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.

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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.

Bart’s Books, Ojai, California

Their website says “The World’s Greatest Outdoor Bookstore” and perhaps it is. There aren’t too many outdoor bookstores in my neck of the woods (Cincinnati). I certainly recommend checking it out if you are in the neighborhood of Ojai, California. Very cool indeed. You may even spy a “celebrity” or two while there. They have a huge supply of books ranging from the 35 cent honor system books that line the bookshelves out on the sidewalk to rare out-of-print first editions.

Honor system explained on sign
"California"
"History"
"Stephen King"

Sky Bridge at Sunset

The Sky Bridge is in the Red River Gorge Geological Area of Eastern Kentucky. This area contains the highest concentration of natural arches in the Eastern United States. It is also a haven for rock climbers and hikers. Located in Powell County, Ky. There are lots of great places to visit there.

On Top of the Sky Bridge with Graffiti
On Top of the Sky Bridge with Graffiti
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Under the Sky Bridge Arch

Under the Sky Bridge
Under the Sky Bridge

Sky Bridge with Graffiti Rock
Sky Bridge with Graffiti Rock

Cumberland Falls, Kentucky

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Cumberland Falls

Sometimes called the “Niagra” of the South, Cumberland Falls also claims to be the only place in the western hemisphere to be able to see a “moonbow” during every month’s full moon in the mist from the falls. I wasn’t there at the right time to see the moonbow, but a trip to Cumberland Falls is worth it for all the scenic beauty in the area.

Cumberland Falls from the trail to Eagle Falls
Cumberland Falls from the trail to Eagle Falls
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Eagle Falls, another beautiful waterfall close to Cumberland Falls