It’s late April when it’s still cool and not hot
Walking down the desert dirt road
A 4 x 5 field camera in one hand
A tripod in the other
A bag of eight preloaded film holders over my shoulder
A holstered 22 caliper handgun on my hip
Ready to draw to kill rattlesnakes
That come across my path.
The Superstition Mountains loom in the distance
Yellow flowers dot the landscape
Flowing up the mountain slopes
Bright sun, deep blue skies
A slight breeze.
I set up the tripod
Screw on the camera
It takes five minute to focus through the ground glass
Nineteen ways the camera and lens can move
Bellows in and up, lens angled down, then up to level it out
I finally have the perfect wide angel shot.
I unlatch and open the camera back
And take a film holder from the bag
I slide it in and snap it shut.
I cock the lens lever
And then push the shutter.
I am done with that shot
And now it’s time to repeat the process.