|Colorado River - 011413|
In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes; so with present time. - Leonardo da VinciI had a great weekend scoping locations, photographing a model, and gallivanting around the northern California area. You will see photos from those experiences in the next few days.
Part 1 - Water
I really like photographing boundaries. The photo above is the Colorado River, a few dozen miles south of Lake Mead and Hoover Dam. Across the river is Arizona. While being a geographical boundary, it is also the boundary between parched desert and water. We are drawn to water, especially where water is the rarity and not the usual.
Part 2 - Suffering snobbery.
It has been cold in this area of California for a few days. Many of my Montana family and friends would not bat an eye at the temps, but I felt the cold. Since I left Montana, family members love to brag about the extreme cold, heat, dry, or snowy conditions it is back there and how it makes them a tougher group; ergo, better than those living in temperate locals. . If they get into how they are underpaid for doing jobs that reward much better elsewhere while also suffering such weather hardships, they condescend to others from their saintly perches.
I live in the state with the most Americans in it (roughly 1 out of 8 Americans live here). It has the highest and the lowest points of the lower 48 states. California's economy trades places with France as which is larger. We have snow, ocean coast, and desert. I drive through traffic and by cities that have more people than Montana. Does this make me a better person than anyone else. Nope. I chose to live in a place where the weather is much more moderate and the traffic sucks. I chose to live in a state that has well-paying jobs. I now have a home in Nevada, where the summer temps are above 110 and only cools to mid 90's at night. Does that make me a tougher person and better than others? No. It was just a choice.
In this age, migrating between states is not that hard compared to a hundred years. If you choose to live in hardship areas and have the ability to move, then that may say more about your judgement. As a friend once told me, "In most parts of life, suffering is optional."