The theme for this week’s photo challenge is “fray.” Of course that can be interpreted in many different ways (which is probably one of the reasons it was chosen – smile) – there’s the fraying of objects such as cloth, rope, etc. and then there’s the “into the fray” of a challenge of some nature. I decided to go with the latter after coming across these photos today.
That photo up there is of an oncoming dust storm I was fortunate enough to encounter on I-10 en route back to Phoenix from California last month. I add those details as some justification for my stupidity in actually battling through this beast instead of pulling over with the sane people (chagrined smile). My thoughts went something like this – “Oh it’s just a dust storm. I’m tired, I want to get home. Maybe if I keep going I’ll get ahead of all this traffic. That guy’s doing it, I’ll just follow him.” All good until I get inside the monstrous cloud of dirt. See dust storms are called storms for a reason. The winds can be incredibly strong and there’s usually just enough moisture mixed in to create mud. There were points where I couldn’t see that guy I was following – but I also couldn’t see to pull off the road! It was a little like being in a car wash…only you’re getting washed in mud. Ha.
Obviously I survived and I did get in front of the traffic (minor victories!). But to say my nerves were also a bit frayed is both a bad pun and an understatement – Phoenix wasn’t too far away luckily. I definitely have a new respect for this brand of dust storm (oh yes, there are varieties); I think I’ll take the whole “pull the **** over” warning in my head a little more seriously in the future (smile).
Happy weekend everyone!!