Lights, Camera.....and a Gravesite
Camels have played such an important role in Arabian culture that there are over 160 words for 'camel' in the Arabic language. In my part of the world, I am only aware of 1 word to describe an even toed ungulate bearing distinctive fatty deposits known as "humps: on its back. As we rounded the first turn up Redington Pass Road, heading away from the lights and sounds of Tucson, Arizona Eric made reference to a possible camel sighting amid the cactus studded territory. Sure enough, there stood a camel, in someone's yard.
A great and a truly unique start to our little photo back road adventure. I could have used a little movement from our humped friend, but will have to settle for a photo featuring his or her back quarters.
Now shrouded in thick darkness, we pulled over to ‘experiment’ with our arsenal of camera’s, tripods, lenses, and a dose of creativity to blend it all together. As Eric was setting up a tripod I explored our patch of Arizona back road. Not much to explore, with a tiny headlight in hand, shooting a beam that was illuminating almost nothing, other than rocks and dirt within a few strides off of the dirt track. I was rather surprised as my paltry beam resonated off of something that was not a rock or plant.
About 30 feet down the hillside was a small cross, paying honor to Steven 1986-2010. The chance of randomly finding a miniature cross, 30 feet down a hillside, in the dark, along a lengthy dirt road, is a little more than my mind can comprehend, so I won't kill any brain cells trying to wrap my mind around those odds.
A google session would lead me to a site called 'find a grave'. Steven Everett Burrows was born in Fort Collins, Colorado and moved to Tucson when he was two. He died in a rollover accident in Redington Pass. It was noted that he was doing one of the things he loved best.
Steven Everett Burrows shrine/gravesite
Steven Everett Burrows - 1986-2010
A little light play near the gravesite