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


The Long and Winding Road


The Long and Winding Road

The road to Palouse Falls state park in south central Washington state

I’ll admit that I’m a bit obsessed with road images… and to some degree, the Beatles. Hence, the title for this blog post. In any case, whether it is a long, straight road disappearing into the horizon or a windy road through incredible scenery, I’ll pull my car over to the side of the road and take the shot.

That was the case with this image. We were driving at a fairly good clip in order to be at a location for sunset (more on that tomorrow). But, we had made great time and this scene presented itself. The light was great. The sun was just going down behind some high steppes to our west and the light was still soft and golden. I climbed up on a small hill up from the side of the road and composed this image.

I love the way the road twists and turns headed toward the butte in the distance. I don’t love all of the signs and telephone poles, but it’s tough to find a curvy stretch of road with no signs. The contrast of the black asphalt, the yellow center stripe, and the lush green grasslands makes for a dynamic image. The road itself leads my eye through the image to the turn at the end. Perhaps it isn’t the best image I’ve ever taken, but it is satisfying in some way to me. I hope you enjoy it as well.