On Walktober 2019

It’s time for Walktober, so cheers to Robin for her organizing this annual tradition. If my memory is correct, this is my seventh in the last eight years (missing 2017 – probably due to travels).  Here’s a walk that I’ve been wanting to do for some time, so here goes … but this is a long walk, so I hope you are in walking shape.

That’s downtown Cincinnati from the Kentucky side of the Ohio River. Such a great view. Access to my destination is a bit easier from this side, plus it gets me more steps. It’s a beautiful morning, but I wonder about the shadows that will be present today because the sun is still low.


As I cross on old bridge now known as The Purple People Bridge, oh look … an old friend is working as a lifeguard. That’s Bearcat, the University of Cincinnati mascot. A good one!


Cincinnati has a string of wonderful parks along the river. Each is different, plus another one is currently in the planning stage. That’s the popular Serpentine Wall to the west of this bridge ….


… but I’m going to the park on the east, Bicentennial Commons. Dedicated in 1988, this 22-acre park honors Cincinnati’s 200 years. Looks like the shadows are pronounced today.


Meet our city’s namesake – Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus – a Roman citizen, farmer, warrior, and leader.


Who’s over there? Well, well – it’s the infamous Lucius Quinctius Pigasus.


With part of the walk close to the river, I always love to look. After all, my hometown is many miles upriver from here.


The walk upriver is awesome. The trees, continuous views of the river, historical markers, a geologic timeline on the sidewalk, and the outlooks. The first set historical markers have information about the area’s German and Irish settlers, the Sultana (riverboat), and the Black Brigade of Cincinnati on the Union side of the Civil War. For those who don’t know, Cincinnati and the surrounding area had an important role in the Underground Railroad. Seeing the geologic timeline reminds me that the Creation Museum (promoting 10,000 year old Earth) is less than 30 minutes from here.

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I like the sight of an old pump house that was part of the Cincinnati Water Works. After all, Cincinnati had Ohio’s first publicly owned water system.


Oh look – river traffic! Because I grew up in a river town, seeing the barge traffic always reminds me of my youth. Do you see the recreational boat?


Given 22 acres, there’s plenty of available activities areas besides walking: tennis courts, kids play area, rollerblade rink, picnicking, and a concert venue.

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There’s another pig. Let’s see who. it’s the Ribs King! Look closer to see the crown.


What’s a park without ornamental plants!

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Ornamental plants are always nice, but looking up is something that not enough people do – therefore, they miss a lot. I know, one may miss something near when looking up, so balance is necessary.

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Here’s the official entrance into Bicentennial Commons. When first proposed, those four flying pigs created quite the ruckus. In time, the citizens embraced them – even naming a successful race after them – The Flying Pig Marathon.

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Thanks for walking along with me through Cincinnati’s Bicentennial Common. I’ve got over 9,000 already for my day!


Robin, a good lady and Ohioan now living in Maryland, is the host. Click here for her Walktober post that will have links to others participating as pingbacks in the Comments. (I hope to visit all of them). I invite my readers to visit other participants – plus hey – if you are interested in participating, Robin is a gracious and welcoming host.

To see my past walks, either click Walktober in the Categories sidebar or click here. Happy Walktober!

Because this (most likely) will be my last Walktober, a special thanks to Robin. For hosting, for visiting and commenting here, for wonderful posts, for our collaborations, and for anything else that I missed.

100 thoughts on “On Walktober 2019

    • Sylvia,
      Welcome to Cincinnati. Bicentennial Commons is a nice park … let alone the adjoining parks … wow … that would be a long walk … but doable! Cincinnati is smaller than many think … but it’s nice.

      PS: I invite you to visit Robin’s post.

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    • Patti,
      I don’t know how many years Robin has been doing this, but I think this is my seventh. Make sure you visit Robin’s walk and follow the links in the comments. You’ll get quite the variety. Thanks for walking along in my city.


    • Pauline,
      Cincinnati’s pig fixation goes back to its prominence in livestock industry during the 1800s. Procter & Gamble (giant consumer product company) is based here, and its start also goes back to that period.

