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by Jeffrey M. Smith

 

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Panorama of the Dayton Skyline where the heavily clouded sky caught warm colorful light appearing as skyfireSurprise Sunset Over Dayton Skyline No. 2This spectacular sunset occurred Labor Day weekend over Dayton Ohio. This stunning light took the skies over the Miami Valley only 5 minutes after the first dull grey image I released with this image. I was standing with a visiting couple from Indianapolis exploring our RiverScape MetroPark. I remember explaining that although this scene looks questionable, sometimes really incredible things happen when the setting sun finds clear skies and illuminates the clouds from underneath. This sunset started with a hint of red, right before the entire sky ignited as if were a scene from Ron Howard’s Backdraft. As the skyfire expanded horizon to horizon I elected to pursue a panoramic approach where it required 70 separate images to capture this spectacle.

Solar Eclipse at Sunrise No. 2

Solar Eclipse during a Foggy Sunrise over an Ohio Farm

This partial solar eclipse proved quite the blessing as the moon covered a small portion of the sun during sunrise over Ohio skies.  For me, departing into the darkness, I was saddened to discover a cloud-filled morning twilight...but I pressed onward.  Fortunately, at sunrise, the clouds thinned for ten minutes before one of the heaviest fogs of the year rolled through the Miami Valley.  In these few moments, and amid the still and damp air, I enjoyed this enchanting sunrise over an Ohio farm. 
 

The sunlight from a partial solar eclipse at sunrise is filtered by an oncoming fog creating a brief but intriguing sceneSolar Eclipse at Sunrise No. 2This partial solar eclipse proved quite the blessing as the moon covered a small portion of the sun during sunrise over Ohio skies. For me, departing into the darkness, I was saddened to discover a cloud-filled morning twilight. Fortunately, at sunrise, the clouds thinned for ten minutes before one of the heaviest fogs of the year rolled through the Miami Valley. In these few moments, and amid the still and damp air, I enjoyed this enchanting scene.

This print is on display at the Middletown Arts Center as part of their 2021 Photography & Digital Art Competition.  The exhibit runs from 26 July to 26 August 2021.  If you'd like to see purchase this print just double click on it.  If you'd like to see additional prints from Cedarville Ohio, check out this gallery.  
 


Pearl's Fen Fennel and the Polished Ladybug No. 5

Macrophotography From Pearl's Fen, Fairborn Ohio

The Beaver Creek Wetlands Association continues its collaboration with Greene County Ohio Parks and Trails on many parks such as Pearl’s Fen, near Fairborn, Ohio.  In highlighting the wonders of its newest park, the B-W Greeenway subsequently teamed up with the Fairborn Art Association for an art exhibit featuring works that draw inspiration from this special wetland.  This is one such art print entails a polished ladybug (Cycloneda munda) which methodically explored every flower cluster of this fennel plant (Foeniculum vulgare) called umbels. 

A macro view of a polished ladybug hanging from the yellow flower cluster of a fennel plantPearl's Fen Fennel and the Polished Ladybug No. 6The Beaver Creek Wetlands Association continues adding properties to its land trust such as Pearl’s Fen, near Fairborn, Ohio. In highlighting the wonders of its newest park, the B-W Greeenway teamed up with the Fairborn Art Association for an art exhibit featuring works which draw inspiration from this wetland. I submitted this print of a polished ladybug (Cycloneda munda) which I watched methodically explore every flower cluster of this fennel plant (Foeniculum vulgare) called an umbel.

A framed version of this print is on display at the Fairborn Art Association until 25 July 2021.  If you'd like to see more prints of pollinators, check out this gallery of bees and butterflies.  

 


Golden Hour Over Oakwood Ohio Daffodils

An Oakwood Ohio home adorned with Daffodils at Sunset

Golden Hour Over Oakwood Ohio Daffodils No. 4Golden Hour Over Oakwood Ohio Daffodils No. 4Each spring, many in the Miami Valley make their way to the home of John and MJ Gray to experience their wonderful creation. In 2006, they started planting Daffodil bulbs among the hills and trees in front of their beautiful home, with each year adding 10,000 new bulbs. Reportedly, the bulbs now number 160,000. On this evening, during the magical golden hour, I tried to pay homage to their vision through this 63-image panoramic image just as the sun descended below the hills of Oakwood Ohio.

Each spring, many in the Miami Valley make their way to Oakwood Ohio and the home of John and MJ Gray to experience their wonderful creation.  In 2006, they started planting Daffodil bulbs among the hills and trees in front of their beautiful home, adding 10,000 new bulbs each year.  Reportedly, the bulbs now number 160,000.  On this evening, during the magical golden hour, I tried to capture to their vision through this 63-image panoramic image just as the sun descended below the hills of Oakwood Ohio.

Golden Hour Over Oakwood Ohio Daffodils No. 2Golden Hour Over Oakwood Ohio Daffodils No. 2Each spring, many in the Miami Valley make their way to the home of John and MJ Gray to experience their wonderful creation. In 2006, they started planting Daffodil bulbs among the hills and trees in front of their beautiful home, with each year adding 10,000 new bulbs. Reportedly, the bulbs now number 160,000. On this evening, during the magical golden hour, I tried to pay homage to their vision through this 63-image panoramic image just as the sun descended below the hills of Oakwood Ohio.

If you'd like to see this image closer, just double-click on it.  If you'd like to see other amazing images of this part of Dayton, check out my Oakwood Ohio Gallery.  


Slot Canyons of the Escalante

A photo journey of Dry Fork Slot Canyon, Peek-a-boo Gulch, and Spooky Gulch.

Utah offers visitors incredible views from vistas which extend for miles; however, the geomorphology of the state also holds incredible visual wonders for those willing to hike into canyons.  The views entail closer sightlines but exploring Utah’s Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument slot canyons offer hikers a visual wonder to those willing to commit to an all-day hike of the Coyote Gulch area. Slot canyons involve deep and sheer rock walls which possess a depth-to-width ratio of about 10:1.

