Lake Erie Bluffs

Several months ago, our Metropark opened up a new location, a small park with a beautiful overlook and a great view of Lake Erie. There was even access to a beach for walking, skipping stones, or picnicking. A few days after the park opened, Bob and I decided to see what it was all about, so we took Gulliver and headed to the park. When we arrived and hiked down a short path to the bluff overlooking the Lake, we found a few people already in possession of the best view on the headland. They had even brought out their lawn chairs and were obviously settled in to wait for the sunset, so we hiked a little distance down the trail to find out what else was available. Eventually we discovered that the trail led us down the hillside to the beach, a great place to capture pictures.

I only made a very brief entry in my journal that evening and it doesn’t begin to cover the delight of our discovery. Here’s what I wrote:

Went to the new metro park in perry to take pictures of the sunset. Color wasn’t spectacular but it was a peaceful evening.

And here are some of the pictures I took during our two hour sojourn. In this case.I think the images from the camera make a much truer impression than the words. What do you think?

That’s it for this very belated post. I’m hoping “Better late than never,” is a truism that works this time.

A visit to the dentist aka arboretum

When I set off this morning, my destination was the dentist’s office for my semi-annual checkup; however, as my dentist’s office is over halfway to the arboretum, I thought to myself, “Why not?” As in why not go to the arboretum after the teeth-cleaning routine is over and done? So that is what I did, and, HOORAY!, the cloud-cover dispersed, turning an overcast morning into a beautiful day.

My first stop was the butterfly garden, just in case a few monarchs or other species had postponed their migration. Unfortunately, there were no butterflies, but I still enjoyed a delightful bimble through the garden. I ended my visit with a stop at Lotus Pond where a frog favored me with a photo opp, an unusual occurrence, because frogs usually plop into the pond before I can press the shutter button. This frog sat still as a statue, almost as if he wanted to have his portrait taken, while I tiptoed around him, searching for the best angle to snap his picture.

Most of the pictures I took today were flowers. With autumn advancing faster than I want it to, there will soon be no flowers left to photograph. I’m thinking I will soon have to plan a trip to the Cleveland Botanical Garden. Meanwhile, I’ll make the most of the autumn’s beautiful colors, one of the very best reasons for living in northeast Ohio.

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Carolyn aka Skip

Florida 2012- Entry 1: Sandhill crane ballet

Note: This is the first of several photoblog posts taken on my visits to family in Florida.

Driving through the neighborhood where my niece Christina and her family live, we spotted two sandhill cranes. Some years ago, on a trip through the Platte River area in Nebraska with our oldest grandchildren, we had seen thousands of these fascinating birds, but Ohio is not part of their territory, and the opportunity to photograph them doesn’t come my way on a regular basis. The cranes were hanging out in a field next to a Catholic church, so we pulled into the parking lot, hoping to get some pictures. If you’ve ever heard the expression, “It’s like herding cats,” you will have some idea what it was like to “herd” the birds toward the car where I sat steadying my camera on the open window frame. My niece, Sue, volunteered to do the herding, circling around the cranes, somewhat like a border collie gently directing a herd of sheep. However, cranes don’t understand the concept of herding or maybe Sue needs more practice because the cranes had their own idea about which direction to take. Nevertheless, I managed to get some photos of the recalcitrant birds that really did appear to be performing a sort of casual, but graceful, dance routine. It was a rare photo opp for me and a special treat. (Click on the first picture to bring up the gallery and watch them perform).

That’s it for this installment. Entry #2, coming up tomorrow, will be pictures snapped on a beautiful beach on the Gulf of Mexico, another rare photo opp for me.
Carolyn aka Skip

Searching for my photo mojo

Much has happened to interfere with my photoblogging over recent months. The illness of my sister (and friend) Marjorie for one thing. I just returned earlier this week from her memorial service in Florida. It has been an unusual summer with much to distract me from my photo walks. I did capture a few pictures while I was in Florida, and if I can find time to download them, they will be included in a future blog. But here and now, back home in Ohio, the seasons are changing. Fall, my favorite season, photographically speaking, is knocking at the door, and I’m hoping it will provide lots of photographic fodder in the weeks ahead. My photo mojo needs a boost!

This morning I visited the Arboretum, one of my favorite photo haunts. It was my first visit in many weeks, and I was hoping to capture some butterflies before they take off on their annual migration to warmer climates. I saw one! That’s it, just one butterfly, and I didn’t even get a very good picture of it. However, I did spend a pleasant hour in the butterfly garden and made it home before the rain began to fall. Click on any picture below to bring up the gallery and enjoy a short walk through the garden, complete with bees, butterfly, flowers, and a group of girls on a school field trip.

See you again soon.
Skip aka Carolyn

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