Wednesday, December 8, 2010


Flat gray, a reflection of the day, raw, chilly, and wonderful

Vast country is an impressive pull in my life.  In no uncertain terms it's the reason I moved to Colorado.  Every time I stand before it ready for another adventure, unintended, I follow the same routine.  I run through a mental checklist of what's needed to carry with me in the event I bump into troubles, organize my belongings, make sure I'm carrying plenty of water, and check to make sure my truck keys are secured a minimum of three to five times.  Then, I stand before nature and all of it's awesome size, smile at my own insignificance, breath in deeply, and then take a step forward.

Space.  An openness with liberty to stretch my legs and not be burdened with having to engage in conversation.  Time.  A passing in which I allow myself an opportunity to evaluate my life and determine what's next, or remorse over the mistakes I've made.   Connection.  The inspiration I take in from the world around me and the reparation I receive from watching my dog go about his duty without knowing or even caring why.  Solitude.  It's good to spend time alone every so often.

This was such a day:

The first of the day's quarry
The idiot in between romping
Bristlegrass seeds, preferred food of scaled quail
All old wood tells a story, I wish they were all recorded
Blood on the tailgate

He has a few moments of elegance, not many, but a few
A miscalculation in my wanderings.  That white spec is my truck.  Can't see it?  Neither could I.   Scamp, I thought immediately of you when I stepped onto this road and truly felt the gravity of Eight More Miles.

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Albert A Rasch said...

Reminds me of the time I came out three miles off in the Black Hills of Alabama! Long walk after a day of hunting...

Best Regards,
Albert A Rasch
The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles: Meanwhile, South of the Border...

danontherock said...

This is what I live for. Well done

troutrageous1 said...

That looks like an awesome day. Thanks for sharing.

brdhntr said...

Idiot is a fine looking bird dog! Great post.

Bigerrfish said...

I see the speck... also see your dog on the left.

Scampwalker said...

Great photos... love those open road shots... they just seem to be filled with so much potential... or at least your pickup truck!

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