It has been an interesting week. My friend, Terry, has been visiting from Washington, DC. We have managed to carve out a couple days of photography while she has been here. The first day was to Cimarron, visiting mutual friends, Sherry and Steve, and then on to the Dawson Cemetery where I had never been.
|Dawson Dead by J. Binford-Bell|
There is no greater gift to a photographer (other than an unlimited gift certificate at B&H Photo) than another photographer to explore with. The average tourist or traveler or even those with smart phones does not understand those of us with DSLR's and a spiritual imperative to record what we see.
And it is really great if we can carry on conversations and tell inside jokes. My sister and I share that. And so do Terry and I. But only one or two other friends. So while not taking pictures we talked - windshield time as Jessica and I call it.
|Patchwork in Ocate|
|Tony's of Ocate by J. Binford-Bell|
One good exhibition seems to merit another so we took off to Ocate, location of my favorite real estate fix-it-uppers. Then on to La Cuerva. Both of us had been there before but there was so much more to explore. Like the backside that most people don't bother looking at.
|Some reinforcement required by J. Binford-Bell|
|Reflections by J. Binford-Bell|
Then on to Mora. What is it about photographers that love the ruins and wrecks. The cracks and what others would call trash? I had a mother-in-law that hated that I loved the falling down carriage house for a subject for paintings and photographs instead of the rest of the pristine and newly painted homestead.
|Inside the old mill by J. Binford-Bell|
Maybe it is a desire to show to others the beauty they often miss. Or that we want to record what may in the future not be there; replaced by a super box store with no charm and grace.
|Mora by J. Binford-Bell|
Or maybe it is simply that beauty is in the eye of the beholder of the DSLR if you just stop and take a moment to see it.
But the true beauty is in friendship and someone to travel with if just for a day or two. Take your gifts where you find them and be grateful.