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Buckeye Lake In Early March


 

Buckeye Lake Starting To Rise Again

This video is from the state park on the north shore of the lake. It seems to me that the Buckeye Lake is up more than 1 foot, but local news is saying that they’re allowing the lake to rise 1 foot. This must be encouraging for businesses in the area.

The lake level has been down very low for quite some time. There were fears of a dam breach and repairs were made. Personally, I’m excited to see what the lake will be like after the changes and I am optimistic.

Licking River After A Hard Rain

The Licking River After A Hard Rain

The Rain

The rain fell hard on the night of 1 March, 2017 around Newark, Ohio. The number of inches would have told some of the story, but I prefer to just go look at the rivers and streams. They will tell if the ground is distributing the water to much or soaking it up.

As the video shows, nothing to dramatic was happening. It’s hypnotizing to watch the power of the water, even on a little river like the Licking River.

The Video

I sincerely want decent videos, but much like photography, I don’t want to dive into expensive equipment and complex methods. I just want to be able to tell a bit of a story with and share some of the scenes I come across.

The advice from some YouTube producers I watch is to just do it. Just start working with video and improving the work as you go. Disregard the trolls and naysayers and just produce to the best of your abilities. That’s the plan.

Showing my work is a method of motivation for me. I know they’re not the best quality yet. I still hope you enjoy them.

The Weird News For The Day

I just wanted to know how many inches of rain fell. I check the local “news” website. I could not find it. What I did find an article about a random toe sucker at the mall. The only thing weirder about a toe sucker is a large media conglomerate pushing a story like this.

I found this weird article in multiple news sites later in the day. Why the major push? What in the fuck is so important about this man’s mental illness that it just had to be seen? It’s clickbait. It’s just an article of little value with a shocking title to get clicks. Pure garbage. Journalism is dead.

The value of clickbait is that it will get viewers clicking around the site and that will place ads on their screens. That’s how they make money. This is all fine and good, nothing is free. The problem is that they do this in such an abhorrent way, but still want to retain their status as “real news”. Their legitimacy is to be called to question.

On the conspiracy minded side of this, I’m curious to know if there is more to gain than just ad money. Could their be a further agenda? Could it just make them happy to boost deviant stories higher and higher in their listings?

I never clicked on the story. I can’t say I’ll never visit the local news site again. I will, but I’ll never take it serious again.

Conclusion

Real news, like a flood level report after a torrential downpour – not important to major media sources. Toe sucking – the devious little bastards at major media sources really want you reading about that.

Get out there. See the truth of what’s going on in your world and enjoy it. Don’t sit and read what they want you to believe your world is like. You’ll start fearing toe suckers around every corner.

Everett Field Park Wildlife

Everett Field Park In Newark, Ohio

About the Park

Everett Field Park is off of Everett Avenue near the Owens-Corning Plant in Newark, Ohio. It’s a large park with bicycle paths, a small river, frisbee golf, gardens, and ball diamonds. Sadly, there’s a lot of trash and it’s been heavily vandalized.

Unexpected Wildlife

This view of Owens-Corning dominates the park. It’s smell dominates too.

Owens-Corning Fiberglas plant in Newark, Ohio.
Owens-Corning Fiberglas in Newark, Ohio

If you relax, walk quietly, and start taking in the sound of the flow of the river, wildlife will start to show itself. I was looking for interesting photos. It’s was slow at first. Just dead weeds and vandalized park equipment at first glance.

Dead weeds with thorns.
Dead weeds.

I really don’t know what weeds these are in their dead state like this.

I walked along quietly. I was hoping to catch more photos of deer. This morning was different for my routine. I’d added an extra hour to allow time for photos. I ended up here with that idea. As I went on, I found some government employees passing a joint. They bolted quickly giving me an evil stare. As if I’m the bad guy, to funny.  I’m not that bad. No photos, no drama. I’ve got better things to do.

A few minutes later, I heard the uproar of ducks taking flight quickly. I swung my camera and shot. There’s nothing to original with duck photos, but I like to attempt to catch any bird in flight.

Ducks taking flight.
Ducks take flight.

When ducks just gather and take off, it’s a slow buildup to the take off. They will quack to each other and their body language will communicate that they are about to take off. This was different. One bolted and the others just instinctively took immediate flight. This was my signal that something predatory was around.

I knew I didn’t scare them to that degree. I thought maybe a group of people would be coming around the bend. I looked up to see if a hawk or an eagle was in the area. I heard some geese hissing and then, the fox seen me and bolted up the hill. He stopped to stare at me, probably hoping I’d leave so he could get breakfast.

A red fox.
A red fox staring down the hill at me.

What a rush it was to get the photo! Usually, I just get a fleeting glimpse of one running across the road.

Crow flying between power lines.
Crow flying in between the power lines.

All of this happened in about an hour of just quietly walking and observing. I never left the city limits. The world is full of cool things if you make time for them. It’s easier to sit at a desk after enjoying a little bit of nature. Realistic perspectives come easier. Life just flows better.

A Ride In The Country, Then A Walk Around Town

Town And Country In Licking County, Ohio.

We’re coming up on February 2017. In my opinion, February is the toughest month of winter. By this point, I’m tired of it. Getting outside helps resolve some of the angst though.

Here’s some a ride in the country and a walk in the city from this Sunday afternoon.

Licking County farm fenceline.
Fenceline on the backroads in the northern part of Licking County, Ohio.
The Draft House Alley entrance in Newark, Ohio.
Entrance in the rear of The Draft House in downtown Newark, Ohio.
Alleyway barber shop sign.
Barber shop sign in an alley.

Bright Government Idea

The Lighting Of The Tarp In Newark, Ohio.

