My attempt to document 40 sunrises in Eastern Cincinnati. Spring 2011.

Alms Park Sunset #2 (Mushrooms & BB Riverboats)

As you may or may have not noticed, I wasn’t able to post a sunrise picture this morning. Today we found ourselves out of town for a funeral and viewing of a family member. I imagine it was a great sunrise this morning, but there will be many more to come! Amanda and I were feeling a bit beat after getting home tonight, so we decided to head up to Alms Park to check out the sunset. We learned our lesson last time that you’ve got to arrive 20 minutes *before* sunset time if you want to actually enjoy it :). Alms Park was as quiet and peaceful as ever. The trees and bushes were a lush green and there were only a couple of people walking around enjoying the crisp spring air. Perhaps everyone was out celebrating Cinco de Mayo? 🙂

The eastern view of Alms Park looks down the Ohio River into the bend. Downtown Cincinnati is just behond the bend, and you can actually see the tip top of the Great American building and Carew Tower over the Kentucky Hills on the other side of the river. The overlook certainly reminds me of the Heekin Overlook in Ault Park with the open top and wooden supports. (If you’re on the front page, click “more” to continue with more pictures)

There is a giant stone compass at the bottom of the overlook. Down at the bottom of the hill, and across the river, the neon lights at the water side marina read “Riverside” and it looks like a fun place to spend Cinco de Mayo!

There was a B&B riverboat coming up the river ever so slowly

Next to the overlook there are several trees of varying species. Fresh mushrooms have recently taken advantage of the rains and have popped up through the mulch. I took the opportunity to take some macro pictures.

There is also a purple flowering tree, quite beautiful.

I took a picture of my favorite trees in the park. These old oaks are so tall.

The final minutes after sunset provided an awesome scene up the river. The sky was light enough to allow for some pictures that turned out great.

This one is my favorite of the night. The moon is perfectly centered, the lights are reflecting off of the swollen ohio river. I didn’t realize how light the sky remains after sunset – it makes for great pictures if you do it right.

See you in the morning. -Blaine

5 responses

  1. krs

    the mushroom pictures, brilliant. what kind of camera/lens do you use.

    May 5, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    • Thank you krs! I am using a good old trusty Canon SD1200 point-and-shoot with the built-in lens. I’ve never had anything bigger but one day I’m sure I’ll venture into that territory. I feel like the camera is sturdy, pretty reliable, and as long as I play with the white-balance by focusing it on the appropriate light source before taking a picture I can get somewhat repeatable results. The pictures I can get with the macro take some patience and a steady hand, but it makes up for the limited zoom ability. As usual, working within a constrained medium helps to maximize the quality given the limitations of the device and appreciate any future camera I get that is more powerful 🙂 Canon SD1200 amazon link:

      May 6, 2011 at 9:00 am

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