Hi, We began our day with a visit to shop that manufactured and sold lacquer ware.
When we arrived the owner explained the processes used to produce these beautiful pieces.
After the initial shape is formed from woven bamboo it is covered with a number of layers of a lacquer made from tree sap. Each layer is allowed to harden and is then polished before the next layer is applied.
The final base layer, brown in this case, is then decorated by hand. After decoration is completed protective layers of clear lacquer are applied and polished. Having seen the items made Ruthe and I purchased a tissue box holder.
Our next destination was the Ananda Phaya temple (above and below). While Ruthe went inside I took these exterior views.
As per usual there were a number of Buddhas including
four standing, one of which is shown above.
While outside I photographed some older temples I had seen from the bus on our arrival.
Our next stop was another temple, this one atop a hill over looking the Irrawaddy River. We stopped on the way up for some pictures. Note the temples across the river.
The temple at the top of the hill was pretty typical, however,
a steep flight of stairs led from the street where we exited the bus to the temple area.
I don't know the significance of this wheel but it was the only time I saw one during our trip.
All temples have gongs. I think they are struck by people who have had a good thing happen in their lives. However, this was the only time I saw one hung between two human statues.
Another decoration in the temple. Thanks for looking.
Hi, I went out this afternoon with friends Bill Kalkman, Jim Kleeman, and Rodney Peterson for a first look and photograph of Amtrak's new ACS64 locomotive on its first revenue run. The locomotive was the power for Train #171, the New York City to Lynchburg, VA train. All of the photos were taken at Perryman, MD.
First up, though was a southbound Acela at 2:55 PM (above and below).
Train #171 followed 10 minutes behind (above and below).
Hi, I spent last Wednesday railfanning along the Maryland Midland with friends Dale Diacont, Bill Kalkman and Jim Kleeman. While we were out I was surprised to find friend Terry Chicwak from Cleveland also out shooting. Running into Scott Shultz, another local railfan, was fun too.
When I went to check on the railroad's plan for the day I encountered
one of the crew coming out of the office. He said they would run light
engine with one unit to Thurmont, MD to pick up a car and then proceed
to Highfield, PA where they would drop the car and pick up a train for
the return trip.
I have been looking at this spot on the east side of Sabillasville, MD for years and mentioned it as we drove west from Thurmont. Bill and Jim knew the way to get to it (above and below).
We photographed the short train one more time, on the west end of the Sabillasville horse shoe
before proceeding to Highfield, PA to set the car out for pickup by CSX. The former Western Maryland line that comes east from Hagerstown, MD splits at Highfield into the Dutch Line to Gettysburg and Hanover, PA and the former WM mainline, now the Maryland Midland. The lines rejoin at Emory Grove, MD.
The crew spotted their car at the far west end of Highfield and then came back into town to make their pickups.
CSX left three cars west of the Dutch Line/Maryland Midland junction. The box cars would be set out in Thurmont on the return trip.
After picking up these cars they moved to the east end of town on the Dutch Line where CSX had left about a dozen empty cement hoppers.
After picking up the cement hoppers the crew backed west again past the junction with their own track and headed east back to Union Bridge (above).
We caught the train at Sabillasville again. The train had to crawl as the conductor walked it across a broken rail here and then stopped so the conductor could walk to the front of the train. This allowed for some different views (above and below).
We then raced ahead to Lantz,
a spot along route MD 550 west of Thurmont, and
While the crew worked at Thurmont we positioned ourselves at the Graceham Cemetary and
just beat the train to a spot east of Loys. There is a brick plant here and the siding to the plant is on the left.
From Loys we set up at Detour, and then
Our final shot of the train was just west of downtown Union Bridge.
The crew then grabbed a two more engines and headed up to the cement plant with empties (above and below).
After switching the crew came out of the plant with a long string of loads which they brought down the hill to the wye
where they pulled out onto the mainline and backed into their yard.
I am 77 years old. I took my first railroad photos in the mid 50's although active photography really took hold in 1971 when I moved to the Washington, DC area.
I enjoy photographing almost any kind of rail activity and have done so throughout the United States. In addition, I have photographed extensively in a number of Canadian Provinces and have had the opportunity to shoot some in foreign countries.
I am married with 2 grown daughters and 4 grandsons. Professionally, I worked for the United States Bureau of Mines until the organization was shut down in 1996. In my last assignment I managed the Bureau's Minerals and Materials Science Research Program.
My wife and I enjoy traveling. We have had a number of really great trips to South America, Europe and Australia/New Zealand, Egypt and Jordan, and Africa. Photos from these trip will be included. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org