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Monday, December 27, 2004

Train Pictures!

I took a whole bunch; I will have them on in a couple of days. If you'd like to see them, e-mail me and I'll send you an invitation. Here's a sample:

An apparently failed experiment in low-income housing on the south side of Chicago:

Denver at dawn:

Step aside, M.C. Escher! My version of "Three Worlds:"

The reflected woman is a grandmother who rode the train from Iowa to Denver to babysit her grandkids for a week. The view out the window is of Coors Field, where the Colorado Rockies play. The third world, of course, is the dirty window itself.

There are many questions about America's energy future. This loaded coal train, one of maybe two or three dozen I saw headed for Denver, provides the punctuation:

A huge dam way up in the Rockies above Denver:

The reservoir for that dam (I think--we had gone around several bends and through several tunnels between the pictures). Note how low the water level is.

The train in a canyon of the upper Colorado River:

Step aside, Ansel Adams!

No, that's not quite right. This should make it more Ansel-y:

The Colorado River, the train tracks and I-70 all share a canyon just east of Glenwood Springs, Colorado: