Tuesday, March 31, 2009


A kayak is an Eskimo canoe made of skins stretched over a light frame of wood or bone with an opening in the middle for a person.  These kayaks are not of the original construction.  Maybe there are still "real" kayaks made in Eskimo country....

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Monday, March 30, 2009


Signs of spring are everywhere.... Daffodils and hyacinths, migrating birds returning... In my part of the country ....this means spring....

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Sunday Scenery

Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado....

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Thursday, March 26, 2009


He was perched just like this, with his wings and tail fanned out, when I saw him from afar; and he waited just like this while I changed to a longer lens. I was so excited. As far as skies go...this grey sky is pretty typical for Ohio much of the time.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009


The Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield has been the location of several major films including "The Shawshank Redemption".  Constructed between 1886 and 1910, it has the largest cell block ever built. 
Designed by an architect from Cleveland, it was constructed to resemble a German castle. The institution was closed in 1990; but has become a tourist attraction due to its use in films.
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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Sunday Scenery

This was the view from a Starbuck's patio somewhere in Colorado between Denver and Colorado Springs....

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Historic Place

Located in Mentor, Ohio, this is the home of James and Lucretia Garfield and their seven children (5 sons and 2 daughters).  James Abram Garfield was the 20th president of the U.S. and the second U.S. president to be assassinated. He had been in office only four months when he was shot and fatally wounded in 1881; he was 49 yrs. old.  

James Garfield had been a teacher, college principal, ordained minister, state legislator, lawyer, Civil War general, congressman, and  president.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Skywatch Friday

Beautiful this morning for a walk in the Metropark...  I took the left path down to the dam,  the white shape in the distant left.

This is the Great Miami River... very muddy today due to rain last night... two state conservation workers are taking water samples for testing.

As I walk down the boat ramp,  two geese hurry out of the water... (enlarge for better effect)
Taylorsville Dam... completed in 1922... height 78 feet...
The conservation workers said the river has risen over this marker, 16 ft.  I'll be back for photos when/if this event happens again...
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Tuesday, March 17, 2009


I is for icicle...large icicles...but those two little robins are a welcome sign of spring....

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Monday, March 16, 2009

Historic Place

Ulysses S. Grant, commander of the Union armies during the Civil War and 18th president of the United States, was born in this cabin in Point Pleasant on the banks of the Ohio River. 

The one room house, built in 1817, measured only 16 1/2 by 19 1/2 feet.  Hiram Ulysses Grant was born in this room on April 27, 1822.  His name would later be changed at West Point to Ulysses S Grant.

Thursday, March 12, 2009


I live in a condo and have to leave my house to get a good look at the sky.  People on the west edge of the city I live in are getting used to seeing me in the evening.  I am never quite sure what I'll see when I get out of town. This was the view last evening.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

High...very high

H is for high... It felt like I could stand on tip toes, reach out, and touch those clouds... it was difficult to breath so high up... and very cold though only October... taken in the Rocky Mountains....

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Monday, March 9, 2009

Waiting for spring

Canoes stored for winter near Acton Lake in Hueston Woods. 

Thursday, March 5, 2009


Evening scene in Hueston Woods State Park , Preble County.... the sunset is behind me and almost over....

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009


Gulls are usually gray or white with black markings, longish bills, and webbed feet.  They have harsh squawking calls. Though sometimes called seagulls, gulls are typically coastal or inland birds, rarely venturing out to sea.  This pier full of gulls sat for a long time while I snapped pictures all around them.

Then all at once....they flew off....
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Monday, March 2, 2009

Man made snow

Mad River Mountain is a ski/snowboard resort in Zanesfield with 144 acres of skiing area and 130 snow guns.  Snowmaking covers the slopes assuring skiing from December through March. This is the view directly in front of the lodge where I was sipping hot chocolate...