Results are in on “Zenith City and Beyond” 500-Image CD-ROM by Jeff Lemke

Results are in on

If you enjoy pictures like the one shown on the cover of my latest project—taken at Duluth, MN. in 1966—then you’ll really enjoy my new Zenith City and Beyond 2016 digital image disc that’s available now. I announced this CD in October and made it available to subscribers for a small donation beginning on November 21st.

Positive vibes are already reaching my email INBOX, such as this one: "Just got my CD and absolutely love it! So many photos of places I have worked, brought back many memories. Thanks again for keeping Twin Ports Rail History alive." Vicki G.

As Vicki already discovered, my new CD contains 500 digital display images covering the Twin Ports of Duluth, Superior and surrounding communities—including the Mesabi Range. She used this link to find out much more information about this product before she made a small donation of just 4 cents an image!

Please check it out for yourself:

My 2016 digital image disc is designed to be viewed digitally—perfect for viewing on your favorite digital device. And if you’re a historian like me then you’ll be happy to learn that you can use my images in a history presentation of your own, as long as they are not modified in any way. These aren’t just quick scans and copies like virtually every other history photo CD on the market today. Each of these images has been restored to remove the dust, fingerprints, film blemishes and scratches. Quality varies depending on the age and condition of the original, but overall—they look pretty darn good.

Content includes both color and black & white images that you can view on your computer through a CD-ROM drive or through your HDTV if connected to your computer network. No special software needed. Each image is its own file. Click through them one at a time or watch in slide show mode on your computer or HDTV. This is silent, no music or annoying beeps or clicks. It’s all about the photos, and each is made from an original film negative or positive.

Railroads include at minimum:

Burlington Northern Railroad
Chicago & North Western Railway
Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range Railway
Duluth & Northeastern Railroad
Duluth, Winnipeg & Pacific Railway
Great Northern Railway
Lake Superior Terminal & Transfer Railway
Northern Pacific Railway
Milwaukee Road
Soo Line

I’ve included many different industrial topics from around the area too. There are pictures taken from the air and high vantage points, shots of depots, buildings, bridges, trains, train cars, steam and diesel locomotives and details, boats, industries, ore docks, ore trains, ore cars, ore mines, signs, railroad men, interlocking towers, rail yards, roundhouses, and pretty much anything else you can imagine. The oldest image on the CD go back to 1889 while most were taken during the 1950s-1980s. Only a scant handful are more recent than 1980. So please consider making a donation today to help me do much more in 2017. There is a book in the works too so be sure that you are subscribed to my once-a-month e-Newsletter to receive those updates by email.

Thanks so much for your interest and very kind support.

Here’s that information link again:


Posted by Twin Ports Rail History on 2016-11-26 15:16:51

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Northern Liberties Real Estate Offers New Urban Design

Northern Liberties Real Estate Offers New Urban Design
Most urban development in today’s marketplace is a trend towards higher density and more efficient use of space. Of course, “efficient” use of space is a relative term that for most city planners means more square footage over less land. But, when given the right opportunity, urban developers should always consider options towards more open space and green building…even in the middle of one of the largest cities in the world.

Northern Liberties Real Estate, a residential and commercial real estate developer in Philadelphia, is scheduled to begin construction of a single family house in the Northern Liberties section of the city. What makes this home different from other new construction in the market is its unique design and layout. After adding in all exterior decks, rear and side yards, the proposed property has less than 50 percent coverage, an unusual achievement in most urban areas where homes typically cover 90 percent or more of their properties.

After closing on 3 separately deeded residential lots last summer, Northern Liberties Real Estate spent several weeks and multiple site plan revisions to finally decide on their design. Rather than building multiple rowhomes on the 3 lots, Northern Liberties Real Estate decided to move forward with a more unique plan. After a lot consolidation, the company was now able to build only one house on an unusually wide lot of 37 feet.

This decision paved the way for distinctive design features rare for Northern Liberties and urban development anywhere in the country. With this project, Northern Liberties Real Estate set out to do something different. Building only one house gave the company the opportunity to create 2 side yards, 1 rear yard, a driveway for 2 car parking and 3 exterior decks. The result is a property with 50 percent open space, windows on all 4 sides of the house creating an abundance of natural light, and more green space then any other townhome in Northern Liberties Philadelphia.

Because of the scarcity and price of land in urban areas, this kind of layout is usually not financially possible. In order to make the numbers work and achieve investor and lender objectives, developers must often increase density and coverage ratios. However, Northern Liberties Real Estate offers a different urban option on this particular project. Could this be a trend in urban development? Probably not. But, the principals of Northern Liberties Real Estate would like to think so.

