Posted in Holden Arboretum, holidays, Lake Erie, My trail walks

To labor or not to labor?

Friday was the beginning of Labor Day weekend. After cleaning the house all morning, I decided I had labored long enough, so I thought  I would put in some time at my computer, making a dent in my really neglected blog. However, before I even got started, a phone call came from my daughter Becky, asking is I would be interested in taking a trail walk at the Arboretum with her and her dog Darby. My mind was made up pretty quickly and off we went to the arboretum where we did more walking and talking than picture-taking. Nevertheless, here are a few of the pictures we captured along the trail  that afternoon, mostly snapped around Lotus Pond and the edge of Corning Lake. If you have joined me any trail walks in the past, you are sure to recognize the Golden Willow Tree at Lotus Pond, seen here from several angles:

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There is something special, almost magical about that tree. It draws people, myself included, to it, and I can’t resist the photo opps. However, there are other interesting sights to see along the trail in the Arboretum. Here are a few more pictures I captured before the end of the afternoon.

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The Overlook-An entrance to the rhododendron garden.
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In the rhododendron garden
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Darby, my daughter’s dog
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Darby sitting beside me
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A tiny frog I almost didn’t see when I walked past Lotus Pond

The rest of Labor Day weekend was peaceful except for a loud storm in the middle of Saturday night…so loud it woke both of us up. I thought Sunday would be cooler as a result, but unfortunately, when we took a walk at Lake Erie Bluffs on Sunday afternoon, it was still hot and muggy. Happily, visitors at the Bluffs were able to enjoy playing in the water and hiking along the beach.

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The beach at Lake Erie Bluffs
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A lot of driftwood and a few swimmers
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View from the tower on the Bluffs

That sums up our Labor Day weekend. We relaxed as much as possible, labored only a little, and were blessed with plenty of sunshine, only one storm, no flooding, and a lot of reasons to be thankful!

Thanks for stopping by today.
I appreciate your visit to my blog.
Trail Walker
Posted in holidays, Lake Erie

Another visit to Overlook Park

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In the blog I posted yesterday, I wrote about the erosion that closed a neighborhood beach on the shores of Lake Erie. As I was telling how erosion had led to the closing of the beach, I was remembering some pictures I had taken of families having fun on that beach. So today I dug into my archives and found those pictures to share with you.

It was almost dusk on the 4th of July, a major holiday in the United States, when I decided to get some pictures of the sunset. I headed to Overlook Park in Mentor-on-the-Lake, arriving in the very late afternoon and captured the picture at the top of this page. As the sun slowly set over Lake Erie, I took the following pictures:

Now you can see that it really was a great little beach. Located on Lake Erie and surrounded by a quiet neighborhood, it was the perfect place for families to spend an afternoon or evening playing on the beach…especially at the end of a hot summer day when the breeze off the Lake cools the air.

My favorite picture from that little photoshoot is this one:

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Could there be a more relaxing place to spend the holiday? One of the larger parks in Cleveland sets off fireworks in the sky over the Lake. Crowds gather in the park or in boats anchored offshore to watch the colorful display, but some people like to get away from the crowds, and there couldn’t be a better spot than this pretty little park.

Postscript: Tomorrow I will post a few family photos taken two years earlier at this exact spot. When I search through my photo archives, I find pictures I don’t remember taking. If you are a photographer with a large collection of pictures, you might have fun digging into your archives!

Thanks for visiting today.
See you soon!
Trail Walker
Posted in Cellpic Sunday, holidays, Making memories

Cellpic Sunday: Cookies

I think I may have eaten my fill of Christmas cookies with these thumbprint cookies and the sand tarts Becky and I baked on Sunday. Enough is enough! It was way too icy to take a trail walk, but the baking was a great substitute activity.  As soon as the ice melts and the trails are clear, I better hit the trails. After baking (and eating) so many cookies, I need the exercise!

Posted in family, holidays, Lake Erie, My photowalks, Ohio, photography, winter

Cold; no, scratch that! Freezing!

We ventured out this morning for brunch, followed by our traditional New Year’s Day photoshoot on Headlands Beach. Seven people and two dogs made the trek this year. That’s Lake Erie you see behind us in the distance. Headlands Beach is located about 25 miles east of Cleveland, Ohio, and in the summer time, crowds of beach-goers fill the park, and the air is redolent with the scent of hot dogs, hamburgers, and other picnic foods cooking on the grills. Today, the crowds were absent. The temperature at our home was about 27 degrees Fahrenheit, but it was a lot colder on the beach. Figure in the wind chill, and it was finger numbing frosty. My fingers still weren’t thawed by the time we drove home, and I told my grandson this venture had cured me of any possible interest in an expedition to the south pole. Not that I ever expressed such an interest. We didn’t linger on the beach. I set up the tripod; they gathered around the (cold metal) bench, and blip! I snapped the shutter a few times, and we headed for the cars.

In the picture you see my husband and two of our daughter standing behind the bench, with three of our grandchildren in front.

Waiting for the summer crowds to show up!
Waiting for the summer crowds to show up!
I told Alison to "Stand there while I check the focus."
I told Alison to “Stand there while I check the focus.”
The intrepid ones who braved the cold winds off Lake Erie
The intrepid ones who braved the cold winds off Lake Erie
Michael volunteered to take this shot so I could be in the picture.
Michael volunteered to take this shot so I could be in the picture.

That’s it for this first day of the new year. I hope you vicariously enjoyed your visit to the beach. Happy New Year, everyone!
Carolyn aka Skip