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Admiring the Fall Colors From On High

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I live in region that is neither prairie or mountainous. Northeast Ohio is a transition region between the flat lands of Midwest farming country and the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania.

There are a few fields and farms interspersed among acres of trees, which gives the area that the area is more flat than it is rolling.

Yet, the geographic of my home region can surprise you. For years I had heard about the ledges overlook in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Much of the park sits in a valley carved by the Cuyahoga River. Hills can be seen on each side, yet they are not dramatic.

Last autumn I finally decided to find ledges and its view, which I had seen in photographs.

Many who go to ledges will spend a little time admiring the view, but then move on. Other sit on the rocks and take in a view that seems unlike what you would expect to find in Northeast Ohio.

 

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X Marks the Spot

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Some effect are just happenstance in photographs. Such was the case with this image that I made of a couple paddling their kayaks on the Vermilion River. I just happened to catch them as both had their paddles in position to form the letter X.

There’s an adage of “I’d rather be lucky than good” that I’ve never quite accepted, but in the case of this image it seems rather apt.

Written by csanders429

September 2, 2017 at 9:40 am

Another Penn State Graduate and the Nittany Lion

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The limestone Nittany Lion statue  is probably the most photographed location on the campus of Penn State University at University Park. Thousands of Penn State graduates have had a photograph made of themselves standing with the lion.

It was not graduation day when I happened upon this mother taking making an image of her daughter posing with the lion.

Perhaps they wanted to make their image on a day when not as many people would be waiting in line for their turn with the lion.

We’re Getting Married on the Beach

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They say that nothing is certain in life except death and taxes. Add to that list paperwork. I was on a beach on Lake Michigan near Holland looking to photograph a lighthouse there when I ran across this wedding party.

The vows have been exchanged and the guests are milling around. But before the couple can continue on with their new life together they must sign some paperwork.

Waiting for Godot? No, Waiting for a Bus

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Waiting for Godot is a play that you might expect literature or drama majors on a college campus to be familiar with.

The Samuel Beckett play is about two characters waiting for someone named Godot who never shows up. Unlike the characters of Vladimir and Estragon, though, these two students at Indiana University are waiting for something more mundane.

They are waiting for a bus to come on East Seventh Street in Bloomington. They are reposing along the stone wall that borders Dunn Meadow, a popular campus gathering spot.

Unlike the characters in the play, the bus is likely to show up — eventually.

Scenes From a Late Summer Day in the Park

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It was a weekday in late August. The skies were mostly sunny and the temperature was warm. I had ventured into Presque Isle State Park near Erie, Pennsylvania, to photograph a pair of lighthouses.

But parks are rich with photo opportunities, particularly human interest images. In the top image, a mother looks back at her youngest son as she paddled with her older son in Lake Erie just off a beach.

She might have told the younger boy to get back on the beach because I soon saw him digging in the sand with his sister.

In the middle photograph, those who have the day off or some time off took advantage of the weather to get in some fishing along this pier on the other side of the park from the beach.

Of course, parks along major bodies of water are sure to present nature scenes that catch your eye.

Such was the case with this driftwood that is piled up along the shore. Perhaps a storm or a rising tide will lift this wood back into the water and it will drift along to another landing spot.

The Girls on the Train

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I was making photographs of a Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad train at the Akron station. A couple of women aboard the train noticed me and began waving. So I caught their reaction. I don’t know who they are, but it was one of those spontaneous moments in which you need to be ready to react if you’re going to capture the moment.

After getting a couple images, I gave them a thumbs up and they gave me the same gesture in return. The train them departed and the two women would enjoy a brunch in a dining car as they train passed through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.