Category Archives: Ohio Attractions

Academic Imagery

Recently, Ohio Wesleyan University used  my stock images to represent various Academic Studies. Below are some of the images they choose.
Envir Studies

Enviromental Studies





Fine Arts



Geology Kodachrome Basin park Utah




Dense Grass





Bird’s Eye view of Geometry

Newark EarthworksThe large Circular earthen mound is part of the Newark Earth Works in Central Ohio



Bison lay down in a strategic Square formation to keep their eyes and ears open for any potential predators at Battelle Darby Metro Park.


Great Blue Heron nests form a Triangle at Pickerington Ponds Metro Park.


Hay BalesAmish Farmers place Hay Stacks in a Rectangular pattern.


Corn Field
Farmers plant corn in a Curvilinear pattern to prevent soil erosion.

Farm HouseFresh snow emphasizes the stark geometry of the farm house and the Dendritic shadows of the trees.

Condo Construction
Condo construction reveals a complex interaction of Cubic spaces.

Public Garden FCCContemporary Gardens are full of geometric interaction. Franklin Park Conservatory.


Serpent MoundNative Americans created Serpent Mound in Southern Ohio that has a Oval, Spiral and Curves.

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Having a Ball on High Street

The HighBall in Columbus, Ohio is the largest Halloween event in the country.

HighBall Halloween in Columbus, Ohio is the largest Halloween event in the country.

HighBall 2013

2013 was the 6th year for the HighBall. Each year it gets bigger and better – as does the size of the costumes.

Large figures walk through the crowds.

Large figures tower about the crowd.

The stage is in front of the Columbus Convention Center.

Staging area in front of the Columbus Convention Center sets the scene for a night of fun, fashion and fright.

The Costume Couture Fashion Showdown on Friday Night.

The Costume Couture Fashion Showdown on Friday Night.

HighBall Columbus Ohio Oct 27, 2013

Masquerade on High!

HighBall Columbus Ohio Oct 27, 2013

Kia Rodent rocks the night.


Bloody Mary anyone?

HighBall Columbus Ohio Oct 27, 2013

Raining Fashion.

HighBall 2013 Columbus Ohio

Muppet Madness

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The incredible Nina West Stage Show.

The incredible Nina West Stage Show.

2013 was the 6th year for the HighBall. Each year it gets bigger and better.

Where Hippies meet Robots.

Read More about the making of HighBall Halloween.

Proceeds from HighBall Halloween are reinvested into the Short North Arts District, with profits helping to underwrite programs and activities of the Short North Alliance.

Read More about the Short North Arts District.

The Silence of Sea and Space: Where Titanic Meets Apollo


Upon entering the Great Lakes Science Center’s TITANIC: The Artifact Exhibition,  you assume the identity of one of the passengers, as you’re handed your boarding pass complete with family info, reason for travel and other passenger facts. You’re then drawn into darkened rooms filled with festive music, but soon you’re surrounded by the muted sound of an underwater world.

Viewed at an angle, the casing around the ship model above produces an eerie reflection of the wall photo, of some of the 10,000 workers who spent 3 years building the Titanic, creating the illusion of spirits drifting over the ship.

Below, the Grand Staircase, with it’s bronze cherubs, is juxtaposed with floor titles from the ship’s Third Class section. Among other luxuries on board was a gymnasium featuring a Turkish bath with Moroccan tiles and Egyptian lace, while 2 shared bathtubs sufficed for the 700 passengers in steerage.


Despite warnings from other ships in the area of large ice fields, vital information never reached the ship’s bridge. At 11:38p.m. on April 14, 1912, an iceberg would become an equalizer between classes: First, Second and Third (steerage). The air temperature was 1 degree Celsius, the water temp was -1 degree.  Visitors are encouraged to touch the ice display below, kept chilled to illustrate the night’s frigid conditions.


It would take over 2.5 hours for the ship to fully sink, but the orchestra played on…. The loss of the unsinkable ship would claim more than 1,500 lives. Among the more famous – Mining Magnet Benjamin Guggenheim and Industrialist John Astor IV.


Dinner menus  hang on the wall – ranging from filet mignon to boiled potatoes, depending on your class. Serving dishes, unearthed from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, are encased in glass.


The wall photo below shows au gratin dishes lined up like dominos, preserved in the sea bed. The same dishes are now housed in a display case.


A lone leather boot, with EWP stamped on the heel…perhaps the manufacturer or owner’s initials. Other cases contain U.S. bank notes, coins and  jewelry. Everything from the fine china to bathroom water fixtures was salvaged.


Heavy brass portals provided passengers with serene ocean views from their state rooms.


A towering wall of fire – a recreation of one of six boiler rooms that propelled the ship forward, consuming 5,900 tons of coal, as it journeyed towards a destination it would never reach.


Replicas of state rooms also appear throughout the exhibit.


Mannequin or actress dressed in period cloths?

Seated Woman

At daybreak, on April 15, 1912, the CARPATHIA would come to the rescue of some 705+ survivors.  The greatest losses were among those in steerage and among crew members.

For a journey into another realm, visit the Apollo exhibit in the new NASA Glenn Visitor Center. A look inside the actual 1973 Skylab 3 Apollo Command Module shows the austere living conditions of space travel.


