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cruz bay sunset…

 

Its Cruz Bay, St. John, USVI!  Lovely sunset, eh?  Well, here’s the very special part…sunsets over St. John are very often silvery sunsets, rather than flame-hued.  Well, on this evening, the sky was shocking shades of pink and orange…and the entire town took notice!  Everyone was packing the streets and balconies to gaze at the sunset…and I was so happy to be a part of it!

Taken with the Canon Powershot G12.  Stay tuned for more snapshots of the USVI!

give me some sugar…

Here we have the Sugar Mill ruins at Annaberg Plantation on St. John, USVI!  The entire plantation was beautiful (more photos to come), but you simply cannot beat the view serving as a backdrop for these plantation ruins.  The plantation overlooks Leinster Bay (photo to come!).  The sun can be quite sweltering up at the plantation, but there are several shady trees to catch a reprieve under, or you could use my tactic and rush by Jeep to one of the nearby beaches and plunge into the crystal waters to cool off!

Taken with the Canon Powershot G12!

Stay tuned for more views of the gorgeous St. John, USVI.

a trunk bay classic…

Trunk Bay Vista

 

Welcome to the beautiful St. John of the US Virgin Islands!!!!!!!!!!!!  Let’s just say that this place is my paradise.  So many wonderful memories, so many amazing experiences, so much serious relaxation.  To kick off the USVI photos, we have THE classic shot of Trunk Bay on St. John.  It was a beautifully sunny and clear day, so the colors in the water were positively mesmerizing!

Enjoy, and I cannot wait to share St. John, USVI from my perspective with everyone!!

Of course, taken with the Canon Powershot G12!

double ducky…

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!

This Duck is huge!!  Jay and I with Rubber Ducky.

chihuly creations…

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!

orchids…an oldie but goodie

Oh my goodness!!!  This one’s a throwback to 2010!!  But then again, orchids are a classic flower and just never go out of style 😉  I’m not sure how I managed to miss posting this one earlier, as it is one of my favorite macro flower shots.

This photo of these beautifully patterned orchids was taken in the Orchid Room at Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh.  Oh, how I love that place.  Its the perfect place to get lost for a few hours surrounded by surreal flowers, landscaping, and warm sweet air.   Its also the perfect place to get married (or will be in 1.5 years, anyhow!!!!!).  Its also a veritable buffet for photographers looking for flowers as fodder for photos.  Wow!!  Say that 5 times fast!

Taken with my old Olympus camera that was stolen years ago (I can’t even remember the model!).

Stay tuned…photos of St. John, USVI are coming up SOON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

among the hemlocks…

—click image for lager view (its much better that way!)—

Its a two-fer!!!  Swallow Falls Canyon in  Garrett County, Maryland has one of the oldest hemlock stands in the state, with some trees up to 300 years old.  Just think…some of these trees were “born” in the century that we won our independence!  The forest itself is very unique.  Very cool, damp, and quiet with a canopy of pine.  It is a tranquil place with sunlight filtering in through the canopy.  A hike along the trails provides glimpses of river and waterfalls through the hemlocks and, if you’re adventurous, a bit of off-trail hiking brings you right to the water’s edge.

For these forest shots, I applied a dreamy-looking filter in Photoshop CS5 to help strengthen that “mystic forest” look.  And, of course, the photos were taken with the Canon Powershot G12.

And now, for a rare shot of the photographer.  Oh, yes, I dared to do it…its now a three-fer!!  I enjoy rock-climbing, so, naturally, I took to the rocks that I found in the forest.  And yes, that is a MASSIVE boulder held up by piles of rubble.  I like to live life on the edge.  I mean, its not fun unless someone is in danger of being squished like a bug  😉

Liz Rocking Out