Personal Photo Project of the Week #133


The Living Legend
The Living Legend

This week’s Personal Photo Project was to photograph the No. 844 (The Living Legend) when it passed through Boone.

I actually photographed it on3 separate occasions. I took a “salesman’s lunch” on the day it came in and stood on a bridge west of Boone with a small contingent of people (including my Mom) waiting for it to enter Boone.

That night I visiting the UP Freight Yard in Boone to photograph it again. Unfortunately, they didn’t have it open to the public. So I did what I could.

Then the next morning I setup near Jordan Corner before I went to work to photograph it leaving Boone.

Here is the story of The Living Legend from the Union Pacific website:

Steam Locomotive No. 844 is the last steam locomotive built for Union Pacific Railroad. It was delivered in 1944. A high-speed passenger engine, it pulled such widely known trains as the Overland Limited, Los Angeles Limited, Portland Rose and Challenger.

Many people know the engine as the No. 8444, since an extra ‘4’ was added to its number in 1962 to distinguish it from a diesel numbered in the 800 series. The steam engine regained its rightful number in June 1989, after the diesel was retired.

When diesels took over all of the passenger train duties, No. 844 was placed in freight service in Nebraska between 1957 and 1959. It was saved from being scrapped in 1960 and held for special service.

The engine has run hundreds of thousands of miles as Union Pacific’s ambassador of goodwill. It has made appearances at Expo ’74 in Spokane, the 1981 opening of the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento, the 1984 World’s Fair in New Orleans and the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Los Angeles Union Station in 1989.

Hailed as Union Pacific’s “Living Legend,” the engine is widely known among railroad enthusiasts for its excursion runs, especially over Union Pacific’s fabled crossing of Sherman Hill between Cheyenne and Laramie, Wyoming.

The rest of the The Living Legend Series:


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The Living Legend

The Living Legend

Next week’s Personal Photo Project will involve a sunflower.


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Fishing Lake Augustin

A few weeks back I spent a night on Lake Augustin trying to catch some fish with Micky.

This was the first time I’ve been fishing in over 20 years. Last time I went fishing was with my grandpa. I got bored and wandered off. He wasn’t too happy.

Here are some pictures:

























A Master Angler Crappie by 1/2 Inch!


The rumors that we fished from the dock because I sank the boat are only partially true.















If you enjoyed these images, you should check out Micky’s Outdoorsman website:

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I’m already excited for Micky and I’s next fishing adventure.


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365 Day Photo Project: 22-28

This week was more of a struggle, admittedly.


Day 22 - Fowl
Day 22 – Fowl

Day 23 - At Frame's Edge
Day 23 – At the Frame’s Edge

Day 24 - From Your Car Window
Day 24 – From Your Car Window

Day 25 - Pair
Day 25 – Pair

Day 26 - Path
Day 26 – Path

Day 27 - Path
Day 27 – Group


Day 28 – Dream

The themes for this week:

Day 29 – Rusty
Day 30 – Clock
Day 31 – On the Horizon
Day 32 – Card
Day 33 – Blue Moon
Day 34 – You, Now
Day 35 – Father


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Personal Photo Project of the Week #132 Gamma

The conclusion of the The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta – 2012 Series:


The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012

The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012

The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012

The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012

The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012

The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012

The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012

The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012

The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012

The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012

The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012

The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012

The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012

The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012

The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012

The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012

The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012

The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012

The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012

The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012

The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012

The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012

The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012

The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012

The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012

The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012

The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012

The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012

The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012

Next week’s Personal Photo Project will involve a train.


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Personal Photo Project of the Week #132 Alpha


The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012
The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta – 2012

Even though my lily patch didn’t take off quite like I had hoped this year (due to neglect and heat), all of these lily pictures are either my lilies or my Mom’s lilies. I didn’t go trolling for lilies any place else this year. Although I did check out my grandma’s lilies, but I missed my window of opportunity on those this year.

More pictures from the The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta – 2012 Series:


The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012

The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012

The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012

The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012

The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012

The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012

The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012

The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012

The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012

The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012

The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012

The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012

The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012

The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012

The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012

The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012

The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012

The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012

The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012

The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012

The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012

The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012

The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012

The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012

The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012

The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012

The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012

The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012

The Girl in the Blue Skirt Beta - 2012

I suppose I should have given you some warning that you would be looking at picture of Naked Ladies. I hope that didn’t offend anyone. Okay, I don’t really care if it offended anyone.

More lily pictures on the morrow.


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Day 15 – Simple – Redux

Eric agreed to write the “simple equations” that come from Lorentz’s Transformations of Relativity. Eric wrote out the equations and then we wandered around Iowa State’s campus briefly before going to get some grub.

Sometime after lunch, Eric realized that he had written one of the equations incorrectly. This tortured him.

So he went into Photoshop and corrected the error and sent me this email:

Would you allow the alteration I applied to this photo? Chances are you can’t find the change quickly (or perhaps at all). There’s an integrity to undoctored photos, but there’s also an integrity of mathematical truth, which I violated and have thus remedied.

Here is the image with the equation corrected:


Day 15 - Simple Redux

I have no doubt that the initial error might have been caused by the interruption of the security guard that came up to ask us what we were doing. When we explained, he noted that “this” was the “best part of his day”.


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