really cool Donkey Sanctuary on the island.  For a small fee, you can drive your vehicle through the property.  The donkey’s come up to the vehicle by the hundreds.  If I remember correctly, there are over 700 of them in the compound and it seemed like every single one of them came to see us.  This little guy just loved us.

 

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The Burgh

Most of my photos are extremely colorful.  I usually push the limits of color because that’s the way I like them.  Tonight’s photo is toned down compared to my normal.  I took this photo with my drone a few months ago at sunset.  Downtown Pittsburgh is a beautiful spot.

 

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Salt Pier

What can I say about this beautiful spot that you can’t get just by looking at it????  Probably just the basics.  This is the Cargill Salt Pier on Bonaire.  This is one of the unique scuba diving sites on the island.  We dove this a few times on our trip.  The coral and sea life surrounding the pier legs was great.  And the entire island was amazing, pretty, and just a divers dream.

 

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Athens Alley

I’ve had this photo sitting on my hard drive waiting for its time to shine.  I guess tonight is the night.  I took this photo in some random alley in Athens near the Acropolis.  Probably about a five-minute walk away.  I just liked this spot and the view down this little back alley.

 

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St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery

This amazing facility is still functioning as a monastery in Kiev Ukraine.  It is located on the Dnieper River in a beautiful portion of the city.  It was built in the Middle Ages by Sviatopolk II Iziaslavych.  Unfortunately, the original cathedral was demolished by the Soviets in the 1930s and was reconstructed in 1999 after the Ukrainian independence.  Blair and I climbed bell tower in the surrounding walled structure to get this photo.

 

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Water Safari

Keeping with my recent theme of photos involving “water”, I have another one for you tonight.  This is from our 2017 South Africa trip.  Along with the normal game drives and safaris, we did a water safari, which ended at sunset.  I took this photo of another boat doing the same thing.  Enjoy the warm orange glow.

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Need A Chair?

This is my 3rd photo in a row featuring “water” as the main element.  I didn’t plan to create this trend, but I’ll keep it going tonight. 

I took this photo four Mexico trips back (I think....).  I love these quiet mornings on the beach before 99.9% of the other guest are awake.  I usually have the entire environment to myself and I can have any chair I want!!

 

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Pripyat River Crane

Today’s post is another photo from our Chernobyl trip.  I took this photo along the Pripyat River of an abandoned river loading winch.  As you can see, it is starting to fall into the river.  We happened to be here early in the morning at a beautiful time. 

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Fort Pitt Bridge

I took this photo of sunrise in downtown Pittsburgh a few months ago when I was out with Brad and Blair.  I used my DSLR camera to capture this, but I also took a ton of photos with my drone that morning.  I still take more photos with my DSLR camera, but increasingly I take more and more photos with the drone.   I hope your weekend has been great and that you enjoy what’s left of your Sunday.    

 

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Pripyat Apartment Building

It’s been five months since we returned from our Chernobyl trip and I’ve only processed about 20% of the photos I took on that trip.  And I haven’t edited any of the videos at all.  It’ll take me years to get them all done.  In fact, I just finished editing my photos from South Africa, which happened in 2017…..  It just takes me a while. 

Why did I tell you all that, I don’t know.  Regardless, this is a photo I took with the drone looking down at an apartment building in Pripyat inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.  You can see our bus and a few of us on the street in front of the building.  What a great experience.

 

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Trevi

We’re heading to Europe again this year and I can’t wait.  We’ll be traveling down the Danube River on one of the river boats.  It should be great, assuming the river levels are not too high or low…..  Apparently, that’s a potential real problem with river cruises….. 

 

Anyway, tonight’s post from a previous Europe trip.  I love Trevi Fountain.

 

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