Curt Mekemson has just left on a thousand mile chunk of a hike that begins in Ashland Oregon, travels south to Mount Whitney, through Siskiyou, Marble, and Sierra Nevada Mountains.This is quite the hike, through some of the most beautiful places in America. Places most people, Americans too, never will see. Curt Mekemson is an excellent nature writer, with an eye for detail and a way with words that could convince anyone to go outside to play, to explore, to see the beauty of it all.
Author of The Bush Devil Ate Sam, I first came across a batch of stunning photos, the Burning Man Collection, and have been enjoying Curt’s writings, adventures, and photography since. His insatiable curiosity for exploring the planet is matched by his wife Peggy, who sharing his wanderlust, high spirits and a fine camera eye of her own, …makes their website Wandering Through Time and Place one of the best and most interesting websites to savor and enjoy. A fellow WordPress Blogger, Curt has in turn been a real source of inspiration, support, and contributor of smart comments for my own, JoHannaMassey.com for several years now.
When it comes to backpacking, Curt Mekemson speaks with experience on provisioning, food considerations, resupply points, and permits that all need to be planned out and reviewed when undertaking a big or small adventure. Whether a novice backpacker, a seasoned explorer, or someone wanting to see/learn of the back country of America in almost real time, here’s your invitation:
I’m inviting everyone to join me, tell all your friends and family, co workers, neighbors, and acquaintances too. This is a real big deal hike and I am thrilled for my friend. Let’s tag along this next three months with Curt Mekemson’s Hike of One Thousand miles. I just think it would be so cool, if a million people worldwide, but especially the WordPress bloggers followed along with Curt Mekemson’s One Thousand Mile Hike.
No matter how huge our numbers swell to, how gaily and daily we tramp along with Curt, via WordPress, we will ‘leave no trace’ behind us, the lightness of Curt’s steps one for all and all for one!
All my best to each and everyone of you. See you along the trail!
“To the complaint,
‘There are no people in these photographs,’
There are always two people:
the photographer and the viewer.”
― Ansel Adams
Indeed, let me consider us….. in terms of photographer and viewer. I am present in my photographs. Behind the lens of the camera with a Mind’s Eye that contains everything I have encountered so far. I choose what to show you, holding sway over what the narrative is. Does/can objectivity ever rule my choice? Rule the lens? And you who view my photos, and perhaps share your own with me …well here you are with all your perceptions experience, knowledge, beliefs, values, and interests. So what do you see?
When I began my website, I began to take photos with much more of an eye for telling a broader story with the photos, aware that the photos on JoHannaMassey.com would be viewed in the public. I often make links to websites so viewers can go further in knowledge. As a viewer, I am just thrilled with the quality of photos I view on your websites. Enjoy so much the opportunity to know globally…. individuals, places, lifestyles, and events, often told through photographs. Has your Lens Eye changed since having a website with photos? Any thoughts you would share on Ansel Adam’s idea of Two People: The Viewer and the Photographer.
Wishing everyone the best and highest for this brand new gift of a morning.