To access the slot canyons, one must endure the Hole-in-the-Rock trail.  For me, it was the harshest wash-board road that I’ve ever experienced.  It was so tough, I’m surprised I did not lose a dental filling.  The “road” runs southeast from Escalante, Utah and if your 4-wheel drive vehicle sustains the 26 miles of abuse, you’ll pass the Lower Dry Fork Trailhead. 

Hiking from the trailhead into the canyon gives visitors access to three remote slot canyons:  Dry Fork Slot Canyon, Peek-a-Boo Gulch, and Spooky Gulch.  Research also indicated this order also captured their increased level of difficulty, which is how I experienced the geologic features. 

 

Geology of the Slot Canyons

To understand the geology of these slot canyons, one needs to envision back 200 million years ago when the region was characterized as a large area of red sand dunes.  The occasional weather event sorted the iron-rich sand grains into layers of varying thickness and hardness.  Eventually, more rocks formed over these features until 80 million years ago, the western portion of the US experienced a geologic uplift forming the Colorado Plateau.  As the rock layers were pushed upwards, their surfaces formed cracks and fissures that became suspectable to erosion from flash floods exposing, exposing the former sands, now called the Navajo Sandstone.

 

Most of the carving occurs during torrential monsoons that pour water over the area.  Following a thunderstorm, even those miles away, the landscape consolidates and compresses the rainwater as the growing surge descends down through a series of elevation changes.  After all, the water is trying to be somewhere else.  Under these strong forces, even rock layers can be worn down by boulders and silt gushing through the narrow confines of slot canyons.  After these periodic erosion events, the subsequent concave cuts and serpentine sluices form complex channels.  Under the mid-day sun, these geologic features reveal intricate textures as the sunlight rakes across the contrasting and complexly shaped canyon walls. 

 

Dry Fork Slot Canyon

Regardless of which slot canyon serving as your destination, the two-mile path is the same where one walks along the canyon rim until eventually descending into the floor of the canyon.  The Dry Fork Narrows was deemed the easier of the group, so I proceeded westward along the bottom and entered a wide vertical walled canyon which eventually narrowed into the sandstone layer.  I enjoyed the Dry Fork Slot Canyon as the surface gap was wide, allowing the sunlight to pour across the sinuous erosional features and fanciful rock cuts.  I explored the mile-long slot canyon to its logical end and then retraced my steps eastward.

Dry Folk Slot Canyon No. 11Dry Folk Slot Canyon No. 11The Coyote Gulch lies in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument along Hole-in-the-Rock Road as water flows to the Escalante River. The subsequent erosion has cut three slot canyons in the dark red Navajo Sandstone: Dry Fork Gulch, Peekaboo Gulch and Spooky Gulch. This gallery presents a series of prints from these undulating and whimsical geologic features where the resulting flowing shapes play with light and shadows in interesting ways.

Dry Folk Slot Canyon No. 18Dry Folk Slot Canyon No. 18The Coyote Gulch lies in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument along Hole-in-the-Rock Road as water flows to the Escalante River. The subsequent erosion has cut three slot canyons in the dark red Navajo Sandstone: Dry Fork Gulch, Peekaboo Gulch and Spooky Gulch. This gallery presents a series of prints from these undulating and whimsical geologic features where the resulting flowing shapes play with light and shadows in interesting ways. Literature on the next two slot canyons highlights they need to be explored in specific directions with hikers starting at the mouth of Peek-a-Boo and walking northward thru the canyon, upon exiting the top of the slot, proceed overland to the top of the Spooky Slot Canyon and proceed down thru its narrow cuts. 

 

Peek-a-Boo Gulch

Peek-a-Boo Slot Canyon No. 2Peek-a-Boo Slot Canyon No. 2Peek-a-Boo Slot Canyon lies in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Peek-a-Boo Slot Canyon gains its beauty from erosion which cut into the dark red Navajo Sandstone. Although the trail becomes a tight squeeze, its shallower depth allows more light to enter the slot canyon where the random geologic features play with the light and shadows in fanciful ways.

I had read about two particular challenges pertaining to the Peek-a-Boo slot canyon.  First was its 15-foot climb into the feature.  The footholds and handholds were questionable, but enough that I could pull myself through.  Peek-a-Boo offered explorers a series of arches which felt more like orifices as one moved northward.  The now mid-day sun painted the canyon wall in amazing light where the raking sunlight revealed the intricacies of texture in the orange sandstone layers.  I’m not a small guy, but I was able to successfully pass through the narrow 11-inch squeeze once I rolled my camera bag off my shoulders. 

Peek-a-Boo Slot Canyon No. 4Peek-a-Boo Slot Canyon No. 4Peek-a-Boo Slot Canyon lies in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Peek-a-Boo Slot Canyon gains its beauty from erosion which cut into the dark red Navajo Sandstone. Although the trail becomes a tight squeeze, its shallower depth allows more light to enter the slot canyon where the random geologic features play with the light and shadows in fanciful ways.

Spooky Gulch

Although I enjoyed all three slot canyons for various reasons, Spooky Gulch was the most colorful.  I sensed the canyon walls were deeper and the top of the slot was definitely narrower.  All combined, the light did not reach the canyon's bottom, which I’m sure plays into its name, Spooky Gulch or the Eerie Slot Canyon.

Spooky Slot Canyon No. 5Spooky Slot Canyon No. 5Spooky Slot Canyon lies in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Spooky Slot Canyon has a narrower opening and runs deeper into the Navajo Sandstone which reduces the light entering the canyon which produces interesting tones in the dark red sandstone. In addition to the darker lighting, this canyon presents hikers with an even tighter squeeze and uncertainty to those with claustrophobic tendencies, leading to its name, Spook Gulch.

The Spooky Slot Canyon already had my full attention as research highlighted that a large boulder midway down the gulch created a challenge where one is forced to slide under the rock wedge or scale the top of the obstacle and then in a controlled fall, slide downward by pressing again both sides of the canyon wall to slow one’s descent. 

