Walk a lot? Carry a big stick....especially one that can be used with your camera!
There once was a man who had a nice long stick.
He would often grab his stick and walk along streets, park trails and sandy beaches taking pictures of himself in interesting locations.
He could be seen traipsing around LA, Orange and San Bernardino Counties in southern California for years.
His stick was sturdy and felt comfortable in his hands.
He moved to Houston, TX. and his behavior continued.
From Houston to Bellaire, the Galleria to Discovery Green, Brays Bayou to Terry Hershey Trail, Allen's Landing to the San Jacinto Monument.
Shoppers on a spending spree saw him, people on a work break downtown saw him, families out for a day saw him, college students venturing out from their safe spaces when not in class or studying saw him, even little old ladies from Pasadena (Texas) saw him.
Then one day he and his stick became separated on a Metro bus during a rain storm.
The man felt lost without his stick.
He felt a part of him was missing.
It was an important part of his creative routine.
Then, in March 2017, thanks to the suggestion of a friend, a new Google search led him to discover that such sticks were not just height adjustable items made of metal...
and he fell in love anew as hope returned that he could once again hold a stick in his hand and walk down a trail and street, or in a park, looking for photo opportunities and creative inspiration.
I reached out to a family owned company, in Massachusetts, that has been making custom made bamboo flutes, walking sticks, walking stick flutes and camera monopod walking sticks for over 40 years.
What they made for me is beautiful and this is just a teaser photo.
Close-up photos will show off the skill that goes into making each stick a one of a kind original, tailored to the individual who ordered it.
I have plans to break it in today and tomorrow and there will be plenty of photos to share as I welcome this beauty into my life.
I am looking forward to getting out and about and exploring Houston with my new companion in creativity.