I’ve been fairly lazy this past week, in a quasi limbo land waiting for my SUV transmission to be repaired. I’m expecting it to be another week before I have it back in the garage. The wife rented a car for this past week, which kept our schedule intact. As for my planned photography trips into the mountains, it’s taken a hit this summer. I have been out for moose three times, however, the last trip was interrupted by the transmission failure. I have a loaner vehicle, graciously provided by the son-in-law, so I’m planning another full tilt boogie back to the high country this coming Tuesday. Moose are prime-time right now and I don’t relish the idea of having any further troubles or delays getting out of the house and into the wilderness. I think I’ll be fine. After this month, I’ll start thinking about an Autumn photo excursion. Maybe Crested Butte this year, maybe somewhere else. I had planned a trip to Dinosaur National Monument with my friend Jon for late May but we had to cancel due to the pandemic. Maybe revisit that idea. Hard to say right now with so many things still up in the air.
Meanwhile, I’ve been occupying my mind by continuing back yard photography. These past few months have given me the opportunity to play with my different camera bodies, doing things that I normally don’t spend much time doing. Macro shots, birds, bees, nothing of great artistic importance, but good for keeping the skills up and I am getting a few interesting photographs nonetheless.
If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that my rate of blog entries has dropped off, particularly the hunker-down log. It’s getting more difficult for me to get into a writing frame of mind as I feel as though I’m living in the movie Groundhog Day. Every morning I wake up to the same day, over and over again. Not that I’m miserable or losing my mind, but it is having an effect. I’m a bit more social and need more human interaction than I’ve been having these past few months. The brief photography excursions I’ve managed to squeeze in have helped to keep me looking forward to something, even if the frequency has been cut to 1/5th of what I normally experience.
Since this is a photography blog, the writing suffers from my lack of involvement with the art as well. The photography life has pretty much been put on hold, so there aren’t many inspirations for writing articles on photography either. Seems like the photo press is only interested in mirrorless cameras and gear head issues, which to me is just the same old yammering with a new twist. Since I don’t currently own nor do I intend to own any mirrorless gear for the foreseeable future, I’ve nothing to say relative to the current consumer market. I’d typically write about my experiences, but those are far and few between. Thus, it’s dullsville around here. There will be better days, I’m sure of it.
I’ve spent a lot of time working in the office, getting my stock photo catalogs updated and better organized. Stock photo sales have of course slowed down as a result of the virus issues. There’s a kink in the rope regarding Shutterstock, a traditionally good source of sales, due to their restructuring of payments to photographers for content. It’s actually gotten pretty bad with that agency, with far too many sales netting me only 10 cents per download. I’ve made up for the loss of income by adding other stock agencies to the stable, but they aren’t top stock sales sites so it’s a marginal offset to say the least. We all have to bite the bullet though. The pandemic isn’t going to magically go away like certain politicians claim. It’s going to be here for a while and I am fairly certain that the situation is only going to worsen as the months drag on. Simple mathematics and physics, which can’t be wished away by waving a flag or wearing a red hat or bitching about liberals or conservatives. All a side show to the realities of life in a country that has far too many people blaring their meaningless opinions regarding things they know nothing about.
Happy thought inventory.
Another moose photography trip is coming up in a few days. I’m already getting my gear cleaned up and organized. My hope is to get at least four good photo sessions in next week.
No slackers encountered since my last report.
No first-responder activity to report.
Today’s photograph is of a mountain goat at the summit of Mt. Evans, taken in 2013. Mt. Evans is closed to vehicular traffic this year, so no trips there this season. Not that I’m running low on mountain goat photos, but one likes to keep the catalog fresh and the mind active, and they are a convenient subject which normally takes less than an hour to get to from my house in Littleton.
The hunkering down continues.
Still alive and well here in Denver.