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Dayton Ohio Skyline at Twilight

August 09, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

A mid-spring dry spell over the Miami Valley allowed the Great Miami River to gently pass under the city lights of Dayton, Ohio’s skyline.  The calm waters formed a glassy surface which not only reflects RiverScape MetroPark but also the office windows catching the last warm colors of this early twilight scene.  

 

Dayton Ohio Skyline at Twilight, Number 2Dayton Ohio Skyline at Twilight, Number 2A mid-spring dry spell over the Miami Valley allowed the Great Miami River to gently pass under the city lights of Dayton Ohio’s skyline. The calm waters formed a glassy surface which not only reflects RiverScape MetroPark but also the office windows catching the last warm colors of this early twilight scene.

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Five Rivers Fountain of Lights at Sunset

August 01, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

A key feature of Dayton Ohio’s skyline entails the Five Rivers Fountain of Lights.  Designers erected five fountain-tipped towers representing each of the rivers flowing through the Miami Valley.  The fountain erupts once an hour, creating Dayton’s own geyser at the confluence of the Great Miami and Mad Rivers.  This cycle occurred at sunset on Memorial Day under the richly-colored skies of the setting sun. 

Five Rivers Fountain of Lights at SunsetFive Rivers Fountain of Lights at SunsetA key feature of Dayton Ohio’s skyline is the RiverScape MetroPark and a key feature within this park is the Five Rivers Fountain of Lights. Designers erected five fountain tower for each of the five rivers flowing through the Miami Valley. The fountain erupts once an hour, creating Dayton’s own geyser at the confluence of the Great Miami and Mad Rivers. This cycle occurred at Sunset on Memorial Day under richly-colored skies of the setting sun.

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Dayton Skyline Reflecting Sunset’s Colors

July 30, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

The glassy smooth Great Miami River perfectly reflects the office buildings forming the Dayton Skyline, which in turn reflects the warm and colorful sunset which took to the skies over the Miami Valley.  The five-side pavilion residing on the edge of the Great Miami River represents the five rivers which flow through the Dayton area.  The structure also represents the spot where the first Daytonians, Samuel Thompson and Benjamin Van Cleve came ashore on 1 Apr 1796.  A pavilion inscription shares the first person to set foot on shore was Catherin Van Cleve Thompson…the great-great-grandmother of the Wright Brothers.

Double Dayton ReflectionDouble Dayton ReflectionThe glassy smooth Great Miami River perfectly reflects the office buildings forming the Dayton Skyline, which in turn reflects the warm and colorful sunset which took to the skies over the Miami Valley. The five-side pavilion residing on the edge of the Great Miami River represents the five rivers which flow through the Dayton area. The structure also represents the spot where the first Daytonians, Samuel Thompson and Benjamin Van Cleve came ashore on 1 Apr 1796. A pavilion inscription shares the first person to set foot on shore was Catherin Van Cleve Thompson, great-great-grandmother of the Wright Brothers.

 

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Crystal Sphere Refracting Caesar Creek Sunset

July 25, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

During a late winter sunset at Caesar Creek State Park (Waynesville, Warren County, OH), this image plays with the optical properties of a glass sphere.  As multiple layers of cirrus and altostratus clouds refracted the various colors of the setting sun, the sphere echoed and inverted these impressive colors making for a whimsical and meditative image.

Crystal Sphere Refracting Caesar Creek SunsetCrystal Sphere Refracting Caesar Creek SunsetDuring a late winter sunset at Caesar Creek State Park (Waynesville, Warren County, OH), this image plays with the optical properties of a glass sphere. As multiple layers of cirrus and altostratus clouds took on various colors of the setting sun, the sphere echoed and inverted these impressive colors making for a whimsical and meditative image.


Bellbrook Sugarcreek Bliss

July 23, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

In 2016, the Morris Family transferred 177 acres to the Bellbrook Sugarcreek Park District….land occupied by their family for almost 200 years.  The park district near Bellbrook, Ohio, memorializes the parcel today as the Morris Reserve with 100 acres set aside as tallgrass prairie.  After two years of land management, the park district has created a scene reminiscent of Window XP’s peaceful desktop scene called Bliss.