Author’s Bio:
Joe Jesuele is the co-founder and president of Northern Liberties Real Estate in Philadelphia, PA. He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of business development, leasing, and project management for residential and commercial properties. He is currently working on the construction of a single family residence in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia. For news on this project and other Northern Liberties Real Estate projects, please follow the Company’s News.

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Morning Drive To Work

Morning Drive To Work

I have a beautiful drive into work each monday morning. Unfortunately it is a four hour drive to work, and I don’t return until friday, but a beautiful one at that. I used to shoot a lot at sunset or shortly thereafter. I still do, but driving through the country at 5 in the morning has made me realize that sunrise is much more breathtaking. I often see things that I’m sure I never will see again; however I rarely ever pull over to take a picture since I am in a rush.

This was shat at beleve it or not, ISO 100, and was properly exposed. The raw processor I have when I am away from home is not very good; however lightroom would never run on this old laptop. So all my raw photos have crazy grain. Oh well, I’ll process this one again when I am home; however I almost spend no time at the computer when I am.

Sorry I have not had many posts lately. Life has taken me down a hecktic road. I am working 2 jobs at the moment and trying to manage a business. Each day I work from 7:00 am until 12:30 am. My camera collects dust and I long for a day when I can pick it up.

View On Black

Posted by recyclethis on 2007-08-17 01:03:24

Tagged: , northern , ontario , field , mist , fog , pink , blue , purple , yellow , golden , landscape , trees , farm , sunrise

Noir Leeds

Noir Leeds

"The word was out. Like a deadly virus released into the City’s corrupt circulatory system: something wicked this way comes.

Trouble had come to me, in big dark swarms. The good and the just, they were like gold dust in this town. I had no illusions. I was not one of them. I was no hero. Just me and the gun, and the crook. My options had decreased to a singular course."
– Max Payne

I was in a monochrome mood when editing this shot and decided to give it a bit of a noir effect! There’s a myriad of fantastic quotes to be found in film-noir cinema of the 1940s which all sit nicely beside photographic depictions of the metropolis at night. The plot of "Max Payne" (a computer game released in 2001) was half a century older than those films when it was released, but the script managed to be a very effective satirical parody of their style. I remember continually laughing at the gritty mysterious monologues when playing it for the first time, and it sometimes comes to mind when Photoshopping images with a dark atmosphere.

Posted by tj.blackwell on 2012-01-11 22:35:50

Tagged: , Leeds , City , Centre , West , Yorkshire , UK , Northern , England , Metropolitan , Urban , Town , 2012 , Night , Evening , Late , Dark

Night Sky above Lough Foyle, Co. Derry, Northern Ireland.

Night Sky above Lough Foyle, Co. Derry, Northern Ireland.

A view of the Night Sky above Lough Foyle. The most visible and recognisable stars are – Orion, Sirius, Procyon, and Pleiades – The Seven Sisters The planet Jupiter shines brightest at the top centre of the image.

Orion is a prominent constellation located on the celestial equator and visible throughout the world. It is one of the most conspicuous and recognizable constellations in the night sky. It was named after Orion, a hunter in Greek mythology. Its brightest stars are Rigel (Beta Orionis) and Betelgeuse (Alpha Orionis), a blue-white and a red supergiant respectively. Many of the other brighter stars in the constellation are hot, blue supergiant stars. The three stars in the middle of the constellation form an asterism known as Orion’s belt. The Orion Nebula is located south of Orion’s belt.

Sirius – Sirius is the brightest star in the night sky. With a visual apparent magnitude of −1.46, it is almost twice as bright as Canopus, the next brightest star. The name "Sirius" is derived from the Ancient Greek: Σείριος Seirios ("glowing" or "scorcher"). The star has the Bayer designation Alpha Canis Majoris (α CMa). What the naked eye perceives as a single star is actually a binary star system, consisting of a white main-sequence star of spectral type A1V, termed Sirius A, and a faint white dwarf companion of spectral type DA2, called Sirius B. The distance separating Sirius A from its companion varies between 8.2 and 31.5 AU.

Procyon (α CMi, α Canis Minoris, Alpha Canis Minoris; Br. pronunciation /ˈprəʊsɪən/) is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Minor. To the naked eye, it appears to be a single star, the eighth brightest in the night sky with a visual apparent magnitude of 0.34. It is actually a binary star system, consisting of a white main-sequence star of spectral type F5 IV–V, named Procyon A, and a faint white dwarf companion of spectral type DQZ, named Procyon B. The reason for its brightness is not its intrinsic luminosity but its relative closeness to the Sun; as determined by the European Space Agency Hipparcos astrometry satellite, it lies at a distance of just 11.46 light-years (3.51 parsecs), and is therefore one of our nearest stellar neighbours. Its closest neighbour is Luyten’s Star, about 1.12 ly (0.34 pc) away, and the latter would appear as a visual magnitude 2.7 star in the night sky of a hypothetical planet orbiting Procyon.

