I travel so slowly the seasons overtake me. I explore without a gun, film crew or chase vehicle. My favorite vessels are creaky boats and mule wagons. If you stop and help me fix a busted wheel, you might end up in my movie.
Millions of years ago, the Great Plains were covered by the Lost Sea. It was full of amazing creatures. Think sharks and sea turtles in Kansas. The Xyphactinus (above) was so fierce, it was known to swallow 6-foot members of its own kind. Continue reading “Creatures of the Lost Sea”
George was 92 when I met him. He was born in a sod house and aimed to die in one. He lived alone in his sod house with only the lizards for company. I shot this scene in one long take. No special effects. Just the Lizard. George. Me. And Time.
How will you live at 92?
Learn more about George in the Lost Sea Expedition TV series.
Amazing response this week with friends – some I know, some I’ve never met – donating to the Lost Sea Expedition. I painted some of their names on stuff I found around the barn. Think beech bark (Jean), creek rock (Christy), fatwood, cedar shingle and red cedar batten. Click through for a closer look at these hand painted thank yous. Continue reading “Monday Thanks”
Wow. I’m overwhelmed with how folks have stepped forward to sponsor the Lost Sea Expedition TV series! Beth was my first donor. Beth, I was so moved by your gift I went out the barn, where the wagon is stored, and painted you this thank you note.
Lots of things that didn’t make the Lost Sea Expedition TV series are still cool to look at. I thought you’d enjoy these photos about a mummified….what the hell is that anyway…..? Continue reading “Mummified”
My wagon has a tiny window at each end. The front one is round, the back one is square. When I’m sitting inside, it frames the world outside me. Living in my wagon, I became fascinated with “framing” my world with this view. Here are some of these photos. Consider them pairs. The first picture is from inside, the next is of the outside scene.
Hey, I figured you’d enjoy a peek in to the Lost Sea wagon. It was tiny. Just 21-square feet. That’s as much skin as the average human is covered in. Yeah, creepy….
The Lost Sea wagon was my mule drawn recording studio and home on the road for over a year. I built it myself. Starting with a Pioneer one-ton chassis, I added a light steel frame and covered it with door skins and foam.
Call it a claustrophobe’s nightmare. It’s barely 30 inches wide. My friends refer to it as the “MRI Wagon”.
I built such a small wagon so that, even loaded with recording gear and provisions, my mule Polly could pull it alone. Here are some pics. They’re mostly from Southern Pines, where I built the wagon.
I still use the wagon. I’ve driven it hundreds of more miles since I returned to North Carolina. I plan to take it to Benson mule days (September 23-25 – Benson, NC) Sometimes, just for old times sake, I crawl inside for a nap. Cozy!