 

The second challenge entailed its even narrower slot at only 10 inches wide.  In my first three attempts, I could not squeeze thru this obstacle.  I remember assessing that reaching the distant daylight top by climbing vertically was a feat beyond my skillset, as was climbing back over the rock wedge that I had just passed.  As the Navajo Sandstone pressed against my back and stomach, I needed to focus on my breathing as I began to realize the pickle I had worked myself into.  I remain grateful to the college students I had followed into the squeeze.  To fit through, I had passed my camera bag through the narrow gap and the gentlemen holding my bag suggested I squat in the slot.  Although attempting a squat when sandwiched flat seemed like an impossible task…much to my relief, it worked! 

Spooky Slot Canyon No. 10Spooky Slot Canyon No. 10Spooky Slot Canyon lies in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Spooky Slot Canyon has a narrower opening and runs deeper into the Navajo Sandstone which reduces the light entering the canyon which produces interesting tones in the dark red sandstone. In addition to the darker lighting, this canyon presents hikers with an even tighter squeeze and uncertainty to those with claustrophobic tendencies, leading to its name, Spook Gulch. Spooky Slot Canyon No. 15Spooky Slot Canyon No. 15Spooky Slot Canyon lies in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Spooky Slot Canyon has a narrower opening and runs deeper into the Navajo Sandstone which reduces the light entering the canyon which produces interesting tones in the dark red sandstone. In addition to the darker lighting, this canyon presents hikers with an even tighter squeeze and uncertainty to those with claustrophobic tendencies, leading to its name, Spook Gulch.

 

This is one of several prints I’m releasing as part of my Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument gallery.  If you’d like to purchase this print or see more Utah National Park scenes, check out this gallery

 


Piqua Ohio Linear Park

Panoramic View of the Piqua Ohio Skyline

In 2001, the City of Piqua Ohio opened a new park called Linear Park.  Park designers converted an old railroad bed to a bike path and with it connected Piqua to the Great Miami River Trail and 330 miles of the Miami Valley Trail System.  On this perfect early summer evening, this panoramic scene captures a history of transportation through Piqua: with the Great Miami River gracefully bending around the city, Lock Nine Park to the far left, then railroads, and today, a massive trail network which joins one of the largest in the US.
Golden Hour Over Linear Park Bridge No. 1Golden Hour Over Linear Park Bridge No. 1In 2001 the City of Piqua Ohio opened a new park called Linear Park. Park designers converted an old railroad bed to a bike path and with it connected Piqua to the Great Miami River Trail and 330 miles of the Miami Valley Trail System. On this perfect early summer evening, this panoramic scene captures a history of transportation through Piqua: with the Great Miami River gracefully bending around the city, to Lock Nine Park to the far left, then railroads and today, a massive trail network which is one of the largest in the US.

If you'd like to purchase this print, just click on it.  If you want to see more views like this, check out this gallery of Piqua Ohio Parks.  There are more Piqua views in the master gallery of Piqua sights.  


Kettering Song and Dance Sculpture after a Spring Snow No. 2

Song and Dance Sculpture in Kettering’s Lincoln Park Commons following a Spring Snow

The Song and Dance Sculpture was created by Barry Gunderson and installed in 2000 as part of Kettering’s CitySites art program.  The sixteen-foot tall, stainless steel characters feature outstretched arms with one touching the ground and the other arm pointing skyward.  The public art piece resides in the center of Lincoln Park Civic Commons and greets Fraze Pavilion guests as well as park visitors.
 

In late April and following the blossoming of trees throughout the Miami Valley, many awoke mid-spring to an unusual blanket of snow.  On this morning in Kettering’s Lincoln Park Civic Commons, the public art sculpture stood among snow-laden trees displaying their spring colors.
 

Kettering Ohio’s Song and Dance sculpture stands among an usual spring snow in the morning twilightKettering Song and Dance Sculpture after a Spring Snow No. 2The Song and Dance Sculpture was created by Barry Gunderson and installed in 2000 as part of Kettering’s CitySites art program. The sixteen-foot tall, stainless steel characters feature outstretched arms with one touching the ground and the other arm pointing skyward. The public art piece resides in the center of Lincoln Park Civic Commons and greets Fraze Pavilion guests as well as park visitors.

In late April and following the blossoming of trees throughout the Miami Valley, many awoke mid-spring to an unusual blanket of snow. On this morning in Kettering’s Lincoln Park Civic Commons, the public art sculpture, stood among snow-laden trees displaying their spring colors.

If you are interested in this print, just click on it.  I also have two galleries which may interest you, “Kettering Lincoln Civic Park Scenes” and “Kettering Ohio Sculptures”.  Viewers may want to see other Kettering Park scenes starting with this collection of galleries.
 


Piqua Ohio Memorials

Piqua Ohio Honors William Hart Pitsenbarger, Domenic Salvatore Gentile, and William M. McCulloch

The Midwest displays patriotism through its many small towns.  One such example lies in Piqua Ohio where they honor several local heroes through its sculptures and plaques.
 

William Hart Pitsenbarger Memorial

Airman First Class William Pitsenbarger Memorial, Piqua OH No. 2Airman First Class William Pitsenbarger Memorial, Piqua OH No. 2Within Piqua’s Veterans’ Memorial Park resides this memorial dedicated to Airman First Class William Pitsenbarger. He served in the US Air Force as a pararescueman. He was killed in the Vietnam War aiding and defending a unit of soldiers pinned down by the enemy. Our nation awarded him the Medal of Honor and Piqua remembers him as one of theirs. Piqua’s Veterans’ Memorial Park No. 1Piqua’s Veterans’ Memorial Park No. 1In 1991, the Piqua Veterans’ Memorial Committed formed to create a memorial area for local citizens. The war memorial lies at Washington Avenue and State Route 66. features a black granite memorial, flag poles and a large plaza created from dedication bricks.

