Saturday, December 18, 2010

Cleveland Lighthouse Becomes an Ice Castle (HD Video)

Here is the video I took yesterday of the Cleveland West Harbor Lighthouse that was covered in ice from high waves and frigid weather. You can find some of my still photos here: ”Cleveland Lighthouse Becomes an Ice Castle”.

This footage was taken from the Edgewater Park vantage point. Sorry for the slightly shaky camera – it was cold and windy and I forgot my tripod!

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Cleveland Lighthouse Becomes an Ice Castle

It made national and international news - the Cleveland Harbor West Lighthouse, on the bank of the Cuyahoga River as it enters Lake Erie, was covered with a thick coating of ice. (I wrote about it in my Cleveland blog here: ”Cleveland Lighthouse Encased in Ice”.) The windy weather, plus the frigid temperatures, kicked up icy waves which splashed – and then froze – on the lighthouse. We had to go see it for ourselves, so we took a drive down to Wendy Park (located on Whiskey Island just west of downtown Cleveland), with all the camera gear in tow. The lighthouse was a spectacular sight. The nearby the Old US Coast Guard Station (photo also below) seemed untouched by the waves. We also stopped at Edgewater Park immediately west of Whiskey Island to check out the odd ice formations there made by splashing water. Some photos are below; I also included one of my photos of the lighthouse that I took last May, just for comparison. (Click on any image for a larger view.)

The lighthouse - in warm weather:

Here is the same lighthouse today:

(Nearby old Coast Guard station)

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Happy 60th Birthday To My Sister-in-Law, Paula

This week, my sister-in-law Paula will be turning 60. In addition to her family, people all over the world are celebrating her big day through their artwork. She’s showing up in art galleries, on billboards, posters, magazine covers, graffiti art, and even in puzzles and her own currency. (There were also some tributes which featured a black and white photo of Paula as a young girl, with her younger brother trying to horn in on the picture.) Happy birthday Paula!

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Fall: Close Up

Here are a few close up photos of some fall color, from my own back yard.

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Chair Factory Falls, Lake Metroparks

Chair Factory Falls in Concord Township, Ohio is a new section of the Lake Metroparks system, and the trail officially opened only a few weeks ago. The falls got its name from a chair factory in the area that used the water, via a waterwheel, to power the lathes at the factory. The factory is long gone, having burned down over 100 years ago.

The area, containing the waterway, waterfalls, and many trees, was acquired by Lake Metroparks earlier this year. The 4.5 acre parcel was donated by Laura MacMillan Crago, Johanna Bates, and Julia MacMillan in memory of George V. Bates, III and Susan Bates MacMillan. The path to the waterfall is off the main Greenway Corridor trail, and the falls trail winds through the trees literally within a few hundred feet of busy I-90. The trail is a short .3 miles long, but the hill to the falls may be considered too steep for some, and the noise from I-90 may annoy others. But it is worth the short walk down. My husband and I decided to visit over the weekend for some photos. While it’s been a little dry here lately, the falls still looked lovely. We hear that after heavy rains, the roar of the water will drown out the freeway.

Here are a few photos and a short video from our visit. (Click on any photo for a larger view.)

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