 

Morris Reserve Prairie View - No. 2Morris Reserve Prairie View - No. 2When the Bellbrook Sugarcreek Park District acquired land from the Morris family, they introduced the yellow lance-leaf coreopsis to the former farm field, thereby creating this Miami Valley tall grass prairie scene. Like other members of the sunflower family, the flower’s vivid colors serve as a visual complement to the blue skies and cumulus clouds occupying the skies over Sugarcreek Township.


Huffman Prairie Sunset No. 2

July 20, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

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.

Huffman Prairie Sunset No. 2Huffman Prairie Sunset No. 2Huffman 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.


Rock Skipping at Sunset

July 18, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Caesar Creek State Park, near Waynesville, Warren County, OH, is a favored place to watch colorful sunsets.  On this day, I encountered difficulty finding foreground subjects do the reservoir’s high waters.  Not wanting to see a colorful sunset go to waste, I tried to improvise a foreground subject by creating a successful set of ripple marks from a skipped rock.  After practicing my technique and then synchronizing my throw with the camera’s timer, I caught this peaceful image. 

 

Rock Skipping at SunsetRock Skipping at SunsetFollowing days of heavy rain, the clearing skies produced a patch of clouds which seemed poised for colorfully being illuminate by the below-the-horizon sun. The subsequent chase led me to Caesar Creek where I discovered the high-water levels submerged all known potential foreground subjects. Not wanting to yield this spectacular sunset due to poor composition, I elected to skip rocks across the surface creating a leading line towards the setting sun.


The Grove, St Louis

April 03, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

The Grove is a revitalized business district in St Louis, MO which runs along Manchester Avenue.  As visitors frequent its bars and restaurants, they also discover many unique shops and art murals which enrich the Grove’s experience.  In this image, a recently hung neon sign illuminates the damp evening and empty street.

 

The Grove, St Louis in B&WThe Grove, St Louis in B&WThe Grove is a revitalized business district in St Louis, MO which runs along Manchester Avenue. As visitors frequent its bars and restaurants, they also discover many unique shops and art murals which enrich The Grove’s experience. In this image, a recently hung neon sign illuminates the damp evening and empty street.

While sharing multiple photos of the same image may cause confusion, my closest advisors are torn between the black and white version and the color version.  In light of the challenge, I've elected to release the color version as well.  Which version is your favorite?

The Grove, St LouisThe Grove, St LouisThe Grove is a revitalized business district in St Louis, MO which runs along Manchester Avenue. As visitors frequent its bars and restaurants, they also discover many unique shops and art murals which enrich The Grove’s experience. In this image, a recently hung neon sign illuminates the damp evening and empty street.


Frozen Sunset Over Caesar Creek

March 14, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

This colorful sunset served as a visual reward following a winter visit to Caesar Creek State Park, near Waynesville, Ohio.  Over the previous weeks, I witnessed ice trying to form over one of Ohio’s deepest lake.  On this day, as I discovered a new overlook, I was taken back by the view before me.  This particular winter was so cold that Caesar Creek developed pressure ridges of ice.  I found the spectacle compositionally intriguing as the broken ice formed leading lines towards the sinking sun.

 

Frozen Sunset Over Caesar CreekFrozen Sunset Over Caesar CreekThis colorful sunset served as a visual reward following a winter visit to Caesar Creek State Park, near Waynesville OH. Over the previous weeks, I witnessed ice trying to from over one of Ohio’s deepest lake. This winter was particularly impressive in that Caesar Creek developed pressure ridges of ice. I found the spectacle artistically intriguing as the broken ice formed contrasting leading lines in ice reflecting the day’s last warm rays.


Flooded Remnants of Caesar Creek

March 07, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

The Army Corps of Engineers dammed Caesar Creek in response to the Flood Control Act of 1938 thereby forming a 3,741-acre state park near Waynesville, Warren County, Ohio.  Prior to this work, the area hosted dry land and even a Quaker village.  Today, the reservoir stores storm waters until engineers can release its waters in a controlled fashion.  As a result, the reservoir fills formerly wooded lands as captured in this late autumn scene.  In this image, it was well after sunset where the damp air and dark skies had long chased away visitors thereby creating a sense of isolation and peace.

