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2019 was a pretty good year for railfanning, so I'm going to go back through and revisit some of the better moments from the year that I haven't posted yet.


After spending most of the day following Delaware-Lackawanna C636 3642 around Scranton, my friend Dave Curtis and I went south on Interstate 81 and caught up with the West Hazleton Fast Freight. Freshly-painted Reading & Northern GP38-2 2012 leads SD40-2 3051 and one of the newly-acquired former CSX SD50s at the edge of the cloud line in New Ringgold, Pennsylvania. Friends Lance Shott and Zach Kedge are closer to the crossing.

2019 was a pretty good year for railfanning, so I'm going to go back through and revisit some of the better moments from the year that I haven't posted yet.


I spent a lot of time this past year following the former British Columbia Railway ALCo/MLWs employed in Central New York by the Mohawk, Adirondack & Northern. Though the ground was covered in fresh snow, MHWA M420W 2042 is seen hustling empty LPG tank cars north for seasonal storage on their mainline between Boonville and Lyons Falls, NY. The seasonal storage moves provide a glimpse of big-time railroading on a line whose only freight customers provide just a handful of cars per month.

2019 was a pretty good year for railfanning, so I'm going to go back through and revisit some of the better moments from the year that I haven't posted yet.


A pair of BPRR SD50s in fresh paint lead the E-COKE southward past the Ashford Junction tower. Zach Kedge and I followed this train out of Buffalo, but that blister third out was in the lead. With poor heaters and a drafty cab in WCOR 6072, they made the clutch decision to swap leaders south of Wales and thus the day was saved.

2019 was a pretty good year for railfanning, so I'm going to go back through and revisit some of the better moments from the year that I haven't posted yet.


We'll stick with the Lehigh Valley theme with this view of Yellowjacket C420 414. The ground is bare at Jessup, Pennsylvania as local SC-7 returns to Scranton with empty frac sand hoppers from the Linde facility on the north side of Carbondale. While the former Lackawanna mainline through the Poconos and the six-axle Bigs is what most people want to see when they visit the Delaware-Lackawanna, the former Delaware & Hudson Carbondale Main offers a variety of scenery and props and vintage ALCo locomotives of course.

2019 was a pretty good year for railfanning, so I'm going to back through and revisit some of the better moments from the year that I haven't posted yet.


Rekindling memories of Cornell Red C628 trios on NE-87, Norfolk Southern ES44AC 8104 leads a trio of GEs and a light train of mostly empties past the former Penn-Dixie cement plant at Howes Cave, New York. Following the Lehigh Valley heritage unit leading 11R between Mohawk Yard and East Worcester was a highlight for me, as this was my first crack at the Lehigh Valley heritage unit on the former Delaware & Hudson and it was a pretty successful one.

2019 was a pretty good year for railfanning, so I'm going to go back through and revisit some of the better moments from the year that I haven't posted yet.


For part of the Summer I worked on an evening schedule, so I tried to squeeze in as many weekdays trackside to catch moves I wouldn't normally see on my usual weekend days off. Charlie Wood and I went east on this particular day and followed the Batten Kill Railroad. The day started off with drab skies, but the weather started to break around Cambridge on their slow trip to the Pan Am Southern interchange. BKRR RS3 4116 crosses the Hoosic River at Eagle Bridge, New York.

2019 was a pretty good year for railfanning, so I'm going to go back through and revisit some of the better moments from the year that I haven't posted yet.


After years of saying I would go to Augusta, Georgia to catch the annual visit by Norfolk Southern's business train, I finally did it this Spring on vacation with friend Stanley Short. We had a strange morning, along with friend John Turner, where we got a few very nice shots but didn't get the long chase in morning light we hoped for on the surprisingly-scenic R Line to Columbia, South Carolina. We hit serious pay-dirt in the evening as we followed them in sweet light towards Chester. North of Winnsboro we found a nice open view to showcase the immaculate set of F-units. I can't believe they're gone now!

2019 was a pretty good year for railfanning, so I'm going to go back through and revisit some of the better moments from the year that I haven't posted yet.


We'll close out the year-end review with this view of the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway local at the tunnel on the Clairton Branch. I wish I had my 600 here, but am also thankful I didn't have to lug any more weight than I already had to, to get up the hill back to the car. Tunnel Motors and a tunnel, how fitting.

2019 was a pretty good year for railfanning, so I'm going to go back through and revisit some of the better moments from the year that I haven't posted yet.


