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I've always found trains fascinating. I took this picture southeast of Austin, TX as I was driving aimlessly looking for cloud formations over the landscape. The clouds weren't cooperating but then I heard a loud blaring train horn and noticed a train approaching from the distance. There was no crossing arm for the train and as you can see in the picture there's only a yield sign. As a result, the train was only moving at most 10 mph. This also allowed me to leave the shutter open a tad longer so I could get a better depth of field. He even waved at me as he went past me.
Texas
I've always found trains fascinating. I took this picture southeast of Austin, TX as I was driving aimlessly looking for cloud formations over the landscape. The clouds weren't cooperating but then I heard a loud blaring train horn and noticed a train approaching from the distance. There was no crossing arm for the train and as you can see in the picture there's only a yield sign. As a result, the train was only moving at most 10 mph. This also allowed me to leave the shutter open a tad longer so I could get a better depth of field. He even waved at me as he went past me.
 
Grand Lagoon near Panama City, Florida.
Florida
Grand Lagoon near Panama City, Florida.
Wakita, Oklahoma. The setting for the film Twister.
Wakita, Oklahoma
Wakita, Oklahoma. The setting for the film Twister.
 
In the Great Plains wind farms produce a large amount of energy. This wind farm was near El Reno, Oklahoma.
El Reno, Oklahoma
In the Great Plains wind farms produce a large amount of energy. This wind farm was near El Reno, Oklahoma.
Bridge to Chokoloskee, Florida. This area sits just south of Everglades City in Southwest Florida.
Florida Everglades
Bridge to Chokoloskee, Florida. This area sits just south of Everglades City in Southwest Florida.
 
A summer storm over the Florida Everglades. The heat of the Everglades in the summer creates large towering cumulonimbus clouds in the afternoon. These storms then replenish the water in the Everglades.
Florida Everglades
A summer storm over the Florida Everglades. The heat of the Everglades in the summer creates large towering cumulonimbus clouds in the afternoon. These storms then replenish the water in the Everglades.

Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida
 

Idaho

Mississippi
 
I was driving from Kansas City, Missouri to Colorado for a severe weather outbreak and stopped in Kearney, Nebraska to see the Platte River. This was a lake right next to the Platte River. The sky was cloudless most of the day. Fortunately before sunset a few cirrus clouds appeared so the sky wasn’t dull in a few of my pictures from that day. But I did love how the very calm water reflected the sky
Nebraska
I was driving from Kansas City, Missouri to Colorado for a severe weather outbreak and stopped in Kearney, Nebraska to see the Platte River. This was a lake right next to the Platte River. The sky was cloudless most of the day. Fortunately before sunset a few cirrus clouds appeared so the sky wasn’t dull in a few of my pictures from that day. But I did love how the very calm water reflected the sky
This is the Trinity River near Houston, TX which is a tributary of Trinity Bay in the Gulf of Mexico. The water is a few feet higher than normal due to the floods in East Texas back in late May. The area smelled like dead fish because as the waters receded the fish ended up stuck on the land and dying.
Houston, TX
This is the Trinity River near Houston, TX which is a tributary of Trinity Bay in the Gulf of Mexico. The water is a few feet higher than normal due to the floods in East Texas back in late May. The area smelled like dead fish because as the waters receded the fish ended up stuck on the land and dying.
 
Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida
Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida
Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida

Louisiana
 

New York City
World Trade Center in 1999
New York City
World Trade Center in 1999
 

New York
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
 

New York City

New York City
 
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
New York City
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

New York City
 

New York City

New York City
 
Strawberry Fields Memorial in Central Park, NY.
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<br/>Strawberry Fields was dedicated on what would have been Lennon's 45th birthday, October 9, 1985, by New York Mayor Ed Koch and Lennon's widow Yoko Ono, who had underwritten the project. The entrance to the memorial is located on Central Park West at West 72nd Street, directly across from the Dakota Apartments, where Lennon had lived for the later part of his life, and where he was murdered in 1980. The memorial is a triangular piece of land falling away on the two sides of the park, and its focal point is a circular pathway mosaic of inlaid stones, with a single word, the title of Lennon's famous song:
New York City
Strawberry Fields Memorial in Central Park, NY.

