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Nighttime in the Switching Yard


A cleansing rain.

A cleansing rain.

Nighttime in the switching yard
Nighttime in the switching yard
Nighttime in the switching yard
Nighttime in the switching yard
Get it out on the mainline
Listen to the rhythm of the train go by
Get it out on the mainline
Listen to the rhythm of the train go by
Listen to the train whistle whine
Listen to the train whistle whine — Warren Zevon, 1978.

Well, it’s not exactly night. But, it is sunset with dusk rapidly behind it. It is a switching yard.

Here’s what happened.

As you know I’ve been a bit under the weather lately. Some of my second line pictures were made in pretty painful circumstances. Earlier in the evening, I took my nightly dose of pain meds. The rain storm that had been threatening most of the afternoon finally blew through. Then it ended. Quickly.

The light went crazy. The sky was amazing. I just had to take pictures. Out the door I started. And, she stopped me. She said, “Oh no you don’t. I’ll drive. You take pictures.” She knows me well. She knows that it’s been about ten days since I worked for myself. She knows that I have to make, take or otherwise do something with pictures. She knows that I think I’m superman when I’m holding a camera. She’s way smarter than I am. Sometimes, she sees better than I do.

I wanted to make the pictures count. Mostly, we worked in broken sections of town. The contrast of between the stunning light and the ruins was startling. Somewhere in the broken neighborhood I realized that my favorite train yard always sort of floods. It wasn’t far. We went there. I was right. This is just one of the pictures. I’ll show you more in the next few days.

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6 Comments

    • Thank you for both. A screw as loose… well, people have known that for years. 🙂 Actually a screw was working out of a bone repair in my hip. Very, very painful. It was fixed yesterday. Took 12 minutes and I watched the doc do it on an lcd screen. I have a ways to go, but I’m already much better.

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