Okay, I can admit it… I still think ‘trains is ‘perty cool’. Someday I’d love to have an extremely small scale 20’s era cityscape/train set (built-in under a glass topped coffee table). I might be alone in this thought, though; it’s probably my When Harry Met Sally wagon wheel coffee table moment.

Speaking of trains, I used to be employed by an architectural firm practicing out of a remodeled depot – where I worked diligently got to watch railroad stuff all the time. The trains would literally shake the building… it was pretty cool.

About this image: Digital photograph lightly manipulated. I think the shallow depth of field works well in this shot… although I doubt I can be credited for that. This was one of the first digital photos I took, and my camera was likely set on full auto. But I still like to pretend I’m responsible for everything you see here.


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    • I think this was at UND… on the same day we were relentlessly attacked by the English Coulee Turtle!? (Also it took me WAY too long to figure out how to spell Coulee. Even with Google. Very sad.) πŸ™‚

        • A sort-of drainage, run-off, body of water type-thing. (How’s that for an official sounding definition)

          The English Coulee runs through the University of North Dakota – I’ve heard students are warned of numerous potential health risks associated with making any contact with the thing. (I suspect part of that is professors are tired of fishing their stuff out of it, though.) πŸ™‚

  1. Fantastic artsy photo Robert. I don’t get how some people can take photos of anything & they look great but when I take photos of anything they just look like a 2 year old was let loose with a camera.

    Darn it where’d Dixie put the camera last time she had it???

    • Thank you very much, Tony – but that’s not true at all! You have some wonderful photos posted on your blog – you do a great job of it!

      I think Dixie and Dharma are cut from the same cloth! πŸ™‚

  2. How did I miss this blog? Wow, lots of way cool stuff here Robert, I am impressed. Something new to look forward too, please don’t stop. Sweet!!

    • Thanks so much, Mr. J! It’s a fairly new blog yet, so I have a ton of marginal material to burn through before the ‘ol R.M. buffer gets low. πŸ™‚

  3. Blahaahahaha “When Harry Met Sally”, I loved that table AND thought Carrie Fisher was funnier than whole lot of them (oh, except that she hated that table).

    Nice trainspotting!

    • I had a feeling there would be a few people who didn’t feel it was a stupid, wagon wheel, Roy Rogers, garage sale coffee table!

      Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a photo of some random train wheels.


  4. I like trains & B&W pics, but I like even more how you’ve combined an unusual angle, a closeup, depth of field, and the diagonal of train track in this shot.

    • Thanks, Binky – I really appreciate that!
      I think trains are just inherently cool – they are infused with so much history, and have such a timeless quality about them – takes half the work out of getting a result right there! πŸ™‚

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