Walkabout(s)! Trains. Submarines. Old Town Alexandria

Yesterday I jumped on a train (well, not jump) and went to Newport News. I was going to walk around for a few hours while Kirsten finished classes. But then, the classes were cancelled and the weather service put out a severe storm alert. So…not much of a walkabout but when I left the train station in Newport News I saw a brick “gateway” across the street and was intrigued. I walked through the gate and opening before me was a tree covered “lane” with cannons at the end. When I walked closer I found cannons from World War II submarines and a torpedo. Since we left early, I didn’t have any real time to take pictures. Of course, there’s always next time.

The first shot is one I took at the Alexandria Train Station. I was hand holding but braced against a light pole. The day was sort of overcast, this was taken close to sunrise. Shot at ISO1000, 44mm, f/29, 0.8 secs. The blur is a CSX train headed southbound. Because some of the cars were empty container “flats,” there is some transparency in the blur. The second shot is after I walked through the bricked gateway in Newport News. What I had stumbled upon was a park, part of the Virginia War Museum.  The third shot is in this same walkway and is of a MKII or (IV, I forget) torpedo. The fourth is looking through the site of a submarine artillery piece, again from WWII.  The fifth was taken driving back in the dreary, blustery weather, when we stopped at a major intersection and saw this “bright spot” on the opposite corner. Made us smile!

And then, this morning I walked about Old Town Alexandria for a bit. A short bit!! The sixth shot below is of the Farmers Market, notice the lack of people and vendors and the blowing flags. The clouds were gathering and in fact we had some significant snow flurries about 15 minutes later! And then, the sun came out and all was clear. That’s the last shot. Not an exotic walkabout, more of a strollabout!

Train

Train

 

Military Walkway

Military Walkway

Submarine Artillery

Submarine Artillery

 

Bright Yellow!!

Bright Yellow!!

Blustery Day

Blustery Day

Old Town Street After Snow

Old Town Street After Snow

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