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Just a Little Anachronism

turret with wall
turret with wall

Anachronism

Hey, who left their castle behind when the centuries changed?

This castle turret may think it’s convincing people that it surrounds a moat, but the fire hydrant kind of gives it away, and the gas station across the street.

This is the far corner of Allegheny Cemetery in Lawrenceville, established in 1844, at the corner of Stanton Avenue and Butler Street. It gave me a good laugh as I sat at the light.

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For a print of any photo, visit “purchasing” for availability and terms. For photos of lots of black cats and other cats—and even some birds as I first published this post there—visit The Creative Cat.


Ladies’ Dresses

ladies dresses
ladies dresses

Ladies’ Dresses

Lots and lots of ladies’ dresses hanging in, of all places, the Strip District in Pittsburgh. Do we strip and try them on? No, it’s just the original strip of wholesale warehouses for all sorts of produce and dry goods. And ladies’ dresses.

I applied the “poster edges” filter to achieve the vibrance and contrast from the original scene; I had to take the photo through my car window.

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For a print of any photo, visit “purchasing” for availability and terms. For photos of lots of black cats and other cats—and even some birds as I first published this post there—visit The Creative Cat.


Little Free Library

little free library
box with books in front yard

Little Free Library

Imagine having a little free lending library in your front yard, the one below is in front of the Animal Nature pet supply store, both in Regent Square, in Pittsburgh. Stock it with books, encourage others to borrow one and return it when they’re done, just like a regular lending library but no library cards and all built on trust. Find a steward and purchase one of the little shelters, then add books. Read more at Little Free Library.

little free library

Little Free Library


City Fountain on a Hot Night: 2010

city fountain in color at night

city fountain in color at night

Dancing in the Fountain

Families chase each other through the dancing waters of the fountain in PPG Place in downtown Pittsburgh on a hot night in the city. Changing colored lights illuminate the obelisk in the center as the water jets put on a show of their own.

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Spires

pittsburgh skyline
pittsburgh skyline

Spires

The angle is a little odd, taken through the side window of my car, trying to reach above the guard rail of the bridge I was on, but each time I drive up the McArdle Roadway I see the domes of St. John the Baptist standing golden in front of Pittsburgh’s handful of skyscrapers with that big sky above, and it’s so…Pittsburgh. Perhaps just this little bit is enough.


Shortcut to Pius Street

municipal steps

Shortcut to Pius Street

The other way is all uphill too.

Like many hilly cities, Pittsburgh is full of municipal steps that were established decades, even a century, ago when most people walked. These steps are quite a production, and despite their precipitous nature they are somewhat safer than trying to walk along the street. I’d been trying to find a place to stop to be able to photograph them at a slightly better angle. I’m photographing through my windshield, and the railroad line that runs past Edwards Way is right over my head where I am on the street in this photo. The street obviously takes a sharp curve to the left, and there is always someone right behind me. But parking is at a premium in this tightly populated place; even on Edwards where it appears there is only one car, it is illegally parked. So I got the best I could with one hand while only slowing down a bit while driving.


Edwards Way, Pittsburgh

black and white photo of street
black and white photo of street

Edwards Way, Pittsburgh

Yesterday’s view of Gomer Street was on the South Side Slopes in Pittsburgh. This is the last street on the South Side Flats and it faces the first thrust of the hill that’s called Mt. Washington, a steep and in some places nearly vertical natural high wall cliff above the Monongahela River.

Here a long and narrow street houses two- and three-story row houses off into the distance customized over the decades, looking straight into a tree-covered hill. At the top of that hill, at about roof level of these houses, is a single railroad line frequently carrying freight cars.

I liked the feel of it in black and white, a lot of contrasting detail. And the houses and the telephone pole really are leaning backward just a little bit.


Three Victorian Buildings, South Side, Pittsburgh

Three Victorian Buildings
Three Victorian Buildings

Three Victorian Buildings

Nicely restored and kept, on Pittsburgh’s South Side.


Gomer Street, Pittsburgh

Gomer Street, Pittsburgh
Gomer Street, Pittsburgh

Gomer Street, Pittsburgh

Where your sidewalk is a long set of steps.


Hello From Pittsburgh

photo of pittsburgh pennsylvania
photo of pittsburgh pennsylvania

Pittsburgh.

Someone let me loose on a lovely sunny warm spring day in Pittsburgh with my camera. I really just wandered one area, Mt. Washington, from where you can see to the end of the world. i will actually use a number of these for a design project I’m working on. I couldn’t get a good photo of the point so above is one from last year on just about exactly this date. Below is a “tiled mosaic” of some of the photos I took today.


Old and New

buildings
buildings

Allegheny county Jail

What’s this medieval-looking fortress in the midst of modern buildings?

It’s the Allegheny County Jail in downtown Pittsburgh. What else does one do when sitting in traffic on a perfectly clear sunny day?

It’s an interesting contrast, especially seen from behind when it actually is a wall that makes it look like a fortress.


Diplodocus Carnegii

statue of dinosaur
statue of dinosaur

diplodocus carnegii

Oh, no, there’s a dinosaur outside the museum!

Really, there is. It’s the dinosaur named for Andrew Carnegie after a nearly-complete skeleton was discovered and transported back to Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh in an expedition he had financed; this statue was placed in front of the museum to commemorate the 100th anniversary of its discovery. Read more about the dinosaur and the expedition, and how this statue came to be.


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