Art of Frozen Time Blog

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.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

 


Pretty Autumn Day Over Dayton National Cemetery No. 5

Pretty Autumn Day Over Dayton National Cemetery

The Dayton National Cemetery serves as the final resting place for 55,000 servicemen.  The cemetery owes its existence back to Abraham Lincoln who designated Dayton as the third National Asylum for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers and Seamen in the nation.  Dayton is one of 8 National Cemeteries in the US that hold veteran remains from every major US conflict since the Revolutionary War.  On this amazing fall day, the surrounding trees in Dayton National Cemetery reached a crescendo of color, as if offering their final salute of the season.
Panoramic image of Dayton National Cemetery on a colorful fall day where the backlit sun illuminated the golden leaves.Pretty Autumn Day Over Dayton National Cemetery No. 5The Dayton National Cemetery serves as the final resting place for 55,000 servicemen. The cemetery owes its existence back to Abraham Lincoln who designated Dayton as the third National Asylum for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers and Seamen in the nation. Today, there are only seven other National Cemeteries in the US. On this amazing fall day, the surrounding trees in Dayton National Cemetery reached a crescendo of color, as if offering their final salute of the season.

If you’d like to purchase this print just click on it.  For other prints of this amazing place, see my Dayton National Cemetery Gallery.
 

 


Cox Arboretum Sunset No. 3

Cox Arboretum Sunset, Dayton Ohio

Today’s Cox Arboretum MetroPark owes its beginning to James M. Cox, Jr. who used the farm as a weekend retreat called Spring Running.  Later in his life and with no heirs, James M. Cox was approached with a plan to use the property as an arboretum.  In 1972, the arboretum became part of the Five Rivers MetroParks system.  The park now consists of a shrub garden, butterfly house, children’s maze, crab apple allée, many gardens and trails which meander throughout the park.  In this evening image, the Monet Bridge straddles the Water Garden as the park’s trees filter the day’s last rays.
An evening view of Cox Arboretum MetroPark’s where the Money Bridge crossed the Water Garden as the park’s trees filter the setting sunCox Arboretum Sunset No. 3Today’s Cox Arboretum MetroPark owes its beginning to James M. Cox, Jr. who used the farm as a weekend end retreat called Spring Running. Later in his life and with no heirs, James M. Cox was approached with a plan to use the property as an arboretum. In 1972, the arboretum became part of the Five Rivers MetroParks system. The park now consists of a shrub garden, butterfly house, children’s maze, crab apple allee, many gardens and trails which meander throughout the park. In this evening image the Monet Bridge straddles the Water Garden as the park’s trees filter the day’s last rays.

If you'd like to purchase prints just click on it.   I also have another stunning image, Colorful Cox Arboretum Sunset No. 3.  If you’d like to see more of our Five Rivers MetroParks check out:  RiverScape MetroPark Gallery, Sugarcreek MetroPark Gallery, and the remaining parks at Five Rivers MetroParks Gallery.

 


University of Dayton Chapel in Spring

University of Dayton's Chapel of the Immaculate Conception in Spring

A 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, groundskeepers annually change alter their flowerscapes.  On a 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.
 

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.

This and other colorful University of Dayton prints reside on my website.  These images also make great gifts for University of Dayton Graduates, Retirements, and Farewells.
 


Deeds Carillon on Pretty Autumn Day No. 11

Deeds Carillon Bell Tower contrasts again the Autumn Blue Skies over Dayton Ohio

An absolutely gorgeous fall day over Carillon Historical Park where the limestone of Deeds Carillon stands in stark contrast with the blue azure skies while the surrounding maple trees seem to glow under their own illumination.
A view of blue sky and Deed Carillon Bell Tower through brilliantly colored autumn treesDeeds Carillon on Pretty Autumn Day No. 1An absolutely gorgeous fall day over Carillon Historical Park where the limestone of Deeds Carillon stands in stark contrast with the blue azure skies while the surrounding maple trees seem to glow under their own illumination.

