Speed of Light

Hello world and good morning! You made it to July 14th, 2021. Yesterday, I actually smiled when I saw that the weekend high is going to be 108. Yippee! Two whole glorious degrees below 110 F, my breaking point. Hubby and I stayed in this past weekend although we did take a short Sunday drive East toward Joshua Tree Sunday morning. Our drive began around 5:30 AM. The sky was so vibrant that I think I oohed and awed and probably said “cool” a bunch of times. At that time of the morning it was already in the upper 80s but at least the sun is low in the sky and it’s light does not wash out the color of the sky. I highly recommend getting up early and watching the sunrise if you live in the Coachella Valley or are visiting. Often I step outside and sit in the patio enjoying the changing morning sky, I guess this could be considered my morning meditation.

This is East bound on the 10 freeway at 5:56 AM.
This was shot from the Cactus City Rest Area.

As we headed toward Joshua Tree, I gazed at the clouds. Some clouds looked like they were on fire. Some were gray and others looked like puffy cotton balls. Around Indio, I spotted a triangle in the morning sky as we were driving past the 10/86 interchange. I snapped a few photos as we drove.

Usually, cloud shapes change quickly because of wind. That shape lasted for about 4 minutes.

Hubby stopped at the Cactus City Rest Area so that I could snap a few photos from outside of the car. Most of my landscape photos are shot while we are driving at speed limit. I am constantly focusing and adjusting to get the best possible, blur free shot, unless I am looking for blur to contrast against a fixed subject. If there are clouds in the sky, I am usually focused on them as you never know what cloud shapes you may see. We did stop for a few minutes to watch the sun rise over the mountain. The colors skimming over the mountain was fiery orange and made the cloud glow.


We left the rest area and headed to Box Canyon Road in Mecca, California is a road the I call a short-cut to the Salton Sea from the 10 freeway. The road runs parallel to the 10 Fwy for a few miles and I rather fancy the view any time of the day I can get there. Lat year, we drove out to this road to view the comet. Viewing stars here is perfect as there is little to no light pollution.

Below is a one minute video of the ride . Original music is provided by Hubby! Having him as a musician is a definite perk as I get original music to add to my videos. Original music is important if you are a Youtube creator,

This road has always intrigued me. I have mentioned before that I had attempted to be a fashion/editorial photographer and did a few shoots to include in my portfolio. Usually on the weekends when we went for a Sunday drive, I was looking for places to do a shoot with models and such. The landscape has so many contrasting colors that so many things could be shot here, like a sci-fi or western theme fashion shoot. Also, I would love to shoot a music video here as there is little traffic on this road. It could also be a great place to use for interviews. I am still working out the interviews that I did with Hubby last year and have not nailed down a format but do know that I will stick to the one minute length as the stats show that the chance of your entire video being viewed goes way up the shorter it is. Here is an example of one of the interviews I did with Hubby while he was driving through Box Canyon. It is over 5 long, bumbling minutes….ugh.

My attempt at animation. It is not great, but you gotta start somewhere, right? My goal is to produce three one minute segments of past, present and future of the people that I interview. What the goal is to create a whole portrait of the person through stories and photos and perhaps video.

Oh yeah, back to our last road trip… I did snap a few shots of Hubby for fun and to work as the road was clear and the scenery was perfect.

Oh, that Hubby of mine! Such a good sport! The sun started to peak over the canyon and the blinding, bright sun rays started peaking over the hill. I stopped to take a photo of a sign.

My nerdy brain started churning and thinking. I was trying to remember how fast the speed of light is. I could not remember as it has not been something that I have thought about in a very long time. I noticed the suns rays and giggled and said out loud, “Give that ray a ticket!” as it was surely going faster than the sign at 40 MPH.

The speed of light is 186,282 miles per second…now you know why I giggled.

I bent and squinted and moved the camera around to that try and ray in focus with the sign. I probably should have moved it to sport mode…ha ha…joking!!!Fun fact -That ray of light began its journey toward Earth 5 1/2 hours prior to it becoming visible here in Box Canyon and in front of the 40 MPH sign.

We left right after I snapped that photo and headed home toward Indio through the fields of Mecca, Thermal and Coachella and to home before the sun reached its full potential of the day and increased the temps to over 110 that day.

One of the last photos I snapped as we were driving.

That was a great distraction for me as I surely was getting cabin fever from staying indoors with the lights low trying to keep our place cool. We are half-way through July and I am am counting down the days till season arrives here in the Coachella valley. That drive though, it gave me lots of great ideas to work out either through painting or any of the other media I may use to create something.

One of the last photos I snapped that day was of this cross located across from Augstine Casino. I had used that landmark in a photoshoot I did of Sarah Winchester.

I mentioned to Hubby that I wish I could reshoot Sarah photos as I was in so much pain that day and it was very hot. Hopefully, one of these days when she is in town performing we can arrange another shoot. Really, though, I would rather interview her so that y’all can virtually meet her as well.

By the way, I follow Sarah on IG and saw that she will be back at the Lit Lounge tomorrow, July 14, 2021 with another band that I totally dig, The Rye Brothers. They have a great drummer.

Oh sorry, getting off track again. Anyhow, if you are in town or as looking to start your weekend fun a day early, then do stop in Fantasy Springs for Country Night! I am going to try again. Fingers and toes crossed that the weather is below 100 around 7 PM so that if it is in the Rock Yard, it will not be uncomfortable.

To you dear reader, where ever you are thank you for spending a few minutes of your time to hang out! Where ever you are going, like maybe on a journey to the edge of space, I hope you get there safely. Hugs to you and you and YOU!

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Sarah Davis says:

    Dang girl, don’t melt.
    I enjoyed the road scenes with your hubby’s original music.


    1. Unless, I am melting in the right places 🙂

      Thank you. I will let him know.

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  2. rkrontheroad says:

    Wishing you days below 100. Whew! Gotta start early in the morning, right? Enjoyed the videos. The photo of Sarah with her arms up in the air is a good one.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I am wishing for them as well. Our overnight lows are getting cooler, in the low 80s so we are getting a little break in the morning.

      That is one of my favorites for that shoot. She looks happy.

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