Strawberry Fields was dedicated on what would have been Lennon's 45th birthday, October 9, 1985, by New York Mayor Ed Koch and Lennon's widow Yoko Ono, who had underwritten the project. The entrance to the memorial is located on Central Park West at West 72nd Street, directly across from the Dakota Apartments, where Lennon had lived for the later part of his life, and where he was murdered in 1980. The memorial is a triangular piece of land falling away on the two sides of the park, and its focal point is a circular pathway mosaic of inlaid stones, with a single word, the title of Lennon's famous song: "Imagine".

Florida Everglades
 

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

New York City
 

New Mexico

Utah
 

Oregon

New York City
 

Florida
Las Vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas, Nevada
 

Cannon Beach, Oregon

Nevada
 

Oregon

Oregon
 

Oregon

New York
 

New York City

New York City
 
This cumulonimbus thunderstorm cloud quickly formed over the southeastern Wyoming landscape near Cheyenne. Early June is prime thunderstorm season in this area of Wyoming. Between watching the pronghorns gallop and the thunderstorms explode, it's quite a nature scene.
Wyoming
This cumulonimbus thunderstorm cloud quickly formed over the southeastern Wyoming landscape near Cheyenne. Early June is prime thunderstorm season in this area of Wyoming. Between watching the pronghorns gallop and the thunderstorms explode, it's quite a nature scene.

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
 

Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida
Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park contains a bowl-shaped cavity 120 feet deep leading down to a miniature rain forest.
Gainesville, Florida
Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park contains a bowl-shaped cavity 120 feet deep leading down to a miniature rain forest.
 
Logtown is a ghost town on the banks of the Pearl River which separates Mississippi from Louisiana. Originially developed as a boom town to supply logs to New Orleans in the early 1800's the only thing left currently of this town is a cemetery and some dirt roads. The land surrounding Logtown is now owned by NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center which is NASA’s largest rocket engine testing facility.
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<br/>I was traveling to visit the Space Center and ventured towards the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area. I followed this dirt road for miles which eventually led to the Pearl River which was so secluded from any civilization is was extremely quiet and peaceful.
Logtown, Mississippi
Logtown is a ghost town on the banks of the Pearl River which separates Mississippi from Louisiana. Originially developed as a boom town to supply logs to New Orleans in the early 1800's the only thing left currently of this town is a cemetery and some dirt roads. The land surrounding Logtown is now owned by NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center which is NASA’s largest rocket engine testing facility.

I was traveling to visit the Space Center and ventured towards the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area. I followed this dirt road for miles which eventually led to the Pearl River which was so secluded from any civilization is was extremely quiet and peaceful.

Texas Panhandle
 

Nebraska

Texas Panhandle
 
The Pearl River is the boundary between Western Mississippi and Eastern Louisiana. This river is continuously being shaped by weather. In 2005 Hurricane Katrina numerous cypress trees were knocked over causing the water to divert elsewhere. 
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<br/>I found this area after visiting Logtown, Mississippi. If you keep going towards the west you come upon this spot. The waters were extremely calm and only the sounds of nature all around. 
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Mississippi / Louisiana border
The Pearl River is the boundary between Western Mississippi and Eastern Louisiana. This river is continuously being shaped by weather. In 2005 Hurricane Katrina numerous cypress trees were knocked over causing the water to divert elsewhere.

