- Posted November 1, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Travel photo of the day
Images from a drifter
From Samoa, to Fiji, to wherever.
I let go (abandon) everything and throw out the clock, my calendar and check book and go to the ocean, or the volcano and lose myself in the wonder of it all.
Amazed as I am by the trance of this life and the weird passage of time.
And if I happen to find myself in a jam in a typhoon (seen four of them) or a tsunami (two) or get cut off in a volcanic flow with no help (happened once) I'm quite happy to let go of everything.
My book has been written and life has been full. I am absolutely fearless of death. Been there, done that.
My friend Mel Gibson said, "All men die. But all men and women don't fully live. I've done that." Criticize Mel, but sometimes he is very precise and right on.
I met Marlon Brando one night while he was having dinner with Johnny Depp and Faye Dunaway at Turtle Bay at a table next to us. He called me his "gofer." I said to Marlon, "No I'm not. I'm not your gofer, nor anyone's." He smiled and said, "For that you can have my autograph."
Well, that was pretty nice, so I took him up on it. I didn't know that it was worth some $3000 US at the time. As he had stopped giving autographs years before.
You just never know who you are going to run into at any time.
I have learned to travel lighter. You can find me almost anywhere with just a backpack and a camera. In fact Dennis Quaid had me arrested one day by a pool for taking secret photos of him. By the way I never did, and I was detained on public property illegally and the outcome of that all was a mighty big cash settlement by those responsible. And I pulled out my camera card and revealed I had no photos of Quaid on the camera and they were mighty embarassed. Quaid never said a word to me, he sulked, knowing he made a big mistake. My wife told me at the time (she saw this whole thing unfold) that it was going to be costly for Quaid and the security monkeys he had bought off. have no need to take photos of any celebrity unless it's Robert Duvall, and he really doesn't mind if I take his picture at all. I'm really not into the papparazzi thing at all.
Having been to the water's edge and having heard the river's story...it's serene, tranquil landscapes that turn my crank. It's all about quitting the world of men.
Wanna come along?