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Field of Driftwood

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You will find driftwood on just about any beach. Trees get knocked down in storms, fall into a lake and the water current takes them along for a ride.

In time, the currents carry the drifting wood back to shore and deposit it. Maybe a high tide will sweep the wood back out for another ride on the water or maybe this will be the permanent home for the piece of driftwood.

This field of driftwood is at the far eastern end of the beach at Headlands Beach State Park near Mentor, Ohio.

In the background is the Fairport Harbor West Breakwater lighthouse.

 

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Accessible Now to All

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Getting to the beach can be a major challenge to those in a wheelchair or who have limited mobility under their own power. Nature puts many obstacles in your path, including sand, rocks and plants.

During a visit to Headlands Beach State Park I noticed that there is a recently installed ramp cutting across a marshy area that leads from an asphalt path to the beach.

Presumably, this ramp was put in to make the beach ADA accessible. I don’t know the details behind this project.

It doesn’t lead directly to the water’s edge, but it comes close. It appears that an observation platform will be constructed at the end of the ramp.

The Irresistible Lure of the Beach

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It’s the last day of summer 2017. We decided to have a picnic at Headlands Beach State Park and take a walk on the beach there.

It’s a warm day and in fact is the first of what will be five consecutive record setting days of temperatures in the 90s in Northeast Ohio.

We’re headed toward the Fairport Harbor West Breakwater lighthouse, although we don’t get that far down.

There are a few people on the beach, although it being a Thursday in late September that is to be expected.

There is something about the lure of a beach and water. I could visit here every day.

 

End of Another Day

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It’s not colorful sunset and in fact it has little color at all. Maybe it is too early.

But the sun is setting, nevertheless, over Indigo Lake in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and another day is coming to a close.

Soon the sun will dip below the trees line, but not before I capture its reflection in the water of the mostly tranquil lake, which at one time was a sand and gravel pit.

Written by csanders429

September 30, 2017 at 5:48 am

All Right, Line Up Now

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Gulls like to congregate on the beach at Headlands Beach State Park between Mentor and Painesville, Ohio, on the shore 0f Lake Erie.

But I’d never seen them lined up in a row like this.

I was imagining that a head gull was telling everyone to line up and then led some exercise drills, e.g., flapping their wings while standing in place.

Notice the boy standing next to the line. Shortly after this image was made he tried to frighten the gulls into flying away.

In the background is the Fairport Harbor West Breakwater Lighthouse.

Where the Wind Takes Him

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It was rather windy on Lake Michigan at Grand Haven, Michigan, on the day of my visit. That made for good conditions for parakiting.

I watched this guy with his kite as it took him to and fro, back and forth, all over the water not far from the beach. In time he was joined by another skier. Or are they called kiters?

Good Day to Go Sailing

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I was in South Haven, Michigan, to photograph the lighthouse which can be seen to at right at end of a long pier extending out into Lake Michigan.

The lighthouse guards the entrance to the harbor, which is a channel that makes for a good place to watch the boats come and go.

A sailboat is motoring out into the lake and will have plenty of wind in its sails once it unfurls them.