I took this picture randomly after a brief session trying to photograph a starghan. My camera was just sitting this way and I figured, why not? Of course I do this, by my estimation, a lot, and they don’t come out quite as coherent. You can see a tiny white wisp on the bottom right hand corner, compliments of my doggie, Biscuit.
I love driving on Orcas Island. There are no stop lights and very few turns. You just drive and drive 30 mph (or less) to your destination surrounded by ocean views and hills covered by evergreen trees. While it is a great place to learn to drive, when I was a teenager I couldn’t stand it. I wanted to get where I was going and fast. I think I’ve mellowed since then and now I like my quiet drives with the sometimes crackly radio humming in the background and a little white dog with her nose out the back window. There is very little thinking involved since there are so few turns and you are driving so slow and your mind can wander. But this is also true for sitting in traffic on the freeway.
Speaking of freeways, there is a driving lag when you enter the ‘real’ roads after driving on Orcas Island. All of the sudden people tailgate you for going only 5 mph over the limit and cut you off for a parking space when you were cautiously approaching at a reasonable 10 mph. And there are stoplights and street signs everywhere you have to pay attention to.
I think it is very similar to that feeling you get after driving on a long trip on the freeways at 75 mph and you drive off the ramp. With your freeway frame of reference 55 mph just doesn’t seem very fast and they want you to take the ramp turn at 30 mph. I’m just saying.