Thursday, September 30, 2010

Thematic Photographic: Parallel

(Henceforth referred to as T.P.)

As a math teacher, this week’s theme is close to my heart, although I’m still going to push things to the limit.

Looking eastward from Promontory Point, Utah.  This is where the western railroads connected with the eastern railroads on May 10, 1869.  For better or for worse, the claim is that this connecting of the east to the west helped the “taming of the west”.The Spiral Jetty on the Great Salt Lake. Constructed in the 1970’s as an piece of art, this juts out into the Great Salt Lake.  When Writer and I went there you could already see a lot of decay, the water spirals inside the land spirals were already filled up with sediment.  Still, I include it in the “parallel” theme because the land spirals into oblivion, never meeting with itself. And finally, “The Parallels of the 1969 Ford LTD and the 1970 LTD”, a compilation I made of the front end pictures of my second car and my 5th car.  Basically the exact same car, there are nothing more than trim differences between the two.

10 comments:

Karen Sather said...

thanks for sharing all your photos and interesting fun filled facts, especially on the vehicles...nicely put together and it gives me much to ponder...so I better get cracking on my own! these assignments are so awesome to take a look see on what everyone thinks and turns in. I love it!

Max said...

I agree with you 100%, I love these little assignments. It's great to show some of the pictures I've taken, and I also love looking at how other people see the assignment.
Nice to have you come by, and looking forward to seeing your take on 'parallel'.

Carmi said...

Ah, these rock! Promontory, Utah jumped out at me because it's home to the factory where shuttle rocket boosters are assembled - and where a whole lotta folks were laid off just today.

I love how you've interpreted the theme, and am glad you found a way to wind nature in there, as well.

I loved those big old Fords. Their hoods were so big you swore you could land a plane on 'em.

(My dad had 1974 and 1976 full-sized wagons. First one was gold, second was silver, otherwise identical. If I had known, I would have taken pictures of them back then, because every line on them was straight and parallel! They don't make 'em like that anymore.)

A Paperback Writer said...

Wow. That photo makes the spiral jetty look HUGE. It was only 15 feet across, but it looks three times that size from that angle.
You certainly gave me a challenge in not replicating what you'd done this week.
(Oh, and I'm posting another reply to the surfing dream comment line.)

Max said...

Carmi - Nah, not me. I have no love for those big old Fords. (OK Writer, you can stop choking on that squash.)
Just kidding. I love those old Fords so much that several people have told me I need to visit the "Henry Ford Clinic". I have a '72 Ford wagon right now, it gets an incredible amount of comments when I take it on the road.
I love nature. One of the reasons my parents moved us out to Utah when I was 14, and one of the reasons I stay here. If you ever make it to Utah, let me know, I'd love to show you around.

Max said...

Writer - yeah, that's one of the reasons I liked that picture. I'm headed over to check out your response to my comment right now...

A Paperback Writer said...

@ Carmi
Yes, we here in Utah still remember that it was the failure of the rings made by Morton Thiocol near Promontory that led to the Challenger Shuttle disaster way back in the 80s.

Mustang Sally said...

Ha, ha, I had a similar train track shot too, but after I saw yours wouldn't post it. My first AND seconds thoughts were shot down ... and still I couldn't choose just one!

I loved this theme and your takes on it, and that everyone did such different things, this one's been fun.

Max said...

Sorry folks, didn't mean to scoop ya on the pictures. :)

janie said...

love the train tracks,' to infinity and beyond' ;)