Pittsburgh Rivers Rise Due to Heavy Rainfall

It had been raining steadily the last couple of days.  I mean HEAVY rain.  Here is the result of the downpour and all the melted ice and snow.Allegheny River where the road should be,no visible walkway by PNC Park . West End Bridge

The Point is covered with water

Homestead Grays Bridge Reflection

Along the Monongahela River.

The thin white tree branch over the dark trunk seemed to connect the bridge reflection in the river. Tie it together.

I photographed this image earlier in the week.

But-we’re not talking about the weather or what it’s doing outside my window right now.

It’s winter for certain.

Something there is that does love a bridge

Something there is that does love a bridge

The Pittsburgh Bridges galleries from the past two days have evoked a tremendous response from blog viewers. The views today add more weather and some are taken from the river while on the Ducky Tour or the wedding below.

Cheri Lucas Rowlands at WordPress really unleashed so many of the BRIDGE photos I’ve taken.   And finding so many images with bridges makes me realize I have taken bridges for granted.

And my friend V is right about the photos- people respond to the the bridge structures, NOT the sunsets taken from a bridge.

Smithfield Bridge in the snow

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bridge PNC Park couple 709


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Pickle Bridge 718



SINGER SONGWRITER-Sue Gartland  (Ford Fairlaine link)

Sue Gartland 716

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Railroad Bridge Allegheny 715

cupples stadium bridge 712

Ready to lace up the panels for Knit the Bridge


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Kevin and Kat were married on the Three Rivers Queen and there are numerous shots with various bridges in their wedding highlights.


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200 Tons of Sand Divided by 5

My friend Roberta called me today. What a great find for the blog! She told me about the cool competition happening in front of the main Carnegie Library.  Pittsburgh themed and sand sculptures being created by five international teams of two, right under a big tent in Oakland.

The competition is over Friday afternoon at three-“Trowels Down”

200 tons of sand from a quarry was delivered to the walkway in front of the museum, then moved by a front loader.

Each team received 40 tons of sand to sculpt.

IMG_2860International Sand Sculptor Katsuhiko Chaen  has a Sand Museum in Japan


IMG_2917Teammate Bruce Phillips from San Diego concentrating on details of “Dear Andy”.



Teammates Andrius Petkus from Lithuania and Maxim Gazendam the Netherlands creating “The Pearl”IMG_2912“The Pearl”




“Master of Steel”


Jon Woodworth from Texas and Karen Fralich from Ontario Canada work on their sculpture “Master of Steel”


Fergus Mulvany from Ireland and Thomas Koet from Florida

“The Renaissance of Pittsburgh”




“Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio  The Three Graces of Pittsburgh”

Teammates Ilya Filimontsev from Russia &  Susanne Ruseler of the Netherlands


IMG_2943Sifting the sand to get rid of the rubble


IMG_2946Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh- Main

IMG_2942If you want to try your hand at sculpting sand, here is a link from Katsuhiko Chaen  to the Sand Museum in Japan on how to do it.


and FB page

McKeesport Library -Knit in Public

World Wide Knit in Public DayBetter living through stitching together!

McKeesport Library hosted a Knitting in Public event Saturday June 18th and I drove over the Monongahela River and back to attend.  I’m so glad I did. Everyone was so welcoming. It was a perfect summer day though sitting under the tree in the shade was just right.

I was invited to join the group for a picnic lunch, which was delicious and generous of them to include me.

IMG_0484Jody, visiting family in McKeesport but now living in  Gainesville FL, reads the history of World Wide Knit in Public Day telling the group  how it was started in 2005 by Danielle Landes with just 25 events and now it’s over 850 around the world.”

Jody’s daughter Ellie, going into Fifth grade, was the youngest member of the Knit in Public Event.

IMG_0485Many of the women knit hats, blankets and or shawls for Chemotherapy patients and donate them to several hospitals including Magee and Veterans.They get together throughout the year on Thursdays.

Another Ruth just started knitting but she has crocheted beautiful Butterfly shawls and blankets. Some of the women knit at the  Magee Hospital group which hosted a KIP event today, too. There were events at Mt. Lebanon Library and Steel City Fiber, too.  And if you go to the site, you will see there was KIP in the Arctic Circle, too.

IMG_0504Kim’s two color knitted hat matched both her shirt and pants!


Weaving by Judith G, hostessing the KIP event. The weaving is for a class she’s going to be teaching this summer.IMG_0487

Picnic Lunch- BBQ chipped ham is a Pittsburgh specialty

The library was built in 1902

Architect was William J. East and is a National Historic Landmark



IMG_0521from the front- what a lawn to mow!

One of the women, Pat, mentioned she was on her way to the McKeesport Heritage Center for another event.



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One Word Friday


Needed a title for this graffiti on a bridge down by the Monongahela. One Word Friday seemed appropriate as I couldn’t post it for Wordless Wednesday.

Just wondering who was motivated and took the time to write this on the bridge.

I don’t think it is a band.

Pittsburgh Autumn in a Bright Light

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.

carrie Furnace and autumn leaves
Carrie Furnace in a bright light today


Today’s shot of the Homestead Smokestacks

homestead smokestacks bright

homestead stacks autumnYesterday in the dull light.   The overcast day seems to make the colors more vibrant.

and Three Red Trees



from the other shore
Homestead Grays Bridge from the other shore  The Monongahela river today.



and look what happened on my way home? CLOUDS! Lots of clouds arrived in about fifteen minutes time.

neighborhood autumn clouds

Pittsburgh Autumn in a Dull Light



Diffused light.

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.

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Carrie Furnace on the Monongahela River

homestead stacks autumn

Homestead Stacks

homestead bridge autumn
Homestead Grays Bridge from Below
Monongahela River autumn
Monongahela River View

Waterfront autumn

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?

Dog Passenger autumn

Snowstorm Softens Skyline Edges in 2015 and in 2010

Self-assignment:  Return to the same place and take another photograph.

Did you ever see two photographs where you are to spot the differences?

IMG_7578Photographed February 2015

img_8139Photographed December 2010 Where the Rivers Meet   (note the Christmas Tree at the Point)