nature

“Oh it were sweet to think… that May should be ours again…”













“In May” – Poem by Paul Lawrence Dunbar (1913)

(13 photos)
At 750 E 88th Street, on a parcel of land– a section of the 270 acres donated to the City of Cleveland by oil tycoon and philanthropist, John D. Rockefeller– the City’s Rockefeller Park Greenhouse in all of it’s splendor. Completed in 1905, the greenhouse has been free and open to the public year-round throughout the decades. Visitors to the park enjoy lush indoor and outdoor gardens of many varieties. A quiet and colorful place to spend a lunch hour on a warm day in the month of May.

Photos taken May 7, 2015


“I’m a street walking cheetah with a heart full of napalm… I’m a runaway son of the nuclear A-bomb…”










“Search and Destroy” – Iggy Pop and the Stooges (1973)

[10 photos]
Hidden in a heavily overgrown urban meadow on Cleveland’s West 53rd street, just south of Interstate 90– another abandoned factory of yesterday. Built in 1920, the brick structure was part of the Joseph & Feiss Company, a clothing manufacturer famous for it’s Clothcraft brand high quality $15 blue serge suits.

Today, lost in an undeveloped former industrial area, secluded along the railroad tracks, the long-closed facility has become a stopping point for an “underground culture” of urban graffiti artists, gangs, and the homeless seeking shelter. Although attempts have been made to board-up the entrances and smashed out windows, I did discover a passageway inside. But not on this trip– I wasn’t dressed for the “dirty work” it would take to get in… and what/who would I find once I got inside? Maybe another time!

Photos taken September 20, 2014


“Oh the fishes will laugh as they swim out of the path, and the seagulls they’ll be smiling… The hour that the ship comes in…”











“When The Ship Comes In” – Bob Dylan (1964)
“When The Ship Comes In” – The Lumineers (2008)

(11 photos)

On a blistery cold day, in the shadows of the skyscrapers that mark downtown Cleveland, Ohio… The freighter BUFFALO, of Wilmington, Deleware, makes it’s way up the icy waters of the Cuyahoga River. The Seagulls, in mass, illuminate the sky and water as only winter invites…

Photos taken January 9, 2015


“As daydreams slide to color from shadow… picture the moonglow that dazzles my eyes…”

“Pure” – The Lightning Seeds (1989)

Found on E. 54th Street and Eliza Avenue– a remote area of Slavic Village, a neighborhood on Cleveland’s south east side.

“Pure and simple every time…”

Photo taken June 17, 2014


“…the pounding of the drums, the pride and disgrace… you can bury your dead but don’t leave a trace… hate your next door neighbor, but don’t forget to say grace…”

“Eve of Destruction” – Barry McGuire (1965, live)

The Sidaway Avenue Footbridge on the near-south side of Cleveland as it is today… Designed by Wilbur J. Watson and Associates and completed in 1931, the 680 foot long pedestrian footbridge spanned the Kingsbury Run gully, and connected a largely Polish Slavic Village neighborhood, on the south side with Garden Valley, a predominantly Black neighborhood, to the north. It is the only suspension bridge in existence in the city. The bridge provided access to schools and hard to find jobs in the connecting areas during the Great Depression. In July of 1966, racial tensions that were prevalent across the country spilled over among groups from the two Cleveland neighborhoods and someone destroyed the bridge by torching the wooden deck planks. The bridge was closed and never opened again. Today the bridge is vastly overgrown with vegetation and there has been talk of relocating the steel structure to one of the Metroparks in the surrounding area. But today it still remains as a sad reminder of troubled times from the past.

Top three photos taken from the North landing on April 23, 2014

Fourth photo taken from the South landing on April 18, 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


“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


“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


“I dreamt we were standing… by the banks of the Thames… where the cold grey waters ripple… in the misty morning light…”

“Misty Morning, Albert Bridge” – The Pogues (1989)

“The Crooked River”– The Cuyahoga, as it flows slowly southward through the Village of Mantua, in Portage County, Ohio.

