This has been an epic road trip, and i don't want it to end. it was hard to leave Page, AZ, famous for it's gorgeous slot canyons and Horseshoe Bend, which we didn't have time to photograph. while crossing the border from Arizona into Utah, my mom in the u-haul following close behind, i skirted off the side into a sudden turn off to capture a breathtaking sunset in place of the Horseshoe Bend shots i missed out on. i was terrified that my mom would crash into the back of the car, or worse, pass me by, indicating a no-can-shoot-now. she made it. complete with tripod and the 24-70mm lens that was already on the camera, i planned to shoot a couple photos...
and we ended up staying for an hour and making some new friends!
when we're off the road, i'll manually stitch together about 40 shots into a pano, but i hardly had a chance to finish taking the shots because a friendly trucker who was stopped there swaggered over, beer in hand, dog in tow. by the time they'd arrived, i was shooting pano's with my phone instead.
the dog yapped her high pitch at us, adamant to demand attention and steal the show, positioning herself into the frame of our shots to have her portrait taken. Deedee, as her name turned out to be, was a nervous little thing, probably used to surly strangers at truck stops in the middle of the night.
i ignored her as the man approached us and asked us questions about photography. after taking some portraits of my mom, i explained to him how to adjust for exposure on a smart phone camera by using the touch screen, and he was excited to try it next time. he shared a bit about his life driving at night while i knelt down and let Deedee warm up to me.
She was wired, so I used some gentle TTouch strokes using the back of my hand, and her skittish energy faded quickly as she began to lick my fingers and rest her head in my palm. The man was a bit surprised, saying that she doesn't take to many people at all, and he was shocked she liked me. I explained what I was doing, but he didn't seem too interested.
After that, she seemed to have a bit more confidence, and began jumping on my mom's and my legs, leaving the cutest little dusty paw prints on our black pants.
the trucker told us that for 20 years he's driven at night on these same roads, and never knew what it looked like until he drove a single time by day. it was life changing, and now he drives during the daylight hours, pulling off near evening to take photos with his tablet and set up a solo sunset barbecue. he warned us of the drive ahead, suggesting a place to stop for the night, as the desert goes on forever. we said goodbye to him and Deedee, and set off.
As we started our drive at sun down, I had to pass up the perfect sliver moon in the clouds shot I was eyeing as we got back on the road, although I'm looking forward to shooting again very soon. i snapped a couple of shots with my phone out the window... although they never do the scene justice, i can use those colors in a painting later!