After 24 years in the US Air Force, I can’t think of an air force base that did not have a building named after William Hart Pitsenbarger.  His valor in saving and defending 60 men on Vietnam’s jungle floor earned him the Air Force Cross which was later upgraded to Medal of Honor.  The name William Pitsenbarger is synonymous with the ideals of putting others first which the Air Force immortalizes on the façade of buildings throughout the country.  What I didn’t know was he was also from the Miami Valley and called Piqua Ohio home. 

I learned this fact while passing through Piqua’s Veterans’ Memorial Park on a gorgeous spring day.  In 1991, Piqua’s Veterans Memorial Committee secured funding and prominent land at the intersection of Washington Avenue and State Route 66 and then placed an eight-foot-high black granite monument honoring its citizens who served our nation.  Amongst its dedication bricks lies a separate granite memorial and an Ohio Historical Marker both honoring William H. Pitsenbarger.  Both the memorial and marker share the story of his heroic actions while recognizing his Miami County roots.  On a subsequent trip to the memorial, I met a lady from the local garden club who was attending the flowerbeds surrounding this large memorial.  In our conversation, she shared that she knew William Pitsenbarger.  In fact, she grew up across the street from Billy.  After recalling her experiences, the lady inquired if I had seen the statue of Billy at Pitsenbarger Park and Sports Complex. 

Although a sports park honoring Pitsenbarger was created years before, in 2015 and after several years of fundraising, the Friends of the Piqua Parks installed a life-size, bronze sculpture of William Pitsenbarger at the park’s entrance.  Set atop a grey granite base, the statue captures the essence of his amicable and caring personality.  As Piqua’s vice mayor shared, many of our children pass through Pitsenbarger Park and Sports Complex but now, with the large statue, they can begin to better grasp the man he was. 

Life-sized sculpture of William H. Pitsenbarger in Piqua Ohio sports park named after himA1C William H. Pitsenbarger Statue No. 1William H. Pitsenbarger was born in Piqua Ohio, became an Air Force pararescueman, and died serving his country in a heroic feat saving and defending the lives of 60 men on the jungle floor of Vietnam. This singular act led to the posthumous awards of the Air Force Cross which was later upgraded to Medal of Honor. Hollywood recently immortalized his life and sacrifice in a movie called “The Last Full Measure”. In 2015 and after several years of fundraising, the Friends of the Piqua Parks installed a life-size, bronze sculpture of William Pitsenbarger at the entrance of Pitsenbarger Park and Sports Complex. Life-sized sculpture of William H. Pitsenbarger in Piqua Ohio sports park named after himA1C William H. Pitsenbarger Statue No. 3William H. Pitsenbarger was born in Piqua Ohio, became an Air Force pararescueman, and died serving his country in a heroic feat saving and defending the lives of 60 men on the jungle floor of Vietnam. This singular act led to the posthumous awards of the Air Force Cross which was later upgraded to Medal of Honor. Hollywood recently immortalized his life and sacrifice in a movie called “The Last Full Measure”. In 2015 and after several years of fundraising, the Friends of the Piqua Parks installed a life-size, bronze sculpture of William Pitsenbarger at the entrance of Pitsenbarger Park and Sports Complex.

 

Domenic Gentile Memorial

Dominic Salvatore "Don" Gentile was born in Piqua, Ohio in 1920.  As a child, Gentile was fascinated with flight and even learned to fly while still in high school.  As war emerged over Europe and lacking the required college education for the US Army Air Corps, Gentile joined the British Royal Air Force in 1941, serving in the famous 133 Eagle Squadron.  As the US ramped up its war effort, he was assigned to the 4th Fighter Group which eventually was equipped with P-51 Mustangs.  His talents and tenacity made him Army Air Force’s leading ace with 27 kills to his credit.  Given his reputation, General Eisenhower labeled Domenic Gentile a “One Man Air Force”.  In 1986, the City of Piqua dedicated this sculpture which resides on Veterans Way near North Main Street and East High Street. 

Sculpture of Dominic Gentile, WWII Fighter Ace and local hero, as it stands in the center of Piqua OhioDomenic Gentile Memorial, Piqua OH No. 1Dominic Salvatore "Don" Gentile was born in Piqua, Ohio in 1920. As a child, Gentile was fascinated with flight and even learned to fly while still in high school. As war emerged over Europe and lacking the required college education for the US Army Air Corps, Gentile joined the British Royal Air Force in 1941, serving in the famous 133 Eagle Squadron. As the US ramped up its war effort, he was assigned to the 4th Fighter Group which eventually was equipped with P-51 Mustangs. His talents and tenacity made him Army Air Force’s leading ace with 27 kills to his credit. Given his reputation, General Eisenhower labeled Domenic Gentile a “One Man Air Force”. In 1986, the City of Piqua dedicated this sculpture which resides on Veterans Way near North Main Street and East High Street.

William M. McCulloch Memorial

William McCulloch was born in Ohio in 1901 and early in his law and political career, settled in Piqua Ohio.  In addition to practicing law, he served as a state representative and eventually speaker of the house in Columbus.  As WWII broke out, he resigned as Ohio’s Speaker of the House and enlisted in the US Army at 40 years old.  After the war, he was elected to the US Congress where he was instrumental in shaping enduring legislation such as the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the 1965 Voting Rights Act, and the 1968 Fair Housing Act.  William McCulloch passed on 22 February 1980 and was interred at Arlington National Cemetery.  In July 1990, the City of Piqua renamed this square in his honor and in 2018 installed this sculpture in his honor

Sculpture of William McCulloch in front of Fort Piqua Plaza, McCulloch Square, Piqua OhioMcCulloch Square Sculpture No. 1William McCulloch was born in Ohio in 1901 and early in his law and political career, settled in Piqua Ohio. In addition to practicing law, he served as a state representative and eventually speaker of the house in Columbus. As WWII broke out, he resigned as Ohio’s Speaker of the House and enlisted in the US Army at 40 years old. After the war, he was elected to the US Congress where he was instrumental in shaping enduring legislation such as the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the 1965 Voting Rights Act, and the 1968 Fair Housing Act. William McCulloch passed on 22 February 1980 and was interred at Arlington National Cemetery. In July 1990, the City of Piqua renamed this square in his honor. Fort Piqua displays Richardson Romanesque-style architecture with impressive stoneworkFort Piqua Plaza in Spring No. 1Fort Piqua is an impressive architectural structure displaying Richardson Romanesque-style architecture in downtown Piqua Ohio. Built in 1891, the Orr-Statler Block once contained a four-story hotel which hosted Teddy Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Harry Houdini, Woodrow Wilson and John P. Sousa. In the early 2000s, the building was revitalized and today hosts the Piqua Public Library.

