There and Back Again (Quickly)

Last week I made a quick trip to Boerne, Texas. Driving 2,400 miles in just a few days means taking the highway, not the "scenic route." Yet, as I thought of that term while packing for the trip I realized I was making a mistake to so quickly dismiss what is right in front of me as somehow less worth appreciating and photographing than scenes on some more indirect, wandering path.  I decided to take my camera and one lens, to observe and photograph what was offered by the changing landscapes rather than dismiss it in advance as unworthy of notice or appreciation. I'm so glad I made that decision.

I drove a lot of miles while listening to a lot of great audio lectures on American Literature; I made a few stops and a few simple images of the beautiful terrain in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. Rather than a bunch of equipment or a bunch of assumptions, I took my camera with one lens and whatever photographic opportunities came my way. All of my greatest teachers have emphasized the importance of being a student first, cultivate that open and hospitable mindset that is ready to learn and experience.

Between long periods of driving I took a few moments to stretch, breathe, and see.