This photograph---taken in Renton, Washington---shows a motor-operated retractable gate that crosses a road. What makes this road special is that it is the access road used by The Boeing Company to move new 737 airplanes from the Renton Airport (at left) to a nearby company staging area (at right) where last-minute work is performed on planes before they are delivered to customers. I happened to photograph the gate because it was interesting. Here's the story...
While walking down the Cedar River Trail (at right) I stopped here to photograph whatever caught my fancy: planes, fence, tool box, vegetation, and this gate. I even got down on my knees to get a close shot of the long, rusty metal plate. As I snapped pictures, a private security guard who worked for Boeing had been watching me and came out of the staging area to talk to me. In a friendly and non-threatening manner he asked me what I was taking pictures of and why. He was uneasy about my activity but could not say exactly why.
We had a pleasant conversation, during which I explained my interest photographing all sorts of things because there is "beauty in the mundane" (or something like that). I also told him that I understood that photography from public places is legal no matter what the subject---even the 737 airplanes close at hand. He seemed to understand but was nonetheless "concerned." He never asked for my camera or request that I delete any photos. (I would have denied either request.) The conversation drifted into the fun aspects of photography and he eventually returned to his station.
When I took this picture I was not on the Cedar River Trail, but I don't recall seeing any signs that warned of trespassing here.At the time I did not think about the fact that this might be private property, but in hindsight I believe it is. Thus the security guard’s concern was not unreasonable.