Picture Ohio! – Ohio’s Rugged Rocks, Big Trees, Scenic Rivers & Byways – The Holden Arboretum, Feb. 22, 2015

APGO - 2 Cover

My new book, A Photographer’s Guide to Ohio – Volume 2, will be released by Ohio University Press during April, 2015. On Sunday, February 22, from 2-4 pm at The Holden Arboretum in Lake County, join us for a slide program, Ohio’s Rugged Rocks, Big Trees, Scenic Rivers & Byways, that provides a preview of this new, 320-page book, which includes detailed information on an additional 125 of Ohio’s most interesting and picturesque natural areas, scenic rivers, scenic byways, zoos and public gardens, holiday lighting displays, and historic buildings, murals, and events.

Most Ohioans are familiar with America’s spectacular geological sights, including Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Glacier, and Rocky Mountain National Parks. But what about Big Pine Pillar in Hocking State Forest, shown in the photo above, Copperas Mountain, Umbrella Rock, or Castalia Quarry Park? Ohio’s geological treasures are modest in size compared to those in America’s iconic national parks, but Ohio’s rugged rocks are closer to home, free to visit, and without the long lines and crowds of visitors you are likely to encounter during a visit to our national parks.

National Champion Eastern Cottonwood, Alum Creek State Park, Ohio
Eastern Cottonwood, Alum Creek State Park, Ohio

It’s the same story with Ohio’s big trees, like the huge eastern cottonwood that grows in Alum Creek State Park, less than an hour’s drive from Columbus. Ohio is home to more than 200 varieties of trees, and 14 national champions that are the largest examples of their species in America.

East Branch of Chagrin River, The Holden Arboretum, Lake County, Ohio
East Branch of Chagrin River, The Holden Arboretum, Lake County, Ohio

Ohio is also home to fourteen scenic rivers, which cover more than 800 miles throughout the Buckeye State. Northeast Ohio has five scenic rivers: Conneaut Creek and sections of the Ashtabula, Chagrin, Grand, and Upper Cuyahoga Rivers. The Holden Arboretum includes several miles of the East Branch of the Chagrin River, shown in the photo above.

Marblehead Lighthouse
Marblehead Lighthouse, Lake Erie Coastal Ohio Trail

The Buckeye State also has 27 Scenic Byways, which total more than 2,300 miles of the most interesting and photogenic roads throughout Ohio. Five of Ohio’s scenic byways are also national byways, including the Lake Erie Coastal Ohio Trail, Ohio & Erie Canalway, Amish Country Byway, Historic National Road, and Ohio River Scenic Byway.

The presentation will focus on Ohio’s natural areas, scenic rivers and byways, but will also briefly cover the new book’s other chapters on Ohio’s zoos, holiday lighting displays, and historical sites and murals.

For more information on this slide program, visit Holden Arboretum’s website.




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