Through The Lens

To those special few who followed me from my last blog this post will be no surprise. If you are new and have looked at some of the photo’s I have here you will notice quite a few taken through the windshield of a truck. Driving has been how I make a living for the past 12 years or so and it has afforded me the opportunity to see much of this country, albeit from the perspective of 70 mph. Even so I have a large photo album in my mind of all the incredible vista’s that this land has to offer.

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The freedom of the open road lends itself to deep thought and reflection, long hours of pondering ones future and past, hopes and dreams. Many a day I made plans for a better future while capturing memories of places I had seen, moments I never wanted to forget. A photograph is a window into the hopes and dreams of the photographer, the essence of what stirs their soul. What stirs me is the boundless beauty of nature.

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One could spend a lifetime capturing images like this and never lose that special feeling everytime you view it. Even though it’s not perfect, the wings still a little blurry, it took me 4 hours of patience to record something of this world that is so pure and innocent, astonishing and magical. Photography has become my true calling in this life, the one thing that will make me sit still and immerse myself into something that takes time and skill.

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I have much to learn about camera’s and their settings, composition and exposure. I need better equipment and most of all I need the time to hone my skills. My driving career is coming to an end in the next year or so, but not before I give back to the company that has been so generous to me. On Monday I start training my first student. He will spend 6 to 8 weeks in my truck while I help him develop the needed skills to safely pilot a vehicle that weighs 80,000 lbs along the highways of this great country.

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Through crazy weather, rush hour traffic and aggressive drivers we are charged with delivering the goods that support everyday life, yet many people look at us with disdain. We have the responsibility of safely navigating the roads in a vehicle that could crush a passenger car in an instant, all the while people cut us off, drive too close, wont let us in and generally give us no quarter.

And still, it sometimes hits me how this job is so important to the life of any country, vital to the well being of all. Without trucks and the modern day wranglers that drive them you would not have all that you need in such abundance readily available to you at the supermarket or the department store. Much of what sustains everyday life is at one time loaded on a truck and transported across the highways.

Over 100,000 miles without a single scratch pass under the wheels of my truck every year. I hope I can express this to my student in a way that makes him understand this is a noble job worthy of great care, a job you can be proud of. And the scenery’s not bad either!

28 thoughts on “Through The Lens

  1. It is one of the proudest jobs, amongst the hardest and one of the most mis-represented. I’ve know idea how you do it but I’m heartily glad that you and your colleagues in the industry do because without you the whole nation would be stuffed (and not like a Turkey on thanksgiving). Your learner is fortunate to have a wise man to guide him and I wish him every success in becoming a great man like his tutor. And your lens? Doubtless you will always feel you have much to learn but I’m very content with what you share already πŸ™‚

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  2. All true. We can’t stop and turn on a dime.. Unfortunately people that drive around a truck like we could, sometimes find out the hard and tragic way, that we can’t..
    Turning still makes me shake my head at some people.. My trailer isn’t able to bend, no matter how much I wish it could πŸ˜‚

    That hummingbird is picture perfect to me.. 😊

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      1. In my opinion, that is the most valuable lesson that all new drivers (in any vehicle) need to possess and practice.. School and videos can only touch on it.. You, as the teacher “drive” the lesson home, with helping your student to identify and react safely to the “early warning and avoidance system” we each have built in to our senses.. See it, react..Hear it, react.. Smell it, react.. Feel it, react.. All keeps us on our toes about what’s going on around us and with our own vehicle, while rolling down the road..
        I think you’re going to be a great teacher.. No nonsense, practical and able to teach both, the difficult and the fun aspects of our career, to a willing student that has the right attitude for trucking..

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  3. Hi! Thanks so much for checking in with us. I haven’t posted anything since March when we got a new boat. We’re full time liveaboards but haven’t really left the dock so no real adventures to share. Thanks for the follow. We don’t have any glamorous trips like you see with the Patreon folks, we’re just getting by and planning for the day we cut the lines.
    What kind of dog to you have? Our little puppersnapper likes our new boat a lot more than the old one!

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    1. So nice to hear from you! I have a min pin that is almost 17 years old and I’m afraid he wont make it to the boat. Like you my adventures won’t be as glamorous as some on YouTube, but fun all the same. I look forward to reading more of your blog and I will comment as I do.

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      1. I will be doing a “before refit” post shortly with alot of those. Any tips about what works would be appreciated by all I’m sure.

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      2. Hi! We’ve finally completed our standing and running rigging, could have bought a car for the same price hahaha.
        In other projects, I replaced our toilet pump assembly complete with the discharge hose flooding the floor, backbends, almost standing on my head- not joking- and a lot of cursing. I have a new anode for the hot water heater sitting under the table as we speak, a new slow-close toilet seat on the way (because I broke the old one while trying to pet the dog and sit on the toilet at the same time hahaha). Next up is also getting a zipper pull for a mysterious piece of canvas we found that our wonderful rigger actually figured out. Also on the list, new shower pump, new float for the bilge pump, and a new pressure water pump because ours is rapid cycling. Then there’s all the little spots on the teak that need to be varnished.
        So ideas for a refit… take your pick. While Tara is beautiful and she’s the most exquisite thing we’ve ever owned, there’s a lot of work that goes into a gal from 1986.

        Your mileage may vary as I suspect your refit will look nothing like mine.

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      3. I know right! No 2 boats will be the same. Im only 3 or 5 weeks from completing the purchase, then the fun begins!$ I wont get much done before winter here in Maine but I can save alot before spring for the real work. Broke the seat petting the dog….classic!🐢

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      4. Hey, you’re in Maine! We’ve been talking about sailing north instead of the typical Caribbean route that everyone else on the easy coast takes when they cut the lines and head out.
        Spending a summer in Maine is definitely on our list because we’re not beachy people. Thinking about too much sun makes me want to hide under a beach towel! I’ll keep an eye out when you get closer to your purchase.
        I just looked at a Seidelmann 37 for $12,900 and a Morgan 38 for $35,000- just daydreaming about a second home that we can take out for a day sail instead of having to take out our entire house.

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    1. Sorry I did’nt respond sooner….I lost you in the spam! Thank you for your support and friendship from the very begining. I really look forward to sailing down your way and having local fish and wine on my boat.

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  4. I have so enjoyed seeing life and your world through your lens John and through the windows of your truck. You should be mighty proud of what you’ve done as your next stage of life begins and you hand over what you’ve learned. I look forward to seeing more of your new world in your new blog. Big hug to you my friend.

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