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Tracks in the Sand of a Cape Cod Beach

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The backstory behind this photograph is, to me, more pleasing in some ways than the image itself.

It was late October 1978 and I was flying to New England to begin the first extended vacation trip I had ever made by myself.

I had worked long enough at my first real job to qualify for vacation time. I had flown into Providence, Rhode Island, the night before, rented a car and the next day drove out to Cape Cod.

I was young and wanted to photograph just about everything I saw that looked interesting, including these tracks in the sand of a beach.

I don’t know where it is or the name of the lighthouse in the background. I look at this image today and wish I had gone down to the lighthouse.

You just don’t know what it is that you are looking at a given moment that years later you will wish you had done more to capture or experience.

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June 2, 2017 at 6:59 am

Catching More Than Fish

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The tug on ¬†your line sends your heart racing. You’ve got a bite and you get up and start to reel it in.

Will this be that prize catch you can brag about later and enjoy putting in the frying pan?

That might have gone through the mind of this guy. But as he pulled in his line, he found he had caught more than a fish. He also had some vegetation, quite a lot of it in fact.

There does appear to be a fish on the end of that line, but it doesn’t look like a large one. No much of fish story to tell here.

Written by csanders429

May 15, 2017 at 6:07 am

Scenes From a Late Summer Day in the Park

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It was a weekday in late August. The skies were mostly sunny and the temperature was warm. I had ventured into Presque Isle State Park near Erie, Pennsylvania, to photograph a pair of lighthouses.

But parks are rich with photo opportunities, particularly human interest images. In the top image, a mother looks back at her youngest son as she paddled with her older son in Lake Erie just off a beach.

She might have told the younger boy to get back on the beach because I soon saw him digging in the sand with his sister.

In the middle photograph, those who have the day off or some time off took advantage of the weather to get in some fishing along this pier on the other side of the park from the beach.

Of course, parks along major bodies of water are sure to present nature scenes that catch your eye.

Such was the case with this driftwood that is piled up along the shore. Perhaps a storm or a rising tide will lift this wood back into the water and it will drift along to another landing spot.

Paddling and Fishing

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I’ve been to Indigo Lake many times in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, but only a couple of times have I seen anyone on the lake in a boat.

For many years I wasn’t sure boats were allowed on the lake. Swimming is prohibited and the vast majority of people fishing were doing so from the bank.

There are no docks on Indigo Lake and boaters have to carry their boats from a parking lot. That might discourage some from boating here.

But not this man. He has his three lines in the water as he paddles along hoping that something will bite.

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May 5, 2017 at 6:41 am

Some Color on the Beach

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There weren’t many people on this beach at Presque Isle State Park along the shore of Lake Erie. But a couple has brought a pair of beach umbrellas because it was still a warm and sunny day in late August.

As I write and post this, summer is just around the corner and it will be time to get the beach umbrellas out of the closet, the attic or the garage and head for the sand.

Empty Chair Today

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There is no lifeguard on duty today on this beach at Presque Isle State Park near Erie, Pennsylvania.

It is tempting to say there is no need for a lifeguard because few people are on the beach on a weekday in late August after school has returned to session. Yet people can get in trouble in the water whether there is just one person on the beach or a thousand.

The lifeguard chair probably is empty due to economic and availability reasons. Many of the lifeguards are students and now they are back in school, whether it be college or high school.

Perhaps on the weekend the lifeguards will be back in their chairs when more people are on the beach in the final days of summer.

But today all is quiet and the lifeguard chair is empty.

Floating Housing Development

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I was making my way through Presque Isle State Park near Erie, Pennsylvania, trying to find a lighthouse when I chanced upon something quite unusual. It was a floating housing development.

Countless people have homes or cottages along the water but it was this was the first time I had seen a cluster of homes on the water in a literal sense.

I’m not sure what the story is behind this development or whether the people who inhabit these home do so year-around or if they are just for seasonal use.

I presume they have motor vehicles that they part near their homes for when they need to run into town to get something.

But going to the grocery store involves both a boat and a car, van or truck.

A floating home would not be for someone who gets motion sickness.

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April 24, 2017 at 4:30 am