Seeing Things, Saying Things

Musings About Writing, Photography and Teaching

Red Barn at Sunset

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I was about to wrap up a walk on the Portage Hike and Bike trail near Kent, Ohio, when I noticed the late day sunlight nicely illuminating a red barn and old farm house at the Beckwith Orchard.

I had to walk out into the orchard for a slight distance to get a clear sight line on the barn and hope that the sun didn’t dip below the tree line before I could get there.

But I made it and got the image of the barn. The orchard is still open, but won’t be for much longer as the fall apple season draws to a close.



A Jet and a Boat

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Burke Lakefront  Airport in Cleveland is moderately busy but has little commercial airline traffic. Most of the latter uses Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

But Burke’s location on Lake Erie adjacent to downtown Cleveland make it attractive to charter aircraft, particularly those carrying professional sports teams.

By happenstance I was standing in Wendy Park making photographs of a Great Lakes freight backing into the Cuyahoga River with the assistance of a tug boat when a Delta Air Lines Boeing 757 landed at Burke.

The plane was carrying members of the Minnesota Twins Major League Baseball team, which was flying in from Detroit to play the Cleveland Indians during the last week of the regular season.

I’ll be at Barnes & Noble in Akron

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Just a reminder that I’ll be at the Barnes & Nobel bookstore in Akron tonight signing my latest book, Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

The signing will be between 7 and 9 p.m. at the store at 3015 Medina Road. Seven other authors will also be on hand to discuss and sign their books.

Hope to see you there.

Autumn in the Cuyahoga Valley

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It’s a warm day in early November. The fall foliage is past its peak, but there is still a lot of color to be seen and photographed.

I’m walking on the towpath trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park near Brecksville, Ohio, looking for color.

To my delight there is still quite a bit to be seen, particularly along the remnants of the Ohio & Erie Canal.

Here is a selection of what I found that day.

Fishing at Sundown

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A lone fisherman doesn’t seem fazed by the fact that the sun is setting over Lake Erie and soon he will be plunged into darkness. The scene is Edgewater Park in Cleveland on a late September day that saw the region set records for high temperatures. The high temperature that day was in the low 90s. Fall has officially begun a few days earlier.

Other Colors of Fall

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We all know about fall foliage when tree leaves turn to hues of red, gold and orange as the seasons turn. Autumn is not usually known as a season for the colors of flowers, but there all of the images shown here I captured in September in Vermilion, Ohio. In so many ways autumn is nature’s most colorful season.

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November 16, 2017 at 7:08 am

2 Boats, 2 Buildings in Baltimore

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We were walking around the Inner Harbor in Baltimore last summer and of course I had my camera to make some images.

The two boats are cruise vessels oriented toward the tourist trade. They offer sightseeing and meal trips.

The buildings behind them are hotels, one of which is under construction and will have a gold and silver exterior.


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November 15, 2017 at 6:18 am