I saw this magnificent bird at a zoo in Colorado. This bald eagle is a rescue and has been in captivity for several years. But living in a structured environment does not seem to have affected its dignity and imposing bearing. It kindly posed in profile long enough for me to take this portrait.
Arches National Park in Utah has many wonderful rock formations, including over 2,000 natural arches and bridges, windows, spires, and balanced rocks. One of these formations is The Three Sisters spires shown here. The park is located in the high desert on the Colorado Plateau where it receives less than 10 inches of rain each year. Park geologists continually monitor the park’s terrain which looks rugged and tough, but it is, in reality, extremely fragile.
The rail ties are old and need replacing. The rails are rusting. The trains are gone. And this bridge, while it still crosses some unknown creek in Arkansas, no longer feels the rhythm of the rails.
I saw this gentlemen at the Port of Galveston. I don’t know where he had been or where he was headed, but Galveston Island and the whole coastal plain of Texas are flat, so his travel should not have been too onerous. And it looks as though he has everything he needs with him.
There are few things as quintessentially Texan as longhorn steers. This good ol’ boy belongs to a friend of mine who keeps about 6 or 8 of these beauties as a hobby. I was standing at the fence looking at him while he was just relaxing in the grass and looking back at me.
The Burlington Zephyr changed passenger rail travel forever. Built in 1934, it is both the first diesel-powered train and the first stainless-steel train. It set speed records and new standards for style and comfort. Streamlined, very fast, and stainless-steel, it became known as the Silver Streak. This is Number 9900, the first Zephyr built. It was built by the Budd Company where my dad was the electrical foreman for its construction. The complete train is in the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry where this photo was taken. The kind folks at the museum allowed me to come in early to photograph it.
The skyline seen reflected in the Cloud Gate sculpture (better known as the Chicago Bean). Millennium Park In The Loop, Chicago, Illinois.