In the Locks

For many years I dreamed of visiting the Panama Canal, to be in the locks, in person. Growing up, I wanted to be an engineer and the idea of how humans could change the very world by our sheer will fascinated me. In many profound ways this passageway changed the world, but at a great…

Scale of the Panama Canal

This is a shot of the Panama Canal back in 2010. I’ve never seen an image that better describes the massive scale of not only the locks and ships, but of human innovation. The school bus makes this scale tangible for everyone. It blows my mind that these locks are more than 100 years old and…

Bridging Oceans

You are looking at a crossroads between land and sea, ocean and ocean, and really the world. The bridge in the background is the Centennial Bridge that allows Panama City, Panama’s traffic to cross over the historic Panama Canal. From this road you can eventually explore all of North America (given the proper visas anyways)….

Modern Mule

This is what is known as a “lock mule” on the causeway of one of the Panama Canal’s locks. These devices are tied to the ship on both sides as it approaches the lock and guides the heavy behemoths through the set of locks via rails. They are really electric locomotives that pull the ships forward…

The Gateway

The Panama Canal locks are the gateway between oceans that explorers dreamed of since the discovery of the Americas. This canal is one of the greatest feats of human engineering. It changed the world of commerce and travel. The system allows quicker access between the Atlantic and Pacific, and subsequently continents. Commerce flows through these locks on huge ships. These locks, massive for…