I’ve been so hot and/or cold about restarting this blog, dragging my feet and making excuses (some actually valid).
The reason I stopped it was because I had surgery for a hernia. The doctors told me that I’d be up and active again in a week. That was totally not the case. It was an incredibly intense pain and I really set me back. Finally, I was able to get around, when we left for vacation. Then one thing lead to another and suddenly it’s September. Where did the summer go?
After surgery, you get all sorts of aches and pains – some real, others imagined or exaggerated out of fear. The docs said that I would have such pains for perhaps two years. So since it appears that I’ll be feeling okay to bleh for quite a while, I figure that I really should start exercising again.
And with exercising comes Tolkien. I’m really excited, but this past weekend, I had another setback very unrelated to anything medical.
When I started the project, I wanted to include my film photography in the mix, finding places that I’ve been that remind me in some way or another (literal or figurative) of Middle Earth. I had, from an early stage, the perfect Mount Doom – Mt. Washington in the Oregon Cascades.
This past weekend, we went there so I could photograph it. I had a single morning to get my shots. But as is so often the case in the Pacific Northwest, the cloud cover was too thick to see it. Here is the shot that I wanted for Mount Doom (not my photograph). And here is basically what I could get:
It’s from my phone, I’ve not developed my film photos yet. They will be a little better. We waited four hours to get a shot, but the clouds never broke. I did, however, get a pretty good Cirith Ungol.
Now, I know, I know, Mount Doom wasn’t easy to see because of the smoke and clouds, but still, this is photography – you need to actually see your subject.
We’ve thought about doing a quick trip there and back to Mt. Washington, but that probably can’t happen before the snows set in. Then, it’ll be until July that it’ll be open. I’m pretty bummed about this. I don’t know of any other mountain with a similar prominence to Mount Doom that is also surrounded by lava fields. At least none as close as Mt. Washington (5.5 hours driving one way).
Nevertheless, look for my first post back on Thursday. I won’t do every day – I want to ease back into this. Four times a week is what I’m shooting for. I think we’ll jump back in with a bit of Gollum’s flappy footsteps. Or something. Here we go again!