Week 30, Theme 38 – Powerful

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”!

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Week 21, Theme 32 – Nightime

Parked here on Lake Seminole at Eastbank Corps of Engineers Campground we are just across from the Jim Woodruff Lock and Dam.  This lake was created by damming the  Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers which created the Apalachicola river.

Sitting outside last night I noticed that there was plenty of light across the lake at the dam so I thought here’s my opportunity for a Nightime”  image.

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Weeks 18 and 19, Theme 30 – Mouthwatering and Theme 26 – Mealtime

In thinking out this post, I felt I had two options:  Spread it out over two weeks as the challenge is designed or think a little outside the box and post two weeks challenges in one week.  Being an imaginative kind of guy, I opted to combine.  A couple of nights ago, we were camped in West Point, Georgia at R Shaefer Heard Campground and the weather was cooperative for us to grill, so we had grilled pork chops, twice baked potatoes and creamed onions.  Mealtime”  was certainly Mouthwatering”.

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Week 16, Theme 40 – Rusty

As we were heading out on Pinnacle Valley road to the campground we’re staying at this week, we came across this statue of a bird dog at someone’s house.  When I spotted the dog I said my gosh, this dog’s name must be “Rusty”  based on its “Rusty”  condition.  It’s a rather unique sculpture of a Labrador Retriever with a bird at his feet and not a drop of paint on it.  Very appropriate for theme 40.

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Week 15, Theme 17 – Gate

The last time we were in Savannah I was unsuccessful in capturing a useable image of the infamous Bonaventure Cemetery Gate”.  Better luck this trip and a couple of weeks ago while we were in Savannah for a few days I was successful.  This cemetery is well-known as the final resting place of many of Savannah’s rich and famous including songwriter Johnny Mercer.  Those familiar with the book “Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil” will also find the grave of Danny Hansford here.

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Week 13, Theme 35 – On the River

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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.

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Week 12, Theme 43 – Single Tree

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.

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