We have another coke train, but this time Zach Kedge and I are at Speers, Pennsylvania on the Wheeling & Lake Erie. A trio of 4-axles cross the massive trestle that bridges the Monongahela River alongside Interstate 70. Dusk will have passed into darkness before the crew reverses direction onto the lower trestle to reach the ArcellorMittal coke plant at Monessen, but we will be started on the long road back home to New York. Thanks to Alex Hall, Bob Chesarek and Steve Mincin for letting us follow them around all day on the east end of the Wheeling.

Silver Fox

St.John's, Newfoundland, Canada (taken in 2019)


2019 Year in Review....I invite you all to check out my recent blog post where I show case what I feel are my top 12 images of 2019. Its been an amazing year and I am so happy I have been able to share my wildlife encounters with all of you. I'm looking forward to what 2020 has in store for me and I look forward to been inspired by all of your wildlife adventures as well. Here is an image of a Silver Fox from this past year which may or may not have made the list so head on over to the blog to find out

As we wind down 2019, I have taken one (1) photo from each month to try and highlight some of the places and events that took place this year.


In summary:


I managed to upgrade my equipment this year by getting my 14-24mm lense, (which helped alot in tight spaces). I was able to get out and about into my hometown to capture several photos of Pittsburgh. I traveled to some amazing places including San Diego, Myrtle Beach and Italy (including Venice, Rome, Almalfi Coast, Positano, Ravello and Capri). My father passed away back in July at the age of 77. I spent more time this year with my macro lense which jump-started my "Fragile" series of floral images and ended the year by taking an amazing Old Allegheny Victorian House Tour here on Pittsburgh's North Side for the year end holidays.


(All during a series of renovations and updates to the house).


Overall, it was a great year for travels, a great year for business, a sad year for the family all of which will be remembered and cherished this holiday season.


To all of my Flickr friends, I cannot thank you enough for all of your comments and favorites as they certainly have not gone un-noticed. I find inspiration in each of your images and in particular your photo styles that make me want to become a better photographer.


So from me and my family, have a Merry Christmas and a SAFE and Happy New Year!


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Hey all!

Since 2019 is coming to an end, and Christmas is just around the corner I figured I should do a little review in the year.


Since I joined this year, everyone has been so open and supportive. The Flickr community might be dwindling but I’m glad it’s not being abandoned. I thank everyone so much for the helpful comments, always checking out my builds. I also would like to thank the community for contributing all your amazingly creative, original and downright amazing build for everyone to see (I’ve tried to tag most of you guys, sorry if I forgot you, please don’t take it personally)


I hope 2020 won’t bring the end of LEGO on Flickr, and I strongly believe that we can revive Flickr, despite the challenges facing us.


Merry Christmas and happy New Year!

- Achillea

End of 2019 Brings out my Best of 2019 Storm Chasing!


I had asked in November if you folks wanted to see a 2019 Year in Review Video from my storm chasing adventures in 2019... I had an overwhelming response, and I thank you for supporting my passion! It has taken 2 months to create due to limited time on the puter but it is the best of.


Due to its length I have moved them to 2 platforms you can view them on.



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Chased or viewed over 40+ Storms this past season. Made over 70+ videos this year, and a lot of them didn't make it into this video. Lots of editing and the final run comes out way better than expected. If you love watching my storm chasing adventures live this is a wrap of the best storms that we were on in 2019. Oh Yeah!!!


Met a lot of good people this year in the storm chasing community. Made some good friendships and with that said, some new opportunities in 2019. One of those good friendships in 2019 was with Myles Nelson. He has the same passion as mine and wanted to learn. Myles wanted to see the storms, and learn how to chase them. There were some shaky moments in 2019 and sometimes safety is out the window, we had to improvise when safety wasn't present. Always a learning experience which will help make better decision with better effort! Awaiting the 2020 storm chasing season, Myles knows more Storm Chasing Adventures Awaits!


2020 Will be my official 34 Year of chasing severe weather. Storm Chasing is to me more than a hobby or a passion. For some weird reason I'm drivin to do so. I spend a good deal or almost all of my free time obsessed with thunderstorms. Living in south central Nebraska, I have the access to all of Tornado Alley. I have one of the best places on Earth to do what I do, especially when my back door is North Central Kansas. With a nice gateway to Colorado, Wyoming, Western Nebraska, South Dakota, etc... you get the point! When all things come into place you will always find me on the storm.


