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Who Has Texted Me Lately?

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A student at Penn State University checks her smart phone to see who has sent her message lately. She is walking on the sidwalk that leads to the Patee Library. Judging by the way she is shielding her phone with her left hand, the summer sun must be making it difficult to see the phone’s screen.

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Written by csanders429

December 8, 2017 at 8:32 am

He Screamed for Ice Cream

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One of the most popular places on the Penn State campus is the Berkey Creamery. In fact no visit to PSU is complete without stopping by to get a cone or dish of ice cream.

The Creamery sells other dairy products and other items, but ice cream is No. 1. On a a football Saturday there will e a long line out the door waiting their turn to buy a scoop.

They’ll even pack a half-gallon or two in dry ice for you to take home. We’ve done that many times.

On a hot summer day, nothing beats getting a dish of your favor flavor and eating it on the patio outside as this man is doing. The color of his ice cream seems to match the color of his shorts.

Waiting for the Camera

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Members of the Kent State University gymnastics team mill about in a downtown park as they await having photographs made on a Friday afternoon.

The area where the team members are standing used to be in the Cuyahoga
River, but several years ago the dam out of view to the right was closed and the water channeled into a former canal that can be see behind them.

Written by csanders429

October 24, 2017 at 6:07 am

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.

 

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.