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117 Snap Shot 2009-08-28

Summit of Snowmass

I love to look at pictures from trips. In fact I even enjoy slide shows. I even enjoy slide shows of people I do not even know. If the picture is worth a thousand words then the slide show is worth a couple of million.

I think my addiction to the slide show came from going to church all the time as a boy. Every now and then someone would be visiting the church and instead of having to listen to a sermon, we got to look at slides. Who wouldn’t gain a fondness for slideshows?

We recently had a small gathering at Jon and Laura’s to look at pictures from the summer. Since we were all on different legs of the same trip (to Colorado), the pictures had a good deal of redundancy. Yet, the photos were still somewhat different, because they were taken by a different photographer. We all saw the same things but from different viewpoints. For example, I would take a picture of a great looking route on a mountain, and my friend Ray would take a picture of the good looking girl climbing the mountain - forget the route.

We relived the summer trip by seeing the slides. The one problem was that we did not take enough pictures. I love looking at the pictures when I am at home, but I hate to take them. Well, that’s not entirely true. My hiking style does not lend itself to picture taking. I actually hate to stop walking, therefore I don’t like to take pictures. But to go one step further, I really don’t want my partner to take pictures either, because it slows them down and that slows me down. So, we end up with a lot of pictures of the summits where we would break for a couple of minutes and have time for photos. Other picture taking would be sporadic at best, the object just had to catch our eye. Even then we would never stop to take a picture on the climb, only on the descent.

Then when we get home I am always surprised to see that I hardly took any pictures. When I was climbing it seemed like we took thousands. Of course there is the summit shots we took. They all look the same. We should have stopped and taken more pictures. But then again, maybe some of those summit snap shots would not have been taken if we had stopped below to snap a few.

Happy photo trails.


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