There are some views one just needs to see all the way around.
That's the case with these seven locations we visited around the Dayton area that are beautiful both on the ground and in their view of the sky.
Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve
Hidden in the farmland of Greene County, Clifton Gorge is a stark departure from a relatively flat region that was shaped by a glacier. The 268-acre preserve offers a narrow gorge cut through dolomite and limestone by the Little Miami River. A hiking trail follows the river from Clifton to John Bryan State Park about two miles downstream. Lush vegetation and tall trees fill the preserve with species that are suited to the shaded north-facing slopes including hemlock, Canada yew, mountain maple and snow trillium.
Antioch College, founded in 1850, has the towering Antioch Hall that serves as the centerpiece of the small Liberal Arts school. Antioch College reopened in 2011 after a shutdown in 2008 and fully separated from Antioch University as an independent institution. The college currently has more than 250 students.
Yellow Springs is a big bicycling town, from residents who rely on their bikes every day for transportation to throngs of tourist who visit from the Little Miami Scenic Trail. This bike rack looked like an interesting subject for the 360-degree panoramic camera, so I set up the camera and hid behind a tree to stay out of the shot.
Tree Tower Cox Arboretum
The 46-foot Tree Tower at Cox Arboretum offers visitors a sweeping view of the park. There are 81 wooden steps to reach the top above a nearby conifer tree collection. Funding for construction of the Tree Tower was provided by more than 400 donors through the efforts of The James M. Cox, Jr. Arboretum Foundation membership.
2nd Street Market
We recently reported that, due to new housing developments and an increased interest in downtown Dayton, the 2nd Street Market is at capacity and has officials considering expanding the number of days the market is open. Its offerings are visible in this 360-degree photo.
Dayton Inventors River Walk
On the west end of the Dayton Inventors River Walk stands the Kettering pavilion, a tribute to the great inventor who created the self-starter for the automobiles. It can also be seen the reflection from the urban landscaping fountain pools. This end of Riverscape is also filled with flower pots, hanging baskets and flower beds full of annuals, perennials and permanent trees.
I’ve been pleasantly surprised at the low-light capability of the Ricoh Theta S360 camera. This night sky photo in Clinton County was made on a tripod with a 60-second exposure at ISO 160. The Big Dipper constellation is plainly visible to the north. Light pollution from all around shows as a yellowish glow at the horizon. The strong white glow is from a trailer sales lot less than a half-mile away.