A Walk in the Woods

Had another great day off and got to spend some time in the woods in Ohiopyle State Park.  I photographed Cucumber Falls completely frozen over, the main falls and then a little in the woods.  At one point I was in the woods and noticed a set of footprints in the snow.  They were filled with the last snow and a little windblown but still visible due to the late afternoon sun casting its long shadows over the area.  And I wondered to myself, perhaps this is the road less traveled and the road which I should be following.

Cucumber Falls FrozenCucumber Falls frozen over after a week of below freezing weather.

Hidden FootstepsFootsteps in the woods.

Ohiopyle FallsThe main falls in Ohiopyle State Park.

Shall We SitWould you like to sit and watch the water.

Water SlidesThis is the top of the natural water slides in Ohiopyle State Park.  I just don’t understand why there was nobody enjoying a ride down the slides.  Could have been that the temp was just a little over 15ºF.

An Adventure into the Cold

Sunday was my birthday and I decided since it was the coldest day of the winter so far I should celebrate by going out to my local waterfall and taking some frozen photos of the falls and stream.  In the close up of the falls you can see that it hasn’t really frozen completely as of yet but I am hopeful that by my next day off from work it will be frozen completely over.

Watch for an update on Cucumber Falls in Ohiopyle this weekend.

Cucumber Froze Cucumber Froze2

 

An Hour Later…

So recently the Westmoreland Photographers Society took a trip to the National Aviary in Pittsburgh.  And this trip was no disappointment.  There were many birds ready to pose for a picture and we were very pleased to appease them.  In one of the rooms I noticed this particularly bright orange and black bird which seemed to stay in the top of the trees.  So I decided that I wasn’t leaving the room until I caught him in a pose.  Well that proved to be more difficult that I had thought and an hour later I finally caught the little guy.  I think the times was well spent.

Orange

Whats on the Other Side

Yesterday I received some news about my job which is concerning.  Some of you may know that I work as a store manager for Radio Shack in Pittsburgh.  I started as a part timer in 2011 and worked my way up to assistant manager then store manager.  I truly enjoy the work that I do and have made some great friends along the way.  But with the announcement of Radio Shack declaring bankruptcy, I find myself at  a cross roads of sorts.  The company has started the liquidation process on many stores and so far my store isn’t on the list, but I’m relatively certain that it will be added in the very near future.

So here I sit just 9 days short of my 39th birthday with a very uncertain future.  I have a lot of experience and have no doubt that I will be able to land on my feet in a very short period of time but the question for me is: Which way do I go? Stay in retail or try something completely different?

Obviously I have some very important decisions to make in the very near future, but for now I’ll ponder a quote from a Robert Frost poem that I have enjoyed for years,

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Tonight I took a photo of an alley in Pittsburgh and this poem and my situation came to mind.  Maybe it’s time for me to take a stroll down the less traveled path and see whats on the other side of the steam in the photo.
Dark Street

365 – 151 Watching the Streets

Today’s photo comes from the civil war reenactment at Old Bedford Village.  If you haven’t noticed I really like the reenactments.  This gentleman was watching the streets in town while guarding over the local jail house.

The intense look on his face just really caught my eye and the decision to go black and white was simple.

Hope you enjoy.  And tomorrow I will be attending an old western reenactment, so get ready for some cowboys.

Watching

365 – 150 Civil War Operation

Todays photo comes from the Civil War reenactment that I attended at Old Bedford Village this past weekend.  After the battle many of the soldiers lay wounded, dying, or dead on the field.  This photo shows a Doctor working hard to help an unlucky solider that was wounded when he was shot through the cheek during the battle.

One of my favorite parts of these reenactments is learning about how things took place, how the soldiers lived, ate, and fought side by side.  And this reenactment depicted a great deal of the day-to-day lives of the soldiers before and after the battle, including surgery for the wounded and how they were cared for after surgery.

Operation

 

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