Another Cleveland photo walk

Previous Cleveland photo walks can be seen here and here.

A few days ago, our grandson, who, like me, really enjoys photography,  celebrated his 20th birthday. For a birthday treat, his parents took him downtown for a photoshoot in several Cleveland neighborhoods and a great lunch in Ohio City.2016_03_08_Trailwalk_Around CLV0008 Suspecting I might pout (or be tempted to throw a tantrum) if I missed this photo opp, they invited me to join them. Just kidding.  You know I would never do that. (Of course you do.)

Our first stop was the Cultural Gardens along MLK Drive where we photographed this statue in the Ukrainian Garden. It is framed by some beautiful trees that aren’t yet in bloom, so   our plan is to return in several weeks when the trees begin to bloom (Nothing blooms in mid-March. This is Cleveland, after all).  Here are a few more pictures from the garden, designed by the Ukrainian community in Cleveland.

 

Another stop on today’s shoot was the area know as The Flats, located on the banks of the Cuyahoga River. Here I took a few shots of Michael and his mom at the base of the Veterans’ Memorial Bridge. It was Michael’s idea, and I really like the way these turned out.

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That’s it for today’s post. Here is a sampling of pictures coming up in Part Two of this photo walk in the city.  I hope you will be back to see them.

Thanks for joining me today.
Trail Walker

If you had joined me for my walk in the park today…

Jessie and Joe
Jessie and Joe

… You would have met Jessie and Joe. Even though their health, especially Jessie’s, has declined since I first met them two years ago, they still take regular walks in the park. When I asked them for this photo opp,  Jessie stepped away from the walker she now uses and they moved closer together. One of my joys in photographing people is to engage them in conversation, so I asked, “How are you doing today?”  Jessie’s reply was, “Still kicking,” which she demonstrated by kicking out at her walker. Then she added, “But not too high!” She may be declining in health and less able to get around, but she definitely hasn’t lost her spunkiness, and neither has Joe. They are a delightful couple. As I said in yesterday’s blog post, one of the blessings I see in blogging is the connections that occur when I meet people and ask to take their picture. One of the blessings in blogging is the connections that occur when I meet people and ask to take their picture. Getting to know Jessie and Joe is one of those connections, and it definitely adds joy to my life. I hope it is a bright spot in their day too.

Here are a few other pictures from my walk, just to give you a sense of Chagrin River Park and what a great place it is. Small, yes, but truly lovely and filled with friendly people having fun (Click on any picture to scroll through the gallery).

That’s it for this time. Thanks for joining me on my photo walk.

Carolyn aka Skip

Trail walking

Trail walking with my camera is my hobby…one that can take up many hours each day if I let it, and it is a hobby that has many advantages.

  • It motivates me to take a walk in a park five or six days each week.
  • It’s a great way to get exercise.
  • I’ve met many wonderful people by striking up a conversation and asking if I can take their picture.
  • I also get to pet other people’s dogs because that’s a great way to get the conversational ball rolling (and I love dogs).
  • It’s a wonderful way to enjoy God’s beautiful creation.
  • I’m learning how to take better pictures (although I still have a lot to learn).
  • It keeps me active and learning new things, mostly about nature and photography.

However, there are a few  disadvantages as well. The major disadvantage is the amount of time it takes every day. In addition to the daily walk (a definite advantage), there is the time it takes to…

  • download the pictures to my computer.
  • process the pictures, i.e. cropping them, and all the rest.
  • upload the keepers to this blog and to Flickr, Facebook, Blipfoto, and SmugMug. On any given day I will probably post pictures on a least two of those sites.
  • add captions to the pictures.
  • write the descriptions needed on some of those websites.
  • write this blog!

So there you have it! Numerically speaking, the advantages outweigh the disadvantages (but not by much), and it is a huge time-consumer. So will I give it up and go back to reading mystery books in my free time? Nope, nada, never, absolutely NOT! As long as I can get out of bed in the morning and go for that daily walk, I will keep on walking. It gives me so much JOY!

On today’s walk I captured two bird pictures that I cannot identify with any confidence. I think the first one is a juvenile American robin.

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The second one may be a song sparrow, but it is missing the dark spot in the middle of its breast. Maybe it is a juvenile too.

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What do you think, fellow bloggers? If you have a definitive ID for either of these two beauties, please leave a comment. I had a great walk in the park this morning and made it home (before the crackles and booms began) with several keepers besides these two. I posted all of them here in my SmugMug gallery. I hope you have time to take a look.

That’s it for today. I’ve run out of time (She says with a smile on her face).

