Father Pitt

Fawns in the Allegheny Cemetery

Posted in Cemeteries, Nature by Dr. Boli on July 25, 2014

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Wandering through the Allegheny Cemetery this morning, old Pa Pitt happened upon a doe with her three fawns. The deer were wary at first, but Father Pitt persuaded them that he was no threat, and then they happily posed for these pictures.

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James Scott Negley Monument in Allegheny Cemetery—with an Announcement

Posted in Cemeteries, Sculpture by Dr. Boli on July 4, 2014

 

General James Scott Negley was an important figure in the Union Army, but perhaps his greatest claim to undying memory is that his sister married Thomas Mellon, guaranteeing that the Negleys would be intertwined with the richest family on earth. This picture has been donated to Wikimedia Commons under a Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication, so no permission is needed to use it for any purpose whatsoever.

And now, an announcement. It cannot have escaped regular readers that old Pa Pitt loves to wander through cemeteries with a camera. The reason is simple: our best cemeteries are great outdoor art museums filled with imperishable masterpieces of architecture and sculpture, and great thought was put into laying them out in a picturesque manner.

Lest his readers begin to suspect, however, that he has a morbid obsession with death, Father Pitt has decided to create a separate site devoted to nothing but Pittsburgh cemeteries. There you will find many of the cemetery pictures that have been published here, and new pictures as well that have never been seen anywhere else. Occasional cemetery pictures will still appear here, but Father Pitt’s main site will perhaps maintain a healthier balance between life and death now that he is free to take as many cemetery pictures as he wants without worrying that he seems too morose.

(If you should visit the site and see a notice that it is “under review,” come back in a day or so; the review seldom takes longer than that.)

W. J. Kountz Obelisk, Allegheny Cemetery

Posted in Cemeteries by Dr. Boli on July 2, 2014

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Cemeteries in Pittsburgh are littered with obelisks. Let us agree that, in this post-Freudian era, we have no need of the facile explanation that occurs to the snickering schoolchild in each one of us, and admit that a lofty obelisk can be a grand symbol of heavenward aspiration.

Stained Glass in the Grierson Mausoleum, Allegheny Cemetery

Posted in Cemeteries, Stained Glass by Dr. Boli on July 2, 2014

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Graver Monument in Allegheny Cemetery

Posted in Cemeteries, Sculpture by Dr. Boli on July 1, 2014

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A fine sculpture from 1887 that looks as fresh now as it did when it was put up.

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