Easton is a very large ‘lifestyle center’ in Northeast Columbus. A lifestyle center is a shopping area built to resemble an actual town, with streets going through the shops, apartments and other less traditional mall features.
On Saturday they had a chalk art contest. We arrived early on Sunday morning before the stores (and therefore the people) arrived, giving plenty of opportunity for unobstructed views of the final work. The early morning shadows, however, proved to be tricky.
The art itself was excellent, with a variety of subjects and approaches to style.
The Columbus Zoo was sponsoring a car show, which seems a bit strange, but then again they do commercialize a lot of things.
The cars were quite nice, and with the water park and other amusement rides providing interesting backgrounds, it was a good day for a car show. Plus there were animals later.
Part 2 of our day at the Zoo was to see the actual animals.
South African Penguin
A Young Cheetah
A cheetah in full stride
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.
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.
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.
Scioto Downs Racetrack has been in business for over 50 years just south of Columbus. Their feature is their ‘Googie’ style grandstand, which is unfortunately having some structural issues and is closed so you sit on plastic chairs along the apron of the track. Nevertheless the racing goes on…
On a monthly basis a group gets together at various venues around town to show off their high end cars, while providing pastries and coffee on Saturday mornings. This Saturday it was held near Nationwide Arena, the home of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets.
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
A wildlife preserve just south of downtown
A railroad bridge crosses the path about 10′ above it.
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)
South entrance to the Scioto Mile.