You don’t see these very often these days. An old caboose hiding in a rail yard near Bellingham, Washington…
Tau Zero was launched two years ago today.
First and foremost I would like to say THANK YOU to everyone who has visited my site. You have made this a great experience for me. When I launched the site I wasn’t sure I would like it – now I can’t imagine not doing it.
A few facts and figures for the last two years:
I have lived in three states (Washington, Montana, and Texas).
I have had three cameras (Nikon D60, Nikon D7000, and now I use a Nikon D800).
I have taken about 50,000 photographs.
I have driven approximately 50,000 miles on photo roadtrips. (In a straight line that would take me around the earth twice.)
139,561 hits to the website.
Visitors from at least 158 countries.
Where will the road go from here? Let’s find out….
I was on the top level of a parking garage trying to get some pictures of rain clouds that were rolling in. Everything seemed to be fine until I shot a few photos of one of the security cameras. That was when security arrived, told me I was not allowed to take pictures of the security cameras, and I was invited to leave the property immediately. I understand the need for security cameras but this just makes me a bit sad. Guess I need to be more careful when I am shooting in the city.
Sometimes you get an image that just doesn’t work. I was at Johnson Lake in Wyoming trying to shoot some interesting looking clouds. But shooting a panorama facing into the sun usually doesn’t work too well and I couldn’t get this one to look right. So I decided to do some messing around with my photo processing tools. The basic idea of this image is “What if I was having a pleasant day at the lake and then the sun exploded?”
I tried to come up with a scary photograph for Halloween. This works for me. You might say – “Mike! Deer are not scary!” Deer munching grass in a field? Not scary. Deer in the middle of the road? Scary! Luckily this encounter was in the afternoon and I had plenty of time to stop. If I had been on this winding mountain road in Wyoming at night with a bit of ice and snow on the road things could have gone badly for me and Bambi.
The Idaho National Laboratory has been a center for nuclear power research since 1949. It is far out in the desert and security is very tight, but there is one place where they have a few items on display. These are the HTRE-2 and HTRE-3 nuclear reactors which were built and operated in the 1950′s as part of an effort to develop nuclear powered jet bombers.
You never know what you will find on the back roads. I was traveling through farm country in Wyoming when something caught my eye – a mobile SAM (surface to air missile) launcher! Next to it was a radar and I found a sign saying it was a U.S. Air Force installation. But something about the missile launcher didn’t look right. I got a closer look and realized it was not real. It was a mock-up of a Russian SA-6 missile launcher. Then I realized what I was looking at – a training setup for “Wild Weasel” pilots. “Wild Weasel” is the name for aircraft that are designed to destroy enemy anti-aircraft missiles and guns. Anyway it was a geeky thrill for me, and another reason why I always try to take the back roads instead of the interstates on my journeys.
The mock-up missile launcher.
The radar is on the left, the missile launcher on the right, and it looks like a farmer’s tractor is parked in the middle.