A Room With a View

outhouse at a remote mining camp

A Room With a View

Clean, well-stocked, private.  These are things we appreciate when nature calls.  But step into that unisex facility at the mini-mart, or a porta-potty at a public event, and you realize that “clean” and “well-stocked” are nice-to-haves, not need-to-haves.  You can find yourself grateful for nothing more than the sense of privacy granted by the lock on the door. Sometimes, in these situations, you just have to make do.
But what if you lived an hour’s journey from a paved road, far from the world of running water, and miles from the next human soul?  Would a sense of privacy still be important?  The prospector who built this structure didn’t seem to think so.  That’s a screen door on the front of the outhouse.  Perhaps instead of a sense of privacy, he valued the light, the ventilation, or a room with a view.   Or, maybe when he built this, the only building material he had available was an old screen door.  Sometimes, in the desert, you just have to make do.

Tech Notes

90 sec @ f/8; 18mm; ISO 200; star trails (15 * 90 seconds); lighting: blue-gelled strobe; xenon flashlight

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