Thursday, September 29, 2011

Fresh Perspective

A few photos of Cleveland taken from the decks of the Goodtime III during the Abrahamson wedding.  It's always nice to get a fresh perspective of a place you know.  Happy Thursday. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Setting Sail

Dawn & Jon are a match made in heaven.  You can tell because on this day, their wedding day, the angels were playing a blues riff and shakin' their tail feathers in celebration!  Any wedding where the groom jams with the band and the bride tears up the dance floor you gotta know their life together will be an exceptional adventure.  They are two of the coolest and sweetest people I know and they're setting sail on the journey of their lives.  Bon voyage, friends!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Elegant Behemoth

I've been fascinated with Lincoln Electric's Wind Tower since it first appeared on the horizon just East of Cleveland and slightly south of Lake Erie.  It's hard to sense how large she is from the photos, which is probably why they created the chart below.  Watching the video of the tower being transported and built really helps put it in perspective but not until I saw the video of the blades traveling from the Port of Cleveland through the city streets did it hit me.

You see, the blades, manufactured in Europe, traveled across the Atlantic Ocean and all the way to Cleveland via ship.  Yep, on a boat.  Each blade is approximately164 feet long and, once assembled, can spin up to 165 mph. When the tower was being assembled men were standing in the hub.  Standing.  Inside.  The hub.  But until you are at her base paying homage you don't get the true sense of her massiveness. She is an elegant behemoth. Sleek and masterfully designed.   I like the way she stands and what she stands for.  I like that her majesty is not just measured in her size alone but in her usefulness.  It seems so obvious to me.  It seems so damn simple.  Or perhaps I'm just distracted by her curves and her complete silence.    She's a whisper and a promise of what lies on the horizon. 
"In June 2011, Lincoln Electric erected a wind tower measuring 443 feet tall at its world headquarters and manufacturing campus in Cleveland, Ohio. This installation is the largest known urban wind tower in North America, and is capable of producing 2.5-megawatts of electrical energy, or approximately 10 percent of the requirements for Lincoln Electric’s main Cleveland manufacturing facility." 

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Lily of the Mohawks

The Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs - Auriesville Shrine, Fultonville, NY
"The site of the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs was once a 17th century Mohawk village called Ossernenon where three Jesuit missionaries were martyred during the 1640s. Father Isaac Jogues, RenĂ© Goupil, a Jesuit brother, and John Lalande, a lay missioner, are the only canonized American martyrs. Together with five Jesuit priests killed in the native missions of Canada, they are known as the North American Martyrs. The beatified "Lily of the Mohawks," Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, was born here in 1656."
More photos here

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Lucky Stars

Mohawk River, Lock 10, Cranesville, NY

Last weekend I was home visiting my family in Johnstown, NY.  Yes, that's NY, not PA.  Johnstown, PA, is known for the big flood and, well, I guess the 2 towns now have something more in common than just their name.

Actually, Johnstown was spared major flooding but there was damage from downed trees and high winds.  Not too far away in the Mohawk Valley, and throughout the Capital District, Tropical Storm Irene caused dramatic flood damage.  It was sobering to see the destruction.  You think that you can empathize when you see it on TV or in print but to see it in person really startles you into understanding how devastating a flood can be.

These photos are primarily of Cranesville Lock #10 outside of Amsterdam, NY.  This is only one small example of the damage in the area.  A half hour after my parents and I left the area a Tornado touched down in this same exact spot.  And now, we're thanking our lucky stars.

To see more photos of clean-up efforts in the region go to Celtic Moon Photography's Facebook page.  I bumped into him shooting at Lock 10.   There is also a plan for a relief benefit, go here for more information.

Tropical Storm Irene Damage - Cranesville Lock #10

One of the lock buildings laying on it's side in a newly carved ravine.   
This view is from Route 5S. 
View from Route 5.  Debris being removed by barge. 
Note the mangled ironwork along the lock.
Keep in mind the water had receded and much of the debris already removed. 
Note the building on the far side of the river behind the white lock building. This building would be seriously
damaged  in a tornado a half an hour later. 
Tree trunks and large debris caught in the lock. 

Tornado Damage - Cushing Stone Company

The next day, tornado damage.  Cushing Stone Company.   

 Tropical Storm Irene Damage - Guy Park Manor 
click here for NY Times article

Historic Guy Park Manor, Amsterdam, NY - State Historic Site. 1773 stone house on Lock 11 on the canal.