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Eyes on a Landing Spot

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I was sitting on the bank of the Vermilion River where an endless parade of boats along with birds coming and going gave me something to watch. A gull swoops down over the water, its eyes on a landing spot just ahead.

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Written by csanders429

October 17, 2017 at 7:23 am

Casting His Line in the Cuyahoga

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There was a time years ago when no one in his right mind would have thought about fishing in the Cuyahoga River.

The river was so polluted that it caught fire in Cleveland several times starting in 1936.

A 1969 fire received national attention and played a role in prompting the passage of the Clean Water Act in 1972. However, by then a cleanup of the river was already underway.

The river still has pollution issues, but is cleaner than it was back in the 1960s and 1970s when it openly smelled.

On a sunny Saturday, a man casts his line in the river near Brecksville in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Written by csanders429

October 10, 2017 at 7:34 am

Making a Mad Dash for the Bridge

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I’m told that federal regulations give commercial traffic priority on the Cuyahoga River at the bridge carrying the tracks of Norfolk Southern over the waterway in Cleveland.

But during warm weather months most boats on the river are pleasure craft and the bridge tender does not have to lift the bridge to accommodate them until rail traffic is out of the way.

Last Sunday saw temperatures soar into lower 90s, breaking a record for the date of 88 degrees set in 2007.

Needless to say, the onset of summer weather in the early days of what is officially autumn has boaters out in droves.

But NS had trains to run and all the boaters could do was idle in place or run around in circles as four trains went by.  But once rail traffic cleared and the bridge began going up, the boaters didn’t wait for it to reach its peak position.

As soon as clearances allowed, the boaters began making a mad dash toward the lake or from the lake as seen here.

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.