Good-bye, Easy Mt. Washington Sunrise

Pittsburgh Mt Washington sunrise

The sunrise last Saturday was not all that glamorous. Yet it was the last day that I was able to get up early and easily make it to Mount Washington by myself before I end the lease of my Shadyside apartment and completely move out of the city. That milestone status makes this morning trip blog-worthy.


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Winter Light Garden at Phipps Conservatory

After shooting damselflies at the lily pond and the butterfly exhibition at the Phipps Conservatory last summer, I wanted to visit their winter lights show.


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Wafels & Dinges: flaky paradise of Speculoos and Nutella 紐約比利時鬆餅餐車

It’s been six years since Wafels & Dinges was founded. I missed it every time I was in town──either their food trucks were nowhere near me or I was standing right in front of a waffle truck while being way too full to have even one bite. When I saw the Wafels & Dinges truck across the street from Lincoln Center right after we checked in, my eyes widened with sparkles just like when the Ice Age saber-toothed squirrel sees an acorn. What a lucky start of our trip!

Wafels and Dinges都開店六年了,每次在紐約都錯過,要嘛就是他們的餐車離我太遙遠,不然就是站在鬆餅車前面但飽到一口也吃不下。這次剛到旅館放下行李一出來就在林肯中心對街看到Wafels & Dinges餐車!簡直跟冰原歷險記的松鼠看到橡栗一樣!

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Macarons from Gaby et Jules

A French patisserie opened in Squirrel Hill. They sell macarons and their chef used to work for Ladurée and Fauchon in France. I had to check it out.


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Lily Pond at the Phipps Conservatory

I meant to make another trip in summer to the outdoor lily pond at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden but never got a chance. This outdoor pond is one of the most photogenic places in Phipps or in Schenley Park. This pond is located in Schenley Park outside of the greenhouse. No admission is needed.

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Pittsburgh Pirates Post-Game Fireworks from Mount Washington

Pittsburgh Pirates fireworks

So, I bought my first camera about three months ago. I don’t really know what I’m doing, but I enjoy taking pictures. This is my little fireworks shooting journal. Maybe it would provide some background for people who are new to the area or traveling here and plan on shooting or watching Pittsburgh Pirates post-game fireworks; maybe some photographer passing by would tell me, okay very cute for trying, but you should do xyz.


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Phipps Conservatory

Phipps Conservatory

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden is one of the assets that Pittsburgh is most proud of. This Victorian greenhouse was built in 1893 as a gift to the City of Pittsburgh by Henry Phipps. When G-20 Summit was held in Pittsburgh in 2009, its welcome dinner was hosted in Phipps. Their facilities are available for events from wedding parties to fundraising receptions.

I had been living in Pittsburgh for five years and never went to Phipps. It’s been on my to-do list. Just so happened that I got a couple of days off right after I bought a new camera. So I thought I would go practice with some butterflies in captivity.

Phipps花園是匹茲堡除了足球和冰上曲棍球之外最能拿來說嘴的事之一,1893年富豪Henry Phipps蓋了這個溫室花園送給匹茲堡,號稱是全美最老的維多利亞式溫室,2009年G-20高峰會在匹茲堡辦的時候,各國領袖是在這個溫室花園吃開幕晚餐,平常也可以租他們的場地來辦婚禮或慈善晚宴。在匹茲堡住了五年,很慚愧竟然沒去過Phipps,剛拿到新相機,決定作弊拿溫室裡的蝴蝶來練習。

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