Welcome to the sixth edition of Project Double Take. This week’s assignment is “Sand Ridge State Forest” in the more unique square format.
And what an adventure it was.
Well – it didn’t start out that way. With a little scheduling snafu here and there, both Stacy and I elected to go out to Sand Ridge basically two days before the shooting deadline to see what we could get. And actually the weather wasn’t too bad – we had no encounters with ticks – and we shot and shot some more. And yet I wasn’t satisfied with what I had recorded in the Gleason Preserve on the west side of Sand Ridge, so I decided to go out and shoot a little more at sunset on Sunday night. Under a tornado watch. With a huge thunderstorm bearing down on me.
I parked in the tiny parking lot just east of the preserve and hiked the 200-300 yards up to the top of the ridge. Before I could even set my tripod down, I saw lightning strikes just a few miles to the west. Not being completely daft, I exposed one five-shot bracket and ran for my life. I stopped on the way back down the tree-covered dunes to make the exposure I ended up with and then it was back to the car and I drove east at a rapid pace.
Stacy, on the other hand, made her shot quite leisurely the day before, as we tramped across the ridge on Saturday morning. Pbbbth! Boring! But a nice shot.
PDT continues unabated – we don’t fear no stinkin’ thunderstorms. You’ve got two weeks to find your vertical interpretation of a corn crib or silo. Go!