52 Weeks Photo Challenge: Week 18—Freedom

We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold. I remember saying something like “I feel a bit lightheaded; maybe you should drive…” And suddenly there was a terrible roar all around us and the sky was full of what looked like huge bats, all swooping and screeching and diving around the car, which was going about a hundred miles an hour with the top down to Las Vegas. And a voice was screaming: “Holy Jesus! What are these goddamn animals?”… —Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (A Savage Journey into the Heart of the American Dream), 1971

Two weeks ago we took a road trip to Albuquerque, New Mexico for the Thanksgiving holiday and as we passed through Barstow heading East, the above quote kept running through the back of my mind. There were no drugs taking hold of us, unless you count caffeine, but I must admit that there is something about the open road and a vast Southwest horizon that spurs my soul and makes me feel alive.

We spent the night in Needles, CA alongside the historic Route 66 highway and I took this photo of a portion of the mural in the hotel lobby.


This week The Girl That Dreams Awake has challenged us to post a photo using the theme of freedom. I used the Jane Lens/Robusta Film/Apollo Flash combination in the Hipstamatic app and made some edits within the app.

  7 comments for “52 Weeks Photo Challenge: Week 18—Freedom

  1. alstacer
    December 17, 2016 at 9:58 PM

    Nice shot. Isn’t Needles where Snoopy’s brother Spike is from?


  2. December 6, 2016 at 4:59 AM

    Love the shot, Allan. I completely agree with your first paragraph (the one you wrote, not Hunter’s!) Have a blessed day!



  3. thegirlthatdreamsawake
    December 6, 2016 at 4:47 AM

    Thats a nice wall mural 🙂 the country i come from ,Portugal, we also have a town called albuquerque! thanks for joining in again 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • December 6, 2016 at 12:29 PM

      Interesting info about Portugal. I just checked Wikipedia and there is a theory that the name of the town in New Mexico may refer to the Portuguese town because of the presence of Cork Oak trees in the high desert.

      Liked by 1 person

      • thegirlthatdreamsawake
        December 6, 2016 at 1:03 PM

        Well interesting 🙂 we are always learning 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

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