Columbus – August 2017 – Viewing the Eclipse

With the buildup to the Solar Eclipse I had read, among other things, about filters for the cameras. After trying to take some photos of the actual eclipse I realized that the filters are most important for blocking out all of the other light to focus on the sun itself, otherwise it just looks like a sunny day. My poor man’s option was to stick my eclipse glasses over the lens of my point and click, which I did as it neared the end.

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The acquisition of the Solar Eclipse glasses was an adventure of it’s own. The local Science Museum donated thousands of pairs to the local library, but they waited until 1 PM to give them away, resulting in long lines – fortunately we were about 100 back from the front and got them in no time.

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After realizing my options of photographing the actual eclipse was minimal I turned to the next best subject – the people enjoying the moment. We had found a spot outside of the state capital so all of the office workers made their way outside about 2 PM for the show.

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Willoughby, Ohio – August 2017 – Holden Arboretum

The Holden Arboretum is located outside of Cleveland, offering a collection of gardens as one of the largest arboretums in America. Recently they have added a couple of features, the Canopy Walk and the Observation Tower.

The Canopy Walk allows you to observe the forest from 65′ above the ground on suspension bridges between towers.

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The Observation Tower, over 100′ high, offers views above the trees, as well as Lake Erie off in the distance.

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After our tree top adventure, we toured the remainder of the gardens.

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Columbus – August 2017 – Not the Normal Tourist Photos

The Scioto River runs through the middle of Columbus, and recently they have completed some fantastic improvements where the riverbanks are usable by people. This has lead to it becoming a favorite for residents and visitors alike. While downtown we took a long hike, which I focused on the less than standard tourist photos.

 

Symmetry in the supports for the freeway bridge across the river

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A wildlife preserve just south of downtown

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A railroad bridge crosses the path about 10′ above it.

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One of my favorite subjects is photos of people taking photos – especially in strange places such as on the railroad bridge (or in this case, just off since the train was coming through)

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South entrance to the Scioto Mile.

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Urbana, OH – August 2017 – Cedar Bog

Champaign County, Ohio is the home to Cedar Bog, a nature preserve created by the receding glaciers and the ground water from the Mad River. As a result there is a great deal of vegetation that is not common in Ohio. The result is a beautiful,  but bug filled, boardwalk through the bog.

 

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Cleveland – August 2017 – Beach Day

The first weekend in August in Cleveland is traditionally ‘Beach Day’, a day they celebrate at Edgewater Park Beach with a Sandcastle Building contest, as well as other events.

While other Great Lakes cities such as Toronto and Chicago put their waterfront to better use, Cleveland still has a few nice lakefront beaches, which make for interesting contrasts.

 

The sandcastle teams were creative in their building techniques.

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The contrast of downtown Cleveland with Edgwater Park in the foreground.

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The view from upper Edgewater Park of the Centennial Pavilion was outstanding – the Metroparks are celebrating their 100th birthday in 2017.

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Any areas unprotected by the breakwater had 2′-4′ waves pounding the shore.

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The sandcastles were interesting, most included Cleveland themes (although this is a sundial).

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The holiday movie classic ‘A Christmas Story’ was filmed in Cleveland – including the famed leg lamp scene!

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The new pavilion was modeled in sand.

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Columbus – July 2017 – Ohio State Fair

The Ohio State Fairgrounds has been at the same location since 1886, when the land was north of town. Now it is in the  middle of the city, between Ohio State University and some inner city neighborhoods, along the flight path for the airport.

It is in this setting that each year thousands of Ohio youth (and adults) bring their prized animals for show.  Nothing like a morning in Columbus with about 1000 rooster cackling, airplanes blasting over, and the smell of 1000 fried food stands. Still it seems to have become an annual event for photography.

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In addition to the animals there is the always fascinating ‘butter sculpture’. Imagine the cholesterol.

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Also featured are crafts.

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Prize winning cake.

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Throughout the midway are rides, and other attractions including the ‘Wild Monkeys’ show.

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