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I took this shot from the Old Donner Pass Road at the summit in October 2009, looking across at the Union Pacific’s trans Sierra train tracks and snow shed. One of many snow sheds. Snow sheds were constructed to protect trains in dangerous slide areas from avalanches. Northern California ~ Lynn

The building of the railroad over the Sierra Nevada was a monumental accomplishment of 19th-century American grit and determination, allowing the movement of people and goods over the mountains —and the opening of the West. Following the pioneers, the railroad pushed through the high pass between Sacramento, CA and Reno, NV. Experience the grandeur of the Sierra Nevada on a train trek across these rugged granite mountains. Discover how the Gold Rush decided the capital of California, how silver and gaming turned Reno into the biggest little city in the world, and how the railroad had an impact on the lives of area inhabitants, including Native Americans.

My camera is a Digital Canon Rebel EOS XT


snow sheds, mountains, winter train protection, sierras, sierra nevadas, union pacific, trains, railroads, lynn bawden

With all the beauty that exists in the Country, my goals, at this point in life, are to go out into Nature and capture it’s splendor with my camera and produce photos to share with other Folks so they can enjoy it too ~ Lynn

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  • stephaniek
    stephaniekover 3 years ago

    Cool shot Lynn…………… the Truckee River below this?

  • Yes, th Truckee River is far below this scene, Thanks for commenting, Steph~Lynn

    – Lynn Bawden

  • dougie1page2
    dougie1page2over 3 years ago


  • Thanks so much, Dougie ~

    – Lynn Bawden

  • Bobjarrett
    Bobjarrettover 3 years ago

    Great shot Lynn. Is this the famous Donner pass where the wagon train was trapped in the middle of winter?

  • Thanks so much, Bob, This is the general area the Donner party was ~ Lynn

    – Lynn Bawden

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    NatureGreeting...over 3 years ago

    Beautiful Capture, Lynn!!

  • Thanks you my Friend for your kind words. Much appreciated, Carolyn~Lynn

    – Lynn Bawden

  • And for adding this picture to your favorites, I thank you! ~ Lynn

    – Lynn Bawden

  • John  De Bord Photography
    John De Bord ...over 3 years ago

    That is just beautiful, like a blanket of color!

  • Thanks for your most welcome comments and your fave, John. Very much appreciated ~ Lynn

    – Lynn Bawden

  • Kate Eller
    Kate Ellerover 3 years ago

    Gorgeous. Such an interesting and colorful scene…….morning light? Educational explanation…..I had never heard of the snow sheds before. These days we all need a little of the inventiveness, determination, and “guts” our predecessors had. Great photo Lynn…..makes a beautiful card and print.

  • Thanks so much for your wonderful comments. Things have changed and people have changed since those days, Katey~Lynn

    – Lynn Bawden

  • And……..thanks for adding this to your favorites, Katey~Lynn

    – Lynn Bawden

  • The lighting on the scene is from the afternoon sun

    – Lynn Bawden

  • Paul Gitto
    Paul Gittoover 3 years ago

    Great shot!

  • Thanks for commenting, Paul!!!

    – Lynn Bawden

  • lizalady
    lizaladyover 3 years ago

    Love the lighting and the colors of the rocks and the trees. Looks like the perfect time for photographs,

  • It was a great photography day. Lighting and weather were perfect. I appreciated your wonderful comments, Liza~Lynn

    – Lynn Bawden

  • Angelika Sielken
    Angelika Sielkenover 2 years ago

    that mixture of colors its incredible and ads so much beauty and life to that rock, a fave for sure:)

  • Thanks, my Friend, for your wonderful comments and fave, Angel~Lynn

    – Lynn Bawden

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