Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinity

“To infinity… and beyond!”

– Buzz Lightyear

Fargo, ND

This weekend I traveled around Fargo looking for appropriate images to meet the challenge. Herewith is my weekly photo challenge submission, a collection of infinite travel options at your disposal.

Lead photo: It’s taken centuries, but in the last 100 years or so, the world’s travel options have become virtually infinite. Prior to the twentieth century, long distance travel was typically by water.

With the advent of the railroad, people found greater speed and convenience in land travel.

With the automobile came personal travel freedom, roads and traffic jams.

The Interstate highways joined the contiguous states with giant ribbons of concrete.

Build a mile of roadway, canal or railroad, and you can travel a mile. Build a mile of runway, and your travel options are infinite.

I saved my favorite “infinite” image for last. I don’t want to be considered that blogger who always enters the same photo in every contest. Even though I’ve submitted it before in another category, I think of all the photos in my collection, this image best demonstrates “infinity”.

Notes on the photos…

The lead photo was taken at Lindenwood Park in Fargo and features the Red River of the North.

The train track photo was taken looking east on the Burlington Northern Rail Line in Moorhead, Minnesota.

South Eighth Street is one of Fargo’s oldest neighborhoods; most houses still reflect the architecture of the early 20th century.

The freeway photo is a 30-second exposure taken from a pedestrian bridge over I-94 in Fargo. This was my first attempt at such a shot. It was windy and the bridge moves slightly in the breeze. You’ll notice the camera movement in the exposure.

The shot of the runway was from about 800-feet above Casselton, ND airport in a glider. The image was a single frame from a video taken through the Plexiglas window of the glider.

In the rail yard at Fargo, a train of brand new oil tanker cars waited their turn on the Burlington Northern tracks to depart for the oil fields of western North Dakota.

John Steiner



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