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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.


Written by csanders429

October 10, 2017 at 7:34 am

Accessible Now to All

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Getting to the beach can be a major challenge to those in a wheelchair or who have limited mobility under their own power. Nature puts many obstacles in your path, including sand, rocks and plants.

During a visit to Headlands Beach State Park I noticed that there is a recently installed ramp cutting across a marshy area that leads from an asphalt path to the beach.

Presumably, this ramp was put in to make the beach ADA accessible. I don’t know the details behind this project.

It doesn’t lead directly to the water’s edge, but it comes close. It appears that an observation platform will be constructed at the end of the ramp.

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.


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October 8, 2017 at 3:27 pm

Sinking Into Lake Erie

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Interstate 90 in the vicinity of Erie, Pennsylvania, is built on a series of high bluffs that provide a view of Lake Erie to the north.

The view of the lake is particularly pronounced near North East, Pennsylvania.

We had just finished dinner and were headed back to Ohio on I-90. I was sitting in the passenger seat, my camera in hand. I had a few opportunities to catch the sunset and this was the best of the lot.

The sun is about to sink into the lake, ending another day.

Follow the Fallen Leaves

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Its autumn in Portage County and a wonderful day to go for a walk on the Portage Hike and Bike Trail. Yet there are “invitations” to go off trail, such as this road of fallen leaves. I’m not sure where it leads, perhaps back to private property or a dead end.


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I was waiting for a steam train on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad when I noticed this bee gathering pollen from a wildflower.

From experience I knew that photographing them can be tricky because bees don’t just sit there waiting for you to take their picture.

They dart around a lot and you have to be quick to focus and pressing the shutter release button.

I used a telephoto lens to capture this image, which was the best of the lot that I made.

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October 5, 2017 at 6:59 am

A City and its Lake

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Cleveland is one of a handful of large cities situated on one of the Great Lakes, in this case Lake Erie.

Although the city sometimes has acted as though the lake wasn’t there, particularly in downtown Cleveland,  it did establish a lakefront park just to the west of the central city area.

Edgewater Park is known for its beach, but at the western end of the park is a bluff overlooking the lake.

It also affords a sweeping view of the downtown city skyline and the lake.

The Edgewater Park beach can be seen to the right. With temperatures on this late September day soaring into the 90s, it was a popular place to be.