Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Kelly's Island

Over the weekend Brandon and I went to Kelly's Island on Lake Erie to shoot a wedding. While we were there we tried our best to take advantage of being on a beautiful island. The problem is just about every inch of this island is private property and almost every where you go there are 'No Trespassing' and 'Keep Out' signs. We did our best to be law abiding citizens while on the island, but we weren't about to go home without shooting something worthwhile.

The morning after the wedding we got up incredibly early to catch the sunrise over the lake. Unfortunately it was pretty cloudy. 

The next place we went was the Glacial Grooves. These are amazing structures, but like everything else, they're fenced off. I understand that allowing people to stomp around all over them would compromise the grooves themselves. So in order to preserve them they put up a fence which really detracts from the natural beauty of it.

Spotted a nice roadside monument while driving through the woods.

This old excavator might not mean anything to most of you but the name on the back of it should ring a bell to all of the Cleveland area urban explorers. A nice piece of history sitting right there.

There are a couple abandoned structures on Kelly's Island, both are being reclaimed by the surrounding woods.

Another one of the island's most prominent features aside from the Glacial Grooves, is the flooded quarry now known as Horseshoe Lake. This is a 'road to nowhere' that used to lead through the quarry.

The water is so blue and inviting, the problem is if you jumped in you'd probably never make it back out. The lake is surrounded by cliffs. Which is why the barbed wire fence surrounding it makes sense. 

The ferry ride back home.

Photos taken with a Canon Mark III, and Canon 60D; using a Canon 20mm f/2.8, Canon 135mm f/2.0, and a Rokinon 8mm Fisheye lens.


  1. Thanks for joining us at the wedding. It was a blast and you and Brandon were great! Hope you had fun!

    1. We did! The wedding was great, and the rest of the weekend was as well.