Ready, aim, fire! It’s no use taking careful aim, though. By the time I catch my subject dead center between the crosshairs, it’s too late – a blip in the landscape – gone faster than you can say, “Gotcha!”

Snap – Snap – Snap – Speeding along at 70 mph, the sound of the shutter ticks me off for not being better prepared to shoot the burst of color I’d set out to capture only a moment ago.

But then this happens,
– a quantum physical moment –

I am presently looking into the past, while at the same time, speeding into the future.

Our road trips from San Francisco to Los Angeles along the 101 frequently give me pause for thought. Far from boring, the seven-hour drives range from being oddly educational,

to relaxing, meditative, and sometimes, insightful. They consistently present awesome snap-shots of the ever-changing world we live in, like here, in the transition from March

to June

where it happened to document the life-cycle of my lunch,
which also began last March
when fields were hopefully lovingly, but more than likely,
painstakingly planted, weeded, and pruned

then harvested by hand in June

only to be boxed and transported

to my table a few days later…

What began as a simple photo challenge to “explore the ways in which a single photograph can express time”(ergo, the stainless steel truck) has somehow turned into a concerted attempt to share with you a slice of American life that I’ve observed is often ignored despite the politics of the day.

In this vein, I’d like to give a shout-out, not only to every underpaid and stooped, sweat drenched, hard-working California Farmworker we sped past on our way to LA, but to everyone involved in putting food on my table in a sustainable way…

Thank you for your hand in feeding me, my family, my friends – all of us –
not only today at our 4th of July celebrations, but every single day of the year



About Donna Gwinnell Lambo-Weidner

I am an adventure seeking ponderer of the mysteries of the universe, writer of children's books (represented by Stephen Fraser of the Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency), and lover of anything involving armor, archery, or swashbuckling.
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  1. Thank you for letting us travel with you, Donna! Cindy and I will be driving down to LA tomorrow. I will try and find these views and make pictures. Happy 4th!


    • Taking the 5 or the 101? If you’re hungry and near Buellton on the 101, stop at Industrial Eats, soooo yummy, about 4ish hours from SF – left at 2nd light past Anderson’s Pea Soup – tiny place, tucked away on the right hand side of 181 Industrial Way 🙂 Have a wonderful conference!


  2. Lyn says:

    I can almost imagine the back of that tanker being a portal to somewhere. Suddenly you find it opens up in the form of a whirlpool and you get sucked in. Who knows what you might find 😀


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  4. An excellent collectio, especially the marvellous tanker


  5. Yours it is a very interesting work on subject.
    The true is I like very much.
    I will wait for your new work.


  6. Thank you for sharing. Our landscapes are ever changing.


  7. Paul Weihe says:

    Nice post. Reminds me of Uncommon Carriers by John McPhee, a great read.


  8. Amen to that. xo

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