A friend recently proposed a project: take a photo of something random each day, then spend 20 minutes free writing about that photo. You can write whatever you want, just let the image shape the words, scenes and thoughts you present. Below, my first go at it. More to follow…

Driving a two lane in northern Colorado

Driving a two lane in northern Colorado

How, I wondered, fingers gripped to an icy steering wheel, do I capture this place? Glittering snowfields rolled out from the roadside, meeting peaks, ridgelines, aspen groves, bare branches extending into seemingly endless colbolt cloudlessness. A lone peak jutted skyward. Could I ski it? Approach from the north, ski down the way I came? I consider as I perch my point-and-shoot shakily on the dash. If only I could  sweep this landscape up, gather it in my arms, frame it on an empty wall. This is my life, this entire world of mountains, snowflakes, wind gusts that blow my Subaru to the yellow line, the snow banked roadside. If only the whole world could experience the freedom of this landscape, the liberation. Would the world be better? Who’s to say? On the radio, Robert and Jad of Radiolab speak of snowflakes, perfect figures, no two are alike. I gaze, my mind working across the snowfields, one by one by one by one the flakes that make the snowpack. I’m blown to the side of the road, again.