“In May” – Poem by Paul Lawrence Dunbar (1913)
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)
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…”
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
“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.
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)” – Johnny Cash (1962, live)
A Lorain County Ohio, Lake Erie beach at sundown.
Photo taken April 29, 2012
“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) – 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
“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
“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
“Victrola” – Veruca Salt (1994)
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!
“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
“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
“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
“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.
“CORDUROY” – PEARL JAM (1994)
Along Abbeyville Road, outside of Valley City, Ohio – Medina County.
Photo taken May 19, 2013
“First Days of Spring” – Noah and the Whale (2009)
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
“Carry On” – FUN. (2012)
On my birthday last year… On a path in the Rocky River Reservation – Cleveland Metroparks.
Photo taken April 20, 2012
“I am Stretched on Your Grave” – Sinead O’Connor (1990)
Photo taken March 11, 2013
“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
“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
“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
Somewhere in Medina County, Ohio
Photo taken February 4, 2012
Prayer of the Woods sign at entrance to the River Rapids Trail
Hillsborough River State Park
Photo taken June 14, 2003
“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
“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
“It Was A Very Good Year” – Frank Sinatra (1965)
The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Rail Line
Rt. 82 – Chippewa Road-West Aurora Road Bridge
Photo taken October 24, 2012
“Brown Eyed Girl” – Van Morrison (1967)
Cleveland (OH) Metroparks
South Chagrin Reservation
Photo taken September 5, 2012
“…and all the trees of the field…” – Isaiah 55:12 (King James Version)
Rocky River Reservation
Fairview Park, Ohio
Photo taken January 22, 2012
“She Blinded Me With Science” – Thomas Dolby (1982)
Sea Gulls Over the Gulf of Mexico
Photo taken May 7, 2001
Off the beaten path
Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia
Photo taken February 1, 2006
Starkey Wilderness Preserve
New Port Richey, FL
Photo Taken May 18, 2011
“True Colors” – Phil Collins (2004)
State Road headed north
Photo taken October 6, 2012
The Gulf of Mexico coast along the shores of Honeymoon Island.
Photo taken May 29, 2011
“Parklife” – BLUR (1994)
Photo taken September 28, 2012
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.
Mountain View Grand Resort and Spa
Whitefield, New Hampshire
Photo taken September 4, 2004
“Reflection is a flower…” – Desiderius Erasmus
At the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Photo taken March 27, 2012
“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.
Olmsted Falls, Ohio
Photo taken August 12, 2012
The Fulton Avenue Bridge spanning the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.
Photo taken March 27, 2012
“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
St. Augustine, Florida
Photo taken November 20, 2004
Honeymoon Island Florida nearing Dusk
The Gulf of Mexico
Photo taken May 20, 2011
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.
Huntington Beach Reserve – Cleveland Metroparks
Bay Village, Ohio
Photo taken March 22, 2012
The Rocky River Reservation
Brook Park, Ohio
Photo taken March 18, 2012
Taken at the South Chagrin Reservation, Cleveland Metroparks
Photo taken September 5, 2012