Monday, December 29, 2014

Color Train!

I live on the far south side of Chicago. Right across the street are railroad tracks. Several of them.

That particular area gets all the freight trains leaving the city, making their way through Indiana and beyond.

They give a metallic screech when they brake and BOOM when the cargo cars clang and lock together.

And when the trains thunder by--sometimes two or three at a time--they vibrate the floors of the house and rattle the windows.

It's something I've gotten used to over the years and will miss when I eventually leave here.

I noticed one freight train was especially colorful the other day. Every color of the rainbow...well, almost!

Here are some of them…

Bright orange.

Red on light gray.

Nothin' but green!



They're like giant Lego blocks stacked upon one another and their bold hues caught my eye. I love it when that happens.

Where did you find unexpected color today?


jason said...

You're right. They do look like big lego blocks.
I know I've been trapped many a time waiting for a train to pass, only to be transfixed by the beauty of the graffiti on the cars.

naturgesetz said...

Merry Christmas!

I'm catching up on your blog.

Those bows are really impressive. I'm glad you had the satisfaction of seeing the first one sell so quickly.

How good of Randy to make that crab ornament for you as well as the others from past years. It's a real eye-catcher. Also interesting is the one to its left: the first cucumber-shaped ornament I've ever seen.

So far no unexpected colors today to match the train; but yesterday afternoon as I came out of church there was a single streak of red in the clouds just above the horizon where the sun had set. All the other clouds had gone gray. There were also streaks of blue visible between the clouds.

I'll take this occasion to wish you a happy and successful year 2015. God Bless.

Dean Grey said...


Haha, they're like moving art galleries.




I bought that "Christmas Pickle" ornament about 15 years ago from Crate & Barrel.

I love the color green so it instantly caught my eye and became a permanent fixture on our Christmas Tree.

And your red-lined clouds sound lovely!


Thanks to both of you gentlemen for your comments!


Unknown said...

Dean, I thought of you while I was at a conference in Rosemont! I took the L-Train into the city twice, but I definitely need to come back to just explore.

Dean Grey said...



You'll have to let me know when you'll be back in Chicago again. Hopefully the Windy City and the greater Chicagoland area were good to you!