I’m Looking Through You

I'm Looking Through You

The oval holes in this rail car allowed me to see through to the sloping hills beyond

I’m always trying to think of some catchy phrase when thinking of titles for my photographs. All too often, I settle for ‘Flower in Garden’ or something incredibly obvious like that. So, with apologies to the Beatles, I’ve taken this title. It does seem appropriate, though, doesn’t it?

For much of the Washington trip, we really didn’t have an agenda. We knew of two or three sights to see in any given day. Or, we knew where we wanted to begin or end the day. For much of the rest of the day, we took wandering routes looking for new images to capture. This image is a result of some of that rambling.

As we drove through southeast Washington, we saw many miles of railroad track. The railroads appear to be the principal means for shipping crops to market in these parts. Generally speaking, the grain silos are located adjacent to a track. The crops are loaded from the silos onto container cars and carried to ports for processing or to be shipped overseas. I think we both had the idea to stop at about the same time. As our car passed we could see through the slots of these cars to the fields beyond. There had to be an image in there somewhere.

I don’t know what type of car this is. I suspect it has to do with carrying lumber since it is a BC (British Columbia) Rail car. I don’t know that for certain though. If anyone reading knows what they are used to haul, I’d certainly like to find out. I spent the first few minutes just looking at the possibilities. I knew that I wanted to capture an image that showed the landscape beyond through the rail car. I took several images close up with just one or two of the ovals and the hillside beyond. I tried to isolate the ovals so that no writing was apparent in the shot. I thought it would be neat to make an abstract image where the viewer didn’t really know what he was looking at. In the end, I settled on this image as my favorite. I love the contrast of blue sky and green field and the juxtaposition of the ovals against the gently curving hillside in the background.

I included one of the closeup shots below. I hope you enjoy one or both of them.

I'm Looking Through You - closeup

A closeup view of a rail car in Farmington, WA



  1. These are very cool pictures, Rick.
    Do you know of the photo challenge on Fridays? You would be a wonderful participant and it’s fun as well. They will post a challenge tomorrow (usually mid morning) on The Daily Post at wordpress.com. I hope to see you there 🙂

    1. Thanks, Joy. And thanks for following the blog. I’ve seen the challenge. You’re right that I should give it a shot. I’ll try to remember to look tomorrow.

      I took a look at your site. It’s very cool. I’ll try to stop by often.

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