Kristen and I took a trip to the Conservatory at the LCMP’s Miller Nature Preserve in Avon. I had to find something with some color to shoot, because everything outside was wet, colorless and boring. Having been there before, and knowing what I’d find, I had to take a different approach. With the exception of very few shots, I took all my photos on the aperture setting. Pretty happy with the results.
What would you do if one day you were told that your otherwise perfectly normal, healthy, 6-year-old little girl had a terminal brain tumor that would take her life within a year? This is exactly what happened to Ed and Megan McNamara whose daughter, Maria, was diagnosed with a diffused intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) on April 1, 2006. This was no April fool’s joke.
It was close to a year ago that Kristen and I went to the Miller Nature Preserve, and checked out the orchid display at Lorain County’s first conservatory. Fantastic!! It was with that same enthusiasm that we headed back to see the Butterfly House that opened at the beginning of July, and will be closed after September 3. There is now an herb garden and a rose garden, too, just a few steps away from the conservatory.
Located on Route 83 in Avon, Miller Nature Preserve rests on 78 acres of wooded land in the heart of Avon. Much of the property was donated by longtime Avon resident, Buddy Miller in memory of his late wife Alice Fowles. A Visitor Center is nestled between trees and the winding French Creek and includes a café, a gift shop and a demonstration kitchen for cooking classes. The highlight of this preserve is the 5,000 square foot conservatory, the first in Lorain County.
Crown of Thorns
White Pine (Bonsai)
Ageratum (Hawaii Blue)
The Bird of Paradise
…and LOTS of orchids (when they’re blooming)
Many different varieties of cacti
Different species of ferns
A small waterfall
One view inside the Conservatory
For only $2, you can tour the Conservatory, and for $10, you can have a pass for the year. Plans for outdoor gardens, trails, and a butterfly house are in the works. You owe it to yourself to visit, you will not be disappointed.
Since I first stepped into All-Pro Freight Stadium in January of 2009, it looked like it was going to be quite the destination. I went back a few more times, chronicling the development, and knew I’d have to get there. Little did I realize it would take me ’til now to make it. Thanks to an outing sponsored by St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, I took my family and my extended family to a game Sunday night. Absolutely enjoyed ourselves! There were contests, and giveaways and contests, and then more contests in between the innings. The game was exciting, Cruisers vs the Crushers, and though the visitors won, the Crushers kept it close, losing only by a 6-5 score. Hope the video inspires you to make it out to a game!!
Ice carvings done by Steve Griffea and Dan Branhan of DeLuca’s Place in the Park
Timber, retired, one of six Siberian Huskies at the sled dog demo.
All-Pro Freight Stadium
Jared Miller pitches to Mike Teleha during one of the two F-League All-Star Games
Joe Geisel hurls one towards the plate
Jared Miller and Mike Teleha
(The National League team was short players and Jared and Scott Short graciously volunteered to help them out.)