Exploration of Small Towns Part 1 and A Cavern....

by Russell Smith June. 25, 2019 239 views

Ohio has some wonderful small towns . Some of them have retained the aesthetic of days gone by. Not saying they look old and dirty they just retain the charm of small town look and feel of days gone by that are not in the part of the country that I live in. We have a different kind of charm in our small towns one that is very reminiscence of the old south and the nations that influenced the area (French, Spanish mostly).

For some reason this Antiques Mall caught my attention so I decided to get a shot of it in part to see how the dynamic range was from sky to shadows. I did meter the shadows and then the highlights and split the difference of what I felt would be a good setting so I could retain a bit of sky detail because I liked the clouds.

There is a local myth maybe truth about the pineapple ontop of the fountain. The manufacture of this made 2 fountains with 1 difference. A bell on one and a pineapple on the other. The bell was suppose to end up in this town and the pineapple was destine for a town in Hawaii. Rather than pay to have them shipped a second time the two towns decided to go with the ones they got from the manufacture. Truth or Fiction who know but it makes for an interesting tale.

The town of Bellefontaine (pronounced belly fountain for some reason)

is the first town in the U.S. that used Portland Cement for its streets. There were quite a number of references to this over the downtown area. Part two of this excursion is on Film so it will be a few days before I develop that and that town is Urbana.

After Urbana we made our way to the Ohio Caverns in hopes we would beat the rain storms.

The caverns were or are known for its "crystal" formations Stalagmites and Stalactites with a few Columns too. Also it is known for its color resulting from Magnesium deposits and iron oxide formations.

The bee hive formation is basically rust that forms and grows in the cave. Because there is no wind and it is in a dry part of the cave it will form a honey comb type shape.

They call this small fellow the farmers pump it is a Soda Straw that had a clog and then blow out .

One thing that stands out to me after visiting a few caves in the South and also North east part of the U.S. is how translucent the Calcium Carbonate was or the mineral that made up the Formations.

On thing I did flake out on was I had auto iso set and I forgot I had my ae lock button assigned to another function so I have a few photos that are way over exposed. I think if I do this again I will just set the iso to something like 3200 or 1600 and go from there for the shutter speed . Aperture was as open as I could which was f2.8

Once we left the cave and made our way through the two towns we just visited we had a flooding rain storm come through that shut the roads and hospitals down. I guess we were lucky with our timing.

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Bethany Plonski 1 year, 8 months ago

Very cool cave images! I've only been in a cave once (Cave of the Winds in Colorado), but it's amazing to see formations like these underground.

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Camellia Staab 1 year, 8 months ago

Thanks for taking us along. I've never been to Ohio so these shots were quite enlightening. Cute  "myth" or "truth" about he fountains. One never knows what to believe when it comes to stories like that but still fun to think it could have happened. The pineapple does have various symbolism attached  to it depending on who one listens to smile

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Russell Smith Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 8 months ago

If you ever make it to NW Ohio I would recommend the Ohio Caverns with one word of warning... The steps at the end are Murder. I know this is going to sound a bit crazy but honestly I loved the open fields and landscape. Ours can be a bit Claustrophobic and heavy here in the south. 
Also if you are ever up by lake erie the Ferry company Miller is much cheaper than the jet ferry and goes the same place. The steps to get out of the cavern is murder. Honestly I did not even think about the pineapple because of our fountain here in Charleston near the battery. It is one of those common sights to me. The bell would have stood out to me like a sore thumb.

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Camellia Staab Replied to Russell Smith 1 year, 8 months ago

Thanks for the tips, might have to add this on my list of places to visit smile

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Berckmans Peter 1 year, 8 months ago

We only see towns like this in movies,nice

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Russell Smith Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 year, 8 months ago

Perfect description of it. It does look like something out of a movie

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