Seeing Things, Saying Things

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It’s a Dog’s Life

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There are times when I envy the lives that our pets lead. I particularly think that when I see our cat lying in the sun during the afternoon without a care in the world.

But we’re humans and not animals and our friends from the animal world provide us with hours of pleasure, including sometimes being envious of the lives they lead.

Shown is a dog belonging to a couple who were on the Main Street beach in Vermilion, Ohio, last September. They had their dog out with them and the guy was playing the “fetch the ball” game.

Of course the dog had to take a dip in Lake Erie.


Written by csanders429

December 4, 2017 at 7:50 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 & Erie  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.

No Bird Activity Today

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I thought there might be some waterfowl hanging around this wetlands in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park on the edge of Peninsula, Ohio.

In a previous visit there had been a number of ducks flying around and landing in this pool of water.

But on this day no birds were to be. It’s still a pretty view, though.

Best Part About Christmas in Cleveland

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Need I say more?

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November 30, 2017 at 7:22 am

Following the Cuyahoga River

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A river is a river is a river. Or so it might seem. Shown above are three images of the Cuyahoga River in Northeast Ohio that were made in three different locations.

Yes, the river looks much the same at all three places, but there are some differences.

In the top image it is coming through downtown Kent passing through a park and running alongside the CSX railroad tracks. The image was made from the West Main Street bridge.

At this point, the Cuyahoga is fairly narrow and has more qualities of a creek than a river. But that will change.

The middle image was made from aboard a Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad train north of Peninsula, Ohio, in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

The bottom image was made from aboard the same train south of Peninsula in the park.

The river is wider here, yet still lined with trees. It is hard to believe that a few miles north of here the Cuyahoga turns into a waterway hosting large Great Lakes freighters and at one time was used as an industrial sewer.

In the early 20th century, there was a proposal to widen the Cuyahoga between Cleveland and Akron to open it to boat traffic.

The cost of that project, though, kept if from happening. We can only imagine and even shudder at what the Cuyahoga valley would look like had that project been undertaken.

Written by csanders429

November 29, 2017 at 7:25 am

Sun Worshipper

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Suki has an afternoon routine. She stretches out on a corner of the bed and soaks up the sunlight coming in through a window facing south. She might even get on the floor and lay in the sunlight. In this image, she appears to be placing her arms and paws toward the sun as though engaging in a worshiping ritual.

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November 28, 2017 at 8:30 am

The Iconic Route 82 Bridge

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The Ohio Route 82 bridge over the Cuyahoga River Valley is one of the most iconic features of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Formally known as the Northfield High-Level Bridge, it soars 145 feet over the valley and has served as the backdrop for countless numbers of photographs of Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad trains below.

Built in 1931, it replaced a through-truss bridge at river level that still stands and is part of the towpath trail in the CVNP.

The Route 82 bridge features large majestic concrete arches that I’ve focused on capturing in this photo essay.

All were made from the towpath trail along the former Ohio & Erie Canal. Some use the Cuyahoga River and the canal to create reflections while others merely seem to capture the enormity of the structure.