Somewhere near Oakville, ON
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There's something reverent about sitting in a train and just listening to the sounds of travel. You can almost feel the rails below you, and if you close your eyes just so, you can almost go back in time. i know that's stretching it a bit, but it's been a long, productive day in the big city, and I'm kicking back on the train home.
My GPS app tells me we're doing 147 km/h...which I'm guessing is the point at which I really should stop looking at the GPS app because, well, this is Via Rail and my uninformed gut tells me they really shouldn't be pushing these old trains that fast.
I'm all for the romance on rails thing, but I really just want to get home in one piece so I can see my family again.
Your turn: What is the appeal of rail travel? Or not...I don't want to presuppose.
One more thing: I left the camera at home for this trip. It was a quick one - one night, all day conference, then train back home - so I was trying to keep it light. Instead, I carted my iPad with me, and dutifully shot from the train window, and again as I walked through downtown Toronto. It's a little freeing to have such a simple piece of kit - it forces you to think about your shooting with a little more care. To wit, this shot: it betrays the iPad's inability to handle anything in motion. Still, the controlled blur that resulted somehow feels like more of an achievement than a tack sharp one from my DSLR would have been. I had to work for this one.