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Archive for May 2017

At the End of My Rainbow

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Another storm has passed through Cleveland. Another wave of thunderstorms is coming, but for now there is a break in the clouds. It is still raining to the east, but the sunlight is creating a double rainbow.  Time to get out the smart phone and snap a couple images before it fades away.

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May 31, 2017 at 6:35 am

Hauted in Willoughby

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Word is that the building that once housed the Willoughby Coal & Supply Company is haunted. Back in 1945, a foreman is reported to arrived for work to find the owner’s body lying on the floor by the front entrance.

The official version of events is that he had climbed into the third floor rafter and accidentally fallen. But others think that he was murdered.

The building is still a working business today and on the day that I made this image a school group was touring it on a ghost walk.

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May 30, 2017 at 6:58 am

Gathering of the Gulls

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Where there are large bodies of water there will be gulls. Every park along Lake Erie has gulls. The birds seem to have little fear of people on the beaches.

Sure the gulls might fly away if a group of people approaches, but you can get amazingly close to some gulls on the beach in a public park.

Gulls do not always just hang out at the beach. Shown above are stone breakwaters off the shore of Presque Isle State Park near Erie, Pennsylvania.

On this day, few people were on the beach because it was a weekday in late August.

Nonetheless the gulls were hanging out on the breakwaters as though they were attending a meeting. I wonder what they talk about out there.

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May 26, 2017 at 4:39 am

Follow the Concrete Path

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Few trails that I’ve seen are made of concrete unless they are urban paths that use city streets and sidewalks.

So I was surprised to find this narrow band of concrete on this trail in Presque Isle State Park near Erie, Pennsylvania.

I didn’t walk this trail so I don’t know how far the concrete extends. It doesn’t appear to go too far, though.

The concrete looks like it has been here awhile and there is probably a story behind why this trail is partly paved.

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May 25, 2017 at 5:38 am

Fill ‘er Up With Nostalgia

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I ran across this old service station in Leetonia, Ohio, that is not easy to describe. Its various artifacts harken back to an era that has long since passed into history.

These include the old car, the signs in the windows and the gas pump.

Yet there are modern touches, most notably the siding on the building, the modern vehicle parked at the far left and even the tank on the far right.

I’m not really sure what purpose this facility serves. It might be someone’s business, yet if so I didn’t see a sign. Maybe it is just part of someone’s collection.

Whatever the case, the place is dripping with history and nostalgia and provides quite a contrast with the modern service station several hundred yards away on the other side of the railroad tracks behind this building.

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May 24, 2017 at 7:08 am

Rainbow in the Clouds

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The storm had pretty much moved through, but some clouds remained on the back edge of the front. Enough light rain was falling to create a rainbow in the late day sunlight.

There was actually a double rainbow here, but the second one was pretty faded by the time this image was made.

Who doesn’t like to look at a rainbow? There just might be a pot of gold out there somewhere, maybe in those golden clouds.

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May 23, 2017 at 5:47 am

All That Remains is the Glitter (and Some Memories)

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It is graduation season at the nation’s colleges and high schools and millions are donning caps and gowns and going through ceremonies and rituals that have been around for as long as any of us alive today can remember.

And graduates have probably been saying for just as long that they were only doing this for their parents.

I suspect that if the graduates could take a vote they might do away with all of the pomp and circumstance.

But many of them go through it anyway even though I know a number of people who skipped their graduation ceremony and at least one who was there, but sitting with the audience and not walking across the stage like the rest of us.

When I taught at John Carroll University, faculty members were expected to participate in the ceremony.

After one particular commencement, I remember going the next day to get a haircut or some such mundane activity and wondering what the graduates were thinking today.

All of their lives they had been preparing for going to college. Then college came and it must have seemed like an eternity before they would graduate.

But they did and now it was the morning after. What are they thinking now that a major part of their life is behind them?

I was reminded of that question when I ran across this “glitter” on the bricks in front of the Rose Well House on the campus of Indiana University.

The Well House is one of the more iconic landmarks on the Bloomington campus and countless grads had their picture taken in front of it.

Graduation Day at IU had been four days earlier and some graduates had left behind – although probably unintentionally – some reminders of that day.

Now it is time to get on with the rest of their life. But cheer up grads. There is always graduate school if you don’t want to face life just yet. And you will always have your memories.