sunrise through the smoke

Here is an image of the sun rising through the smoke filled air on Wednesday, 11 October 2017.  We see the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge in the foreground.  The hills of the East Bay are obscured by the heavy smoke.  The bad air from the large wildfires raging north of San Francisco has even made its way into the air conditioning systems of the office towers downtown.  This view was captured through the glass of one such high rise building (by my wife).



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antelope canyon part one: “chrome”

Located on the Navajo Reservation, this famous and increasingly popular natural wonder is only a few miles from Page, Arizona.

We will offer two parts to the photographic record of our visit there on Saturday, 23 September, 2017.  This first part will share the pictures taken in “chrome” mode.  The second part will offer our images that were taken in natural (or without any enhancement) mode.

A stunning view here.




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looking down at Horseshoe Bend

Located only a mile or so south of town and accessible from the main highway, Horseshoe Bend is a must see when visiting Page, Arizona.  This essay is a pictorial record of our visit to this famous, scenic spot on the morning of Friday, 22 September, 2017.  (There are about 30 images here.  You can do this.)



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BNSF train seen from I-40 in northern Arizona

Finally in the role of passenger (and not driver!), I could take these shots of the double stack train seen from the moving rental car.  A point of history here: the double track mainline of the old Santa Fe (ATSF) was here before the interstate highway (I-40) was laid down decades later.  The old coaling and water stations along the steam-driven railroad became highway towns.  (The old Route 66 shares some sections with the newer I-40, I believe.)  This was the Santa Fe piece of the merger with Burlington Northern.  Santa Fe was making good money on intermodal transport, and the BN was the heavy hauler of clean coal from the Powder River Basin in eastern Wyoming,  This “end to end” rail merger made good business sense.

I-40 and the BNSF mainline.  This is big time interstate truck hauling on the highway, and big time railroading on the tracks.  The heavy trucks go the posted speed limit of 75 mph.  And, there are plenty of these found in each direction on the highway: westbound to Los Angeles, and eastbound to Albuquerque and points further east.

This train, seen at dusk, was moving westbound as we drove east on the highway.



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