Carlos Corona

Associate Professor of Accounting

Monday, August 12, 2019

Pittsburgh In Bloom

Hi all! Happy Summer! The sun's been shining quite a lot here in the Burgh. A lot of flowering trees and beautiful plants have been growing and blooming ever since this Spring. Seeing them on my daily walk to school is such a sight to behold, especially when their colors transition each and every day. Pittsburgh around this time becomes somewhat of a dreamy garden. It may not be as spectacular as Paris or Washington DC in the springtime, but it definitely has its own charm.

This year, I finally decided to practice my photography skills (influenced by Lanie) taking pictures of some of the beautiful plants, flowers, and trees that caught my eye. I was supposed to share these photos with you guys right around Spring but I've been so busy with the recent traveling and conferences. Speaking of travels, I will be sharing with you some of the highlights of my recent trips and activities soon. So stay tuned for that.

Most of the photos in this post were taken from around the Shadyside and Squirrel Hill area, especially near some of the historical landmarks/residences close to Forbes Avenue, Walnut Street, or even at Morewood Avenue, which is walking distance to the Carnegie Mellon campus and the Tepper School of Business. You will also see a few of the flowering trees and plants from my own yard.


The blooms of the Cherry Blossom tree right beside First Unitarian Church at Morewood Avenue

looking up

The swing under a blooming tree

love the violet accent

The shutterbug

underneath the branches

it's tulip season

a spectacular carriage porch along Devonshire St.


weeds also in bloom :-)

purple rhododendrons


cherry blossoms on my driveway

just "No"

near Wilkins Avenue

a beautiful path

This was such a fun activity to do. Not only did I get a nice stroll around and learned a great deal about photography, but I also had a chance to explore what else was blooming nearby CMU and around my neighborhood.

For my upcoming posts, I'm planning to visit the Renziehausen Park located at McKeesport for its beautiful rose garden. More updates soon...

What are your plans this Summer?


Monday, May 6, 2019

CMU Spring Carnival 2019

Hello All! It's finally Spring and it's that time of the year again! The CMU Carnival, held last April 2019, was filled with exciting activities not just for the students, the staff, and the faculty, but also for every family and individuals who were looking for some things to do over the weekend. The theme for this year's Spring Carnival was "Planet Earth" and the highlights were the highly-anticipated Buggy race as well as the student-built Booths, to mention just a few. 

Most of the activities were open to everyone, especially for the kids and their parents. There were definitely several thrill rides for the young and the young-at-hearts :-), and different food trucks as well as several games that mostly tested either your aiming skill or your strength. 

While the weather was generally sunny during the carnival and the temperature ranged between the high 60's to the low 70's, there were still a few moments of cloudiness and occasional rain, but that didn't stop us from strolling around the campus and checking out some of the activities during the carnival.

We couldn't help but stare at the gorgeous flowering trees blooming all over CMU. The Magnolias, as well as the Cherry Blossoms, were a sight to behold! 

Aren't these Cherry Blossoms beautiful?

Magnolias in bloom

The Buggy race was always fun and exhilarating to watch, although we were kind of hoping for several reruns because we arrived late for the race. But since there were none, we decided to walk around the old business school and proceeded to check out the colorful booths. I felt like this year's booths were even more colorful than last year's, even though there were some that were not quite finished yet.

Hmmm...this says a lot :-)

Past the colorful booths, there were some rides that were not only rode by excited children but were also filled with screaming students having fun and getting the thrill of their lives. It was a lot of fun watching them, and I must admit, I did kinda want to ride that Ferris Wheel as well, but Lanie's got Acrophobia, so yeah. 

Next year, we plan to join the groups of students as well as some folks who threw colored powder at each other. They were having real fun celebrating the Indian Holi Festival and it was indeed a beautiful festival of bright colors and lively music. We didn't mind having our camera lenses getting struck with powdery colors at all.

These guys were having real fun!

We ended our carnival stroll with some M&M Ice Cream sandwiches and a plan to walk through the School of Computer Sciences for a coffee hunt. :-)

Have a break. Have some M&Ms :-)

Happy Spring everyone! Did you visit this year's CMU Carnival? 

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