Thursday, January 5, 2012

Road Trip


Those words mean different things to different people I suppose.  For some there is a bit of excitement attached, a spot of adventure, for others annoyance. For me, there is always a sense of purpose behind them, and usually an air of hurriedness - as opposed to a vacation, the purpose of which is to relax. On a road trip you are on a mission.

Usually this means minimal stops along the way.  Fortunately for me, Mommo's bladder is no stronger than mine so we are in agreement about relaxing the standard for potty stops.  Thinking about the timetable, I almost packed the camera away for the road trip out here.  I mean, what's there to see on the interstate, really. Endless roads? Traffic? There's just not much to shoot sitting in the passenger seat of a moving vehicle ... or is there?  About that time it struck me as a challenge to find things that scream road trip ... things that aren't your typical passenger seat shots. So the camera went in the front seat with me.


The weather wasn't very co-operative, although it could have been worse.  For most of the trip we had grey skies and drizzle.  I think we were in Georgia before I saw my first likely subject.  I looked up at a gas stop and saw a tractor-trailer in front of me.  It wasn't the truck, but it's cargo that caught my attention.  This shot may have no artistic merit, but I want you to look at the size of those tires!  There is no top on that trailer and you can plainly see only 3 tires can fit in that whole trailer!  I thought that was worth documenting.


Of course, the artist in me wasn't going to be denied. In this one you don't get the sense of scale, but the textures and geometric shapes intrigued me.

And knowing how I am about Abstracts, it shouldn't surprise you that the tires weren't the only cargo that I found interesting.


 
Having Sister Crow as a totem animal, naturally anything bright and shiny will catch my eye.  When the sun finally showed her face this stainless trailer was brilliant.








This Water Tower in Shreeveport reminded me of a Star Wars type alien critter.


And I'm told this is called a Mix Master


Although I much prefer living in the country, Urban landscapes do appeal to my photographer's eye.






And finally we arrive in Texas and stop at a truck stop/tourist trap.  I believe this horny horned toad is the mascot of one of the colleges.
Form, and elegant lines always seem to catch my attention, and this marble sink in the facilities was no exception.







 For all the elegance of the restroom, the place had fun and fanciful Old West feel to it.  This was the same place that I found the Christmas "Boots" in. 










Check out the star on the chair.  It's a Lone Star.  I expect you'll be seeing it a lot; they slap it on just about everything out here ;) including the furniture.










I hope I was able, with this set of pictures, to share the feel of the open road with you and a bit of the adventure of exploring exotic new places ;)  Traveling can be fun, if you don't forget to enjoy the process instead of seeing it as downtime that is necessary to do (or get to) the things you really WANT to do (or places you want to be).

Sorry about my lack of response so far.  Seems I've been have some connectivity problems, but I believe we have those worked out now.  Hopefully I really AM back now ;)

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  1. Hi Nicole! The drive is over (praise the powers that be, I was feeling every one of my years) and we're all safely tucked in Texas now for about a week and a half. I'm a little behind because I couldn't keep my connection (router got moved). We got it fixed now I think. Good to see you, you must be excited about getting the book out ... and on schedule too! Well done. I'm going to have to interrupt the Texas postings to pimp Awakening. Might take a few days for me to get the time to put it together but I'll get there soon, got some free days coming up.

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  2. Looks like fun. That bathroom is so neat! It's cool the things you can find on road trips.

    We take about 10 a year driving to & from the oldest's college & I think I may take my camera on Sunday [when we take her back] and see what I can find. Thx!

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  3. Aww, see, road trip to me, means that fun, escape and endless possibilites lay ahead for me! Hope your trip was safe!

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  4. Welcome back and the road trip looks like it was an interesting one. Those tires are HUGE! You managed to find interesting objects to capture, love the marble! The toad made me chuckle.

    Have a wonderful day!

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  5. Wonderful photos, I am somewhat drawn to that toad thing. It is so ugly, yet so interesting

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  6. great pictures..those are some big tires :O

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  7. Hey there SkippyMom ;) Yes, that bathroom was something. There was another one that was especially nice on that trip, but I didn't take my camera inside for that one. You know, it's not a thought that comes naturally. Potty stop, oh wait, let me get my camera! lol I hope you post those pictures, I'd like to see them.

    Hi Yvonne! Road trips can be fun, even for those of us that are resistant to change, if you approach them with the proper attitude. I'm guessing you have plenty of air sign influence in your chart by your description of how you look at them.

    Good to see you Darlin', how's all that school going? Thanks, and yes, it was an interesting trip. Long, but interesting.

    Mynx! I haven't got around to doing much visiting of blogs yet but I did see that piece you did with the fans ... gorgeous! LOL the toad appealed to me in a strange way too.

    CorvusCorax, thank you. I just couldn't get over the size of those tires myself.

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  8. I have to say there’s something about those big trucks. I would have liked to seen a photo of the giant three-wheeler those tyres belong to though, Sally.

    Happy New Year!

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  9. Happy New Year to you too, Mask. Mommo said she thought the tires were for one of those giant earth movers. I can't say as I've seen one, but I bet they use a lot more than 3 tires. I can't imagine what they cost to ship w/only 3 tire per tractor/trailer though.

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  10. thanks for the road trip pictures! great shots...but my favorite is definitely the horny toad!!

    happy new year!!

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  11. IMHO, road trips require cameras. As you found out, you never know what you will see. Those tires a huuuuuuge! Makes you wonder what they will be used on (large construction machinery??). One of these days, I will invent a baseball cap with a camera in it that you can take photos with while you're driving. I see tons of stuff to take photos of when I'm driving.

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  14. Where are you M. Sally? Long time no communicado.
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