Feb 17, 2013 – There’s no place like the middle of Nowhere.
How rural, you might wonder? Well,… I’ll start with a bit “nature photography” then. For starters, much of the (relatively lightly populated) coast is farmland:
The region in general, including most of the first 100 miles inland, is rather forested:
The vistas are magnificent:
The rivers wild and scenic:
But when I look really hard and zoom in, on a clear day, I can actually see ‘civilization’ from near where I live, too:
It is a strange, almost schizoid reality, in fact: In this rugged forested mountainous de facto wilderness with bears and cougars, owls and eagles, snakes and scorpions, wolverines and deer,… I find myself simultaneously plugged in to all things modern: news, facebook, TV-style entertainment, on-line-streaming radio-stations, etc through wireless internet, (spotty, but texts get through) cell phone reception, and most of the modern amenities of a basic modern house…, and then there’s my sweet car, and the gas it runs on, and the electricity from the grid, the tools I use in the gardens and woods, … The mining and industrial processes it took to create all this… In almost in every way, I’m also completely plugged in to the globalized economic reality of this crazy day and age. The illusion of somehow being away from all that, would be easy to maintain, if escapism were your thing… If escapism were my thing.
Next blog post (whenever I get to it): Checking up on where things are at with the ongoing nuclear disaster on the other side of the Pacific… .