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:
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.
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.
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!
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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:
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!
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See you soon!
We’re at the beach, but it’s winter, and we are definitely not at a tropical beach; it is on a large body of water, but it’s not salt water. Do you know where we are? Here’s another clue:
It doesn’t look like we’re going to get a swim today, nor, unfortunately, any time soon. Erosion has a way of ruining the fun of a day at the beach.
This beach is in a small neighborhood park on a pretty big lake…Lake Erie. We are on the north coast of the United States, just a few miles east of Cleveland Ohio. The last time I visited this beach was in the summertime a couple of years ago. There were families on the beach that day, kids playing in the water, and parents relaxing on the sand. But erosion has taken a toll on this community’s beach. Sad for the families who live in this neighborhood. Hopefully a way will be found to stop the erosion and make it possible for families to have fun on the beach in future summers, but that will take time. The community of Mentor-on-the-Lake has created a great little park on the bluff overlooking the beach. It has a playground and a deck complete with stairs down to the water’s edge. At this point, the beach is unusable, but the playground is still a great place to bring the kids, and the bluff provides wonderful views of the sunset. Here are a few more pictures:
Let’s hope a solution for the erosion can be found, and I will be able to return to this little park on a sunny day in the not-too-distant future when those signs are gone and the beach is safe to use. Meanwhile I am going to search my archives for a few summertime pictures to share with you of families having fun on this beach.
Built high on the bluff, overlooking Lake Erie, the new observation tower at Lake Erie Bluffs is drawing large crowds. Knowing that the tower will be crowded on weekends, Bob, Gulliver, and I chose to visit on Thursday morning. It could not have been a more beautiful day. Blue skies and cool temperatures made perfect weather for climbing the tower. The view from the top is amazing. Instead of telling you about it, I’m just going to show you. I took so many pictures I haven’t finished reviewing them all, but couldn’t wait to share some so you can see for yourself what a great experience it is.
That’s the first batch, but I have others that I will add later. The tower is a fantastic addition to an already wonderful metropark, one of many parks in Lake County. The management and staff of Lake Metroparks have done themselves proud. If you are in the area, take a ride out to Perry and see for yourself. It’s open in the evening too, and I can’t wait to go out to see the sunset!
Thanks for visiting the tower with me today.
See you soon.
Ennui-A feeling of listlessness and dissatisfaction brought on by a lack of occupation or excitement.
Some days are like that! I know that I can identify with the feeling…at least on occasion, but did you know that sea gulls could experience ennui? Apparently this gull, perched on a pylon on the East 9th Street pier,* knows what I’m talking about.
*The 9th Street pier is less than a block from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. Most people visiting the area don’t experience ennui, but gulls apparently aren’t excited by the history of rock and roll!
For the Record
Exercise: Not a lot of exercise today. I only walked 3428 steps, approximately 1.6 miles.
Weather: A mixed bag! The sun shone most of the day, but the morning temperature was only 43 degrees. It definitely felt more like winter than spring. However, by evening it had soared to an almost balmy 55 degrees. (Occasionally I exaggerate.)
Yesterday I was complaining moaning about how tired I am of “grey and gloomy.” But really, is sunny and warm too much to expect? 😉
A late afternoon walk in the park garnered nothing more than the usual suspects: the chickadees, nuthatches, woodpeckers, and other little birds. Then as the sun sank lower, it cast a soft glow on the scene, and I decided to go for a landscape shot of the power towers. Not my usual style, but I like it. I hope you do too. These wires lead to a power plant on the shores of Lake Erie, just a mile or less from where I was standing.
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.
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
Brrrr! It was a cold morning in the park. I encountered a mother with her snowsuited toddler and felt envious of his warm winter snowssuit. It was cold and it was snowy, but they (the national weather service people), never manage to get it right. They predicted that it would snow through Friday night and all day Saturday, dropping up to a total of 6-12 inches on us and neighboring counties in northeast Ohio. Well, as you can see from the pictures that didn’t happen. It snowed on Friday and then stopped. Someone in northeast Ohio may have seen the predicted foot of snow, but it wasn’t us. I don’t mind, well, not much anyway. We did get enough to make the park look pretty, but I just wish they wouldn’t be so definite about their prognostications. Six-12 inches? No way! Oh well, the winter is still young. There’s plenty of time for snow. Below are a few of my keepers for today. Hope you like them.
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.