Essays taken from a weekly newspaper column published in the Washington County News, Washington, Kansas. Look for my book, "Dispatches From Kansas," available from Amazon.com, or from the author.
Wow, that's really cool. It looks like the grain elevator is coming right up out of the steam.
Jenni -- Fortunately the morning was cool so the engine really belched out the steam. It was a hoot (pun) when the train entered town--the engineer leaned on the whistle and really let fly. The sound was haunting. I had about six seconds to shoot and then it was over.
The colored photo would make anyone interested in trains want to have this in a larger size hanging on their wall. You might try selling this at a show or something. I'm not a train person either but this is really a great shot. CH
Is it possible that last photo was shot with the fisheye lens you used for the building on the prairie? It's an absolutely compelling photo, with a great sense of movement.Are there any roundhouses still in your area? My gramps and I used to go to the railyard in Waterloo, Iowa and watch trains. There was a roundhouse there that was the neatest thing in the world.One of my dreams is to take the City of New Orleans the whole way. I'd like to cross the Rockies by rail, too. There's a wonderful song called "Railroading on the Great Divide" that's just haunting. See what your photos do.....? Anonymous says the colored photo would make anyone interested in trains want to have it on their way. I think that photo would make anyone BE interested in trains!
Linda -- Not a fisheye: a very very very wide lens. Hearing the train was better than photographing it. I confess that I am now addicted to trains. As if I didn't have enough addictions...
That train is coming HERE!!!I've just found the schedule thanks to someone's link - didn't have a clue what kind of trip it was on. I'll have all kinds of opportunities to see it!
Woo-hoo!! Post some photos when you see it!
THAT my friend, is an awesome shot.....
You may have had to fight for a good shot...but you got it. You got several of them. And the steam is terrific. Max loves steam engines and the fascination is, in part, his love of metal parts. (He was a machinist, you know.)
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