Search for Blue Hole

Went on a quest to find a waterfall last weekend…  went down the wrong street first, but was rewarded with some stellar views and stumbled on a murder scene… and then found the right road and WHOA!  By the time we left, there were a slew of teenagers jumping off the cliff above the waterfall.  Oh, to be young and stupid again (though even then, I’d never have the guts to do that!)  And new item on my photography wishlist is an ND filter for the ultra-wide lens…

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mushroom hunt

Last weekend, I visited Fallingwater (which you can see my photos of here) and did the self-guided grounds tour.  On the map, there is a trail out to another overlook of the house, which is blocked now that the trees have grown– maybe you can still see it in the winter.  Anyway, on  our trek out there, we started spotting all of these different mushrooms which thrilled me!  I love all the colors and shapes they come in.

fallingwater

I visited Fallingwater for the first time about 5-6 years ago when I moved to Pittsburgh.  On that visit, we did the house tour and I must say that just walking around the outside does not do it justice- you need to be inside to experience the full amazing genius of the architecture and how intertwined  the house is with nature.   Not only is the house built on the waterfall, but there’s parts where the rocks from the waterfall are actually the floor.  It is really stunning, but the problem with the house tour is that you aren’t allowed to take photographs.  They simply move too many people through every day to let them dawdle with their cameras (if you ever plan to go, make sure you book at least a week in advance!).  However, you can do the self-guided grounds tour, and you can take photos every where, even on the terraces and up at the pool.  Anyway, if you are ever in the Pittsburgh area, this place should be on your must-see list– just be prepared for the no camera policy.

break time

I just spent the last few days at Seven Springs Ski Resort outside Pittsburgh, PA for a conference on cancer research.  Got to sneak away from the science for a short hike, looks a bit different than the last time I hiked this trail.

reflections of autumn

This past weekend was glorious fall weather, blue skies and in the 70’s… a perfect weekend for hiking in the Laurel Highlands.  This is just one of a few posts that I’ll be putting up over the next few days from my hikes.  These shots were taken along the Interpretive Nature Trail at Seven Springs… wonderfully still ponds of water to make the best reflections!