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Hello Everybody.

This event takes place every work day. Various households arise to the morning air and set about prepping themselves for school and work. Not a unique situation to the area I live in; the commute is common the whole world over.
The streams of cars slowly converge onto the side roads and then they make their to the cross county highways. Most vehicles in Maryland head to the ring that surrounds Washington DC. The beltway exceeded its rated capacity not long after it was built. Since these early days there has been a constant struggle to mantain and expand this stretch of concrete and asphalt; all in vain. As the road widens, more cars pour forth.
As more people come to Maryland to take advantage of the wealth of jobs and the oppurtunity for a higher average wage, the suburbs slowly spread out into the once rural landscape. More people are willing to drive further each day in the hopes that they will become wealthy sometime in the far future. For this, they are willing to commute up to three hours each way. I work well outside the beltway, and yet, I still drive one hour each way to my job.
This constant influx of people has strained the natural resources of this beautiful area. As people earn more money, they look for larger houses further away from the major metro areas. Yet, they still work in the city. The model T Ford got almost twenty five miles to the gallon, but todays American made cars still average much lower gas milage than that original car for everyman. Too much weight is put on the status symbol that a nice large vehicle can become.
Without adopting an extensive mass transit system and teaching people that the world that they enjoy through the windows of their gas guzzling vehicles will be destroyed, we can expect the people to ignore the obvious until it is much too late.

This is a view alongside the Benedict bridge on my way to work.

Frame, shrink then sharpen. Also used a polarizer.

Thanks,
Chris.

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