Thursday, December 20, 2012

Johnstown Inclined Plane

A few days after visiting the inclined planes of Pittsburgh, PA, I decided to revisit the Johnstown Inclined Plane. Although we have added captions to most of the pictures, as we always do, you can find a more detailed description of the Inclined Plane and it's operation at

The inclined plane as seen from street level at the corner of Union and Vine.

Pedestrian bridge crossing Route 56/John Street

Walkway leading from ground level up to the pedestrian bridge.

Standing on the bridge over the Stoney Creek looking towards the lower level of the Johnstown Inclined Plane

The length of the trip on the incline is 896 feet and the vertical lift itself is over 500 feet.

Each of the incline's cars are 30 feet in length and can carry over 60 passengers as well as a vehicle.

The city of Johnstown as shot from the passenger car as it slowly rises to the top of the incline.

Friends and fellow photographs capture Johnstown in shots similar to the previous one.

Point Stadium and People's Gas Park, directly behind the stadium, as seen from the observation deck of the incline plane.

A shot as we returned to the bottom after shooting our best photographs at the top of the incline.

Memorial Baptist Church

Almost at the end of our journey.

Exit, stage right.

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Touring Pittsburgh

I had the opportunity to drive first into Penn Hills, then into downtown Pittsburgh via Wilkinsburg.

Wall Art done by local school students at Penn Avenue and Pitt Street along the Martin Luther King, Jr. East Busway

The art presents an historical view of the life in the Pittsburgh area.

Front door of Engine House #16, an abandoned fire station on Penn Avenue and North Lange Avenue.

Afro American Music Institute at 7131 Hamilton Street.

A view of downtown Pittsburgh looking across the Monongahela River from the Ft. Washington incline.

Looking towards Ft. Pitt Bridge and Heinz Field from the Ft. Washington incline.

Entrance to the top of the Duquesne incline on Grandview Avenue.

Point Park, Monongahela River on the left, Allegheny River on the right, at the point they form the Ohio River.

Incline operator at his controls.

One of the cars on the incline.

Carnegie Science Center

Tugboat Gabrile which belongs to Consol Energy Company and is used to move barges up and down the rivers.

Tugboat Sandy Drake

Advertisement sign for the Leaf and Bean Coffee and Cigar shop in the Strip District.

Front of the Leaf and Bean.

Out of Order

Sidewalk display at one of the clothing stores along Penn Ave in the Strip District.

Italian Market exit.

Wall art

A rose still blooms in Penn Hills, November 18, 2012.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Indoors Outdoors

Well, it looks like we are completely ready for the winter weather to set in.  The freezer is full of smoked and grilled meats, the plow is on the quad, and the emergency snow shoes are hung out on the wall.  I think I'll take a break.

Sunrise, 7 o'clock in the morning, looking East off the ridge.

These next four pictures were shot during a recent trip down to the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, PA.  This was our first trip to the new Memorial site since it was opened to the public a few months ago.

Last Tuesday I shot the final dress rehearsal for the Saint Francis University STAR Productions play The Zoo Story, by Edward Albee.  This two man, one act play is the best play with the smallest cast I've shot in all the years that I've been shooting for the Saint Francis University Theatre department.

Brian Davis as Peter.

Rob Callis-Keiser as Jerry.

Bonnie and Kenny Resinski
This production was conceived and designed, produced and directed by Kenny and Bonnie Resinski.

Our final set of pictures for this issue of the blog are of a few of our feathered friends.

We spotted these three Mallard Ducks as we were driving into the Flight 93 Memorial area.

On the way out of the Memorial area, I captured this Great Blue Heron just as it was preparing to take off.

Although not rare, but certainly uncommon to our little house on the ridge, is the Red-breasted Nuthatch.  The birds were only here for four or five days before they disappeared.  This is probably because a lack of their favorite food source, the seeds of the pine cone.