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What A Christmas!

What A Christmas!

This year for the Holidays, Kim and I (and Valentine and Charlie) visited our families in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  The cats never enjoy going in their cage for rides in the car, but they are usually pretty excited to get out when the reach their destination.  Kim’s parents have a couple cats which usually causes Valentine to be quite a brat.  She thinks she’s the Alpha cat everywhere she goes.  But after a day or so, everyone seemed to find their place in the pecking order and the Val and Charlie were right at home.  Valentine was so comfortable, she tested out the perch:

Valentine in the Perch
Valentine in the Perch

She might be asking for a perch upgrade next Christmas.  Cats always make good candidates for photography practice.  They don’t complain (as much) about having a camera in their face:

Daisy
Daisy

I also got lots of practice taking pictures of the Christmas Cookies that Kim and Linda made.  But after I ended up charging a one cookie per picture fee, I needed to do a little walking.  We walked down to the movie theater to see The King’s Speech and along the way, I got a few pictures:

Before the blizzard rolled into NJ and NYC, Kim and I headed off to Pittsburgh to visit my family.  While we were there, we visited Phipps Conservatory where I had plenty of chances to get some pictures.

Phipps Entrance
Phipps Entrance
Glass Sculpture
Glass Sculpture
Glass Figures
Glass Figures
Christmas Tree
Christmas Tree
Glass Sculpture
Glass Sculpture
Flower
Flower
Christmas Wreath
Christmas Wreath
Christmas Trees
Christmas Trees

After we left Phipps, we stopped at University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning. The light was pretty low, but I think this shot turned out really well:

Cathedral of Learning
Cathedral of Learning

The next day, we visited Ohiopyle State Park and Fallingwater.  Here are a few shots of the Falls at Ohiopyle:

Water Falls
Water Falls
Youghiogheny River
Youghiogheny River

And an old train trestle that is now a bike trail:

Rails to Trails
Rails to Trails

Fallingwater is a summer home that was built for the Kaufmann Family by Frank Lloyd Wright. After Edgar Kaufmann Sr passed away, Edgar Kaufmann Jr continued to use the house for several years before he donated it to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy so that it could be enjoyed by the public. You are not allowed to take pictures inside the residence (they are also not keen on you sitting on the couches!) but you can take pictures outside.

On The Way To Fallingwater
On The Way To Fallingwater

Fallingwater
Fallingwater
Fallingwater
Fallingwater

Fallingwater
Fallingwater
Fallingwater
Fallingwater

It’s really an amazing site to see in the winter with all the snow! It was definitely a very busy Christmas and now we are resting up on our last few days off before we head back to work.  For Valentine and Charlie that means sleeping twice as hard.

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