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.
The Cincinnati Remote Control Airplane Club has been around for over 50 years. Once a year they host a ‘Flying Circus’ at the Butler County Airport in Hamilton, Ohio. This event allows them to showcase to the public their love of their airplanes, as well as their skill in flying them.
There were a number of models both in scope of the time of aviation design as well as scale.
One of the highlights was an event to break balloons by flying low and fast and clipping them with (hopefully) their wheels. Not all used their wheels.
A few slammed into the display holding the balloons.
Some of the landings made it but a bit off course.
The pilots went to pick up the remains of those that crashed.
A Wright Flyer model was flown, albeit very briefly before crashing.
The models were amazing in detail – from a distance it is tough to tell they are models.
The coordinator had a great hat.
A model Valkyrie deloyed a chute to slow it down when landing.
Some of the landings were dicey, but made it.
A trio of Red Baron bi-planes put on a great show.
Some model jets made an appearance.
Another close landing.
In the end it was a great show.
The first weekend in August means the crowd that puts the Twin in Twinsburg are back! This year’s theme was showing pride in your heritage, state, or hometown.
So for those with double vision, the Double Take Parade…
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.
In addition to the animals there is the always fascinating ‘butter sculpture’. Imagine the cholesterol.
Also featured are crafts.
Prize winning cake.
Throughout the midway are rides, and other attractions including the ‘Wild Monkeys’ show.
The Carnegie Science Center, like most science centers, is geared towards children, but with an excellent railway model of the highlights of Pittsburgh I wanted to check it out.
An added bonus was the Robot Hall of Fame, as well as a submarine docked on the banks of the Ohio River!
An interesting display showing the stress high heel shoes put on a woman’s ankle and foot.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater
Danger Will Robinson….
The Cincinnati Observatory is located on the aptly named Mount Lookout. As one of the oldest observatories in the country, they feature two fantastic telescopes. A visit to the Observatory is highly recommended.
The main building has a 1904 Alvan Clark & Sons 16″ refractor telescope. The docent who took us up to the telescope allowed us to open the large metal roof with amazing ease with the rope and gears. Once open we spun the telescope over so we could look into the lens.
The second building houses what is thought to be the oldest continually used telescope in the world, a 1945 wooden and metal Merz and Mahler 11″ refractor scope. While not as functional as new ones, you will not find a more beautiful telescope!
Another stop on this rainy Sunday morning was Franklin Park, specifically the community gardens. We arrived just as the rain stopped, which provided interesting water features on the plants with the water beads.
The most colorful, interesting subjects were the vegetables in the gardens. Their color was vibrant.