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Not In Farming Territory, But Important to Farmers

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I didn’t grow up on a farm, but I lived in a town in east central Illinois that was surrounded by agriculture territory.

The local radio stations around noon would broadcast the latest commodity prices from the Chicago Board of Trade that affected farmers.

The CBOT is located in downtown Chicago far from any farm field or animal feed lot.

Traders going to work there see an urban canyon, not the pastoral countryside often associated with farming.

Likewise, I imagine that many farmers have never been to, let alone seen in person, the CBOT building, which soars 605 feet skyward at 141 West Jackson Boulevard at the foot of La Salle Street.

Between 1930 and 1965 it was Chicago’s tallest building and still among its most distinct.

I imagine that over the years many decisions were made in this building that affected the welfare of many farmers even if they have never been here.

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2 Perspectives of Cleveland

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The skyline of Cleveland like that of any city can be captured in any number of locations that show a wide range of perspectives of the city.

The top image was made from an overlook in Edgewater Park west of downtown. It was late afternoon.

The overlook sits on a bluff providing an expansive view of Lake Erie.

The bottom photograph shows a more gritty side of the city. It was made from the Flats. Traditionally an industrial area, the Flats has been transformed into a touristy section of town with bars and restaurants.

Yet some traces of the industrial heritage remain and have been repurposed into other uses.

Written by csanders429

March 16, 2018 at 5:50 am

Golden Reflection

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A building going on overlooking Baltimore’s Inner Harbor had gold siding that casts a golden glow in the waters by the Baltimore World Trade Center. The latter is partly visible at right. I don’t know what the building is that is under construction but I would guess that it will be a hotel, condominiums or apartments.

Although the skies were most sunny when we arrived in Baltimore, a massive bank of clouds would roll in before we left. The area in the foreground is cordoned off to encourage the development of aquatic life.

Blowing on my Sax

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A street musician in Chicago plays his saxophone along Michigan Avenue on a June morning. Note that the man has an ID badge around his neck and I’m not sure if that means he has a license to play on the street or that he is a worker who is playing during some free time.

Hot Dogs on Track

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I was sorting through my collection of photographs from New Orleans when I ran across this image, which I had forgotten that I had made.

It’s time to call it a day for this hot dog vendor. He is rolling his cart down the streetcar tracks on Canal Street as a couple of guys waiting for a streetcar watch.

The tracks are laid in the street and many pedestrians use the streetcar right of way as a walking path.

But on second though I wonder if this vendor isn’t merely rolling his cart to another location where he hopes to get even more lucky and sell a few more dogs.

Cleveland Skyline

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It is late on a Sunday afternoon in late September. A friend and I are visiting Wendy Park in downtown Cleveland, which runs along the west bank of the Cuyahoga River. It’s a great location from which to make a portrait of the skyline of Cleveland, or at least a portion of it.

Look carefully and you’ll see that the Huntington Bank building to the left of Key Tower appears to have two different shades. It is a produce of the sun hitting the angled building at different angles.

Bridges of Cleveland

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The Flats area of Cleveland features several bridges over the Cuyahoga River.

Many carry or once carried railroad tracks that served industries in this traditional industrial district.

But many of the industries are gone, although not all of them, and some of the tracks are gone, too.

Shown are two angles of a drawbridge that once carried the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad over a branch of the river.

The rail line went to Whiskey Island but has since been abandoned.

So the bridge is frozen in the up position as a living monument of bygone era.

The building next to the bridge is Shooters restaurant and bar. The bust is of Leif Ericson, although I’m not sure what he had to do with Cleveland.