Our repeat weekend continued with a visit to a botanical gardens, this time back in Columbus.
They had some orchids, but nothing close to the quantity and quality of the Cleveland show. Mostly it was a good place to walk around in nice warmth and check out plants and flower in the dead of winter.
OK so this is not a flower or plant – it is an exhibit called Waning Light. The website for Franklin Park states ” local artist Dana Lynn Harper strings together thousands of laminated dichroic film discs and suspends them from the ceiling, creating a cloud of iridescent petals floating and bending through the space. Harper manipulates material, size, color and light to build a dreamlike and otherworldly installation”.
It makes for a great look and atmosphere, with the light of each disc changing as you move around them.
A random rose.
More ‘not a plant’ – Part of the Chihuly Display.
There were a number of ‘upside down’ planters.
Back to our original program – orchids.
Eventually we ran out of orchids and continued through the desert and rain forest sections.
Our couple hours were up so it is back into reality – cold and snow.
As usual in winter in the midwest the weather is all over the place. Last week was sub zero Fahrenheit, and by Sunday it was nearly 60 degrees.
Lake Erie tends to ice over quite a bit in the winter, and this year has been no different. Followers of this blog will note the main photo is the iced over Cleveland Harbor lighthouse after a particularly hard winter.
For this day the ice was melting somewhat, but still providing some interesting sights. The photo below is a security fence that was iced completely over, but has melted enough to be translucent.
There was some ice cover near the shore, but with large wet spots that seemed to attract the seagulls. The water provided a nice reflection.
While taking photos of the ice and water, I noticed that this shot got a perfect ‘T’ of airplane contrails in the sky. My assumption is an east-west flight had recently passed at altitude, and the northbound flight had just reached where the east-west contrail was present.
A close up of the birds on the ice.
Despite the look the water inside the breakwater wall is frozen and beyond it is open water.
The wall at Voinovich Park had some ice on it, but with perfect symmetry with the concrete.
The lighthouse has a bit of ice on it, but nothing like the main blog site photo.
The harbor in front of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame still had some light icing on it.
The life preserver is ready if needed.
Meanwhile over at Edgewater Park, the beach had a lot of ice on it.
The ice was very chunky.
The birds clearly congregated near the water, even if it was just pooled on the remaining ice.
The amount of seagulls all along the lake shore was staggering.
Our last stop was along Rocky River. Each spring (or thawing in winter) results in significant flooding in the valleys with the ice jams.
The ravine walls provided a small waterfall. It was a nice day for checking out the melting ice with a different look that the stark white normally associated with the winter ice on the lake (and river)
It turns out that our membership to Columbus’s Franklin Park Conservatory has reciprocal agreements with many other botanical gardens throughout America, including Cleveland’s, so we were able to visit at no cost!
While in town we stopped by for their Orchid Show – it was fantastic!
As noted on a previous posting I took the opportunity to get some current photos of Cleveland for the second in the ‘Time Travel’ series.
The corner of Euclid Avenue and East 9th Street has always been the financial center of Cleveland. The view below is looking west on Euclid Avenue in 1905.
Note the red building on the left remains from the 1905 photo, while most of the closer buildings have been replaced over the years.
While streetcars no long run down the streets, there are dedicated bus stops in the middle, which is where the new photo was taken from.
Just up the block is the Arcade – which was featured in the earlier posting. This photo is also from around 1905.
And as you can see it hasn’t changed much at all! It is amazing to think of all of the people who have walked these corridors in 130 years.
The Colonial Arcade is just across Euclid Avenue. It too is nearly identical except for the fashion.
Meanwhile just outside of the Colonial Arcade on Prospect Avenue is an exterior view of the hotel.
If you look closely at the top of the new photo you will see a portion of the original sign painted on the outside wall.
Also of note a Kia is now parked where the horse and buggy was in 1900.
Meanwhile back on Euclid Avenue we see the Arcade from the outside, with a view in the distance of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Public Square.
As with the early 1900s one – traffic was light on our visit too.
This view is at the monument looking back down Euclid to where we just came from.
Notice the lamp post is still in the same spot in the foreground, just a different lamp.
The Williamson Building below was completed in 1899, and stood until the early 1980s.
In a brief departure from the normal ‘before and after’ photos, the photo below shows the implosion of the Williamson Building in the early 1980s. Of note I am in the crowd somewhere, and was covered from head to toe with the (most likely hazardous) dust.
The result is the aforementioned 200 Public Square Tower. Since the 1930s the iconic Terminal Tower dominated the Cleveland skyline, and Public Square.
When the long time Cleveland industrial giant Standard Oil of Ohio wanted to build their corporate headquarters, the city finally relented and gave permission to have this dominating building. Of course before it was even completed British Petroleum (BP) bought Sohio, so it opened as the BP Building! It has since then changed names a couple of times.
Again as with the earlier photo the wagon with horse has been replaced with the wagon from Honda.
The Northwest Quadrant of Public Square features the Old Stone Church, one of the oldest buildings in Cleveland – built in 1855. The right side has had an additional steeple added, but other than that it is the same.
The church is still there, but all of the other buildings have long since been replaced – so long ago that the replacements are now considered historic.
Finally a look east on Superior Avenue. The Arcade’s northern entrance is visible on the right (just behind the first streetcar in the old photo and with the canopy in the new photo).