Piqua, Ohio is a fascinating small town.  If you like to see more art prints of Piqua, check out this master gallery or just double click on the images.  In addition to Piqua Ohio Memorials, I offer portfolios capturing impressive Piqua Architecture, pretty Piqua Parks, and the colorful Piqua High School stadium.    

 


Wheat Field at Golden Hour No. 5

Evidence-based Design for Soothing Waiting Room Art
 

Nearly mature wheat awaits harvest as the sun’s last rays paints the field in warm golden light.Wheat Field at Golden Hour No. 5During this sunset image, varying layers of clouds create an interesting sky, while a Miami Valley wheat field stands ready for harvest as the day’s last rays paint the Ohio farm in warm golden light.

This farm field scene remains a favorite.  Sure, Ohio farmlands are commonplace, but this pretty landscape involved a field of wheat vice fields of corn, which are so commonplace in the Midwest.  During this evening image, the setting sun backlights the wheat in golden hues, creating a warm nostalgic glow.  Perhaps the viewer’s mind begins to ponder about amber waves of grain.  The scene offers intriguing contrasting light between the golden wheatfield and the dark clouds which were clearing the Miami Valley skies as sunset approached. 

 

For many, this Miami Valley sunset captures the essence of evidence-based design (EBD).  In a previous post, I discussed how researchers experimented with various settings, they learned people become the most relaxed when surrounded by nature.  As EBD becomes mainstream in hospitals and medical facilities, I’m surprised that evidence-based design wall décor principles haven’t appeared in corporate waiting rooms and hotel lobbies. 

 

A Google search of waiting room art reveals spaces where interior designers used art prints that were diligently color-coordinated with the hues of walls, carpet, and furniture.  In looking at these images closer, their use of traditional pastel prints, abstract art or minimalist artwork involving shapes of various shades misses an important opportunity.  Sure, they nailed the color coordination, but the artwork does nothing more than accentuate the color palate. 

 

Waiting room artwork is an opportunity where the companies can begin placing their clients at ease.  To this point, researchers have divided hospital floor space with one side of the hallway having rooms displaying pastel-painted floral scenes, abstract art, and other pieces appropriate for an episode of the Antiques Roadshow.  On the other side of the hallway, researchers installed scenes of nature, gardens, and other representational landscape prints.  Several studies conducted in this manner revealed the patients immersed in artwork featuring nature healed faster, required less pain medication, and were discharged quicker than those from the other side of the hallway.  As a result of these studies, hospitals have transitioned their corridors and patient rooms over to art prints which feature photographs of nature.  If this approach places patients at ease, it’s a little bewildering that many of today’s corporate waiting rooms still use outdated wall décor.

 

As a client sits in your foyer or transits your hallways, why not give them something pleasant to rest their eyes on?  Bypassing this opportunity, people will sit and dwell on the upcoming meeting. Perhaps the uncertainty of the appointment begins to weigh on them.  Researchers have already validated the abstract or painted pastel artwork isn’t effective, so why not upgrade your wall décor which employs EBD principles and reduces the stress for your visitors and clients?  The outdated subject matter, hidden behind the glare of glass, costs the same, if not more, than a vivid and representational landscape printed on canvas. 

 

The sunset scene supporting this article serves as a good example.  First, it’s a representational landscape as the viewer immediately recognizes it’s a sunset over a wheat field.  There’s no abstract uncertainty involved in view this print, no trying to interpret what the painter meant to portray.  Who wants to introduce uncertainty in your client’s mind in the moments before they see you?  This scene also employs an EBD principle of long horizons and sightlines which researchers already know reduces stress.  Researchers have pondered the stress reduction might be an innate trait from eons ago when humans first emerged on the African savannahs and our ancestors were part of the food chain, thus the long sightlines provided for enhanced safety and security from threats.  Also, there is something magical about looking into light, particularly backlit vegetation where the contrasting light becomes a form of eye candy.  Finally, if the scene employs a local park or iconic point of interest, you have the added benefit of your wall décor now becoming a visitor talking point where they reminiscence about a memory or recent visit to the feature  Given all these benefits, its puzzling that so many of today’s waiting room still employ grandma’s pastel-painted gazebo or abstract square and circles linked to your interior designer’s color palette when your wall décor can be doing so much more for you.

 


Yavapai Vista Point Evening Panorama No. 1

Sedona Evening from Yavapai Vista Point

An evening panorama print from Yavapai Vista Point, Sedona, where warm light washes over Red Rock Country.  In this sweeping image, the reddish Schnebly Hill Formation and light-colored Coconino Sandstone of Twin Buttes, Munds Mountain, Courthouse Butte, and Bell Rock (left to right) form a pleasing complementary contrast with the blue azure Arizona skies. 
 

A panorama from Yavapai Vista Point, Sedona as evening light washes over Twin Butte, Munds Mountain, Courthouse Butte and Bell RockYavapai Vista Point Evening Panorama No. 1An evening panorama print from Yavapai Vista Point, Sedona, where warm light washes over Red Rock Country. In this sweeping image, the reddish Schnebly Hill Formation and light-colored Coconino Sandstone of Twin Buttes, Munds Mountain, Courthouse Butte, and Bell Rock (left to right) form a pleasing complementary contrast with the blue azure Arizona skies.   If you'd like to purchase this print, just click on it.  If you'd like to see more art prints featuring Sedona wall decor, check out this Sedona Gallery.  


