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Reflections on a Reflection

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Many of my favorite photographs were accident and/or happenstance. Such was the case with this image of a reflection of the former Erie Railroad passenger station in Kent, Ohio, in a pool of the decorative dam on the
Cuyahoga River.

The story behind this image begins with a walk down to the observation platform that can be seen toward the right middle of the image.

My intent was to get a close up view of the late day sun hitting the station, which is now an Italian restaurant named Treno, which is Italian for train.

The dam used to be functional, but several years ago the river was channeled away from it and into the remnants of the Pennsylvania and Ohio Canal. What had been the river became dry land that was transformed into a park while the dam was renovated to become, in essence, a giant water fountain.

The top of the dam is quite high, about at my eye level. I happened to notice the station reflecting in the pool at the top of the dam and thought it would make a nice photograph.

I made it but all you see was the reflection in the water. I lifted my camera above my head and head it over the railing in the foreground.

A Canon 60D has a foldout screen that can be angled up or down. That came in handy in being able to see what the lens was seeing. The result was, perhaps, my best image of the day.

What appears to be a reflection from a flash toward the right end of the station is actually the sun reflecting off a window.


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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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.

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October 10, 2017 at 7:34 am

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.

The Irresistible Lure of the Beach

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It’s the last day of summer 2017. We decided to have a picnic at Headlands Beach State Park and take a walk on the beach there.

It’s a warm day and in fact is the first of what will be five consecutive record setting days of temperatures in the 90s in Northeast Ohio.

We’re headed toward the Fairport Harbor West Breakwater lighthouse, although we don’t get that far down.

There are a few people on the beach, although it being a Thursday in late September that is to be expected.

There is something about the lure of a beach and water. I could visit here every day.


End of Another Day

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It’s not colorful sunset and in fact it has little color at all. Maybe it is too early.

But the sun is setting, nevertheless, over Indigo Lake in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and another day is coming to a close.

Soon the sun will dip below the trees line, but not before I capture its reflection in the water of the mostly tranquil lake, which at one time was a sand and gravel pit.

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September 30, 2017 at 5:48 am

Something About a Steam Locomotive

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There is something about a steam locomotive that turns heads and demands attention.

In part the attraction is due to the rarity of seeing one in action, particularly a large steam locomotive.

A former Nickel Plate Road steam locomotive recently completed a two-week visit to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad in Northeast Ohio.

Shown is No. 765 making its first trip on the railroad, an excursion open only to volunteers and members of the CVSR.

The train left in late afternoon from Independence, Ohio. I walked along the tracks in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park near Brecksville to find an open spot, which turned out to be next to a swamp.

I got as close to the edge of the water as I could without risking falling in. Then I waited about 45 minutes for the train to show up.

It was worth the wait and the walk. It is about as nice a setting as you can find in the CVNP to photograph a train.