Carrie Blast Furnace information
We were headed over the Rankin Bridge on our way to the Waterfront. It started to rain while the sun was out. I pulled into the Rivers of Steel parking lot when the rainbow appeared. We walked across the wet grass and I gave Maura my phone and she captured the rainbow!
That’s the Monongahela River and the structure is Carrie Furnace a National Historic LandmarkYou may remember previous posts featuring Carrie Furnace. Click here
Krista Stevens at WordPress creates some interesting photo challenges. This week we’re to show where we live with the theme Tour Guide,
Here’s a Pittsburgh montage. Knowing when to stop digging in the archives is the problem but it’s one AM so we’ll start with this gallery tonight.
If you enter the city from the south- Ft Pitt Tunnel and Bridge this is the view when you emerge from the tunnel,
Duquesne Incline and a view of the city
Statue of beloved Mayor Caliguiri on the steps of the City-County Building
Andy Warhol Museum Detail and the old Lobby
East Liberty Carnegie Library and Presbyterian Church
Mr. Rogers Sweater and Sneakers at the Airport Display
The Point and the fountain. Where the three rivers meet, Allegheny and Monongahela form the Ohio River,
Incline in the Snow
Carnegie Museum of Natural History\
Carnegie Museum of Art
Carnegie Museum of Art Sculpture Garden Courtyard
Above-Forbes Field Wall and Bill Mazeroski Statue with Fireworks. 1960 World Series
St Paul Cathedral at Night
Heinz Field at Night
Heinz Hall at Night
Prantl’s Bakery-Home of the World Famous Burnt Almond Torte
Keeping Tabs- Holocaust Memorial- Squirrel Hill
University of Pittsburgh Cathedral of Learning
From the Norhside- Fineview
Carrie Furnace on the Monongahela River
Got Bridges? Why yes, we do!
Lost Kennywood- Kennywood Amusement Park
North Side- Cloud Arbor by the Children’s Museum
Southside Club Cafe Live Music VenueSt. Paul Cathedral in Oakland
AMTRAK station downtown
Carnegie Library- Oakland
East Liberty- Motor Square Garden and the Presbyterian Church
St Mary on the Mount -Mount Washington
Guard rails, hills, and retaining walls.
Lawrenceville Neighborhood- Arsenal Lanes
Art Rooney Statue in the Snow
Shadyside Variety Store
Kaufmann’s Clock Downtown.
Kennywood Amusement Park- Racer
Yesterday I photographed a few scenes in the drizzly rain. I posted Pittsburgh Autumn in a Dull Light.
Today it was bright and so I returned to the same spots. You can’t see how windy it was.
Thinking about how light affects the mood, color and feel of a photograph.
Today’s shot of the Homestead Smokestacks
and Three Red Trees
and look what happened on my way home? CLOUDS! Lots of clouds arrived in about fifteen minutes time.
I was down in Homestead at the Waterfront, having been up the hill in West Mifflin.
Shopped for flannel sheets. Readying for the cold weather.
And though the day was rainy, I thought I’d shoot to include the changing leaves, give a sense of time and place.
at the Red Light I saw this tree.
And just for fun, closer to home, the dog in the passenger seat signaling a right turn?
Carrie Furnace on the Monongahela River.
Return and photograph a scene you have shot before- a different day, different weather, different angle, different light
Previous Posts of Carrie Furnace
*Took a similar shot three years ago, almost to the day.
*Reflection on a day when the river was fairly still.
With the sun sinking as I was headed to Swissvale to deliver Girl Scout cookies for Anna, I saw Carrie Furnace and the river in a warm glow. I pulled into the Rivers of Steel parking lot and got out of the car and photographed a few shots of the reflection. And then I saw the full moon in the frame! Good to return to a location shot before and to try to capture a different light and scene. No barge today. A travel channel video on the history and a tour of Carrie Furnace is here. The autumn view is here.
Along the Monongahela River by late afternoon light and at night on the way home from the Waterfront in Homestead. Two of my favorite views, anytime of day or night!
I had the cardboard “me” in the car already. We make people out of brown corrugated boxes. I always make myself as a model for the students, this year with gray yarn hair!
Some of you know I teach Art in the City K-8th grade. Not too many people get to make themselves out of scrap cardboard at their job. The “Flat Ruthie” (have you ever seen Flat Stanley?–I photographed him for granddaughter Anna’s school project) was driving around with me cause I was thinking it might make a fun Christmas card, myself and the skyline or something.
In 2009 I was in a self-portrait show at Silver Eye Center of Photography. I can’t tell you how many images I shot of myself in my kitchen, trying to look young and thin. Figured I could achieve both effects with myself as a cardboard puppet. No wrinkles on the smooth cardboard.
After school I drove down the slopes to the flats and headed to Homestead to buy a special cable for an external hard drive so I could retrieve a summer photo for Erika.
I turned onto Waterfront Road towards Best Buy and saw the late afternoon light reflected and warm the rusting metal across the Mon. Pulled over and stood on top of a guard rail to capture the sinking light on the Carrie Furnace, remnants of Homestead Steel Works and then I heard the tug and saw it pushing the barges up the river. It was a mighty scene on the river and the limitations of photography or my ability to capture it thoroughly, the seeing and feeling it, became clear once again.
The Rivers of Steel Heritage Corporation sponsors tours but the last one was October 15th so will have to wait until 2012.
If you want to get a real feel for the Blast Furnaces and the incredible history, interviews with employees and historical photographs I recommend watching at least video # 1 at this website. I especially liked the man reading the last names of the workers he found in some type of log at the site. He spoke of reading obituaries of workers who gave 30-40 years of hard work for the Homestead Steel Works What a compilation of footage of Carrie Furnace. Closed in 1986.