Weird

This beauty is from our Motown Urbex trip earlier this year.  This was the second time I’d been to this site.  I don’t remember this orange chair in the past, but it made for a nice focal point in this photo. I love the graffiti on the back wall as well.

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Bonaire Historic Site

We had a wonderful time exploring the entire island.  On the southern end of the island, there are two historic sites with around 8 to 12 of these tiny huts.  One set is painted white and the other is yellow.  These are former huts for the slaves that were used in the Salt Flats way back in history.  Unfortunately, even this beautiful country has a negative mark on their history due to the use of slaves.  I can’t imagine how terrible the working and living conditions were for these poor souls. 

This specific location is also one of the numerous designated scuba diving sites around the island, all marked with a stone painted yellow and the dive site name on it.  As you can see, this dive site is called “white slave”. 

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Strip Sack

It was an extremely hot day on the sideline yesterday during the Steelers vs. Falcons game.  I’d rather have that then the freezing weather that comes with games later in the season, but it was a little to hot for football, if you ask me.  The Steelers had a good game in all three phases of the game (offense, defense, and special teams) regardless of the heat. 

I took this photo of T.J. Watt’s strip-sack of Matt Ryan towards the end of the game, which ended with the Steelers recovering the fumble in the End Zone for a defensive touchdown. 

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Sneakers

This photo is from our Detroit Urbex trip last spring.  We visited a ton of sites while we were there.  This is from Bradley Elementary School.  This was one of those old style gyms that they also used as the cafeteria.  You know the type, where the tables and benches fold up into the walls to clear the space for gym class.

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Conner

How was your week?  Mine flew by very quickly and I can’t believe it’s Friday night already.  I took this photo last Sunday night at the Steelers vs. Ravens game.  I captured this photo pregame of James Conner, while he was getting himself ready to play.  He didn’t have a great game against the Ravens, but he has a promising future ahead.

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Como Octoberfest

For some people, October is a excuse to celebrate, drink beer and have fun….under the title of Octoberfest.  Honestly, I don’t know the history of Octoberfest and should probably look it up.  Maybe I’ll do that soon… or maybe not. 

I took this photo in the past at a local Octoberfest in the town of Canonsburg Pennsylvania.  Perry Como was born and lived in Canonsburg, so they have a statute of him in front of the City Hall.  He doesn’t normally have a hat, but apparently he got into the Octoberfest spirit for the festival.

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Smithfield Again

I’ve posted numerous photos of this bridge in the past and I can’t get enough of it.  This historic architectural wonder has been used since 1883.  I took this photo a few months ago and I doubt many people have this perspective.  I hope you like it. 

 

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Tye

It seems hard to believe we’re entering the 4th week of the NFL season already.  Other than a good win against the Patriots, it doesn’t look like it will be a good season for my Lions.  But that’s nothing new.  It also doesn’t look to good for the Steelers based on their start of the season.   On the other hand, the Titans have gotten off to a good start.  Today’s photo is of Tye Smith, who is a cornerback for them in his 3rd season.  He played college at Towson College and was selected in the 5th round by Seattle in 2015 (170th selection)

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Serenity

As weird as this sounds, I can’t remember where I took this photo.  It is either Rickets Glen State Park in central Pennsylvania or it is from Watkins Glen State Park in the State of New York.  I was taking water fall photos in both places the same weekend and I’ve lost track.  How sad is that???  My memory is getting really bad. 

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Vista

Wow, the weekend can’t come soon enough at this point.  Nothing dramatic has happened this week, I’m just ready for the weekend.  Therefore, I looked through some of my photos for a happy memory….. and I came across this beauty.  I can remember standing on the Carnival Vista just after sunrise taking this photo.  There were probably only 20 people up on the deck at the time and it felt like I had the entire ship to myself.  Great moment!!

 

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Splash!!

I must have taken a couple hundred photos at this exact spot capturing the waves as they crashed up on the rocks behind the sea lions trying to capture the perfect moment when the entire scene came together.  I doubt I captured the perfect image, but it turned out pretty good.  In case you’re wondering, this spot is at the southern tip of Cape Peninsula in Western Cape South Africa. 

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Don't Be Jelly

How was your day today?  I had a good day and am still trying to catch up at work after being gone last week, which is the price everyone pays for taking vacation.  So to remind myself about what a great vacation we had, I’m posting another photo from Bonaire.  On the last morning, Blair and I went to this abandoned hotel south of the airport to capture some urbex photos.  To our surprise many of the rooms had great graffiti murals in them, which added to the setting.  Of the many murals, I loved this one just because the building was right on the coast of the Caribbean Sea. 

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Bonaire Salt Flats

As my many loyal fans (all five of them) have noticed, I was out of touch the last week.  No social media, email, or blog.  The entire family traveled to Bonaire and spent the week relaxing, scuba diving and just having fun.  So I’m sorry I was absent from the rest of the electronic world.

 

We had a wonderful time and I’d highly recommend this country to anyone to likes Caribbean islands, warm weather, nice people, and amazing scuba diving.  It was windy every day, which is a good thing since it keeps you cool.  But it made it hard to fly my drone.  I wanted to get some photos of the Cargill operated salt flats, which was hard to do with the strong winds.  In the end, I got a few like this photo I’m sharing today

 

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Durban Hotel Patio

How was your week?  I had an extremely busy week at work with a number of long days.  But that’s over and its now time to relax. 

 

Tonight’s photo is from our South Africa trip.  I took this on rainy morning on the patio of our Durban city hotel which sat along the coast.  A combination of the dawn darkness, rain and weird lights on the patio created this unique perspective.

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My Favorite Cathedral

I’ve posted numerous photos from this location before.  It’s a famous site in the Pittsburgh area.  It’s hard to get a bad photo in this site.

 

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Caribbean Dream

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m ready for another visit to a site just like this.  For me, this is just around the corner and I can’t wait.  I plan to uber relax, get some scuba dives in and some great family time.  Soon!!!  

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Cool Library

Why can’t every city have a cool library like this?  Seattle has it going on when it comes to library building design!  This ultra-contemporary glass and metal structure is awesome inside and out.  If your ever in the Emerald City, make this one of your stops.  It’s worth checking out.

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Mac Miller RIP

I didn’t know Malcolm James McCormick (aka…. Mac Miller) but I interacted with him once prior to a Steelers game in 2016.  At the time, he was dating Ariana Grande and they were at the game to help with the pre-game Terrible Towel kickoff.   After our interaction, I took a few photos of them.  Unfortunately, he fell victim to drugs yesterday, like many others before….

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St. Joseph's Catholic Church

This little beautiful church is surrounded on three sides by a huge mall in downtown San Antonio Texas.  The only side not blocked by the mall from the street.  From the outside, this church looks like any other around the country.  But when you go inside, you find this exceptionally decorated temple.  Just beautiful.

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