I found this area after visiting Logtown, Mississippi. If you keep going towards the west you come upon this spot. The waters were extremely calm and only the sounds of nature all around.
Blowing Rocks Preserve is the outcropping of the Anastasia Formation created 2.5 million years ago. These rocks form holes due to erosion and when waves crash on the shore they’ll shoot through the holes at heights of 50 feet.
Blowing Rocks Preserve, Florida
Blowing Rocks Preserve is the outcropping of the Anastasia Formation created 2.5 million years ago. These rocks form holes due to erosion and when waves crash on the shore they’ll shoot through the holes at heights of 50 feet.
 
Long Pine Key, Florida Everglades
Florida Everglades
Long Pine Key, Florida Everglades
I drove for hours through beautiful Colorado and Wyoming landscape to photograph Devils Tower in northeastern Wyoming as severe storms would be going through the area. After getting pelted with hail, I hiked a quarter mile up a hill to get Devils Tower angled with the storm how I wanted. I was able to set up my camera with just enough time for one picture as the storms were leaving and the light was changing.
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<br/>Rising over 850 feet from its base, Devils Tower is considered sacred to the Lakota and other tribes in the area. This area was established as the first National Monument in 1906 by Theodore Roosevelt.
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<br/>This beautiful natural wonder was also the focus of the 1977 movie, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”.
Devils Tower, Wyoming
I drove for hours through beautiful Colorado and Wyoming landscape to photograph Devils Tower in northeastern Wyoming as severe storms would be going through the area. After getting pelted with hail, I hiked a quarter mile up a hill to get Devils Tower angled with the storm how I wanted. I was able to set up my camera with just enough time for one picture as the storms were leaving and the light was changing.

Rising over 850 feet from its base, Devils Tower is considered sacred to the Lakota and other tribes in the area. This area was established as the first National Monument in 1906 by Theodore Roosevelt.

This beautiful natural wonder was also the focus of the 1977 movie, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”.
 
Crepuscular rays over a thunderstorm in Big Cypress National Preserve. A perfect alignment of the light rays and the rain made it looked like something was shooting from the sky to the ground through the cloud.
Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida
Crepuscular rays over a thunderstorm in Big Cypress National Preserve. A perfect alignment of the light rays and the rain made it looked like something was shooting from the sky to the ground through the cloud.

Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida
 
Moonrise over Big Cypress National Preserve
Big Cypress National Preserve
Moonrise over Big Cypress National Preserve
About halfway between Jacksonville and Tallahassee lies the confluence of the Suwannee River and the Withlacoochee River. All surrounding the area are beautiful cypress trees, live oak trees, and the lack of human noise.
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<br/>I found out the hard way that snakes love to slither in this area. I almost stepped on brown watersnake before he slithered away on top of the water thinking it was a twig while setting up for this picture.
North Florida
About halfway between Jacksonville and Tallahassee lies the confluence of the Suwannee River and the Withlacoochee River. All surrounding the area are beautiful cypress trees, live oak trees, and the lack of human noise.

I found out the hard way that snakes love to slither in this area. I almost stepped on brown watersnake before he slithered away on top of the water thinking it was a twig while setting up for this picture.
 
Driving through southern New Mexico I had the Sierra Blanca volcanic mountain range on one side of me, and the Trinity test site on the other side of me. The early morning sunlight hit the mountains just right to give them each a distinctive shade. I’d like to think the ambient Plutonium and Uranium still floating in the air from 1945 allowed just enough haze in the air to give these mountains a nice contrasting color between each of them as well. It’s also good to know that I probably inhaled some leftover radioactive isotopes.
Sierra Blanca volcanic mountain range
Driving through southern New Mexico I had the Sierra Blanca volcanic mountain range on one side of me, and the Trinity test site on the other side of me. The early morning sunlight hit the mountains just right to give them each a distinctive shade. I’d like to think the ambient Plutonium and Uranium still floating in the air from 1945 allowed just enough haze in the air to give these mountains a nice contrasting color between each of them as well. It’s also good to know that I probably inhaled some leftover radioactive isotopes.

White Sands National Monument, New Mexico