This week’s theme for Heads or Tails is “Heads” – Stack. (You can’t honestly be surprised that I chose this photo, can you? lol!)
This is my very favorite stack. I have hundreds of shots of shots, from every angle, in every season, and in all light, just of the stack. Somehow, it soothes me. It’s not just belching out smoke, it’s allowing for power, for travel, for adventure. It creates art in the sky from the rolling, tumbling columns of smoke it sends forth. I could see that smoke for about a mile, coming in to work, and it let me know that my girl was up, and running and happy to see me. Childish, perhaps, but more child-like to me.
When I was a child, lo these many years ago, the steam powered coal trains used to run thru WV and KY, I remember daddy pacing the engine many times as we drove along the holler, just to make me smile. The sound of that train whistle still haunts my memories, and makes me smile. When I would stay in KY, the coal trucks would come down the holler, loaded and overflowing with huge chunks of coal, headed, I was certain, for “my train”. I would walk the roads, picking it up to take it home to show him. We of course would burn it in the stove, and then I felt like I was the fireman on that train, that I would travel and have adventure too.
I’ve not traveled far, perhaps I’m more like a short-line, but my adventures have been many. This train, this stack, reminds me that being a short-line is ok, it’s still beautiful, and that if you keep your fire hot and even, bank it off when you have to, you’ll just keep chuggin along.