Jul 14 2009

UPS: “We On Fire, Up in Here…”

LAUREL, Maryland–What can Brown do for you? How about send all those sweet eBay purchases to a fiery hell! That’s exactly what I saw today on the way home from work-work. Driving down Route 29 in Laurel, past MD-219 (Scaggsville Road), I noticed a thick black plume of smoke coming from the tree line near the driving range. Cars were slowing to a crawl, but they weren’t rubber knecking too badly. I’ve seen worse on the Beltway, so it was probably some engine fire gone bad. Yup, I was right! But I didn’t expect this…

bdfotos-1Closer...Whoa! A little too close!

Before I slowed down, I pulled the trusty iPhone–not known for it’s marvelous picture quality–from my pocket and managed to squeeze some pretty decent shots from it. The heat was intense as I drove by the side of the truck, windows all the way down.


Apr 27 2009

Chicago O’hare International – Thoughts

CHICAGO, Illinois — With around 70 million people using O’hare International in 2008 (Wiki), it’s one of the worlds busiest airports and is also the main hub for United Airlines.  And we can all remember the scene in Diddy’s “I’ll Be Missing You” video in which he uses the moving walkway between Terminals B and C to showcase the amazing light show.  I mean, this airport has it going on.  Ha… not so fast.  Can we say Delay City?  The last few times I’ve flown out of O’hare I’ve experienced delays.  And from what I gathered from other frequent patrons of the airport, I wasn’t alone.

O’hare baggage claim is excellent, however!  After I deplaned last Thursday AM, I have to say that I didn’t wait one second for my baggage.  Honestly, I think my baggage was getting worried that I wasn’t going to pick it up.  All gripes aside, the architecture in O’hare is beautiful.  I love the lines and use of available light, glass and aircraft-themed metal across the various terminals.  Couple that with the hustle of the jaded, yet hopeful travelers, it makes for interesting photos.  The layover bought me some time to take some [pictures], so I ditched the strobes and used my Pelican 1510 to brace me as I handheld my shots on a 2 second shutter.  I’m pleased with the results. 😀

In Limbo: Terminals B and CZombie WalkwayPregnant PassengerBlurred State of MindWorn TravelerI Got Your BackThe O'hare Crew