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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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Marooned in the Ice

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There must be a story behind how this sailboat came to be marooned in an ice field near the mouth of the Grand River in Fairport Harbor, Ohio, where it meets Lake Erie.

I doubt that the boat’s owner made the decision to store his boat in the middle of the river for the winter. Maybe it broke loose from a dock and drifted as far as the ice would allow. Maybe someone was trying to steal it. Maybe it was abandoned. I’ll likely never know.

In the background is the town of Fairport Harbor and the Grand River Light, which also features a museum that is open during the summer.

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.

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.

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December 4, 2017 at 7:50 am

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. He is “paddling” in the sand of the Main Street Beach.

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November 24, 2017 at 8:07 am

A Jet and a Boat

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Burke Lakefront  Airport in Cleveland is moderately busy but has little commercial airline traffic. Most of the latter uses Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

But Burke’s location on Lake Erie adjacent to downtown Cleveland make it attractive to charter aircraft, particularly those carrying professional sports teams.

By happenstance I was standing in Wendy Park making photographs of a Great Lakes freight backing into the Cuyahoga River with the assistance of a tug boat when a Delta Air Lines Boeing 757 landed at Burke.

The plane was carrying members of the Minnesota Twins Major League Baseball team, which was flying in from Detroit to play the Cleveland Indians during the last week of the regular season.

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