Rural Train Yard by rocamiadesign

No postprocessing done to this except for adjusting levels.

This was taken in Kalispell, Montana (USA). The Burlington Railroad used to be a major employer in the Flathead Valley. I moved up here in the 1970s when my parents bought a hotel, bar and restaurant in Whitefish that catered to the railroad workers. Unfortunately, the railroad traffic has slowed since then, and they don’t employ very many people here anymore. This photo is taken at a railroad siding. A few cars still service some businesses in Kalispell, but most of the traffic goes to Whitefish and Columbia Falls, where the sawmills ship their goods.

I love the sound of the trains, especially at night. I find it comforting to hear them when we’re out camping. It’s a reminder that civilization isn’t that far away.

The cloth on the tree looks like the ones that tree surgeons used on my mom’s trees, sort of like a large bandaid to protect the trunks where they had been injured.

- Kathleen -

Photo taken with a Kodak EasyShare Z712 IS camera, in May, 2010.

5/24/10 – Featured in the A LITTLE BIT COUNTRY Group.
7/31/10 – Featured in the HISTORY Group.

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  • Bikertazza
    Bikertazzaalmost 5 years ago

    Wow, beautiful colours in this…

  • Thank you!

    – rocamiadesign

  • itsallgoodamanda
    itsallgoodamandaalmost 5 years ago

    Like this great comp and colours cheers

  • Thank you, Amanda!

    – rocamiadesign

  • Fractal3dArt
    Fractal3dArtalmost 5 years ago

    very crisp…and the pink cloudes behind the trees…really set it off and soften and warm Great capture!

  • rodeorose
    rodeorosealmost 5 years ago

    Lovely color and clarity.

  • Thank you, Rose! I took a couple dozen photos of this scene to make sure I got one without the shaky hand blur that I tend to get, especially since I didn’t have the tripod with me at the time.

    – rocamiadesign

  • Kim McClain Gregal
    Kim McClain Gr...almost 5 years ago

    Amazing clouds! Fantastic shot!

  • Thank you, Kim!

    – rocamiadesign

  • sfmilner
    sfmilneralmost 5 years ago

    Greetings Kathleen; Lovely capture.

  • Thank you very much, Steve!

    – rocamiadesign

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyeralmost 5 years ago

    Lovely sky colours in this capture Kathleen.

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkealmost 5 years ago

    A wonderful capture Kathleen. A lot of the smaller towns are seeing this kind of slowdown. It is very sad.

  • PhotosByG
    PhotosByGalmost 5 years ago

    Congratulations! Your photo has been featured in “A Little Bit Country”

    This photo was chosen because it was of a very high quality and it captured exactly the sort of work we are looking for in this group.

    Please keep up the great work and we hope you continue to add more of your excellent photographs to this group.

  • Barbara Applegate
    Barbara Applegatealmost 5 years ago

    Sorry to be so late with this but I’ve been a little busy with Challenges.

  • No problem, Barbara! I know how much time challenges can take, both running them and the ones I enter.

    – rocamiadesign

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