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Climbing on Cleveland

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In advance of the 2016 Republican National Convention held in Cleveland the civic group Destination Cleveland had three script Cleveland signs made and placed at high-traffic locations in town.

They were originally created to provide photo backdrops for visitors that would, presumably, be spread far and wide on social media.

The signs have also proven to be wildly popular with Cleveland region residents who have used them for photographs for all manner of occasions, including weddings and individual and group portraits.

The number of script Cleveland signs has grown to five with one of them being positioned in the baggage claim area of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

Other signs are located at the North Coast Harbor adjacent to the East 9th St. Pier and behind the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (1001 E. 9th St.); the Tremont Abbey Avenue Overlook (1430 Abbey Ave.); at Edgewater Park; and at Euclid Beach Park.

In the image above, a small boy climbs on the sign in Edgewater Park with the city’s downtown skyline towering in the background along with Lake Erie.

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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.

Peninsula Canyon

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The Cuyahoga River winds its way through Peninsula, a small town surrounded by the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Right after the river passes beneath the Towpath Trail, it enters a canyon-like setting.

Maybe canyon isn’t the right word to use here because there is a steep cliff on just one side of the passage.  There are more impressive cliffs to be found, but this is Northeast Ohio where the geographic features are modest, yet still noticeable.

I made these images on a winter afternoon when I was looking to get out with my camera for a while and capture some of winter’s beauty.

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.

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.

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November 29, 2017 at 7:25 am

2 Boats, 2 Buildings in Baltimore

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We were walking around the Inner Harbor in Baltimore last summer and of course I had my camera to make some images.

The two boats are cruise vessels oriented toward the tourist trade. They offer sightseeing and meal trips.

The buildings behind them are hotels, one of which is under construction and will have a gold and silver exterior.

 

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November 15, 2017 at 6:18 am

Paddle While You Drink

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Back in late September I spent some time along the Cuyahoga River in the Flats area of Cleveland. I was there to photograph Norfolk Southern trains crossing the river, but there was plenty of time to get images of boats on the river. This “beer boat” was one of the more unusual ones I saw. Patrons have to paddle as they sample various beers while sightseeing on the Cuyahoga.

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November 6, 2017 at 9:31 am