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Hot Dogs on Track

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I was sorting through my collection of photographs from New Orleans when I ran across this image, which I had forgotten that I had made.

It’s time to call it a day for this hot dog vendor. He is rolling his cart down the streetcar tracks on Canal Street as a couple of guys waiting for a streetcar watch.

The tracks are laid in the street and many pedestrians use the streetcar right of way as a walking path.

But on second though I wonder if this vendor isn’t merely rolling his cart to another location where he hopes to get even more lucky and sell a few more dogs.

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Roxy

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Roxy is one of 12 sculptures featured in the Sculpture walk in Chelsea, Michigan. Created by artist John Schwarz, it is said to be made up of found objects. That included a number of discarded snow skis. Schwarz acquires the objects from “recycle center scavenging, garage sale picking, backyard engineering and happy accidents.”

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December 26, 2017 at 8:44 am

Flying the Stars and Stripes in Baltimore

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A pair of American flags fly in the wind from a light post in the Inner Harbor in Baltimore. Old Glory can be found in any town in America, but Baltimore is the home of Fort McHenry where a fight between American and British forces on Sept. 12-15, 1814, inspired Francis Scott Key to write a poem titled Defence of Fort McHenry. That formed the basis for the Star Spangled Banner, which is the national anthem of the United States.

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December 7, 2017 at 7:51 am

2 Boats, 2 Buildings in Baltimore

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We were walking around the Inner Harbor in Baltimore last summer and of course I had my camera to make some images.

The two boats are cruise vessels oriented toward the tourist trade. They offer sightseeing and meal trips.

The buildings behind them are hotels, one of which is under construction and will have a gold and silver exterior.

 

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November 15, 2017 at 6:18 am

Street Art

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I happened upon this work of art on the sidewalk in downtown Vermilion, Ohio, as I was walking along Main Street.

I am not sure why it is there. It is sitting next to the entrance of a shop that sells this type of thing, but why place this work of art on the street where someone might walk off with it?

Perhaps the owners of the shop are trusting folks and they are using this as a form of advertising. They might even be hoping that someone makes off with this painting.

Whatever the case, it is a form of public art, sidewalk art, street art of whatever you want to call it.

Cleveland Skyline

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It is late on a Sunday afternoon in late September. A friend and I are visiting Wendy Park in downtown Cleveland, which runs along the west bank of the Cuyahoga River. It’s a great location from which to make a portrait of the skyline of Cleveland, or at least a portion of it.

Look carefully and you’ll see that the Huntington Bank building to the left of Key Tower appears to have two different shades. It is a produce of the sun hitting the angled building at different angles.

Bridges of Cleveland

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The Flats area of Cleveland features several bridges over the Cuyahoga River.

Many carry or once carried railroad tracks that served industries in this traditional industrial district.

But many of the industries are gone, although not all of them, and some of the tracks are gone, too.

Shown are two angles of a drawbridge that once carried the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad over a branch of the river.

The rail line went to Whiskey Island but has since been abandoned.

So the bridge is frozen in the up position as a living monument of bygone era.

The building next to the bridge is Shooters restaurant and bar. The bust is of Leif Ericson, although I’m not sure what he had to do with Cleveland.