It’s much easier to write when you’re moving. I’ve been in Saskatoon two weeks now and I’ve written less than I did during my two weeks on the road. It’s just too easy to fill your day with languorous activity, if I might borrow the phrase, when it’s hot, humid, and static. But if Tennessee Williams could do it so can I.
I’ve started a new project photographing businesses along the highway side service roads south of Martensville. There are plenty of interesting sites so the work will last a while.
Here’s a sample:
I damn near get blown off the roof shooting these things.
The VW is ok for crawling onto for a higher perspective, I haven’t fallen off yet, but I’m looking at the idea of a step van with a ladder. Permanent stand-up room is an added bonus but safety on a highway isn’t. I suppose wind resistance wouldn’t be either, mileage-wise, but I’d be using it on back roads at low speeds for the most part. It would double as a camper (I’d hang my Oaxacan hammock from the ceiling) and, something I’ve fantasized about for a while, would make an excellent camera obscura – a giant pinhole camera!
Seems a complicated way to save my shins from bruising, the purpose of fitting the ladder, hence I’m just thinking about it and haven’t even contemplated kicking tires yet. Soon though; one of the businesses I’ve pegged to photograph (Graveside Memorials) has one in their yard for sale. A step van used by a granite carver hey? Check the springs.
The rain has tapered off quite a bit. I’ve been able to leave up the pop-top all night and the puddles are drying up, although the paddock is still a mess. Bonnie’s looking at having it properly done, that is with a well-drained, firm surface. And I’m settling in with the notion that I’m here on the prairies and there’s nothing to be done about it; it’s hot, it’s dusty, it’s buggy and windy and all that. But you deal with it somehow. Just scratch and fan, spray, swat, blink, bathe, and siesta. So damned hot at mid-day! The Oaxacan hammock sounds like a good fit. I’d have to put bug screens fore-and-aft, and a roof-top vent. Maybe a translucent roof cum skylight… or a moon roof for starry nights… but I wouldn’t be able to walk on it… hmm.