Day 127

I still haven’t learned how to keep my finger out of the picture

July 31st, 2010


  1. Don in Tennessee says:

    I am first for once!

    What a photo. Just what the West should look like.

    Matt thanks for sharing.

  2. Norwood says:


  3. Christine says:

    Good for you Don in Tennessee!!

    This is sucha a beautiful photo. Imagine living on that property across the river. It would have been nice to have a fishing pole for this part of the trip.

  4. Karen Too says:

    No worries, Matt. That’s why Photoshop was invented. Hee hee.

    It’s still an excellent shot. So much detail, and depth of field. Wonderful.

  5. Dionne says:

    are you meeting folks in spokane? a most interesting route to oregon–staying so far north. although northern idaho is gorgeous! enjoy the bitterroot mtns

  6. Gigi says:

    what a great view for the train passengers. Love the pic!

  7. Lori in Ohio says:


  8. Lydia says:

    Matt is currently in the Cabinet Mountains, the Bitterroots are further south. The bend is the one where they had a derailment about 2 years ago and lost tons of soybeans in the river. The water fowl were well fed that winter.

  9. Julie in Cincinnati says:

    Beautiful shot! Almost like the train is coming straight out of the mountains.

  10. Saun in Ohio says:

    love the view ,only passengers on this train are the engineers…

  11. Roe says:

    Great shot, the finger shadow just adds a little contrast!

  12. April from CA says:

    Matt- Just consider this a beautiful photo complete with your own special signature! (I think we all get our fingers in the way from time to time!)

  13. Jeff says:

    Choooo Chooooooo (that is from the video version)

  14. Craig ( NC!) says:

    hehe Jeff!
    If I had a home, and I woke up to this view daily (plus or minus the train) I could die in peace without feeling the good lord cheated me!.

  15. sandy repke says:

    what a view for the last day of july.. time is flying isn’t it? you are having an amazing journey. how are the shoes holding up? think of you often. sandy an russell

  16. Candice in Alabama says:

    Beautiful Matt, just beautiful – and the train, river, mountains ain’t too bad either! :)

  17. Michelle says:

    No worries about the finger shadow. I took the most awesome picture of the Colosseum in Rome but I couldn’t figure out the shadow at the top left hand side of the pic. You guessed it…
    Peace, from Michelle in Providence

  18. hks says:

    “This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfection.”
    So like others have said, its still an incredible picture and we all know you were trying to capture the moment before the train disappears.

  19. Saun in Ohio says:

    Edit your picture in picnik and use the effect vignitte. Poof no finger it will blend right in or you can clone it out…… be safe :)

  20. Toni says:

    Amazing what you’re doing! Can’t thank you enough for taking all of us with you. Be safe.
    Signed, So, So Jealous

  21. Sera says:

    You could of just told us that it was the brim of your hat and we’d believe you! Great picture, love that you got the front of the train.

    • Barbara says:

      Methinks the closest part of the train is the tail. Note the red light.

      • Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

        What red light are you referring to? And if you don’t know the front of the train from the end you’re in big trouble.

  22. Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

    Beautiful shot. Did you get the engineer to blow the whistle for you? Hope so. Such a beautiful shot with the train and how it winds around the lake, mountains and homes. Like someone above mentioned this is just what you picture the west to look like. Awesome shot.

  23. Kelli from MI says:

    What a stunning picture. I think id like to make that my desk top. I love going out west. I havent been out west since 2009. I was in Santa Fe New Mexico. Ahhh keep up the great work Matt………….

  24. Steve in WI says:

    Thank you Matt for the picture, as a model railroader I appreciate the photo of trains in settings that are so naturally beautiful. This picture will now be on the wall by my train layout.

  25. Lori from Calif. says:

    She’ll be comin’ ’round the mountains when she comes…

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