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Last of the Morning Mist

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It was one of those days when I wished I had gotten an earlier start. The cool morning air had created heavy fog in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, but most of it had lifted by the time I arrived.

But the fog and mist still clung to some low lying areas, including this pond along Riverside Road near Jaite.

I pulled over to make this portrait of the last of the mist over the water. I had to act fast because the morning sun was burning off the fog right before me.

I’m told that this pond used to belong to a family named Jaite that had a home here.

I’m not sure if that family was connected to the former Jaite Paper Mill that stood near here, but maybe it was.

Today the home is gone and many probably don’t know there used be a homestead here. The pond and surrounding land are now part of the CVNP.

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May 12, 2017 at 5:37 am

First Red Rocks I Saw

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Many people visit Sedona, Arizona, to see the red rocks there. That was one of the attractions for me, too, during a visit in October 2016.

I don’t remember if this formation has a name, but it was one of the first ones that I spotted on the drive north. There was a museum and overlook here so I wheeled in and got this image.


Yes, It is Northeast Ohio

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Northeast Ohio is not a region that you might think has much in the way of dramatic land forms. There are some hills in the river valleys and Cedar Hill in Cleveland is said to be the first or the last foothill of the Appalachian Mountains.

The region is a transition territory that buffers the more mountainous east as exemplified by Pennsylvania and the flat prairies of the Midwest as exemplified by the miles of farm fields of western Ohio.

I had seen a photograph taken from the ledges overlook in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, but didn’t get there for a visit until last October.

I was so impressed that I went back there the next day. This image was made on a Friday afternoon during the fall foliage season. The view is looking westward.

Sunset Casts its Glow on the Mountains

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The sun is setting in Scottsdale, Arizona, as we wrap up a visit to Pinnacle Peak Park. I can’t see the sun from where I’m standing but I can see the reddish glow that it is casting on the nearby mountains. It is a sight I will never tire of seeing.

Road to Infinity

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One of the distinguishing features of the American West is how if you get up high enough you can see a road unwinding for what appears to be miles off into infinity.

This road is North Soldier Trail in northeast Tucson. I was driving southward when I caught this view and pulled off to record it.

I wanted to get a break in the traffic, but I also didn’t have time to wait it out as we had somewhere we needed to go.

What fascinates me the most about this view is not so much the road in the foreground, but the road in the distance, which is not an extension of Soldier Trail. It is another road.

But there is an illusion that the road dips down and out of sight only to rise up again farther away.

Written by csanders429

February 4, 2017 at 7:38 am

Sheer Rock Cliff

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If you live in the western United States, the sight of mountains probably is old hat. You see them every day and appreciate their beauty and starkness and all that, but they are just another object in a familiar landscape.

Having grown up on the prairies of east central Illinois, I’ve never outgrown my fascination with mountains.

These days I live in Northeast Ohio, which has some nice hills, but nothing that comes close to matching rock cliffs such as the one shown above.

Given that I don’t get to see sights such as this very often, my camera will be out to capture it, if can.

This particular mountain is located near Tucson, Arizona.

If I had a Glider

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I’m standing on a mountainside in Tucson Mountain Park looking to the southwest. On the floor of the Sonora Desert in the distance is Old Tuscon amusement park. Out of sight to the right is the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

Out west everything looks far away and the land is quite open compared with what I am used to seeing in the Midwest.

The view makes me wish I had a glider and could launch myself and glide out over the desert. What a view it would be as I soared toward those mountains in the distance.