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Artistic photo - star lights night photograph

December 21-31, 2009

"Star Light, Star Bright..."

Once again, as the year comes to a close and the holidays are upon us, we want to pay tribute to our service men and women who are unable to be with their families at this time. We recognize the sacrifices made by both them and their families. We thank all of them for their service, dedication, support, and sacrifice. Our wish is for happy family reunions to come quickly.

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Aerial photo - Cleveland Browns Stadium and Cleveland, Ohio, skyline

December 14-20, 2009

"Stadium and Skyline"

Looking for a unique gift for the football fan on your list? A framed print of this photo of Cleveland Browns Stadium and the Cleveland Skyline is sure to please! Check out our for more views. And if the Browns aren't at the top of your fan's list, be sure to check out our .

For print sizes 13"x19" and smaller, order by December 22, to ensure delivery for Christmas. For prints larger than 13"x19", order by December 17! Last minute shopper or not sure which view choose? and order a gift certificate!

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Aerial photo - Severance Hall in University Circle, Ohio - home of the Cleveland Orchestra

December 7-13, 2009

"Celebrate"

This is Severance Hall, home of the , in University Circle - a few miles east of downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Get into the holiday spirit by attending one (or more!) of the various Christmas and holiday concerts in this . For just per ticket, you can attend a holiday concert geared especially towards children.

In the background of this photo, University Hospitals' major expansion and construction project can be seen.

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Aerial photo - Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio - home of the NHL Blue Jackets

November 30 - December 6, 2009

"Drop the Puck"

The approximately 9 year old in Columbus, Ohio, is the home of the NHL hockey team. It is also the site of numerous other sporting events and concerts. Located in the appropriately named "Arena District," the arena lures crowds of people downtown where they can also enjoy shopping and dining. The colorful building in the background is the .

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Aerial photo - shopping center in Medina, Ohio

November 23-29, 2009

"Tis the Season"

The renovation and expansion of this shopping center in Medina, Ohio, was completed just in time for the busy holiday shopping center. There were plenty of parking spots available when this photo was taken in October, but the parking lot will be packed full come "Black Friday" - get there early!

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Aerial photo - partially harvested corn maze - rural Ohio

November 16-22, 2009

"Amazing Harvest"

After Halloween, kids and adults turn their attention away from corn mazes and pumpkins and start thinking about Christmas and Santa Claus. The farmers that host everyone's fall fun still have work to do, though - it's time to harvest the remaining corn and get it to market!

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Aerial photo - Great Lakes Science Center, Cleveland, OH

November 9-15, 2009

"Great Science"

This low and close aerial view of the museum in downtown Cleveland gives a neat view of the wind turbine and three shadows. One is real, the other two are paved outlines of the shadows. (We don't know the day and time the real shadow lines up with the artwork - if you do, please ) Also visible in this photo are parts of the (upper right corner) and the (top edge, left of center).

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Aerial photo - fall view of a neighborhood near Akron, OH

November 2-8, 2009

"Suburban Splendor"

When neighborhoods are developed, they are often planned to have a consistent look. Some sub-divisions require everyone to have the same mailbox. This street near the city of Akron, Ohio, appears to have required red maple trees to be planted in everyone's tree lawn. We're sure this looks good from the ground, but we feel it takes an aerial photo to really appreciate the efforts of the planners!

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Aerial photo - overhead view of a cemetery in Beachwood, OH

October 26 - November 1, 2009

"Bet Olam"

This aerial photograph is of in Beachwood, Ohio. Most of the gravesites have edging around them which sort of turns the sites into plant beds. Loved ones can then create beautiful living memorials.

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Aerial photo - Madriver and NKP train museum in Bellevue, OH

October 19-25, 2009

"Mad River"

The in Bellevue, Ohio, is a great place to take the family for some hands-on experience with trains. Several engines are open for visitors so they can sit in the cab, touch the controls, and get a feel for the view that engineers enjoy. Adults and children alike will enjoy this great museum.