 

Flooded Remnants of Caesar CreekFlooded Remnants of Caesar CreekThe Army Corps of Engineers dammed Caesar Creek in response to the Flood Control Act of 1938 thereby forming a 3,741-acre state park near Waynesville, Warren County, Ohio. Prior to this work, the area hosted dry land and even a Quaker village. Today, the reservoir stores storm waters until engineers can release its waters in a controlled fashion. As a result, the reservoir fills formerly wooded lands as captured in this late autumn scene. In this image, it was well after sunset where the damp air and dark skies had long chased away visitors thereby creating a sense of isolation and peace.


Eads Bridge in Late Evening Light

March 01, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

The iconic Eads Bridge spans the Mississippi River and connects Illinois to St Louis.  Today, this St Louis landmark resides on the National Register of Historic Places.  In this image, the late evening light created a contrasting effect as the day’s last rays reflect off the bridge’s steel surfaces. 

Eads Bridge in Late Evening LightEads Bridge in Late Evening LightThe iconic Eads Bridge spans the Mississippi River and connects Illinois to St Louis. Today, this St Louis landmark resides on the National Register of Historic Places. In this image, the late evening light created a contrasting effect as the day’s last rays reflect off the bridge’s steel surfaces.


RiverScape Swirl

February 27, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

As part of Dayton, Ohio’s riverfront development, the Five Rivers MetroParks and Miami Conservancy District reworked this portion of the Great Miami River.  In creating RiverRun, a feature within RiverScape MetroPark, planners replaced a hazardous low dam with Kayak-friendly chutes.  These and other developments led to Outside Magazine adding Dayton to its “America’s best towns ever” in 2017.  During this blue-hour image, the river flows through one of the kayak chutes forming a slow-moving eddy in the foreground while reflecting the park’s pavilion and the city’s office lights.

RiverScape SwirlRiverScape SwirlAs part of Dayton Ohio’s riverfront development, the Five Rivers MetroParks and Miami Conservancy District reworked the Great Miami River removing a hazardous low dam and creating Kayak-friendly chutes. This blue-hour image captures the river flowing through Feature 1 forming a slow-moving eddy in the foreground while reflecting the park’s pavilion and CareSource’s warm office lights.


Foggy St Louis Forest Park

February 23, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

On this evening, a dense fog permeated St LouisForest Park creating a moody and uniquely peaceful scene.  The still air and calm waters of Pagoda Lake formed a perfect reflection of the Nathan Frank Bandstand and surrounding lights. 

Foggy Forest ParkFoggy Forest ParkOn this evening, a dense fog permeated St Louis’ Forest Park creating a moody and uniquely peaceful scene. The still air and calm waters of Pagoda Lake formed a perfect reflection of the Nathan Frank Bandstand and surrounding lights.


Blue Hour Over Carlyle Lake

December 18, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

This is a sister image of a previously release image where I lingered on a frozen shoreline well past sunset at Carlyle Lake, Clinton Co. Illinois.  As the sunset yielded to night, the scene required longer exposures to reveal the day’s fading colors.  The cooler hues captured in this blue hour image seemed to intensify the cold weather which embraced the area.

 

Blue Hour Over Carlyle LakeBlue Hour Over Carlyle LakeThis is a sister image of a previously release image where I lingered on a frozen shoreline well past sunset. As the sunset yielded to night, the scene required longer exposures to reveal the day’s fading colors. The cooler hues captured in this blue hour image seemed to intensify the cold weather which embraced the area.


Winter on Carlyle Lake

December 16, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Carlyle Lake was formed as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built Carly Dam across the Kaskaskia River, thereby creating the largest lake in Illinois.  For the days leading up to this scene, cold north winds pushed waves onto this shoreline encasing the boulders in ice.  In this image, one icicle seemed savor the setting sun’s rays by refracting the warm hues.

 

Winter on Carlyle LakeWinter on Carlyle LakeCarlyle Lake was formed as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built Carly Dam across the Kaskaskia River, thereby creating the largest lake in Illinois. For the days leading up to this scene, cold north winds pushed waves onto this shoreline encasing the boulders in ice. In this image, one icicle seemed savor the setting sun’s rays by refracting the warm hues.