I Can’t Believe It’s an iPhone

I’ve had a number of camera phones over the years, and the pictures I’ve gotten from them have ranged from dismal to horrible to just plain crap. But now I have an iPhone 4, and they’ve actually made leaps that make this camera usable. It’s not just about the megapixels, which at 5MP might be a little too much for a sensor of this size. But it’s also the colors and the contrast that are so much better than any other camera phone I’ve had before.

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4th of July Weekend at the Railroad Museum

The 4th of July is always a big weekend at the Nevada State Railroad Museum. That’s when they pull their special collections out into the sunlight, like V&T Engine #22, “The Inyo”, one of the oldest running steam locomotives in the country. This year they have a new star to bring out, the McKeen Motor Car that they just spent 14 years fixing up. And they have other running locomotives, #25 and #8, although #8 has been down for repairs for a couple of years now. Saturday I went down to the museum and got pictures of all the various equipment they had on display.

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Cool Dudes

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Carson River Canyon

I went out to Carson River Canyon to give a tow to someone stuck in the mud. And as long as I’m out there might as well get some pictures, eh?

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Idlewild Park, Reno

Fridays are Park Days. We have a little playgroup that meets at Idlewild Park in Reno. Usually the kids are happy in the playground, but sometimes they want to wander around. Especially when the train is running, like it was yesterday.

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Keirra’s Graduation

On June 4, 2010, my niece Keirra graduated from elementary school. Next year she’ll be heading on to Junior High.

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Standing Waves

We get some of the wildest lenticular clouds over Western Nevada.

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Engine #29 Departs Carson City

May 29, 2010. V&T Engine #29 arrived in Carson City to kick off the 2010 railroading season. In the chilly morning air it made quite the spectacle of steam and smoke as it strained to get underway while hauling 144 excited passengers back uphill. Here are a few photos of the show.

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Santa Cruz Boardwalk

Last spring we went to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk, one of the last seaside amusement parks on the West Coast.

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Monterey, CA

A look back at a vacation we took to Monterey last spring.

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Sand Harbor

Sand Harbor is one of the most popular beaches in all of Lake Tahoe. Its remote location, miles away from the casinos on a winding two-lane road, does nothing to stop people from flocking here on warm summer days and filling up the beach. Every fall this is also the home to a Shakespeare festival, with a permanent stage built just a few dozen yards from the water’s edge.

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Job’s Peak

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Las Vegas Nights

From our vacation in February.

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Baxter in the River

Baxter doesn’t spend a lot of time around water, but when he does go he’s like an old pro.

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Wild Horses at the Carson River

The other day we went down to Riverview Park in east Carson City, a series of trails that meander by the Carson River. While we were there we saw this herd of wild horses on the other side of the river. They didn’t wait around to pose for pictures, but I snapped a few while they were running off.

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