Monday, May 18, 2015

Crossing Over...

With all the rain we have had lately crossing over to the other side has been a problem. Lots of flooded roads and some of those are roads that have never flooded before. There have even been some local sink holes and washed out bridges. I personally have not have had any trouble crossing anything lately but a while back on various road trips I had some thoughts on crossing over. They were brought on by driving across bridges to get where I was going. I was traveling, thinking and making photos and sometimes while making the photos I made crossing over the various bridges and roadways harder than it should have been. 

Couple of photos crossing Lake Charles. 

The Atchafalaya Basin. 

Crossing The Mississippi at Baton Rouge

More South Louisiana swamp.  

Crossing over to Galveston island.

Sometimes you run into alligators crossing. Most of the crossings I made photos of were less than ideal. For one thing they are a bit hazy and distorted looking through the windshield. There is fast moving, crowded traffic.There there are the other people in my car. They holler at you and distract you because I am usually driving and they go something like "well if you are going to make pictures let me damn drive!" At least I'm not texting but you get get the idea. Crossing over can be made hard. 

I'd like to think about crossing over like this. There are no photos to make. It's not hazy but it is dark. It's a nice soft dark and not pitch black can't see where you are going dark and things you reach for are just kind of at your hand. You stand at the edge of the water, no high bridge, no streaking traffic, no powerful auto with padded seats but instead there is a narrow boat with a seat just right for you to settle into. The boat is steady and instead of the need for a don't fall in the water grip on the close gunwales your hands fall easy, comfortable to the sides. The air across the water is restful, fresh and you are dressed just right in comfortable loose clothes for the ride. 

And what a ride it is. It's quiet and smooth. No other traffic on the water and strangely enough no lights on the water or on the shore and no cell phone towers blinking in the distance. No water spray and even in the dark you know not to worry about striking an unseen object. There is no work or worry and when the boat noses to the other shore you are out with out getting a foot wet. 

It's the other side. Safe and sound. We make lots of crossings. I'm going to try to make sure I try to make them feel like they should. 


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