Please Enjoy this End of Year Vid as much as I had creating and making it! Good Times, Good Friends, and 2020 Storm Chasing Season is right around the corner! See you on the Chase!


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With New Years right around the corner I thought it would be nice to do a blog post of my Year in Review. Its been an amazing year with so many great wildlife experiences so I bring to you my Top 10 ...this playful Cormorant came in a number 10

Thanks everyone for a fantastic year! I had a very productive year - I made 20 figures in total, all of which I am extremely proud of. My personal favourite is Jango Fett, which is yours? Let me know in the comments!


I wanted to thank everyone for making 2015 so memorable! I had a great year, and this year really revived my love for this hobby of ours.


I hope you all have a very Happy New Year, and I am looking forward to a great year ahead in 2016!

This is almost everything that I've made in 2017 (3 mocs are left out). The three on the right column are for the 2017 Bio-Cup, which was fun to participate in!

Looking forward to 2018, and I hope I can make it a more productive year.

Happy New Year!! Well, almost.


I would just like to thank everyone for such a wonderful year here on flickr, I am looking forward to a wonderful year ahead in 2014!!


Displayed are the 10 figures I produced throughout this year (a shockingly low number!)

2019 was a pretty good year for railfanning, so I'm going to go back through and revisit some of the better moments from the year that I haven't posted yet.


It seemed like we never saw sun in the months of September and October out east. That may be an overstatement, but here's a rainy day Driftwood Turn passing Reason Lane on the former Pennsylvania Railroad secondary mainline from Harrisburg to Buffalo. While the rails remain intact, it is no longer a through route. The days of solid Big MLWs are now all but over, with the units drained and dead at Olean. It's unlikely that they'll return to regular service this Spring when seasonal stone traffic returns.

2019 was a pretty good year for railfanning, so I'm going to go back through and revisit some of the better moments from the year that I haven't posted yet.


A big storyline in 2019 was the decision by the managers in Lakeville to purchase half a dozen former CSX AC6000CWs for service on the Western New York and Pennsylvania. This meant certain Doom for the six-axle Big MLWs based out of Olean, so I made it a point to improve my coverage. After working an overnight shift and then driving three hours to Olean on no sleep, I was rewarded with an amazing SEXTET of the Bigs. After setting off three of the Bigs and sand cars at South Eldred, 685 and friends show off for the masses on the big sweeping curve south of Port Allegany, Pennsylvania.

2019 was a pretty good year for railfanning, so I'm going to go back through and revisit some of the better moments from the year that I haven't posted yet.


On a day that started out with Big MLWs on Keating Summit, I finished up at the farmer's crossing west of Tuscarora, Pennsylvania. I knew that the Norfolk Southern safety train was headed for Altoona and points west, so since I really wanted to finally catch the train with specially-painted GP38-2 5642 in charge, I bailed from my WNY&P Emporium Turn chase once they arrived at the sand unloading facility. I picked up the NS special at Lee's Crossroads and caught it in multiple locations around Harrisburg and Duncannon, but all in cloudy conditions. I nearly got blocked by a stack train here, but a multitude of profanities coaxed the train to clear just in time. This location, across the Juniata River from the town of Mexico, is a personal favorite of mine dating back to childhood.

Love this picture, that's why I chose it. Anyways, I've had a decent year, nothing special. I've met some great friends on the site, I guess I'll list them: Sam, Bug, Chris, Levi, Dan, Dale, Payton, Panda, Ham, Ben and Jackson. Nice guys, they are. I might've missed a few, if I have don't take it personally. I've also enjoyed writing all the serieses(?) I've gone through, some more than others. My favourite of all them is definitely Hitman. I have some big things planned for the series. I love writing Tommy and his band of merry misfits.


Also, I do hope for a better 2017 as 2016 has seen a lot of deaths of people I admire. I hope they are all resting peacefully now. They will all be missed by many.


Anyway, have a happy and safe New Year!

I detect a theme with this year's popular items: They are portraits, include an element of blue, and showcase a Poppy....or in the case of my personal favorite, a Poppy friend.

Thanks to all whom I've met on here who always offer nothing but kind comments and friendship. I draw inspiration and joy from every one of you and your photos. If you see this, please post yours as well. Happy 2016!


1. Most favorites -- I was kind of surprised by this one:


2. Most Comments:


3. Most Views from this year's photos:


4. My Personal Favorite -- mostly because of how adorable her expression was here and because it has so much color/vibrancy to it:

This is definitely not all of the ones I casted in 2017, but many of my favorites. This is only the beginning of so, so much more.

