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Casting His Line in the Cuyahoga

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There was a time years ago when no one in his right mind would have thought about fishing in the Cuyahoga River.

The river was so polluted that it caught fire in Cleveland several times starting in 1936.

A 1969 fire received national attention and played a role in prompting the passage of the Clean Water Act in 1972. However, by then a cleanup of the river was already underway.

The river still has pollution issues, but is cleaner than it was back in the 1960s and 1970s when it openly smelled.

On a sunny Saturday, a man casts his line in the river near Brecksville in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.


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October 10, 2017 at 7:34 am

Making a Mad Dash for the Bridge

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I’m told that federal regulations give commercial traffic priority on the Cuyahoga River at the bridge carrying the tracks of Norfolk Southern over the waterway in Cleveland.

But during warm weather months most boats on the river are pleasure craft and the bridge tender does not have to lift the bridge to accommodate them until rail traffic is out of the way.

Last Sunday saw temperatures soar into lower 90s, breaking a record for the date of 88 degrees set in 2007.

Needless to say, the onset of summer weather in the early days of what is officially autumn has boaters out in droves.

But NS had trains to run and all the boaters could do was idle in place or run around in circles as four trains went by.  But once rail traffic cleared and the bridge began going up, the boaters didn’t wait for it to reach its peak position.

As soon as clearances allowed, the boaters began making a mad dash toward the lake or from the lake as seen here.

On Second Thought I Understand Why It’s There

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When I first saw this sign I thought that it would be obvious that a snow plow would not go beyond this point.

Of course, when I made this image it was in August and anyone could clearly see the water at the end of this boat launch on the Vermilion River in Vermilion, Ohio.

But I have also been here in the winter when the ground was covered by snow making it a challenge to determine where land ends and water begins.

I guess it is just more convenient to leave the sign up all year ’round than to put it out and take it in.

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September 17, 2017 at 7:03 am

Skimming the Fog on the Mississippi in New Orleans

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The early morning fog hovering over New Orleans was stubborn. That was not a bad thing because it gave me plenty of opportunity to get from our hotel down to the Mississippi River.

Very little was moving on the river. No freighters were on the move or much of anything else.

But this tugboat named Captain John G. had places to go and things to do. And by now the visibility had improved considerably over what it had been.

Fog is a common occurrence and can yield some dramatic images. I liked the image because it appears that the vessel is skimming the fog as it churns across the water.

Locked Inside

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Back in August 2010 a friend and I ventured to the Soo Locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. While there we took a boat tour that took us inside one of the locks. This is what it looks like after they drain the water and before the doors open to let  you out on the “low side” of the locks.

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March 17, 2017 at 7:59 am

Paddling on the Vermilion River

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I didn’t become aware of stand up paddle boards until this year when I photographed two of them in action, including this image of a woman paddling away on the Vermilion River in its namesake city in Ohio.

A website that I ran across described stand up paddling as a good way to get in a full body workout. With the right equipment you can paddle in everything from oceans to small lakes.

This woman’s greatest challenge on this day will be dodging the steady parade of motor boat traffic plying the river in both directions on a warm summer day in August.

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January 6, 2017 at 5:37 am

Old Black Water, Keep on Rollin’

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It’s winter in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and I’m viewing it from aboard a Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad train in a dome car.

Riding the train is a good way to see the park on a cold, snowy day. You are warm and toasty inside the passenger car as the park rolls past your window.

The snow had stopped falling by the time the train crossed the Cuyahoga River north of Peninsula on the return trip to Akron. I’ve photographed and seen the river her many times, but not from this vantage point.

On this day the water looked black, not blue, and it reminded me of a line from a Doobie Brothers song of years ago.

The river looks beautiful from here, but I’d rather not get any closer to it than this on a day like this.