Nov 29 2011

Cleveland Metroparks


Hinckley Lake

Today’s Photo: Cleveland Metroparks

I thought that I would post this photo because I am already missing the leaves on the trees. One of the reasons I like living in Ohio is that I always have a new season to look forward to. I always am a little excited for the next season to start. In the winter I can take the kids tobogganing at the Chalet in Strongsville and ice skating in Wade Oval. Then I look forward to the spring because it’s no longer winter. I like winter but it gets old by mid February. Then comes the summer and there is obviously tons of stuff to do during the summer. Then back to fall. Fall is my favorite time of the year. I love the weather, all the colors and the holidays. Then it starts all over.

Today’s quote: Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons in life do not last. The spring rains will come again.-Sarah Ban Breathnach

Nov 28 2011

Tower City Center


tower city

Today’s Photo: Tower City Center

“This is a photo of the fountain in the center of the Tower City shopping mall. Tower City Center (formerly known as Cleveland Union Terminal) is a large mixed-use facility located on Public Square in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. The facility is composed of a number of interconnected office buildings, including the landmark Terminal Tower, a shopping mall, two hotels, and the main hub of Cleveland’s three rapid transit lines. On March 17, 1976, the tower was added to the National Register of Historic Places
as the Union Terminal Group.”

Read more about Tower City at:

Today’s Quote: “Nothing was more up-to-date when it was built, or is more obsolete today, than the railroad station” – Ada Louise Huxtable

Nov 25 2011

Soldiers and Sailors Monument cleveland


Soldiers and Sailors Monument cleveland

Today’s Photo: Into the Sun

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

This photo was taken looking directly into the sun. By using HDR I was able to still bring out the details on the front of the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument. To the right you can see the top of the Terminal Tower. It looks like it is leaning because of distortion from a wide angle lens. That or it just leaned over so be in the photo also. To the left you can see the old May Company Building. I wish those department stores were still downtown, especially this time of year.

Today’s Quote: “America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.” – Attributed to Alexis de Tocqueville

Nov 23 2011

Crossing the Cuyahoga


cuyahoga rail bridge

Today’s Photo: Crossing the Cuyahoga

This photo was taken looking down the Cuyahoga River towards Lake Erie. One of Cleveland’s many rail lift bridges can be seen on the left.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Today’s Quote:  “The United States as we know it today is largely the result of mechanical inventions, and in particular of agricultural machinery and the railroad” – John Moody

Nov 22 2011

Tugging on the River


tugboat on the cuyahoga river

Today’s Photo: Tugboat

Tugboats have been used to help guide larger ships up and down the narrow, crooked Cuyahoga River for over a century now. This is a photo of a modern day tugboat pushing a barge down the Cuyahoga towards Lake Erie.

Today’s Quote:

“History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies” – Alexis de Tocqueville

Nov 21 2011

Moses Cleaveland Statue


Moses Cleaveland Statue

Today’s  Photo:  Moses Cleaveland Statue

“Moses Cleaveland was a lawyer, politician, soldier, and surveyor from Connecticut who founded the U.S. city of Cleveland, Ohio, while surveying the Western Reserve in 1796. The place called “Cleaveland” eventually became known as “Cleveland”. Oneexplanation as to why the spelling changed is that, in 1830, when the first newspaper, the Cleveland Advertiser, was  established, the editor discovered that the head-line was too long for the form, and accordingly left out the letter “a” in the first syllable of “Cleaveland”, which spelling was at once adopted by the public. An alternative explanation is that Cleaveland’s surveying party misspelled the name of the future town on their original map.”

For more info:

Today’s Quote:

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. –
Harriet Tubman

Nov 18 2011

From a Distance – The flats


Cleveland flats

Today’s Photo: From a Distance

Today’s Photo is of downtown Cleveland from a distance. I just think it’s cool to see the flats, the bridges and all buildings downtown in the background. Have a great weekend.

Today’s Quote:

“From a distance, there is harmony, and it echoes through the land. It’s the voice of hope, it’s the voice of peace, it’s the voice of every man” – Bette Midler

Nov 17 2011

German Cultural Garden


German Cultural Garden Cleveland

Today’s Photo: German Cultural Garden

From the CCG website:

“Second Cultural Garden to be constructed, after the Hebrew Cultural Garden in 1926. German-American Karl Wolfram was instrumental in creating the Cultural Gardens and in developing the German Cultural Garden. Like the Hebrew Garden before it, the first German cultural figures to be recognized were poet-philosophers (Goethe, Schiller, and Heine), musicians (Bach and Beethoven) and writers (von Hutten). The German Cultural Garden expanded their honored cultural heros to include artist Durer, dramatist/critic Lessing, educator Froebel, physical culturist Jahn, and scientist Humboldt. In the 21st century the Garden recognizes “Balaskapelle” or traditional, German, brass band music with its annual Conrad Mizer/Karl Wolfram concert in the Garden with regional German-American bands and singers. Conrad Mizer was a 19th century German emmigrant who first started “Fruhschoppenmusic” or public park concerts in the area and then went on to be one of those instrumental in the founding of the predecessor organizations of the Cleveland Orchestra.”

For more info:

Today’s Quote: “A person hears only what they understand” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Nov 16 2011

Historic Covered Bridge


Ohio Covered Bridge

Today’s Photo: Historic Covered Bridge

There are over 125 historic wooden covered bridges in the U.S. state of Ohio. This photo is of the covered bridge near Lanterman’s Mill in Mahoning County.

For more info on Ohio’s covered bridges:

Today’s Quote:

“Don’t count every hour in the day, make every hour in the day count.”-Unknown

Nov 15 2011

Hinckley Lake


Hinckley Lake Medina

Today’s Photo: Hinckley Lake

Hinckley Lake, located in Hinckley Reservation, impounds 87 surface acres of water on the east branch of the Rocky River which makes it the largest inland lake in Cleveland Metroparks. The lake is another great place to spend an afternoon with the family. For more info:

Quote: We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now. -Martin Luther King, Jr.