Thursday, July 31, 2008

Echinacea


Echinacea, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purple_coneflower
From the Prairie Restoration at Cantigny Park, Wheaton, Illinois July 2008
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Echinacea and Japanese Beetle


Echinacea and Japanese Beetle, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purple_coneflower
From the Prairie Restoration at Cantigny Park, Wheaton, Illinois July 2008
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Echinacea


Echinacea, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purple_coneflower
From the Prairie Restoration at Cantigny Park, Wheaton, Illinois July 2008
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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

DDA40X - 6922 - Centennial


DDA40X - 6922 - Centennial, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

The EMD DDA40X was a 6,600 hp (4.9 MW) D-D diesel locomotive built by General Motors' Electro-Motive Division of La Grange, Illinois, for the Union Pacific Railroad. 47 locomotives were built between June 1969 and September 1971; they were numbered UP #6900–6946.

The first locomotive, #6900, was delivered in time to participate in the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad by driving a golden spike at Promontory Summit, Utah. The class was therefore named Centennial by the Union Pacific.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EMD_DD40

www.johnweeks.com/centennial/index.html

www.steamlocomotive.com/centennials/

Cody Park Railroad Museum, North Platte, Nebraska - June 2008
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Cody Park Railroad Museum, North Platte, Nebraska - July 2008

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DDA40X - 6922 - Centennial


DDA40X - 6922 - Centennial, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

The EMD DDA40X was a 6,600 hp (4.9 MW) D-D diesel locomotive built by General Motors' Electro-Motive Division of La Grange, Illinois, for the Union Pacific Railroad. 47 locomotives were built between June 1969 and September 1971; they were numbered UP #6900–6946.

The first locomotive, #6900, was delivered in time to participate in the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad by driving a golden spike at Promontory Summit, Utah. The class was therefore named Centennial by the Union Pacific.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EMD_DD40

www.johnweeks.com/centennial/index.html

www.steamlocomotive.com/centennials/

Cody Park Railroad Museum, North Platte, Nebraska - June 2008
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Cody Park Railroad Museum, North Platte, Nebraska - July 2008

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Union Pacific Challenger 3977


Union Pacific Challenger 3977, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

4-6-6-4 Challenger type Mallet, built in 1943 for freight and passenger service for speeds up to 70 MPH. Retired in 1961 and the only locomotive of this class on display in the world. Weight when loaded is 1,069,800 pounds, tractive effort 93,350 pounds. (from the sign at the museum)

Cody Park Railroad Museum, North Platte, Nebraska - June 2008

Cody Park Railroad Museum, North Platte, Nebraska - July 2008


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"Cadivity Scene"


"Cadivity Scene", originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

or "The Adoration of The Papparazi" from Lucias_Clay

Photographers gather at the stable

Rochelle, Illinois
June 2008
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See my other pictures from the West Suburban Chicago Flicker's Trip to The Old Rusty Cadillac West of Rochelle, Illinois


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Trees in the Garden


Trees in the Garden, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

Cantigny
Wheaton, Illinois
April 2008
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Rattlesnake Master


Rattlesnake Master, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

aka Button Snakeroot
Eryngium yuccifolium
From the Prairie Restoration at Cantigny Park, Wheaton, Illinois July 2008
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Monday, July 28, 2008

I love it when a plan comes together

Ah.....

Just about the way I envisioned it. Makes me feel all warm inside.

Thanks to Carl and Victor who joined the pilgramage.

The Old Rusty Cadillac West of Rochelle, Illinois
Rochelle, Illinois
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"So, where do you want to go now?" "I dunno. Where do YOU want to go?" "Let's ask the other guy"

From Cantigny Park, Wheaton, Illinois July 2008
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Friday, July 25, 2008

Blow off the spiderwebs

One of the things I've started noticing as I take more macro shots, is that the flowers often have one or two spiderweb strands hanging off of them, which I don't notice until I see the shots on the big screen later. So, since I carry a blower anyway to clean my optics, I've start blowing the flower before I shoot it, to see if that'll clean up the webs as well as any other pieces of debris.

