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“Wooo-hooo.. when I feel heavy-metal…”

“Song 2” – BLUR (1997)

The United States Navy “Blue Angels” have been flying since 1946, and appear at the Cleveland National Air Show in alternating years with the United States Air Force “Thunderbirds” to help thrill Greater Clevelanders every Labor Day since 1964. Burke Lakefront Airport, on the shores of Lake Erie, in Downtown, is the home of the Cleveland National Air Show.

The Blue Angels is a U.S Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, consisting of six F/A-18 Hornet aircraft, that have been modified from former Navy “military ready” fleet aircraft. The aircraft guns have been removed and replaced with tanks that contains smoke-oil used in flight demonstrations.

During the off-season (the squadron performs across the country from March through November) the pilots train with their jets in El Centro, California and are stationed in Pensacola, Florida (where they return following each Sunday evening following air show performances, as well.)

Photos taken at Cleveland’s Lakeside Yacht Club on Labor Day, September 5, 2016



“Bridges of muscles spanning so long and high…”

“Towers of London “ – XTC (1980)

Looking northeast, descending from Ohio City, down Main Avenue into Cleveland’s Flats, where trucks haul loads of road salt from the salt mines under Lake Erie. Above, the thusly named Main Avenue Bridge, built in 1939, stretches 8,000 feet across the Flats connecting the East and West Shoreway that runs through the city, along the lake.

Photo taken January 9, 2015

“Through the streets, every corner abandoned too soon… set down with due care… don’t walk away in silence.. don’t walk away…”

“Atmosphere” – Joy Division (1980)

A bird’s eye-view of some of the historic, old homes on Cleveland’s East 89th Street. In the distance, the Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company’s Lakeshore Plant, and the fresh waters of Lake Erie.

Photo taken November 7, 2014

“We’re always ready for the call… we place our trust in Thee. Through surf and storm and howling gale… high shall our purpose be…”

“Semper Paratus” – The Sun Harbor Men’s Chorus & The South Coast Trio (written, 1922)

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With some landfill, and $360,000 budgeted for the project, the design plans of local architect J. Milton Dyer, for a new, state-of-the-art Cleveland Coast Guard Station came to fruition in August of 1940. Located at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River on Whiskey Island, and Cleveland’s Lake Erie shoreline, the station was designed in streamline moderne architectural style, and intended to resemble a Great Lakes vessel and replicate what it was like being aboard ship. The Station was utilized until 1974, when the Coast Guard relocated to a new station.

Although vacant since then, the architecturally historic facility is being cleaned-up, renovated, and plans are being drawn to include the site as part of the Cleveland Metroparks System. It really will be a beautiful asset in the development of the City’s lakefront once it is completed. The Cleveland Coast Guard Station was added to the National Register of Historic Places and is has been designated as a City of Cleveland Historic Landmark.

Photos taken July 5, 2014

“And the embers never fade… in my city by the lake… the place where I was born…”

“Tonight Reprise” – The Smashing Pumpkins (1995)

Two photos of The Cleveland West Pierhead Lighthouse, built in 1911. The fixture sits on the Lake Erie breakwall that protects the mouth of the Cuyahoga River and the Port of Cleveland.

Photos taken from the old Coast Guard Station Pier on Whiskey Island on July 5, 2014.

“…I wanted rock ‘n roll, I got a science museum…”

“Demons Out!” – Art Brut (2009)

Two pictures looking northeast from inside The Great Lakes Science Center Museum toward the western side of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, on the shores of Lake Erie, in downtown Cleveland.

In 1986 Cleveland was chosen by The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, a New York City based organization, to be the permanent home to the museum, beating stiff competition from New York, Philadelphia, New Orleans, San Francisco, Memphis and Chicago. In 1987, internationally acclaimed architect I.M. Pei was picked to design the building and in 1993 the first shovel of dirt was turned. The Museum was opened two years later.

Another shot of the building that I took in 2012 can be found HERE.

Photos taken February 12, 2014.

“Were you there when they crucified my Lord?”

“Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord)” – Johnny Cash (1962, live)

A Lorain County Ohio, Lake Erie beach at sundown.

Photo taken April 29, 2012

“This freeze-frame moment can’t be wrong…”

“Freeze-Frame” – J. Geils Band (1982)

Walking on a frozen Lake Erie, at Edgewater Park on Cleveland’s near-west side.

