Sunday, October 7, 2007

Oops



The black SUVs that the Secret Service guys drive are the best reflective surfaces. They're shiny and always sparkling clean. The deal is, though, that the people who sit all day in these cars are never happy when I approach in order to take a pic of something reflected in their tinted windows.

Though I always show them the pics while assuring them I'm not trying to look inside their cars, they still narrow their eyes suspiciously. I'm not sure the Secret Service hires expansive thinkers, though I could be wrong about that. No offense intended!

Eventually though, they seem to realize that a pleasant grey-haired, middle aged lady such as myself has nothing to do with threats to the security of whatever or whomever it is they're guarding.

Too, they seem incapable of appreciating how interesting the landscape is when reflected and photographed. I've tried explaining why I take these pics, I talk about the reversed architecture, the distortions in shape, blah blah blah. Their eyes glaze over once they figure out I'm not dangerous, at which time they cease to even pretend they're interested in anything I'm saying. Sometimes I stop my explanations in mid-sentence; they never seem to notice.

Maybe you think I should avoid the Secret Service and their fabulous vehicles. Hmmmm... Maybe you're right!

9 comments:

Momentary Academic said...

No, I think that you should keep taking the pictures. One of these days you'll encounter a Secret Service agent who will learn from you.

Anonymous said...

fabulous photos-- you are brave to talk to secret service SUV people-- yeeks, I'd cross the street to avoid them-- but the photos are sure worth it!

~bluepoppy

Steve said...

Ha! I've also freaked people out taking photos of their car windows -- but never a Secret Service agent! That's a little scary!

Lynne said...

ooooooooh ... shadowy Jake! I love this!

Barbara said...

I think you'd make the perfect spy -- with a line like that no one would ever suspect you! There are a lot of SS people around where you live and work, so you would have to give up a lot of reflections to avoid them altogether. Sooner or later they'll realize you are harmless. In the meantime, the worst they can do is make you erase your pictures.

mysticalfeet said...

You're right about those cars having the best surfaces, and so you should keep on taking your pix. In another place, those could be the cars of the Russian Mafia, and you might fare worse.

Catching up to your recent entries and trying to get my tiny mind around how very strange the weather was in all of VA last week. My day in Montpelier on Saturday was the hottest, dustiest, most humid day I've ever encountered, ever, I think. Part of the extremeness of it all was that October calendar date in my brain. Sometimes, I think you're right; we do need to let concepts like "calendar" "season" "typical weather pattern" go, and just BE okay with it.

kimy said...

great pics!! esp the shadow pup. just discovered your site... quite loverly thank you.

Gary said...

Fantastic shadow pic!

lettuce said...

great jake pic - he looks a bit like an elephant.