For today’s Square Lines Challenge I’d like to share these images from Ashland, Wisconsin. The Veterans Mural, which took two years to complete, was dedicated in the summer of 2005. These portraits on Vaughn Avenue and Main Street honor those men and women from Ashland who served in the armed forces during various wars and conflicts. The artists referred to photos of the actual people in order to make the mural as accurate as possible.
It’s “all aboard!” for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge which this week is all about tracks & trains. I used to love train rides when I was a kid, especially traveling down from London to Kent to visit my grandparents. Nowadays I rarely take the train except to go downtown. It’s much more economical to go by train than pay for parking in Chicago.
A view of some train tracks in downtown Chicago.
A train pulling into the station in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. We stopped in Glenwood Springs on our way home from Utah last year, just to stretch our legs and have a walk round. It was off-season, the Spa of the Rockies was closed for cleaning and just when we got far enough away from the car, the rain started pouring down. Needless to say it was a short walk and the most exciting thing we saw was the train.
The Ashland Railroad Mural, painted in 2014, features the men and women who helped to establish the railroad industry in the North Woods. Right across the street from the mural stands Soo Line Decapod 950 which was, at one time, the worlds largest steam locomotive, weighing in at 190,000 pounds.
If you are a train enthusiast and enjoy looking around old train cars and engines, I can highly recommend a visit to the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin, which is where we saw the Silver Spirit.
For more on Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge go to https://ceenphotography.com/2016/11/17/cees-black-white-photo-challenge-any-tracks-and-trains/
Vindication! There are times when I take photos when even I have to ask myself why. But then I tell myself, you never know when you might need a picture of a……….whatever. And here we are; the perfect opportunity and the reason why I take those inexplicable shots. Cee is looking for Commercial or Industrial Buildings this week for her Fun Foto Challenge and I’ve got just the thing.
Taken through the car window as we were leaving Ashland, Wisconsin, this image shows the Xcel Energy Power Plant as seen from Lake Shore Drive.
Waiting for the train to go by on Mount Prospect Road in Des Plaines, I would like to have got a different angle on this shot but by the time we got there, a truck was in the way so I’m glad I took the picture when I did.
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to https://ceenphotography.com/2016/11/01/cees-fun-foto-challenge-commercial-or-industrial-buildings/