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Looks Like the Arctic Circle

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I went to Headlands Beach State Park on a recent Sunday to seek out and photograph ice on Lake Erie. We had had a spell of very cold temperatures following by a few days of above freezing weather.

On Friday Northeast Ohio awakened to temperatures in the upper 50s. But a storm moved in from the northwest and the temperatures plummeted. The storm also brought snow and freezing rain.

Two days later we were treated to a sunny day, albeit with temperatures in the teens.

I was not disappointed in my quest for ice. In the foreground sheets of shelf ice have piled up after hitting an accumulation of ice that began forming in December.

Beyond the shelf ice is deep blue water, but beyond that the lake remains mostly ice-covered.

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Racing the Sunset

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The sun is setting over Lake Erie and perhaps this boater is headed back to the dock or trying to get in one last run before it turns dark. The image was made at Edgewater Park in Cleveland last September on an unusually warm day.

Paddling in the Sand

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I presume that this guy is warming up before putting his paddle boat into the waters of Lake Erie off the shore of Vermilion, Ohio.┬áHe is “paddling” in the sand of the Main Street Beach.

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November 24, 2017 at 8:07 am

Out of Place

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This buoy is supposed to be several hundred feet out in the water off the shore of Lake Erie at Headlands Beach State Park to warn boaters.

But somehow it became uprooted and drifted toward the shore. There is no telling how long it will be here before either being picked up and discarded or put back into place.

I happened upon it while walking on the beach on the last official day of summer.

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October 30, 2017 at 5:55 am

Field of Driftwood

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You will find driftwood on just about any beach. Trees get knocked down in storms, fall into a lake and the water current takes them along for a ride.

In time, the currents carry the drifting wood back to shore and deposit it. Maybe a high tide will sweep the wood back out for another ride on the water or maybe this will be the permanent home for the piece of driftwood.

This field of driftwood is at the far eastern end of the beach at Headlands Beach State Park near Mentor, Ohio.

In the background is the Fairport Harbor West Breakwater lighthouse.

 

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.

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.