Monday, October 29, 2018

Scarecrow Row

Written by Dani and Andrew Livelsberger
Photography by Andrew Livelsberger


Local individuals, businesses, and organizations show their creativity by crafting custom scarecrows in Otto Armleder Park on the east side of Cincinnati.  In 2018, the scarecrows at Scarecrow Row are on display from September 30 to October 14.


Scattered along the main walking paths and picnic areas of Otto Armleder Park, Scarecrow Row is a display of artistry from a farmer's tradition.

Walking along the path's some scarecrow displays are made from hay while others chose to use corn stalks and husks. 

Each one has a different theme.  Some, as seen above in "serenity" espouse a sense of calm and peace, while others like Frankenstein's Monster and Bride of Frankenstein harken us back to classic horror film characters.

Others are more modern, showing arts and diversity.

While this season's Scarecrow Row is coming to a close, look to the parks calendars for next year - hopefully you'll be able to get to Otto Armleder Park next year and they do this again.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Spring Grove Cemetery

Written by Dani and Andrew Livelsberger
Photography by Andrew Livelsberger


A full history from the Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum can be found HERE.

Having a need to handle the internment needs of the city during the 1830/1840 cholera epidemics, city professional leaders and the Cincinnati Horticultural Society formed a cemetery association in 1844.

The goal was to find a place for a cemetery that was big enough to handle the needs of the city, but not be infringed upon by expansion. In addition, the association wanted it to handle funeral needs as well as house many kinds of plants, trees, and flowers.  The members traveled all over the United States and Europe for inspiration and ideas.

Over its 150 year history, the Spring Grove Cemetery has been a leader in cemetery design.


When you first enter into the cemetery grounds, you realize you are in some place special.  The architecture and layout definitely hit the mark on what the original founders and designers wanted to do.

Old world architecture in the buildings, art deco designs and more modern flow together seamlessly.  The paths and roads wind you about into different areas and there seems to be something awesome to see at every turn.

This is an area that I think you could visit for months and years and be able to find something new and interesting.  Not only that, but the look and feel of the area could change even based on the seasons!

Walking about, we saw signs that showed community activities are even held here.

Some of you might be thinking that a cemetery is an odd place for community events.  However, remember that this cemetery was built with this kind of thing in mind.   We can still give respect to those interned here and serve the community by using the space.  Also, having the resources of the community will provide additional funds to help maintain the space.

Looking at the headstones, you'll notice that there are large varieties here.  More so than I think I've ever seen at any other cemetery.
There are your more modern monolith shapes, Washington Monument shaped obelisks, and flat to the ground stones and plates.

I think this makes the more unique markers and stones stand out.  There are ones with multiple tiers, built up shapes, busts and the like.

You also have various types of mausoleums and church structures.  As seen below, these structures are large, beautifully built.  From afar they have one kind of beauty, but then looking closer at the details, you'll see the inspired architecture that went into these buildings.   A great example of this is the building below, we lovingly nicknamed "Goth Building". 

The first image is the front from afar, then the next image that follows is the details in the arches that are on either side of the main doors.

Then we can pull further back and see these fantastic views with large beautiful buildings in the background.

Maybe we are weird, but there is a beauty and serenity in places of internment.  Spring Grove Cemetery makes that even more so by not just being a place of internment, or of final rest.  No, the designers decided to make this a place that is part of the community.  It is a place where the lives of those that came before us can be celebrated.  We remember them not only by the names on the stones, but also by making the cemetery space a viable, useful area for those still wandering the surface.

So, next time you think about a place to go and just be - think about visiting and learning about the souls that are here at their final rest.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Osprey Lake - Visual Ohio One Shot!

Written/Photography by Andrew Livelsberger

Location:  Google Maps Link

If you know Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, then you know that it is home to the small herd of bison, located in several acres of fields close to the metro parks nature center.

Most of the parks traffic is centered there, as you'd expect - because -BISON!

However, if you travel south into the other sections of the park, you'll see a smaller parking area with a small sign for Osprey Lake.

Fishing is allowed here, all applicable State laws are in effect.

The day we visited, it was a bright, sunny day.  Warm with a high of 80F, but with very low humidity.

You can walk right down to the waters edge in many places.   A path surrounds the lake, scattered around the paths are picnic tables.  The path is primitive, a mixture of grass in parts and large stone in others.

What strikes you though is the crystal clear waters.  In many places, you can see right down to the bottom.  This also allows you to see the large fish that inhabit the water as well.

There were a few families there fishing and enjoying the day.

If you are over in western Columbus or the Galloway area and are looking for a nice, quiet waterfront spot to either fish, picnic or just sit and enjoy the silence, this is a great place to check out.  Remember, take only pictures and leave only footprints!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Cincinnati Skyline - Visual Ohio One Shot!

Written and Photography by
Andrew Livelsberger

During a recent trip to Cincinnati, we jumped to the other side into Newport, KY to get this sunset picture of downtown Cinci!

Often times, it is great to get out of where you are and see it from a different perspective.   Just another perspective and view of Ohio's Queen City.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Introduction of Visual Ohio One Shots!

Written and Photography By Andrew Livelsberger

Welcome to the introduction of a new quick hit feature of our blog!  The Visual Ohio One Shots are going to be a series that cover either lesser known events or items that can be shared with just one image.

One Shot article categories will be the same as full fledged articles, and you'll still get the great writing and care you expect from us here at Visual Ohio.

Look out for these new posts to be interspersed between the major releases!!