My photo walk of 10 May 2010
10 May 2010
34 minute walk.
I set out on this walk to lower my Blood Glucose reading by heading west on Cherry Street. It was after 8:00pm so this was a good test for the low light capabilities of the Canon PowerShot G11 camera. I started with the ISO set to 200 but upped the number for the final photos.
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|Here is Cherry Street facing west from just outside my house. Reaching Jefferson Street two in two blocks I came to the nicely refurbished Griffin Park with its new gazebo and landscaping.|
|My walk continued south on Jefferson Street to the railroad crossing. The embankment from the sidewalk down to the rails is pretty steep and required care not to slip on the loose stones.|
|Throwing caution to the wind I decided to "walk the tracks" toward the north. As can be seen, the tracks are not in the best of condition with many of the ties in poor condition. One of the train engineers once told me they had a strick speed limit on these tracks from Jackson to Lansing, so this trip took a long time. I often hear those beautiful train whistles from my home. As I walk the tracks I always take care to check both ahead and behind me for approaching trains. Of course, they use their whistles to warn people they are coming, but I don't take chances.|
|The tracks cross West Elm Street. The Jefferson Square building can be seen with the stairway leading up to the parking lot. I continued along the tracks to the next crossing at Ash Street. One disadvantage of walking the tracks is that speed must be keep down to avoid accidents. It was be easy to sprain an ankle or worse with so many gaps between ties and loose stones.|
|I had intended to stop walking the tracks at Elm Street and continue east up the Elm Street hill to Jefferson Street and then back home. However, I changed my mind so my walk could continue a bit longer. The first two photos above are of the new fire station, the first one a view from the tracks. For my first ten years in Mason I lived on East Oak Street across from the old fire station. The volunteer firefighters would arrive at all hours with their sirens blaring and park on the street right in front of my house. I wasn't disappointed when they built this new fire station several blocks away on West Ash Street. The old fire house was converted into a restaurant, first Mike's Firehouse and more lately Los Tres Amigos Mexican restaurant.|
|Here are two more shots of the new Mason City Hall under construction with a photo of the side of the Mason Public Library building. The last two photos were taken at ISO 1600 to test the low light capabilities of the G11. 100% crops without any processing are available using the links under the photos to see the quality of photos at high ISO.|
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