Thank you photo challenge for the prompt today. I’ve been looking for an excuse to post these pictures.
A few weeks ago I posted a story about encounters with Canadian geese while walking in the Gorge Metropark. The park has 3 trails: Glens trail, Gorge trail and Highbridge trail. Most people walk the Gorge trail because it takes you down to this huge man-made waterfall. It’s a 57 foot tall, 440 foot wide dam that used to generate electricity to residents (I have one picture from winter). Now there are talks of removing the tam because scientists believe its actually harming the ecosystem and obstructing a clean, healthy flow from the Cuyahoga River.
Highbridge trail is the more intensive back route of this park. You get to see the Gorge from a different viewing angle as well as seeing the power lines and generators used to provide power it at one point.
There’s also this HUGE bridge. I can’t even fathom how they built this through a forest but walking up on it, I was amazed. The bridge connects both sides of State Road to give humans a shorter drive distance; driving through the park vs. around it.
I wish it could have been a wildlife bridge then it wouldn’t be so invasive but hey, the removal of the Gorge is one step in the right direction. Maybe the bridge can be converted later.
What do you think about human structures encroaching through natural habitats? Let me know in the comments below!