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Season of Boats

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As I post this, the Memorial Day weekend is at hand and that herald the start of summer in most people’s minds.

If you own a boat, it is time to get in the water. Hence, this series if devoted to pleasure craft on the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland.

I wasn’t aware that the Cuyahoga was widely used for pleasure boating until a particularly warm day in September 2017 when I was in downtown Cleveland and noticed a plethora of boats plying its waters.

It thought the bulk of boat traffic on the river was commercial.

But as I thought about it I realized that boats need a place to dock and the Cuyahoga provides access to docks.

Most of the boats featured here were going to and from Lake Erie.

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Written by csanders429

May 25, 2018 at 6:37 am

Huron River Portage

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The Huron River in quite wide in Ann Arbor, Michigan, near the Barton dam. The portage area is for canoes to portage around the dam. I did not see any canoes in the river on this November day.

Written by csanders429

February 28, 2018 at 5:39 am

Want to Park Your Boat Out Front?

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I’ve never owned nor had any desire to have a boat, but I a lot of people do and some of them probably have dreamed about being to park their boat next to their house.

If you live in a certain section of Vermilion, Ohio, you can do that.

This boat friendly housing development was created by digging canals off the Vermilion River near where it the waterway empties into Lake Erie.

Presumably, there are alleys behind the houses to allow access by motor vehicles.

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February 16, 2018 at 6:51 am

Winter Clouds Over the Perry Power Plant

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We were driving eastbound on Interstate 90 when I noticed an unusual cloud in the otherwise clear skies.

The water vapor emanating from the Perry nuclear power plant near the shore of Lake Erie was going straight up for a short distance and then hooking to the south, creating a cloud that appeared to have a 90-degree angle.

It was an interesting sight, but I didn’t think at the time to attempt to photograph it. We had other things in mind to capture with our cameras.

But later in the day we found ourselves at a beach along the lake in the town of Fairport Harbor. By now the winds had shifted from northerly to southwesterly.

The nature of the cloud over the power plant was changing to create stems in two directions. This time I did make an image of the power plant and its clouds across the frozen waters of Lake Erie.

Written by csanders429

January 23, 2018 at 8:19 am

Making Ripples

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The wind is making ripples in the Huron River in Ann Arbor, Michigan, as a bare tree branch provides contrast. The late day light turned the water into a deep shade of blue. The image was made at the Barton Nature Area on a late November Sunday afternoon.

Racing the Sunset

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The sun is setting over Lake Erie and perhaps this boater is headed back to the dock or trying to get in one last run before it turns dark. The image was made at Edgewater Park in Cleveland last September on an unusually warm day.

Barton Dam

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Barton Dam is one of four such structures that were constructed on the Huron River in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Built in 1912-1913,  Barton is the only one of the four that still produces electricity, which the City of Ann Arbor sells to Detroit Edison.

The dam is easily accessible from the Barton Nature Area, a city park along the Huron River. I was surprised to find that a trail not only leads directly to the dam, but you can climb the concrete stairway at the far west end of the dam.

The dam measures 34 feet high and 1,767 feet in length. Its 900-kilowatt turbine generates 4.2 million kWh per year.

Written by csanders429

December 11, 2017 at 9:25 am