Creative Writing

Sundogs across a frozen prairie

I mentioned a while ago that I was doing some creative writing exercises. I was following the exercises in The Creative Writing Workbook (by Matthew Branton) to explore some writing ideas. I’m dumping a subset of the my writing here for my own reference and perhaps for your enjoyment. Warning – there are a few … Read more

A Visit to Mimico, Part 3

In mid October 2021, I visited VIA Rail’s and GO Transit’s yard in Mimico – you can read part 1 and part 2. After photographing the Mimico yard extensively from the Islington Avenue overpass, I walked back to the GO Transit Mimico station. I took a moment to photograph this train station. This ex CN … Read more

A Visit to Mimico, Part 1

GO Willowbrook Rail Maintenance Facility

We were in Toronto this past Thanksgiving (October 2021) to visit my daughter. I had convinced my wife that we didn’t need to rent a car while we were there, so we were becoming familiar with riding the trams and taking subways in the city. The Toronto Transit Commission may have its problems but they … Read more

MOAR PIXELS

Collection of digital cameras

My first camera was a really inexpensive 110 film camera. I have no idea what brand it was, or what happened to it. It was basically junk. My second was a decent camera, a Minolta Maxxum 5000i. It eventually broke, and I replaced it with my very first digital camera, in 2002.

The Porter – First Impressions

Ad for The Porter

The CBC TV series “The Porter” is out – at least, the first episode is – and it’s a visual delight. From the opening scene, set in Club Stardust and filled to bursting with Black life and music, through its numerous train-based scenes, “The Porter” is a meticulously detailed view of Black life from the … Read more

Great Canadian Railway Stories

Pile of books

I stumbled across the Great Canadian Railway Stories series of soft cover books at my local hobby store, Ware House Hobbies. They had quite a collection of used train books on consignment and I opened my wallet! I’d never heard of this series before, but $10 for 4 books was a steal. I took them … Read more

My Experience With Redbubble

Wheat field with grain elevator

As a photographer, I’m always looking for ways to feature my photos and make some income from them. I dabble in stock photography, I sell photos directly to people, I sell calendars and books, and I sell my photos on print-to-order sites like Redbubble. I am being compensated with a gift certificate for writing this … Read more

Cold Meetup

CN locomotive at a crossing

Recently I was contacted by a friend from Instagram, Maryna. She suggested that maybe she and her partner Tyler could meet up with me for a railfan outing. We talked for a bit and decided to meet at CN’s Diamond just west of Winnipeg. It’s easy to get to and there are a lot of … Read more

CN at Dufresne

CN locomotive in front of grain elevator

I was recently contacted by someone who wanted a photo of a train by the Dufresne, Manitoba grain elevator. I went through my Lightroom catalog and found that I had quite a few! I’m going to share most of them without much comment here. These images are in ascending date order. 2014 I ended up … Read more