My intentions were to photograph bluebirds along the Kootenay Plains and goats along the Jasper-Banff Highway The bluebirds were most accommodating while the goats had other plans.
We saw other creatures as well, but what struck me was the human creatures. We need to leave a mark along our trails. So many of us are compelled to say were here, we exist, this is what we think.
We do it in our own way, but one of the more common ways is bathroom graffiti. I found these samples in an outhouse near Jasper. While many chose to etch their moments in the wood, I chose to take photos of it.
|I hope they had fun. I'm sure it is a wonderful memory.|
|It appears Jeremy and Melissa appreciated their visit to the mountains.|
|Heather and Jay got married in Jasper in June of '09. There's also a note about a road trip in August of '08. I wonder if they liked the visit so much they decided to get married there?|
|Whatever else it was, it is a memory.|
I would prefer there not be any messages, but that's unlikely to change.
At least they are good messages from happy people who've had the opportunity to get away from their routine for a look around at the beauty of the world.
Those I am happy to see.