January 10, 2021

Foursome

Chestnut Hill Pumping Station
One of two water pumping stations at the Chestnut Hill Reservoir
, Agfachrome, 1983.

NPS Ranger R.T. Derry
Ranger Derry reminds us to observe what Smokey says, even in Hawaii!
1986.

Chilly for Kauai
On Kauai in a cabin up at some altitude
, Kodachrome, 1986.

Birch Woods
Probably in Maine
, Kodachrome, 1986.

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January 6, 2021

Three Buildings and a Flower

90 West Street
90 West Street in August 1988 (Kodachrome)
. The World Trade Center was immediately to the left of this building, but it survived the attack on September 11, 2001.

26 Court Street, Boston
26 Court Street, Boston (on the right)
, Kodachrome, 1989.

Flower (3)
Kodachrome, 1989
.

John Hancock Tower Reflecting
John Hancock Tower, Back Bay Boston
, Kodachrome, 1989.

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December 31, 2020

Four From '87 and '88

Autumn Leaves
Kodachrome, October 1988
.

RFK Bridge (2)
RFK Bridge, better known as the Triboro Bridge
in NYC. I shot this in August 1988 from an Amtrak train that sat a long time on Hell Gate Bridge just a little way north of the RFK Bridge.

Colonnade
A colonnade in Washington DC
, but I don't recall exactly where. If you recognize it somehow, please let me know. Kodachrome, 1987.

Crown Building
The Crown Building in Manhattan
, Kodachrome, 1988.

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December 28, 2020

Three Kodachromes and an Agfa

Spring Buds
Kodachrome, 1987
.

Chicago Facades
Chicago
, Kodachrome, 1988.

Young Man on a Ferry
Agfachrome, 1983
.

The San Remo (1)
The San Remo
, Kodachrome, 1988.

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December 24, 2020

Four Old Ones From Boston

Quincy Market at the Holidays
Quincy Market, Boston, decorated for the holidays many years ago
.

Sarah Stevens
Here Lyes The Body Of Sarah Stevens Wife To Thomas Stevens Aged About 59 Years Dec'd Nov the 30 1723
. Copps Hill Burying Ground in the North End, Boston.

Boston Central Artery (1)
The Central Artery in Boston
with Old North Church lighted in the far background.

Boston Custom House
The Custom House Tower in Boston
.

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December 19, 2020

Four On Ilford Ortho Plus Film

On October 29 this year I did a walkabout in Los Feliz to take photos. Part of it was a walking tour organized by the Museum of Neon Art. Each of these four photos were shot on Ilford Ortho Plus 80 film.

Los Angeles from the Griffith Observatory
View from Griffith Observatory
.

Barnsdall Park (1)

Clinica Samaritana

For Rent

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November 26, 2020

Foursome

Fort Point Channel, Boston
Fort Point Channel in Boston
, Kodachrome.

Putnam Gravestone
Kodachrome
.

Art Institute & Standard Oil - 1987
The Art Institute and Standard Oil Building in Chicago
, 1987.

County Courthouse (1)
A county courthouse somewhere in the midwest
, 1991, Kodachrome. If you can identify this building, please leave a comment.

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November 23, 2020

Four More

The Breakers (1)
"The Breakers" in Newport, Rhode Island
, 1987, Kodachrome.

Lake Point Tower - 1987 (1)
Lake Point tower, Chicago
, 1987.

Maine Woods (3)
The Dead River in Maine
, 1987.

Kodak Building (2)
The Kodak Building, Honolulu
, 1987, Kodachrome.

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September 10, 2020

Half of my photos from my 1991 bicycle tour from Boston to Kansas City

In the course of scanning my old slides I came across some of the slides I shot on my solo bicycle ride from Boston to Kansas City in 1991. I found a loose leaf notebook containing pages 8 through 16 of my slides from that trip (20 slides per page). Pages 1 through 7 are somewhere, but I just haven't come across them yet. These pages cover the span from the Indiana/Ohio border to Kansas City, and include photos from around the Kansas City area. You can see all that I have here. They're not in strictly chronological order, but they tend to go from west to east generally. Below are a few samples:

Powerlines (6)

County Courthouse (1)
Pretty obviously a county courthouse
, but I have not been able to identify the specific location. It's likely to be in Indiana or Illinois. If you know, tell me!

Mike's Pizza - Royal Center, Indiana
Mike's Pizza in Royal Center, Indiana
, where I had a great lunch.

