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Making Ripples

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The wind is making ripples in the Huron River in Ann Arbor, Michigan, as a bare tree branch provides contrast. The late day light turned the water into a deep shade of blue. The image was made at the Barton Nature Area on a late November Sunday afternoon.

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Racing the Sunset

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The sun is setting over Lake Erie and perhaps this boater is headed back to the dock or trying to get in one last run before it turns dark. The image was made at Edgewater Park in Cleveland last September on an unusually warm day.

Barton Dam

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Barton Dam is one of four such structures that were constructed on the Huron River in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Built in 1912-1913,  Barton is the only one of the four that still produces electricity, which the City of Ann Arbor sells to Detroit Edison.

The dam is easily accessible from the Barton Nature Area, a city park along the Huron River. I was surprised to find that a trail not only leads directly to the dam, but you can climb the concrete stairway at the far west end of the dam.

The dam measures 34 feet high and 1,767 feet in length. Its 900-kilowatt turbine generates 4.2 million kWh per year.

Written by csanders429

December 11, 2017 at 9:25 am

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

The Iconic Route 82 Bridge

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The Ohio Route 82 bridge over the Cuyahoga River Valley is one of the most iconic features of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Formally known as the Northfield High-Level Bridge, it soars 145 feet over the valley and has served as the backdrop for countless numbers of photographs of Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad trains below.

Built in 1931, it replaced a through-truss bridge at river level that still stands and is part of the towpath trail in the CVNP.

The Route 82 bridge features large majestic concrete arches that I’ve focused on capturing in this photo essay.

All were made from the towpath trail along the former Ohio & Erie Canal. Some use the Cuyahoga River and the canal to create reflections while others merely seem to capture the enormity of the structure.

Paddling in the Sand

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I presume that this guy is warming up before putting his paddle boat into the waters of Lake Erie off the shore of Vermilion, Ohio. He is “paddling” in the sand of the Main Street Beach.

Written by csanders429

November 24, 2017 at 8:07 am