On The Road To Teton Valley

June 20, 2010 · 6 comments

Somehow it always starts with the drama of clouds painting “Look here! Look here!” highlights on the middle ground.

Quick! Get the camera!

By the time the [easyazon_link asin=”B001ENOZY4″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”rickandkathy-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Nikon D90[/easyazon_link]is ridin’ high on the console between the seats, we’re sunk: once again, we realize the Road Trip Muse has bullied in and is insisting on some overdue personal attention.

She knows we’re suckers for the challenge of getting the shot at 80 mph, straining to get above the side rear view mirror, telephone poles, traffic lights, big honkin’ trucks that get in the way right at the last second…

… and she plays with our mutually eclectic sensibilities of what makes for an interesting image.

We’re a good team. Rick drives and occasionally hollers, “Get that one!” I bounce around in the front seat like Ruprecht the Monkey Girl, twisting myself into unnatural positions to try to get just the right angle.

Sometimes, The Source is just Rick, after 12 miles of outrageously bumpy and undulating road construction, quipping “Well, at least the road guys have a sense of humor.”

But sometimes, the Muse herself delivers a fly-by composition so intensely pure and correct that it if I miss it, I have failed to do my part in something important and irreplaceable.

It can be simply an image we wouldn’t normally see in our 9-5 Silicon Valley world.

Or it can be a surrealistically perfect moment that is usually only visible in other people’s lives. Or in slow motion in the movies. Or Napa.

But that’s what it’s like on the road to Teton Valley.

You get a plein air painter’s dream at sunset…

… followed by twilight in Targhee National Forest, 12 minutes from home, and the dreamscape collusion of your [easyazon_link asin=”B001ET5U92″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”rickandkathy-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]D90[/easyazon_link], the Muse, and the deer that decided to bound the other way.

Dad June 22, 2010 at 9:11 am

Good shooting – definitely some ‘painting worthwhile’ photos there.

rickandkathy June 24, 2010 at 11:44 am

Thanks, Photo Pater!

Kathy P. June 21, 2010 at 1:46 pm

We’ll be in Montana in a week — drivin’ and drivin’ and snappin’ away . . . aaaahh, bliss! Thanks for sharing.

rickandkathy June 24, 2010 at 11:46 am

Hey Kath! Looking forward to your visit. Drive safely.

Debra June 21, 2010 at 10:27 am

Beauty is all around us, we just have to look…it’s always nice to have a Nikon D90 in hand too for proof and documentation! Enjoy your time off! We’re headed to Cambria! 🙂

Charlie June 21, 2010 at 4:40 am

Hi you two – have a great time in the valley – I’ll miss seeing you both! Just completed a 4250 mile road trip with the kids through the southeast – the muse was definitely with me. love you both.

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