Seen Along the Trail

Photos taken on my daily walks

A river runs through it!

We’ve had some extreme winter weather here in northeast Ohio. For the past two months, the river that runs through the park where I take my regular photo walks has been frozen over. This is what it looked like earlier this month:

Through the park where I take my photo walks. It has been filled with this ice jam for the last two months, and it isn't running anywhere very fast. This bridge is about a mile from Lake Erie, which the ice will reach ...hopefully without causing too much flood damage along the way.

Pretty dramatic, isn’t it? One Sunday morning in December, we discovered that an ice jam had clogged several miles of the river, from miles above the park where I snapped this picture to where the river empties into Lake Erie about a mile from this site. And it stayed clogged up for a couple of frigid months. Here is another view:

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Yesterday, on my walk in the park, I could hear running water as the trail approached the river, and, to my delight, the ice jam was gone. Plenty of ice blocks are still hung up on the banks of the river, and they are looking pretty ugly! The river was actually more interesting filled with jumbled blocks of ice and snow, but as frozen March segues into warm April sunshine, we begin to see signs of spring. The redwing blackbirds are singing; soon there will be daffodil and crocus shoots poking up through the snow (or mud), and we’ll truly know that winter is a thing of the past. For a few more months at least. The end of the ice jam of 2014 is just one more sign of spring. Hallelujah!

Carolyn aka Skip

P.S. If you want to see more wintry pictures, click on one of these photos to open up my SmugMug gallery.

Shucks! I know I’m cute!

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Is that a cute little chickadee, or what?

I’m doing a little experimenting again. Still trying to post from my March SmugMug gallery to this blog. I chose this little bird as the picture to post. It worked, but they don’t make it easy. It’s so easy to post to facebook and twitter. Why not WordPress? If anyone has an answer. Let me know please! I’m off to experiment some more.

Skip aka Carolyn

P.S. After another hour or so of fiddling around, several revisions, and with a helpful suggestion from my computer consultant (my adult granddaughter),the problem is solved to my satisfaction. I can grab a link to a picture in my SmugMug gallery and embed it here in my blog where you can click on the picture to go to my SmugMug gallery to see related pictures (if you should want to). I do not have to go through the time-consuming process of importing the pictures to the WordPress image gallery. I’m now smiling from ear-to-ear! This makes photo blogging much more do-able!

Power tower sunset

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At the end of my late afternoon walk, I was blessed by this beautiful sunset.
The two smokestacks on the far distant right are part
of an electric utility plant that sits right on the Lake Erie shoreline.
At an estimate it is approximately a mile, as the crow flies,
from where I was standing to the Lake.
At one time I thought these towers were an ugly sight,
but I no longer feel that way.

They create an interesting contrast between man’s creation and God’s.

A second attempt: feedback appreciated

Earlier I (sort of) figured out how to link my SmugMug pictures to this blog so that I won’t have to upload the same pictures twice, once to SmugMug and once to WordPress. It takes way too much time to upload the same pictures twice, after spending time processing the pictures, after taking them on a photo walk in the park. This is my second attempt, and I need feedback to let me know if it works for the people who follow my blog. Here is a photo I posted in SmugMug from a recent snowy day in the park. If you click on the deer, it should open up my SmugMug gallery so you can scroll through the picture I have posted there. If you give it a try, please let me know if it worked for you.

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Thanks for stopping by for a visit today.

Carolyn aka Skip

New Year’s Day 2014

On New Year’s Day we took a cold walk in Chagrin River Park.

This doe was only one of the photos I took. If you want to see more birds and families having fun in the snow, click on the picture.

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This is my first attempt to link my SmugMug gallery to my WordPress blog. I need to know if it works for the people who follow my blog posts, so I would appreciate any helpful feedback that you want to share. Could you scroll through the pictures on SmugMug after you clicked on the deer above? Then could you get back to where you started from? Thank you for any comments. I can be more regular in updating my blog if I could connect to my SmugMug galleries instead of having to separately upload my photos to SmugMug then to WordPress.

Have a Happy New Year, Bloggers!

Skip aka Carolyn

Friday Faces


I thought it would be fun to start a new feature on my blog called Friday Faces. By doing this I would meet new people and become more comfortable with asking people (often strangers) I meet along the trail to take time out of their walk for a photo op. Today I met Lori who was out for a walk with her two dogs Howy, a shih tzu, and Susy-Q, a beagle mix. Neither dog wanted to pose for a portrait, but they were easily distracted when Lori pulled out the treats. At that point they became very attentive, although not to the camera. All’s well though because I got my “Friday Face” plus an addition to my “Dogs and their People” gallery by turning the photo op into a two-fer, Nothing wrong with that! I’m just wondering if I will be able to do as well on future Fridays.


That’s all for today. Thanks for stopping by.  ~Skip aka Carolyn

A quartet of chickadees

Chickadees love peanuts, and they are very friendly birds.

Look what flew in when I spread a handful on the old tree stump.

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Throughout the summer and well into fall,

there was plenty of available food for the birds.

Since the vegetation has died back,

they have found a supplemental food source.


Gone to seed!


This milkweed pod has gone to seed, which only increases its beauty. 

I’m just wondering why the expression Gone to seed is  considered an insult when describing a person?

Making her escape

Making her escape

If you saw an 8-point buck heading your way, wouldn’t you run too?

2013_11_25_nature_010I would, if it looked like this! I saw four of these fierce looking fellows on the trail today. The does wanted nothing to do with them. Nada! Nothing! Can you blame them?