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Featured Photo: On the Verge

Featured Photo: On the Verge (photo taken at Char-Mar Nature Preserve in Lewis Center, Ohio; USA)


Crab apple trees, dotted by pink, white or red buds, lined a bend of the trail we hiked at Char-Mar Nature Preserve on Mother’s Day.  Adjusting to a shallower depth of field created the background blur and nudged the closest flower buds to center stage for this photo.



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Sea of Glass

Sea urchins, anemones, mermaids and stingrays swam in the glass ceiling, fused together into an essence of ocean above my head.  Entwined like floating strands of seaweed,  the vibrant swirls of color seemed caught in the surge of a wave that would surely roll on by.   But they hovered on, and so did I, a sea creature myself for the moment I let them gently wash overhead.

Chihuly Reimagined” runs through March 28th at the Franklin Park Conservatory.

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In-Town Tourist: Secret Garden



Almost every child longs for a secret hiding place:  a tree fort, a clubhouse, a hidden hollow.  My hideaway was a dusty upper ledge in my bedroom closet.  My fantasy, however, was to have a secret garden as in Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic story.


If you wind through Inniswood Metro Park to its northern edge, and then go just a bit further through a child-sized trellised arbor, the fantasy takes form.  Crumbling brick and stone walls, inset with colored glass marbles and draped with vines, emerge as a “ruins” from a seemingly ordinary forest.


Inside, trickling spigots and a rising mist elevate the mood to mystical.  Wall inscriptions and an iron bench invite lingering and just a bit of daydreaming.


It may be my favorite spot in a remarkable park, where nature and the heart can truly intertwine.

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