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Edgewater Park In Cleveland is My Skyline Viewing Template.

What do I always seem to be looking for when viewing and capturing a city skyline? This past weekend at Edgewater Park in Cleveland, I realized my skyline viewing and capturing template was right in front of me.

Head to the western entrance of the Cleveland Metropark, where you will find the upper area and Perkins Beach. Once in the park you will head up-top by taking Upper Edgewater Drive that veers off to the right.

Upon parking walk into the park, head towards the shoreline and the Cleveland skyline will quickly come into view. I’m up-top check.

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, skyline

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, skyline

There is a romantic park bench and/or picnic table up-top to soak in the views. Check.

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, skyline

The body of water the city sits along is easily in view. Check. In this case how could you miss the vast Lake Erie.

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, skyline

Lots of sand and beachfront straight ahead, check.

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, skyline

Blue sky aplenty along with trees and other objects to capture unique views of the city. Check.

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, skyline

The ability to head down from up-top and get a closer look. The final check. In this case you are able to walk on the beach, along the shoreline and on the dirt trails that run alongside.

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, skyline

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, skyline

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, skyline

While at the park make sure to take the time to capture the Great Lake. It is beautiful no matter the season and time of year.

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, skyline

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, skyline

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, skyline

It was a fun afternoon at Edgewater Park in Cleveland. The realization of what my skyline viewing template is became more clear. Oh yeah! There is one more piece to that puzzle. It has to be a place where the blue shoes can easily lay down and soak everything in. 🙂

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, skyline

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, skyline

We will see which of the things I said check to will apply at my next skyline viewing endeavor. I’ve set a standard for myself.

What things do you look for when viewing and capturing a city skyline?

Thinking Romance Walking the Lakeshore in Cleveland.

Every time I’m in Cleveland, usually once a season, I gravitate towards Edgewater Park which sits just west of downtown. This week was no exception. I made a stop there right before sunset on a cold, wintry day. Lake Erie, one of the Great Lakes, was there to greet me front and center. No land as far as the eye can see.

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, Ohio

The pier was closed, but makes for a great spot for hanging out, chasing pigeons and soaking in the views in the warmer months. More on this in a moment. 🙂

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, Ohio

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, Ohio

I slowly starting walking along the frozen lake, changing my view-point from due north to east. Two things were starting to come into view.

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, Ohio

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, Ohio

Straight ahead now was an open snowy path and the Cleveland skyline! I was out on the open trail towards downtown.

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, Ohio

Due to the amount of snow in the Midwest this season I didn’t get very far as the snow pack was deep. That didn’t stop me from just standing there and taking the scenery in though.

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, Ohio

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, Ohio

After a little bit it was getting closer to sunset so I turned to the west and was greeted with something beautiful.

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, Ohio, dusk, sunset

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, Ohio, dusk, sunset

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, Ohio, dusk, sunset

Back to the pier, this park makes me smile even more, because it’s where I fell in love with the love of my life. A few years back we were in the initial dating stage, hanging out at the park. She was busy chasing some of the aforementioned pigeons off the pier. I was watching her in action and I thought to myself for the first time, “I am falling in love with this girl”. 🙂

Edgewater Park pier, Lake Erie, Cleveland, Ohio

Now wonder I keep coming back here. It’s not all about travel and scenery at this spot along Lake Erie, but romance too. Happy Valentine’s Day to all!

Are there any memorable parks, trails or spots along the water that you have spent time in around home or in your travels?

Lake Erie: A Park Bench Here, There and Everywhere.

I was on a Ohio day trip along Lake Erie enjoying being out on the open road along water. Something kept catching the eye at every turn? Park benches! It doesn’t seem to matter where they sit, the area around them is beautiful and today was no exception.

I first came across this one where the Portage River flows into Lake Erie. Looking to the right you can see the Great Lake and to your left, as pictured here, downtown Port Clinton. It was early in the day so lots of boats were heading out.

Ohio, park bench, Lake Erie

Within Catawba Island State Park a park bench sits evenly between two trees with Lake Erie straight ahead. Thank goodness no one was ruining the view I had by sitting at the picnic tables haha.

Ohio, park bench, Lake Erie

Around the docks within the same state park, provided an unobstructed view out to the west. Just the park bench, you and the blue sky and Lake Erie waters.

Ohio, park bench, Lake Erie

In East Harbor State Park in Marblehead you’re facing east now at the same beautiful Lake Erie and shoreline.

