Welcome to Capture Columbus - a photoblog from WOSU Public Media featuring daily snapshots of life in Ohio's state capital. We hope you'll submit your photos to be featured on the site and follow our updates on Facebook and Twitter.

Buckeyes Are Back!

September 1st, 2012

It’s September 1, which means football season at The Ohio State University has officially begun: The stadium is the focus at 50mm.

Franklin Park Conservatory’s Blooms & Butterflies

August 31st, 2012

The fascinating life cycle and ecological importance of the butterfly is showcased both indoors and outside daily at Franklin Park Conservatory’s Blooms & Butterflies. The exhibit runs through Monday, Sept. 3, 2012.

A black and white butterflty at the Blooms & Butterflies exhibit, Franklin Conservatory, Columbus, Ohio in 2006.
At the Blooms & Butterflies exhibit, Franklin Conservatory, Columbus, Ohio in 2006. (Photo by: Jim (code poet))

CAPA’s Festival Latino 2011 At Genoa Park

August 19th, 2011

Festival Latino rocked Genoa Park this past weekend (Aug. 13 and 14) with performing and visual arts, educational workshops and authentic Latin dance. The festival, presented by CAPA, is the largest Hispanic event in Ohio. (3 Photos)

A man dips a woman during a traditional Latin dance performed by the Salsamante Dance Academy for the Festival Latino.
Salsamante Dance Academy performed traditional Latin dance for the Festival Latino. (Photo by: klj_francis)

The Ohio Stadium Story

August 16th, 2011

The Ohio State University is never at a loss for fandom. A photographic perspective on the historical Ohio Stadium, home of the Ohio State Buckeyes football team. (12 Photos)

The Block "O" section showing their spirit. The section is part of the largest student organization at The Ohio State University and also serves as the official student cheering section of the Ohio State Buckeyes. The Block "O" was established in 1938. (Photo by: Anne Bennett)

Clintonville Man’s Art Cars Enliven Columbus Streets

August 12th, 2011

Clintonville resident Greg Phelps isn’t your ordinary artist. Rather than going to a museum, you can see his masterpieces rolling through the streets of Columbus. Learn more about Phelps’ creations in this story from WOSU’s ArtZine. (11 photos)

that car 2 in front of the ohio statehouse
An art car by Columbus native Greg Phelps parked in front of the Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus. (Photo by: Greg Phelps)

Graffiti And Decay At The Nelson Road Water Treatment Plant

August 10th, 2011

The Nelson Road Water Treatment Plant (located off of Highway 670 in Bexley) was built in the 1940′s and had been long-since abandoned when it was finally demolished earlier this year. After it was shutdown, the plant was transformed into a beautifully haunting destination for graffiti artists and urban explorers. (18 Photos)

The second floor of the Nelson Road Water Plant building.
The second floor of the Nelson Road Water Plant building. (Photo by: Joseph L. Harris)

Memories From The 2011 Ohio State Fair

August 8th, 2011

From rides and food (Krispy Cream burger!) to art (Brillo Lisa?) and animals, take a look back at the 2011 Ohio State Fair. (22 Photos)

People walking in front of the ferris wheel at the ohio state fair.
Fun and a rasta-banana were had at the Ohio State Fair. (Photo by: Plaubel Makina )

Wheelchair Gives Local Dog A New “Leash” On Life

August 4th, 2011

Call this clever contraption what you will (a dog bike or a dog wheelchair?), but long-time Columbus resident John Panico’s 15 year-old canine companion Bruno travels around town in style on two wheels.

