December 26, 2012

King Tunnel

Western entrance of the King Tunnel
(aka King Switch Tunnel; Mineral Tunnel)



Exposed coal seam at the western entrance



Wooden support beams and coal seam



Lonely passage



Eastern entrance (a large swamp occurs near this entrance)

Waterloo Wildlife Area

Entrance to a sandstone recess cave formed in a coal seam



Massive bed of crystals at the entrance (note coal seam on upper left)



Crystals



Main passage

Vinton Furnace State Experimental Forest

The ruins of Vinton Furnace



Inside a chamber of the Belgian Coke Ovens
(the only existing coke oven of its type in the world)



Chimney structure (note the numeral of the oven number)



Frontal view of the ovens



The Belgian Coke Ovens are a rare piece of Ohio history

Lake Hope State Park

The preserved remains of Hope Furnace

East Fork Wildlife Area

Northern entrance to the mill race of Tunnel Mill



Inside the tunnel; access from the southern entrance



A crawl after the first passage inside the tunnel



At the end of the crawl the tunnel drops into a room



Looking towards the southern entrance

November 20, 2012

Cincinnati

 Downtown Cincinnati as seen from Devou Park in Kentucky



Cincinnati skyline as seen from Covington, Kentucky



4th Street in early morning



View of downtown from Mt. Echo Park


The observatory on Mount Lookout



Sundial



View of downtown from Mt. Adams



View of downtown from Paul Brown Stadium



Scripps Tower



Great American Tower



Center at 600 Vine



Fifth Third Bank tower



PNC tower



The Genius of Water on Fountain Square



View to the north from the top of Carew Tower



View to the east



View to the south



View to the west (NW)



European Wall Lizard sunbathing at Great American Ballpark

Black Hand Gorge State Nature Preserve

The narrow gorge of the Licking River



Black Hand Rock where the legendary Black Hand petroglyph once existed



Deep Cut



Quarry area



Serene pond in the quarry

November 19, 2012

Pike State Forest

Autumn forestscape near the Highland/Pike County line



The crystal clear water of a mountain draw



Massive beaver pond on Sunfish Creek