Thursday, August 27, 2009
Completely out of coffee this morning, I walked to town to buy a pound of beans. On my way, I saw a train stopped a few blocks to my north as I crossed the tracks. I thought to myself that would have made a great photo if I'd only brought my camera. I blame the lack of caffeine for having no foresight. I stopped at the bookstore and maybe spent around a half hour there before walking home.
As I crossed the railroad tracks again, I looked to the north and saw that the earlier train was gone, but to the south, I could see thick black smoke billowing into the sky before snaking west.
Yet again, another environmental disaster is unfolding in the Detroit area. Last month, a fuel tanker was involved in an accident on one of Detroit's main freeways. Today, a chemical plant about 10 miles south of my home is engulfed in flames. The news is reporting that 5 million gallons of fuel, and God knows what other petroleum based products they store, may burn for the next 12 hours before exhausting its supply.
I ran home to grab my camera to take these photos. And yes, I stood in the middle of the tracks to catch these images.