Hitch a ride

Ann Posiviata

It’s a weekday morning. I’m on the road to my favorite destination. I’ve packed my camera, a three-day backpack and a week’s supply of water. The jeep has a rhythmic hum that is soothing this time of day. I’ve decided to stop for a cup of iced coffee for the sojourn. Ahh, feels like heaven.

I motor down the highway, veer off onto some back-roads that twist and turn taking me further away from civilization. I park my vehicle only to take a short hike to the lake. At the dock, I meet my guide who will steer the boat on some of the deepest indigo waters I’ve ever seen. I capture this mariner in his element as the sun glistens off the brightwork. Our quick trip across is met with a reminder of the possible storm this night and scheduled pick-up in two days as he bids me farewell.

I hurry to the cabin before sunset. I freshen up, get something to eat and pack some snacks for my evening shoot. The sky is ablaze with the colors of the rainbow as I snap away. I settle in my travel chair for the night’s stormy show. I glory in the brilliance of the stars in the sky. I nod off a couple of times before the sun breaks over the horizon waking me to a peaceful rise. Snap, snap, click. I pack up then hike back with a pleasing skip in my step to the cabin for a good day’s sleep. Repeat again tonight.

My trusty seafarer is right on time as he navigates the choppy morning waters effortlessly, returning me safely to speak of my travels. I quicken my pace to my jeep as raindrops begin to fall. The return home is symphonic with the sounds of the rain and thunder in sync with the natural hum of the motor. Made it safe and sound. The light is turned off in time as I fall asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow.

How will you get to your next destination for your next shot? It could be in your backyard, the next state or across continents. Whether your trip takes you by land, sea, or air, make it adventurous, fun and safe.

Our images of the month are not only forms of transportation, yet take us into the character of place and time. Well done members.

The Sun Lakes Camera Club (SLCC) meets the first and third Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Navajo Room of the Sun Lakes Country Club from October through April. During the summer, the club meets the first Thursday of each month in the Ceramics Room of the Cottonwood Country Club. For more information about the SLCC and its activities call SLCC President Burt Williams at 602-354-0266, Vice President Jan Ballard at 602-621-3344 or past President John Livoti at 480-895-6880 or visit our website at sunlakescameraclub.com.