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Aerial photo - fall foliage and bridge Cuyahoga Valley National Park, near Cleveland OH

October 12-18, 2009

"Fall Arrives"

Fall has arrived spectacularly in northern Ohio as can be seen in this view of the Cuyohoga Valley National Park near Peninsula, Ohio. The combination of beautiful colors and cool, crisp air make autumn a great time for aerials!

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Aerial photo - new CSX intermodal yard under construction near North Baltimore, OH

October 5-11, 2009

"You Are Here"

North Baltimore, Ohio, lies at the tip of the giant arrow that is actually a huge construction site. CSX Transportation is building a new intermodal yard - a location where freight can be moved from rail cars to trucks and vice versa. The project will create many jobs in northwest Ohio, both during and after construction. When complete, the increased shipping efficiency will reportedly save billions of dollars in shipping costs and millions of gallons of fuel annually.

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Aerial photo of a possible location of the new Port of Cleveland

September 28 - October 4, 2009

"Port of Cleveland"

The Port of Cleveland is looking to move to this location referred to as E. 55th Street. The marina currently located here will also get a new home. The current Port is located west of this location on the other side of Cleveland Stadium (not visible in this photo). More info on the Port can be found on the web site.

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Aerial photo of a sprawling stone quarry

September 21-27, 2009

"Scarred Earth"

This large and sprawling stone quarry resembles a scar. Upon closer inspection, it appears that there are many different kinds of stone being produced here, perhaps explaining the irregular shape and large size of this facility near Loudonville, Ohio.

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Aerial photo of the Medina (OH) Hospital

September 14-20, 2009

"Name Game"

The hospital formerly known as "Medina General Hospital" is now known simply as "Medina Hospital" due to an agreement to become part of the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic.

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Night time aerial photo of a Friday night high school football game under the lights

September 7-13, 2009 9.11.01: Thank you, heroes. Stay vigilant, defenders. Never forget, everyone.

"Friday Night"

Nothing says September like Friday night at the local high school football game. Night time aerial photography can be very tricky - we don't have the option of using a tri-pod to keep the camera still for long exposures. However, the extra effort and practice needed is all worth while as the results are often spectacular.

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Aerial photo of a beach on the north side of Lake Erie, near Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada

August 31 - September 6, 2009

"Lake Erie's North Shore"

When you think of Canada, you probably don't think of sun drenched beaches. Yet there are many miles of shore line along the Great Lakes. This beach is packed with people and vehicles on a sunny summer day while several boaters enjoy the clear blue water to the south.

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Aerial photo of the Lodi Station outlet mall in Lodi, Ohio

August 24-30, 2009

"Grand Re-Opening"

Crowds gathered bright and early on a Saturday morning late last summer to do some shopping at the newly remodeled . The railroad-themed mall has two regularly running trains which take shoppers to various stops around the extensive property. Lodi Station is located in southern Medina county, Ohio, (between Cleveland and Columbus) at exit 204 on Interstate 71.

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Aerial photo of downtown Cleveland, Ohio

August 17-23, 2009

"Almost Finished"

Only a small amount of scaffolding remains on the in downtown Cleveland after a years-long renovation and restoration project. The top of the northern Ohio landmark skyscraper has been hidden from view for much of the past decade. The project will be complete next year.

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Aerial photo of Quaker City Raceway dragstrip in Salem, Ohio

August 10-16, 2009

"Where There's Smoke..."

A plume of smoke from a tire-warming burnout can be seen above near Salem, Ohio. Several lines of cars can be seen to the right waiting patiently (well, as patiently as drag racers can anyway...) for their timed runs.

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Aerial photo of Catawba and Kelleys Island near Port Clinton, Ohio

August 3-9, 2009

"Catawba"

Catawba Island near Port Clinton, Ohio, is on the shore of Lake Erie and serves as a launching place for trips to the other Lake Erie Islands. Rows and rows of boats and summer getaway homes can be seen in this photo. Kelley's Island can be seen near the horizon. South Bass Island (where the town of Put-In-Bay is located) is just off of the left edge of the photo.

