Sep 30 2011

Cleveland Skyline from the top of the Terminal Tower


Cleveland Skyline

Today’s Photo: Cleveland Skyline from the top of the Terminal Tower

Did you ever wonder what the city would look like if you could climb to the top of the Terminal Tower, go past the observation deck and climb outside onto the roof? Now you know.  This is one of my older HDR photographs but it is still one of my favorites. It is amazing how peaceful it is to see so far but hear only the wind.  Here is the information on how you can get up to the observation deck and see an awesome view of our city.

Beginning, Saturday April 30th, 2011 and continuing through Sunday, December 18th, 2011, the general public will once again have the opportunity to go up to The Terminal Tower Observation Deck, and experience the breathtaking views of Downtown from this magnificent Cleveland landmark. The Observation Deck will be open on Saturdays from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 12 pm – 4 pm. Guests may now make reservations and purchase tickets on-line General admission cost will be $5 (plus a handling fee) per person with free admission for children 5 years of age and under. Based on availability, walk-up tickets may be purchased at Tower City’s Guest Services desk, located on Level 1, on the day of the tour only. For reservations and tickets visit websites below.

Terminal Tower Observation Deck Tour tickets:

Quote of the day: Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. – Martin Luther King, Jr.


Sep 29 2011

Thunderstruck – US Air Force Thunderbirds


US Air Force Thunderbirds

Today’s photo: Thunderstruck

Thanks to my brother and sister in law I had the opportunity to take my family down to the Cleveland National Air Show this year. I hadn’t been down to see the show since I was a kid and I have to say I was pretty impressed by the whole thing. Everyone was friendly and we were able to talk to a lot of the pilots and ground crews about the aircraft. My kids loved going inside the planes and tanks that were on the ground. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds were of course everyone’s favorite. It’s amazing just how good those pilots are. To watch them fly that close and that fast is jaw dropping and just really cool. I will
be going with the family again next year for sure.

Quote of the day:

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” – Abraham Lincoln



Sep 28 2011

The Fountain at the Italian Garden


Cleveland Italian Garden


Today’s Photo: The Italian Garden

This is a photo of the fountain located on the upper level of the Italian Garden. The Italian Garden was on October 12, 1930 before a crowd of 3000 local Italians. It is just one of the over 30 gardens that make up the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.  The gardens are located along M.L.K. Blvd and East Blvd, not far from Wade Oval.

I am ashamed to say that I didn’t know this wonderful place even existed until a few years ago. I love walking though the gardens and looking at all of the statues, plants, flowers and fountains. They tell a story of all the different immigrants that came to America and to Cleveland. Some of my own ancestors that came from Germany, Switzerland, and Ireland were living in Cleveland by the 1840’s. In fact my grandmother lived in a house on the corner of Ansel Rd. and Ann Ct., right across from the gardens and the Hitchcock Center for Women. She said the center used to be a seminary and she would walk in the gardens when she was a teenager. All Clevelanders should visit the gardens at least once, they are beautiful and will make you proud of Cleveland and all the immigrants that helped built this city.

For more info on the
gardens please go to the website:

Or visit on Facebook:!/pages/Cultural-Gardens-Of-Cleveland/178974030093

Sep 27 2011

Wade Lagoon University Circle


cleveland wade lagoon

Today’s Photo: Wade Lagoon University Circle

The lagoon is located on the south end of Wade Park, in front of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Yes, it’s in Cleveland not Washington D.C. or Paris. This beautiful piece of land was donated to the city by Jeptha Wade in 1882 with the intention of building an Art Museum. The statue located in foreground of the photo is the 1928 Night Passing the Earth to Day by Frank Jirouch. If you ever have an afternoon free and want somewhere to relax this place is perfect. Walk along the lagoon, eat lunch under a tree and then take a stroll through the art museum. It is a wonderful place that is rarely crowded and always free.

Quote of the day:

“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.” – James Madison


For more info please visit:

Sep 26 2011

My first blog post!


Best Cleveland Skyline


Hello everyone,

I have decided to start this blog so I can post the photos I take of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. It is my intention to post a new photo each day, Monday through Friday. Hopefully my photos can do the city I love justice and present it in a positive light. Cleveland is truly a beautiful city and a wonderful place to live. Please sign up so you can leave comments on the photos and offer any suggestions on how I can improve this blog. Thank you for taking a look at my work.

Today’s Photo:
North Coast Harbor

North Coast Harbor is located in downtown Cleveland on the shore of Lake Erie. It includes (from left to right) the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Great Lakes Science Center, Cleveland Browns Stadium, and the Steamship William G. Mather Museum. The city’s tallest buildings can be seen in the background. The harbor was home to the Great Lakes Exposition during the summers of 1936 and 1937. The Exposition was used as a way to energize a city that was hit hard by the Great Depression and drew nearly 7 million people to the city during its two summers.

This Photo was taken from Voinovich Bicentennial Park.

Purchase this photo: Brent Durken Print Sales

Quote of the day:

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage
to pursue them.”-  Walt Disney

Sep 23 2011

Photo blog coming soon