Rust Belt


ISOA BannerRust Belt is a appropriate term used to describe the once thriving mill towns of the Midwest. As Wikipedia says:

The Rust Belt is a term for the region straddling the upper Northeastern United States, the Great Lakes, and the Midwest States, referring to economic decline, population loss, and urban decay due to the shrinking of its once powerful industrial sector…

Pittsburgh is perhaps the epitome of that term.  During my youth and beyond they were simply know as the “Steel Town”. They like many others in the area are gradually becoming a more diverse economy but Pittsburgh in particular still maintains it gritty persona… The picture taken here was from the Monongahela Incline above the city.



Reflections, Doors, Windows & More


Pic in a Pic Banner   I discovered something very basic about me recently. I am obsessed with reflection, doors, windows and other such things.  I now have a photo portfolio that exceeds 18,000 pictures and many of them are of this genre.  As above, I love to take my photo editing tools and create something that wasn’t quite there.

The picture above was taken in Ottawa Canada about 5 years ago.

I Love Reenactors

Ft William


ISOA Banner   I love to visit historic sites that have reenactors that is people who play roles of the historic event or site. Fort William in Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada is one of my top ten in that category.  Yes Canada is very much in my search for America….


Small Town Life


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ISOA Banner   You don’t know America if you have never eaten at a small town cafe. This one in Ennis Montana like so many others is proud of its heritage. We had breakfast there, a big place of sausage gravy and biscuits so didn’t have a change to try their strawberry pie… The biscuits were kind of hard but the gravy was very good.

One Of The Problems With Rural Life…

One of the problems with rural life is that the emergency services are not as quick as our urban brothers have. I took this picture around Townsend Montana a few years ago on our way to California. I wander if they saved much of the home? Probably not.. But it does make for a dramatic, and someway beautiful picture..

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The Corn Palace…

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ISOA Banner   Nothing could be more American that the Corn Palace in Mitchell South Dakota. My first time there was on a family vacation in the 1950s. I have been there three other times and except for the date on the front of the building it has not changed one iota over the years.

The Happiness Project…


It seems that for some time now I have been unable to obtain much of a degree of happiness in my life. I’m sure the current times, particularly the political climate in our country, have something to do with that.  Happiness just seems to be eluding my lately.

So I am now deeply embedding myself in a new project of finding out why I am not able to find the happiness in my life that I desire. I am going to try to keep this project focused on the positive rather than moaning about the negative. One way to do that is to put my thoughts on this topic on this blog.  I have vowed to keep 2TouchTheSky positive and I intend to do just that…   Wish me luck and come back once in a while to see how I am progressing…

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