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Hey Indy!

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Many people hardly look out the window when they fly, but I make it a point to request a window seat and watch the landscape below as we cruise along.

I want to know where I am an I enjoy seeing places where I once lived and/or know.

I was en route from Cleveland to Phoenix aboard a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 when the captain said we were over Muncie, Indiana.

At the time, there was a cloud cover so I couldn’t see anything.  But I kept looking and soon the clouds parted and I was able to pick out Indianapolis, a city where I lived in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

That is the White River meandering just west of downtown.

Written by csanders429

June 9, 2017 at 3:31 pm

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.

Skimming the Fog on the Mississippi in New Orleans

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The early morning fog hovering over New Orleans was stubborn. That was not a bad thing because it gave me plenty of opportunity to get from our hotel down to the Mississippi River.

Very little was moving on the river. No freighters were on the move or much of anything else.

But this tugboat named Captain John G. had places to go and things to do. And by now the visibility had improved considerably over what it had been.

Fog is a common occurrence and can yield some dramatic images. I liked the image because it appears that the vessel is skimming the fog as it churns across the water.

Beauty Along the Flint River

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The Flint River water crisis was still nearly three years into the future when I made these images of the Flint River in downtown Flint, Michigan.

For years the Flint River has been one of the most polluted in the state as a result of decades of dumping industrial waste into it.

Then the waterway made national news in 2014 when Flint began drawing its drinking water from the river. News stories told of high levels of lead in the blood of children and residents were given bottled water to drink.

The top photograph shows Riverfront Center, which is now part of the University of Michigan-Flint complex along on the Flint River.

The 16-story building has academic space, student housing and banquet/conference facilities. Owned by the Upton Reinvestment Corporation, it was donated to UM in 2015.

Prior to that UM had been using the building, which houses the business school. Upton had purchased the building in 2009. It had been built in 1981 as a Hyatt Regency Hotel and soon became a landmark building in downtown Flint.

The bottom photograph shows the Garland Street-Beach Street bridge over the river in downtown. The building in the distance is the Northbank Center on the UM campus.

Tracks Left in Place Forever

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For many decades, the Jaite Paper Company in Jaite, Ohio, produced paper products that were shipped all over the nation.

The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad had a spur to serve the factory, which sat near the company town of Jaite.

By the early 1980s, the paper mill had fallen on hard times. The plant that once produced 8 tons of paper a day and employed 250 closed in 1984.

By then the land around it had become part of the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area, which is now the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

The National Park Service razed the paper mill buildings in 2006 because they had become a safety hazard.

But it left the concrete slab and some machinery from the factory. It also left intact the B&O spur line to the paper mill, which includes the through truss bridge across the Cuyahoga River seen in this series of images.

I recently walked that spur and made some photographs. The rails, bridge and remnants of the paper mill are reminders of the industrial heritage of the Cuyahoga River Valley between Cleveland and Akron.

It would also make a good place to stage a ghost trail walk in the dark at Halloween.

City of Many Bridges

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With three rivers flowing through it, it is no surprise that Pittsburgh has a lot of bridges carrying highways and railroads.

You could spend days in Pittsburgh just making images of bridges because there are that many of them. There also is a wide variety of bridge designs to be found in the Steel City.

Shown is the Smithfield Bridge in a view made from Mount Washington. It was built in 1846 and designed by John Roebling.

This bridge was the first wire rope suspension bridge over the Monongahela River to carry a highway. It is still a widely used bridge today that also is open to pedestrian traffic.

Roebling is probably best known for having designed the Brooklyn Bridge but he also designed bridges in Cincinnati and Niagara Falls.

Paddling on the Vermilion River

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I didn’t become aware of stand up paddle boards until this year when I photographed two of them in action, including this image of a woman paddling away on the Vermilion River in its namesake city in Ohio.

A website that I ran across described stand up paddling as a good way to get in a full body workout. With the right equipment you can paddle in everything from oceans to small lakes.

This woman’s greatest challenge on this day will be dodging the steady parade of motor boat traffic plying the river in both directions on a warm summer day in August.

Written by csanders429

January 6, 2017 at 5:37 am