metroparks

“…and your stone walls turn my blood a little cold.”












“San Quentin” – Johnny Cash (live 1969)

[12 photos]

Eerily serene, especially during a fast approaching nightfall– Squire’s Castle sits nestled in the North Chagrin Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks, in Willoughby Hills, Ohio. Built in the 1890’s by Feargus B. Squire, an executive with Cleveland based Standard Oil Company, the structure was originally intended to be a “gatekeepers” house for a country home estate for Squire and his family. The home was never built, and the Squires utilized the “castle” as a weekend retreat. The building included several bedrooms and living areas, a kitchen, dining room, breakfast porch and a library. It’s interiors boasted finely plastered walls, leaded glass windows, and beautifully detailed woodwork.

Squire sold the dwelling in 1922 and in 1925 the land and structure was sold to the Cleveland Metroparks. Over the years the interiors have been gutted and all that remain are the castle ruins. Legend has it that Squire’s Castle and it’s land are haunted by the ghost of the wife of Feargus Squire, Rebecca, who died at a very young age, in 1929.

Photos taken December 26, 2014

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“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


“It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock ‘n’ roll…”

“It’s a Long Way to the Top (if you wanna rock ‘n’ roll) – AC/DC (1975)

In the Mill Stream Run Reservation section of the Cleveland Metroparks, in Strongsville, Ohio– the toboggan ice chutes.

Photo taken February 15, 2014


“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


“Well, darkness has a hunger that’s insatiable… and lightness has a call that’s hard to hear…”

“Closer to Fine” – Indigo Girls (1989)

A drive after church on Sunday brought me to quiet moments at the Columbia Reservation… on Royalton Road, in Columbia Station, OH.

Photo taken October 6, 2013


“…but like a cut-down tree, I will rise again… and I’ll be bigger and stronger than ever before…”

“First Days of Spring” – Noah and the Whale (2009)

the rest of the poignant lyrics from this song

Along Valley Parkway in the Mill Stream Run section of the Cleveland Metroparks. This spot was found while hiking the woods near Camp Cheerful, a camp for children with disabilities, in Strongsville, Ohio.

Photo taken May 11, 2013


“May your path be the sound of your feet upon the ground”

“Carry On” – FUN. (2012)

On my birthday last year… On a path in the Rocky River Reservation – Cleveland Metroparks.

Photo taken April 20, 2012


“A moment like a poem, you wish you could hold it… I shut my eyes like it’s frozen, it’s gone when I open”


“Undeniable” – Matt Kearney (2006)

Gispert Maduro – Londsdale, cigar
South Chagrin Reservation
Cleveland Metroparks
Chagrin Falls, Ohio

Photo taken September 5, 2012


“All along the waterfall… with you…”

“Brown Eyed Girl” – Van Morrison (1967)

Chagrin Falls
Cleveland (OH) Metroparks
South Chagrin Reservation

Photo taken September 5, 2012


“…and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.”

“…and all the trees of the field…” – Isaiah 55:12 (King James Version)

Cleveland Metroparks
Rocky River Reservation
Fairview Park, Ohio

Photo taken January 22, 2012


“Reflection is a flower of the mind…”

“Reflection is a flower…” – Desiderius Erasmus

At the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Photo taken March 27, 2012


“Sittin’ on the dock of the bay…”

“(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay” – Otis Redding (1967)

Smoking a Drew EstateAcid Cold Infusion Tea” cigar with Blondie, on my birthday, in the Rocky River Reservation Metroparks, near Cleveland, Ohio… Everything was perfect that day!

Photo taken on April 20, 2012


Bridge over Beast

The Fulton Avenue Bridge spanning the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.
Cleveland, Ohio

Photo taken March 27, 2012


Eerie Lake

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

Photo taken March 22, 2012


“Like a river that don’t know where it’s flowin’…”

The Rocky River Reservation
Cleveland Metroparks
Brook Park, Ohio

Photo taken March 18, 2012


The Cascading Splendor of Chagrin Falls

Taken at the South Chagrin Reservation, Cleveland Metroparks
Photo taken September 5, 2012