Wednesday, July 10, 2013

What Would Madsnapper Sandra Do While Waiting For A Very Long Train To Pass?

She would snap train pictures of course! Most likely she would try to capture one end of the train in her rear view mirror, while the other passed in front of her. So, inspired by my friend Madsnapper Sandra I try .........

But I have a long way to go before I get to be as good, fun, and creative as she. Please go here to see Sandra use everyday items in a way you've never seen done before. She also has a way with flowers and nature, showing off her backyard in gorgeous pictures. Visit her blog several times (it's never the same from day to day) and you will soon be addicted. Promise!

In only one picture did I manage to capture the train both in the mirror and in front of me. Squint a bit and you can see the train in the left corner of the mirror. 

After that, I completely blew it. But I had fun,

which was good since this was the longest train that took forever to slowly wind its way down the tracks. 

This train would have been a trainspotter's delight as it wound its way around the Tehachapi Loop, the first cars passing over the last as the long train looped around, went through the tunnel, onto the overpass, and traveled on top of itself. 

The structure behind the train is the Lehigh Southwest Cement Plant, an eyesore on the road home and a major health danger as it releases mercury and other toxins into our air. I don't think I would like to be stopped here with small kids in the car. 

I will tell the story of the plant and a company town that is no more in a post about The Murals of Tehachapi.

Thank you Madsnapper Sandra for the inspiration, I will definitely try this again. To see Madsnapper's fabulous blog, please click here.


  1. ha ha! it is true! she would! and you did! madsnapperitis is spreading in blogland!!! :)

  2. I visited Sandra. Her blog is really cute.


  3. That must have been a long train!

  4. Awesome train pics and a great way to pass the time :)

  5. Good job Inger I am off to see what I have been missing. Hug B

  6. I've never visited Sandra's blog so I shall go and have a look. Those photos of that train give a feel of the different side of like in your area though. I wouldn't like to me too near to that factory either.

    I'm so glad you're all feeling better now and am sending blated birthday wishes to Samson x

  7. you are soooo right. i would have done exactly this, maybe even got out of the car...i would love to see the train on the loop, i saw the loop in a video and it is awesome.. great mirror shots...thanks for the free advertising and for the compliments.

  8. Hi Inger - those trains are amazing .. I remember watching ours when we are crossing the Rockies in Canada - and the length of the train ... then being able to stand near them and see their size - with the snow ploughs (as I'd call them!) ..

    Cheers Hilary

  9. Hehehe ... Madsnapper Sandra seems a bit like me ...

  10. The Tehachapi Loop is one of our interests, since my husband is a 40-year career railroad guy. It's funny how impatient I can get, though, when stopped by one of these long trains, even though it's "those trains" that give us our paycheck! LOL! I need to remember to just take out my camera. What a good idea, Inger!

  11. Then there is me. My one OCD thing, I count cars... Why, I don't know, I have done so since I was a child. That, and I don't normally have a camera to do neat things like you were trying!


  12. Just one thing you have to remember the camera - always - and she does!

  13. Thanks for the blog link! There's a little something for you on my blog today.

  14. I know that area, :)

    Not heat tolerant and living in Bakersfield, lordy do I feel bad for you! I grew up with that heat..and know it well.


Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger


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