Category Archives: Places

Destinations – Detroit River Hawk Watch

The Detroit River Hawk Watch (a joint venture of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge and its Friends group, the International Wildlife Refuge Alliance) is the Boat Launch at Lake Erie Metropark located approximately 20 miles south of Detroit, Michigan. The location is at the mouth of the Detroit River as it enters Lake Erie. Continue reading

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Destinations: Magee Marsh

Magee Marsh Wildlife Area 13531 State Route 2, Oak Harbor, OH 43449 (614) 265-6561 Continue reading

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Blue Hole, Little Miami River (1851)

You can see this painting in a darkened, ornate gallery at the Cincinnati Art Museum. And you can see the place depicted here anytime in Clifton Gorge. The scene looks surprisingly close to what Robert Duncanson saw in 1851. Trees have grown back on the hilltop where the painter stood. State park managers have built a fence with pressure-treated lumber at the river’s edge, as if it could keep skinny-dippers or immersion Baptists from wading in the water. But the river’s outflow at the painting’s focal point still looks as primordial and revelatory as the day the last glacier retreated. Continue reading

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Dreaming of Bosque Del Apache

I’m fascinated by the name — Bosque Del Apache — and the prospect of seeing thousands of Sandhill cranes and Snow geese. Continue reading

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