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We took a more-or-less aimless drive the other day, eventually ending up on a road just because the map indicated a cemetery along the way. As a bonus, that route pointed us right toward some afternoon storms that were building up. And then, as a double-bonus, just when we got to the cemetery one of the clouds, off in the distance, decided it was time to rain.

Crosby County, Texas
photographed 7.25.2021

Big Screen

I thought about making myself believe that the screen was turning into a cloud and floating away.

Or, alternatively, that the cloud was solidifying itself and becoming the screen.

Either way was equally likely.

Lamesa, Texas
photographed 5.2.2021

San Patricio Storms

Sometimes when I make a photo I can almost talk myself into believing that no other photographer would have spotted The Thing I Just Photographed. And other times, I believe that Any Reasonable Person With a Camera would have made the exact image I just got.

This, obviously, falls into the Any Reasonable Person category. I mean, really – how could anyone look at that mountain, the sunlight on the white building, and those clouds and NOT produce exactly this image?

But I’m still glad I made it.

San Patricio, New Mexico
photographed 4.23.2021

yet despite all this

Normal travelers seeking a route between Cheyenne and Caspar would take Interstate 25, which would take about two and a half hours.

And that is the complete explanation of our route of choice, a desolate and meandering path that added roughly an hour to the drive. But we got to see this. (And we skipped the boring interstate.)

Shirley Rim Rest Area, Wyoming
photographed 8.27.2020

That sky, though

Most of the time we were in the Palouse, the skies were obscured by smoke from the western wildfires. This one day, though, the shifting wind and the photography gods presented me with a lovely gift.

near Palouse, Washington
photographed 9.3.2020

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