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by Charles Haacker
Tue Sep 19, 2017 3:58 pm
Forum: Landscape & Scenics
Topic: Little Village in the Sun - Isle of Harris
Replies: 9
Views: 44

Re: Little Village in the Sun - Isle of Harris

I absolutely love the shot, but surprised myself by thinking I liked it better by scrolling down until I completely cropped away the foreground element, even more radically than Dave's. I think the water is foreground enough and does not distract from that magnificent sky. Wow, Wotta shot! (OK)
by Charles Haacker
Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:31 am
Forum: Landscapes & Scenics
Topic: A postcard kind of morning
Replies: 6
Views: 33

Re: A postcard kind of morning

A bit of rain overnight brought some blue skies and real sunshine! After weeks of smoke, this was heaven. Hopefully, enough rain fell in the areas of wildfires to help control. Here is one of the photogenic turnouts along the 20-mile Yakima River Canyon Scenic Byway , a treasure that I am so fortun...
by Charles Haacker
Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Union Pacific 4-6-6-4 steam engine Challenger, 1943, at North Platte, Nebraska
Replies: 6
Views: 32

Re: Union Pacific 4-6-6-4 steam engine Challenger, 1943, at North Platte, Nebraska

LindaShorey wrote:Love how you presented these so sleek and shiny...and the too-cute-for-words granddaughter!

Thanks, Linda! You know how "they say" they grow up too fast. They do. :)
by Charles Haacker
Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:22 am
Forum: Artistic Expressions
Topic: American Bald Eagle in Bronze
Replies: 7
Views: 64

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St3v3M wrote:I want one! S-

Ya wanna buy da Brooklyn Bridge? Whyn't ya say so?! We knows a guy... Oh, wait, ya means da eagle! :lol: :rofl: 8):
by Charles Haacker
Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:19 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Union Pacific 4-6-6-4 steam engine Challenger, 1943, at North Platte, Nebraska
Replies: 6
Views: 32

Re: Union Pacific 4-6-6-4 steam engine Challenger, 1943, at North Platte, Nebraska

Nice set of interesting trains nicely captured and presented with good compositions and clean views, but the winner for me is the one with the engineer, at the end. How adorable! With your ever growing skill at PS, I have a feeling we may one day get to see some more fanciful interpretations of the...
by Charles Haacker
Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: Animals & Wildlife
Topic: Bumblebees with a Cell Phone
Replies: 7
Views: 37

Re: Bumblebees with a Cell Phone

You and your phone did an admirable job, druthers aside. BTW the flowers are sedums specifically sedum spectibile most likely "Autumn Joy" aka Stonecrop. Very durable plants. If you sever a branch and lay it on the ground, usually, in no time, it will put down roots, turn upward, and voil...
by Charles Haacker
Mon Sep 18, 2017 2:13 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Union Pacific 4-6-6-4 steam engine Challenger, 1943, at North Platte, Nebraska
Replies: 6
Views: 32

Re: Union Pacific 4-6-6-4 steam engine Challenger, 1943, at North Platte, Nebraska

... an open invitation to climb up and investigate the "backhead" of the boiler, the engineer's and fireman's seats, and pretend you are hurtling down the mainline at 60 mph with a mile-long freight behind.
by Charles Haacker
Mon Sep 18, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Union Pacific 4-6-6-4 steam engine Challenger, 1943, at North Platte, Nebraska
Replies: 6
Views: 32

Union Pacific 4-6-6-4 steam engine Challenger, 1943, at North Platte, Nebraska

The magnificent Union Pacific 4-6-6-4 steam engine Challenger, number 3977, At Cody Park, North Platte, Nebraska, a huge "simple articulated" (as opposed to a true Mallet), built in 1943 by American Locomotive (ALCO). She is one of only two survivors of 105 3900-class engines built in the ...
by Charles Haacker
Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: Landscape & Scenics
Topic: A Walk On The Moor at Dusk- Isle of Harris
Replies: 16
Views: 85

Re: A Walk On The Moor at Dusk- Isle of Harris

Scrolls down, sharp (!!) intake of breath, followed by an OH! and then a series, Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh...

Could it be any more perfect?

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