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Blowing on my Sax

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A street musician in Chicago plays his saxophone along Michigan Avenue on a June morning. Note that the man has an ID badge around his neck and I’m not sure if that means he has a license to play on the street or that he is a worker who is playing during some free time.


The Leader of the Band

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Trent Wagler tunes a banjo as The Steel Wheels prepares for a concert in December at the King Arts Complex in Columbus, Ohio.

Wagler is the lead singer and primary song writer for the American roots music group that is based in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

The band performed in Columbus toward the end of its last national tour to promote is album Wild as We Came Here, which was released in May 2017.

It was the second time I’d seen The Steel Wheels perform this year, the first having been in May at the GAR Hall in Peninsula, Ohio.

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December 28, 2017 at 6:55 am

Who Has Texted Me Lately?

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A student at Penn State University checks her smart phone to see who has sent her message lately. She is walking on the sidwalk that leads to the Patee Library. Judging by the way she is shielding her phone with her left hand, the summer sun must be making it difficult to see the phone’s screen.

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December 8, 2017 at 8:32 am

Not Something I Would Do

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A photographer has climbed over the railing of the observation platform on the dam on the Cuyahoga River in Kent, Ohio. The dam is no longer in service and is now a giant water fountain.

Although not obvious from this angle, it is 20 to 30 feet straight down along the wall of the dam to the river. It is not a place I would want to be, but the photographer has a job to do and the angle was better on the other side of the railing.

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November 14, 2017 at 6:06 am

Icon for the 21st Century

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Auguste Rodin made a bronze sculpture that he titled The Thinker that features a naked man with his chin in his hand. Perhaps another artist will create an iconic sculpture for the 21st century showing a man or woman sitting and either looking at a smart phone or sending a text. This image was made in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The bridge in the foreground spans the remains of the Ohio & Erie Canal.

Look Mommy, It’s a Train

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This mother and her two daughters were walking across the Main Street bridge in downtown Kent.

At the same time a CSX train came along on the tracks below. The size and noise of the train got the attention of the girls and they had to stop and watch.

The looks on their faces is one of pure joy and wonder. It is unlikely that an adult would get this excited about such a mundane thing as the passing of a train. Not even a railroad enthusiasts would be this excited.

I was there to photographs trains such as the one that has these two girls enthralled. But I got caught up in their reaction and forgot about the train for a few moments.

I doubt that these girls will remember this moment. Children are like that. They live in the moment and go on to the next one. Ah, the world of youthful exuberance.

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October 31, 2017 at 7:41 am

Waiting for the Camera

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Members of the Kent State University gymnastics team mill about in a downtown park as they await having photographs made on a Friday afternoon.

The area where the team members are standing used to be in the Cuyahoga
River, but several years ago the dam out of view to the right was closed and the water channeled into a former canal that can be see behind them.

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October 24, 2017 at 6:07 am