THIS. IS. HUGE. The Rubber Ducky art installation by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman left Hong Kong and landed in…PITTSBURGH!!!!!!!!!!! Yeah, Pittsburgh! Needless to say, numerous U.S. cities are quite jealous that we are the first American city to get the Duck, but I like to think that we are just that awesome. Check out this link for more info: http://www.pifof.org/performance/the-rubber-duck-project/
It is a part of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts.
Ducky is “docked” in the Allegheny River by Point State Park and was welcomed with a huge “Launch Party” (that, sadly, I had to work during and missed). He shall be our big yellow guest until the end of October.
Lets just say that this thing is so *ducking* cute that I purchased the small replica Ducky…and found a prime photo opp! DOUBLE DUCKS!
Clearly, it was a gorgeous autumn day in Pittsburgh and a perfect day to visit the Duck.
Taken with the Canon Powershot G12!
Another “oldie but goodie” before we move on to St. John, USVI photos! I have always loved Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh, but no show there was more spectacular than when famed glass artist Dale Chihuly created unique pieces for display throughout the conservatory from 2007-2008. My absolute favorite was this “dreamscape” of multicolored glass orbs floating in a boat on one of Phipps’ water features. Take a peek below for a close-up of the glass orbs!
So, a short break from Deep Creek, Maryland and *poof* we’re now in Milton, PA. Yes, the motherland of my dear Jay. We stopped in Milton on our way to New York City this past October during a much needed vacation week. Roadtrip!!! Anyhoo, there are some photo op gems in Milton, if you hunt around for them. Luckily for me, the sun decided to line up beautifully with this oak tree.
I’d also like to say that I rediscovered one of my favorite childhood candies, SqueezePops, in Milton at the CVS. Who would have guessed that they carried that candy? I haven’t seen it in ages. So, in between my squeals of delight and giddy pleadings, Jay purchased one for me. Here’s a reminder in case you don’t remember this candy:
Yes, folks, its liquid sugar. In a tube. Ingredients: corn syrup and food coloring (and a few other very artificial components). Yes, my doctor-ly voice in my head was screaming, “Nooooooooooo!”, but my inner 5-year-old won out with an even more emphatic, “Yessssssssssssssssssssssss!”
BIG MISTAKE. Those who know me know that I get more or less uncontrollably hyper and chatty with large amounts of sugar (or caffeine, for that matter). Jay, bless his soul, knows this fact and still was kind enough to let me eat the SqueezePop on the way to NYC…while locked in a car with him for hours…with nowhere to go…and no other outlet for my new-found energy except singing, talking, and fidgeting.
Let’s just say, Jay regretted indulging me with the candy. I think his eyes were ready to bug out of his head by the time we drove into Manhattan around 4pm.
I was still up (and going strong) at 4am. Whee!
I found it! The exact place and time where Summer meets Autumn! Apparently, its in Deep Creek, Maryland in late September! I love how green the trees on the land in the background are, yet the maple leaves in front are at the peak of colorful autumn perfection! Two seasons, separated by the blue hue of the lake.
Of course, taken with the Canon Powershot G12. Stay tuned for more photos!
Its a pretty blue shutter!
That is all.
Ok, ok. Just kidding. I’ll at least tell you where this pretty blue shutter is located. No joke, this is a small electrical “out house” sort of thing on Catalina Island. I’ve never seen one so pretty out this neck of the woods. Must be something about that sweet California air…it just makes everything a bit prettier and sunnier 😉 I just love the stark contrast between the intricate blue shutter and the cracked white stucco!
Of course, taken with the Canon Powershot G12.
Stay tuned! Only 3 California photos left! At least, I think. At the very least, only 3 more that will be posted for now so we can finally move on to something else!!!
Here we have *yet another* shot from gorgeous and oh-so-photogenic Avalon, Catalina Island. The yachts in the harbor!! Don’t you wish you could chase down the Pacific horizon in one of these? 🙂
Of course, taken with the Canon Powershot G12. Slight sepia tone added in Photoshop CS5…I love how the filter enhances the vibe of the photo!
Stay tuned for more!
Chinatown Laundry!!! So, if you go slightly off the main drag in Chinatown, you come upon the buildings that people live in…and a you get a much better feel of the essence of Chinatown. I loved all of the colorful laundry that was hanging out to dry. And so many of the pieces were very ethnic! It may be odd…I’ve taken lots of “laundry out to dry” photos in my travels…but I feel like these photos tend to capture a culture in some of the best ways. They show everyday life. Regardless of how different people and cultures may seem to be, we are all so similar at a fundamental level. We all do laundry. We all laugh when we’re happy. We all smile. We all fall in love. We all feel an astounding array of emotions and incorporate our experiences into our very being.
Alright. Enough of the waxing philosophical. I found the most amazing little restaurant in Chinatown. Hole in the wall kind of place, really, but with the best food ever. It was down a side street. I’m now convinced that the further you go away from the “touristy” places and the worse the restaurant looks from the outside, the better the food is. I had the beef with scallions and eggs. Oh. My. God. The beef was pan-fried most of the way and then coated in the egg and all tossed into a pan so that the beef was coated in egg and there were also delicious bits of scrambled egg. All of this was mixed with very fresh scallions that were just waved over the heat and piled on top of delicious brown rice. I’ve tried to replicate it and am slowly getting closer, but I just can’t wait for the day that I can return to San Francisco and eat to my heart’s content. Mmmmm. By the way, the key to well-seasoned, crispy beef is a bit of soy sauce and coat the beef in a corn starch slurry before pan-frying. Mmmmmm.
Of course, taken with the Canon Powershot G12. Contrast fixed a smidge in Photoshop CS5 because that alley had some seriously funky light going on.s