Central Park - Henry, Illinois
Central Park torpedo in Henry, Illinois
. The most recent Google streetview shows that it is still there.

Henry, Illinois (2)
Also in Henry, Illinois, but I can't find it on streetview now
.

2nd Street, Clinton, Iowa
2nd Street in Clinton, Iowa
, where I lived for three years.

River City Bike Shop - Clinton, Iowa
The bike shop in Clinton where I bought my first 10-speed.

Crossing the Mississippi
Crossing the Mississippi from Illinois to Iowa
.

Weathered Barn

Myself & Cannondale (1)
Myself.

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site (BW)

Cannondale & Tractors

E.E. Warren Opera House - Greenfield, Iowa
Greenfirled, Iowa
.

Iowa Highway (3)

Willard the Pig at Villisca, Iowa
Although this seems to have been very popular in Villisca over a few decades, I can't find it in current streetviews.

West-to-East Cyclist Crossing Missouri River
Crossing the Missouri River from Missouri to Nebraska I ran into my first other long distance cyclist, heading east
.

Entering Kansas from Nebraska
Entering Kansas from Nebraska
.

Missouri River (2)
The Missouri River
.

Liberty Memorial, Kansas City, Missouri
The Liberty Memorial in Kansas City
.

Hypermart Checkout
Checkout lines at the Walmart Hypermart in Kansas City
. This was a Walmart experimental store before there were any Super Walmarts. It was, at the time, the biggest store of any kind I had ever seen and was at least as big as any Super Walmart today.

The Scout - Kansas City
"The Scout," a sculpture by Cyrus E. Dallin
who also sculpted the Paul Revere statue on the Paul Revere Mall in Boston.

Willow Campsite
I also traveled to the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation in southern Missouri
. This was our Boy Scout summer camp location.

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July 26, 2020

More Photos

Tip O'Neill Building (1A)
Tip O'Neill Federal Building behind the elevated Green Line, May 1985.

The John Hancock Buildings - Boston
The John Hancocks in Boston, April 1986.

Railing

Back Bay Boston
Back Bay Boston, June 1986.

Marshal Field's Clock
Marshall Field's clock in Chicago, September 1987, Kodachrome.

Wrigley Building - Tribune Tower
Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, Chicago, September 1987, Kodachrome.

Flower in Kauai
On Kauai, November 1986, Kodachrome.

Merchandise Mart at Night
Merchandise Mart, Chicago, September 1987.

Flower on Kauai (3)
On Kauai, November 1986, Kodachrome.

Concord, Massachusetts
In Concord, Massachusetts, November 1984.

Decorative Outdoor Lamp
Somewhere in Boston, March 1985.

Golden Gate Bridge (6)
Ektachrome, June 1985.

World Trade Center Shadows - 1985
World Trade Center shadows, September 1985.

Calder Stegosaurus
Calder's "Stegosaurus" at the Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford in the 1980s.

Old John Hancock - Boston
John Hancock, Boston, May 1986.

Pilgrim Monument - Provincetown
Provincetown Pilgrim Monument, June 1986.

Yucca brevifolia in Joshua Tree National Park (10)
Ilford SFX 200 film, June 2020.

Chase Bank - Desert Hot Springs
Desert Hot Springs, Kodak TMax ASA400 film, June 2020.

Copa - Palm Springs (20)
Palm Springs, Kodak TMax ASA400 film, June 2020.

Sushi Bella (28)
Desert Hot Springs, Kodak TMax ASA400 film, June 2020.

Joshua Tree NP - Covington Flats with Moonrise (12)
Covington Flats, Kodak TMax ASA400 film, June 2020.

Joshua Tree NP - Covington Flats (06)
Covington Flats, Kodak TMax ASA400 film, June 2020.

Cafe Interior (02)
June 1986.

Mural (01)
San Francisco Bay Area, June 1985.

AIDS Quilt in Washington DC (1)
The AIDS Quilt on display in Washington, 1987.

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July 10, 2020

New Slide Scans

I've recently begun scanning slides again. Here are some of them.

Still Life
Still life, 1986.

Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges
Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, 1985.

Ice cream on the veranda - Kauai 1986
Friends on Kauai, 1986, Kodachrome.

Cambridge - Harvard Yard
Cambridge, Massachusetts, including a bit of Harvard Yard, late 1980s.

Sailboat in Hawaii
Kauai, 1986, Kodachrome.

Autumn Leaves (1)
Autumn leaves, 1986, Kodachrome.

