Thankful

Well, it’s Thanksgiving holiday in the United States today.  I’m thankful for a number of things….

My wife, son, life, work, the Neighbors (you know who you are and you know why), peers, my health, my parents, in-laws, extended family, friends, photo friends and of course the Detroit Lions.  Why am I thankful for the Lions?  Good questions, for which I have no real answer.  Maybe because I grew up watching them…  Maybe it’s the fact they give Lions fans hope every year and for which they never deliver on…..  I don’t know, but I am thankful for them.  What can I say, they’re my team.

So here is a photo of Ameer Abdullah, starting running back.  He’s been with the Lions for 3 years after leaving the University of Nebraska.   Hopefully, he'll score 4 touchdowns today.

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Iconic Pittsburgh

You know, it occurred to me tonight, that I haven’t posted a Pittsburgh photo in a long time.  I’ve been so busy sharing photos of South Africa and football pics, that I’ve deprived you of this great city.  So tonight you get a photo of an iconic Pittsburgh object….. One of their great bridges….with PNC Park and Heinz Field in the back ground.

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South Africa's Coast

I took this photo as we traveled around Cape Peninsula in South Africa.  The view was amazing and I enjoyed every minute.  Can you tell I took this photo through the bus window?  I doubt it.  Would it have been better if I could have setup on my tripod and took my time to capture the moment.  Probably.  But I liked it even though it was a quick snap through the window as the bus speed down the road.    

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Fine Dinning Starts Here

Sorry for the late post tonight.  Because it is so late, I’ll keep this short and sweet.  Tonight’s photo is from an abandoned china factory outside of Pittsburgh.  This factory used to make all kinds of fine china…. I don’t know why it closed.  But all the molds are still sitting on the shelves and around the factory.  There is also a bunch of china in various stages of productions as well. 

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Navy Yard

Today’s photo is from the Navy Yard area of Washington DC.  I took this last August, while MJ and I were there for some work meetings.  We met our friend Nick for dinner at this nice restaurant called Due South.  You can’t really see it in this photo, it’s behind the trees in the background of the pic.

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Mariota to Murray

Here is a photo from last Thursday night’s game (Steelers vs. Titans).  It was a fairly cold night, but I dressed appropriately so I was completely warm.  The Steelers kicked the Titans butt.  I still enjoyed the game, even with the Steelers winning.  It was fun getting to see Marcus Mariota and DeMarco Murray.

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NABI

I hope everyone is having a great Friday. 

I was literally going to post a photo of the Navy Yards in Washington DC, until MJ started giving me a hard time again.  I swear all she wants me to post right now are animal photos from South Africa.  I’m afraid all of you will get sick of them, but she can’t get enough of them right now.  Therefore, I have this Impala photo for you.  During the safari, the guide kept calling them “NABIs”, which states for “Not Another Bloody Impala”.  There were so many of them, that we wouldn’t even slow the safari vehicle down to look at them. 

Regardless, I liked this NABI photo I captured from inside Kruger National Park.  To view a larger version, click HERE

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Prison Gym

On November 4th and 9th, I posted photos from this abandoned state prison.  Tonight’s post is the gym within the prison.  I loved the lighting in this gym and how the sun shining through the windows onto the floor help add so much interest to it.

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Harrison

I didn’t know what to post tonight.  So…I have a football photo for you from the Steelers vs. Jaguars game this season.  I like this photo of James Harrison.  He is an impressive human being.  I haven’t found to many other people who are as short at him, but be as big.  I know that doesn’t really make sense, but he is a huge human.  And he always looks so mad, but I don’t really think he’s a bad or mean person.  Anyway, enjoy this portrait photo.

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Hippo Nap

Ready for another animal photo from the South Africa trip???  MJ can’t get enough of them…at least so far.  I liked this big guy just napping on his friends.  They didn’t seem to care that he was resting on them.  They were all basically napping in one big heap.

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Zone 6

I hope everyone is having a great Thursday night. 

We had a great time exploring this abandoned state prison last weekend.  Even though it’s abandoned, it isn’t in bad shape.  So it doesn’t look like most of the abandoned building photos I share with you.  Regardless, it was fun….honestly how often do you get to explore a prison?  It doesn’t happen often.  I’ve explored Eastern State Penitentiary in Philly, Alcatraz in San Francisco, and Moundsville Penitentiary in West Virginia.  All of those were unique in their own way.

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10 Yard Line

Tonight’s post is a photo I took inside Ford Field prior to the Lions vs. Steelers game.  I explored the stadium for hours before they let the fans into the facility.  I had a wonderful time just taking it all in…. 

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Hout Bay

Here is another South Africa photo and this one doesn’t include an animal.  This is Hout Bay which is south of Cape Town on the Cape Peninsula.  We had a nice time exploring this area and as you can see the location is beautiful.  Frankly, there was lots of beautiful locations in the country, even if an animal wasn’t in the foreground.

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Elephant Ear

I didn’t know what to call this photo and MJ didn’t help…  She just laughed at me.  Anyway, here is another photo from South Africa’s Kruger National Park.  Did I tell you how awesome South Africa was?  If not, just shame on me.  It was outstanding.  Today’s photo is an Africa Elephant from one of our safaris.  Have a great Sunday.

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Solitary Confinement

Blair and I had a great morning in prison today.  We got an opportunity to explore and photograph an abandoned Pennsylvania prison.  They’re getting ready to convert the site into a veteran’s center.  I am thankful to Bob for thinking about us and getting us access.  Good times…..

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Hippo

MJ was on me again tonight to post another animal from our South Africa trip.  She doesn’t want to see football, architecture, landscape or any other photo right now.  I can’t blame her, the animals were so amazing.   

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Handoff

I had a great time in Detroit at the Lions vs. Steelers game last Sunday.  As you can imagine, I took a ton of photos….more than I normally would at a Steelers game.  Most of the photos focused on capturing Detroit Lions players.  Tonight, I’m sharing this photo of Matthew Stafford (#9) handing the ball to Ameer Abdullah (#21).  I love the intensity on Stafford’s face.  I also liked the Lions’ uniforms…blue tops on blue bottoms.  What do you think?  Leave a comment below.

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Zebra

I was going to post a photo from the Lions vs. Steelers game, but MJ wanted another South Africa animal photo.  So to make her happy, here we go.  This is a zebra that we came upon at Kruger National Park in the northeast corner of South Africa.

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Ford Field

Here is my view as of about 30 minutes ago.  I’m here very very early for the 830pm Lions vs. Steelers game.  I wanted lots of time to check out Ford Field, since I’m a lifelong Lions fan.  It was nice being able to walk around before the general admission starts and capture photos of the field prior to people being in the way.  I’m currently getting ready to capture pre-pregame warm ups (street clothes) and then I’ll photograph the pregame warm ups (players in their uniforms), and then the game itself.  Fun Times!!!

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