Sunday 14 September 2003
Pix Of The Day: Final WebShots Assessment Result
CREDITS: Click thumbnail to visit the gallery of the WebShots member.
Click (L to R) a number     to see an enlarged view of the image.
Yesterday we said we were going to test the WebShots service. Today we can say that the results were very satisfactory. We chose 'canyon' as a search term, hoping to find pictures of rock that were interesting enough to illustrate an article about the Colorado Plateaus in a personal project. Later we will give some more details about how useful the service might be, but to do that we have to figure how to get responses from the photographers who own the picture copyrights. Meanwhile, if you click on any of the thumbnails you will be able to visit the gallery pages for the photographs we have selected: click on the numbers in the article header to view enlarged images.
On This Day In 2002: Steam Driven Harz - Sat 14 Sep 2002
Small boys aged five to ninety five will love today's picture! Webmaster Alan Newble is a rail enthusiast as well as being a prodigious all round photographer. He has elevengalleries, with landscapes and general photographs, some that were prize winners, in addition to the trains from many countries. Alan took today's featured picture in the Harz Mountains, and here is the story in his own words:
'The Harz Mountain system is a wonderful find for the steam enthusiast. At one time it was in East Germany, with a branch up the Brocken Mountain that went close to West Germany, which was therefore lifted. When I first visited, with Rail Travel and Photography, in 1994 it was very busy all over, incredibly well maintained, unlike the roads, and nearly all steam! Branches ran everywhere, junctions abounded, and presented two or more trains leaving simultaneously. I returned last year with my wife, who is a JS Bach fan, and found the system sadly different. The good news is that the Brocken Line is re-instated, and trains from Wernigerode to Brocken Mountain are frequent, all steam, and pass at the junction at Drei Annen Hohne; marvellous for photos. The bad news is that the rest is very run down - with closed stations, dowdy or peeling paintwork on most, few steam trains and some diesel railcars. In fact the main-line from Nordhausen to Drei Annen Hohne has just 2 steam trains per day when we visited. The branches to Gernrode, Harzgerode, and Hassefelde had about one steam train per day, though some specials plied the branches.'
There is more information at SteamCentral, including region and system maps, plus travel details for getting to the area. There is a good geology guide to the region, where the highest peak is the Brocken of spectre fame (ascended by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe on 10 December 1777, a man who knew a good hike when he saw one), a WebShots gallery and there is even a 'Steinbach Nutcrackers' web site, called 'Magic of Nutcrackers', devoted to the local industry, apparently making collectors items. By comparison rail enthusiasts seem a very normal bunch of people.
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)