Galactic Fulcrum

October 7th, 2012

With seven hundred daytripping kilometres behind us in my two-door bubble-car, and two hundred yet to go, the world had become a stream of highway lights in a world of darkness. Hours tend to pass in a blur, one much like the next, until something interesting looms out of the darkness and shakes a weary traveller’s brain into alertness.

We weren’t alone, though. A lone local stood fishing in the river, and eyed us suspiciously as we approached from where we’d parked. There was no chance we’d go unnoticed, so we had a chat instead. Yes, he said, people climbed there all the time. The climb down over the railing to go fishing! When we mentioned that we were thinking we’d climb up, he looked puzzled and asked if we were BASE jumpers or something. Amusing.

And so up we went, quickly, feeling exposed despite having squared things away with Local Fishing Dude. It was higher than it had looked, and a tighter squeeze, too, but soon we were up top, and with a sense of time ticking away, we quickly did our thing. More than anything, though, I couldn’t help but be distracted and awed by the incredible field of stars that arced above in the black sky. I could have stayed and shot for a lot longer, but paranoia is what it is, and with two of us there to play anxiety off each other, we took our leave while we could.

I pulled out my camera briefly and showed our new friend what I’d been shooting, which seemed a little less interesting to him than the line in his hand, and then we hopped off into the darkness, into the car, and returned to the world of lights and lines and endless road.

2 Responses to “Galactic Fulcrum”

  1. Kimon 04 Nov 2012 at 6:13 pm

    I absolutely love your posts. I visit your website every month just to see what you’ve been up to. Every time I do it gives me a bit of inspiration to head out country for some long exposure or do a bit of amatuer urbex. Keep posting please :)

  2. Svenon 04 Nov 2012 at 11:14 pm

    Thanks for the kind words :)

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