Stretching 85 miles in total length, The Cuyahoga River begins in Burton, Ohio, flowing south and west through Akron, in Summit County changing direction, where it heads north and eventually empties into Lake Erie, in downtown Cleveland.

Photo taken January 18, 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


“Ahhh… Happy New Year…”

“Victrola” – Veruca Salt (1994)

(2 photos)
On the outskirts of Cleveland, off of Brecksville Road near the declining hill to the Cuyahoga Valley in Independence, Ohio.

Photos taken December 30, 2013

Happy New Year to everyone!


“…every time I see you falling, I get down on my knees and pray…”

“Bizarre Love Triangle” – New Order (1987)

Brandywine Creek falling over the layered sandstone and shale that formed millions of years ago, creating the spectacular 65-foot Brandywine Waterfalls– part of the Northern Ohio treasure: The Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The falls are located in Sagamore Hills Township, approximately 20 miles Southeast of downtown Cleveland.

Photo taken November 3, 2013


“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


“…in an octopus’s garden in the shade…”



“Octopus’s Garden” – The Beatles (1969)

Three photos of some of the artwork that exists in a resident’s front yard at the corner of Edgewater and Harborview Drives in the “posh” west side Cleveland neighborhood of Edgewater.

Photos taken September 11, 2013


“If I gathered all my means.. in a pile beside me… It wouldn’t help to fill my dreams… for the love of ivy…”

“For the Love of Ivy” – The Mamas & The Papas (1968)

These four photos show the ivy cover that entangles beautiful urban architecture. Located on the outskirts of downtown Cleveland, at 3649 Prospect Avenue, this Victorian Era Brownstone structure was originally built as luxury townhouses in 1874. Today it is a designated Cleveland Landmark – Number 58, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Photos taken July 12, 2013


“…Here you go, way too fast… don’t slow down, you’re gonna crash…”

“Crash” – The Primitives (1988)

Inside the fenced off area once known as “Chippewah Lake Amusement Park” (1878 – 1978). I posted other photos from this exciting trip that Blondie and I made to this historic place last summer, here: Ghosts in the Machine, and here: “The amusement park rises bold and stark…”

This area, in Medina County Ohio, sits as a graveyard of demolished buildings and broken down rides from days gone by– all of it overgrown by nature. We snuck in on this visit, through a hole in the steel fencing that the owner put up to keep people out. Eventually we were found out– threatened with calls to the police, by the caretaker of the property, a woman with a vicious looking dog. All we were doing was taking pictures! A day I won’t ever forget.

Photo taken on May 11, 2012.


“…I’ll end up alone like I began…”

“CORDUROY” – PEARL JAM (1994)

Along Abbeyville Road, outside of Valley City, Ohio – Medina County.

Photo taken May 19, 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


“For I smell of the earth… and am worn by the weather…”

“I am Stretched on Your Grave” – Sinead O’Connor (1990)

Cleveland, Ohio
Photo taken March 11, 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


“The amusement park rises bold and stark…”

“Born to Run” – Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Chippewa Lake Amusement Park, rests in peace these days… Here some abandoned rides in the thick over-growth… Click the ferris wheel picture below to link to an earlier post I did on the same topic. We broke in and toured the long time “left for dead” park and found so many fascinating remnants of fun filled days gone by.

These pictures were taken May 11, 2012


“Like a bird on a wire…”

“Bird on a Wire” by Leonard Cohen (1968)

A Ladybug found it’s way onto this hand rolled cigar that I purchased in Ybor City – Tampa, Florida.

