As we're writing this, we're watching the evening light transform the mountains in Banner, WY for the last time. What an amazing month this has been. This land, these mountains, this sky.... they've been a comfort and an inspiration. Our fellow residents - Linda, Zebbie, Kevin, and John have brought their own particular talents and flavor to the mix. We've had some deep discussions and some deep belly laughs around the big oak kitchen table. We've also gotten a lot of work done. Stay tuned, we're selecting, editing, and uploading and we'll share the new work soon.
..just cant wait to get on the road again. As it happens, this was playing in the café the other night by some Stetson-wearing, boot-stomping, musical cowboys. Loving Buffalo, Wyoming.
We mapped out our traverse of the mountains pretty thoroughly, making notes of all the potentially interesting places we could shoot - but of course everything changes in actualization. Our shots have been inspired moment to moment and our plans are usually greatly influenced by time, light, surprising finds, whims and fist fights (just kidding).
Cody has no lack of inspiring backdrops, and we did our very best to make use.
More Bison with capital Bs.
A funny antidote from my awkward planning session to find a boat.
Tedious because I had to collect all the numbers to call and drive up to the top of the hill, one of the only locations nearby with cell service. I called the Horseshoe Marina on the website and asked about boat rentals. The guy was really nice with a big drawl:
"Yeah, I'll rent ya a boat. I got both, canoe and the row boats."
We worked out the whole scenario - when I could pick them up, how he'd come in on his day off, how we'd drop it off the next day in the afternoon when they were closed, but he'd make an exception. The transaction was going great. I told him that we'd be coming across the mountain a couple times as a matter of logistics --
Finally he stopped me. "Now..what mountains are you talking about?"
"The Big Horn ..Mountains," I said.
"Now, you do know we're in Tennessee, don't you."
Wrong Horseshoe Marina. He did his old south chuckle. "Well, now. I'll still rent it to ya."
I'd like to make a note of how amazingly kind and extremely helpful we've found the people in Wyoming to be. We went to a store in Casper to find a scarf. The woman inside did everything in her power to find one and finally sent us to another store. The lady at the coffee shop gave me a free copy of a climbing magazine I wanted to buy. A woman, three customers and another manager racked their brains for recommendations of nearby caves to check out. The guy at the corner store gave me detailed directions where to get bear spray, what aisle to find it and how much it would cost at another store. We've been blown away by the hospitality and helpfulness. Our cabin host in Cody said come on in, you don't have to knock!
Her dog, Weston got depressed when we left. I told him he belongs in the open fields; city life wouldn't suit him.
Today we took apart the library in the Jentel resident house, and transformed it into the professor’s library. We filled the shelves with old books, specimens in jars, skulls and bones, papers and plants.
Our studio is set up! We have a million things tacked up on the walls.
Venturing into town is a full excursion and internet is limited here, which is all good as soon as we get our photo scenes prepped.
And guess what, after all of this spring-threatening BBQ-picnic weather across the northwest, it's now acting more like Wyoming. SNOW!!
Greetings from my car parked for the night in Badlands NP! 1500 miles underway and only a few to Wyoming. Thanks everyone for supporting our project! If you want a poster or postcards, the campaign ends in a few hours! Lots of love you guys ~
Just over ONE DAY LEFT to support Unchronicled Explorations!!!
Thank you so much to the last minute dream team: Mari Griffin, Matt Rebholz, Daniela Coco, Megan Shaughnessy Bondy, Tohru Onhnuki, Charles Griswold, Oliver Lanzenberg, Julian Paik, and one anonymous donor. You guys rock!
We've really been blown away by the support. Thanks for the love everybody.
OH my goodness, WE DID IT! We passed our goal! Woohooo!!!!
Thank you to Leang Yin, James Endo, Alison Pepper, Liz Caffrey and Derek Faulkner, David Blessing, Warren and Kristi Lamb, Diane Kandel, and Tracy Scott who donated yesterday and this morning, you guys pushed us over the edge!!!
Here's the thing: after Indiegogo's fee and paypal's fee, we're really only up to about $4650 (not to mention making and shipping perks). So if you still want to donate, we could still really use it!!
THANK YOU again to all 72 (seventy-two!!!!) of our backers! You guys rock.
with Swiss Le'Miss
Oh my gosh, only 5 DAYS LEFT!
We're only $19 away from passing 4000 (out of 5 grand)! The next $20 donation would put us over....! (have you checked out the perks?)
Thank you to Yael Edelist, Theresa Chiu, MIles Washington, Kate Dunnigan, Kelly Carlson, Maya Owings, Peggy Newell, Amy Hendel, and Ariel Shanberg who donated this weekend!
To all of the 63 people who have donated: you guys are the best!
Specimens have arrived, maps are being drawn, notes are being made. Not pictured: goggles, antique snow shoes, czech army parka, funny hats, ice axe, taxidermy. Can you help us pay for this stuff and more so we can make amazing photos? We only have 9 days left in our campaign!!!
If you're interested in exploration, photography, science, cartography, botany, strong women characters, fiction, or nature, I think you might be interested in this art project Missy and I are working on. Plus it's a nice break from worrying about the election. Check out the link below.
We only have 10 DAYS left! Can you help us out?
Interesting facts about Doctor P. Slobek:
- Her Mongolian name is Silugukhan Qatakahn (translation: "little, straightforward, and hardy")
-She is an expert cartographer
-Served in the Czech Army as a medic, but was discharged after only 18 months (mostly due to a lack of respect for authority)
-Known to be a particularly effective doctor for climbing and mountaineering expeditions: her field treatments are quick and tidy and she can identify useful medicinal herbs almost anywhere in the world.