I developed a much better handle on these skills in 2017 and discovered some new methods of coloring, but I still have a lot to learn.

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A collage of many of the photographs I posted to Flickr during 2015.


Hope everyone had a great Christmas Holiday and will have a happy and safe New Years. See you in 2016 or, tomorrow. Where does the time go?

Video Editing exercise - I uploaded this in a different format to test Flickr's reliability

my fave things to do is playing naughty in kitchen haha

cake caramel is my fave...

sweet like our friendship teeheehee

First of all, Happy New Year to all my friends on here. I hope 2014 is a special year for you all. Thanks to all who come and comment and fave my images. It means so much to me. Thanks for sharing your worlds and your visions, and in turn, inspiring me so much.

Each year, I go back through my images and select my favourites from the previous twelve months. This year, I did things a little differently. Having the blog allowed me to write a little more about each image that I chose.

If you click on the links below, you can read about each image. Again, thanks to all.



- January


- February


- March


- April


- May


- June


- July


- August


- September


- October


- November


- December

I wanted to do like all my flickr friends and do my year in photos. Thanks for the inspiration everyone! it was a wonderful year and I am so blessed.


I wont know what to do with my self not having to take a photo a day lol. I am head high in boxes and need to finish unpacking...sigh. we cant find a thing!

I worked on 11 poems by Halina Poświatowska this year, which gave birth to 11 photographic series titled as follows:



"In The Rhythm Of My Dancing Blood"



"Why Is My Head the Shape Of a Flower"



"My Face Is More And More a Moon That Wanes"



"Why Not As a Tree"



"The Night"



"Will I Be Grass Which You Will Set Roaring"



"The Self Weighs No More Than a Leaf"



"My Legs- a Kingdom of Gamuts And Colors"



"She Would Say Of Leaves That They Roar"



"I Am Juliet"



"I Am Like a Pumpkin's Fruit"


P.S. You might not be familiar with two last titles as I haven't posted them to flickr yet, but they will come soon.

I visited 16 countries this year, same number as last year. It has been a busy year! Looking forward to 2019!


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In aanloop naar mijn persoonlijke foto top 10 deel ik hier al jaar en dag, het is haast een traditie van me, de Flickr top 25. E.e.a. wordt berekend via Flickrs eigen onnavolgbare algoritme en een aantal foto's zijn beïnvloedt door Explore.


Explore een gebeurtenis waar ik tot aan de zomer regelmatig in terug te vinden was en waar ik nu sporadisch nog zichtbaar in wordt. Belangrijker is echter het plezier wat ik heb in fotografie en het bekijks en de reacties die het me oplevert, met of zonder dit bijzondere fenomeen.


Hoogtepunten voor mij 2017: 3x genomineerd CeWe PhotoAwards 2017, 1x genomineerd National Geographich Landscape Photographer of the Year, fototrip naar Terschelling en de Dolemieten, Marco4Dummies, 50dagen50mm en diverse blue hour momenten met BFF P@tje!


Via deze weg zeg ik dank jullie wel voor jullie steun, motivatie en fotoplezier het afgelopen jaar. Jullie weten zelf wel wie ik daarmee bedoel. Dank jullie wel! Tot 2018 en Make Your Memory Today!


Morgen mijn persoonlijke top 10. En mijn net niet Top 10 vind je hier:


1. Let there be Light, 2. Nominated National Geographic Fotowedstrijd 2017 Landscape, 3. Macro 4 Dummies, 4. Blue hour @Quin #heidekoorts#heidekoorts, 5. Heath fever | Heidekoorts, 6. A heather landscape in portrait orientation, 7. John Frostbrug aan de Arnhemse Rijn | Bridge too Liberation Experience 2017, 8. Heath feaver part 4 | #Heidekoorts 4#HeidekoortsHeath feaver part 4 | #Heidekoorts 4, 9. It's all about the weather, 10. Nijmegen, Waalbrug @bluehour, 11. 101e Nijmeegse vierdaagse bij dageraad, 12. 3rd time @ the little Oostmahorn lighthouse at blue hour, 13. The Otherside | Molen de Helper @Paterswoldsmeer, 14. Revisited Delft the old town at bluehour, 15. Voorjaarskermis @Arnhem Zuid #bluehour#bluehour, 16. Blue Hour @Amsterdam #papiermolensluis#papiermolensluis, 17. Cuijk aan de Maas #Bluehourfeaver#Bluehourfeaver, 18. Typical Dutch @Kinderdijk, 19. Texel Paal 28 a cold sunset, 20. United happiness of Spring, 21. Cross Town Traffic @Arnhem Willemstunnel, 22. Arnhem John Frostbrug revisited, 23. Close to spring and the nldazuu 50 mm. challenge started, 24. The little gull and the sunrise, 25. Dutch winter moods!


