2018 has been a tumultuous year for our family. I hope your 2018 was more restful, peaceful, and kinder to you and your family. I also hope 2019 brings peace and calm to everyone.
I wanted to get to Detroit before the crowds and during the holidays in order to make some images of the city.
I was saddened to learn that this beautiful boy passed away. He was only 6 years old. He had a heart condition, but he was a lovable, goofy boy.
My heart and deepest sympathies go to the wolf biologists, wolf behavioralists, and rescue workers who observed him daily. They found him with his pack mates licking him as if to try to wake him.
I am honored that I was able to photograph him on several occasions in his short life. He was a testament to the spirit of wolves and an example of how wolves benefit the ecosystem.
To learn more about wolves in Yellowstone, CBS's 60 minutes ran a special last night. You can view it here: www.cbsnews.com/news/the-return-of-wolves-to-yellowstone-park-60-minutes/
The Pere Marquette 1225 is the inspiration for Chris Van Allsburg's The Polar Express. The Pere Marquette is a 2-8-4 Berkshire steam locomotive built in 1941.
I spent the day with my friend chasing down this historic engine on its Santa Express journey. As soon as I smelled to coal steam, a huge smile broke out on my face and memories came flooding back. Ever since I can remember, my dad would take the family on steam engine rides wherever and whenever they were available. On some rides if the windows were open, we'd get pelted in the face with debris from the steam. We'd have to shower as soon as we arrived home because we were full of soot. Showers or baths were a small price to pay for a day of fun riding a steam train with the entire family.
Had my dad been alive today, he would have loved the experience of seeing, hearing, feeling, and smelling this historical steam engine.
While I love the historic train, I also love capturing the story...the look of wonder on this little boy's face.
Santa greeting the train, the train workers hustling to embark, and the diesel engine that will bring the train back to the station.
The huddle with Santa and the Great Lakes Central 399 engine that brings the train back to the station.
Because this is an out and back journey, the Pere Marquette 1225 pulls the train to the destination and the Great Lakes Central 399 pulls the train back to the starting point. Great Lakes Central 399 is a diesel locomotive that was built in 1972.
In anticipation of the train chasing I'll be doing today, here's an image from several years ago that I made of a train.
I must admit, while the antlers are impressive on this elk, I found its butt to be pretty darn cute. Early morning at sunrise, there was a lot of fog in the air. I was unable to find the elk in good, wilderness spaces. No, these wild elk had to hang out by residential fence line. The same thing happened when I traveled to Rocky Mountain National Park. Try as I might, I couldn't find wild animals while out in the wilderness. Then, as soon as I drive out of the park, there's herds of elk and moose on residential lawns.
Lars makes his armor. I was able to hold the vest and I can attest that it is very heavy. I can't imagine wearing all that metal to battle.
What a pleasure to finally get my friend Joe in front of my camera. He's got such a great face, so much character and charisma.