Artifact from the Great Beyond – Moon Rock from Apollo 15 encased, not unlike the Titanic artifacts, to protect it from the earth’s atmosphere.


TITANIC: The Artifact Exhibition runs through January 5, 2014.

Visit the Great Lakes Science Center’s website for details and hours.

Stay for the IMAX film:  Titanica: A journey below the Atlantic Ocean to the underwater resting place of the legendary Titanic explores the ruins of the great ship. CLICK HERE FOR SHOW TIMES.

For additional info about the recovery of the Titanic , visit RMS TITANIC.


Animal Instincts


Visit the Cleveland MetroParks Zoo and let the animals speak to you. Directions to help you find your way.

Up and Down, Round and Around

We recently had a chance to travel back in time to Mansfield, Ohio – home of the Carousel Works, the world’s largest manufacturer of one-of-a-kind wooden carousels. Ornate horses seemed to hang in mid-air, like a scene from a child’s fairy tale.

Reminiscent of the Lion King, animals like this are carved out of bass wood from the deciduous linden tree. Its pale soft timber lends itself to the give and take needed to withstand fluctuating weather elements.

Steady hands are essential in this line of work.

Thinking of acquiring a single animal for your family room or study? Depending on size and detail, one animal can cost between 3-10K.

A talented team of artisans work to bring each figure to life. Craftsmanship and attention to the smallest details by each individual go into the overall group effort in producing one carousel. The carousel for the  Smithsonian National Zoo, currently in production, will take one year to complete.

Templates for each figure are first cut out of plywood.

After multiple sanding – electric and hand – and three coats of primer, colorful acrylic paints are applied, followed by a clear, protective coat.

The clear top coating not only gives them their shine, but also protects them from years of wear and sticky cotton candy coated hands!

Scenery panels and panoramic scenes are custom designed to compliment each carousel’s theme. Each one is then hand painted on a blank canvas.

Animal Parade: Finished animals await their final destination.

Designed, carved and painted by the Carousel Works, the Richland Carrousel in Mansfield, Ohio is a menagerie of 52 animals. The horse in front of each chariot swivels, allowing the chariot seat to flip up, to accommodate a wheelchair.

An interesting side note:  The inside animals on the carousel go 3.7 miles per hour, while the outside animals go 6.75 miles per hour. Any physics majors care to venture a guess as to why?

While the Carousel Works is not open for public tours, you can take a virtual tour of the factory, as well as find a listing of locations of all their public carousels at

For more info and visitor’s hours for the Mansfield Richland Carrousel Park, visit

In Columbus, Ohio, visit the Columbus Commons Carousel, located downtown on the former site of the City Center.  This 24-foot-diameter wooden carousel was also built by the Carousel Works.

Cleveland’s New Powerhouse Attraction

After reading a Columbus Dispatch review of the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, we decided to test the waters ourselves.

Located in the FirstEnergy Powerhouse, the Greater Cleveland Aquarium has repurposed this national historic landmark in a way that takes architectural juxtaposition to a new height.

Designed by New Zealand based Marinescape, hard surfaces of exposed brick walls and steel girders contrast with flowing water and the constant movement of its inhabitants. A worm’s-eye view looking up through the massive overhead smokestacks provides a reminder of the building’s original purpose – generating electricity for the city’s 19th century streetcar system.

The main attraction, a walk-through shark tank, gives visitors a unique overhead view of sharks, rays and fish as you wind your way through a curved, acrylic tunnel surrounded by 500,000 gallons of saltwater.

The aforementioned review had sighted filtration problems, which had left the shark tank water cloudy. If you’ve ever set up a home aquarium, you know the adjustments involved to get it just right. Now imagine half a million gallons of water filled with sharks.

With the problem solved, divers like the one pictured above swim among the well fed sharks, constantly cleaning the tank’s surface to ensure a clear view.

Fresh water and salt water exhibits offer visitors an underwater view and education of various ecosystems. As you enter, you’re immersed in a history lesson of the Great Lakes region, which contains nearly one-fifth of the earth’s surface freshwater.

Additional exhibits explore the watery worlds of the Amazon, the Florida Everglades and Coral Reefs.  From brook trout to clownfish (Finding Nemo), the aquarium is a lure for anglers and children alike.

A Touch Tank encourages those of all ages to get an up close and personal view of stingrays, sandpaper-skinned sharks and horseshoe crabs, as employees in wet suits wade through the water displaying smaller ocean creatures on trays.

The Discovery Zone teaches the importance of protecting our environment – a part of  Marinescape’s philosophy of Environmental Education through Entertainment.

Nestled in the Cleveland Flats, the aquarium could be viewed as a phoenix risen from the ashes of Cleveland’s industrial past – a positive image for the crooked river that lays to rest Cuyahoga River’s former reputation of the river that once burned.

As a Cleveland native, who’s recently returned to the north shore, I can recall past ups and downs of a city now once again undergoing major revitalization. I’m hopeful that the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, coupled with the adjacent Jacobs Pavilion, a 5,000 seat amphitheater, will help breath new life into the Flats, an area that has experienced its own ebb and flow over the years.

Please visit the Greater Cleveland Aquarium website for information on tickets, hours and school tours.  The facility also houses a catering venue on the second floor, with views of the water and downtown skyline.

Written by Pamela J. Willits

Photography by Larry Hamill