Himalayan Blue Poppies at the Spring Flower Show, Phipps Conservatory

Meconopsis “Lingholm,” planted in the Palm House for the Spring Flower Show.

Camera: Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z3.

Armstrong Cork Company Buildings

Now converted to loft apartments and known as “The Cork Factory,” this landmark of industrial architecture was designed by Frederick Osterling. Here we see it from Washington’s Landing on a grey day. Since the weather was mopey, Father Pitt decided to make this picture look as much as possible as though it could have been made in 1901, when the buildings were new; but in fact it was taken just this afternoon.

Camera: Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z3.

Pansies at the Spring Flower Show, Phipps Conservatory

“Frizzle Sizzle Blue Swirl”

These pictures were all taken with the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z3, which, as old Pa Pitt never tires of mentioning, he bought for 99¢.

Father Pitt disclaims all responsibility for the names of these cultivars.

“Hip Hop Cranbunny”

“Spring Matrix Midnight Glow”

Phragmipedium Memoria Dick Clements in Phipps Conservatory

It seems to Father Pitt that it is about time for an orchid, so here is a Phragmipedium hybrid.

Camera: Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z3.

Skyscrapers, Old and New

The Tower at PNC Plaza under construction in March of 2015. In front of it, three of the Fourth Avenue towers: the Benedum-Trees Building (1905, architect Thomas H. Scott), the Investment Building (1927, architect John M. Donn), and the Arrott Building (1902, architect Frederick Osterling).

Chocolate in Its Raw Form

Chocolate comes from this tree, Theobroma cacao, here seen growing in the Fern Room at Phipps Conservatory. Each of those fruits bears a number of bitter seeds, known as “cocoa beans,” from which chocolate is made. The Phipps tree is unusually productive.

Camera: Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z3.

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.