Cedar Cliff Falls in Spring No. 9

A Peaceful Cedarville Ohio Waterfall

Cedar Cliff Falls flows outside the quaint village of Cedarville Ohio.  A recent boardwalk construction project by the Greene County Parks & Trails allows visitors to safely view the falls from the edge of the gorge formed by Massie Creek.  On this spring day, the creek spills over the falls while surrounding lush trees pleasantly frame the scene.
 

Cedar Cliff Falls as seen from a bridge spanning Massie Creek gorge where a long exposure gives the water a smooth appearanceCedar Cliff Falls in Spring No. 9Cedarville, Ohio hosts Cedarville University which is a Christian Undergraduate school. Its also a pretty campus which supports several iconic building, sculptures and Cedar Lake which lies in the middle of campus. Adjacent to the village lies a host of Greene County Ohio parks to include: Peterson Park, Indian Mound Reserve, Cedar Falls, and Massie Creek Park. These images form canvas prints which serve as perfect mementos to Cedarville University graduates and those seeking Green County Ohio artwork.

This gallery holds my Cedarville Fine Art Photography art prints which capture Greene County Ohio parks particularly Cedar Cliff Falls. Where most waterfalls are heavily shaded, Cedar Cliff Falls in the spring is surrounded by gorgeous wildflowers. Long exposures of the waterfall as Massie’s Creek spills into the gorge below creates timeless art prints which make for vivid canvas wall décor.

This gallery also captures Cedarville University’s pretty campus which is adorned with several sculptures like Synchronicity X (by Jon Hudson Barlow) and Opened Eyes (by Dr. James DeVries). In addition to these Cedarville Ohio points of interest, the campus groundskeepers do an amazing job as sidewalks and pathways meander by vibrant and colorful gardens.

Some of my best photography arises from Cedarville Ohio so if you are seeking a Cedarville University graduation gift, consider a framed print from one of Cedarville’s landmarks.

If you’d like to purchase this print, just click on it.  For more images like this, check out my Cedarville Ohio art prints or my waterfalls gallery.

 

 


Sugarcreek Sunflower Sunset

Local Bellbrook Sunflower Field at Sunset

Within Sugarcreek Township and south of Bellbrook, Ohio, resides a local family who graciously opens their five-generation farm every year called the Lucas Brothers Fall Fest.  It’s the classic Ohio experience involving fields of pumpkins, hayrides, corn maze, and this amazing field of sunflowers.  In this blue hour scene, the sunflowers form a complementary color contrast with the blue skies of the on-coming twilight.
 

A sunflower field at twilight where a gentle camera flash warmly illuminated the flowers that contrast with the blues of the oncoming twilight skiesSugarcreek Sunflower Sunset No. 3Within Sugarcreek Township and south of Bellbrook, Ohio, resides a local family who graciously opens their five-generation farm every year called the Lucas Brothers Fall Fest. It’s the classic Ohio experience involving fields of pumpkins, hayrides, corn maze, and this amazing field of sunflowers. In this blue hour scene, the sunflowers illuminated by a gentle flash form a complementary color contrast with the blue skies of the on-coming twilight.

If you’d like to purchase this print click on it.  For more prints from Sugarcreek Township, check out these Bellbrook Ohio art prints.  If fields of sunflowers is more to your liking, you might want to check out this Sunflower Gallery.  

A sunflower field at twilight where a gentle camera flash warmly illuminated the flowers that contrast with the blues of the oncoming twilight skiesSugarcreek Sunflower Sunset No. 1Within Sugarcreek Township and south of Bellbrook, Ohio, resides a local family who graciously opens their five-generation farm every year called the Lucas Brothers Fall Fest.  It’s the classic Ohio experience involving fields of pumpkins, hayrides, corn maze, and this amazing field of sunflowers.  In this blue hour scene, the sunflowers form a complementary color contrast with the blue skies of the on-coming twilight.

 

 

 


Golden Hour Over Dead Horse Point No. 06

Dead Horse Point During Golden Hour

A golden hour view from Dead Horse Point, while visiting Dead Horse State Park on a summer evening near Moab Utah.  As a geology major, I appreciated the meander view of the Colorado River carving down through the sedimentary layers…and thus time.  200 million years ago, this area alternated between shallow oceans, extinct deserts, freshwater lakes and floodplains.  Although buried eons ago, the Colorado River once again exposes these Jurassic environments.  On this evening, the sun’s warm light rakes across the land infinite lands revealing this timeless view.
 

Golden Hour Over Dead Horse Point No. 06Golden Hour Over Dead Horse Point No. 06A golden hour view from Dead Horse Point, while visiting Dead Horse State Park on a summer evening. As a geology major, I appreciated the meander view of the Colorado River carving down through the sedimentary layers…and thus time. 200 million years ago, this area alternated between shallow oceans, extinct deserts, freshwater lakes and floodplains. Although buried eons ago, the Colorado River once again exposes these Jurassic environments. On this evening, the sun’s warm light rakes across the land infinite lands revealing this timeless view.

If you'd like examine this image closer, just click on it.  You may also want to check out more images a Dead Horse Point State Park gallery.  


Centerville Celebration Sculpture No. 1


Dayton Skyline in Black and White

Black and White Fine Art Prints of the Dayton Skyline

When I first started my photography pursuits, I’d occasionally capture a scene that didn’t reach my aspirations.  Occasionally I would convert the image to black and white only to learn it still lacked impact. 

Recently, I was approached (twice in the same week) for black and white prints of the Dayton Skyline.  Both clients were seeking elegant prints while touting their Dayton Ohio pride.  Although my favored Dayton cityscape prints look spectacular in color, I was pleased how they also worked well in black and white.   

These Dayton sunset prints entailed colorful evenings where the below-the-horizon sun raked light across the bottom of the clouds creating intriguing skies which the Great Miami River mimicked in fascinating fashion. 

