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No Bird Activity Today

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I thought there might be some waterfowl hanging around this wetlands in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park on the edge of Peninsula, Ohio.

In a previous visit there had been a number of ducks flying around and landing in this pool of water.

But on this day no birds were to be. It’s still a pretty view, though.


Following the Cuyahoga River

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A river is a river is a river. Or so it might seem. Shown above are three images of the Cuyahoga River in Northeast Ohio that were made in three different locations.

Yes, the river looks much the same at all three places, but there are some differences.

In the top image it is coming through downtown Kent passing through a park and running alongside the CSX railroad tracks. The image was made from the West Main Street bridge.

At this point, the Cuyahoga is fairly narrow and has more qualities of a creek than a river. But that will change.

The middle image was made from aboard a Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad train north of Peninsula, Ohio, in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

The bottom image was made from aboard the same train south of Peninsula in the park.

The river is wider here, yet still lined with trees. It is hard to believe that a few miles north of here the Cuyahoga turns into a waterway hosting large Great Lakes freighters and at one time was used as an industrial sewer.

In the early 20th century, there was a proposal to widen the Cuyahoga between Cleveland and Akron to open it to boat traffic.

The cost of that project, though, kept if from happening. We can only imagine and even shudder at what the Cuyahoga valley would look like had that project been undertaken.

Written by csanders429

November 29, 2017 at 7:25 am

Fall Foliage in Pennsylvania

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I was headed home on U.S. Route 22 in western Pennsylvania and had just passed the summit of the Laurel Highlands.

As the road descended on the west slope of the mountain I had just crested, I was treated to the best autumn foliage display I had seen all day.

I flipped back around to retrace my path and pulled over to get some photographs.

I wish I knew this region better as there must be many good vantage points from which to record the fall foliage.

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