Visiting Deer Creek Reservoir in the Eastern area of Ohio, I came across a water level monitoring crib. The structure was heavily built, made of reinforced concrete, secured with a steel door, and accessed via a steel walkway suspended above the reservoir waters. The concrete was stained with time and rust. The deeply-colored door had been scratched and even shot a few times. A sign warning visitors not to wade or swim from the shore below was faded, rusted, and bent. I’d been drawn to the structure by its alien appearance, projecting straight up from the water’s surface. Ultimately, the door and sign captured my interest. Prints available: http://www.guilfordphoto.com/p813419571/e2a75370a
Oberlin, Ohio is a wonderful place to visit. The city stands in the midst of flat farm country and boasts the excellent liberal arts institution, Oberlin College. As might be expected, the college exerts wide-ranging influences on the town bringing enriched local culture, influences from youth, business, and architectural contributions. Oberlin has a long history with the college but, of course, has its own past. During our late-afternoon visit today I shot mostly architectural details, some made more graphic by the clear, blue sky gracing our day. These two images don’t take much advantage of the deep blue sky overhead but are among my favorites of the day. By the way, you can find and purchase a print of Royal $3.50 image and many others at my portfolio site. Click Here to purchase a print of Royal $3.50.
Old North Royalton, Ohio is oddly developed. There are few truly old buildings and no really old commercial buildings at all. Low commercial structures, apparently put up in the ’60s and ’70s, are uninspired and even ugly but they serve their purpose. The haphazard placement of businesses leads to odd situations where buildings sit behind other buildings; entrances to stores can be on sides or at the rear with no street exposure at all. Occupants do what they can to inform customers of their locations and how to reach them. Looking around, the oddities can be interesting.