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Aerial photo of Kalahari Resort and waterpark, Sandusky, Ohio

July 27 - August 2, 2009

"Waterpark"

The in Sandusky, Ohio, boasts the nation's largest indoor waterpark - 173,000 square feet! It also has a 77,000 square foot outdoor waterpark, 884 rooms, a full service spa, and several unique dining and shopping options. Located just a few miles from Cedar Point, Kalahari is a popular vacation destination in northern Ohio.

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Aerial photo of the Horseshoe Falls (Canadian), Niagara Falls, New York

July 20 40 years is too long! - 26, 2009

"Mistbow?"

Niagara Falls is an awesome and beautiful site from just about any angle, but it's especially cool from above. Another great view is the one from the - a boat that takes visitors right up to the edge of the falls. One of the boats can be seen through the rainbow in this photo.

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Aerial photo of the BeaveRun race track in Pennsylvania

July 13-19, 2009

"Step On The Gas"

in Big Beaver Borough, PA, hosts many exciting competitive events for cars, motorcycles, and go-karts in many classes. They also offer opportunities to drive your own car on the track and various driving schools. Check out their extensive web site for more details.

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Aerial photo of the Neil Armstrong Air and Space Museum in Wapakoneta, Ohio

July 6-12, 2009

"One Small Step"

The in Wapakoneta, Ohio, is named for the first human being to set foot on the moon. There are planned at the museum and in downtown Wapakoneta to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing which occurred on July 20, 1969.

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Aerial photo of Cleveland Stadium and Burke Lakefront Airport

June 29 - July 5, 2009 Happy Birthday U.S.A.!

"Urban Geometry"

The straight lines of the runways at Burke Lakefront Airport, the layers and curves of Cleveland Stadium, the variety of shapes that make up the Rock and Roll Hall of fame, and the sweeping bends of highways and railroads all make for a fascinating aerial lesson in geometry in downtown Cleveland.

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Aerial photo of fields shaped like a boot on a PA farm

June 22-28, 2009

"There Was an Old Woman..."

Aerial photos are used for a variety of things - like marketing real estate or monitoring construction projects - but they can also be used to identify patterns that cannot be seen from the ground. The patterns can be artistic (whether intentional or not) such as this one seen in Pennsylvania, or they can reveal important information about an area such as erosion patterns or disease spreading in the vegetation.

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Aerial photo of downtown Dayton, Ohio

June 15-21, 2009 Thanks Dad!

"Dayton Flyers"

Downtown Dayton, Ohio, lies along the Great Miami River. Dayton is home to the , , and the . Dayton is probably best known as the home of the , without whose work this photo would not be possible...

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Aerial photo of Michigan International Speedway (MIS)

June 8-14, 2009

"MIS"

is located in the "Irish Hills" area of southern Michigan, near Brooklyn. It is one of the fastest oval racing tracks in the country. The high banks and 2-mile length allow racecars to blast around the track wide open. The fan-friendly facility is known for great site lines from every seat in the house, its campgrounds, and its huge (and free!) parking lots.

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Aerial photo of a tractor tire testing facility in Ohio

June 1-7, 2009

"Crop Circles"

We hate to disappoint UFO enthusiasts, but there is no mysterious or "other-worldy" explanation for these circles in eastern Ohio. According to , this is the only facility in the world solely dedicated to the development and testing of agricultural tires.

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Overhead view of a Veterans cemetery at Green Lawn cemetery, Columbus, Ohio

May 25-31, 2009 5.25.2009: Thank you.

"Always Remember"

in Columbus, Ohio, covers over 360 acres. The park has over 25 miles of roads that allow easy exploration of the historical grounds. This photo shows a small section of the park reserved for veterans of World War I, World War II, and the Korean War. Please view the of this photo to more clearly see the grave markers of a small number of those who fought for our freedom. Remember all who sacrificed.