Black and white scene of the Dayton skyline where the setting sun raked light across the bottom of cloudsSurprise Sunset Over Dayton Skyline No. 3 in B&WA black and white version of an amazing sunset in Miami Valley skies as the below-the-horizon sun raked light across the bottom of overcast clouds creating a stunning print of the Dayton skyline. Black and white print of the Dayton Ohio Skyline where cirrus clouds remain illuminated as the sun sets over the Miami ValleyWispy Dayton Skyline No. 1 in B&WA black and white version of a fascinating sun set over the Dayton skyline as high-level cirrus clouds still catch light from the setting sun as the approaching evening takes hold in the Miami Valley.

If you are interested in this print, just click on it.  I also have a gallery of other interesting black and white Dayton scenes.

Dayton Skyline at sunset where the setting sun illuminated the overcast skies from underneath creating a facinating sceneDayton Skyline at Sunset in B&WA black and white version of a colorful sunset over the Dayton skyline. As the sun descended below the horizon, its light raked across the bottom of the storm clouds as blustery wind gave the Great Miami River an interesting foreground texture.


Wright-Patterson AFB Going-away or Retirement Gift

Are you shopping for a Wright-Patterson AFB Retirement Gift or Farewell Gift?

Having served in the US Air Force for 24 years, and my wife serving 10 years, we’re familiar with making friends and then sending them off to their next adventure.  One of the challenges for us entailed finding the right PCS-gift for the upcoming farewell gathering.  Plaques are nice but they tend to accumulate in a worn box adorned with different colored moving stickers….right?

 

As my wife and I press on with our second careers, we still have several boxes of plaques, but as we decorate our new offices, we still reached for the artwork pieces which remind us of those we served with.  If you are honoring someone who served at the Air Force Research Laboratory, 88th Air Base Wing, Air Force Material Command, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, 445th Air Base Wing, Air Force Institute of Technology, the AF Installation Contracting Agency, we think these Wright-Patterson AFB Retirement Gifts or Farewell Gifts are for you. 

 

Although we’ve only been back in the Dayton area for 4 years, we have a host of prints that represent Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the region’s rich aviation heritage. 

"Huffman Prairie Twilight” is my best-selling print!  When people pass by my art fair tent, invariably, this print draws them in and starts a conversation.  I had a retiree from the Air Force Research Labs pass through my home a couple of months ago.  He was holiday shopping for a specific nature print for his wife and recalled seeing my work in a local gallery.  As he started to leave, he saw a familiar print in the adjacent room.  His team had selected “Huffman Prairie Twilight” as their retirement gift to him.  Until that coincidental moment, he was unaware I was the photographer, but the experience led to another great conversation.

Huffman Prairie TwilightHuffman Prairie TwilightHuffman Prairie serves as the epicenter of aviation. Following their 17 Dec 1903 demonstration, the Wright Bros set up operations in this field conducting 150 flights in 1904-1905 which refined the mastery of flight. Today the prairie resides on Wright-Patterson AFB which is home to the 445th Airlift Wing. On this evening, the wing’s C-17s take to the evening skies as a colorful sunset burst over the Miami Valley.

Huffman Prairie serves as the epicenter of aviation.  Following their 17 Dec 1903 demonstration, the Wright Bros set up operations in this field conducting 150 flights in 1904-1905 which refined the mastery of flight.  Today the prairie resides on Wright-Patterson AFB which is home to the 445th Airlift Wing.  On this evening, the wing’s C-17s take to the evening skies as a colorful sunset burst over the Miami Valley.

 

“Golden Hour Over Huffman Prairie No. 2 and No. 6” represents two more popular prints.  One version of this print is 8’ wide in the lobby of the Kettering Cancer Center.  Also a couple of months ago, I had two friends inquire about the various places my artwork resides.  They shared who they were sitting in the waiting room and pondered who this large print emulated my style. 

Summer sunset of Huffman Prairie where a thunderstorm dissipates over the Wright Brothers replica hangar and starting derrickGolden Hour Over Huffman Prairie No. 2Huffman Prairie serves as the epicenter for the discovery of aviation. Following their 17 Dec 1903 demonstration, the Wright Brothers set up research in this field conducting 150 flights in 1904-1905 which refined the mastery of flight. Today we call this former pasture the Huffman Prairie Flying Field and a National Historic Landmark. Although the prairie resides on Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio it is preserved by the National Park Service in partnership with the Aviation Trail Inc. who promotes Dayton’s Aviation Heritage. In this image, late afternoon thunderstorms began dissipating allowing the day’s last rays to paint this historic land in warm golden colors.

Following their 17 Dec 1903 demonstration, the Wright Brothers set up research in this field conducting 150 flights in 1904-1905 which refined the mastery of flight.  Today we call this former pasture the Huffman Prairie Flying Field and a National Historic Landmark.  Although the prairie resides on Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio it is preserved by the National Park Service in partnership with the Aviation Trail Inc. who promotes Dayton’s Aviation Heritage.  In this image, late afternoon thunderstorms began dissipating allowing the day’s last rays to paint this historic land in warm golden colors.

 

“Fair Day Over Wright Flyer Sculpture No. 1” is another popular print.  There are four stainless steel sculptures of early Wright Brothers airplanes, each representing a different model of the Wright Flyer.  This 1909 Wright Flyer greets visitors who pass through Gate 1B on their way to AFRL or the SPOs at the bottom of the hill. 

Fair Day Over Wright Flyer Sculpture No. 1Fair Day Over Wright Flyer Sculpture No. 1The Wright Memorial Chapter of the Air Force Association at Wright-Patterson AFB celebrate Dayton’s favorite sons by commissioning a stainless-steel sculpture of the 1909 Wright Flyer. A bronze statue of Wilbur Wright sits upright at the Flyer’s controls as a second statue of Orville stands to the right of the aircraft. Larry Godwin, the artist from Brundidge AL, presented the “Wright Flyer Memorial” on 2 Aug 2003, which was 94 years to the day after the original 1909 was accepted as the first military airplane. This sculpture which resides at WPAFB’s Gate 1B and Springfield St on this perfect day, appears to have just taken flight into a blue azure sky filled with a few cumulus clouds.

