Wabasca – Interrupting Travel

Wabasca River Bridge - Tallcree, Alberta 5
Wabasca River Bridge – Tallcree, Alberta 5
Wabasca River Bridge - Tallcree, Alberta 2
Wabasca River Bridge – Tallcree, Alberta 2

Long hours of tired travel, southward along a back way, High Level, Fort Vermilion, Red Earth, Slave Lake and Edmonton to share time with a father in critical care dealing with his body’s weakening and the stumbles and tumbles associated with later Life. Along the way, to interrupt the hold of travel’s fatigue I stopped when I could to gather images and movement – restorative stuff. The road and bridge over the Wabasca River were the first dry area in June’s rain and served as my first stop. The Wabasca River flows through north and south Tallcree reserves and eventually feeds into the much, much bigger flow of the Peace River. Cloud work, the bridge and the lines within the image – each are elements attracting my eye to these images.

Listening to the Soundtrack to ‘It Might Get Loud’ – ‘Embryo No. 1,’ Jimmy Page, ‘Until the End of the World,’ U2, ‘Sitting on Top of the World,’ Jack White Sr & Jr, ‘Ramble On,’ Jimmy Page, ‘Blue Orchid’ and ‘Apple Blossom,’ Jack White and the ‘Battle of Evermore,’ Jimmy Page.

Quote to Inspire – “The painter constructs, the photographer discloses.” – Susan Sontag, ‘On Photography’

11 thoughts on “Wabasca – Interrupting Travel

  1. It is trying and very emotional when parents get older and I am sorry to hear your father is in critical care.

    Your images and processing are remarkable and I also like your taste in music. Have a great weekend 🙂

  2. It does help to express creativity when dealing with challenging emotional / physical events. Sorry about your father … so hard.
    These photos are wonderful. The bridge, man made, and clouds, nature made, are beautiful.
    Love me some Jimmy Page!

    1. Hey there, Laurie:

      Your words coincide with the possibility of creativity and what creativity holds for expression when confronted with Life’s challenges. The last two weeks have held a cluster of so much with work, with photography, with Dad and family. There’s been a move to ‘months’ as the operative term to orient family to Dad’s days.

      In all this, journaling toward creative outcome/yield has been one tack I’m considering among many intentions – to put a proper end to digesting this school year, to gather intention for how I will use this summer, to look at how most appropriately to balance time with Dad and family. Ira Progoff, an American psychiatrist/psychologist studied under Carl Jung and developed (through the seventies) a journal process entitled ‘At A Journal Workshop, Writing to Access the Power of the Unconscious and Evoke Creative Ability.’ It’s a good method for gathering all, thought-wise, and moving things through intention to action and result/outcome/product. It does have you consider personal imageries … similar to personal vocabularies …. You tune in and refine thinking, perspective and action.

      And, at the end of a school year it is also fitting simply to rest as the main ingredient to handling all things well.

      Jimmy Page et al … very good schtuff! Take care …. 😉

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