Keyholes and Clouds

Through the garden gate at Phipps Conservatory, 17 Jan 2021 (photo by Kate St. John)

On overcast days it’s too easy to convince myself not to go outdoors but last week, when five of seven days were overcast, I forced myself to walk to Phipps to take photos of dawn redwoods. While there I looked through the garden gate — like a large keyhole.

On the 20th I promised myself to be at Schenley Park Overlook at noon for a big view of the sky, the city and the Cathedral of Learning (falcon home). On the way there I snapped a photo of Panther Hollow Lake, surprisingly shaped like a giant keyhole.

Panther Hollow Lake, normal water level, 20 Jan 2021 (photo by Kate St. John)

The day ended with a Gleam At Sunset, 10 minutes of happy sunshine before darkness. Below you can see the source of the gleam, a patch of clear sky in the lowest notch between the buildings.

The Gleam at Sunset, Pittsburgh PA, 20 Jan 2021 (photo by Kate St. John)

Working backwards in time, 19 January provided a welcome respite with a panoply of blue sky and clouds. One cloud broke away from the pack.

One cloud above the hill, Pittsburgh PA, 19 Jan 2021 (photo by Kate St. John)

January 16th was gloomy with freezing fog, light snow and mist but two merlins and The Gleam At Sunset made my late-day walk to Schenley Park worthwhile.

The Gleam at Sunset, Schenley Park, 16 Jan 2021 (photo by Kate St. John)

This morning is overcast with a 10oF wind chill. I plan to go outdoors … later.

p.s. I digitally brightened the gloomy skies in yesterday’s blog.

(photos by Kate St. John)

2 thoughts on “Keyholes and Clouds

  1. Kate,
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos of what’s going on outdoors. You always manage to brighten up the day and chase away the clouds. Your blog makes my day!

  2. Thank you for sharing the beautiful photos. Makes me feel like I am standing at some of my favorite spots in Oakland.

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