Pittsburgh and the Dancing Waters, both day and night:
Most of this series was taken on Friday evening, August 10, 2007 around the time Carl
was doing a wedding at the Sheraton, Station Square. I took this one out the window
of our car as we drove east on Carson St. toward Station Square.
I went by myself to the second floor balcony of the Sheraton overlooking the Mon River
(Monongahela) with the Gateway Clipper river boat, Majestic, moored just outside. The
black building with the waistline is Westinghouse. The tall modern/gothic one is PPG...
Pittsburgh Plate Glass, my favorite one to photograph.
This is also from the balcony, looking east up the Mon toward the Smithfield Bridge as
a double barge is starting to go under it. It was about 5:10 PM when I started taking
This is that same barge, only directly across from me now. You can see the tug pushing it.
I'm always trying to frame the PPG building (as you will notice) and here I'd come down
the outside steps from the balcony and was walking east and took this view through the
This is the walk that leads from the Sheraton toward Bessemer Court at Station Square
where the Dancing Waters fountain is. As this used to be the train station, they've tried
to maintain that "feel" in the whole area, no matter how new.
This is Bessemer Court, so called after the steel furnace. That's the top of Mount Washington
in the distance where the incline comes up.
Here's the PPG behind the fountain, which was playing the Sleeping Beauty waltz. That's
the old Clinton furnace they have there as a decoration.
Furnace and PPG...
The colored lights are not on, of course, during the daylight, but it makes its own natural
rainbow of colors.
This was the finale of the Sleeping Beauty waltz.
This is the incline station atop Mount Washington framed...sorta
The fountain turned off (it dances every 20 minutes)...
For some reason I kinda liked the look of the candy/gum jars by the entrance. Across the
little street is the main shopping area of Station Square.
Bessemer Court looking back toward the Mon. After dark Carl and I went up on that
rectangular tower that overlooks the river. Here, during the daylight, I'd walked down
I sat for a couple of minutes on the bench just to the right of the round bush in the
picture above this one and took this shot of the furnace, then noticed how the PPG
stuck up above it...so...
I decided the contrast between the two was just too interesting not to get a close-up of
and then the fountain started again, giving a different look.
I'd just curled my hair and got all sprayed by the mist before the wedding, but didn't
really mind as I was happily taking pictures.
That high walkway leads out to the observation tower that Carl and I visited later.
Making sure the PPG shows between the tower and the furnace.
I just enjoyed the way the water looked against the sky
Overview of fountains with a bit of rainbow
More water and sky
Looking through the fountain from the Mon side
Same side as above
Making PPG contrasts again
Then a train whooshed by. They don't stop here any more. They just whoosh by.
I took this one through the window of the room the wedding ceremony was to be in.
The Majestic was just putting out upstream. During Hurricane Ivan, the boats
almost knocked at the door of the Sheraton. We did a wedding here that night, too.
Also out the window as the Majestic heads for the Smithfield Bridge. The tall, dark building
is US Steel.
This was at the reception. I was tryin' to be all artsy-fartsy with the ice sculpture
of the two swans and the PPG building.
Top of ice sculpture and PPG
Wedding cake and PPG
...and again. I never stop.
The smallest of the Gateway Clipper Fleet...the Good Ship Lollipop. This was
the first stern wheeler we went on when we arrived in Pittsburgh in 1974. Used
to have red on it back then instead of blue, I think.
They kept coming by and I kept taking pictures of them. This is the Liberty Belle.
I've been on this one twice.
Liberty Belle heading up the Mon.
Later in the evening, the Keystone Belle went by. I've never been on this one.
When we left the reception and walked down to Bessemer Court, they had a bit of
clear waters going...so, of course, I positioned myself so the PPG would be behind it.
The Smithfield Bridge lit up
From the high walkway to the tower, looking down on the clear water.
From the tower, looking west, the Sheraton on the left, the Fort Pitt Bridge, the
From the tower, showing the Sheraton with the high row of lights being the top of
Heading back across the walkway to come down for the lighted show.
This was the first picture I took close up of the fountain in the night and the water
droplets show up as big round balls, almost like Chinese lanterns.
They were repeating the Disney show this time and "I Can Fly" was playing...
More Chinese lantern water droplets...I kinda like the way they look.
Not so many here, but still interesting.
I don't know who this boy is, but he struck some good poses as he watched the show.
They're doing the Sleeping Beauty waltz again now.
I liked the way this girl was watching the waters
The Sleeping Beauty finale, but at night.
These next several I took atop Mount Washington on a walk Carl and I did along
Grandview Avenue on a very warm, hazy July 4th, 2007. I was trying to frame some
different shots of the city to use in my Libriscrowe story, "Stepping Up", set up here.
The fountain at the Point...very hazy.
Boat race going on, circling around under the Smithfield Bridge. The peach-colored
building is part of the Sheraton. Down to its right you can see the viewing tower.
Sumac growing on the face of Mount Washington along Grandview Avenue.
View out Doug's window of the city.
The Point as seen from Doug's. The barges on the right were where most of the fireworks
were to be shot off from. This is looking up the Allegheny River, with the barges being
on the Mon.
Looking across one of the concrete "mushroom" view platforms off Grandview.
This was from a couple of years ago, but I took it because I like the contrast between the ornate
small cathedral (Heinz Chapel...see whole photo album about that) and the old log cabin.
This was June 2006 from the West End Overlook just before Carl did a wedding up there.
Same day. You can see the Trimont (tallest on far right) where Doug lives.
Showing how the Allegheny comes in from the left to meet the Mon from the right to
form the Ohio River. That's the Fort Pitt bridge on the right.
Crossing the Fort Pitt bridge
...and then curving east past Westinghouse and PPG
The Allegheny River just north of the city. I took this behind Longvue Country
Club, June 2007, just before we did a wedding there.
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