Santa Paula Creek

Along the high trail to the PunchBowls along Santa Paula Creek in California. Even though you can’t see the creek from here, trust me it’s down there. Very rugged and beautiful in this area with car and truck sized boulders to scramble over, or take this trail, if you can find it! The trail starts at the campus of Thomas Aquinas College and heads up to some scenic waterfalls known as The Punchbowls and extremely rugged terrain.

santa paula creek trail
The high trail along Santa Paula Creek

Punchbowls, Santa Paula Canyon

The Punchbowls are a series of waterfalls and swimming holes located in the Santa Paula Canyon. The trailhead for these is at Thomas Aquinas College. It is about a 3 mile hike up to the first falls over a fairly rough and rugged, unmaintained trail. It is a popular day hike for the locals and all who want to test their nerve by cliff diving off 10′, 40′ or even 80′ precipices.

This water playground is best known for it’s towering waterfalls and it’s many swimming holes. With it’s high cliffs and smooth mossy streams, the Santa Paula Canyon Falls provide pure swimming and cliff diving enjoyment. Whether you are an experienced cliff diver or you just want to get your feet wet at the Punch Bowls. This day hike is one of the most beautiful hiking destinations that Ventura County has to offer.

punchbowl
Punchbowl Falls

Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel, Thomas Aquinas College

“From its inception, the vision for Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel has been predicated upon four distinguishing marks: beauty, which disposes us to what is true and good; grandeur, which lifts the mind to contemplate God’s transcendence; permanence, which reminds us that God’s word is everlasting; and tradition, which connects us to the wisdom of the past.”

That quote was taken from a comprehensive description of the Chapel found here.

OLMHT Chapel, pulpit
OLMHT Chapel, pulpit

Sunset over the Painter’s Shack

The small building in the foreground, the Painter’s Shack, is about a 1 mile hike up a gravel road from the campus of Thomas Aquinas College. A favorite haunt of the students, it also is a great spot to get a really nice view of the surrounding countryside, especially at sunrise or sunset.

Painter's Shack at Sunset
Painter's Shack at Sunset
In the Painter's Shack at Sunrise
In the Painter's Shack at Sunrise

Serra Cross at Grant Park

If you ever get to Ventura, California be sure to visit the Serra Cross at Grant Park. This cross has been there since 1941 but it replaced a series of crosses that date back to the beginning of the San Buenaventura Mission in 1782. This highly visible cross served as a road sign for travelers in search of the Mission. The view is incredible from the cross and there is an effort underway to beautify the park.

Serra Cross at Grant Park
Serra Cross at Grant Park

Music Hall, Cincinnati

Here is a view from on stage in the Springer Auditorium at the Cincinnati Music Hall. I shot this image right after the final rehearsal for the evening performance by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra of “Latin Nights” featuring guest conductor Kristjan Jarvi, who is the brother of the orchestra’s Music Director, Paavo Jarvi. The music featured a true master on the Bandonean (South American button accordion), Carel Kraayenhof. Selections were from Ginastera, Piazzolla, and Revueltas. Go to my Music Hall page to see this and 2 more panos from the auditorium and 1 from the Foyer here.

On stage at Cincinnati's Music Hall
On stage at Cincinnati's Music Hall

St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Cincinnati

St. Lawrence Church has an impressive Gothic edifice with three steeples dominating the skyline of Price Hill. The church was dedicated in 1894. I was particularly impressed by the stained glass windows. See some detail pictures of those on the St. Lawrence page in the Prayer Places section.

St. Lawrence  Church, nave
St. Lawrence Church, nave

Rubber Duck Regatta 2009

Every year during the Labor Day holiday weekend  a local radio station hosts an end of the summer blow out party on the banks of the Ohio River. One of the events is a Rubber Duck Regatta that benefits the local Free Store Foodbank. To publicize the event there is a giant inflatable rubber duck on top of the Wegman Building along Interstate 75 just north of downtown Cincinnati. I was wondering what kind of view the duck has and now I know and so can you by viewing this panorama. A special thanks to Scott Wegman for getting me up there.

Duck's eye view of Interstate 75 in Cincinnati
Duck's eye view of Interstate 75 in Cincinnati

All Saints Church, Walton, Kentucky

The people of All Saints Parish wanted to create a building in which the sacred is evident and that  is modest and simple yet beautiful. They hired design architect Duncan Stroik, whose firm specializes in ecclesiastical design, to help them achieve their goal. Not only did they succeed in their goal but also have proven “it is still possible to build a beautiful church in an ordinary parish with a limited budget.” See all the panoramas here.

The Baldachin ov
The Baldacchino over the Altar

Thomas Aquinas College, California

A small Catholic college in Santa Paula, California that uses the “Great Books” curriculum. There is a  new chapel that was just nearing completion when these panos were made. It has since been finished. The college’s website has a nice photo essay explaining all about the chapel which can be seen here.

St. Thomas Hall Lobby
St. Thomas Hall Lobby

This is a large tour of 15 panos and benefits greatly by viewing in fullscreen mode. There is a map to help with navigation. Be sure to click the little fullscreen button on the menu bar in the lower left corner after opening the pano.