Black Squirrel


Black squirrels seem to be multiplying in Squirrel Hill and Schenley Park. This one was browsing for acorns in the Homewood Cemetery.

The black squirrel is the same species as the gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis); it is described as a “melanistic” phase, meaning that it has more of the dark pigment melanin. There is also a very rare white phase (a true phase, not albinism) of Sciurus carolinensis, but Father Pitt has never seen a white squirrel in Pittsburgh. The white phase is so rare, in fact, that each of its widely scattered habitats seems to regard itself as the only place in the world where white squirrels live. Father Pitt has seen them in Queenstown, Maryland, where they are a famous local sight.

Camera: Konica-Minolta DiMAGE Z3.

Center for Sustainable Landscapes, Phipps Conservatory

The Center for Sustainable Landscapes is housed in “one of earth’s greenest buildings.” It’s worth taking a tour to see the various clever ways the building makes use of renewable energy and resources.

Camera: Kodak EasyShare Z1485 IS.

Broken Tree

Halfway between Presto and Sygan.

Camera: Kodak EasyShare Z1485 IS.

Phipps Hall of Botany

The Hall of Botany is a work of the prolific Alden & Harlow, Andrew Carnegie’s favorite architects, and it bears some resemblance to the designs they came up with for branch libraries. The baroque style is unusual, however.

Cameras: above, Kodak EasyShare Z1485 IS; below, Olympus E-20n.

Leaves Are Changing in Schenley Park

Camera: Konica-Minolta DiMAGE Z3.

King Edward Apartments, Oakland

This is not the largest but one of the most splendid apartment buildings in the North Oakland apartment district. It is a curious trapezoidal shape, crammed into a lot that is not quite rectangular and using up every inch of it.

There are some stitching errors in this very large composite photograph, and old Pa Pitt is too lazy to fix them.