East-West Tollway
Illinois East-West Tollway, 1980s.

Succulent
Succulent, 1986.

Architectural Detail (1)
Architectural detail, probably in Boston, 1980s.

Fire Hydrant
Fire hydrant, 1985.

Bill Shepardson (1)
Bill Shepardson in San Francisco, June 1985.

Tom Boll (1)
Tom Boll, 1985.

Boston - Polaroid PolaChrome Instant Slide Film
Boston, 1980s, on Polaroid PolaChrome instant slide film.

Sweeney Mfg. Co. Brooklyn - Polaroid PolaPan Instant Slide Film
Brooklyn on the East River, 1980s, Polaroid PolaPan instant slide film.

Tanglewood (1)
Tanglewood, 1983, Agfachrome.
The woman is using an Olympus XA camera which is the first 35mm camera I bought, but I shot this photo with a Pentax K1000.

Palace of Fine Arts (2)
San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts, 1985.

A-L Larsen
South Boston, 1980s, Ektachrome.

Flower
Seen in Hawaii, 1986, Ektachrome.

South End Boston
South End Boston, 1987, Kodachrome.

Michigan Avenue
Michigan Avenue Chicago, 1987, Kodachrome.

You can see more of my slide scans by clicking here.

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May 31, 2020

Some Recent Photos (on film)

Mustang (0001)

Gas Blvd Dispensary (0028)
The city's newest marijuana dispensary.

11360 Palm Drive (0026)
On Palm Drive at 5th.

5th Street Trailer Park (0024)
The trailer park on 5th Street.

Swimming Pool (0010)

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December 5, 2019

GoPro Hero5 Black, Night Mode

I recently acquired a used GoPro Hero5 Black. I am finding that when the price of a GoPro drops below $150, I feel like I'm getting what I pay for. I wanted to test the night mode, so I headed down to Palm Springs tonight to take a few photos of a friend's pool and then headed over to Village Fest for more photos. All of these photos are handheld. Almost all the photos turned out well, which is the opposite of what I expected. I would say I'm quite pleased with night mode. Here are some of the photos.

Andy's Pool (0039)

Architecture and Design Center (0068)

Lulu California Bistro (0060)

See's Candies (0059)

Starbucks (0051)
Starbucks.

La Akua (0050)

Palm Springs Downtown Parking Ramp (0043)

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August 6, 2019

Los Angeles City Hall

Last month I went on an L.A. Conservancy tour of L.A. City Hall.

L.A. City Hall (5284)
Base of a floor lamp.

L.A. City Hall (5311)

L.A. City Hall (5315)

L.A. City Hall (5287)

L.A. City Hall (5296)

Union Station as seen from L.A. City Hall (5326)
Union Station seen from the observation deck on top of L.A. City Hall.

The complete set of photos can be seen here.

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November 3, 2018

Los Angeles Just After Sunset

Disney Hall Twilight (5252)

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (2112)

L.A. City Hall (2808)

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October 15, 2018

Wende Museum Of The Cold War

I recently visited the Wende Museum of the Cold War in Culver City, which had been on my gotta-see list for quite a while. Open to the public Friday, Saturday and Sunday; no charge for admission; check the website for variations on that. It's right next door to Veterans Memorial Park which is right next door to Veterans Memorial Auditorium.

City of Culver City (4838)

On the other end of the museum sits the House of Warrior Poetry (Dance. Parkour. Acrobatics. Action Arts. Yoga. Movement.).
House of Warrior Poetry (4829)

Veterans Memorial Auditorium - Culver City (4836)
Veterans Memorial Auditorium - the marker out front was placed in 1950, so call it 1950.

Kimmy Schmidt Fashion (4850)
In the museum I thought the cover of this magazine said "1961."
Only when I went to edit it did I see it was actually 1981! It sure has the look of 1961.

Yuri Gagarin (4862)
Yuri Gagarin hanging out with kids.

Wende Museum of the Cold War (4874)
Sly Lenin.

Entertainment Center (4877)
Soviet radio.

You can see all the photos here.

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September 25, 2018

2018 Burning Man Photos

View of My Camp from Box Office Camp (0117)
A view of my camp from the elevated deck at Box Office Camp
. This was taken my second day on the playa.

Trago Peak (0108)
Trago Peak on the eastern edge of the playa.

Stephanie & Klank (0280)
Burner Buddies Stephanie and Klank.

Stack of cars (0169)
Every year there's one art piece that is obviously dangerous, and BMOrg will let people play on it until someone gets seriously hurt and then they make some changes
. Before this one had been open for too many days, someone fell off and it was shut down.

