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It was Actually Quite Harmless

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I was driving with a friend recently when it began raining. There was no thunderstorm, just rain. I thought this cloud formation looked interesting so I made a photograph of it as we drove along.  With a little imagination, it slightly resembles a funnel cloud forming and descending to create havoc on the ground. But it is just rain falling.

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August 14, 2017 at 7:23 am

It Won’t Be Long ’till Harvest

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The corn in Midwest fields is as tall as it is going to get this year. The tassels are out and it is a matter of time before the crop matures to a point where it is ready for harvest. That is going to be more than a month from now and close to two months.

Such scenes as this one near New London, Ohio, bring back memories of late summer during my childhood when I lived in the corn belt of central Illinois.

It is reminder that most of summer is behind me and soon it will be back to school time and Friday night high school football games.

Around the time of harvest will be Halloween. Maybe the fun of football games and candy is enough to make up for the loss of  summer.

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August 10, 2017 at 7:21 am

Casting a Long Shadow

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I was in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park to photograph the spectacular fall foliage, which was at its peak color.

Intestate 271 and the Ohio Turnpike cross over the Cuyahoga Valley in close proximity and you get an expansive view if you stand beneath the bridges and look eastward.

The shadow crossing the image is the I-271 bridge. I wonder how many of the thousands of travelers who cross over this bridge every day notice or even know they are passing over Ohio’s only national park?

In the foreground below is the towpath trail, a popular path for joggers, walkers and bicyclists.

Fill ‘er Up With Nostalgia

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I ran across this old service station in Leetonia, Ohio, that is not easy to describe. Its various artifacts harken back to an era that has long since passed into history.

These include the old car, the signs in the windows and the gas pump.

Yet there are modern touches, most notably the siding on the building, the modern vehicle parked at the far left and even the tank on the far right.

I’m not really sure what purpose this facility serves. It might be someone’s business, yet if so I didn’t see a sign. Maybe it is just part of someone’s collection.

Whatever the case, the place is dripping with history and nostalgia and provides quite a contrast with the modern service station several hundred yards away on the other side of the railroad tracks behind this building.

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May 24, 2017 at 7:08 am

Last of the Morning Mist

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It was one of those days when I wished I had gotten an earlier start. The cool morning air had created heavy fog in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, but most of it had lifted by the time I arrived.

But the fog and mist still clung to some low lying areas, including this pond along Riverside Road near Jaite.

I pulled over to make this portrait of the last of the mist over the water. I had to act fast because the morning sun was burning off the fog right before me.

I’m told that this pond used to belong to a family named Jaite that had a home here.

I’m not sure if that family was connected to the former Jaite Paper Mill that stood near here, but maybe it was.

Today the home is gone and many probably don’t know there used be a homestead here. The pond and surrounding land are now part of the CVNP.

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May 12, 2017 at 5:37 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

Late Colorful Fall Foliage

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Every year state tourism offices post on their websites the days of peak fall foliage color. In Northeast Ohio that tends to be around the middle of October.

Fall foliage is a funny thing. You can get good color as early as late September and as late as early November.

Last year was a good for colorful foliage in Northeast Ohio in early November. In fact, some of my best fall foliage images were made the weekend of Nov. 5-6.

As you can see by the colors or lack thereof on the other side of the Cuyahoga River in this image, the foliage is past its peak in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. But there was still plenty of color if you went looking for it.

This scene was captured near the Old Station Road bridge over the river. The bridge is out of sight to the left. It was replaced by the bridge in the background, which carries Ohio Route 82 over the Cuyahoga River valley and is one of the most iconic and photographed structures in the CVNP.