Pittsburgh is a great city for just finding art on the street. Some are huge wonderful murals like the one I posted August 11th on my blog about the Pittsburgh Strip District. Others are hidden away and must be discovered.
While walking though Mellon Park I smelled wood burning and noticed it was coming from the Kiln Building behind the art center. I walked over to look at the kiln and hidden away on the wall by the loading dock I found this.
When I lived in Pittsburgh back in the day, I never hung out at Mellon Park. Frick Park and Schenley Park were are parks of choice. Both had lots of great places for walking dogs and throwing frisbees. Since returning though we have discovered Mellon Park which borders Fifth Avenue and Beechwood Boulevard. It is a lot smaller than the other two parks but has nice paths for walking, beautiful gardens and outdoor sculptures and this lovely fountain where you can contemplate your place in this world.
This is the time of year when we see one of nature’s most beautiful displays in the northeastern United States. Rudbeckia Hirta, commonly known as Brown Eyed Susan are in full bloom. If you plan your garden right they seems to explode into bloom as the Day Lilies begin to stop blooming. This specimen was found in the Phipps Garden in Mellon Park in Pittsburgh PA.
I finally stopped to take a picture of the tree growing out of the head in Mellon Park. We had been driving past it for some time as we tooled down Fifth Avenue. It’s not amazing or anything just kind of clever and cool as is the rest of Mellon Park.
There are few blooms that can compete with the Hibiscus for size and beauty. This almost perfect flower was photographed at the Phipps outside garden in Mellon Park in east Pittsburgh. It is about six inches in diameter. Normally when I photograph close ups of blooms they have a flaw. A hole from a bug or a leaf damaged by wind. This one however is nearly perfect!