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Overhead close up of trees and farmland in the spring

May 18-24, 2009

"Spring Greens"

If you like green and you like photos with texture, May in the midwestern United States is the perfect month for aerial photography. The trees are many different shades of green, some have flowers, and some still only have buds. Farmland is also varied - winter wheat is nice and green while other fields have yet to be planted.

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Aerial photo of a mountain cut away for a road near Wheeling, West Virginia

May 11-17, 2009

"Cut Away View"

Shadows really accentuate the stair step cuts made in the side of this hill along the Ohio River just north of Wheeling, WV. The cuts are made in this fashion to slow erosion and run off and reduce the risk of rock slides onto the highway below.

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Aerial photo of the interchange construction at Interstates I-71 and I-76 in Ohio

May 4-10, 2009 Thanks Mom!

"Getting There"

Getting from I-76 to I-71 or vice versa will be much easier and safer once this huge construction project is complete. All of the ramps at this Medina County, Ohio, site have been redesigned to improve safety and traffic flow. Work at this site has been going on for quite some time - it has been the subject of our "Stock Photo of the Week" twice before on , and .

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Aerial photo the University of Akron and downtown Akron, OH

April 27 - May 3, 2009

"UA"

The University of Akron would be hard to pick out from the air if the sports fields did not stand out so well. The new football stadium currently under construction now dominates the view of the campus. Quaker Square and downtown Akron can be seen in the upper left corner of the photo, northwest of the campus.

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Aerial photo of the CSX railyard in Willard, Ohio

April 20-26, 2009

"Chicago Junction, Ohio"

This photo shows CSX Transportation's massive rail yard in . The city of Willard was formerly known as Chicago Junction as this yard served as the railroad's connection point betwen the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad's Sandusky / Mansfield / Newark line and Chicago. Later, a line to Akron was built from this location to more directly connect Chicago with markets in the northeast region of the United States.

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Aerial photo of Schneider Trucking intermodal yard, part of the Marion (Ohio) Industrial Center

April 13-19, 2009

"Marion's Thumb"

This 186 acre intermodal yard near Marion, Ohio, really sticks out from our aerial vantage point. The Marion Industrial Center (formerly a Department of Defense Engineering Depot) has about 1.3 million square feet of warehouse space under roof and hundreds of truck docks along a 1.5 mile length of State Route 309. The Marion Airport can be seen in the upper right corner of the photo.

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Aerial photo of Beaver, PA, where the Beaver River empties into the Ohio River

April 6-12, 2009 Happy Easter!

"3 Towns, 5 Bridges, No Dams"

The Beaver River empties into the Ohio River between Beaver, PA, on the left and Rochester, PA, on the right. On the south side of the Ohio (in the lower right of the photo) is the town of Monaca.

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Aerial photo of a junk (salvage) yard with several vintage cars and trucks

March 30 - April 5, 2009

"Vintage Vehicles"

This photo shows a salvage yard that is full of old cars and trucks. In the bigger version of this photo, you can easily count them and probably identify some of them. In the maximum resolution version, you can probably tell if they have that tail light you need for your '57 Chevy...

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Aerial photo of a quarry, lake, and conveyeying equipment

March 23-29, 2009

"Quiet Quarry"

A calm day above a stone quarry made for an interesting photo opportunity. The smooth-as-glass, blue-green water contrasts nicely against the rough texture of the brown rocks as well as the spindly dark metallic conveyor arms.

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Aerial photo of an office park in Independence, OH, a suburb of Cleveland

March 16-22, 2009 2009.03.17: Happy St. Patrick's Day!

"Late Winter View"

There is a small window of opportunity in the late winter and early spring to get aerial photos that show a great deal of information. The air is crisp and clear so visibility is nearly unlimited. Roads and buildings can be seen more clearly because the trees are not full of leaves. Ground contours can also be seen more easily as the winter snows tend to flatten the grass and vegetation.

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Aerial photo of the new baseball stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Huntington Park, home of the Clippers.