Sphere (0299)

Sperm Kites at Kidsville (0138)

Setting Up Box Office (0121)
The front of Box Office while we were setting up.

Self on trike (0131)

Rainbow Arch (0303A)

Rain on the playa (0107)
My first evening on the playa.

My truck at the Nugget Casino in Sparks Nevada (2082)
My truck in the Nugget Casino parking garage in Sparks.

Menorah Bike (0142)
A menorah constructed on a tandem bike.

Men Working On Themselves (0239)

Little Black Dress Party (0218)
At the Burner Buddies Little Black Dress Party.

GPS Tracks From Burning Man 2019
GPS tracks as I traveled around Black Rock City on my trike and on the bus going out to Box Office on Gate Road, plus my exodus in the truck.

Galaxia Temple Burning (0344)
Galaxia Temple Burning.

Galaxia Temple (0261)

Elephant Art Car (0156)

Crashed Plane (0290)

Champagne Bitches Art Car (0147A)
The Champagne Bitches art car stopped in front of Burner Buddies for a while.

Burner Buddies Drive-Thru (0216)
Customers at the Burner Buddies Drive-thru.

Burner Buddies aerial on Saturday by Frank Martin
Aerial view shot by Frank with Burner Buddies camp highlighted.

Burner Buddies & Me - 2018
Burner Buddies group shot by Ed.

Art On The Playa (0259)

Art car on the playa (0312) denoised

My complete set of 2018 Burning Man photos can be seen here.

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May 15, 2018

Photos of the Library of Congress

Library of Congress (4807)
The ceiling in the grand hall where one enters the Jefferson building.

Library of Congress (1916)

Library of Congress (1915)
A bit of the ceiling.

Library of Congress (1913)

Jefferson's Library (1917)
Thomas Jefferson's library.

Baseball - Library of Congress (4814)
Naked baseball players on the ceiling of the Library of Congress.
I've got another photo showing football players.

Library of Congress (4827)
Down in the tunnels connecting the Jefferson and Madison (and I'm sure other) buildings.

Library of Congress (4825)
Some of the floor.

Library of Congress floor tiles (1912)
More floor.

Madison Memorial building (8120)
Columns at the entrance to the Madison Memorial Building.

Madison Memorial Building (5943)

Click here to see all 22 of my photos from the Library of Congress.

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April 9, 2018

Low Clearance On New York Parkways Results In Bus Crash

Here's the news story about a bus striking a low clearance bridge on the Southern State Parkway on Long Island. "Major David Candelaria of the New York State Police...estimated the height of the clearance to be less than 10 feet." The article says it was an 8-foot clearance, but the signs say 7' 7". I'm really surprised the state police are so far off estimating the bridge height. The parkways in NY state were intended for passenger vehicles only, so designers intentionally made the bridge clearances low in order to discourage any future legislature from opening up the parkways to trucks and buses. Here's an interesting article that discusses the motivations of Robert Moses, who designed this particular parkway, to make these bridge clearances even lower than they are on other New York parkways. The primary accusation made against Moses was that he was rabidly racist (apparently a proven fact) and he didn't want low-income people (who he assumed would be mostly black or Puerto Rican) to come by the busload to the parks and beaches that are connected by the parkways. The author identifies one beach that was obviously designed for bus access, so he thinks the racism story may not be true.

The comments are very interesting. The ones from locals are like "Driver's fault, everyone knows about NY parkways," "Driver's fault, everyone in the northeast knows about NY parkways," or "Driver's fault, there were warning signs." I've been on NY parkways just a few times (when I lived in the northeast), and while I greatly appreciated their aesthetics, I wasn't consciously aware of the bridge heights, so I think there's just a lot of New Yorkers who think everyone knows all about New York.

The article says the bus passengers were returning home from Europe. I assume, therefore, that they were coming from one of the NYC area airports and heading east (the accident site is east of any airports). In fact, it seems most likely they were coming from JFK airport because from JFK you can get on the Belt Parkway from either I-678 or the JFK Expressway. The Belt Parkway then takes you to the Southern State Parkway.

I used Google Streetview to search for warning signs and the photo below shows the first (and only) warning sign that the parkway is for passenger cars only. This is coming from I-678. I could find no similar sign for those coming from the JFK Expressway.
First Warning Sign Entering Belt Parkway From I-678 Leaving JFK Airport
First (and apparently only) warning signs entering Belt Parkway from I-678 leaving JFK Airport
.

