BNSF freight trains crossing the Mojave Desert in California, as seen from National Trails Highway (old Route 66) on November 8, 2013.  I-40 can be seen in the distance on the third shot.  The road passes through Route 66 ghost towns of Essex and Chambless, and the “ghost town that ain’t dead yet,” Amboy, home of the iconic Roy’s Motel (and cafe and gas station).

Photos taken with my trusty Canon A710IS, unprocessed.

A BNSF freight train rumbles across the Mojave Desert in front of Roy’s Motel and old Route 66 near Amboy, California, May 22, 2017.

Well I really wanted this shot to work…what was the problem?  The camera’s autofocus caught the undergrowth in the foreground?  Maybe.  Too much zoom and no tripod?  Maybe.  Too much ground covered at 108 degrees Fahrenheit, with too much shimmering heat rising?  Maybe.  Anyway, here it is.  I still kinda like it.