I had a previous manager that swore by doing a shot of Jack Daniels the moment you felt the onset of a sore throat. Well, I started to get that scratchy throat feeling at work, so when I got home I poured a shot, took some photos, and down it went.
On my way to pick up Jonah from school I stopped as the base of hill "number 1" of the thirteen that are climbed every year by the cyclists in Pittsburgh's Dirty Dozen. This is Center Avenue in Aspinwall and as you climb out of sight the hill keeps on going for another 100 yards or so. I believe this hill is in the 25% gradient range if I recall from last year. I am not riding this year, so I am hoping to be able to get out and photograph it.
Before our last round of golf this morning, I grabbed a cart and drove out to 17th green to get this photo. I had actually planned this for Saturday morning, but the fog was to thick. I was happy to see the fog lifting when I was ready to get a photograph this morning. The Allegheny River is so calm here it often looks like a lake and you can see the bottom, as it is about three feet deep in most sections. As we golf it is filled with people in kayaks, canoes, and tubes enjoying the original lazy river.
The mornings are typically very foggy, so I decided to try and get a few shots of the course. This is the ninth green looking back towards the ninth tee. During our morning round we can't really see our drives until we get up on top of the mountain around hole five, six, or seven.
This weekend was the annual golf trip to Tionesta, PA. It was this weekend that I was a little concerned about taking pictures everyday since I would be on a golf course the majority of the day. This is the 7th hole, a par 3 that is 167 yards according to the card, but plays like it is 145 because of the drop in elevation. You can barely make out the green. The hole is nice enough, but the real star of this hole is the view. You can see all the way down the Allegheny River Valley.
We received a catalog of costumes last week and ever since then Jonah is starting to wear all of his costumes. Tonight he decided to put on his Captain America gear, and actually requested that I take a picture. This is the pose that Jonah wanted me to photograph. What you don't see is that he is in his underwear. Love this little guy!
Today is Jonah's first day of kindergarten, so I am obligated to take and post a first day of school photograph. He is super excited and can barely contain himself long enough to stand still by the front door.
When I woke up this morning there was a really nice fog. I decided to take my camera to work, which is rare for me. While waiting in traffic on the Hulton Bridge, I took a few shots of the bridge architecture.
Yellowjackets have been discovered making a nest between our siding and the house and occasionally a stray yellowjacket in the basement. Well after much research I order the following "kit" to resolve this issue. Tonight I will be performing step one, which is to take the CB-80 spray and spray it in the nest. Night time is best because they are all in the nest after a long day of flying around. Also, yellowjackets can't see very well so it will be harder to sting me, or at least that what the interweb says. Step one will last a couple days, and then ka-pow I spray this magic dust into the nest and that penetrates the entire nest and hangs around for any babies that are thinking about hatching. If I were a yellowjacket, I would think about getting out of the nest forever. You have 30 minutes....GO!
I went out front today after dinner in search of something to photograph and wound up talking to our neighbor Cathy. I explained the 365+1 Project that I am doing, and she walked me behind her house and showed off her beautiful sunflowers. I will be revisiting this garden with a tripod later. Thanks Cathy!
I was outside after dinner taking some macro flower photos for #macromonday, when this "Giant" wasp buzzed by me and landed in this bush next to the flowers I was shooting. After I regained my composure, I refocused my camera and my energy to capture this beast. Since I am using a 1:1 ratio macro lens you are seeing this as actual size. Trust me when I say it was huge compared to your garden variety wasp. I looked this wasp up in my bug book, and it appears to be some sort of spider-hunting wasp.
We tried something new this time when returning home from vacation this year. I unloaded the car in the driveway and all the clothes, bedding, and anything else that needed washed went into Sue's car. Sue went to the laundry-mat and knocked out numerous loads of laundry in less than 3 hours.
While we were waiting for the annual campers versus staff softball game to start Auggie and Timmy entertained us with some wrestling. Here you will notice that Auggie is trying to escape from Timmy's bear hug hold.