      The big pigs were featured throughout the city many, many years ago … but some still exist. I enjoy them.

      Thanks for walking along … and hope all is well. 🙂

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    • Fiery,
      Thanks for walking along in a quite oasis just off of city center. I’ve always enjoyed this park, and have wanted to feature it for Walktober for some time. Going early in the day gave me too many shadows, but I had to go when I could. Thanks for the kinds words and this is definitely a morning coffee post.

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  1. A wonderful walk, Frank! Thank you for sharing Cincinnati with us. I had no idea there were so many beautiful areas there. You probably know that Cininnatus was a popular image in the Revolutionary period, and George Washington was often compared (and sometimes pictured) as him.
    Now, I need to figure out when and where I’m going to do my walk. . .:)

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    • Merril,
      Cincinnati is hilly and in a valley, so it has its share of natural variety. I did not know the link between Washington and Cincinnatus – but I can see the parallel. Thanks for sharing and walking along.

      Because you are a walker, narrowing down your choice will be the hard part. So many choices.

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  2. That was a great walk. I love when cities protect the waterfront so all can use it. The pigs are really great. Are they all over the city? My sister and I were in Berlin a couple years ago; they have bears all over. We took photos of all the ones we found.

    Thanks for your comments on my walk.

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    • Helen,
      Welcome first-time commenter and thanks for bopping over from Robin’s! I know I will try to visit as many walk participants as possible.

      The pigs were all over the city … years ago … I’m guessing at least 15. Some are still prominent. Pigs honor Cincinnati’s role in the livestock industry in the 1800s.


  3. When I was a kid I used to think I’d like to live in Cincinnati. I still think that. Years ago, more years than I like to admit, I ran the Flying Pig half marathon there with a group of friends. We stayed in a hotel in Kentucky and very early on a dark and cold morning walked across a bridge to the start line. I thought it was marvelous to see the city from Kentucky. Was not as thrilled after the 13.1 miles to have to walk back over the bridge to our hotel! 🙂

    I love all of your pictures of your wonderful, hilly city. Thank you so much for taking us along!

    I must have missed something, why would this be your last Walktober? I would miss your posts!

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    • Dawn,
      Oh wow … someone verifies the existence of the Flying Pig Marathon. 🙂 Given the terrain, not an easy race … well, so they say.

      I agree … just love the view of the city across the river from Kentucky. Always fun walking one of the bridges.

      Yes, my last Walktober. Sometime in the spring I announced I was considering stepping away from this blog – my little corner of the world. After more thought, in September I stated that I would definitely stop – but unsure when. I’m guessing sometime over the next 3 months. I’m currently pulling out “unfinished posts” … sort of cleaning out my closet. It’s been more than wonderful here, but after 11 years, it’s time.

      Thanks for walking along and for sharing a bit of your relationship with Cincinnati.


    • Jo,
      Locally, the marathon is known as “The Pig” … but the official name is The Flying Pig Marathon, which I believe is named after the pigs in I’ve shown in this park. Thanks for walking along!


  4. What an enjoyable walk, Frank. I really enjoyed the river views. You introduced me for the first time to Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus. The pigs were a fun surprise as well. Walktober is a fun idea. 🙂

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    • Debra,
      Glad you enjoyed a bit of my city along with Lucius and Lucius. I encourage you to visit Robin’s Walktober post, then follow the links in the comments. I think you will love them! Thanks for walking along.


  5. Frank, this was a fabulous walk — thank you for letting me tag along. I’ve only been to Cincinnati one time (it was a working trip, so I didn’t get to see much). What I saw, I really liked though! There’s something about living next to water that appeals to me — probably because Central Illinois is so land-locked, and the corn and soybeans can get rather, um, boring. Anyway, one of these days, I need to get back your way to see some of the things I missed. I’m sorry this is going to be your final Walktober. Maybe next next, as September rolls around, you might be coaxed to change your mind??


    • Debbie,
      Thanks for walking along in a Cincinnati park. I enjoyed doing this one. Glad you have visited here – so yes – feel free to return. BLINK Cincinnati is this weekend – an over-the-top light show. Simply wow!

