As I was on my way to my day job today the snow was still falling. Along the way I looked up and spotted the train crossing the curved bridge across the Kanawha River. (I couldn’t safely get to spot were I could catch the train over the water. ) The snow, the bare trees and the tracks all came together in just the right way. I was told by a marketing expert that I should do more railroad themed images and West Virginia does give me plenty of opportunities to photograph trains. I particularly like to catch the trains “in their natural habitat ” rather than the show trains in the tourist attractions. Although I do plan to visit those “farm raised ” trains eventually. The coal on this train is more than likely headed for the foundry just a half of a mile behind me. (0.805 kilometers) . The modern engines are a lot quieter than one would expect. As the train passed I could still here the talk radio show playing in my truck.
I still plan to try and get a shot of the train over the water but I’ll need to be there at just the right time with the right telephoto lens. There’s simply not enough room for the train and the photographer to get the right angle any other way.
For my international friends who are curious about the Appalachian winter here’s a voice command snapshot from my cellphone in its hands free mount on my dashboard. (Cropped to eliminate the front of the truck)
The snow was melted away by lunchtime. 😀