Transportation

Keep On Trucking

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Good things trucks deliver to America; it’s a crazy stat that everything you have at one time in the delivery chain was transported by a truck! It may enter the country by plane, boat, or train, but it still lands on a truck in the process, and even more crazy their are millions of drivers and they still need more, in fact there is more loads that drivers, that’s amazing to me. I took this picture because of the relationship between the two big rigs and how the tanker is carried through the mirror, which was a hard image to capture at 65mph going down the interstate. I admire people who can thrive in this type of work environment and still maintain a balanced home life even though they are on the road away from home for weeks at a time. If these big wheels quit rolling so does the US economy, they need each other. So, my trucker friends keep on trucking!

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Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge

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The Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge is a double-decker bridge across the Yangtze River and its upper deck is part of the China National Highway 104, the lower deck is the railway passage. This bridge is massive and impressive. This day it was overcast and light rain the entire day, but it was still worth the visit. This bridge is also one of the premier destinations for suicide which is not part of any tour group I’m sure. Nanjing is a very busy and it’s an important city commerce hub, but the real treat of Nanjing is the people and old world charm of this historical city.

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Jimmy Buffett Take Me Away

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Whenever I’m at the tipping point I put myself in a cruise frame of mind, I take a couple of deep breaths and I can feel the ocean and sun wash over me. It’s like experiencing a rebirth of sorts, it’s type of mental getaway from the ordinary and I can taste my favorite Caribbean umbrella drink with Margaretville is playing in the background of my mind. I’m literally transported to my favorite unpopulated port of call, I’m home and my soul is at rest once again. As my mind is replaying the photographs, snap shots, the flash cards of my life a smile slowly appears, I can smell the suntan oil …Then suddenly just a fast I’m snapped back to reality with the familiar sounds of take out the trash, check the mail, Dad listen and what’s for dinner! As much as I love my ocean adventures, my private life as a pirate, I love my real life just as much, I could imagine not being a Dad a family man, not being needed even if it’s just being asked to listen for a moment, even if it’s to run to the store for milk, being a Father is truly the adventure that is more rewarding and more exciting than any exotic tropical port of call, there is plenty of time to visit these places later in life, for now I’m needed at home sweet home 🙂

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Life’s Options for the New Year

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As we look towards the New Year we are faced with options and I suggest that options are a good thing, right? Just like this old bike on the street of a sleepy beach town in Mexico this person has the option to ride the bike or walk, but the option is his. We too have options to face maybe not as basic as to walk or ride, but we have options still to contend with both daily and beyond.  I have had options most of my life and for that I am truly thankful, the most recent have been in the job market type of options. Some people would categorize my work history as unstable or entrepreneurial, I would say it’s been full of options and I believe if you have the opportunity to try something new and sail uncharted waters, usually I have sailed down that path of the untraveled. I spent twenty plus years in retail photography both as an owner and as an employee. Then I had the opportunity to become a district manager for a national early childhood education company and I took the chance to be stretched and challenged to become uncomfortable and to expand my experience base, then I had a chance to own a restaurant when I had once again no prior experience and I took the risk to really grow as a person and learn another facet of business. What’s next for this year I’m not sure yet, but I can tell you as long as I have the options put before me I will pray, ponder, and meditate about these potential options we weight the risk and move forward. The real fun for me isn’t the day to day part of the opportunity it’s the process of bringing that opportunity or dream to reality and living it. As long as there are options you will have the opportunity to sail another uncharted sea, options can be very good!
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Taiwan Bilkes

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In Taiwan and most major cities in Asia traffic is very intense and they do drive really crazy! With that said gas is expensive; it’s hard to find parking. In Taipei they have great public transportation that is affordable, clean, safe, and convenient still the cheapest mode of transportation is the bicycle. This photo was in Taipei and I was amazed with how many bikes were parked on this corner, then when you visit the college you find even more bikes…Knowing the poor air quality I prefer the subway system or walking and experiencing the local ambience, but most people on scooters or bikes wear a mask to filter out most of the pollutants caused from massive traffic congestion, air quality isn’t in the forefront as it is in the states. As I traveled through Taiwan and China the trend continued, here a bike, there a bike, everywhere a bike bike!
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The Dome Of Light

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This is the ceiling of the Kaohsiung MRT Formosa Blvd Station; better know as the “Dome of Light”. Pretty amazing for a metro station located in Sinsing District of Kaohsiung, Taiwan. This is the largest glass work in the world. It was designed by Italian artist Narcissus Quagliata, and its 30 meters in diameter and covers 2,180 sq meters, and has 4.500 glass panels, wow! When I first saw this amazing ceiling, I thought this was making a true statement of civic pride, and this place is very clean, like all the MRT stations in Taiwan. We were taking the bullet train or high speed rail as they are called to Tainan, quick trip at 200 mph.
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Rush Hour in Taipei

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Rush Hour in Tamsui District, Taiwan. This was taken in the Dunshui district, now known as the Tamsui district, or 45 mins north of Taipei, Taiwan. The district is home to three universities and has a large role in Taiwanese culture, with a great night market. I shot this right when I got off the train, I was walking and noticed how much traffic there was, but how many motor bikes and scooters there were, amazing! I love the depth of the image, how you can see so many people all at the same light waiting, but all in such different ways. This is why I love candid people images, I hope you like this as much as I do. I received the judges choice award from the S4C (Southern California Council of Camera Clubs) in the Travel/ Transportation division.

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