I used the New York State database of bridge heights that the Post author referenced. You've got to zoom in a lot before it becomes useful. I would expect a state department of transportation database of bridge heights to have both the highest and lowest clearance heights from both directions, a total of four heights. But the NYDOT only lists one height (the lowest) for each bridge. They only distinguish the different heights for either direction if the bridge has two arches. One arch bridges get only one height. IOW, inadequate.

Searching for info on the typical height of intercity buses, I found that the limit is 12 feet, but I didn't find any particular bus models taller than 133 inches (11' 1'). The extra 11 inches is probably a safety margin to allow for heavy snow on the road surface or changes in the height of the road due to repaving. I found a couple of trucker forums where drivers claimed that posted clearances in New York State are 12 inches lower than the real clearance. If those claims are true, then an 11' 1" bus ought to fit under any New York bridge with a labeled clearance of 10' 2", giving a tight one-inch safety margin.

Using that state database and following the route of the bus, the first bridge that appears too low for them is where the Belt Parkway passes under 130th Avenue. The photo below shows that underpass.
NB Belt Parkway Under 130th Avenue
NB Belt Parkway under 130th Avenue.
The 9' 8" warning sign is the lowest clearance in the right or left lane. If the bus had been in the center lane at this point, the clearance there might have been a nominal 10' 2" or more (11' 2" in reality, if we trust the alleged 12-inch safety margin) and the bus would have cleared it with an inch to spare.

As the bus transitioned from the Belt Parkway to the Southern State Parkway, it would go under the nominally 8' 6" bridge shown below.
First warning sign on EB Southern State Parkway coming from Belt Parkway
First warning sign on EB Southern State Parkway coming from Belt Parkway
. If 8' 6" means 9' 6", the clearance over the leftmost lane would need to be at least 17 inches higher than that over the right lane. It's possible.

BTW, the only height clearance warning signs I could find on the parkways were the single signs mounted on each bridge, small and usually white, although some were yellow as shown in the photo above. On entrance ramps I could usually find one standard "No Trucks" sign and two diamond signs showing the clearance of the first bridge to be encountered. The sign on I-678 is the biggest, flashiest warning I could find and even that one says nothing about low clearances. There were no "No Trucks" signs on the parkways, other than a single one at each entrance ramp. There were no "Trucks/Buses Must Exit" signs at any exit.

The next underpass has a nominal clearance of 8' 11", but that sign (white) is obscured by vegetation, as you can see below.
EB Southern State Parkway under Elmont Road
EB Southern State Parkway under Elmont Road.
An additional 15 inches of clearance would be needed for an 11' 1" bus (again, assuming the NYDOT actually deducts a 12-inch safety margin from their signs). There might be 15 inches difference between the righthand edge of the road and lanes number 2 or 3 (counting from left to right).

Then we come to Fletcher Avenue where the nominal clearance is 7' 8" which is only one inch higher than the underpass at Eagle Road where the bus accident happened.
EB Southern State Parkway at Fletcher Avenue
EB Southern State Parkway at Fletcher Avenue.
Google Streetview sometimes pixelates the height signs because they appear to be similar to license plates, which Streetview routinely pixelates, but the NYDOT database says this one is 7' 8", and that does not appear to be inconsistent with the pixelated sign. There would need to be a whopping 28 inches of additional clearance in lanes 1 or 2 (left to right) for the bus to pass under it, but pass under it the bus did.

Continuing east, the next bridge at Corona Avenue is nominally 9' 3". The next very low clearance bridge is at Franklin Avenue where the nominal clearance is 8' 7". After that the bus passed through four underpasses that seemed to have a nominal height sufficient for the bus to clear. And then they came to Eagle Avenue which is nominally only 7' 7", shown below.
Eagle Avenue Bridge Across Southern State Parkway Looking East
Eagle Avenue bridge across Southern State Parkway, eastbound.
.

aerial view of Southern State Parkway and Eagle Avenue
Click to go to the Google aerial view
of the interchange of Eagle Avenue and Southern State Parkway.

The photos of the wrecked bus in the Post article show much greater damage on its right side than on its left, so I think it was in the right lane and hit it at 7' 7" (or 8' 7" in reality) which would be about 23 inches lower than the top of the bus.
Bus Crash

Bus Crash

Bus Crash

The bus driver is a professional, so he should have noted the one warning sign he went under when going from I-678 to the Belt Parkway (if indeed that was his route). And he should have known that buses were prohibited from parkways. The bus company is based in New Jersey, so I think it's save to assume they do a lot of driving in New York State. In addition, the driver should have noticed his hairbreadth clearance under some of the bridges before he got to Eagle Avenue. If he'd been paying attention, that alone should have caused him to question the wisdom of his route.

