A New-To-Me Lens

VIA Rail train

I bought a new (to me) lens! It’s been a long time since I purchased a lens for my camera. I’ve been using my Canon 17-55mm and 70-200mm lenses for several years, first with my Canon T1i and now with my Canon 77D camera. I’ve been doing a lot of night photography. While photographing the … Read more

Night Elevators

Grain elevator at night with aurora borealis

After seeing STEVE – and the rest of the aurora borealis – and the Milky Way – I still felt great, even at 1:30 AM. I decided to fulfill a long-held wish – photograph the Oberon grain elevator at night.

Steve, Meet STEVE

STEVE atmospheric phenomenon

I feel like I am refocusing. Not literally, of course. I used to enjoy making photos during the day. Apparently I don’t care very much for that any more. I’m not against it. I just don’t feel like doing it very often. I do like making photos at night! I love the big night sky. … Read more


Signal and shadow on a passing train at night

Another starry night and another photography session. It seems that going out at night to shoot with the stars is one of the few ways I like to photograph trains these days. So be it. I am doing what feels right.

Dark Deeds

Streaks of light on horizon at night

Over the past six months or so, with the help of my counselor, I’ve spent a lot more time doing things that I enjoy doing and a lot less time doing things that I think I should do. This includes railfanning, on both sides of the scale.

Ian and Bill Visit the West, Part 2

CN #314 on the Battle River trestle

Ian and Bill visited the CN Wainwright subdivision. They stopped at CN’s Battle River Trestle, an impressive structure to be sure. It’s 2,775 feet long and the deck is 195 feet above the river. It was completed at the end of 1908.

Trains En Passant

CN locomotive and canola

I’ve always loved playing chess. When I was in school, I joined the chess club. I used to check chess books out of the library and study them. Spassky, Fischer, Lasker, Kasparov… names I knew well.