These three Union Pacific diesel-electric locomotives were captured in intermodal service in the Mojave Desert of California. Each locomotive weighs 426,000 pounds and carries 5000 gallons of diesel fuel. The electric generator is powered by a 16 cylinder diesel engine. Each of the 6 axles is driven by individual traction motors creating a total of 4400 horsepower. These three locomotives “lashed” together generate 13,200 horsepower. Now that’s “Powerful”!
Several times I attempted to satisfy this theme but to no avail. Recently while camped on a lake, Barb spotted this lone fisherman all by himself out on the lake in the late afternoon and said there’s a good “Silhouette”. When I looked, I thought immediately, that’s a good “Silhouette”.
We camped for three days “On The River” at Suwannee River State Park in Live Oak, FL. This park is just another example of why Florida State Parks are rated the best in the United States. The Suwannee River runs through the park. In nearby White Springs is the Stephen Foster Folk Culture State Park, a park dedicated to memorializing the works of this great composer. You can the famous river, camp or hike the many nature trails at both parks.
Stephen Foster wrote the song in 1851 without ever being in Florida or seeing the river. The song became the Florida state song in 1935 and in 2008 the lyrics were modified to make them politically correct.
Sitting at the picnic table on our campsite here at Three Rivers State Park I was looking down at the lake and noticed this little tree standing all alone at the bank of the lake. There were some benches and tables down there at the shore so I decided to take a walk down and see if I could get the right composition to use this tree for the “Single Tree” theme. I had taken a couple of shots when the egret arrived and I decided to include it in the background.
This time of year dusk and sunset come early and even more-so when you are camped right on the change in time zones. Three Rivers State Park is probably no more than 5 miles into the Central Time Zone. The best time to find wildlife activity is at dawn (not for me, too early) and at dusk (4 – 4:30 PM) There are plenty of photo ops at this park for wildlife photography. One of the Rangers told me there are 3 different herds of deer, two of them containing about 75 head each and a smaller herd of about 20 to 25 deer. Slowly cruising the park road with your camera at the ready will produce many photo ops, however, you must be careful with your camera settings to ensure that your images are not “Out of Focus”.
Don’t forget that clicking on the picture will enlarge the image for better appreciation of details.
Here we are communing with “Nature”. Earlier this year we decided to do a “Road Trip” during Thanksgiving, so we made reservations at one of Florida’s beautiful state parks. Road trip #5 has brought us to Three Rivers State Park in Sneads, northwest of Tallahassee. We are camped on Lake Seminole, an Army Corps of Engineers water management project built in 1947. The Jim Woodruff Dam was built at the confluence of the Flint and Chattahoochee Rivers creating the lake. Below the dam, the waters become the Apalachicola River and flow to the Gulf of Mexico. Hence the name of the state park.
The Big Bend area of the Florida Gulf Coast has a lot of quaint little towns filled with photo ops. One of these towns is Apalachicola, a town with a population of only 2,231. Ninety percent of the state’s oyster crop (10 percent of the nation’s total) is cultivated in Apalachicola’s 7000+ acres of oyster beds (AAA Tour Guide).
While driving around town we came across this “Yellow” house and the street artist. He told me that once a year Apalachicola has a street painting festival and with all the big old houses, there is no lack of subjects. Both he and I liked this house and its shade of “Yellow”. With his permission I included him in my photo.