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Slow Train Through Heaven

I took this on a slow train through heaven, otherwise known as the line from Seward to Anchorage. It was in the middle of summer when the days were long and the weather was warm. As we rolled through the mountains we spotted bears and moose along side of the train.

I stood on a platform between the cars and snapped pictures for much of the five hour journey. We had a choice between the train and a bus but choose the train even though it was slower. Given a choice I will always take the train, it's my favorite way to travel.

The river here is the runoff of a glacier that's just off to the left. This is in Kenai Peninsula Borough which according to Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenai_Peninsula_Borough,_Alaska) is about 16,000 square miles, half of which is water.

A train is perhaps not the best way to see everything, but it's a good way to see parts of the land not accessible by road. As large as this land is the borough has a small population. That leaves a lot of room for wilderness and that's mainly what I saw the whole way; beautiful pristine wilderness.

By setting the ISO on my camera to 200 I was able to freeze the motion of the train. The shutter speed was one two-thousands of a second. That's fast enough to remove all trace of motion. Taking pictures hanging out of a train may not be the best way to get a photo, but you work with what you have. And on this day I had a slow train through heaven. That's something I could work with.

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