The Walled Garden in Mellon Park


A panoramic view of the Walled Garden. Mellon Park was originally the Mellons’ back yard; the Walled Garden was designed by the landscape architects Vitale and Geiffert.

Frick Art Museum

Until April 4, the Frick is hosting an exhibit called “Impressionist to Modernist: Masterworks of Early Photography.” The “early” part is debatable—the exhibit begins in the 1880s and concludes in the 1930s, by which time photography was already a century old. Father Pitt would call these works “middle” photography. There is no room for debate on the quality of the exhibit itself: all the artistic possibilities of photography as a medium are on display. It was enough to inspire old Pa Pitt to try some work in black and white, so here are some ducks:

Camera: Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z3.

Well, it’s not Steichen, but Father Pitt liked the ripply reflections of cattail stalks.

Frick Park Gatehouse

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The gatehouse to Frick Park, across from the Frick Art Museum, at Reynolds Street and Homewood Avenue.

Frick Art Museum

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Helen Clay Frick built this charming Renaissance palace in her back yard to give the people of Pittsburgh a chance to admire her art collection. It’s a small collection—a Reynolds here, a Boucher there—but an extraordinarily rich one for its size. And in a city where the collective museum culture has decided that expensive admission fees are the rule, the Frick is always free.

Periwinkles in January

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A periwinkle flower (Vinca minor) blooms in a front yard in Point Breeze, taking advantage of a short thaw.

 

Frick Park Gateway in the Snow

 

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The gateway to Frick Park at the Homewood Avenue circle, as it appeared in the gently falling snow this morning.

Frick Park Gatehouse

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In the early evening, the Frick Park gatehouse at Reynolds Street and Homewood Avenue seems like the portal to an enchanted forest.

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