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Season of Boats

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As I post this, the Memorial Day weekend is at hand and that herald the start of summer in most people’s minds.

If you own a boat, it is time to get in the water. Hence, this series if devoted to pleasure craft on the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland.

I wasn’t aware that the Cuyahoga was widely used for pleasure boating until a particularly warm day in September 2017 when I was in downtown Cleveland and noticed a plethora of boats plying its waters.

It thought the bulk of boat traffic on the river was commercial.

But as I thought about it I realized that boats need a place to dock and the Cuyahoga provides access to docks.

Most of the boats featured here were going to and from Lake Erie.


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May 25, 2018 at 6:37 am

Standing Guard

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There is an admission charge to enter the Art Institute of Chicago, but some exhibits can be viewed for free, including the massive lions that stand guard  at the main entrance off Michigan Avenue.

The twin lions that stand on pedestals are as old as the museum itself, having been placed there in 1894

The Art Institute was established at its current site at the conclusion of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition.

The lions were sculpted by Edward Kemeys, who the Art Institute describes as a self-taught artist and “the nation’s first great animalier (sculptor of animals).”

The lions were unveiled on May 10, 1894, and have been viewed countless times by numerous generations of Chicago residents and visitors.

The sculptures weigh more than two tons apiece.

The Art Institute said Kemeys modeled them after African lions. The north lion is depicted as “on the prowl” while the south lion displays “an attitude of defiance.”

In the images above, the south lion is shown on top while the north lion is below.

Not Welcome in Our House

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The aviary at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum near Tucson, Arizona, allows you to walk in the habitat of the birds that live there.

I entered the double-door facility with an eye toward photographing some of the residents.

The birds are probably used to being seen and having people walk through.

I’m sure it is my imagination, but the bird in the top photo, which was on the ground, seems to be casting a disapproving eye on me as I snap the picture.

The bird in the tree above in the second photo appears to be striking a predator-like pose.

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May 21, 2018 at 7:04 am

Flatland Memory

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I grew up in east central Illinois and flat farmland is something I knew as second nature.

A lot of people think it is boring, which it is, but when you’ve grown up with it and it’s home you naturally have an affinity for it.

Where I live now hardly features much in the way of dramatic terrain, such as mountains and gorges, but it does have it moments.

When I think about the Illinois prairie this is what I have in mind.

I picture a rural road going off into infinity. I see endless fields of corn and soybeans, but not wheat. For some reason there were not a lot of wheat fields in central Illinois when I was growing up.

There is a big sky, but it never seems are large as the sky does in the Western United States.

This image was made near Danforth, Illinois. The railroad tracks in the foreground belong to Canadian National, which owns the former Illinois Central line between Chicago and New Orleans.

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May 17, 2018 at 8:11 am

Desert Shelter

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I’ve seen this small shelter several times over the years.

It sits near a scenic overlook in Tucson Mountain Park. It remember seeing it back in the 1980s and it was still there during my most recent visit in October 2016 when I made this image.

I don’t know who built it or for what purpose. Maybe it was constructed to provide some shade from the sun in the Sonoran Desert to those who wanted to admire the view.

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May 16, 2018 at 6:56 am

Red Burst

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I made this photograph of maple tree leaves because of its color. But upon taking a second glance, I thought it kind of resembled the burst of fireworks when they explode, sending flames of bright color in every direction.

Ah, the joy of having an active imagination. To paraphrase Dr. Seuss, imagine the things that you will see that others do not.

This tree was photographed in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

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May 15, 2018 at 8:51 am

Bee and Butterfly

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Look carefully toward the center of this image. It may not be obvious at first, but there are two things that fly collecting something from those flowers.

There is a butterfly and a bee juxtaposed against each other. It even took me a couple minutes to pick out the bee because it is not so obvious.

There is also a bee toward the bottom of the frame that is more visible.

The image was made at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum near Tucson, Arizona.

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May 14, 2018 at 7:04 am