Finally… REAL SPRING!

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In the past few days we’ve gone from winter jacket weather to shorts and sunglasses. After waiting for an interminably long time, it seems that spring has finally arrived. Three cheers for warm, sunny, blue-sky weather. The Baltimore orioles (the birds, not the baseball team) are my most thrilling sightings this week, but there have been others. Click on the picture if you would like to see my gallery of spring photos.

Thanks for visiting today.
Carolyn aka Skip

A “twofer” for today

Red-bellied woodpeckers are my favorite birds to photograph. Besides being sharp-looking birds, they have ATTITUDE! Tracking them in hopes of a photo op is just plain fun, and they are so darn photogenic!

Then there this little bird…the brown creeper.

A lot of luck and not a little dexterity is required to capture his photo. These little birds are naturally camouflaged against the bark of tree trunks. If I am lucky enough to spot one, getting his picture becomes the next challenge because they are constantly on the move, flitting from tree to tree and scurrying up the trunks like highly competitive runners in a 50 yard dash.  I count myself VERY lucky to capture this picture today!

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That’s it for this chilly April morning. It’s a good thing I made an early morning visit to the park because a persistent drizzle has moved in, along with cooler temperatures. The forecast is for more of the same for the next week or so. Did someone say something about global warming? Not in my back yard!

Thanks for visiting my corner of northeast Ohio today.

Carolyn aka Skip

 

It’s that time again!

What time is it?

It’s nest building time! That means it must be spring. Never mind the fact that it snowed yesterday. The calendar says today is April 16th, and the blue jay is ready to go into nest building mode! Yay for spring! One of these days the temperature will warm up (above this morning’s 24 degrees Fahrenheit), the tulips, forsythia, and azaleas will burst into bloom, and fruit trees will blossom. I can’t wait, and I’ll bet you can’t either!

Look closely, and you will see some signs of the new season. Our daffodils bloomed yesterday, the tree frogs in the bog are singing, the redwing blackbirds with their distinctive song are calling out a welcome to spring. Spring has arrived…more or less anyway. Maybe it has seemed like less for the past few days, but soon it will seem like more, and we can wholeheartedly celebrate.

Blog update

As I mentioned in my last blog post, I have created a connection between my photo galleries on SmugMug, this WordPress blog, and my Facebook page. If all works as planned, my blog entries will automatically link to Facebook each time I post, and when I have multiple pictures to share I will include a link to my current SmugMug gallery. If you enjoy my pictures and blog postings, feel free to click the like button or leave a comment. Comments are always appreciated!

Thanks for stopping by my corner of Ohio today.
Carolyn aka Skip

Red-bellied woodpecker

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When one of these beautiful birds flies in for a photo op, it always makes me smile! It posed happily and wasn’t the least intimidated by my presence.

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After temperatures of nearly 80 degrees on Sunday, spring deserted us. On Tuesday night snow fell. Only about an inch and a half, but snow is decidedly unwelcome, especially when it is April and we are eager for spring flowers and blossoming fruit trees. The temperature this morning was 24 degrees, but the sun was shining, skies were blue, and the light was wonderful for taking pictures. I was reminded that I need to get up and out earlier to take advantage of the golden hour for photography when the day is still fresh. Breakfast can wait! More pictures from recent photo walks are posted here in my SmugMug gallery.

 

Blog update

To make the most of my photo websites, I have connected them. In the future, my WordPress blog posts, i.e. Seen Along the Trail,  will be automatically linked to my Facebook page, and a link to my photo galleries on SmugMug will be included in each post. If you enjoy my photos and blog ramblings, I would love to hear from you in the comments section.

Thanks for stopping by today.
Carolyn aka Skip

On Holden Pond

Holden Arboretum

I visited Holden Arboretum this morning. To the dismay of the Canada geese flying overhead, there was no water for them to land in. They were complaining with loud honks of consternation as they searched for some open water. Some eventually tried ice skating (goose style), but they obviously weren’t happy about it. The next few pictures tell the story.

Looking for a place to land that isn't frozen over.

All the ponds and lakes were frozen over. The geese were honking anxiously as they flew over frozen pond after frozen pond and couldn't find a place to land.

...on Blueberry Pond at Holden Arboretum

...searching for some open water.

It wasn’t easy walking for humans either. At one point I stepped on a patch of ice and almost crashed in a heap! The geese are a lot more graceful than I am!

Thanks for stopping by my corner of Ohio today.
Come back in a few days to see if winter has lost its grip.

Skip aka Carolyn

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.

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