I like steam locomotives – who doesn’t. I lean more toward the non-streamlined engines, but the J-611 is mighty impressive. Last weekend, the J-611 made three excursions through the Virginia countryside. She was pulling 20 passenger cars, all fully occupied. I wanted to get some shots of her in the distance, but couldn’t decide on a location. I ended up at a crossing where the 611 roared by. She was going up grade which accounts for the extra smoke. Several crossings made for lots of whistles and bell clanging. Some fun. Some day I hope to perfect my panning skills enough to blur the wheels and rods while keeping the engine in focus.
Spring time in Washington is famous for flowering cherry trees. Not to be outdone though are the other flowering trees such as these magnolias. This was a good exercise for my new 15-30 mm lens. I feel it passed.
There are several waterfalls along the Columbia River Drive, but Multnomah is – in my opinion – the most spectacular. I arrived about a half hour before sunset and made a few shots that were quite nice. A trip to the bridge and I had a few more nice shots. Back down at the lower viewing level the sun had disappeared from the falls and the lights were just coming on. A mixture of lighting types combined with the remaining daylight made for some interesting colors on the falls.
Taking a little time to get caught up on processing and general digital housekeeping. I am amazed at the poor quality of the wifi service I’ve been getting in motels. When the service stays connected it is usually so slow I can not post images. Today I am waiting on a car repair at a Starbucks and the service is great. I spent all day Friday traveling through and around Mt. Rainier. It was worth every minute. Perfect weather and not too many cars on the road. Loving being a Guy with a Camera.
Traveling through one of the Nation’s darkest sky areas. What a great time to try light painting. And what better subject than a grizzled old Bristlecone Pine tree? A few dozen attempts resulted in many variations, some pretty cool and some not so much. I like this one.