March 9-15, 2009

"Finishing Touches"

Huntington Park, the new home of the Columbus (Ohio) Clippers minor league baseball team, is almost complete. The home opener is scheduled for Saturday, April 18, 2009. Get your tickets and be a part of the historic opening day for this beautiful facility just west of downtown! Check out the for all the info.

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Aerial photo of Belle Isle in the Detroit River

March 2-8, 2009

"Blues and Greens"

It has been a long winter here in Ohio and we are looking forward to things greening up this spring. This colorful image is of Belle Isle - a 983-acre island located in the Detroit River on the U.S. - Canadian international border. In this photo looking southeast, Detroit, Michigan (U.S.A.) is on the bottom/right and Windsor, Ontario (Canada) is on the top/left. More information about Belle Isle can be found .

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February 23 - March 1, 2009

"Now You See It, Now You Don't"

Sometimes a photo may have an unwanted item in it for whatever reason. In this case, the giant pumpkin - although it is very cool looking - makes this image "seasonal". By removing it, the photo can be used for marketing purposes year round. Above All - Ohio can retouch ANY photo, whether we took it for you or not. It could be an aerial, it could be a ground shot, it could even be a portrait. It may just need something removed or it may be an old faded or damaged photo. Whatever it is - we can fix it! Give us a call and let us turn (or return) your photos into perfectly clean and/or customized images!

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Aerial view of shadows cast by bare trees on the snow

February 16-22, 2009

"Optical Confusion"

Without the shadows cast on the smooth snow, it would be difficult to tell that this is an aerial photo of trees. One thing is clearly not an illusion - a path in the snow made by deer. It is the diagonal line on the right side of the image. Late winter and early spring are great times to order aerial photography if wildlife trails are of interest to you.

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Aerial view of downtown Columbus, Ohio, looking northeast

February 9-15, 2009 Happy Valentine's Day!

"Columbus in Detail"

This view of downtown Columbus was taken from above the Scioto River looking northeast on a day with a thin overcast cloud cover. Pictures taken on bright sunny days are beautiful, but if you're interested in fine details that might be obscured by shadows, a day like this may be best for your site. Give us a call to discuss your needs and let us customize a flight for you!

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Aerial photograph of Mall B in downtown Cleveland

February 2-8, 2009

"Mall B"

Downtown Cleveland is in the news again - and again with the proposed location of the new medical merchandise mart. This photo shows the site selected by Cuyahoga County commissioners - "Mall B" - sort of... The new medical mart (and a new convention center) will be built underground, replacing the existing convention center.

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Aerial photograph of downtown Mansfield, Ohio

January 26 - February 1, 2009

"Downtown Mansfield, Ohio"

Mansfield, Ohio, lies about halfway between Cleveland and Columbus. It is home to several diverse industries including - most notably - carousel manufacturing and restoration. Perhaps its biggest claim to fame, however, is that it is the home of the Ohio State Reformatory - where much of the movie The Shawshank Redemption was filmed.

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Aerial photograph of an icy Ohio River and power plant steam

January 19-25, 2009

"Steamy Cold"

When frigid temperatures hit, steam rising from many factories and power plants (such as this one along the Ohio River), crystalizes immediately. The icy plumes can not dissipate quickly, so they become very large and hang in the air. This one was pushed east by the wind and was easily 20 miles long.

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Aerial photograph of the new Franklin County court house under construction in Columbus, Ohio

January 12-18, 2009

"New Franklin County Courthouse"

The new Franklin County Courthouse is taking shape in downtown Columbus, Ohio. Work started in the spring of 2008 and is expected to be complete in the fall of 2010. The final piece of steel was put into place in mid-December (2008), just a few days before this photo was taken.

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A freighter on Lake Erie passes between some clumps of ice

January 1-11, 2009 Happy New Year!

"Icy Passage"

We were over Lake Erie when we spotted this ship navigating its way through the some icy patches. This photo was taken in early spring, so the ice here is melting, not forming.

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