Palm Springs, California – July 2022 – An Unnatural Oasis in the Desert

While Palm Canyon is a natural oasis, with a constant water source, the city of Palm Springs and the entire Coachella Valley is not. Billed as a Golf Capital of the World, the Palm Springs tourist bureau touts over 100 golf courses in an area that receives about 5 inches of rain a year!

In addition most of the homes have grass in their lawns. As a result it is a very lush place during a time of long term drought.

Palm Springs has for decades been a winter escape for the wealthy, with many building the signature mid century modern homes back in the 1940s and 1950s. Most of those homes have been remodeled and sell for very high prices today.

Fortunately many of the remodels have taken the xeriscape approach and removed the grass in the landscaping.

Columbus – August 2018 – Make Your Own Tour

While reading online for something to do I read that there was going to be a tour of the Ohio Statehouse grounds, focusing on the sculptures and landscaping. It was to occur at 10 AM on a Sunday morning.

We arrived 10 minutes early, and waited until 10:15 and nobody showed up, so we decided to make our own tour.

We started along State Street on the south end of the grounds.

 

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From here we had a nice view of the classic Ohio Theater as well as the flower beds along the entryways.

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The statues flanking the McKinley statue are known as ‘Peace and Prosperity’.

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While McKinley towers over the west entrance to the grounds.

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The other side of ‘Peace and Prosperity’

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Even the lamp posts are stylish.

 

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There is a statue of a ‘Doughboy’ from World War I – this is the plaque beneath the statue.

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The north entrance features a statue called ‘Peace’, with floral beds.

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The sundial was added by the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1932.

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A second look from the south entrance across the grounds to the Huntington Bank Building.

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While the northeast view from this vantage point looks towards the Statehouse, Senate building and PNC Bank Building. Clearly banks like to overlook the government buildings.

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Christopher Columbus (with yet another bank building in the background)

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Some of the famed Ohioans on the statue ‘These Are My Jewels’.

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This statue is topped with Cornelia, a wealthy and respected Roman woman who when asked where her jewels were – pointed to her sons.

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The back entrance to the Senate building.

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Fountains in front of a World War II memorial wall. It seems almost all of the statues on the grounds have to do with war, or the hope for peace.

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The grounds are fairly open to the streets, this fencing is decorative to protect the landscaping. We didn’t have a formal tour – but had a nice morning wandering the grounds with nobody else around.

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