Lights on the fountain Newark, Ohio.
The tarped fountain is elegantly lit.

History Of The Newark Tarp

The tarp is covering a $100,000 fountain. The fountain started running a few years back at the same time that the United States Government had shut down. The federal government had graciously endowed this fountain with $20,000 dollars of funding, but it could not manage to keep the World War 2 monument open for visitors among many other valid government operations during the same time period.

For this, I keep a healthy bit of contempt for this fountain. That slight contempt would go away of the local government would just fix this thing or admit defeat and demolish the eyesore.

I’ve named it Federal Fountain.

Let’s Keep The Lights On

I’m not sure why we maintain the lighting when it’s covered with a tarp. To prove that at least something on it works? An eternal flame type of situation for us to remember that glitch’s in government occur? An interesting valid reason only fountain maintenance workers would understand?

Whatever the answer is, I’ll be awaiting the warmer weather where we can once again enjoy the untarped version of the Newark, Ohio federal grant funded fountain.

A Foggy Day For National Road History

National Road History On 1/2/2017

National Road History peaks my interest. Every year, less and less evidence of the old road exist. More vanishes and gives way to newer things. Today I rode from Route 13 to Columbus, Ohio on Route 40 to have a look.

The Jack Town Pub Is Gone

The Jack Town Pub On The National Road in Jacksontown, Ohio.
The Jack Town Pub On Route 40 in Jacksontown, Ohio.

Today, 1/2/2017, The Jack Town Pub is gone.

Jack Town Pub Leveled
The Jack Town Pub is now gone.

I heard so many rumors about the demise of The Jack Town Pub that I wouldn’t really know the exact cause. What replaces it will tell me more about what really happened here. The end result though, a missing piece of Licking County, Ohio history on The National Road. Not all of it can be saved. We can hope something promising replaces it.

The Shamrock Is Falling Into Severe Disrepair

The Shamrock Motel in Etna, Ohio on route 40.
The Shamrock Motel On The National Road

Old historical buildings tend to turn into rummage sales, antique stores, and flea markets before their demise. It’s as if they are recalling better times and spewing out remnants from those days.

Rural decay on The National Road.
The rural decay of The Shamrock Motel on The National Road.
Motel room office for The Shamrock In Etna, Ohi.
The office for the motel rooms at The Shamrock on Route 40.

National Road history is so interesting because it’s still alive. You can drive out to it and touch and feel it. The modern day equivalent roars loud nearby on Interstate 70.

The road stretches from the middle of Illinois to Baltimore, Maryland. Where it starts and stops depends on what level of National Road purist you are.

Today’s foggy January 2, 2017 visit was just another witness to the state of the road. As for so long, it just slowly rots away and occasionally headway is made and new businesses arrive.

A Good Place To Start Goals

New Goal. The Old One Accomplished.

Last year’s goal was a success. I quit smoking. It was a difficult thing for me. Quitting only happened after numerous failures. Those failures taught me enough to understand what I was up against so that I could overcome the problem. Success is a great thing after a struggle.

This year I have another goal that starts here.

Blackhand Gorge Trail near Toboso, Ohio.
Blackhand Gorge Trail near Toboso, Ohio.

I’m starting this goal here on the trail at Blackhand Gorge. I learned from previous successes not to talk much about goals. Do them. Talking about them gives you a false sense of actually achieving them and gives you an early fail.

I won’t talk about them, but I’ll show the work in progress.

Newark, Ohio Air Pollution. You Should Know What’s In It.

This post isn’t going to be what you think. I’m not just another wild-eyed commie looking to force air pollution controls on you and shut down a factory with no consideration of the consequences. This isn’t completely about the consequences of air pollution. This is about knowledge and being aware of your surroundings.

Air Pollution Over Newark, Ohio.
Plume of smoke over Newark, Ohio.

I have seen and smelled this pollution from the same factory in Newark, Ohio for many years. I wondered what might be in that cloud, but never really investigated. It turns out that the emission from this factory include:

  • Fermaldyhyde
  • Lead
  • Ammonia
  • Chromium
  • Manganese Compounds

That’s substantial and it’s enough to be one of the major polluters in the state. It’s something that I should know.

I will leave this here to let others think for themselves. I am the wrong person to get into the details. I would just be parroting what I read. What I am saying is that we shouldn’t be just casual observers of major situations around us. Use the awesome tools we have today to quickly answer questions like this.

The media makes information concerning these things political too. With this one, politics don’t sort it out for you. If you’re on the left, you’re usual dialogue is done for. This is coming from a factory that makes material that greatly reduces energy usage. If you’re on the right, you can look at that increased rates with health problems that these pollutants and the amounts are well reported. Denial is a problem.

If you live near this thing and don’t know what it’s spewing out, you have no voice at all. You have no idea that’s it not allergies making you sick, it’s the factory down the street. Can you think of some people who enjoy so many no even thinking about it?

Granville, Ohio In Snow

Tonight I went for a little ride during a “level 1 snow emergency”. Yes, that’s what they call it when you can still drive without problems, very few accidents on the road, and only spotty power outages. I’m not sure how the fit “emergency” into that equation, but I do know it drives milk and bread sales.

To me, a level 1 snow emergency meant to grab my camera. It was so beautiful out.

This photo is of the historic Granville Inn.

The Granville Inn.
The historic Granville Inn.

I’m not a medical person by any stretch of the imagination, but I have to wonder if they may be misdiagnosing Seasonal Affective Disorder to some degree. From my observations, depression and anxiety greatly increases in people around me with the bullshit calls to weather alerts that are nothing to be alarmed about. They provide no reassurance that very few people will die from a few inches of snow and that if you take the time to venture out into it, you’ll experience a beautiful world that you haven’t seen for quite a few months.