During our 2014 visit to India, we took a commuter train (built in 1928 by the British) from Sardargarh to Phulad. The train was ancient. At one point, the engineer had to stop the train and get down to manually switch tracks. The train creaked through a jungle and wound over a thousand foot cliff. It passed over 100 foot tall rickety bridges and through long tunnels. This was the most interesting train ride we have ever taken!
We took this photo at a stop at the Goram Ghat flag station where the train stopped for a few minutes. Images like this remind us of the cover of Robert Frank’s The Americanseven thoughwe were the only Americans on this train.
In this photo, an unwary tourist has allowed herself to become separated from her pack on a bridge in Lao Chai and is about to be pounced upon by the Hmong souvenir sellers. The sellers are sweet, persistent, and have prices higher than a flagship department store in a mall. We wrote about them earlier in our post We Follow You Anyway. Here they are seen on a rickety bridge several miles from Sa Pa where they first identify and then stalk their customers.
Hmong Souvenir Sellers on Lao Chai Bridge
This photo was taken on February 12, 2017. Specs are:
Olympus TG-4, ISO 100, f/3.2, 1/640 sec, 60 mm full-frame equivalent
The Rio–Antirrio Bridge ( Γέφυρα Ρίου-Αντιρρίου) crosses the Gulf of Corinth to connect the Peloponnese peninsula with mainland Greece. This multi-span cable-stayed fully-suspended bridge is 2880 meters (about 1.8 miles) long. Driving beneath the cable stays of the four pylons presents a fascinating ever-changing view of lines leading to the sky. It is impossible to stop pressing the shutter once you look up. This is just one of dozens of shots.
Here is a view of the bridge on approach from the Peloponnese side.
These photos were taken on September 28, 2016. Specs are:
On the bridge: Olympus TG-4, ISO 100, f/8, 1/250 sec, 4.5 mm
Approaching the bridge: Olympus TG-4, ISO 100, f/6.3, 1/250 sec, 18 mm
We visited Sa Pa in Vietnam in February 2017 to experience a homestay and trekking. Our trek took us through Ta Van Village, where we saw this walking bridge over the Muong Hoa River. We had used a sturdier bridge, and so were puzzled why anyone would use this bridge instead. As we observed, most people walked (from right to left) about halfway across and then turned and walked back. Our guide explained that this bridge was used for photo opportunities only. Looking carefully, we could see that the bridge ended in a tree on the other side.
This photo was taken on February 16, 2017. Specs are:
In November 2014, we rode a narrow gauge local train between Sardargarh and Phulad, a distance of 44 kilometers (about 27 miles), in the state of Rajasthan, India. For the beginning half of the trip, we sat on bench seats next to a window and took pictures. Each train window had 4 horizontal metal bars, which were not a problem, because our camera was small enough to fit between the bars. However, as the scenery grew more interesting, we were invited to sit on the steps for an unobstructed view – which was terrifying at times, but we did it.
The train passes through the Ravli Sanctuary, with 100-foot-high bridges, two long tunnels (where the guide and other passengers made erie sounds for the echo effect), a (now dry) waterfall, and thick jungle. The track was cut out of the side of the cliff, with steep drops on one side of the train. There is a change of 1000 feet in elevation, downward. This railroad was built in 1928 by the British.
The image below was taken forward from our seat on the steps, and other passengers can be seen sitting on steps and leaning outward for a better view. There were no seatbelts.
This photo was taken on November 14, 2014. Specs are:
Olympus Tough TG-3, ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/800 sec, 4.5 mm