Saturday, October 24, 2009

'Nomads' - some travel links...and a good bit more.

We are all nomads, of one sort or another.
The image above was taken on X-mas day, at 4600 ft elevation, in Red Rock Canyon, outside Las Vegas, NV.
I guess none of these people cared about a turkey dinner, or a football game - I didn't either.
I heard many languages (besides english) being spoken: french, spanish, german, japanese, chinese, and a few others I couldn't figure out/recognize - suffice it to say, it was a 'very international crowd' who braved this very fierce weather.

One of my favorite books of all time is "The Songlines" by Bruce Chatwin. It is constructed in two (or maybe three?) parts, the first a narrative, of his travels in Australia. The second part is titled 'From the notebooks' - it is a collection of various thoughts that he seems to have been intending to turn into something else, something larger... but the topic was just too large, even for his great talents.
Eventually, part two merges w/ part one, and becomes Part three, about the end of his Australian travel.
Two great quotes from 'The Notebooks':

"Our nature lies in movement; complete calm is death"

- Pascal, Pensées
(in French, 'penser' means 'to think', so 'pensées' means: 'thoughts')

"Life is a bridge. Cross over it, but build no house on it"
- Indian proverb

If you haven't already done so, you really should bookmark the L.A. Times and the N.Y. Times, & their Travel sections - Here's some recent offerings:

Oregon to Washington road trip completes a West Coast journey:

Driving California's coast in 10 days

67 beauty spots along the Pacific
Land meets water -- now there's an irresistible story.,0,2354917.htmlstory

Road trips from SoCal: The West
To help you tap the region's cache of getaways, we've compiled this list of out-of-state road trip spots.,0,510944.photogallery

Three different US road trips:,0,7836642.htmlstory

36 Hours at the Grand Canyon:

America’s Outback: Southern Utah:

On Rock Walls, Painted Prayers to Rain Gods:

Devil's slide
( I know this place myself, rather well, since i lived in SF for 10 years, this is just a few miles south)

Know the rules of the road trip - It's pretty basic: Vehicle. Road. Go:

Some photo & digital links/thoughts/ discussions??.......

Leica Tour: Inside a Camera Company at a Crossroads
By Matthew Shechmeister
October 12, 2009

Does the Brain Like E-Books?
"Through the Dark"
'When I attempt to over reach with human reason, I cannot hear.
When I remember that I am a spirit then I have access to eternity.'

The Moral of the Story - The Ethicist's take on the news
October 20, 2009 , 12:01 am
Should Photos Come With Warning Labels?
By Randy Cohen

Photo manipulation (of one sort or another) is nothing new:

October 19, 2009 , 9:30 pm
The Case of the Inappropriate Alarm Clock (Part 2)
By Errol Morris

"James Curtis, a professor emeritus at the University of Delaware, in 1991 published a revisionist history of F.S.A. photography, “Mind’s Eye, Mind’s Truth: F.S.A. Photography Reconsidered.” Curtis’s thesis was simple. “The bitter reality” of the Farm Security Administration (F.S.A.) photographs was not the result of clinical, photographic field work: “The realism was deliberate, calculated, and highly stylized.”
Check out this entire series: "the-case-of-the-inappropriate-alarm-clock..."

'The Restless Medium'
Jed Perl - 'Why Photography Matters as Art as Never Before'
By Michael Fried (Yale University Press, 409 pp., $55)
A very good review and discussion....

And, if you will permit, one last thought about the transitory, and ever-changing, nature of all our lives:
The Eagles - 'In a New York minute'

Oh, make that *two* thoughts about the transitory, and ever-changing, nature of all our lives:
"Enjoy every sandwich" - Warren Zevon