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Fancy Steppin’

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A friend of mine owns a horse whose registered name is I’m a Fancy Chip. But he calls her Fancy for short.

We were recently in his home town of Vermilion when a storm front began approaching. Todd suggested we head for his barn to bring in the horses.

Knowing that eats awaited her in the barn, Fancy didn’t have to be prompted all that much to come in.


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August 31, 2016 at 5:53 pm

Saying Farewell to an Old Friend

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Red car

It was old and had racked up nearly 150,000 miles. I hadn’t figured to have it as long as I did, but sometimes expectations don’t work out because life intervenes.

Last December my wife purchased a new Nissan Versa and I inherited the silver Versa she had been driving. My red Sentra was part of the trade-in for the new vehicle.

It was time to replace the Sentra anyway. In the previous year it had encountered a number of mechanical issues that had been costly. Parts were wearing out and who knows how much more in repairs would have been needed down the road.

Still, on the day that I drove this model year 2000 Sentra for the final time I had a mix of emotions. I had driven it for years and we had been a lot of places together. So before leaving home to take the Sentra to the dealer, I posed for a final portrait.

Farewell, old friend.

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August 31, 2016 at 6:42 am

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Rural Illinois High Rise

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Illinois Windsor grain elevator

The downstate Illinois landscape is filled with grain elevators rising into the sky. They are easily the tallest structures in most small towns and visible for miles on the central Illinois prairie.

This particular grain elevator in Windsor, Illinois, holds some significance for me. When I was a child my Dad used to drive Illinois Route 16 west out of my hometown of Mattoon when we made our monthly trips to St. Louis to visit my grandparents.

Windsor was the second town through which we would pass after leaving home. For some reason I remember seeing this grain elevator many times.

The New York Central line to St. Louis once passed through Windsor. The tracks were located between the silo and the building with the red siding. Those tracks were pulled up in the early 1983 and no railroads pass through Windsor today.

I was driving to Mattoon to visit my dad in August 2012 when I came to Windsor. Seeing the grain elevator triggered those memories of all the times we passed through here during our trips to St. Louis.

Even through I was running a little late, I stopped and recorded a structure that remains in my memory.

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August 30, 2016 at 6:23 am

Some Like Shadows, Some Like Light

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This is a story of four buildings and how a hole in the clouds produces interesting lighting effects. The two buildings that are branded with the names of financial institutions are benefiting from a hole in the clouds that is allowing direct sunlight. But the building branded by AT&T and The 9 — which offers residential housing — are cast in shadows. In the foreground in front of the AT&T building and Fifth Third Bank is a portion of Progressive Field, the home of the Cleveland Indians baseball team.

Tracks in the Snow

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CVSR tracks at Deep Lock-x

As this is posted it is still summer and daytime high temperatures are still reaching into the lower 90s with humid conditions.

Yet we know all too well how it won’t last much longer and late August will melt into fall which seems to fly into winter.

Shown are the tracks of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad near the Deep Lock Quarry in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Winter, of course, has its own beauty and a gracefulness not found in any other season. Yes, it can be quite harsh, yet also render days such as this one when there is time to enjoy what it has to offer.


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August 28, 2016 at 7:08 am

Say Cheese, Cleveland

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Cleveland skyline kids-x

One of the byproducts of the construction of a new Inner Belt bridge in Cleveland has been the creation of a small park overlooking downtown.

The park features a script Cleveland sign that has proven to be quite popular with photographers of all levels.

Of course people see the sign as something to climb and pose on and I presume is was designed to be sturdy enough for that purpose.

A pair of sisters clown around for their parents as they create a moment that I found quite interesting as well.

Shown between the girls and downtown Cleveland is an area know as an industrialized area known as the Flats. The Cuyahoga River runs through it.

Cleveland’s Twin Bank Branded Towers

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Cleveland skyline stay back-x

Actually, it is not so much a slope as a straight drop along a high retaining wall that the sign is warning about. The location is just off a cul-de-sac at the end of Rockefeller Avenue in an industrial area of Cleveland.

At one time Broadway Avenue crossed over the railroad tracks here and this area is known by some as Old Broadway.

There are still railroad tracks just beyond including tracks of Norfolk Southern and the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority. You can go up the edge of the retaining wall to photograph trains or the Cleveland skyline.

The Key Tower (left) at 888 feet is the tallest building in Cleveland while the 200 Public Square Building at 658 feet is the third tallest.