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!
Next up in Maryland: Swallow Falls Canyon in Garrett County!! If you haven’t noticed by now, Jay and I like to hunt down waterfalls. I don’t care if TLC warned “don’t go chasing waterfalls” in 1995…its FUN!!! So, whenever we travel, if there’s a waterfall that can be found, we will usually try to find it!
Swallow Falls Canyon has a fair number of small cataracts downstream from where this photo was taken. Each of these is perfectly lovely and you can catch glimpses of them through the hemlock forest. I thoroughly recommend hiking down to the water’s edge and climbing out on the rocks (as shown above!) for incomparable views. There is also the highest waterfall in Maryland (53 feet), Muddy Creek Falls, which will be featured in photos to come!
Luckily, for this photographer, it was a gorgeous sunny day and the trees were just starting to turn. Such a feast for the eyes!
Of course, this photo was taken with the Canon Powershot G12. And a quick note for anyone who wants to get out there to shoot waterfalls with a long exposure: sometimes, your better shots come on slightly cloudy days, so the water doesn’t come out as over-exposed. If it is sunny, try using a neutral density filter…it works wonders!
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!!!
So, remember that last post? About the adventuresome trek up and over the mountains on what appeared to be little more than a paved goat path? And remember how Jay is super great about halting the car whenever I would squeal “photo!!”? Well, alas. That goat path winding up and up the mountain afforded beautiful views…like this one! Its sort of like a different type of Sunset Boulevard, a very abstract interpretation of “a sunset boulevard.”
Picture it: You’re up on a mountain, overlooking the wild Southern California coast, with the Pacific waves crashing below and not a sole on the road. You gaze ever-so-slightly northward and your face is gently met with the warm setting rays of the golden sun, dipping below the horizon. The colors are hues you’ve only ever dreamed of and the mountain-scape is silhouetted against the star of the show that is gracefully bowing out for the night. As the fading light touches the foggy haze hanging over the ocean, an other-worldly glow fills the foreground of your sight. Deep blue-purple fades into blazing orange, and you watch as your beacon of the day slips away to give way to a moonlit night. It is just you, the sky, the mountains, and the sea.
Ok…now look at the photo? Decent attempt at trying to summarize a photo and all it embodies in less than a thousand words? Read it again for a brief mental vacation and relaxing “guided imagery” moment!
Of course, taken with the Canon Powershot G12.
The Bixby Bridge!!! I just loved the way it spans the mountains and overlooks the coastline! Have I mentioned that I love the Pacific Coast Highway (a.k.a. Highway 1)?!?!
I used the Canon Powershot G12 for this one, with a wide-angle lens attached. Enjoy! Stay tuned for more!
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Ladies and gentlemen: Lake Sonoma! It was an afterthought of a trip, but so glad we went! We were heading down to San Francisco from Santa Rosa and had heard talk of a glorious lake atop the mountains in Sonoma. Of course we were game! After a beautiful drive through Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma (see previous post!) we ascended into the hills and mountains and were greeted by a breathtaking view. There were several wooden structures that you could climb up into to get an even better vantage point on the surroundings, but I found a great spot to capture a panoramic shot of the landscape. It was just so lovely up there! And there’s more lake than would even fit in the photo!
Of course, taken with the Canon Powershot G12. Stay tuned for more Calfornia! And after California…on to St. John, USVI!
Tons of them!!! Pier 39 near Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco is home to a very happy clan of sea lions that get to while their days away in the California sun (and fog). Apparently, the sea lions had left for several years but recently returned and re-took over the pier. Welcome home, pinniped fishermen, welcome home.
Of course, this photo was taken with the Canon Powershot G12. Stay tuned for more! Fair warning: I’m super busy right now enjoying post-graduation life, so it will probably be a couple of weeks until my next post.
That said, I would like to officially introduce you to “Elizabeth Iannone, M.D.”!!!!! Woohoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Graduated medical school on May 11th! Finally, after only 22 years of school (hehe). Watch out world, because here comes Dr. Shutterbug.