Saturday, June 27, 2015

Michigan Exposures Hits the Road - Day 3

My day started with a trip across to Sugar Island to get some pictures from there.  I was going to wait over there for the Paul R. Tregurtha but it seems like she took too long at the locks to get out.
I did manage to catch two ships from over on the Island.  One of them was the Burns Harbor.  I figured, I would post this shot I caught as I was heading back to the mainland.  All told, I caught 14 ships today.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Michigan Exposures On the Road - Day 2

I continued my stay in Sault Ste Marie today.  It was Engineer's Day, although  I didn't spend a ton of time actually at the Locks.  There were far too many people.  I did however catch a few ships.
 I got up pretty early to catch the Blough this morning.  And then I ended up following her.
My day ended with the Speer at Four Mile Beach.

I will post more pictures when I get home.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Michigan Exposures Hits the Road....

Tomorrow is Engineer's Day at the Soo Locks and I headed up today.  It was actually a pretty nice day.
 I decided to take a detour through DeTour.  I was hoping to catch a ship or two and it turned out that I would catch two.  It was good thing too because most of the ships had passed through the Soo.
We also went on a tour of the Valley Camp with the rest of the boatnerds.  It was pretty cool because we had free reign of the ship.

Basically I posted pictures of the day and I will post the rest when I get home.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A Couple Hours in Deshler

As it was, I only spent a couple of hours in Deshler.  I got a pretty late start and I was doing trivia tonight, so I didn't want to spend too much time there.
 A couple of hours is plenty of time in Deshler though.  Generally there is a fairly steady stream of trains that passes through.  The only problem is that it seems like that stream slows down a little bit in mid-Afternoon.
 I still think that the rail park in Fostoria is nicer, but I like the views here.  Especially since you can get some shots with old rail buildings in the background.
 I'm trying to learn what the different signals mean.  Since this is an old B&O signal, it is in the process of being phased out.  I think that yellow means that there might be a train heading towards the signal.
 Green definitely means be on the look out for a train.
 And this was the train I should have been on the lookout for.  Had I been a little more confident in what the signals meant, I would have been in a different place to catch it as it passed a pond on the other side.
 Another angle.
 This is an engine that is owned by Citigroup.  I presume they are leasing it to CSX.
 A view that almost says it all.
 Occasionally, I will see some graffiti that I like on a train.
 A skull and some fish thing.  Apparently they are building America.
 An evil mastodon, I think.
 I'm not sure why Stimpy would be holding a sickle but he is.
 This is more like it.
 I kind of like it when you see fallen flags on a train.
 The thing my cat is named after.
 Graffiti philosophy.
 Another engine passing.
 I kind of liked the way the coal dust was fogging this picture.
 I believe this is another lease unit.
 Another shot of an engine passing the water tower.
 A train of engines.
 The lead engine.
And it passes.

An Old Engine

I'm heading up to Sault Ste Marie tomorrow for Engineer's Day on Friday.  I was actually thinking about leaving today, so I took today off as well.  As I looked at Marine Traffic, ship traffic on the river looked pretty light, coupling that with the fact that I will be seeing plenty of ships in the next few days,  I decided to head down to Deshler for trains.
 There are a couple of ways that I can take to Deshler.  One is I-75 to Ohio Route 18 west.  I have a feeling that is a longer route.  The GPS will take me to Ohio Route 295 and then through a bunch of rural roads until I get to Deshler.  There is a spot where you can see the above engine.
 It is an old Switcher unit painted in Chesapeake and Ohio colors.  It is currently owned by the Toledo-Lake Erie and Western Railroad which I believe is an excursion railroad.  Judging by the tracks around these engines, I'd say that they are not currently running.
Judging by the condition of this engine, they may be running again at some point.  I will have to look that up.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Planewatching from the Lower-Huron Metropark

I was looking at a map one day and saw the Lower-Huron Metropark and its relation to Metro Airport.  It is almost in line with both of the runways, so I figured it would be a good place for planewatching.  Namely, a spot where I could sit a while and not get bugged.
 It turns out that it wasn't too bad.  I'm going to have to explore it a little more on a day where I feel motivated.  That wasn't today though.
 A plane taking off.
 There was one spot where I was right under the take off path.

An Airbus 319 or 320 (I forget which).

I ended up getting an annual pass there, so I will have to go back but I think I found a good spot for planewatching.

Friday, June 19, 2015

The Paper Mill on a Warm Summer Night

We've been getting a bunch of rain lately and as a result the Huron River has been flowing a little quicker lately.  It makes the "falls" near the old Paper Mill that much more noticeable.
 As I was passing the park, I noticed that the falls are moving quite a bit.  I've been meaning to take a picture of it for a couple days at least.  Since I wasn't really doing much else tonight, I decided to stop at the park to get some pictures.
 Peninsular Park itself is not a bad park.  It seems like the city of Ypsilanti tries to maintain it to the best of their ability.  The problem is that it attracts some pretty shady clientele.   While I like to get pictures of the former power building, I don't like to linger there too long.
 The pictures from the bridge were a little better but I was shooting almost directly into the sun.  Again, it's nice to see all the green.
A slightly different angle.  I might have to take some pictures in the morning when I'm shooting with the sun and not into it.