The annual Jazz and BBQ Ribs Festival was in town. Easily the most interesting subjects here were the people – both the musicians and the spectators.
Audubon Park is located just south of downtown Columbus in a reclaimed ‘brown field’, aka – old industrial areas. The transformation to a nature preserve is amazing.
We were there on a Saturday morning for a ‘Beginning Birding Hike’. Our guide Erika was knowledgeable and enthusiastic.
We started out with the easy ones in the feeders.
While ostensibly we were there to check out the birds, the flowers and plants were interesting as well.
Not to mention twin turtles.
The bees were busy…
Of course I was too busy taking photos to pay attention to what type of bird this was!
As always wandering off from the crowd, who came away with more knowledge about birds than I did.
The boardwalk across the wetlands provided more flower and plant photo ops.
The small, but passionate group was very focused.
And a blue heron.
Despite the heat it was a great way to spend a couple of hours, thanks to the parks and our guide Erika.
Those who regularly follow this blog know that the website Roadside America is one of my favorite sources for the strange and unusual. A few years ago we visited most of the Roadside America attractions for Columbus and detailed them in this post
Today we finished off the last few, starting with a giant boot outside the LL Bean store.
A pet cemetery from the 1930s – 1960s – you can Googles it (I know really bad pun). Supposedly there are a few military dogs there, but it is large and we were unable to locate them.
A very colorful Buddhist temple in an otherwise nondescript housing neighborhood.
Large cowboy #1
And his twin just down the street – large cowboy #2.
And for the grand finale – the Gates of Hell – otherwise known as a large drainage pipe under High Street, complete with urban legends of hauntings.
While we haven’t seen all of America, we have now seen all of Columbus!
In the world of blown glass nobody is better than Dale Chihuly. For more than 50 years he has turned out the most impressive glass pieces around.
The Franklin Park Botanical Gardens has always had a number of Chihuly pieces, but for the next few months they have expanded their collection to be the largest Chihuly collection in a botanical garden anywhere. Entitled Chihuly: Celebrating Nature, it blends nicely with the gardens.
A morning at the botanical gardens to check out the Chihuly Exhibit (in a different posting) allowed us to see the gardens in full bloom, along with active butterflies.
It’s the 4th of July in Columbus, which means….Doo Dah!
This years motto is Slaying Political Dragons with Satire Since Dark Ages of 1984 (The Official Flyer is below)
This can mean one thing – the fun, silly, strange, weird and wonderful people of Columbus are marching in the streets. With the same bad national joke for the last 2.5 years the political satire was less, but still lots of photo ops were there for the taking.
Apparently for the last few years I missed an annual event where temporary murals are installed in the Short North neighborhood. Since we were in the neighborhood for the parade (next posting) we decided to get a few steps in and check them out.