Street Art, Short North, Columbus, Ohio


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While visiting friends in Columbus, we happened on some really fun and colorful street art in an area near the Ohio State University campus called the Short North. At one point I caused my hosts a bit of consternation when I disappeared down a side street to capture these first three images, which were all part of one wall.

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This long wall was completely covered in images.

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I particularly like how this blue guy is holding the electrical conduit outside the building like a spear.

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I think this little guy might have been added on later by a separate artist/tagger, but it’s hard to know where one things stops and another starts.

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Is bd the artist? Who knows?

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I like the octopi and the angry blue triangle-headed guys here. A nice octopus-looking creature showed up in another mural across the street so maybe the same artist/s did both walls?

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A hat pulling a rabbit wearing a hat out of a hat. Top that!

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That is one cool flower, man.

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This is on some board in front of a construction area at a crosswalk.

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This wall is across the street from the first long wall.

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Even the pole for the parking sign is painted, as well as the sign above the wheelchair parking sign.

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Here’s that lovely octopus I was talking about. His tentacles are reflected in the roof of the car parked beneath him.

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Tripping – that word comes to mind.

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A little poetry and possibly a peeking giraffe?

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The sort of Seussical end.

Franklinton, Ohio


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I did these on my phone, as usual, and the sinking sun was poking through the torn out windows and cracks of this old building that we drove by. My Columbus, Ohio hosts told me this was not a nice neighborhood to be walking around in as a car circled the block and came back once again – looking to buy or sell something, or worse? Not sure, but I tried to be quick while getting these images. The artwork was in such contrast to the sad, drab surroundings.

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Always gangster, yet artist as well.

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I wonder if these were painted someplace else and then brought here in pieces and reassembled.

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This smaller panel was across the street a ways down. I could only get the entire thing with the cables in the way in front of it.

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Doings


I’ve been traveling lately and my phone is overwhelmed with images that I need to sort and upload, and meanwhile I keep taking more! Last weekend I visited the Harley Davidson in Milwaukee and it was very impressive. Then I went on a 2-day biking trip to the center of the state (62 miles in 2 days!) and visited Doc’s Harley Davidson dealership in Bonduel, which is an ecclectic complex of not only motorcycles, but animals (emus, fainting goats, alligators, tortoises, birds, buffalo and at least one camel-looking thing), a sports car museum, gift shop, antiques shop and restaurant. The Timeline restaurant features a burger challenge – eat their 24″ long, 7-pound burger and coleslaw in one hour or less BY YOURSELF and earn a ride on the 10-seater motorcycle (put together with 2 rear wheels, two front wheels and five engines all in line). Crazy stuff. There is giant sculpture out there as well and replicas (I don’t think they’re original) of the two Dukes of Hazzard cars, set up on poles above either side of the roof of the dealership.

Now I’m on the road again and will hopefully be able to post later this week. So many images, so little time.

Sea of Grasses


Winds rippling through tall grasses on a hike around the County Grounds give the impression of water. (It takes about 30 seconds for the wind to get going – wait for it!)

This is the first time I’ve ever uploaded a video here and I don’t intend to make it a habit. This scene was mesmerizing to me. I could have sat here and watched it for quite a long while (better than sitting in front of a computer screensaver!) so I decided to try out the video capabilities of my phone, an HTC Inspire. It would have been a little better on a tripod to keep the camera steady, but at least I have the scene captured for my future enjoyment, if not yours as well. 😉

Hoarder’s World


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Hoarder’s World is a junk/antique shop in Milwaukee’s trendy Third Ward. It was already a place I knew about and visited when nearby, but the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel featured it this past Friday (click on “Hoarder’s World” to read the article). After visiting the Milwaukee Public Museum with my youngest, I asked where he would like to go next. “The junk shop!”

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This head on a table greets third floor visitors.

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The Kneeling Woman Torso End Table was seen in the J/S article so I was delighted to see the ugly thing in person. Would look wonderful in my son’s dorm room. Below is a shot of the top, which also looks like it would really go with college dorm room decor.

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There is a lot of junk, of course, but every once and while you see these large paintings tucked in along walls. They aren’t bad either, if not quite mainstream. I don’t understand the comment on the one below. Maybe a note to the artist to remember what color he was going to finish up the background with?

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In another third floor corner . . .

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This large painting has been in a room on the second floor for a long time and I LOVE it. I’ve never inquired after a price because I’m sure if it’s even for sale I can’t afford it. I just keep taking pictures of it whenever I see it.

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Shot glasses for sale in a window.

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Hoarder’s World is located in an old warehouse-y building with lots of interesting twists and turns and odd passageways accessed by industrial looking doors in the middle of walls that make you want to explore. Here’s a couple shots of one of those intriquing doors.

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Stairway from first to second floors.

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Long view of the second floor, which gives you a better idea of the general crazy, fun layout.

breakfast, lunch, drinks, etc.


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After a week of temps in the 90s and 100s, it was lovely today. My son and I visited the Milwaukee Public Museum and then stopped for an outdoor lunch at Comet Cafe on Farwell Avenue. Their giant cupcakes are fabulous! Their bacon-wrapped meatloaf sandwich is also worth the trip. I branched out and tried the Leghorn Sandwich, which has roasted pulled chicken, cream cheese, cucumbers, apricot jam, lettuce, onion and tomatoes on toasted whole wheat. The flavor combo sounded a little weird at first, but it was uber-delicious!