|Through a none-too-clean windscreen|
With so many days now being spent on our travels, I am embarking on a new 'art' project: taking photographs whilst on a journey THROUGH THE WINDSCREEN. Not when at the wheel! Husband drives, I take shaky photos and write word whispers to accompany a particular scenario. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don't, but it's a challenge - for whilst writing, I miss some of the scenery. Now: capture a photo or two, some of which which will make their way into the travel journal, and I can then put pen to paper after I have checked the atmospheric shot I was seeking. (I have the facility on my digital camera for instant 'playback' and for enlarging any section through the 'screen').
|Leafy Oxfordshire ...and leaves on the dashboard have sat there since last Autumn|
ready to be resuscitated for embellishing my journals (I have a method for doing so)
Sweet papers are today's detritus whilst in need of speedy sustenance!
So this today, on the way back from Pangbourne, taken / written in the rush hour on the Oxford bypass:
"The oxeye daisies are in bloom,
and meadow buttercups,
in Oxford lanes;
May blossom in the hedgerows,
campion, vetch, and ribwort plantain.
And in the water-meadows
rushy sedge and golden kingcups,
demure amethystine ladies smock
and the green, green willow."
| October 2011: crossing the |
taken from our newly
and in the rain
This facility, trialled over the last few months, will add a whole new dimension to my travel journals. Ideal for my narrative on the long drive to Dover and the even longer stint across France, Belgium and Luxembourg to Germany on a working assignment, and thereafter a few weeks later, to Ireland. Only problem is that for a part of these journeys, I will be driving! Can't take pics, can't write, can't read the map, eyes on the road .....
But I will be one snap-happy lady when I'm the passenger, even though I must map-read for my driver. And I have simplified my techniques for on-the-road travel journals, partly because time is always at a premium, and partly to reclaim the space taken up by too many art materials for other essential items. More to follow (page trials next post).