In astronomy, the Pleiades (/ˈplaɪ.ədiːz/ or /ˈpliː.ədiːz/), or Seven Sisters (Messier object 45 or M45), is an open star cluster containing middle-aged hot B-type stars located in the constellation of Taurus. It is among the nearest star clusters to Earth and is the cluster most obvious to the naked eye in the night sky.
The cluster is dominated by hot blue and extremely luminous stars that have formed within the last 100 million years. Dust that forms a faint reflection nebulosity around the brightest stars was thought at first to be left over from the formation of the cluster (hence the alternate name Maia Nebula after the star Maia), but is now known to be an unrelated dust cloud in the interstellar medium, through which the stars are currently passing. Computer simulations have shown that the Pleiades was probably formed from a compact configuration that resembled the Orion Nebula. Astronomers estimate that the cluster will survive for about another 250 million years, after which it will disperse due to gravitational interactions with its galactic neighbourhood

The planet Jupiter shines brightest at the top centre of the image.upiter is the fifth planet from the Sun and the largest planet in the Solar System. It is a gas giant with mass one-thousandth of that of the Sun but is two and a half times the mass of all the other planets in the Solar System combined. Jupiter is classified as a gas giant along with Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Together, these four planets are sometimes referred to as the Jovian or outer planets. The planet was known by astronomers of ancient times, and was associated with the mythology and religious beliefs of many cultures. The Romans named the planet after the Roman god Jupiter. When viewed from Earth, Jupiter can reach an apparent magnitude of −2.94, bright enough to cast shadows, and making it on average the third-brightest object in the night sky after the Moon and Venus. (Mars can briefly match Jupiter’s brightness at certain points in its orbit.)

Posted by MNM Photography 2014 on 2014-03-24 14:36:45

Tagged: , Night , Sky , Beach , County , Derry , L’Derry , Northern , Ireland , astrophotography , astronomy , benone , long , exposure , limavady , lough , foyle , seascape , ulster , skys , star , stars , Astrometrydotnet:id=nova254571 , Astrometrydotnet:status=solved

Aurora Borealis and Milky way and Meteor and Jupiter

Aurora Borealis and Milky way and Meteor and Jupiter

Well it was meant to be a different shot today and another tourist info, but… Flickr must be the only place/program on this planet, that when you CANCEL the long essay you have just written, it does just that. No questions asked. So after I have written the text, and push cancel by mistake, it did just that. I suppose that is the lesson in universal ballance: some programs become highly irritating with the amount of "are you sure? are really sure? Do you want to call a friend?" questions, and some are like your partner in a huff, and do it without any concern you might be making a mistake. So thats why you are looking at yet another Aurora.

Rant over 🙂

The shot: When aurora decided to take a break and died down a bit I have decided to take a shot of Milky way, but as soon as I pressed the shutter, aurora came back. It was a bit frustrating, but my frustration was certainly sorted by the circling clouds. After about 5-6 shots of Milky way and aurora, they took over the sky, and there was no more milky way, no more aurora. Sorted 🙂

I would also like to take this opportunity and answer a question I have been asked, in case some of you may be wondering the same but are too star struck to ask: Why do you write your Icelandic blog on Flickr and not on separate blog?
I have actually asked a similar question myself: why do people have separate blogs if they post on here and then they put zillions of links in their profiles on here to navigate public to them? Truth is, the internet is full of crap, and Im sure it can do without another one added to it. Im sure I wouldnt have to loose sleep over it and my blog would get lost in the mess anyway and nobody would even notice it. And that is it. Here I might get 50-60 views, some nice comments that are really appreciated, and if I have done well even a Fave. But how many blogs are out there go barely noticed? And that is why. The fact that Im lazy and computer illitare doesnt even come into it, honest 🙂 And most importatly, at least Im only soiling the same spot, not all over the place 😉

Enjoy 🙂

Posted by Ren A on 2011-10-23 10:24:38

Tagged: , aurora , borealis , aurora borealis , northern , lights , polarna ziara , stars , star dust , iceland , island , milky way , meteor , shooting star , heart , jupiter , galaxy andromeda M31 , Pleiades , polarlichter , milchstrasse