Up close and personal

Railroad equipment is fascinating

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I found this image of one of the engines at the Southeastern Railway Museum which I hadn’t shared previously and thought I would put it up.  This was from a trip with the North Georgia Photography Club about a month ago.

The museum, which is located in Duluth, Georgia, has a fairly sizable collection of railroad engines, rolling stock, and other transportation equipment.  Below is their description of this engine:

1026 – GP7 Locomotive – Georgia Railroad
This locomotive was built in 1950 by EMD. It was acquired from the Tennessee Valley Railway Museum in 2004.
Status: Stored Serviceable

Southeastern Railway Museum
3595 Buford Highway
Duluth, GA 30096

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
16mm at f/8 – 1/80 sec – ISO 100

Remembering Summer, looking forward to Fall

Enjoy the warm weather while it’s here.

Yes, Summer is full of flowers and butterflies and many other happy things but, let the hot temperatures go away for a while, Please!

This black swallowtail butterfly was seen at Gibbs Gardens in August and unfortunately, the weather hasn’t changed much since then.  I am ready for Football season and Autumn leaves but mother nature’s not done with summer yet.  Oh well, I will be mourning the loss of warm weather when January rolls around so, I guess we all should just enjoy it while we can.

Gibbs Gardens
1987 Gibbs Drive
Ball Ground, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
100mm @ f/5.6 – 1/1000 sec – ISO 640

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Lavender Lily

The water lily garden at Gibbs Gardens is so tranquil and beautiful that I had to put one more image from there out.  The background is darkened to make the flower stand out more since I wanted people to see it rather than the water.

Gibbs Gardens
1987 Gibbs Drive
Ball Ground, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
300mm @ f/6.3 – 1/1250 sec – ISO 640

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Last day of Summer?

Tomorrow is the first day of Autumn but it’s not looking like a rapid change of seasons

This image was actually taken last month but it sure feels like we’re still in the middle of Summer around here!  I think it’s supposed to be in the 90’s today.  Technically, the first day of Autumn is tomorrow so maybe this is the last day of summer.

I have a funny feeling that the hot weather is not going to disappear by the end of the week.  Oh well, I guess we can just enjoy the flowers and watch the hummingbirds until they decide it is time to move one.  I am looking forward to fall though!

Gibbs Gardens
1987 Gibbs Drive
Ball Ground, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
300mm @ f/6.3 – 1/1250 sec – ISO 640

#GibbsGardens #BallGroundGeorgia #Georgia #WaterLilies #LilyPond #reflections #flowers #south #southern #gardens #Nikon #WithMyTamron

What a lovely campsite

This Travco motorhome was a pioneer of the RV industry but is ready for retirement now

So, I was looking at gorgeous photos that my friend, Doug Brown posted yesterday from his extended trip to the National Parks out west and I thought, I really want to get back out there!  I think I could probably afford this mobile home but I’m not sure it’s quite up to a long road trip.

This vehicle is a Dodge Travco motorhome.  I think it’s the first time I had seen one like this.  My motorhome iconic image is of a Winnebago but from what I have read, the Travco was actually a pioneer of motorhome design and paved the way for Winnebago.  Dodge actually dominated the market with these from 1965 through the late 1980’s.  It is strange that I didn’t recognize the aerodynamic design at first glance.

Old Car City is full of lots of interesting vehicles and a variety of great subjects to photograph but somehow, I still feel a need to make the trek out to visit more of the national parks.  Thinking about a trip to the Smokies this fall but no firm plans yet.  Time to put my thinking cap on.

Roswell Photographic Society
3-day Workshop with Roman Kurywczak
Old Car City
3098 Highway 411 Northeast
White, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
10mm at f/6.3 – 1/60 sec – ISO 1600

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Junkyard flowers

Another example of nature beautifying things.  In this corner of Old Car City, a crumbling Mustang is surrounded by tiny yellow flowers.  The car looks as though it was someone’s hot-rod project that was in the midst of one last bondo and paint session and was finally abandoned.  In any case, the car provided a bright red backdrop to these small decorations that are trying their best to cover the decay.

Roswell Photographic Society
3-day Workshop with Roman Kurywczak
Old Car City
3098 Highway 411 Northeast
White, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD
38mm at f/6.3 – 1/200 sec – ISO 800

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Unsafe at Any Speed?

I don’t think this Corvair is at any risk of losing control

The infamous Corvair which was villanized by Ralph Nader was actually a ground-breaking design for American car makers.  When the Corvair came out, Detroit was at the peak of its “bigger is better” years.  The Corvair was a sporty, rear-engined, mid-sized car which competed with the imports like Volkswagen, Toyota and Fiat but was totally un-like the other models being offered by American makers.

Ralph Nader published his book “Unsafe at any Speed”in 1965 claiming that the Corvair was prone to losing control in extreme conditions.  Though there were other studies showing that the Corvair was no worse than other cars of its time, the Nader book was the rise of the push for automotive safety and the decline of the Corvair.

As it sits here, I don’t think there is any chance of an accident due to handling problems at high speeds.

Roswell Photographic Society
3-day Workshop with Roman Kurywczak
Old Car City
3098 Highway 411 Northeast
White, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
35mm at f/6.3 – 1/1600 sec – ISO 6400

#Corvair #OldCarCity #AutoGraveyard #junkyard#night #ClassicCar #NightPhotography #3DaySummit @Old Car City USA @Roman Kurywczak @Roswell Photographic Society @Discover Atlanta @Explore Georgia