25 May 11. Today's submission is one made just for fun. It is obviously tone mapped (HDR) and outrageously so, but it simply lent itself to such a manipulation. Almost everything in it is exaggerated, and especially the plant life on the side of the walls of the locks. You are looking west toward Puget Sound from a walkway, actually the top of the east end gate of the large lock, and the bridge in the background is a railroad bridge that is normally up unless it needs to be lowered for a train to pass over. On both sides where the green band stops you can see the west side gates. This is of course a photo of the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard, WA. There is much I could write about concerning the locks, but the link does a better job and saves me space to comment on its designer. Major Chittenden's final creation was these locks, but he was also involved in the "building" of the Oregon Trail among other things. I had an opportunity to meet his granddaughter while I was working at the camera store a couple years back; she had a few interesting comments to make about ol' granddad and I wish I would have had more time to talk with her. He was a colorful ol guy, so my manipulation is befitting such an individual. So when you are next in Ballard, come and see the locks, I assure you that you will find it worth your time even if they won't look "quite" like this representation. ISO 200; 1/125 sec (middle shot of 5) @ f / 13.