… a lot this past summer, putting over 3400 miles on the car, the dog, and our new rPod trailer.
There will be many posts to come over the next couple of months about some of our adventures, but those will all feature shots taken with one of our Big Girl cameras. With the exception of yesterday’s spoon, this week features shots taken with my iPhone.
We rumbled through some spectacular scenery.
This wasn’t it.
However, one of the cool things about a loooong road trip with Rick is that even when the vista itself is underwhelming, there is always something interesting to note and puzzle over.
For instance, this view wasn’t enough to make me climb into the back seat and rescue the camera bag from under a snoring 75-pound puppy: the “You wake him, you take him!” rule was in full effect. However, I wanted to snap the image of that weirdo purpley-pink pavement. We both recognized it from somewhere in our youths but couldn’t figure out where: Virginia? Ontario? Tanzania? What makes it that distinctive color? This opened a discussion about how it was sort of the same color as the original Dentyne gum, leading naturally to the topic of favorite candy from our childhood and the marked difference in liberality with which it was dispensed in our respective homes growing up, and we each learned something new about the other.
Writing is so cathartic and helpful for me. For example, just now three important lessons snapped into place:
1. When I catch an image with my iPhone, it is almost always because a) I can’t gain access to my Nikon either quickly enough or at all, or b) there is something besides photogenic merit that compels me to want to retain the scene. When I do take a photo with my cell phone, I think of it as a memory aid called a “snap.”
2. The amount of stuff about the world that Rick and I don’t know is truly impressive. We should get “I don’t know” t-shirts made.
3. One trick to making a 3400-mile road trip a wonderful experience is to travel with someone who enjoys conversational bunny trails as much as you do.
Sometimes the scenery wasn’t so much about the landscape as it was about the airscape.
I think the dog was still sleeping on the camera bag at this point, because that weather was pretty amazing and would have been worthy of a “photo” as opposed to a “snap” except for reason 1a above.
Sometimes a cold and windy waterscape at twilight can be interesting, too.
I think I’ve worked out the Pictage possibilities mentioned yesterday, but there is a 24-hour uploading lag that is going to make the timing tricky. I’ll still work on it, but meanwhile, I’ve decided to remove the copyright watermarks from the images I post here. They were bugging me.