Isn't it nice when an unexpected blessing appears in your life? Of course it is. That's what happened to me this morning.
I woke up early today. Couldn't sleep anymore. It's 6:00am. I am leisurely eating my breakfast when I hear a train outside. Normally of late I don't bother looking anymore because most all of the trains coming through now are all what I like to call "Roscoe P Coal Trains", a little spin on Dukes of Hazzard. So I get up and wander over to the window and look out. And BEHOLD!!!! What do I see? Rolling art work. Wow. What to do? So I think, it won't be here that long, maybe a driver change or something like that. So I finish my breakfast and go through my regular morning ritual. When I am finished I look out the window again and the train is still there. Hmmm, what to do?
So I get dressed, grab the camera and head out.
I work one end of the track and then the other. What I am noticing is that my HP camera is starting to take blurry pictures. I am having to snap more shots of the same thing to try and get a clear, crisp shot. Never mind that it has rained all night and I am wading through the muck and the mud and some shots I am taking with my phone (unfortunately).
When all is said and done, I have been out for about 1 hour and 45 minutes. I am soaked through to be sure, but have taken 255 pics. Now to begin the processing.
When I get back to the room and get comfortable, I start wading through all these pics. What do I find to my utter horror? A lot of the better shots that I really, really wanted were blurred. No matter what I did. So now what?
The train is still parked. Unusual these days for that to be the case. But I took advantage of it.
I grabbed my new backup that was given to me not long ago. A Nikon Coolpix S4000. I know, I know, not what the pros use, but it's what I have available to me NOW.
So, out I go again and start snapping away at the pics that I didn't get before. Another 50 or so shots. These turned out much, much better as you will see.
So enjoy the new shots. There are plenty of them.
Like I said, a blessing.