Trains & Rails

Project Athena - Day 14 (Trains & Rails)

Driving the Last Spike...At Least in This Theme just does not work out the way I expect it to and when I remember to truly open my heart and mind in these circumstances, I discover the most unexpected, wonderful gifts.
— Bhadra

Remember the guideline "let go of perfection".  Aaargh. Ok. Here it is. The picture I shot this morning. I will let you discover the imperfections on your own. The thing about imperfections is that somehow, there is still beauty in them. This old building has captured my interest. I can't wait to get on the inside someday. Oh, and there are some tracks in the front.

Loveland Feed & Grain

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55 lens • 92mm • F/32 • 1/30s • ISO 200

Project Athena - 13 (Trains and Rails)

I've Been Working on the Railroad (Theme)

Two drunks were walking upgrade between the railroad tracks. One of them said, “this is the longest stairway I have ever been on.” The other replied to this, “It’s not the stairs that bother me, it’s the low hand rails.” Ha-Ha.
— A Jokester Somewhere

Another day of shooting by the railroad tracks and I am perpetually impressed with the essence of this form of transportation. It is pure fortitude and resilience along with determination and power. Next week, I will actually get to ride on a train for the first time since I was 2 years old. I look forward to hearing the groans and clanks of steel on steel and feeling the force of the engine tugging at the cars. Maybe I will even post an extra train picture for fun.

Rusted Train Tracks

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 55-200mm lens • 92mm • F/7.1 • 1/320s • ISO 400

Project Athena - Day 12 (Trains & Rails)

I'm Happy Our Paths Have Crossed.

Life is a train of moods like a string of beads; and as we pass through them they prove to be many colored lenses, which paint the world their own hue, and each shows us only what lies in its own focus.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Feeling grateful today for the relationships that have made this life so rich and fulfilling. If you are reading this blog, chances are you are one of those people!!! So thank you for being you and for opening to life....for saying yes to the offerings and allowing our paths to cross.

Rail Road Crossing

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 24mm • F/22 • 1/40s • ISO 100

Project Athena - Day 11 (Trains & Rails)

Nice caboose!

In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.
— Abraham Lincoln

The artifacts of previous generations are strewn about the land, like a spoiled child's toys lying in the front yard....

As I shot this caboose, its untold story came alive in my imagination. I felt the energy of the people who had passed through its doors, saw the wondrous places it had traveled, and contemplated its sad, premature retirement here in a lonely field...separate from the companions it had traveled with for most of its life.

If This Caboose Could Talk

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 20mm • F/8 • 1/60s • ISO 400

Project Athena - Day 10 (Trains & Rails)

Art At Work...

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
— Thomas Edison

Everyday that I am out exploring and looking for new things to photograph, I learn something about the community I live in. Today I learned that the City of Loveland has started renovating this old Feed & Grain Building as a future home for artist studios and creative businesses. It will also have a community space and live/work projects for artists and their families. Wow.

If you wanna read more about this amazing transformation here is a link to their website:

Loveland Feed & Grain. Future Home of "Arts at the Feed & Grain"

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 30mm • F/8 • 1/200s • ISO 100

Project Athena - Day 9 (Trains & Rails)

Looking for America

Laughing on the bus
Playing games with the faces
She said the man in the gabardine suit was a spy
I said “Be careful his bow tie is really a camera”
— Simon and Garfunkel

Fort Collins was a small town when I moved here over 40 years ago. Public transportation was not even on the radar of this sleepy community. The train tracks still run through the middle of town like they did when I was a kid but now they share space with our new public transportation system called "Max".

I love feeling nostalgic and innovative at the same time. It's an energetic feeling wrapped in a warm embrace.


Fort Collins, CO - Max Station

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 55-200mm lens • 200mm • F/14 • 1/100s • ISO 100