April 18, 2011

Flock of Cycles

For the past year, I've been working with a group of amazing people. We met because of bicycles, and through this common interest we created a nonprofit organization that aims to make bike riding in Pittsburgh both safe and fun. We recently secured a seed grant to support our flagship project, a monthly party ride. We meet after work on the second to the last Friday of every month, fire up some bicycle-mounted stereos, and slowly roll around town in the most law-abiding (important!) manner for two or three hours. It is incredibly fun, social, and generates cheers from the sidewalk audience and automobile drivers. Flock of Cycles also has the honor to be one of this year's "worthy causes" for the annual East End Brewing Pedal Pale Ale Keg Ride. If you have a bike in Pittsburgh, you should be there!

February 15, 2011

Escape to the Lake!

This June I will be biking some 175 miles over two days up to Lake Erie to raise money to help those with multiple sclerosis. This fundraiser is organized by the National MS Society. Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune, inflammatory disease of the central nervous system. There is no scientific consensus on the cause of the disease, no cure, and current medications to manage the disease and symptoms are usually poorly tolerated by patients. My fundraising goal is $1000. Please consider donating* if you can. Thank you!

* If your employer matches donations use this info:
National MS Society, Western Pennsylvania Chapter
1501 Reedsdale Street, Suite 105
Pittsburgh, PA 15233

Please include "Bike MS" and my name on the form. The tax ID for National MS Society, Western Pennsylvania Chapter is 251066473.

December 19, 2010

Studs.

Doing what I can to keep the rubber side down in this weather.

September 16, 2010

Fire and Ice

Big Pour 4 at Construction Junction, Pittsburgh, PA

June 06, 2010

Northern Cardinal

A Northern Cardinal in my backyard. I just mowed the lawn and when I looked out the window, there were about 3 dozen birds eating the clippings.

May 30, 2010

Door Knocker

I really, really like this door knocker.

Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh, PA

June 18, 2009

Lightning in Greenfield

Also published at Only In Pittsburgh.

Greenfield, Pittsburgh, PA

May 31, 2009

Garden Update

It has been an uneventful gardening week. The plants seem to like all the rain we've been having.

Nasturtiums

Basil

Cucumbers

Pepper

Tomato Blossoms

Eggplant

May 25, 2009

Transplants

Everything is transplanted in the garden now. The wire on top of the dirt is to keep the cats from using it as a litter box. Everything except the one big tomato plant, the eggplant, and the lavender was grown at home from seed.

The rhubarb is also doing quite well. I had some trouble when I first transplanted it, but I think there may have been air pockets in the soil, and it didn't receive sufficient water. The plant sent up 5-6 flower stalks, and after I cut those down to the base, it took off like crazy. Maybe I'll have pie this year after all!

May 10, 2009

Raised Bed Garden Finished

I finished my raised bed garden today. It looks more like an engineering project than an beautiful organic garden, but I bet the food tastes the same. My seedlings are all grown up too. I'll post some photos of them later this week.


April 07, 2009

Spring Has Sprung

I've lived in apartments for the past 10 years and now I finally have a small plot of Earth to call my own (at least until my lease is up). To take full advantage of this dirt, I am planning a garden for this summer.

So far, it hasn't gone as smooth as I had imagined. I purchased a bunch of seeds, soils, pots, etc. and thought I knew more than the directions on the packets. I just tossed the little suckers in dirt, kept them watered, put them in my window sill and figured it would all work out just fine. No such luck.

My lettuce came up right away, and died just as quick. It turns out the few hours of direct sun they get through the window is no good. I tried again with CFLs shining down on the tops of the seedlings. This worked much better, and after thinning the extra seedlings last night, I had enough for a small salad.

The tomatoes came up after only a day in the dirt, and I immediately stuck them under a fluorescent grow light (see the photo above). My peppers (bell and jalapeño) are very stubborn. Not only do they want water, dirt, and light, but they also need to be warm. I ended up setting them on top of the hot water heater to get the seeds to the proper germination temperature. A few have sprouted, but so far they aren't looking as healthy as the tomatoes.

March 20, 2009

Perfect Pink Orchids

Pittsburgh, PA

March 19, 2009

Pokey

Pittsburgh, PA

January 21, 2009

Stonehead

In a room full of orchids, I was drawn to these weathered stone heads.

Pittsburgh, PA

January 20, 2009

Hardheaded

I'm realistic and pragmatic to a fault, but I don't think I'm as hardheaded as this guy.

Pittsburgh, PA

January 19, 2009

Rain Chain

This thing is called a rain chain. The idea is you hang it from your gutter instead of a downspout. The rain fills up the little flowers and trickles down. Seems like a neat idea.

I love back and white photos from other photographers, but never seem to like my own after I remove the color. I felt this one worked without color.

Pittsburgh, PA

January 18, 2009

Purple Orchid

Orchid show going on now at Phipps Conservatory. I can't wait for the spring show!

Pittsburgh, PA

December 30, 2008

Winter Rabbits

There are quite a few rabbits hidden throughout this scene. There is also some scary looking monster on the right. I'm not sure what it is, but it seems like something that was leftover from Halloween rather than created for the holidays.

Pittsburgh, PA

December 29, 2008

Coming around the bend

Pittsburgh, PA

December 28, 2008

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada