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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.


Good Day to Go Sailing

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I was in South Haven, Michigan, to photograph the lighthouse which can be seen to at right at end of a long pier extending out into Lake Michigan.

The lighthouse guards the entrance to the harbor, which is a channel that makes for a good place to watch the boats come and go.

A sailboat is motoring out into the lake and will have plenty of wind in its sails once it unfurls them.

Catching More Than Fish

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The tug on  your line sends your heart racing. You’ve got a bite and you get up and start to reel it in.

Will this be that prize catch you can brag about later and enjoy putting in the frying pan?

That might have gone through the mind of this guy. But as he pulled in his line, he found he had caught more than a fish. He also had some vegetation, quite a lot of it in fact.

There does appear to be a fish on the end of that line, but it doesn’t look like a large one. No much of fish story to tell here.

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May 15, 2017 at 6:07 am

Paddling and Fishing

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I’ve been to Indigo Lake many times in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, but only a couple of times have I seen anyone on the lake in a boat.

For many years I wasn’t sure boats were allowed on the lake. Swimming is prohibited and the vast majority of people fishing were doing so from the bank.

There are no docks on Indigo Lake and boaters have to carry their boats from a parking lot. That might discourage some from boating here.

But not this man. He has his three lines in the water as he paddles along hoping that something will bite.

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May 5, 2017 at 6:41 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.

Late Day Venture Onto Lake Erie

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I chose this photograph as my “signature” image at the top of my home page at In part it was because it would lend itself well to the narrow space in which it had to fit, but also because I just liked this image.

There is a golden glow due to the warm light of the late day light. I also liked the wake left behind by the watercraft and the solitary feel of the image.

It is an expansive photograph in the sense that it seems to reach out into infinity. There is a faint horizon but maybe that is a mirage.

The long wake suggests a journey and that is what my Flickr page is about. It is journey through my world of photography.

The image was made in late July 2011. We had gone to Geneva on the Lake, Ohio, to have dinner at a restaurant that has a deck overlooking Lake Erie.

I had my camera with me and you can see what I saw.

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