Dog bike
Columbus resident John Panico's elderly dog Bruno suffers from hip dysplasia and was fitted with this dog "wheelchair" so he could take longer walks. Panico has lived in Columbus since 1967 and says that he knew someone back in the 60s who had a dog wheelchair. When he decided to build one for 15 year-old Bruno, Panico researched them online and settled on one by Dwanecart.com, which he assembled with wheels bought from local bike shop Baer Wheels. (Photo by: John Panico)

How Franklinton Cycleworks Is Building Bikes And A Community

August 2nd, 2011

A Monday afternoon in Franklinton and the local bike co-op is busy. Founded almost four years ago, Franklinton Cycleworks is taking root in its third space, offering community members a place to service their bikes and learn new skills. (8 Photos)

Franklinton Cycleworks (front)
Four years ago, partners, Greg Lanham, Jonathan Youngman, Jonathan Ryder, Kelly Young founded the Franklinton Cycleworks, a bike co-op located in the Franklinton neighborhood west of downtown Columbus. A signature of their new space at 897 West Broad Street are bike parts (and now a whole bike) that hang on the building's front facade. Ryder says the city is offering to help rehab store fronts in the area and as a result the co-op will be able to fix the facade and paint a mural on the side of the building. (Photo by: Nora McDonald/WOSU)

33 Vintage Signs of Columbus

July 29th, 2011

Restaurants, drive-ins, bowling alleys, florists and markets. Take a closer look at the well-aged signs that dot the urban landscape around Columbus in this excellent series of photos by R. Gust Smith (he has hundreds more over on Flickr). (33 photos)

south drive-in theatre sign in columbus ohio
The South Drive-In Theatre at 3050 South High Street opened in 1955. (Photo by: R. Gust Smith)

Ohio Lawmakers Play Vintage Baseball On The Statehouse Lawn

July 28th, 2011

Lawmakers from the Ohio General Assembly, playing as the Capital Cannons took on the Ohio Village Muffins in an “old-time” baseball game on the Statehouse lawn on the evening of July 22, 2011. The lawmakers were defeated by the Muffins 15-5 in a 7 inning game. (6 photos)

Frank LaRose up to bat
Ohio State Senator Frank LaRose (R - Akron) bats for the General Assembly's team, the Capital Cannons. (Photo by: Nora McDonald/WOSU)

Suspicious Package Causes Bomb Scare At Ohio State Fair

July 27th, 2011

A suspicious package was discovered on the first day of the Ohio State Fair. The Columbus Fire Department’s Bomb Squad and Ohio State Highway Patrol officers were called in to investigate. (4 photos)

Police dog and Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Ohio State Highway Patrol Officers use police dogs to investigate when a suspicious package was found outside the Celeste Center on the ground of the Ohio State Fair on July 27, 2011. (Photo by: Nora McDonald/WOSU)

New Short North Kroger Store Opens For Business

July 27th, 2011

A new $10 million Kroger store opened to the public on July 26, 2011 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. Close to The Ohio State University campus, the location is the first Kroger store to accept “Buck ID” as a way of enticing OSU students.

The produce isle in the new Krogers.
The Grand Opening of the Short North Kroger at 1350 North High Street on Tuesday, July 26, 2011. Among the store's new amenities: an increased produce selection, deli, bulk natural foods, a liquor store and free Wi-Fi. (Photo by: Nora McDonald/WOSU)

9 Seriously Cute Animals Of The Columbus Zoo And Aquarium

July 26th, 2011

With almost 450 species from at least 6 continents, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Columbus, Ohio, has plenty of cute animals to draw in crowds. (9 photos)

Koala Kiss
Two koalas, marsupials native to Australia, cling to a branch and kiss in 2007. Koalas eat only Eucalyptus leaves and sleep 18 to 22 hours a day. (Photo by: marada (flickr))

2011 Columbus Jazz and Rib Fest

July 26th, 2011

The 2011 Columbus Jazz and Rib Fest took place July 22-24, 2011 in the Arena District along Spring & Long Streets. The festival has been a summer tradition in Columbus since its founding in 1979. (5 photos)

People line up to get ribs at the 2011 Columbus Jazz and Rib Festival
The towering rib shacks set the scene for the Jazz and Rib Fest in the downtown Columbus Arena District along Spring and Long Streets on July 22, 2011. (Photo by: Nora McDonald/WOSU)