Frick Park, April

Here are a few pictures taken on April 26 in Frick Park and the surrounding area, including Duck Hollow Trail along the Monongahela River, near Pittsburgh. We starting walking a little after 6:00 and didn’t get back until 8:30, after the sun had set.

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A duck found along Nine Mile Run
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Dandelions along the path leading up to the Monongahela river
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Blue Jay in a tree on Nine Mile Run

The Sun was pretty low by the time we got down to the river at Duck Hollow, with the receding light making it difficult to get sharp shots with the zoom lens and no tripod.

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Man wading into the Monongahela
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There were quite a few of these hanging from the telephone wires along the river
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Parked coke cars on the tracks along the Monongahela
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Close up of coke car and graffiti
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Crossed wires
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Allison on the tracks
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The cameraman getting a taste of his own medicine, compliments of Allison

By the time we walked back towards the car, the sun had completely set. We had run into deer along the path before, so I was holding out for a shot or two. We did come across two younger deer, but it was so dark at that point, clear shots were basically impossible. Maybe next time.

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Blurry shot of deer crossing the path far up ahead.
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Managed to sneak up on this young buck, but it was way too dark to get a good shot on the zoom lens shooting handheld. Pretty sure I’m focused on the branch in front of his face too. Oh well.

Here’s a gallery of all the shots in this post. Click on an image for larger resolution plus shooting info.

Artificial Consciousness Machines @ Federal Frenzy

Here are a few select images I took of the band Artificial Consciousness Machines who played this years Federal Frenzy in downtown Youngstown, Ohio. I would describe their sound as Jazz-fusion with an experimental and oftentimes even progressive tinge. The vocals were of course great, but I was also pleased and pleasantly surprised with the large percentage of strictly instrumental music they had on offer. For a brand-new band of about a month in the making, they sounded well rehearsed and put on a great show. The music is particularly fun to listen to and engaging. Definitely an asset to the Youngstown music scene!

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Last but not least, here are a few landscape, close-up, and animal images from over the weekend as well. If there is anything the internet needs, its more cat pictures.

 

The Site Gets a New Look + Photos

I updated the look and layout of the site, which, in my opinion, looks a lot more streamlined than the older version. Everything is essentially all on one page: music, photos, everything else. Speaking of photos, I decided to feature my photography a little more prominently. I now have various galleries available to view on my home page. If you don’t feel like going there right now to check it out, here’s a sampling of some recent images I’ve taken this month so far. These pictures were taken in either Frick Park, or McConnell’s mill, Pennsylvania- all in the span of two weeks. The fact that there is so much snow in some photos and it is so green in others really illustrates how quickly the weather can change in this part of the country!

Download “Valley of the Sun” for free, plus Hugh Shows first/last

For a limited time, one can get a free download of the song “Valley of the Sun” from the Pittsburgh City Paper website. Special thanks to Alex Gordon for the kind words. Here’s a link:

http://www.pghcitypaper.com/FFW/archives/2017/02/13/mp3-monday-the-long-hunt

We also recently participated in Hugh Shows First/Last, where we answer a few questions about some of the music we listen to. Its a cool format. Here’s a link:

http://hughshowsredux.blogspot.com/2017/02/firstlast-long-hunt.html

Lastly, for those who didn’t already notice, we have a video of us playing a new song called “Ground of Being”. Check it out below.