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  • A Light

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    This is another, different take on the inside of Bodie Island Lighthouse; one similar to the shot I'd taken while in its sister lighthouse, Currituck. This one is looking up toward the first window encountered during the ascent to the top...and I love how the light caught just right in my lens to create a glistening effect toward the bottom left of the photo. The white walls of Bodie Island's lighthouse contrast beautifully with the jet black wrought iron stairs, creating a mesmerizing sight reminiscent of the inside of a seashell, and making for a deliciously contrasty piece.

  • Ascend

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    There's an old saying that the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step...but in this instance, it's a journey of 162 feet into the air, and 220 steps of wrought iron. This is the very beginning of the ascent to the top of the Currituck Lighthouse in Corolla, NC. I would have loved to climb to the top, and it isn't for a lack of trying; it's simply that these buildings are without a doubt the most vertigo-inducing structures I've ever been inside of. Absolutely awe-inspiring...and yet terrifying on a primal level for me. Still, there was a remarkable amount to take in even from the bottom of the lighthouse, one of those views I present to you here. So, can you ascend to the top?

  • Beneath The Bridge

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    On our sojourn through a frozen Pittsburgh, we passed by a spot beneath one of the three yellow bridges, where on warmer days one might find kayaks slipping into the waters of the Allegheny River. On that day however, the sloped concrete platform that would have let kayakers easily access the river was coated with snow, and bled seamlessly into the ice to the point where it was difficult to tell where one began, and the other ended. My brother made his way down this slippery slope, to the very edge of the river, and looked out upon the scene.

  • Concentrism

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    This is a view looking up through the concentric circles formed by Currituck Lighthouse's spiral staircase. There's something about the pattern formed by these stairs that I just can't get enough of, and I must have stood at the bottom of that lighthouse for well over half an hour simply trying to find the best angles...and I think I managed to find quite a few good ones! Still, it is a shame I was unable to actually climb the lighthouse myself and find what else might have been at the top, visually-speaking; these places seem tailor-made to induce vertigo! This is the BLACK AND WHITE version of this photograph!

  • Gentle Giant

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    Virtually every year, I make a pilgrimage to the Pittsburgh Zoo; I have done this ever since I was a little kid. What kid *doesn't* love the zoo, really? Well, that fascination with the animals there never left me, and these days I travel there once per year with camera in hand, hoping to catch something magical. This year I got lucky, as this beautiful silverback gorilla had decided to take a seat right beside the glass at the edge of the enclosure. I patiently sat, camera in hand, waiting for just the right moment for him to turn his head toward me...and I managed to snag this shot, as our eyes connected. Here's a fun fact for you. Did you know gorillas are one of the strongest animals on the planet, capable of lifting 10 times their own body weight? Considering that they usually weigh in at around 800 or so lbs, that's a frightening amount of muscle packed into a relatively small space! I would rather not mess with anything capable of lifting 8,000 lbs, when I get tired lugging around my 10 lb camera bag all day.

  • Pittsburgh Street Scene

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    I've been to plenty of cities, from Toronto to Orlando, Portland to Chicago...and I can tell you from personal experience, every city has its own distinct 'flavor' that simply cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Pittsburgh's 'flavor' in particular feels tinged with age and history, every street corner hiding layers of the past, paved over by the progress of today. I can just imagine this same street corner seen here 85 years ago, with smoke thick in the sky and a bustling trolley system ferrying steel workers to and fro...and yet much of that is gone. What is left is pleasant, and distinctively Pittsburgh. You won't find another place like it, guaranteed!

  • Placid

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    It was a rainy, depressing day in Harrisburg, PA. My grandfather had just passed away some weeks before, and we were busied rushing to and fro, attending to business involved in his estate...but while crossing the Susquehanna River, peering out across the expanse toward the capital city itself, I could only see fog...and the thin, arched rail of the Market Street Bridge disappearing into the mist. Strangely enough, the whole scene felt utterly peaceful. A quiet moment caught in the middle of a capital city I couldn't even see. I leaned out the window, and took the shot.

  • The Climb

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    It felt great to get away from the heat, taking refuge inside the weathered old shell of Bodie Island Lighthouse, and it didn't take long for me to be awestruck by the sights. Problem is, the stairs you see here are very old wrought iron created back during the 1870s, when the lighthouse itself was built. The caretakers of the lighthouse had a very strict 'one person per flight of stairs' policy on those attempting to make the climb to the top, and while I did attempt the climb myself, I was thwarted by the powerful feeling of vertigo the experience induced. These stairs, after all, had no backing to them; look down and one can see straight to the bottom, even as the stairs themselves gently swayed with each footstep. While I'd have loved to see the top, I was nonetheless thoroughly satisfied by my time spent at the bottom, looking up into the dizzying spiral above me.

  • The Workhorse

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    Quite a few years ago, I happened across this old piece of art sitting among the many rows of old cars and trucks at a local auto show. At these shows, it's very typical to see cars shined and polished, preserved and prepared for the judges. Whoever it was that owned this beautiful old truck didn't seem to care; cleanliness was not the priority here. Rather, what was put on display here was the many years spent hauling load after load of some unknown cargo, likely on a farm. This old workhorse has seen more than its share of use over the years, and wore all of that wear and tear like a badge of honor. Give me a single vehicle like this over a thousand polished autos that don't so much as leave the driveway once a year. THIS is what you call real character.