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Not in Kansas

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The state of Kansas is known The Sunflower State and the plant is featured on the state flag. The sunflower is the state flower of Kansas.

It has been that way since 1903 although Kansans didn’t always admire sunflowers. Less than a decade earlier, some called for eradicating what they termed a noxious weed.

But the beauty of the sunflower with its bright yellow pedals and brown center won out and the legislature adopted the wild sunflower as the state’s official floral emblem.

Sunflowers are not limited to Kansas, though. I found this particular plant in downtown Vermilion, Ohio, growing by the side of a building. I don’t think that it was growing wild, though.

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Written by csanders429

January 12, 2018 at 6:38 am

Stay Away

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Whoever owns this property wants to leave no doubt in anyone’s mind that he really doesn’t want you coming in here. There are numerous “no trespassing” signs near this one. This road branches off the Portage Hike and Bike trail near Brady Lake, Ohio.

Written by csanders429

December 21, 2017 at 8:12 am

North Pole

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It is not literally the North Pole, just a recreation of it for the benefit of passengers riding the Polar Express trains of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. This North Pole is in Peninsula, Ohio, between Cleveland and Akron.

Written by csanders429

December 18, 2017 at 8:09 am

Bridge and Trail

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There is something about bridges. I like the lines they create, I like the aura of strength that they portray. And a bridge invites you to cross to the other side if for no other reason than to see what is over there. This bridge crosses the Huron River in the Barton Nature Area in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I was there in late afternoon and the low lighting created some interesting shadows.

Written by csanders429

December 6, 2017 at 7:20 am

Only 17 Miles to Go

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This milepost is located on the Towpath Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Northeast Ohio. It is named after the towpath once used by the Ohio & ErieĀ  Canal. The mile markers go up as the trail goes south. Hence milepost 17 is measured from Cleveland.

The National Park Service says the mile marks as “as measured historically.” In the canal era in the 19th century, the towpath trail was used by mules to tow canal boats. The mules are long gone as are the canal boats. Today you will find on the trail hikers, bicyclists and joggers. Milepost 17, by the way, is located in Brecksville.

Best Part About Christmas in Cleveland

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Need I say more?

Written by csanders429

November 30, 2017 at 7:22 am

Yes She Is

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I was waiting for a train at a crossing in Conneautville, Pennsylvania, when I noticed this license plate of the vehicle in front of me.

It belonged to the owner of an Audi convertible. I’ve heard Audi vehicles advertised but otherwise know little about them other than they are made in Germany by a company that describes itself as a manufacturer of luxury vehicles.

I’ll take her word for it that she is lucky indeed.

 

Written by csanders429

October 8, 2017 at 3:27 pm