I had a whole introductory paragraph for this post, but it was complete bullshit. Instead, I’m going to use this quote from one of my favorite writers, Aaron Sorkin:
“I love writing, but hate starting. The page is awfully white and it says, ‘You may have fooled some of the people some of the time but those days are over, Giftless. I’m not your agent and I’m not your mommy: I’m a white piece of paper. You wanna dance with me?’ and I really, really don’t. I’ll go peaceable-like.”
This weekly blog thing is fun, but can get a bit wearing. Starting every week with a big, white page on your screen and no real idea of what you want to talk about, much less how to make it interesting and engaging…it can be intimidating.
This was one of those weeks. I stared at my computer so long that I noticed my desktop background had changed at least four times (which it does every five minutes, so do the math). So eventually I just decided to share some of my best backgrounds – which are made up of 332 of the best photos from the places I’ve been over the last 20 years.
I couldn’t cut it down for a single post, so we’re ending this one with a bit of a cliffhanger (but I didn’t show a picture of a cliff. That would have been lame. Except I sort of did).
This photo was shot from the top of Mt. John on New Zealand’s South Island. The lake is Lake Tekapo, which is just north of Central Otago, one of the greatest wine growing regions in the world (I really need to do a wine blog). The clouds were pretty typical; very low-hanging which added a bit of a Middle Earth feel (appropriately).
Sunset in Kenya, at the Masai Mara. I took this photo standing on my chair in the back of a jeep when we were coming back from watching a cheetah hunt down a gazelle. We stayed at a campsite where you had to take a canoe past a hunting crocodile every day and one day elephants interrupted lunch. It was amazing.
If you want to see some awesome cliffs, Ireland is the place you need to go. So, you know, the entire country is an island that’s smaller than Ohio. But in most places instead of having beach where the land meets the ocean…cliffs! And pretty much all of them are stunning. Here’s one such photo.
This is the most recent photo out of these posts, from just two weeks ago in Maine. I’ve always heard that the leaves in New England were better than just about everywhere else, and “they” were completely right. To be honest, the pictures don’t even quite do it justice; it’s hard to imagine being surrounded by all of this color. Oh, and we saw six moose in less than an hour.
From the most recent picture to the oldest: this was taken in 1993. My father and I threw a bunch of stuff in the back of a Lebaron Convertible and spent over six weeks driving around the country. This was shot from the front seat, driving through the eastern part of California. I still think of it as the quintessential road trip photo.
A photo from my cousin’s wedding in 2009. For some reason, they decided to hold it on St. John, in the US Virgin Islands. Getting to this place was a certifiable nightmare. First we flew to Puerto Rico. Then we got on a questionable small plane; the pilot alternately banged on the dashboard and opened the door mid air for reasons completely passing understanding. Now on St. Thomas, we hopped into a cross-island van to climb over the hills (I think I can, I think I can…), then it was just a ferry ride to the St. John docks.
But the wedding was beautiful, as you can see. Hard to believe it’s been over four years.
More to come next week.