With just the right amount of rainfall yesterday, today was the first day since May that I did not have to eat dust every time I climbed out of my Jimmy to snap a shot! What a relief! The inside of my Jimmy is so dirty, not from garbage, but from dust and dirt.
Today was undoubtedly the day for the faded stop sign! I counted 20 signs that where all but white, barely able to be seen and read until one was right up on it. Some were almost covered with vines and nearly laying on the ground from motorists who must have decided that they needed relocated and wanted to do their fair share by moving it.
I took my map for summer off the wall today and tossed in into my vehicle, knowing that today I was heading towards an area that had more twists and turns than ever before and knew it was going to be handy, and boy was it!
I always feel so at peace when I am out in the country and snapping my shots for you! No matter what is going on in my crazy world, nothing compares to getting out and slowing the pace down to a crawl! I crossed an area that I had never been in before, something I enjoy very much. Parts of this area found homes few and far between as they gave ways to trees and fields.
It was what I would term, a normal afternoon with my camera. For the first time I noticed that the long drought around here was starting to kill the corn and wither the trees to nothing. Even the slow rain yesterday did nothing but run off and disappear.
This session ended on an exciting note! The very last road I was on ended with a ‘bridge closed’ sign that had once went over the dry creek bed. My first thought was “That’s fine, I’ll just turn around and drive the mile and half back to the nearest road.” Then I noticed a four-wheeler trail leading down into the dried creek bed. I walked it to the other side and climbed up the hill. I then decided that I was much closer to the highway than I were to turn around. I made my way back to my Jimmy, made my way onto the four-wheeler trail and locked her into four-wheel drive and into the creek I went. With sand flying, I reached the other side and felt the horse power kick in as she growled her way up the bank and back onto the old, deserted country road. Such a rush for something that happen so quickly, but awesome none the less!
Now it is time to return home and prepare for another work week that I will spend thinking about my future and realizing just how close I truly am to it! Until next Sunday, LIVE WITH PASSION!
What else can I be grateful for? I am alive and healthy as are my three awesome sons! My parents are both still alive and I have a subtle relationship with both of them. My grandmother is alive, as is my GREAT- grandmother! I have a vehicle to get back and forth in that looks really descent (especially when I get the back-end re done). I have a roof over my head (I think that puts me in the top 30% of people in this world, so thanks go above for that one). I have five books to my career thus far, working on my picture book (fourseasonsof.wordpress.com), my sixth solo work and a collaborative effort with a very good friend (more like a sister if you want to know).
With my new writing area that, I must stress for the first time since writing, is kick ass, I find myself sitting down at my desk and falling asleep before I even begin writing. Am I losing my edge, I do nothing but think about my stories and my career all day long when I am at work!? To that I wish I could only report to my “paying job” for 30 hours a week and continue receiving my 50 hour a week pay. I believe that is a dream not just shared by me, LOL!
I have been told that three projects at once is a load but I am excited about them and have become somewhat obsessed lately with seeing them through. I know the time will soon come when I will no longer be confined to a 50 hour a week place of employment and will have the time to switch to writing and completely place things in my own path.
LOL, enough babble, until next Sunday, LIVE WITH PASSION!
Today, I took my sons home and decided that I would do my laundry before leaving for shooting today. See, I do not have a washer and dryer in my home and have to go to the local laundry mat. It takes me just over an hour to do two loads on a normal day. Today however, the red blanket that covers my boys mattress was my company as Lynden’s upset stomach decided that it had had enough being uncomfortable and threw up on it. Being a dad, I help blow noses and wipe bottoms after going to the potty, but there is something about vomit that freaks me out when I am trying to clean it up! That made for a third load of laundry that took an hour and a half.
By 2:30p.m., it began to cloud up and for the first time in almost two months, Lawrence County received a very badly needed rainfall. Hence, I did not make it out to the north end for some shots. It was well needed and I must say that I feel asleep in my recliner for a couple of hours.
I did want to say that I have decided in favor of a P.O. Box for my blog site. It will not become a reality until the end of the month. I wanted to thank you for suggesting the idea, perhaps it will work out great!
I regret to say that it must be yet until another Sunday before I can snap some shots and share them, but, soon the opportunity will come that I will have more than enough funds to have my own internet and so much more! Things are already looking up and it is just a matter of hanging in there and keeping my chin up! Until next Sunday, LIVE WITH PASSION!
Last week I mentioned that I had painted my bedroom and made a much-needed improvement in my writing space. I got the photos taken and wanted shot you! As always, thank you so very much for reading! Levi
With the temperature near the 100* mark, I dropped off my boys and returned home to run my laundry and clean my house before heading out at 2 o’clock for the north-eastern corner of Lawrence County. First, I found my way to the car wash to remove the battery of bird dropping that riddled my Jimmy. That is the result of having to park under a tree at home. Then, with the heat baring down, I was off, I had my camera, my RC Cola and the AC.
The moment I turned off of IL RT.1, I began my quest to stir up as much dust as possible. You see, it has not rained in Lawrence County in almost two months and to say that things were a tiny bit parched would be an understatement. Almost immediately, I came across a creek that was bone dry and had not seen a drop in weeks. I came to a stop on the bridge and without thinking, opened my car door and was welcomed by a large wave of dust. I got the shot of the dry stream and made my way onward into the dust I had created.
It was warm enough outside that every farm animal I came across today was shade bound or in the nearest pond that still had water in it. It was bright but that makes for great shots in certain areas, and for that I was ever so grateful. Truthfully, the only time the sunlight is against me is near 5 o’clock, creating my shadow to find its way around the front of me.
One moment I enjoy about taking photos is when I have the opportunity to stumble across old homes and barns that are lost to mother nature and near collapse. Today proved to be a great day for just such shots. It is proof that what we spend our lives trying to contain, mother nature can reclaim on only a few short years. I am always reminded of how wonderful nature can be at 10 to 15 m.p.h.
Tonight I end by being so very grateful! Grateful to be alive, grateful to have my awesome sons, grateful to be a writer and grateful to have the opportunity to write my blogs and hear from such wonderful readers. You truly are the best. I’m still not sure if I am proceeding with a P.O. Box, I reckon I will but that is for another post.