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Clouds Were My Friend Tonight

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It was cloudy in Cleveland, but the satellite image showed some mostly clear skies west along the Lake Erie shore.

So I made a trip out to Sherod Park in Vermilion, Ohio, in pursuit of some sunset over the lake images.

The clouds stayed to the east and south although there was one bank of clouds out over the water, which turned out to be a nice thing when the sun dipped behind them.

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View From Edgwater Park

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At the far west end of Edgewater Park is a bluff overlooking Lake Erie and downtown Cleveland. Although not shown in these images, the bluff features a script “Cleveland” sign that has proven to be quite popular.

With summer finally here, the number of visitors to the site will increase as will those visiting the park’s beach, which can be seen in both images.

Edgewater Park is also a good place to watch boats on adjacent Lake Erie and catch a sunset.

These images were made in late day light in late September on an unusually warm day.

Still Frozen

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Although it was a nice spring day and the weather was warm enough to comfortable walk around, Lake Michigan was still frozen along the Chicago shoreline.

The view is looking north toward a cluster of high-rise apartment and condominium buildings.

The ice would not last much longer. When I came through Chicago a few days later the ice on the lake gone.

Lunch by the Ice

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This image made on the shore of Lake Michigan in downtown Chicago presents some contrasts. It is a nice spring day as is evident by the clothing being worn by this couple sitting on the sidewalk along the lake.

It is nice enough that she is barefoot while eating lunch. Yet he is not eating at all.

Behind them the water of the lake is still frozen. But not for long. When I passed through Chicago a few days later the ice had all but vanished.

Climbing on Cleveland

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In advance of the 2016 Republican National Convention held in Cleveland the civic group Destination Cleveland had three script Cleveland signs made and placed at high-traffic locations in town.

They were originally created to provide photo backdrops for visitors that would, presumably, be spread far and wide on social media.

The signs have also proven to be wildly popular with Cleveland region residents who have used them for photographs for all manner of occasions, including weddings and individual and group portraits.

The number of script Cleveland signs has grown to five with one of them being positioned in the baggage claim area of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

Other signs are located at the North Coast Harbor adjacent to the East 9th St. Pier and behind the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (1001 E. 9th St.); the Tremont Abbey Avenue Overlook (1430 Abbey Ave.); at Edgewater Park; and at Euclid Beach Park.

In the image above, a small boy climbs on the sign in Edgewater Park with the city’s downtown skyline towering in the background along with Lake Erie.

Edgewater Park Sunset

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A sun-splashed day in late September is not unusual but having 90 degree temperatures on that day is out of the ordinary. Cleveland residents and visitors turned out in droves in Edgewater Park to enjoy the summer-like weather that felt more like July than early autumn. They were still out in large numbers at the park trying to enjoy every minute of an unusual day as the sun sank over Lake Erie, .

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