The Wright Memorial Chapter of the Air Force Association at Wright-Patterson AFB celebrates Dayton’s favorite sons by commissioning a stainless-steel sculpture of the 1909 Wright Flyer. A bronze statue of Wilbur Wright sits upright at the Flyer’s controls as a second statue of Orville stands to the right of the aircraft. Larry Godwin, the artist from Brundidge AL, presented the “Wright Flyer Memorial” on 2 Aug 2003, which was 94 years to the day after the original 1909 was accepted as the first military airplane.  This sculpture which resides at WPAFB’s Gate 1B and Springfield St on this perfect day, appears to have just taken flight into a blue azure sky filled with a few cumulus clouds.

 

I normally produce these prints in three sizes, 11” x 18”, 20” x 32”, or 30” x 48”.  My favored format entails selling these images as framed giclee canvas prints which come ready to hang.  I cover the back of these prints in black paper which can serve as space for farewell wishes.  These prints are produced using Canon Lucia Pigments which are rated for 100 years.  If you prefer a photo paper print, we can custom print one for you which sets you up for custom matting and framing.  Since I already use Dayton Art Solutions in Kettering Ohio, I’m willing to meet you there as you customize your framing options which save you a couple of trips around town. 

 

Don’t forget the spouse!  Maybe the ideas above solve your challenge for the military member, but how are you going to honor the spouse….another cookbook?!?!  Consider a different approach, where a spouse's farewell gift entails giving them something that reminds them of their favored Miami Valley spot.  Perhaps the spouse is an avid outdoor enthusiast?  If so, we have many prints from our awesome local parks.  Maybe they earned a college degree while in the Dayton area?  We offer pretty campus scenes from the University of Dayton, Wright State University, Cedarville University, Miami University, and more.  For these prints, navigate to the school’s county via the pull-down menu or just use the search function on the upper left of my webpage.  Another popular spouse gift entails seasonal prints of their Miami Valley wedding venue.  Although they already have wedding photos from their spring wedding, consider a print capturing their special spot during a stunning summer sunset or pretty fall day.  Again, sales via my art fair tent prove this is a frequent reason for purchasing my prints. 

Sunburst appears over Sugarcreek MetroPark Osage Orange Tunnel warmly backlighting autumn's golden leaves.Autumn Stroll Under the Osage Orange Tunnel, Sugarcreek MetroPark No. 4Another Dayton-area gem lies in Sugarcreek MetroPark (Sugarcreek Township Ohio, near Bellbrook Ohio). The Osage Orange Tunnel serves as a treat any time of year, but on this autumn morning, the sun’s azimuth aligned with the iconic trail which warmly backlights the golden leaves creating a visual wonder. Dayton’s Fountain of Lights panorama erupting during colorful sunset where the fountain sprays catch the warm sunlightFountain of Light Finale No. 1Dayton hosts many wonders to include the Fountain of Lights which is reportedly one of the world’s largest fountains. The Five Rivers MetroParks operates the fountains during the 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day. At the close of the season and with storm clouds clearing the Miami Valley skies, I arrived at the confluence of the Mad River and Great Miami River for one of the year’s last sunset displays. The varying cloud heights refracted the day’s last rays in their own unique manner, thus giving the sky added depth as if to strike serendipitous harmony with the warmly backlit fountain sprays.
 
Colorful view of UD’s Chapel of Immaculate Conception with surrounding landscape in full spring bloom under blue skiesUniversity of Dayton Chapel in Spring No. 5A favored place during an early spring in Dayton Ohio lies in visiting the University of Dayton Chapel of the Immaculate Conception. Following a renovation from a few years ago, grounds keepers annually change alter their flowerscapes. On spring day, the UD campus reached peak color as the tulips and trees bloomed and the Miami Valley skies mimicked the iconic blue bell tower. A fall scene at Wright State University where a stainless-steel sculpture consisting of many dodecahedrons mimic the DNA strands studied in the surrounding campus labsDouble Helix Sculpture, BioSciences Building, Wright State University No. 1Autumn scene next to the Mathew O. Diggs III Laboratory for Life Science Research at Wright State University, Dayton Ohio. The stainless-steel sculpture is another masterpiece by John Barlow Hudson from Yellow Springs. He appropriately titled the work, Double Helix, paying reverence to the research in the surrounding buildings. The sculpture is 25 feet long and 8 feet high where the polished metal dodecahedrons represent strands of DNA. On this autumn day, the maple trees displayed their red foliage under amazingly blue skies.
This lush, heavenly and peaceful garden scene resides under the path of an EF-4 tornado which passed through the park several weeks earlier.English Garden, Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark No. 2This peaceful scene from Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark is a testament to Dayton’s pride and resilience…locally we call it Dayton Strong! Several weeks prior to this image, an EF-4 tornado passed through this park. Thanks to hundreds of Miami Valley volunteers, Dayton continues its recovery. Colorful sunset over Cox Arboretum where pink stratocumulus clouds form intriguing leading lines to the western skyColorful Cox Arboretum Sunset No. 3Cox Arboretum and Gardens MetroPark is one of many parks in Dayton’s Five Rivers MetroParks system. James M. Cox and his family established the park in 1962 through the donation of their land. Fifteen years ago, the James M. Cox Jr. Arboretum Foundation hired Francois Goffinet, an amazing landscape designer from Belgium, to establish park’s master plan. Today the park hosts many features to include the Water Garden and Monet Bridge as captured in this scene. In this image, an impressive sunset illuminated the clouds creating a spectacle throughout the Miami Valley.
 

Hopefully, we’ve solved some problems for you but if you have lingering questions, just call/text (937-317-0170) or email ([email protected]).  I work from home and can make about anything happen.  Assuming you already live in the Dayton area, please call me first vice ordering from the web.  Where my website already has shipping prices built in, if you live in the Miami Valley, we can save you some money by meeting face-to-face instead of including shipping costs.  Good luck!