The Art of the Unexpected
Years ago I discovered a personal meaning for the word “adventure”. I was telling a friend my plans for taking a solo, cross-country trip to New Mexico. He asked why and I told him I was “looking for adventure”. His reply was, “Really? You know adventure begins when things don’t go as planned, right?”. Sure enough, I found my adventure and realized the truth in my friends words.
While on my way through Oklahoma I encountered the first of what would be many “adventures” on this trip. My car broke down in Stroud, Oklahoma and I ended up spending several unplanned nights at the Skyliner Motel. This, being a spring trip, coincided with Oklahoma’s tornado season and several powerful thunderstorms developed. One night I felt trapped by the rain but decided to make the best of the situation and get out my camera. A few weeks later, after returning home, I found this image on the last frame of the last roll from that night:
Further on, my car broke down again. This time in the Gila Wilderness of southwest New Mexico, at dusk and after everyone had seemingly gone home. I was alone with no way to get help, but fortunately I was prepared. I set up camp and once again began feeling “trapped”. So, I got out my camera. I didn’t realize it at the time, but the camera I was using had a (now well known) design defect that made it malfunction in dry, arid environments. This caused the viewfinder mirror to stick halfway through its movement while trying to get out of the way of the exposure. All I knew at the time is that my camera had done something strange. After returning home I was surprised to find this image:
Which brings us to May, 2010 and my annual trip to the Traverse City area. I usually time this trip to coincide with the emergence of cherry tree blossoms but mother nature had a different plan. The weather was very hard on the trees and farmers this year. Several freezing episodes caused damage to the trees. Aside from the eventual detriment to the cherries, it caused visible rotting on the blossoms, seen here:
The bright spot, however, was the mild weather. Pleasant temperatures and plenty of sun with a slight haze overhead resulted in great conditions for photography. My intended subject wasn’t cooperating so I looked around to see what else I could find. I ended up with a set of images that I could have easily overlooked otherwise. A few from this years trip:
Enjoy and be adventurous!