Afternoon Walks in Smithfield East End Cemetery

Afternoon Walks in Smithfield East End Cemetery

In my last post, I shared one of my all-time favorite things to do: go for long morning walks in Homewood Cemetery. Well, here I am to tell you about one of my second-most favorite things to do: go for not-so-long afternoon walks in Smithfield East End Cemetery. Gotta switch up your communion with the dead every now and then, right?

Also located in Squirrel Hill, and directly across the street from the much larger Homewood Cemetery, Smithfield East End Cemetery is a lovely place for a short stroll. And unlike Homewood, you can bring your dog (on a leash!) along for some fresh air too.

Cemetery entrance on Aylesboro Ave.

Cemetery entrance on Aylesboro Ave.

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When the cemetery’s single magnolia tree was in full bloom earlier this month, a rainy, blustery day blew down a good chunk of the tree’s pink petals, blanketing the cemetery lawn in such a spectacular way. I love the delicate, ephemeral nature of spring. It’s one of my favorite times of year to get out and take photos. One day you’re able to experience the beauty of a tulip bloom, or a field full of dandelions, and the next day its gone in a flash.

Smithfield East End Cemetery’s single magnolia tree in full bloom during mid-April 2019.

Smithfield East End Cemetery’s single magnolia tree in full bloom during mid-April 2019.

I’m just starting to scratch the surface of the Pittsburgh area’s lovely collection of old cemeteries. Can’t wait to explore them all!

These photos were taken over a two week period in April 2019 ♡