Parked In Menomonie

Parked for the night at a Rest Area in Menomonie, WI.

( I love the different colors of 'white' light when shooting at night.)


With the cost of diesel fuel so high many companies have installed APU's (Auxiliary Power Units) on the trucks. These are usually small, 2 cylinder, lawnmower sized engined that will run a Heater, A/C, and put 120v power into the bunk for the driver. The driver can run the APU and stay warm in the winter or cool in the summer without running the truck engine. This saves the trucking companies a lot of money.


However tonight I noticed that quite a few trucks were parked with their running lights on. This is usually an indicator that they are running the truck engine and either not running the APU or do not have an APU.

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  • Steve Bennett PRO 2y

    Great light John and I like the reflections off the wet ground, very atmospheric.
  • John Borman PRO 2y

    Thanks, Steve. Night and moisture often result in an interesting image, as long as you keep the moisture off the camera. ;-)
  • Steve Bennett PRO 2y

    Ah yes, that is one real advantage to having a compact rather than SLR :)
  • Andrew Myers PRO 2y

    Many times, I'll leave my lights on while I'm running the APU... for some reason, I feel better when my lights are on (at least my marker lights) just as an additional measure of visibility for other drivers pulling in/out during the night while I'm sleeping. Because the APU charges the truck batteries while it's running, I don't have to worry about draining them down.
  • John Borman PRO 2y

    Before the APU era I used to leave my parking lights on whenever I left my truck engine running at night (to keep me warm or cool). I figured it gave the alternator something to do. Besides, I always thought, as a photographer, that all those trucks lined up with their parking lights on made for a pretty cool picture.
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Taken on January 29, 2013
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