California and Elsewhere: Appetizer #10

Kalifornien und Anderswo: Appetithäppchen #10

While I’m still in the process of finishing up with our stay in St. George/Utah, here are two pictures I can hardly classify otherwise:

An interestingly looking beverage fridge seen at a gas station in Fredonia, New Mexico
A Bitcoin ATM seen at a gas station in Espanola, New Mexico

Can you actually convert „real“ money into bitcoins here? At least that’s what it looks like to me, because there seems to be an opening to feed in banknotes.

Kann man hier „richtiges“ Geld in Bitcoins umwandeln? So sieht es mir jedenfalls aus, denn es scheint eine Eingabeöffnung für Geldscheine zu geben.

Friday Flashback: Summer 2004 – Travelling back from California [Hoover Dam and Lake Mead]

Freitagsrückblick: Sommer 2004 – Reise zurück von Kalifornien [Hoover Dam und Lake Mead]

On this trip we also visited the Hoover Dam:

Auf dieser Reise haben wir auch den Hoover Damm besucht:

Even then it was horrifying how low the water level was, and nowadays it is much worse.

Es war schon damals erschreckend, wie niedrig der Wasserspiegel war, und heutzutage ist es noch wesentlich schlimmer.

Comparison II

Motivated by a discussion that originated from the post „Colorific or Monochromatic“ by Images by T. Dashfield, and continued here  [Comparison] and especially here [Locomotive #683 and Carriages], I’d like to present the latter picture in the original and different renderings, the original first :

Vergleich II

Angeregt durch eine Diskussion, die ihren Ursprung in dem Beitrag „Colorific or Monochromatic“ von Images by T. Dashfield“ hatte, und die hier [Comparison] und des Weiteren besonders hier [Locomotive #683 and Carriages] fortgesetzt wurde, moechte ich hier das Letztere im Orignal und in verschiedenen Bearbeitungen zeigen, zuerst das Original:

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Locomotive #683 and Carriages – Original

Some (Exif-)Data:

  • camera: Nikon D70s
  • lens:  Sigma 18-200 mm f/3.5-6.3 Zoom
  • focal length 31 mm
  • f/number: 11
  • shutter speed: 1/400 s
  • ISO value: ?

Ausgewählte (Exif-)Daten:

  • Kamera: Nikon D70s
  • Objektiv: Sigma 18-200 mm f/3.5-6.3
  • Brenweite: 31 mm
  • Blende: 11
  • Verschlusszeit: 1/400 s
  • ISO Wert: ?

Rendered in Black&White with ACDSee Ultimate:

Bearbeitet in Schwarz-Weiß mit Ultimate:

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Locomotive #683 and Carriages – B&W Rendering with ACDSee Pro 9

Rendered in Black&White with EasyHDR:

Bearbeitet in Schwarz-Weiß mit EasyHDR:

locomotive #683
Locomotive #683 and Carriages – B&W Rendering with EasyHDR

Rendered with EasyHDR, setting „natural2“:

Bearbeitet mit EasyHDR, Einstellung „natural2“:

locomotive #683
Locomotive #683 and Carriages – Rendered with EasyHDR, Setting „Natural2“

For the rendering in Sepia see the link on this page above.

Für die Bearbeitung in Sepia siehe Link oben auf dieser Seite.

The Old and the (Very) Modern – Side by Side

Yesterday in nearby Comfort/TX I saw this modern Tesla being charged in front of the 1880 Faust Hotel:

Tesla Being Charged

To me it looked as if this charging-station was provided by the hotel. That would be some service, wouldn’t it?

Dogleg Bridge

As mentioned in my previous posting, the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge is quite unique as it has a dogleg [20-degree bend] right in the middle:

A Bridge with a Dogleg

The reason for this unique feature: the planners had to allow for

  • a 90-degree angle for barges passing underneath, directly into or with the flow of the Mississippi, and
  • putting the foundations on solid rock.

For more information about this bridge check out „RailTrailsRoadTrip – Day 7 [ Old Chain of Rocks Bridge]“ in my blog „Pit’s Fritztown News„.