You have no depth of field

I've been taking some really tight macros, and one of the things that I can't overcome is that, if you're using a macro lens, and you're focusing as close as you can, even if you set that f-stop to 50, you're still only going to have about a centimeter of depth of field.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Cathedral Valley


Cathedral Valley, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

Garden of the Gods
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garden_of_the_Gods

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Fabyan Windmill


Fabyan Windmill, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

Fabyan Forest Preserve
Geneva, Illinois
July 2008

On the National Register of Historic Places

www.kaneforest.com/education/fabyan_windmill.html

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CSX 5280 Eastbound

CSX 5280 Eastbound
CSX 5280 Eastbound, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

This train was waiting on the BNSF eastbound tracks for a UP westbound. We were headed west on Route 38 and noticed the train sitting there. Just about the time I started taking pictures, the diamonds cleared and he started moving.
Rochelle, Illinois
July 2008
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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Transcontinental Railroad Trip - June-July 2008

After finishing up a seminar swing in Salt Lake City, and going to the American Birding Association convention on Saturday, I drove home to Chicago. There were three objectives...I wanted to see and photograph parts of Wyoming and Nebraska that I had never been to, I wanted to follow some of the Lincoln Highway, and I wanted to photograph Union Pacific trains along the historic transcontinental railroad.

Some of the trip was guided by my own research into railroad destinations, but mostly by a book by Brian Butko, "Greetings from the Lincoln Highway". This is an excellent book for anyone thinking about taking any part of this trip. It really turned me on to some neat stuff.

Details of the trip

I stayed in Cheyenne the first night (Sunday - 6/29/08), Grand Island on the second night (Monday - 6/30/08), and then streaked for home on Tuesday (7/1/08) with only a few stops.

One major stop that generated some great pictures was at the Cody Cody Park Railroad Museum in North Platte, Nebraska.

See all of the pictures from this trip (as they're posted).

Monday, July 21, 2008

Cattle Egrets and….Cattle


Cattle Egrets and….Cattle, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

There are a LOT of Cattle Egrets in Louisiana! This group was close enough to the road that I pulled over. The bull didn't care (you can tell it's a bull, right?), but the birds got a little skittish. They let me take a couple of shots, then they took off. Which was OK. This is the best shot of the bunch.

While on a swing in Mississippi and Louisiana

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cattle_egret

Somewhere between Alexandria and Shreveport, Louisiana

July 2008

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The Old Rusty Cadillac and Corn

Rochelle, Illinois
July 2008
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Kate and I took a trip to Lena, Illinois by way of Rochelle and Oregon, Illinois

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Sunday, July 20, 2008

He's Baaaccckkkkk


He's Baaaccckkkkk, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

I've been on the road for pretty much the last four weeks, with a weekend at home and a couple of days around the Fourth of July. I'm now back for a few weeks. Yea!

I was taking a walk in downtown Chicago when I came to the Sears Tower and realized I had been wanting to take this shot.
July 2008
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Natchez-Vidalia Bridge


Natchez-Vidalia Bridge, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

The Natchez-Vidalia Bridge are two twin cantilever bridges carrying US Routes 65, 84 and 425 across the Mississippi River between Vidalia, Louisiana and Natchez, Mississippi.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natchez-Vidalia_Bridge

July 2008

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Friday, July 4, 2008

UP 7866 Westbound Across the North Platte River on the Fort Steele Bridge

I found this spot using Brian Butko's book (below). Access is very easy - the parking lot for the site for the historic fort site is right there, so all I had to do is park, and wait for a train. They come along pretty frequently here...I waited for an hour, and there were two eastbound trains (terrible lighting), and then, just before I left, this one finally came through.

While waiting, one of the eastbound trains was one that I had been stalking eastbound across Wyoming for most of the day. I think the engineer recognized me...as he came by, he slid open his window and waved (and NOT the middle finger). As he was heading off into the distance, I noticed a cable or rope dangling from one of the last cars in the train. Thinking that this was the kind of thing that they ought to know about, I looked to see if I had any "bars" on my cell phone. Surprisingly (this is definitely where God lost his shoes) I had a signal, so I dialed information and asked for Union Pacific in Omaha. I finally got an operator and described the situation to her. She said she'd pass it on. Only afterwards did I realize that I was probably making a lot of additional work for this train's crew. They'd probably have to stop and the conductor would have to take a look and make any fixes necessary.

On the other hand, I would have hated to hear of someone further east who had been injured by cable dangling from a boxcar.

www.wyomingtalesandtrails.com/lincoln3.html

Fort Steele, Wyoming
June 2008

I had a seminar trip in June 2008 that took me to Colorado and Utah. After the seminar

in Salt Lake, I went to an American Birding Association convention on Saturday in Snowbird, then headed home to Chicago via US 30, Interstate 80 and the Lincoln Highway, pretty much following the Union Pacific and the historic Transcontinental Railroad.

Some of the trip was guided by my own research into railroad destinations, but mostly by a book by Brian Butko, "Greetings from the Lincoln Highway". This is an excellent book for anyone thinking about taking any part of this trip. It really turned me on to some neat stuff.

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Cantigny Trees


Cantigny Trees, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

Gold Pond at Cantigny
Wheaton, Illinois
April 2008
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