June 18th, 2006

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we moved from the mojave desert to the sonoran desert. spotted at first and eventually strewn with saguaro cactus. the heat is brutal and unrelenting but, well, it's a desert. you never forget it. but each step you take, you see something more beautiful than you've seen. barrel cactus the size of trash cans, flowers hidden in the scrub ....

after sunset the temperature starts to drop.

by midnight it was downright cold and we were in the middle of nowhere. we hadn't seen a car in hours. but what we did see, was the center of our own galaxy.

living in the city, i'd never seen the milky way. and it was so bright, i couldn't believe that's what it was at first. i thought it was most likely clouds illuminated by sky glow. but no. we stopped on what a sign warned us was a "primitive road" and watched the stars for an hour.

this is a 15 second exposure with a 50mm 1.8 wide open at 800 asa looking directly at the constallation of saggitarius.

we're in gallup new mexico. austin tomorrow night (hi faustie). things are going splendidly.

my house is filled with tourists and vagrants. i hope they don't leave the soap on the sink.
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the armed america tour is off to a really great start. it's been a lot of driving (well, phil's done all the driving, i just hang my arm out the window and watch it burn) punctuated by meeting a lot of really nice, really enthusiastic people.

we did four portraits today, which is more than i've ever done in a week people have put us up in their houses and one couple who we had only met 45 minutes before insisted on buying us dinner. i thought they were going to hug us when we left. i'm learning that a lot of people have something they desperately want to say, but nobody's ever asked them.

and i think that's true for a lot of things. not just "why do you own a gun?"

here's HT from california:

the morning i left i woke up and thought to myself "What the hell am i doing? i don't want to do this, i can't leave here." jittery and trepidatious, but after the first portrait, things just got into a great swing and though i miss my cats, it's not as bad as i'd expected.

it's been kind of crazy, cooped up in the front seat with two cameras, a laptop, an external hard drive, a lot of books, and an ipod, trying to edit photos, organize things, and find the next town. but i'm having a great time.

see some of you sooner, some of you later, and the rest of you maybe.
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