Ohio, park bench, Lake Erie

One thing about the park benches facing Lake Erie or any water, you can’t grab shot of you with it as a back drop. That’s why it’s good sometimes to see park benches facing away like this one out at Marblehead Lighthouse State Park and…

Ohio, park bench, Lake Erie

…another there was facing the famous lighthouse itself.

Ohio, park bench, Lake Erie

Along Jackson Street Pier in Sandusky provided a glimpse of this Great Lake, looking straight north. Got the reminder not to feed the birds or pigeons. There were a lot along the shoreline today. 🙂

Ohio, park bench, Lake Erie

It was a great day trip navigating along this part of the Lake Erie shoreline in Ohio. I found myself some scenic places to rest and capture the scene on park benches. Well time to get off the bench and back out onto the open road!

What is your favorite scene that you’ve checked out from the comforts of a park bench? What keeps catching your eye in your travels that you love capturing?

Photo of the Week: Put-in-Bay Straight Across Lake Erie.

A day trip brought me to Port Clinton, Ohio and the surrounding area hanging out along Lake Erie. I stopped at the Miller Boat Line where ferries take passengers to and from Put-In-Bay on the South Bass Island, which is straight ahead, along with the vast waters of one of the Great Lakes.

Put-in-Bay, Lake Erie from Port Clinton, Ohio

Capturing the Skyline of The Cleve.

Spending a lot of time in Cleveland over the years, I’ve had the chance to hang out all over town. With that has come a lot of skyline viewing opportunities in The Cleve.

Right alongside the south end of Cleveland Browns Stadium, there is downtown Cleveland.

Cleveland, Ohio skyline - Cleveland Browns Stadium

A short walk away is Voinovich Bicentennial Park along the Lake Erie shoreline. The skyline from here also features the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in the foreground. Turn around 180 degrees and you have the open waters of Lake Erie to capture.

Cleveland, Ohio skyline - Voinvoich Park, Lake Erie

Still at Voinovich, it’s time to walk forwards and backwards on the steps and…

Cleveland, Ohio skyline - Voinovich Park, Lake Erie

…to soak in all the greenery.

Cleveland, Ohio night skyline - Voinovich Park, Lake Erie

The skyline all lit up at night from the same spot.

Cleveland, Ohio skyline - Voinovich Park, Lake Erie

Some say the best skyline views come from the Hope Memorial Bridge which crosses over the Cuyahoga River. A couple of quick snapshots while driving.

Cleveland, Ohio skyline - Hope Memorial Bridge

Cleveland, Ohio skyline - Hope Memorial Bridge

In my most recent visit, I walked the bridge at sunset. Got a good shot despite the north end sidewalk being closed for rebuilding.

Cleveland, Ohio night skyline - Hope Memorial Bridge

Grabbed this quick shot heading westbound on I-490.

Cleveland, Ohio skyline - I-490 interstate

My favorite spot to capture the city is from Edgewater Park, just west of downtown along the lakefront.

Cleveland, Ohio skyline - Edgewater Park

Cleveland, Ohio skyline - Edgewater Park

You could argue this spot is more scenic in the winter months.

Cleveland, Ohio skyline - Edgewater Park in winter

From Edgewater Park you can walk on a narrow path along the lake to get great views of Channel Park marina and the skyline behind.

Cleveland, Ohio skyline - Edgewater Park, marina

You never known where you’ll have a skyline photo opportunity. Clevelanders, can you tell me where this shot is probably from? It’s been awhile. 🙂

Cleveland, Ohio skyline

You can capture the skyline as well from suburbia like here in Independence, Ohio by the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel and the Winking Lizard Tavern.

Cleveland skyline - Independence, Ohio

I found myself just off Ohio State Route 2 opposite Cleveland Browns Stadium and the shoreline in a large, empty parking lot. An open view of the tall buildings from a different angle, cool!

Cleveland, Ohio skyline - along Ohio State Route 2

Picking up some produce, meats and more from West Side Market in the Ohio City neighborhood? Take a skyline shot from the parking lot directly behind while you’re there.

Cleveland, Ohio skyline - West Side Market

Shot from the same vicinity in the Ohio City neighborhood.

Cleveland, Ohio skyline - Ohio City neighborhood

Nighttime view by Progressive Field home of Indians baseball. Having sports stadiums right in the heart of the city, downtown and skyline, perfect.

Cleveland, Ohio skyline - Progressive Field

Lots of places, lots of great times and lots of different views of the skyline. I can’t wait to discover more great places to capture the skyline in The Cleve.

Where else do you recommend capturing the skyline in Cleveland? What is the last skyline you captured?