Thursday, July 18, 2019

A View of the Cincinnati Skyline

After a stop at the airport, I had to make a stop at Devou Park in Covington to get some pictures of the Cincinnati skyline.
 I've stopped here before but I do like the view.  The park is at the top of a fairly high hill.
 I kind of wish I could have seen more of the river and I was tempted to head closer to the river but it was getting pretty late.
 Just a couple of different angles.
And one more shot before leaving.

A Stop at Cinicinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport

I had an ulterior motive for visiting the Serpent Mound.  I've wanted to go down to the Cincinnati Airport for spotting for a while.  Even more so when I found out that they have a viewing area.

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) was opened in 1944 and was originally used as a site to train B-17 pilots.  The field was used by the Army Air Corps for a year.  The first commercial flight (an American Airlines DC-3) landed there in 1947.  It was shortly followed by a Delta flight.  In the 1980s, it became a Delta hub and was Delta's second largest hub until its merger with Northwest in 2008.
 With Delta leaving, CVG transformed into a cargo airport.  Currently it serves as an Amazon hub, as evidenced by this Prime Air 767.  It is also a major hub for DHL.   It is currently one of the busier cargo airports.  It will probably become busier as Amazon expands its operations there.
 There are still a number of passenger flights here, as evidenced by this American Airlines Embrear 145.
 And this American CRJ.
 A shot of that plane passing the tower.
 There are a couple of other cargo airlines that operate out of there as well.
 The viewing area is pretty nice but it's not great photography in the evening as you are shooting into the sun.
 I did get to see the Southwest Lone Star Livery though.  Unfortunately, it wasn't landing on the runway I was closest too.
One more shot before leaving.  I do like this viewing area but if I come again, I'll have to try it earlier in the day.

The Serpent Mound in Ohio

On Friday July 5th, I decided to head down to Southern Ohio in order to catch something different.  I headed down to a place that is to the east of Cincinnati called the Serpent Mound.
 The Serpent Mound is near a place called Peebles, Ohio and is basically in the middle of nowhere.  In fact, just to the north of it was an airport that I did not expect to see.  Apparently that airport was a former Air Force Base and now serves as a cargo airport.  Anyway, this is a Native American burial mound in the park with the Serpent Mound.
 The mound itself is believed to be anywhere from 1000 to 2000 years old.  In 1996, carbon dating said it was built in roughly 1070 A.D.  And that meant it would have been built by the Fort Ancient Culture.  From the ground it doesn't look like much.
 A more recent carbon dating indicates that it was built in 300 B.C. which meant that it was built by the Adena culture that was originally believed to build it.   There is an observation tower that helps you see more of the serpent like shape.
 The mound was discovered by Epraim Squire and Edwin Davis and was published in their book, "Monuments of the Ancient World" for the Smithsonian in 1848.
 The effigy itself is 1,348 feet long and 3 feet tall.  It is believed to be one of the oldest serpent effigies in the world.  It is certainly the oldest in North America.
 Unfortunately, I could not get a decent view of the head.  The head is aligned to the summer solstice.  Slightly behind the head is an oval shape.  They are not sure if that was supposed to have been eaten by the snake or suggesting birth.
 Another view of the head.  Of the things here, I wish I could have gotten a better view of the head.
 A view of the tower.  I actually wish I had a drone for this because I think I would have had a better view.
The tail is aligned with the winter solstice.  This site was also the site of a meteorite strike sometime before the creation of the serpent.

I will have to say that it was a pretty neat place.  The surrounding area was pretty nice to look at but I'm not sure if it was worth the drive though.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Some Turtles at Fish Point

After going to Port Huron, we headed up to Fish Point.  I was hoping to catch some birds but they were hiding.
 I did come across this log with a bunch of turtles.
 Sadly when I got out of the car to get pictures, most of them scattered and that left these two.
 And soon it was only this one.
 Occasionally, the other ones would peak out of the water.
One more shot before moving on.

Followed by the CSL Welland

The next ship was coming down almost as soon the Algoma Compass had passed.
 The CSL Welland would have been coming down from Thunder Bay, I think.
 Given her configuration, she would have likely been coming down with a load of grain.
 I think she would be on her way to Quebec, or that would be her likely destination.
 I'll have to say the sky looked pretty cool.
 And this was probably the picture  I was most happy about.
 A shot of her pilothouse.
 It's probably another 4 days to her destination from here.
And she continues down the St Clair River.

Catching a White Whale of Sorts

Ever since she was acquired by Algoma Central last year, I have wanted to catch.  When I saw that she was passing Port Huron on July 4th, I figured that would be my best opportunity to catch her.
 I think she was heading up from the Samdusky area but I'm not sure as I can't look back that far.
 I do remember that she was heading up to Goderich, Ontario.  Goderich is roughly in the middle of the Ontario Lake Huron shore.
 The main product produced in Goderich is salt and that salt mine is owned by Compass.
 Hence the name of the ship.  I think Algoma bought her to carry salt and that might mean she wont be around for much longer.  However, I can't imagine that investment and Algoma not using her for a few more years at least.
 I think they painted the hull blue and painted the new name on her hull.
 They did not add the Algoma bears to the hull.
 Given that she's been in layup for a while, she looks pretty good.
 She is framed by the Blue Water Bridge.
 I think I like this shot a little better.
 I was able to tighten up a bit to get a clear picture of her.  If you ever wondered why they call it the Blue Water Bridge.
 And she passes the bridge.
 She is a pretty nice looking boat.
 If you look closely, you can see her old name of Adam E. Cornelius.
And she continues up into Lake Huron.

Friday, July 12, 2019

A Nice Bookend

I started my pictures with the elk in Gaylord, so I figured it would be nice to end my pictures with the elk in Gaylord.
 They were a little more active as we were returning home.  It was a little cooler though.  It seemed like the herd passed as we were there.
 One of the male elks.  Unfortunately, this was the best picture that I could get of him.
Another elk.