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Tunnel of Trees

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This trail in the Barton Nature Area in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is a tunnel of trees. Come spring it will be a tunnel of green. This image was made in late November.


Some Frozen, Some Fluid

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You can tell where the ice field begins in Conneaut Creek in its namesake city in Northeast Ohio. Just south of the Old Main Street bridge the river turns into water, although there is water flowing under the ice in the foreground. Most of the time when I visit here, there are people fishing in the river along its banks. But on this day none were to be found. But a thaw is coming this weekend and the ice field will diminish and people fishing will again line the banks of the river.

Late Fall Colors

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It may not be brilliant color, but the late fall foliage along the Portage Hike and Bike Trail is still an impressive and colorful sight. The scene is near Kent, Ohio, and was made on a late November day that was sunny although seasonably cool.

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.