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Quiet Reflections

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Reflection is one of many words in the English language capable of different meanings, thus you need to consider the context in which it is used to know what the speaker or writer probably means.

Reflection can mean a reproduction of sometime in a mirror or shadow or it can mean to think about something tangible or intangible.

The two meanings usually have different contexts, but not always.

Shown is a reflection of clouds and trees in the placid water of Indigo Lake in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio.

This is a good place to visit if you want to reflect on something. Hence, you can reflect while gazing at reflections.

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In Case You Were Wondering What’s Here

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The proprietor of a cave in a mountain in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia no doubt knew that this sign could easily be seen from a rest area along Interstate 81.

It caught my attention and I mage an image of it. But I wasn’t curious enough to want to find the caverns and visit them. Maybe some other time.

Written by csanders429

March 27, 2018 at 6:01 am

Prickly Pears

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The Opuntia is a cactus plant that is commonly found in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona, but is better known as a prickly pear. Although I associate prickly pears with Arizona, the plant is named for an ancient city in Greece known as Opus. This particular plant is located on the outdoor patio of a bed and breakfast in Tucson.

500 Million Years of Earth’s History

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I knew nothing about the Natural Chimneys Park in Virginia until I read something about the annual Red Wing Roots Festival that is held there every year.

Some of the images showed the limestone rock formations that resemble chimneys and I was intrigued. Some say the formation resembles a castle.

During a visit to Harrisonburg, Virginia, last summer we drove out to see the park, which is located in Mt. Solon in Augusta County.

I was surprised at how few people were there on the day we visited. Maybe this site is a little too far from the main tourist attractions.

Background information provided in the park indicate that this area was once covered by an inland sea and sediment compacted to form limestone. As the sea receded, nature carved out the rock formations seen here today.

The tallest chimney is 120 feet high with the shortest standing 65 feet. The rock seen here today was exposed as erosion and geologic upheaval wore away layers of weaker stone.

The dark stone atop the chimneys is chert, which is harder and thus acts as protective cap on the formations.

There are seven chimneys and geologists say that they form a record of 500 million years of geologic history.

Written by csanders429

February 27, 2018 at 6:40 am

Out There in the Desert

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Movies set in 19th century Western America have to be made somewhere and one place where that occurs is an amusement park called Old Tucson.

Located in the Sonora Desert west of Tucson, Arizona, Old Tucson bills itself as a place to turn back time to the old west and experience “live action stunt shows, musicals and live entertainment, vintage rides for the kids, genuine southwest BBQ and special events throughout the season.”

Of course that is a Hollywood version of the old west, but it has been used as a set for such stars as John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Elizabeth Taylor, Steve Martin, Sharon Stone and Martin Short.

More than 400 film and television projects have been made here since 1939.

I’ve never been inside Old Tucson, but I have driven past it while en route to the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. It is shown above in a distant view made from the nearby mountains.

Peninsula Canyon

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The Cuyahoga River winds its way through Peninsula, a small town surrounded by the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Right after the river passes beneath the Towpath Trail, it enters a canyon-like setting.

Maybe canyon isn’t the right word to use here because there is a steep cliff on just one side of the passage.  There are more impressive cliffs to be found, but this is Northeast Ohio where the geographic features are modest, yet still noticeable.

I made these images on a winter afternoon when I was looking to get out with my camera for a while and capture some of winter’s beauty.

Tunnel of Trees

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This trail in the Barton Nature Area in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is a tunnel of trees. Come spring it will be a tunnel of green. This image was made in late November.