      Yes – my final Walktober. Although never say never, my plan is to stop post in a few months. After 11+ years, I’m ready … sad … but ready. BUT, my plan is to keep visiting.

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  6. I enjoyed walking along with you, Frank, and especially the looking up 🙂 🙂 Obviously many others do too. October always seems to be a busy time for me so I never have got around to contributing to Robin’s walks. I hope that you can continue to do so, though you hint that you might not.


    • Johanna,
      Thanks for coming over from Robin’s post. She’s such a great host … and glad you enjoyed my little walk. Yes, this is most likely my last walk because I plan on ending this blog soon (but unsure when). For over 11 years, my little corner of the world has been fascinating and a pure joy .. but it feels right to step way.


        • There’s no question in my mind that the majority of bloggers who have stopped vanished into thin air – therefore leaving me wondering about them. Those experiences have helped me realize that’s not me. I’ve been preparing my exit series, still don’t have a definite timetable.


  7. Thank you for taking us along on your walk through Cincinnati’s Bicentennial Common. My grandmother was born in Cincinnati but I’ve never been (until just now that is). Your photographs are stunning. Thank you for sharing them with us. I hope that you had a refreshing blogging break.

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    • Donna ( I think that’s right),
      Welcome first-time commeter. Glad this walk was able to take you to your grandmother’s birthplace. It was a fun walk to do … and one that I’ve wanted to do for sometime. 🙂 … Meanwhile, it’s been a good break, but I’ll be returning soon. 🙂


  8. Thank you for the tour of the Bicentennial Commons in Cincinnati, Frank. How unusual to see so many pigs, some flying at that. LOL Beautiful city. As for shadows …. I believe they make the images more flavorful. When you get to know how to work with shadows, they become your best friends. I used to deplore shooting in bright sunlight and [gasp] shadows. Now I love doing so!


    • Amy Rose,
      Welcome first-time commenter. Walktober is such a glorious event, therefore a reason why I like to visit other participants. As a photographer, I’m a point-and-shot who occasionally gets lucky. Shadows are difficult while adding a layer of complexity – so a reason why I admire those who can successfully work with them! Cheers to your skills. 🙂

      FYI: I’ve collaborated with Walktober host Robin several times. … even one on shadows 🙂 … I invite you to visit … https://afrankangle.wordpress.com/2019/02/05/on-shadows-2/

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      • My “following” has been a run-away train, Frank, so I’m pretty picky who I follow. I’m only one person, you see, and yeah I do have a life outside of blogging, for real. Your sense of humor and your big heart won me over, so yep I pushed your follow button.
        Shadows are fascinating …. without them we would have no form. Hmmmmm …. If you are working with a “professional” camera (not a cellphone camera), in order to find the “correct” EV (exposure value), take your light reading somewhere in between the light and the dark areas of your composition. Unless that is, you are going for drama and you want the shadows very dark. (smile) What I told you is years worth of practice. LOL
        And I will visit the shadow post. Have a great Sunday!!

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  9. I thoroughly enjoyed this walk, Frank. I’m so glad you stayed close to home for this one. Seeing the barge on the river brought back a lot of memories for me. It’s been a long time since I’ve been anywhere near the Ohio River. I think we’re overdue for a trip out that way.

    Thank you so much for all of the walks. I’m sorry this will be your last one, but… this may be my last as well. It’s been a good run (or walk, as the case happens to be). 🙂

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      • Robin,
        You’ve been a treat. Research shows that your are one of my longest-serving commenters! 🙂 … Your kindness is special – so THANK YOU! … and yes – the collaborations were a treat.

        Still unsure when I’ll signoff … looks like December or January … but no rush – time will tell. Whenever, there will be an official closing with a series of posts.

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    • Robin,
      Glad you enjoyed this local walk – besides serving as a reminder your days in South Point. Whenever I see a barge, flashbacks of my youth commonly occur.

      Your walks have been a treat through the years. So thanks for organizing them! It’s also fun visiting the others. 🙂 Special thanks for encouraging to do this one!

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