Krohn Conservatory

Krohn Conservatory – Cincinnati Ohio

I came to the Krohn Conservatory’s Butterflies of the Nile exhibit to view the butterflies, but I was drawn to the extraordinary sculptures from internationally acclaimed artist Dominic Benhura and other prominent Zimbabwean artists including Stanford Derere, Tutani Mugavasi, and Lovemore Bonjisi. Sculptures range in style from representational to the abstract with a variety of subject matter.

Dominic Benhura

Inside the conservatory every where I looked there were sculptures of women that rbrought a feeling of peace and celebration.

Outside in the gardens were statues of graceful and stately fish and birds. And my favorite King & Queen Planters.

Rookwood Pottery

Maria Longworth Nichol

The Rookwood Pottery Company in Cincinnati Ohio drew (emptied) its first kiln on Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 1880. Rookwood was soon a major contender in the international arena of art pottery because founder Maria Longworth Nichols’s enormous wealth funded all necessary resources. Also, she had access to Louise McLaughlin’s “secret” technique for decorating under the glaze. In 1880, probably less than five potteries in the world could produce pottery decorated under the glaze.

Rookwood Pottery

Gracing the walls of Cincinnati’s Art Museum are works of architectural faience made by Rookwood Pottery. Faience, a loose term for earthenware with a colorful decoration or glazes, became very fashionable in architecture by the turn of the nineteenth century. Although Rookwood’s faience production has been overshadowed by its art pottery, the significance of Rookwood’s architectural ceramics is equally important.

Rookwood Faience

Frozen Niagara at Mammoth Cave

Frozen Niagara

One of the easiest cave tours I have experienced. Only a 1/4 mile walk Ian’s only 6 steps climb and descend. There’s an optional 48 steps for a closer look at the Frozen Niagara.

Most of the 12 miles of Mammoth Cave open to the public are dry caves with few cave formations. Frozen Niagara, on the other hand is filled with stalactites and stalagmites formed by water dissolving the overlying limestone then re-depositing calcium carbonate along the ceilings or floors of the caves.

Access to Frozen Niagara is through the “New Entrance” owned by George Morrison Who came to South Central Kentucky in effort to find oil in 1915, and while his attempts at oil continued to fail, he changed the course of Mammoth Cave history forever. To learn more about George Morrison

Mammoth Cave National Park

Entrance to Mammoth Cave

Since the 1800s, Mammoth Cave has been a hotbed of scientific discovery, but the history of the caves goes back even further. The first American Indian explorers entered the cave around 5,000 years ago, and for nearly two centuries Native Americans explored and mined the upper three levels of Mammoth Cave.

Mammoth Cave is the world’s longest known cave system, with more than 400 miles explored, and one of the oldest tour attractions in North America.

The Zoo – Groovy Yard Art

The Zoo – Groovy Yard Art

THE ZOO, GROOVY YARD ART is a tongue and cheek zoo where you can buy the animals found in Mineral Bluff, Georgia.

Flamingos Anyone?

The Zoo is home to thousands of animals that would be an incredible addition to your yard art. However, these animals are artistic renditions composed of various mediums. Many are crafted from some combination of metal, aluminum, and wood. And, the best thing about them is they require very little maintenance. There is no poop, no feeding, no walking, just constant enjoyment.

Note the creek in the background

Located on approximately 7 acres adjacent to the babbling waters of Hemptown Creek, visitors walk around the art installation while reading information panels which provide interesting facts about all of the animals, many of which have cartoon characteristics.

Love the moose

Our goal is for you to leave with a smile on your face and perhaps, a new groovy piece of yard art.. We also offer flowers, cacti, metal signs, planters, wood products and so much more!

Blue Spring Heritage Center

This what Blue Spring is supposed to look like

Blue Spring is the largest spring in Northwest Arkansas, pumping 38 million gallons of pure water daily into the White River. I visited after 6 days of rain, and things were a bit flooded. I have to admit I prefer it au-natural

This is a bluff shelter where artifacts were found dating back 10,000 years, is on the National Register of Historic Places. I sat in this bench and imagined what it must have been like so long ago. Certainly there was not a bench. 😉

Bluff Shelter

Thorncrown Chapel

Thorncrown Chapel

When I entered Thorncrown, there was nothing but windows. There was little distinction between the outside and the inside. It softly proclaimed that all of creation is a cathedral.

Thorncrown Chapel is like the utterance of a proverb. It reveals, in a whisper that silence can speak to us, stillness can enliven us, and being present to the eternal lessons of earth can give cause and direction to better our lives. – Randall Connaughton

Eureka Springs Arkansas

5 rainy days in a row has not deterred me from getting to know Eureka Springs. Today’s agenda was to explore the historic downtown area. Conveniently there is a Trolley stop right outside the campground that loops around the city.

Eureka Springs, Arkansas has been a popular resort town and vacation destination since the 1800’s. Nestled in the Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas surrounded by rivers and lakes, Eureka Springs became known early on for its healing waters, Victorian architecture and as a haven for artists.

  • Eureka Springs was a favorite of Robert Ripley of Ripley’s Believe it or not. The town has been featured many times in the cartoon
  • None of the streets cross at right angles and there are no stoplights in town.
  • According to local folklore, Jesse James and his gang hid in the caves around Eureka Springs.
  • The only city in America whose entire historic downtown is listed on the National Register of Historic Places

The Most Haunted Hotel in America

The 1886 Crescent Hotel sits high atop Crescent Mountain in Eureka Springs Arkansas. When built she was considered the premiere resort hotel west of the Mississippi. Now she is considered the most haunted Hotel in America.

The Crescent Hotel

She has served many different purposes across the years, the most notorious as The Baker Hospital, a Cancer Clinic owned by Norman Baker. A quack who claimed he could cure cancer without operation, radium, or x-rays. His cancer cure being nothing more than clover, corn silk, watermelon seed, and water. He convinced hundreds and made millions of dollars. He’d operate, amputate, and when it was all done, it was off to the morgue dumping the bodies into a cooler. While there is record of 40 people who died there, It’s believed more than 400 people may have died unrecorded. Some may still linger.

I took a ghost tour at the hotel led by a true story teller. I got to visit my first morgue and see for myself some of Baker’s bottles of proof. Next time in town I will stay the night in the hotel. In Michael’s Room 218 (said to be the most active room in the hotel).

For the Love of Marshes 💕

Perfect place to take in marsh life

I love all wetlands. Lately I’ve had easy access to many. The marsh is a wetland that is dominated by herbaceous rather than woody plants. They can often be found at the edges of lakes and streams, where they form a transition between the aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. They are often dominated by grasses, rushes or reeds.

This marshland is home to many shore birds, long legged waders, various gulls and pelicans. During an extremely high tide I sat in the swing pictured and watched all the birds do their things. I did not hear the crawdads sing, but I did imagine it!