Monthly Archives: December 2014

more trains

I was looking at different things to put in, and decided to drop back to the old machinery stuff, again. If you are just tuning in, I like old rusty machinery, old stuff that still works, that has been rebuilt, many times to better than when it was new. I am fascinated by the way things used to be done, the amount of work involved and things that were accomplished with what was available. Building dams, or roads, or mines, or just big machines. Anyway, in our area, every years they bring out the steam trains for people to ride on at Christmas time. It is quite impressive to watch these machines, especially on a cold morning. Steam goes everywhere, people scatter. It’s quite a bit of fun. So here are a few images, I did make some “adjustments” on one or two, just for fun. Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas

I won’t spend a lot of time here. We found these old style Christmas posters a few weeks go and decided to turn them into Christmas cards for this year rather than send everyone images of snow. Seems most have had their share of snow already. We don’t get so much around here, but that could change at any time, I’m sure. Anyway, Merry Christmas to all of you, and your families. Happy New Year as well. Here is looking forward to an interesting and challenging new year!

There is still a bit of color

So this may be the last shot at some real color, from around here anyway. Most everything is drifting into its winter coat of some shade of brown, or maybe gray. Winter will be here officially next week. I know some areas have already had enough winter for the year, and we haven’t even started yet. Officially, that is. By the science calendar, seasonal register, equinox, which ever gauge you want to apply.
So with my maybe last shot of color, I was looking for something to add to the list, and a common item seemed to appear in the images I was checking over. So I used it for a “theme” for this post. The lonely lamppost. It stands there day and night, in all sorts of climates, giving its bit of light in the evening and the night, guiding those who need to wander by to a destination. Or maybe those just on an evening stroll, or a morning walk, getting set for the day. Most stand upright, there are a few that appear to be tired of the routine and lean a bit. I thought of straightening it in the image, but then all of the trees would lean, so it gets to lean, just as it does in real life. Enjoy our lighted sentries before they get modernized and look like something from outer space.


So at this time of year, it sometimes becomes harder to get those great photos with all of the bright shiny colors we have in the spring and summer. We now have the somewhat dull browns and grays and wet. It is possible to get the colors, but I have to be more alert and ready because they come and go at the drop of a hat this time of year. I missed a nice sunrise the other day because I wasn’t paying attention to the sky and didn’t get out soon enough. Time to pay more attention to different things for the season. Lots of things coming up, lights and decorations and such. New challenges to be sure. OK, more to the present problem, this weeks photos. As many are working under gray sky’s and damp weather,or even snow, I decided to dig around in the files and pullout some color. We will tackle snow later. Winter’s not over yet. Doesn’t really, officially even start for another week or so. If you have snow, well, your early. You get to decide if it’s good or bad. The following was brought to you by Yellow, Red, Orange, Purple and maybe Blue.