The Long Way Home


Winter’s Edge
December 19, 2014, 6:18 AM
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Abandoned houses in East Liberty. l. by me r. by Jeff

Abandoned houses in East Liberty. l. by me r. by Jeff

For the past nine years we’ve been together, Jeff and I make the ordinary an adventure. A trip to Home Depot becomes a photo opp across from the parking lot; a stroll down the Big Lots “international foods” aisle provides us a basket full of spongy, coconut-flecked cakes from Spain. Driving home from work, we’ll take a left turn instead of a right one, just to see if there is something different along a route that we’ve taken hundreds of times before, and there usually is: as early darkness softens the turns of season, we get ready for the first real snow. Colder days, thick black nights – we fill them with old movies, warm simmering stews, and plans for the coming new year. We are full of light.

East Liberty: A tree in an empty lot across from Home Depot.

East Liberty: A tree in an empty lot across from Home Depot.

l. Point Breeze c. Garfield r. Bellevue

l. Point Breeze c. Garfield r. Bellevue

Found while walking: Strip District, Friendship, Garfield.

Found while walking: Strip District, Friendship, Garfield.

l. Old farmhouse, Neville Island r. Diamond District, Downtown

l. Old farmhouse, Neville Island r. Diamond District, Downtown

l. L r. J

l. L r. J

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I love these!

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Comment by jschreckengost

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Comment by Lisa

So many great familiar places I’ve stopped with a camera, too. And others I’ve never seen before. Thanks. Lovely pictures and words.

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Comment by Tim Gyves (@PGHomes)

Thanks, Tim, that’s very kind of you.

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Comment by Lisa

Yes, this works.

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Comment by John

thanks, john – happy holidays to you!

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Comment by Lisa

It’s cool to see my favorite tree in full color. I still love your snow globe photo, though!

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Comment by Bill

santa may be stopping at your house at the turn of the new year 😉

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Comment by Lisa

thanks for a wonderful uplifting post! Love the photos from East Liberty and Neville Island–places you have shared before rendering them familiar but now new again. Enjoy the holidays.

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Comment by Michael Williamson

thanks so much, michael for your encouragement and kind words this year. happy holidays to you too!

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Comment by Lisa

the second one, and the triptych in the middle are my favorites! texture and light and either a bold pop of color or just the barest hint of it…so nice

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Comment by anonymom

aw, thanks, b! that means a lot, and your support does too, always. xo

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Comment by Lisa

well, yeah, you know, we are like sisters by now, so you SHOULD feel supported!

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Comment by anonymom

incredibly sweet – love you!

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Comment by Lisa

Gorgeous photos. Really stunning. I love when a new road becomes a new adventure.

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Comment by motherblue212

thanks, lady! me too. and i’ve really grown to embrace winter over the years. the bleak skies make all the color around us that much brighter. and it’s perfect for black and whites. and while we are snapping away, catching moments, the cold doesn’t feel so painful.

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