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Accessible Now to All

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Getting to the beach can be a major challenge to those in a wheelchair or who have limited mobility under their own power. Nature puts many obstacles in your path, including sand, rocks and plants.

During a visit to Headlands Beach State Park I noticed that there is a recently installed ramp cutting across a marshy area that leads from an asphalt path to the beach.

Presumably, this ramp was put in to make the beach ADA accessible. I don’t know the details behind this project.

It doesn’t lead directly to the water’s edge, but it comes close. It appears that an observation platform will be constructed at the end of the ramp.


Prepare for Landing

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This Great Blue Heron was flying around on the north side of the Vermilion River.

We wondered if it might have a nest over there, for it appeared to land in the trees and disappear. Later it showed up and sat on a tree branch for a while.

I liked how in this image it is stretched out and showing off its full profile.

Playing Dodge Ball With the Clouds

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There are probably some photographers who never venture out unless it is a bright sunny day with nary a trace of clouds in the sky.

I didn’t have that luxury on the day that I made this image.

We were having lunch at a rest area along Interstate 70 in Pennsylvania not far from the Maryland border.

There was a pleasing view of a valley in front of us from our picnic table. There were also a lot of clouds in the sky.

If I wanted to make an image I had to be patient and put up with some cloud shadowing.

This was about as good as it was going to get. I once lived in central Pennsylvania and scenes such as this is what I envision when I think about the Keystone state.

Church Along the Way

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We had stopped at a rest area along Interstate 70 while driving to Maryland. We had picked up sandwiches at a Sheetz in Breezewood, Pennsylvania, and would eat them at this rest area, which we knew about because we had stopped here before.

There is a panoramic view of a valley here and I took my camera bag with me to the picnic table.

I put on my longest telephoto lens and zoomed in on a structure on the hillside.

It was a rural church that has probably been here for decades. Presumably, there is still a congregation that meets here regularly.

There wasn’t much I could do about the wires in the foreground. Sometimes you just have to live with clutter.

Written by csanders429

August 22, 2017 at 6:34 am

Storm Light

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Photographs featuring storm light can be planned, but often they occur by happenstance. You’re in the middle of a storm, but it passes through and the sun comes out behind it. Such was the case when Mary Ann Whitley was taking a break at work following a storm and captured this image of the gold budding trees against the back of the storm.

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June 16, 2017 at 6:40 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.

Follow the Concrete Path

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Few trails that I’ve seen are made of concrete unless they are urban paths that use city streets and sidewalks.

So I was surprised to find this narrow band of concrete on this trail in Presque Isle State Park near Erie, Pennsylvania.

I didn’t walk this trail so I don’t know how far the concrete extends. It doesn’t appear to go too far, though.

The concrete looks like it has been here awhile and there is probably a story behind why this trail is partly paved.

Written by csanders429

May 25, 2017 at 5:38 am