If you’d like to purchase this print, just click on it.  If you’d like to see similar prints, try this Carillon Historical Park gallery
 


Carillon Historical Park Alle in Autumn No. 5

Autumn Trees in front of the Carillon Historical Park, Dayton Ohio, Glows in the Late Day Light

A favored technique called contre-jour where I point my lens into the light.  Rather than avoid sun glare, I embrace it while using my aperture to render the sun as a starburst.  On this amazing fall day, the alle in front of the Carillon Historical Park reached peak color and begged for a composition that captured the backlit autumn leaves as the low-angled sunlight raked across the green grass.

An alle front of Carillon Historical Park where the low-angled sun backlit the autumn leavesCarillon Historical Park Alle in Autumn No. 5A favored technique called contre-jour where I point my lens into the light. Rather than avoid sun glare, I embrace it while using my aperture to render the sun as a starburst. On this amazing fall day, the alle in front of the Carillon Historical Park reached peak color and begged for a composition that captured the backlit autumn leaves as the low-angled sunlight raked across the green grass.

If you’d like to purchase this print, just click on it.  If you’d like to see similar prints, try this Carillon Historical Park gallery
 


Autumn Pathway at Carillon Historical Park No. 2

Carillon Historical Park on Perfect Autumn Day

A filtered sunlight view from Deeds Carillon on a pretty autumn day over Dayton Ohio.  In this scene, a pathway extends under the backlit leaves of an ancient silver maple tree, leading visitors to the vivid fall-colored trees around Carillon Historical Park.
 

An autumn scene framed by the branches of an ancient maple tree which gently filter the sunlight on a gorgeous fall dayAutumn Pathway at Carillon Historical Park, No. 2A filtered sunlight view from Deeds Carillon on a pretty autumn day over Dayton Ohio. In this scene, a pathway extends under the backlit leaves of an ancient silver maple tree, leading visitors to the vivid fall-colored trees around Carillon Historical Park.

If you’d like to purchase this print, just click on it.  If you’d like to see similar prints, try this Carillon Historical Park gallery

 


Kettering Fraze Fountains No. 10

Fraze Pavilion Fountains On a Perfect Day

A peaceful summer day at Kettering Ohio’s Lincoln Civic Commons Park where one pool of water flows towards the Fraze Fountains.  This perfect scene is no accident; so I want to give a shoutout to the Kettering Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts Department.  Despite the on-going pandemic which forced so many parks to abandon their park maintenance, the City of Kettering managed to keep theirs looking great thereby giving park visitors the luxury of a few peaceful outdoor moments.

Kettering Fraze Fountains No. 10Kettering Fraze Fountains No. 10A peaceful summer day at Kettering Ohio’s Lincoln Civic Commons Park where one pool of water flows towards the Fraze Fountains. This perfect scene is no accident; so I want to give a shoutout to the Kettering Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department. Despite the on-going pandemic which forced so many parks to abandon their park maintenance, the City of Kettering managed to keep theirs looking great thereby giving park visitors the luxury of a few peaceful outdoor moments.


A peaceful park scene where the Fraze Pavilion Fountains dance under blue skies while filling the park with soothing sounds of splashing waterKettering Fraze Fountains No. 15A peaceful summer day at Kettering Ohio’s Lincoln Civic Commons Park where the Fraze Fountains provide a visual treat while filling the park with the sounds of soothing splashing water. Hard to believe, the Kettering’s Fraze Pavilion is 30 years old giving Miami Valley Residents years of amazing entertainment. This was a perfect day so I want to give a shoutout to the Kettering Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department. Despite the on-going pandemic which forced so many parks to abandon their park maintenance, the City of Kettering managed to keep theirs looking great thereby giving park visitors the luxury of a few peaceful outdoor moments.

 

If you'd like to purchase this print, just click on the image.  I have a collection of Kettering Ohio galleries which feature: Kettering Lincoln Civic Commons Park, Hills and Dales MetroPark, Kettering Polen Farms, other Kettering Parks, and Kettering Ohio Sculptures.

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