Five Rivers Fountain of Lights at Sunset

August 01, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Dayton Fountains Illuminated by the Setting Sun

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. 

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.

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