Monday, December 15, 2014

More Trains in Fostoria

As I said in the last post,  I decided to head down to Fostoria.  I was actually thinking of heading west of there towards Tiffin because someone pointed out a spot where I could get some cool pictures of trains.  Unfortunately, I wanted to get back to Toledo before dark because I was hoping to catch the Saginaw as she worked her way back up the Maumee River.  That didn't happen though.  At any rate....trains!
 I found a nice little spot where you can get some good angles on trains as they come in from the north.  I kind of like this shot with the lines leading into the train.
 I like this shot a little more though because it looks like I was in a little danger, but as you can see, the tracks angle away.
 The train safely moves away from me but I discovered another interesting thing....the grain cargo doesn't always make it all the way in the train.
 A shot of her cab as she pulls away.
 It was actually a pretty busy day yesterday, it wasn't long before another train appeared.
 I was using manual mode for this shot because the train lights mess with the light readings.
 Again, it pulls away.
 Nextup was a Union Pacific train hauling some reefer cars.
 Well, three engines.
 I kind of liked the killer trout.
 And Homer was pretty cool.
 I liked the continuation of the donut theme.
 I don't remember what this monster was.
But this monster is a BNSF engine.
 A pair of CSX engines.
And of course the sun came out as I was getting ready to leave.

Huffin and Puffin On the Maumee River

I decided to wander down to Fostoria yesterday but that meant a stop in Toledo for ships.  There were quite a few lining the Maumee River yesterday.
 First up was the saltie Lugano docked at one of the grain elevators.  She is a Swiss flagged owned by a Korean company.
 This is the Saginaw.  I saw her pass Port Huron and Marysville on Sunday.  I think she was unloading stone here.
 I found a slightly better spot for a picture but it wasn't exactly the best conditions for that.  I had to shoot over a tall chain link fence.
 The Sarah Spencer is a barge that has been in layup for a while.  Not sure what is going to happen to her.
 The Puffin is another saltie.  I think she may be loading grain.
The Paul R. Luedtke is pushing a barge with stuff from a dredging operation.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Random Trio

The ships were pretty close together yesterday, so I didn't have too much time for dilly dallying.
 The Huron Belle heading out to the Lake to drop off a pilot to one of the salties that were moored out there.
 A duck looking around for food.
And a seagull.

And the Thunder Bay

And we get to the last ship from yesterday.
 The Thunder Bay was coming off Lake Huron.  I had to catch her.
 Since she was launched earlier this year, she's relatively new to the Lakes but she has been on this blog before.
 She's like the other ships that have come from China but I do kind of like their looks.
 The water was almost calm enough to give off a reflection.  I kind of like this one.
 She slowly works her way down the river.
 And almost gives her profile.
 A shot of her pilothouse reflected in the St Clair River.
 An almost straight out shot of her pilothouse.
 This is a pretty stern angle for her.
And she continues down the St Clair River.  She is heading off to Quebec City.

The Fort Gratiot Lighthouse

While I was waiting for the next ship, I decided to make a brief stop at the lighthouse.  It has been a while since I've been there. 
 The sky wasn't quite perfect for the lighthouse but it was pretty close.  I actually like it when it's a little darker.  If I had decided to stay later, I could have caught it all lit up.
 Looking up at the tower.
 I would have liked this picture without the fisheye effect from the lens.  The tower looks like it about to collapse.
 Not quite sure about this shot.
But I do like this one.

The Shadow of the Fork

After lunch, I was playing with my fork  little bit. 
I kind of like the way this looked against the table.

Algowood if She Could

Following closely behind the Leitch was the Algowood.
 She's been on this blog a few times before, so I'm not going to go into her history much.
 I do like her lines.
 She starts to make her turn to head out of the River into Lake Huron.
 A shot of her bow. 
 The three quarters view that I really love.
 She's framed by the Blue Water Bridge.
 A shot of her bow.
 She passes by the Bridge.
 A shot of her pilothouse.
 And her stack.  I think Algoma does have one of my favorite stacks.
She continues on to Thunder Bay, Ontario.