I should add that, as I walked along the Scioto Mile to the Columbus Arts Festival this morning, I ran across a mother duck who apparently had wandered out of the river with her ducklings. She was fiercely protective of them — particularly when a dog trotted by — and tried to shield then behind a fence as I walked by.
Archive for June 2nd, 2012
After doing some work this morning I walked down to the Columbus Arts Festival. The 2012 Festival has moved back to its traditional location on the riverfront, and the relocation was an inspired decision. There’s lots of room for artists’ booths, street food tents, seating, and three performance stages. The booths and tents run along Civic Center Drive, cross the Scioto River on the Rich Street bridge, and then loop back across the river on the Main Street bridge.
The set-up gives the Festival a more airy and open feel than I found at last year’s Festival. It also gives the visitor a chance to check out the Scioto Mile park area and cross Columbus’ two cool new downtown bridges, which are works of art in their own right. The Rich Street bridge features an interesting series of buttress supports, and the Main Street bridge uses an unusual inclined arch superstructure and has a wide pedestrian walkway. I think the two bridges, the downtown buildings, and the Scioto Mile features do a really nice job of framing the Festival and making it a visually appealing venue for the artwork.
When I was at the Festival this morning there was lots of foot traffic and apparent purchases, some fine jazz being played at the main stage, and the heady smell of street food in the air. The Festival runs until 10 p.m. tonight and from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow. If you’re in Columbus this weekend, it’s well worth a visit.
This spring the budding flowers and vegetable garden greenery of New Albany look much less chewed than in the past. Knowledgeable observers attribute the change to the fearsome bunny-hunting team of Kasey and Penny.
Rabbits throughout the neighborhood cower in fear when this formidable pair steps outside on their latest expedition. They know that the crafty Penny has devised a diabolical plan to snare any unwary hare. They know that it is only a matter of time before the finely honed tracking instincts of the hunters locate any nearby rabbit and then fix the bunny with a penetrating stare that seemingly can last for hours. After the creature is hopelessly mesmerized, the pair employ their patented lunge technique, hurling themselves at the cowering cottontail with murderous intent until they strain at the end of their leashes. Although the lunge breaks the spell and allows the reprieved rabbit to scamper away, the sight of the advancing dogs sends provokes an unmistakable bolt of fear that leaves the lucky lapin vowing to never again enter the hunters’ domain.
Even when the hunters are inside, their terrifying indoor woofing causes any hare that might stray into view to bolt, without risking even a nibble at the tender shoots of a tasty zinnia.
Yes, there’s a reason why the bunnies of New Albany are even more timid than your normal rabbit.