Photo taken March 11, 2014

“I’d be safe and warm… if I was in L.A… California dreamin’ on such a winter’s day…”

“California Dreamin'” – The Mamas & the Papas (1965)

At the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve, on the shoreline of Lake Erie, at E. 72nd Street.

Photo taken February 3, 2014

“Alright don’t worry even if things end up a bit too heavy… we’ll all float on… alright… already we’ll all float on…”

“Float On” – Modest Mouse (2004)

On the Cuyahoga River, in downtown Cleveland, where the river exits out into Lake Erie–“American Courage,” a river-class vessel heading in to it’s next destination. The American Courage was built in 1979 by the Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin Bay Shipbuilding Corporation. It is powered by two 3500 Horse Power diesel engines. It also is equipped with 1,000 Horse Power “bow” and 600 Horse Power stern thrusters to negotiate tight waters in port, or on rivers such as the Cuyahoga.

Photo taken on October 4, 2013

“Then blue turns to grey…”

“Blue Turns to Grey” – The Rolling Stones (1965)

Two photos of the frozen tundra of Lake Erie, taken at the Edgewater Park Pier, in the wake of the 2014 Polar Vortex that swept harshly through Cleveland and the Midwest and Eastern United States earlier this week. Edgewater Park is located on Cleveland’s near-west side, in eye shot of downtown, and is part of the Cleveland Metroparks system.

Photos taken January 8, 2014

“Gasping at glimpses of gentle true spirits… he runs… wishing he could fly…”

“Helplessly Hoping” – Crosby, Stills and Nash (1969)

The Cleveland Public Power Plant (formerly the Municipal Light Plant) sits on the shores of Lake Erie, near downtown Cleveland. The artwork “The Song of the Whales” painted by artist Robert Wyland, was completed in 1997, and is one of many “Whaling Walls” that the artist has rendered. The Cleveland example is number 75 in his “collection” of 90 such mural paintings nationally. The dimensions of the art, which is readily viewable from I-90 heading into downtown, is 300 feet long, and 108 feet high. Definitely a site to see when visiting the city!

Photo taken November 5, 2013

“Up on a hill, here’s where we begin…”

“The Modern Age” – The Strokes (2001)

High above the city, atop State Road hill, in suburban Parma, looking north toward downtown Cleveland…

Photo taken September 14, 2013

“Because Mutiny on the Bounty’s what we’re all about… I’m gonna board your ship and turn it on out…”

“Rhymin’ and Stealin'” – Beastie Boys (1986)

Four silhouette photographs taken with my new Nikon D5100 camera. These beautiful ships sailed into the Port of Cleveland, on the downtown waterfront of Lake Erie for “The Tall Ship Festival”–just in time for the 4th of July holiday and the adjoining weekend! Click on the images for larger versions with more detail.

Photos taken July 6, 2013

“In the winter time… when all the leaves are brown… and the wind blows so chill…”

“Winter Time” – The Steve Miller Band (1977)

Behind the Gordon Shore Boat Club on the frozen shores of Lake Erie
5401 North Marginal Road, Cleveland, Ohio
Photo taken March 9, 2013

“Let me show you the world in my eyes”

“World in My Eyes” by Depeche Mode

Key Tower on Public Square
Taken from the 18th floor of the Terminal Tower
Cleveland, Ohio
Photo taken January 16, 2013

“Forever in debt to your priceless advice… your advice…”

“Heart Shaped Box” – NIRVANA (1993)

On some days, NIRVANA would simply be a little good advice, and a hot cup of joe… This spot meets all the criteria– on the southern shores of Lake Erie at Bradstreet’s Landing Park, in Rocky River, Ohio.

Photo taken June 5, 2012

Right around the corner…

From my 14th floor apartment at the time– The Chesterfield… looking up East 12th Street toward Lake Erie (which is blotted-out by snow squalls.) On nights when the Indians or Browns played at old Cleveland Municipal Stadium, you could see the stadium lights haze over the buildings that appeared out my window. It was a time of walking everywhere.. even in the winter, because “everywhere” was close by–the heart of Downtown Cleveland. A “flop house” for friends to spend the night after crazy adventures to the entertainment district of Cleveland at the time–“The Flats” or to ballgames down at the stadium. Being in a stones throw to Lake Erie was a blessing of downtown living as well.

This photograph was taken in January of 1993, on a very cold day.

Eerie Lake

Huntington Beach Reserve – Cleveland Metroparks
Lake Erie
Bay Village, Ohio

Photo taken March 22, 2012