Thursday, January 27, 2005

On Assignment: Fulton County, New York-Day Three

"Painfully Cold" by Wes Aldridge

Today was ruff. I am beyond exhausted and my body hurts. This photograph isn't on the blog for its quality as a shot. It is here because it accurately captures my life today. This was sunrise (that never had any color) wrapped in gray sky. I think it was somewhere around 7 a.m.

It was a fierce 30 minute drive across country highway to get to this location. Hard drive in the dark with roads that hadn't been plowed by the time my 6 a.m. drive began. This isn't a field... it is a lake that had frozen 18-inches on the surface, lying on the edge of the Adirondacks.

It was 21 degrees below zero. -21 DEGREES. The coldest temperature I have ever witnessed. I got up intensely early, drove on terrible country roads and froze until my body stung for this pathetic sunrise. At least I tried. I am paying for it now with fever, wind-burned face, bloodshot eyes, aching joints and the darkest bags under my eyes I have ever had.

The sun actually rose above the clouds in about an hour and the sky cleared up beautifully. I was able to get a majority of my exterior shots done. Now, I am ready to crawl into bed and crash until the next sunrise.

My body has had enough for one day.