A Bad Map

Supporting a new project for work, I find myself today in Grand Prairie, Alberta, Canada.  I arrived here last night with only time to explore as far as the house I’ll be staying at for the next few weeks.  I usually make much longer trips without feeling too tired but this time it really took it out of me.  Partly because I discovered in Calgary that my baggage wasn’t going to be with me in Grand Prairie.  It had gotten held up in Houston, TX when I had a very short layover there; I made it to the next flight but my bag didn’t.  It’s always fun to arrive at your final destination only to find yourself without clothes, toothbrush, and other necessities.  This morning, I setup my Google Maps app to guide me back to the airport so I could pick up my bag that had finally made it.  Not knowing the area at all, I blindly followed it.  Yeah… a half-hour later I find myself in a gravel parking lot at Wapiti Nordic Ski Club.  I recheck my map and discover that the airport is completely the other direction from where I had originally left.  Sigh.. A few miles back down the way I came, along a two-lane road, I spot one of my favorite kind of scenes:  A rusty old pickup truck sitting in a field.  The lighting at that time wasn’t very good as it was coming in from behind the truck.  I didn’t feel like pulling over so I just made a mental note of its location and made my way to the airport (for real this time).

By this evening, the light was looking pretty good so I decided to head back to that old truck.  The sky looked nice and the lighting was great so I pulled off to the side of the road to make a few photos.  I’m glad I did.  So often, I talk myself out of the inconvenience of doing this sort of thing, electing instead for progress on a trip or just getting from A-to-B without fiddling about.

Sony A7RII w/ MD Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5
Sony A7RII w/ MD Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5
Sony A7RII w/ MD Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5
Sony A7RII w/ MD Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5

I opted for a little bit different look on this shot.  Processing an image as B&W can often reveal details that otherwise get over-looked or made less apparent by all the distracting colors.  When I come across old cars and trucks that have been left out in the elements like this, I’m impressed by the character of the various forms of corrosion seen in metal and paint.  Sometimes, I think the unique appearance of it looks better than a fancy paint job.

Sony A7RII w/ MD Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5
Sony A7RII w/ MD Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5

While I’m still not friends again with the Google Maps App that misguided me, I am happy to have made such a neat discovery along my misguided way.

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