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I didn't travel as much this year as usual, but did got to Montreal, Canada; Manila, Philippines; Vancouver, Canada; Tokyo, Japan; Busan, South Korea; London/Brighton/Dover/Canterbury/Leeds, United Kingdom; Kruger Park, South Africa; Annemasse, France; Montreux/Geneva, Switzerland. I also visited several of the states here in the U.S.


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Well, it really has been a great year! I have made a bunch of new friends, won a few contests, and also made some pretty awesome stuff if I may say so myself ;)


This is a display of both my and your favourites by me this year. I am extremely stoked to see how far I have come! :)


I have tagged my inspirations, good friends and generally awesome people in this picture, but if you weren't tagged, don't think that you aren't my friend, or generally awesome!


Thank you all for such an absolutely spectacular year, I look forward to another!



I saw some of my flickr peeps doing a "Year in Review" collage so I had to join in on the fun. I chose a favorite pic of mine from each month of 2010. (very hard to choose just one) It was fun looking back especially since this was my first year on Flickr! I'm looking forward to a brand new year with my camera. Happy New Year once again! :)


1. Water!, 2. Oranges, 3. ~ paw prints., 4. ~ Blue color is everlastingly appointed by the deity to be a source of delight. [Explore], 5. ~ awakening. [Explore], 6. For Krista. [Explore], 7. Summer Breeze., 8. Spirited., 9. Ablaze., 10. In the Light., 11. Natural Fireworks., 12. "The stockings were hung by the reindeer with care..."


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i love talking bout photography than gossip~ing bout someone hehe... i'd rather stop talking teeheehee

maybe for someone who doesnt like photography i am the boring one...

yesterday i bought this strap... yeah a bit NatGeo look

2015 has been a great year! I was able to go to both brickfiesta and Brickfair va where I was able to meet lots of other builders and meet up with old friends! My main moc "the battle of Nancy" turned out great and was nominated for best military diorama. I also was able to regain inspiration for building military builds after a slight loss of ideas at the beginning of the year. I also have branched off from building WWII into other eras of builds as I participated in the battle of Waterloo colab and posted some Vietnam and American Revolution builds recently. You guys can expect some more builds like this in the near future! For next year as of now I am definitely going to BFAL and most likely BFVA but I might end up going to another con or two in addition to those. I am also happy to have gained such a large follower count this year hitting the high 900s mark! (So close to 1k)! Thanks for another great year on Flickr!


Also for the next couple of months I might be less active because of spring lacrosse but I have some things built to post during that time so my stream won't be completely dead.



Some of you suspected that I had a second, even bigger entry for the “Year In Review” LUGNuts challenge in the works. What, a guy can’t submit a small hot rod and call it done? Well, it seems your gut instincts were right…introducing Sgt. Ballbreaker, my fighter war plane inspired rat rod! Just like real fighting aces, it features a snarling grin, American aircraft insignias, headers that resemble torpedoes and the roof opens like a real fighter plane canopy! And check out that rough and tumble camouflage “paintjob”! I’m pretty happy with this one and I’m guessing you’ll be too...otherwise Sgt. Ballbreaker will have to ask not too kindly…“What’s your major malfunction, maggots?! Now drop and give me twenty!! Twenty comments, that is!”

Wow, what a year 2017 has been! It started off with me being completely inactive, only to come back in July and manage to finish 18 figures between then and now, with some of my best and most ambitious pieces to date, especially Thanos due to his LED gauntlet.


I’ve also had massive growth this year. As a platform, Flickr is not the thriving community for LEGO enthusiasts it once was, with most customizers having moved to Instagram as their primary platform for sharing their work. I have thoroughly enjoyed this year on Instagram, and have more than doubled my following since I came back mid-year. I want to thank all of you for your support – both those who have been with me in previous years, as well as those of you who joined me this year. It is all the support and encouragement which motivates me to carry on with this amazing hobby in this amazing community!


Happy New Year to you all, and I look forward to an amazing 2018!


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