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Brick Sandwich

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There are people who like to walk the Lake Erie beach at Headlands Beach State Park near Mentor, Ohio, looking for whatever catches their eye.

They carry bags and seek glass, rocks, driftwood and who knows what else to take home and put on display.

But would someone take home this? It appears to be a brick that washed ashore, but in my imagination it is akin to a brick sandwich with its layer of red surrounding an interior of light gray.



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October 20, 2017 at 5:11 am

An Autumn Day Along the Canal

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The Ohio & Erie Canal was built in the 19th century to link the Ohio River with Lake Erie. The coming of railroads doomed the canal as a viable transportation artery, particularly through the Cuyahoga River Valley between Cleveland and Akron, Ohio.

Today the canal survives in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, its former towpath having been transformed into a hiking and biking trail that is used by thousands every year.

In this series of photographs, it is early November on a Saturday afternoon. I’m going for a walk with my camera along the trail north of Brecksville to capture what is still a substantial amount of fall foliage.

It may have been past peak, but there was still plenty of color to admire.

End of Another Day

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It’s not colorful sunset and in fact it has little color at all. Maybe it is too early.

But the sun is setting, nevertheless, over Indigo Lake in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and another day is coming to a close.

Soon the sun will dip below the trees line, but not before I capture its reflection in the water of the mostly tranquil lake, which at one time was a sand and gravel pit.

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September 30, 2017 at 5:48 am

More Questions Than Answers

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I’m walking along the main street in downtown Marion, Ohio, and have come to a stretch that is a bit seedy.

Along the way I encounter the Midway Tavern. The name begs the question of what is it midway between.

I found it curious that a tavern would use a sign provided by a soft drink company.

When I think of tavern I think of beer and not soda. Sure, taverns stock a variety of sodas because someone might want to drink one or mix it with something harder.

Perhaps this used to be a diner or something similar and the tavern owner just re-purposed the sign.

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August 26, 2017 at 7:31 am

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.