Monday, June 2, 2014

I'm still here

I haven't posted anything for the past week or so due to some family stuff, mainly my brother who was working for a newspaper in Bangkok decided it was time to get out after the army took over the country. Being nice Canadian boys, we never really experienced the real effects of what goes on in Thailand. The worst scandal in Canada was when a recent Prime Minister got a pass for free golf.

So the first thing we did was to do a desert trip which always cleans my heart and soul. The Mojave desert that stretches through a large part of California is quite a piece of land; among it's grounds is Death Valley which arguably boasts to have the heat record of around 134 degrees. 

Oddly enough the desert makes me feel closer to the great plains of Canada, wide open spaces where, as the farmers says, you can see tomorrow's weather.

But there is another hitch to the Mojave; a police officer said that if all the people in American who were murdered stood up, that half of them would be in the Mojave.

Not a comforting thought.

Still, the desert grabs you in a way that's hard to explain; while most of the life there consists of Joshua trees and creosote (a tangled tough scrub-brush), there are the other species, desert tortoises, coyotes, rattle snakes and other little creatures that you rarely see. 

Where all these creatures seem to appear is usually early morning and early evening when the immensity of the desert becomes apparent.

Nothing better than watching the sun set over the Mojave.

The Mojave is divided into two deserts actually, the high desert and the low desert, high meaning around 2500 feet in altitude and the low being below ocean level.

So it was the perfect place for my brother to wind down, and for me as well as I continue to look for money to make movies, it all comes around, I guess.

By the way, the photos are all mine.

More on Friday. Thanks for hanging in.


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