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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

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.


Making a Mad Dash for the Bridge

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I’m told that federal regulations give commercial traffic priority on the Cuyahoga River at the bridge carrying the tracks of Norfolk Southern over the waterway in Cleveland.

But during warm weather months most boats on the river are pleasure craft and the bridge tender does not have to lift the bridge to accommodate them until rail traffic is out of the way.

Last Sunday saw temperatures soar into lower 90s, breaking a record for the date of 88 degrees set in 2007.

Needless to say, the onset of summer weather in the early days of what is officially autumn has boaters out in droves.

But NS had trains to run and all the boaters could do was idle in place or run around in circles as four trains went by.  But once rail traffic cleared and the bridge began going up, the boaters didn’t wait for it to reach its peak position.

As soon as clearances allowed, the boaters began making a mad dash toward the lake or from the lake as seen here.

What Kind of Duck Is This?

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I had a heck of a time determining what species of duck that this is.

I consulted a number of online sites that showed photographs of ducks and waterfowl and narrowed it to three types.

Finally, I decided that it is probably a female mallard duck.

National Geographic says the mallard is thought to be the most abundant and wide-ranging duck on earth.

This duck was spotted in the Vermilion River in Vermilion, Ohio.


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September 26, 2017 at 6:04 am

On Second Thought I Understand Why It’s There

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When I first saw this sign I thought that it would be obvious that a snow plow would not go beyond this point.

Of course, when I made this image it was in August and anyone could clearly see the water at the end of this boat launch on the Vermilion River in Vermilion, Ohio.

But I have also been here in the winter when the ground was covered by snow making it a challenge to determine where land ends and water begins.

I guess it is just more convenient to leave the sign up all year ’round than to put it out and take it in.

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September 17, 2017 at 7:03 am

Convoy of Ducks

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A mother mallard duck and her ducklings forms a convoy as they paddle along in the Vermilion River in its namesake town.

The image was made at a boat launch that has a park area along the river.

The ducks disembarked from the water by a trash can and hung out there for awhile.

I could think of better places to hang out, but maybe they thought someone would come along and give them some food.

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September 9, 2017 at 7:54 am