Here in the East, summers are unpredictable and sometimes full of drama. There can be sunshine one minute and black clouds the next. There can be soft breezes and a few minutes later winds worthy of the title "gale". It can be hot and muggy or cool and clear. Yesterday was one of those clear, beautiful, glad-to-be-alive days.
It was the kind of day to be spent at a park.
Maybe at day at the shore is more your style. I have always lived near water: Pacific Coast, Atlantic Coast, North Sea and now Lake Erie. The lake amazes me and never ceases to be interesting. Yesterday we had a lovely view of downtown Cleveland from our favorite lookout point.
One of the amazing things about Lake Erie (to me) is how vast it is. Until I moved here, I always pictured a lake as a small body of water surrounded by pine trees. Lake Erie is part of a huge shipping waterway along with the other Great Lakes. Even though Lake Erie is one of the smaller of the Great Lakes, it has quite a history that includes the war of 1812, the civil war and shipwrecks. The official number of Lake Erie shipwrecks is 6000, but new information suggests that it might be closer to 25,000 wrecks, most of which are still on the bottom of the lake. One storm alone in the 1800s claimed 240 ships. There are a number of websites that focus on diving those shipwrecks. I find this amazing and so interesting. Yesterday we also saw from our vantage point, this freighter.
With my zoom lens, we could see a bit more. It seems to be riding very low in the water which might mean it was loaded fully, but with what? Where had it originated and where was it going? Look at the size of the crane on board. Anyone know anything about these freighters?
I hope your day was filled with wonder.