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Lee Vining, Ca - Act 1: The Rainbow Shack

Early Sunday morning.... after a few days of wandering the eastern sierra's.... a small black car pulled to the side of the road along the 395 highway in Lee Vining Ca, just before the familiar 120 turnoff to South Tufa. A single shadowy figure strolled thru the moonlit darkness with purpose, carrying his light recording instrumentation like some sort of crazy scientist. He obviously came to capture the moon set as it slowly but surely began to inch it's way down to the cloud base hovering over the eastern sierra ridge. The storm that just recently tore thru the mid west and all across the united states this week was just now reaching this shack, his shack, down from the arctic... sprinkling ice crystals across the mountain tops and down onto the Lee Vining valley. Like two old friends, not a word is spoken. In the distance a small light in his car can be seen, if you look close you might see someone putting make-up on :), it's a strange day indeed. As the hours passed and the moon sunk below the cloud base, the flash light paint brush slowly lost it's magic power and light from the sun behind this view quietly illuminated this moment. Drizzles came and went and for hours he waited with his loving companion. Documenting the moment precisely at givin intervals.... a snap here and a snap there should do. As he lay perched with his wide angle directly in front of this beautiful shack somewhere lost inside the shrubbery stalks... quietly composing and totally present.

 

(3 Hours have now passed)

 

Earthshaker: "Mizzy, I'm ready to go."

 

Mizzy: "Okay babe, you ready?"

(pause, he looks around once again, quietly contemplating whether he made the right choice or not, hmmmm... his eyes fixated on the clouds and sun directly behind him in the direction of South Tufa and the Mono Lake Basin... a slight smile crosses his face.)

 

Mizzy: "... just one minute Babe, I'm waitin to see whats gonna happen when the sun shines thru those clouds behind us."

(quietly and with purpose he dives back into the world of his viewfinder...as the forground begins to lighten from direct sun rays who, after hours of trying, have finally reached this exact place and time.)

 

Earthshaker: "Babe! BABE!" LOOK! A RAINBOW"

 

(from his quiet and controlled composure.... he looks up into the sky, grinning as usual, he moves quickly like drunky the clown, or perhaps like a ninja in his first years of training, clumsily kicking and fumbling his way backward over the brush until the beauty of the full arched rainbow, which lasted all but 2 or 3 minutes was in his full frame. Enough time precisely for about 7 snaps... each a bit less brilliant as the absolute first snap. And then it was gone.)

 

Mizzy: "Ok, Babe. I'm ready to go.

 

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Taken on October 24, 2010