April 25th, 2017
Even though I had said that I was going to utilize Twitter for Daily Notebook’ish type stuff, and have been doing so, figured I would do an entry on here anyway, as the photos are building up, especially from a couple days ago… so, one more from the road.
Guess will start clear back from the location of the “epiphany”, Twin Falls, Idaho…
Oh, and before I do that, guess I should point out, for the sake of this entry, I am going to forgo the usual placement of photos, one after the other into the entry, since I have quite a number of them… so, will insert little stock gallery formats, that come with the theme I am using… since this is the first time I have ever used them, hopefully they work. Anyway, for this first batch, really isn’t necessary, as it’s only two photos, but…
Back in good ol’ Wyoming. This gaggle of horses were not too far before entering Jackson, and for my horse loving niece, I pulled over to capture them for her, with a sliver of the beautiful Teton mountains in the background.
After a dozen years or so, give or take a few, of having lived in Wyoming, I have never been to the western half of the state. This past Autumn, I headed out towards this part of the state so as to check out Yellowstone, only to find out I was a day late and a dollar short, with it closing the next day. So, promised myself I would catch it on the way back in the Spring, so why I was back in the area of it.
Except, didn’t end up going again. This time for being the dollar (well, several dollars) short… not to see it, as I bought (a now useless) yearly National Park Pass back in Californ i a, so could have got to visit it for free and as long as I wanted… but, didn’t have the funds to afford the gas to head up to it.
Think the last time I wrote, I had just sold my studio light kit (finally!), but that only provided short term relief… my objective was needing to make it back to the area of the home of my youth, so as to be there for my niece’s graduation, so funds to do that, is what I was needing to be able to attain… which again, was doing so from selling whatever items of worth that I had with me to do so. And next on the chopping block, were the 24mm lens o’ mine, and my solar powered power supply kit that I have had. Well, after selling the studio light kit, I apparently ran the bucket dry of selling anything further in the area, and so had to resort to the last ditch, grasping at straws, scraping the bottom of the barrel, using a pawn shop for the pennies on the dollar. Actually fared out semi-okay, in a not really sort of way, but did get just enough in order to make it all the way back, but with no detours further north up into Yellowstone, so… But, at least got to check out the grand Teton Mountains, and man, do they live up to their touted beauty!
The first time I lived in Buffalo, Wyo, at the foot of the beautiful Big Horn Mountains, back in the latter half of the 90’s, wildlife was something I got to witness a couple times, with moose, a mountain lion, elk… the last time I lived there though, a couple years back, not a bloody single animal did I ever see, aside from the ever prevalent antelope and deer. Yeah, different story on the western side of the state! First off the little herd of buffalo that was just off the side of the road, and then a little ways up, the herd of elk… in the western edge there, wildlife – it’s still their habitat, and roam freely all about… so, was nice to get a good solid viewing of buffalo, especially since, literally, day one of this here journey o’ mine, I headed to a place in Nebraska for just the sole reason of being able to see them, only to be greatly disappointed… so, nice that in the trail end of this here journey o’ mine, I got to genuinely see them in the wild.
He, and the white mare, must have been/be show horses, as the white mare, her tail still showed signs of having been crimped, braids in her mane… and this fine, handsome specimen, just had an air about him that he loved the attention, knowing he was a sexy beast, and just this confident attitude of a good showman.
The following morning, still in the red rock, Dubois area. The last of the two above, the purplish rock, was a first for me… all the other colors represented in that landscape I had seen before, but the bulbous purple formations, that was a surprising first… and were really more purple than is really seen above… the sky was still overcast, and got impatient waiting for the sun to peek through to make the colors more vibrant, and it didn’t look like it was going to happen for a good long while by the cloud cover, so…
Some lone object, be it a tree, or here a silo, always catch my attention when I am driving, and see them all by their lonesome out in the middle of nowhere surrounded by nothing else. When I took the shot, I had the full intention of removing the cell tower in post… but, once in post, I just decided to keep it, as I thought it just balanced out with the silo and couple trees aside it.
Anyway, in both places, aside from the run down, falling apart aspect of it, was taken by the remaining hints of vibrant color that were still present in the places… and am going to blame Paul for making my photographic eye look at color more, as that is something he is currently focusing upon in his work, and so is what drew me to photograph the remaining color play of both buildings.
So, I know I ended up pretty much going dark here after all, and falling off the grid, and really have no qualms for having done so… but, left y’all hanging as to what it is I am now going to do, especially since I just vaguely proclaimed that I had that “epiphany” and what it was I set out on this journey for, had been discovered, and that it now was complete.
So, is it really? Same ol’ answer – I don’t know. What am I going to do next? Same ol’ answer – I don’t know. Don’t have the slightest fuckin’ clue. But, am in a definite different place than I was when I set out on this here journey o’ mine… a better place personally, spiritually, and that alone is enough and huge for me. Still find myself in this same ol’ square one hell though, as to what the living flying fuck to do in this here life/world… but, again, the place I am with myself, is just a whole lot better place for me to continue forward in my continual quest to figure out the other big part.
So, that’s pretty much it. Nothing other really new along those lines. Right now, all I am thinking about, is just making it back for my niece’s graduation… and then figurin’ out what to do after that and from there. A part of me thinks it’s going to entail really bucklin’ down even more than I already have done so far, and getting rid of absolutely everything else that I do own and possess, to just the extreme bare essentials, and carrying forth from there. Will see, and time will only tell.
Just gonna continue livin’, day by/to day… doing, going, living the moment that is front of me. So, um… yeah.
As always, hoping, and wishing that all is well with you, fellow travelers in your own journeys. Live, laugh, love, and enjoy.