Jul 23 2016

Sunset over Cleveland


Cleveland skyline sunsetA shot of the Downtown Cleveland skyline overlooking the East Side neighborhoods of Cleveland just after sunset on a warm summer evening. The rooftops of the Hough and Fairfax neighborhoods can be seen in the foreground.

Mar 16 2016

Sunset on the Cuyahoga River


Burning River

Info on the Cuyahoga River from Wikipedia: “The Cuyahoga River is famous for being “the river that caught fire,” helping to spur the environmental movement in the late 1960s. The name “Cuyahoga” is believed to mean “crooked river” from the Mohawk Indian name “Cayagaga,” although the Senecas called it “Cuyohaga,” or “place of the jawbone.” At least 13 fires have been reported on the Cuyahoga River, the first occurring in 1868. The largest river fire in 1952 caused over $1 million in damage to boats, a bridge, and a riverfront office building. On June 22, 1969, a river fire captured the attention of Time magazine, which described the Cuyahoga as the river that “oozes rather than flows”.

The 1969 Cuyahoga River fire helped spur an avalanche of water pollution control activities, resulting in the Clean Water Act, Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, and the creation of the federal Environmental Protection Agency and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA). As a result, large point sources of pollution on the Cuyahoga have received significant attention from the OEPA in recent decades. These events are referred to in Randy Newman’s 1972 song “Burn On,” R.E.M.’s 1986 song “Cuyahoga,” and Adam Again’s 1992 song “River on Fire.” Great Lakes Brewing Company of Cleveland named its Burning River Pale Ale after the event. Water quality has greatly improved and, partially in recognition of this improvement, the Cuyahoga was designated one of 14 American Heritage Rivers in 1998″.

More info:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuyahoga_River

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Feb 16 2016

North Coast Rapid Station and First Energy Stadium


First Energy Stadium Cleveland

Today’s photo blog features a photograph of the North Coast Rapid Station with First Energy Stadium and North Coast Harbor in the background. The North Coast Rapid Station is located along the Waterfront Line, an extension of the Blue and Green lines, travels from Tower City along the Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie. It ends at the South Harbor Station in the Municipal Parking lot, providing access to destinations formerly served by the L-Line Trolley.

Cleveland Browns Stadium became FirstEnergy Stadium, Home of the Cleveland Browns on January 15, 2013, when Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and FirstEnergy President and CEO Tony Alexander announced a long-term naming rights partnership. For more information on First Energy Stadium: http://www.firstenergystadium.com/

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May 15 2013

Mapleside Farms in Brunswick



mapleside Farms brunswick

From the Mapleside Farms website: “Mapleside Farms is a 100-acre fully functioning apple orchard located in Brunswick, OH. Mapleside Farms has long been a destination for families and friends to get together to enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal, fresh homegrown produce, piping hot home baked pies and an amazing view of the Northeast Ohio countryside. It’s the kind of place where children who once came to Mapleside with their grandparents now bring their own grandchildren to share the same traditions”.

Check them out at http://www.mapleside.com/index.php

Today’s Quote:

“Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men”. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Feb 6 2012

Sunset on Lake Erie


sunset on lake erie


Today’s photo is of a sunset behind the breakwall on Lake Erie. We are lucky to have such a beautiful lake to enjoy.

When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator. – Mahatma Gandhi

Oct 3 2011

After the Storm


Mapleside Farms

Today’s Photo:  Mapleside Farms

It is easy to see why Mapleside Farms in Brunswick, Ohio was recently voted the most beautiful farm in America. This photo was taken shortly after a storm passed over the farm. The purplish tint
to the photo is really how it looked that evening. Families, including my own have been coming to this farm for generations to enjoy the food and the view. Here is a history of the farm from their website:

“The land where Mapleside Farms sits was first settled by the Tillotson family from Massachusetts. They were drawn there in 1817 by the area’s fertile soil. Elmer and Clara Eyssen bought the farm from the Tillotson family in 1927 and moved
their family from Lakewood way out into the country. At that time the land consisted of the current property plus many acres across Pearl Road as well as some property on Center Road/Rte. 303. In the earlier years of this beautiful farm, a large stand of maple trees on the side of the hill were used for maple syrup production and became Elmer and Clara’s inspiration for naming their land, Mapleside Farms.”

The farm was recently purchased by Greg and Kelly Clement who are both lifelong Brunswick residents and grew up with Mapleside as an important part of their lives. They have made many wonderful improvements while still keeping the original feel of the farm. I have no doubt that Mapleside will be enjoyed for many more generations.

For more information please visit their website:


Quote of the day:

God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but on trees, and flowers, and clouds, and stars.- Martin Luther