Dear Reader (2021-03-03),
Re: Sunday February 21, 2020
I have been walking with ghosts. These are the ghosts of my past. After returning from England earlier this year I made a commitment to myself to get rid of a lifetime’s worth of paper. For most of February I have been doing some combination of recycling, scanning, or shredding. Not counting the magazines and software manuals that went directly into the blue box., I have filled over 15 large clear garden bags with shredded paper. I think I have another 25% effort to go. When a friend mentioned the possibility of a drive, I was pleased at the opportunity to keep the ghosts at bay for a day.
Wanders may or may not have a destination, may or may not involve driving, and may be urban or rural. In other words, they can cover just about everything outside of an overnight road-trip or a walk. In fact, I go on more wanders than walks.
Keith needs wine kits from Red Deer, and has an idea of taking a winding route home via Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park. As we have both been very COVID cautious, we agree to wander in one vehicle. After picking up a trio of wine kits, we turn east towards the coulees north of Drumheller.
For most of the drive, the grey skies limited form to the land. I am hard-pressed to see photographic dimensions. The drive becomes part reconnaissance for future wanders and part catch-up. My recent in person conversations have been with my wife and spectres. Part way through the day I observe that my conversation skills are rusty. It is though still a pleasure to drive and speak with a friend. Keith’s images of the wander can be found here.
The first three images below form a triptych called “Close, Closer, Closest”.
FYI: As you are scrolling through the images please note that you can click on any image and see the image with a nice dark background and no annoying band across the top. As well most of my photographs are best viewed on a monitor
As always, your comments are sought and welcomed. Please come back on Saturday for A Wandering Report 2.
All rights for all material on any media reserved – © Sean P Drysdale 2020-2023
4 Replies to “A Wandering Report 1”
me and my dog walked some fields in the hills, the foot of the mountains today. It was my birthday. It was a Beautiful day
Belated Happy Birthday Liz. Thank you visiting and commenting.
It was a wonderful day! One of my plans for this summer is to take what is likely to be a very full day, and photographically explore the badlands canyons.
Now I see what you were shooting as you disappeared over the edge of the jump. I’m quite taken with that image. My main thought at the time was hoping I wouldn’t have to go rescue you.
I’d mentioned that I wasn’t impressed with my hay bale shots, though I do plan to look back at them and see if I’ve overlooked anything. Your shots of the bales are quite good, and a set gradually getting closer had never occurred to me.
At first I didn’t care for the shed shot, but it’s growing on me. Or I think it is. Your shot has a very different mood than mine. I’ve been meaning to go revisit mine, in my copious (snork) free time.
Keith thank you for visiting and commenting. I too had visions of me sliding down that cliff, especially as dirt started falling on me as I was trying to find a stable position. Let me know if you would like company on a badlands day, maybe beginning with a Horsehoe Canyon dawn, or ending with star trails there. I agree with your observation on the difference in our shed image moods. The darkness in my view was intentional. The more I think about it, my shed image could be an illustration for your post on barriers. Cheers