Orange truck, Yellowknife Mining Museum, Yellowknife, NWT, photo by John Ecker | pantheon photography
ORANGE TRUCK, YELLOWKNIFE MINING MUSEUM: For over 70 years, mining has been Yellowknife’s economic base. The industry provides over 50% of the Northwest Territory’s GDP. The town was established in the mid 1930s, became the territorial capital in 1967 and finally incorporated in1970. The Northwest Mining Heritage Society was formed in 2002 with plans to establish a mining museum and resource centre. Currently, much of its collection is found outside, at the Giant Mine Town Site, located 4 km north of Yellowknife on the Ingraham Trail. While the site appears just to be a hodgepodge of old relics, I was fascinated by the collection and what it represents. The area has been a rich source of gold, radium and now diamonds. The society is assembling a huge trove of artefacts to share the rich history of mining in the area.
More information: Northwest Mining Heritage Society
Shot handheld with a Nikon D3100 with a Nikkor 18-200mm lens at 18mm, f6.3, 1/125 sec., ISO 1600. Photo by John Ecker | pantheon photography
GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE, SAN FRANCISCO: The huge cables that pass over the 746 foot main towers act as hangers for the suspender cables. The Suspender cables hold the roadway. Those main cables are over 36 inches in diameter. Each cable is 7,650 feet long. The wire inside those main cables total more than 80,000 miles. This shot was taken from the San Francisco side, along a pathway that is full of wildflowers. You can see that cyclists use one side of the bridge and pedestrians the other. The Golden Gate is a toll bridge. Tolls are only collected on the lanes heading into San Francisco. More interesting facts on the Golden Gate Bridge website. And here’s another perspective of the bridge: Golden Gate Bridge
Shot handheld with Nikon D300, with a Nikkor AF-S 18-200 lens at 200mm, f9, 1/1000 sec., ISO 640. Photo by John Ecker | Pantheon Photography
GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE, SAN FRANCISCO: When most people think of the Golden Gate Bridge, the image that most likely comes to mind is the view from a distance, taking in the full span of this beautiful structure. What is not much appreciated is that while the bridge handles thousands of vehicles each day, it is also a pedestrian, hiker and cyclist Mecca. It’s easy to get up close to the bridge and photograph it from interesting angles. The bridge first opened to pedestrians on May 27th, 1937. Vehicular traffic followed the next day. There are numerous cycling and walking paths all around the bridge. One side of the bridge is reserved for walkers and runners. The other side is strictly for cyclists. Maintaining the bridge is a constant project. 38 painters work on the bridge, as do 17 iron workers who replace rusting rivets. More interesting facts on the Golden Gate Bridge website.
Shot handheld with Nikon D300, with a Nikkor AF-S 16-85 lens at 16mm, f20, 1/200 sec., ISO 640. Photo by John Ecker | Pantheon Photography
BICYCLE, ROME, ITALY: Rome is such a great city for walking. The back streets and alleys wind their way between buildings that are often several hundred years old. It’s also there where you’ll find most cyclists, who prefer to leave the bigger and busier roads to the motor scooters. This one caught my eye because of the warmth of the light and subtle blends of reds and oranges on a late Roman afternoon. Shot handheld with a Nikon D70S, Nikkor 18-55 AF lens at 25mm, f5.6, 1/125 sec. Photo by John Ecker | pantheon photography