The signage, however, erected by the NYDOT is all consistent with the assumption that every driver knows you can't take a bus (or truck) onto a parkway, and every driver knows there are very low clearance bridges. But that's a bit like the reasoning "but I had the right of way" as you lie dying on the pavement somewhere. Three vehicles a year strike this bridge! How many hit the other very low clearance bridges on this parkway? Construction of the Southern State Parkway began in 1926. It's been 92 years and no one has ever felt the need to upgrade the signage?! "In December [2017], Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced a $4.3 million project to install an electronic warning system that detects when oversize vehicles enter parkways." Here's what the NYDOT claims in that article: "An over-height vehicle entering would break the beam, triggering a warning message on a full color LED variable message sign display. The warning would indicate that the vehicle is over height and alerts the driver of impending bridge strikes ahead," but if you look at the photos you'll see the sign falls far short of what they claim.

Overheight Warning System
Full color LED? I don't think so. This is old technology, certainly not any color but amber. I don't think these lights are LED or I wouldn't see so many burned out elements both out on the road and in this photo. If they are truly LED, they could do a lot more with them than simply display crude dots. As for "The warning would indicate that the vehicle is over height and alerts the driver of impending bridge strikes ahead," uh, I don't think so. If the sign in the photo actually does that, it's going to have to scroll three or four message displays to do so, and the offending vehicle will have passed by the sign already. In addition, the sign is placed too late. Is the driver of the truck or bus supposed to back up or do a u-turn across the grass or just stop and call the highway patrol to assist? In the photo it appears that the detector is actually placed AFTER the warning sign, so its only real function would be to alert following drivers to get their cellphones ready to record the expected crash.

The NYDOT seems to work on the assumption there are no stupid or ignorant drivers on their roads. Most other states have learned the folly of that assumption when dealing with potentially life-endangering road hazards. In California there are generous warning signs where stupid or ignorant drivers might do the wrong thing. The bus driver is technically at fault in this case, but the NYDOT is doing less than the minimum to try to mitigate the risks of these low clearance parkway overpasses. The very least they could do is use the standard big yellow signs that are mounted on bridges directly over the roadway...and clear the damned vegetation!

There are at least a couple of low clearance bridges elsewhere in the United States that are routinely struck by high clearance vehicles. Go here to read and view videos about the infamous 11' 8" bridge in Durham, North Carolina. Note the extremely generous warning signs for the stupid or ignorant. Even so, plenty of drama still happens.

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March 22, 2018

Slide Photos Of The Past (well, we couldn't have future, could we?)

Autumn River (2)
Somewhere in New England (Maine, most likely).

Walden Pond
Walden Pond.

View of Downtown Boston from Alewife Station, Cambridge, Mass (BW)
A view of the skyline of downtown Boston from Alewife Station on the Red Line.
I think the very white steeple you can see towards the left part of the downtown skyline is a church that used to stand in Porter Square. You can see the Federal Reserve building on the righthand part of the skyline.

Stacey - August 1986
My brother's stepdaughter at the wedding between her mother and him in 1986, Fremont, California.

Polaris - Kodachrome - 1986
Polaris and the star trails around it.
I probably shot this while out camping, which means it's probably Maine.

Sculpture - Kodachrome - 1987
I can't remember where this is, but I'm tempted to say Chicago.
Kodachrome, 1987.

Prometheus, Boston Prudential Center - 1986 (2)
Prometheus in front of the Prudential Center in Boston, 1986.

Leaves
More New England nature.

John Hancock Building - Kodachrome - 1986
The old John Hancock, Back Bay, Boston.
Kodachrome, 1986.

Christian Science Mother Church Reflecting Pool, Boston - Agfachrome - 1985 (1)
The reflecting pool at the Christian Science Center in The Fenway, Boston.
Agfachrome, 1985.

Chicago City Hall - Kodachrome - 1987
Chicago City Hall, Kodachrome, 1987.

Christian Science Center, Boston - Kodachrome - 1986
The Christian Science Center in Boston.
Kodachrome, 1986.

Boston Pride Parade - 1985
Boston Pride Parade, 1985.

More scanned slide photos can be seen here.

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