Photo taken September 9, 2006


“And nobody has to think too much… About desolation row”

“Desolation Row” by Bob Dylan

Somewhere in Medina County, Ohio
Photo taken February 4, 2012


“I am the bread of your kindness…”

Prayer of the Woods sign at entrance to the River Rapids Trail
Hillsborough River State Park
Thonotosassa, Florida

Photo taken June 14, 2003


“And ghostly voices rose from the fields”

“My Father’s House” – Bruce Springsteen (1982)

The Stanford House barn, located at 6093 Stanford Road in Peninsula, Ohio. The small rural area where this structure sits is notoriously known as “Hell Town” because of the dark legacy, legend and lore that pervades the landscape, to this day. The Stanford House was built near the banks of the Ohio & Erie Canal, in 1830 by George Stanford, one of the original settlers of the new frontier– Connecticut “Western Reserve,” a territory apportioned primarily in Northeastern Ohio. The house and adjoining property was eventually purchased by the National Park Service, and served as a low cost youth hostel until 2008. The road that the Stanford House and Barn make their home, is indeed, ghostly!— very rural, and if you let your imagination run away with itself… it will. The barn, which has recently been renovated from it’s original dilapidated condition, is now a beautiful stop along Stanford Road (during the day!)
Photo taken October 24, 2012


“You’re the blessed…we’re the spiders from Mars…”

“Hang on to Yourself” – David Bowie (‘Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’ Documentary, 1972)

An inhabitant to my front yard, at the time…. She stayed there for almost three months…
Land O Lakes, Florida

Photo taken July 11, 2010


“But now the days grow short… I’m in the autumn of the year”

“It Was A Very Good Year” – Frank Sinatra (1965)

Brecksville Station
The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Rail Line
Rt. 82 – Chippewa Road-West Aurora Road Bridge
Brecksville, Ohio

Photo taken October 24, 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


“Poetry in Motion…”

“She Blinded Me With Science” – Thomas Dolby (1982)

Sea Gulls Over the Gulf of Mexico
Galveston, Texas

Photo taken May 7, 2001


Colonial back roads…

Off the beaten path
Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia

Photo taken February 1, 2006


The “Great I AM”

“Great I Am” – New Life Worship

Starkey Wilderness Preserve
Serenova Tract
New Port Richey, FL

Photo Taken May 18, 2011


“…true colors shining through”

“True Colors” – Phil Collins (2004)

State Road headed north
Hinckley, Ohio

Photo taken October 6, 2012


“Flying High Again”

“Flying High Again” – Ozzy Osborne (1981)

The Gulf of Mexico coast along the shores of Honeymoon Island.
Dunedin, Florida

Photo taken May 29, 2011


“Parklife”

“Parklife” – BLUR (1994)

Wade Park
University Circle
Cleveland, Ohio

Photo taken September 28, 2012


a thorny crown

A weathered nesting along the shoreline at Honeymoon Island State Park, North of Clearwater, Florida, on the Gulf of Mexico.

Photo taken November 16, 2003.


Primary New Hampshire

Mountain View Grand Resort and Spa
Whitefield, New Hampshire

Photo taken September 4, 2004


“Reflection is a flower of the mind…”

“Reflection is a flower…” – Desiderius Erasmus

At the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Photo taken March 27, 2012


“Rock of Ages…”

“Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me” – Johnny Cash

Stone cut-out ledges and trickling brooks immersed in lush green forest vegetation.. preserved within an abandoned 19th Century sandstone quarry.
Fortier Park
Olmsted Falls, Ohio

Photo taken August 12, 2012


Bridge over Beast

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

Photo taken March 27, 2012


“From the Blue Ridge Mountains…”

“This Land is Your Land – Woody Guthrie (1944)

A view from the Chimney Rock Mountain Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Buena Vista, Virginia.

Photo taken March 16, 2006


A beacon in the night

The Lighthouse
Anastasia Island
St. Augustine, Florida

Photo taken November 20, 2004


A Honeymoon Island Sun Setting

Honeymoon Island Florida nearing Dusk
The Gulf of Mexico

Photo taken May 20, 2011


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Ghosts in the Machine

Nature has intimately bonded with the remnants of the long abandoned ferris wheel on the grounds of the ghost town that was Chippewah Lake Amusement Park (1878 – 1978), in Medina County, Ohio.

Photo taken on May 11, 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