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Pierce Lane Crossing

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 15 February 2011 in Transportation and Portfolio.

A westbound California Corridors Amtrak passenger train roars across the marshlands of Suisun Bay. The train runs between the State Capitol of Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area.

This sparsely populated area hosts dozens of hunting clubs perched alongside the many sloughs that criss-cross the low lying landscape.

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Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

The light is lovely and so are the tones, depth, detail and composition Stephen!

15 Feb 2011 7:14am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Not much of a road, more like a dusty track. How far away are you from a major town or city at this location?
It looks very rural.

15 Feb 2011 9:11am

@Curly: Good morning, Curly.

This is very rural - but that changes quickly. I was 41 miles (61 km) from my office in San Francisco. The closest town of any size is Benicia - about 6 miles west. If you go back to the image and click on the larger view - there is a link to Google Maps. As you zoom back - you will see many ships tied up in Suisun Bay, nearby. This is our 'Mothball Fleet' and I was surprised how much it has shrunk. Hundreds of old Navy and other sea-going ships that are surplus. There once was more than twice the ships that are there now.

This site was picked for the purpose as it has just the right balance of brackish water to minimize deterioration of the hulls. I have been told that a trickle charge of electricity is passed through the hulls that also slows the accumulation of barnacles and rust. Most of these vessels are towed to India or Bangladesh where they are dismantled and scraped.

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Nice composition. The speed of the train which passes is broadcast well

15 Feb 2011 11:55am

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

I like that kind of view. The light is great!

15 Feb 2011 12:06pm

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

It is like Time herself rushing thru there . . and, when the dust settles, all will return to normal . . a classic study.

15 Feb 2011 12:21pm

David from Detroit, United States

I'm beginning to think you are a rail fan!

15 Feb 2011 2:54pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

great timing with the train, nice one

15 Feb 2011 7:09pm

Monterey John from Hollister, CA, United States

Whooosh! Good shutter speed selection.

I'm feeling a need to wander around there. Do you have any shots of the USS Iowa? Can it be seen from the shore anywhere?

16 Feb 2011 2:09am

@Monterey John: I do not, John - and getting to the mothball fleet is a stone challenge. Most of the shoreline is private property used for storage and roll-on-roll-off car staging. One road goes straight out to the facility and is heavily secured with a guard. I suggest you try finding a phone contact and seeing if you could get permission.

I know a fellow that went out with a kayak and got right in there. Presumably there is a secure zone and it is unlawful to get within 500 feet. But a security boat saw him and decided to leave him alone.

That's my best, John - good luck.

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

Very cool, Stephen:-)

16 Feb 2011 5:17am

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

What a fabulous idea Stephen... and you've executed it just beautifully! How I enjoy this approaching train breaking the air of silence! So very cinematic! Couldn't expect a more lovely light and framing!:-)

16 Feb 2011 2:56pm