I can’t believe that 2014 is almost over and that it has already been a year since we shot Teeth! October and November have been busy months, but it seems like every month is a busy month now, so I am grateful for my freelance lifestyle that allows me to have little islands of time just for myself.
I have been working on projects for other people, researching and starting to write a new script and exploring. Fall seems to attract a sort of melancholy but this year I have chosen to fight this feeling by trying to read, learn, hone my skills and see new things. Dancing to this also helps.
Here are October and November’s MPA.
Working in the studio.
Zoobie, the queen of the neighbourhood, doesn’t respect private property.
Mood board for my new project. It’s has grown considerably since I took this photo.
I was walking to the gym and saw an all-female a cappella band singing. These little girls were enthralled listening to them.
The first rains of Fall came and everything bloomed. I decided to go for a really long walk once the skies cleared.
This bug had the same idea as me.
My romance with Austin continued. I just love walking around town, taking different turns every time and discovering new corners or even seeing how the places I know change subtly through the seasons.
How could I not love it here?
Cats sometimes run towards you so you can pet them. This one was really friendly.
It wached me walk away for a while.
Allez! Vive le tour de France! graffiti in the middle of Hyde Park.
More sidewalk graffiti. Not sure what “festle” is.
Waiting for the light to turn green on my way to work.
I like working with different people because they somehow open new areas of interest for me and I can learn to understand how they think and view the world. This leads me to appreciate things I wouldn’t have noticed before. Like, for example, the logo on this truck.
Because of the rain, everything was lush and green. So we kept on exploring, this day Juan walked ahead of me…
…while I lagged behind taking pictures and admiring the light.
Grackle party at HEB. For those of you who do not live in Austin, we have a bird called grackle. Hundreds gather in grassy areas outside supermarkets. At dusk they swarm and sing a shrill song. It’s a sight to behold, even if it is a little bit scary when they swoosh past you.
I went to the gym on a different day and saw this man showing students how to put out fires. Once they managed to extinguish it, he gave them a small certificate.
I met Calcifer.
He’s a very cheeky cat that likes to ride bikes (I swear I didn’t put him there!).
There is a house in Hyde Park that always uses Halloween as an excuse to put up politically-themed decorations. I always look forward to see what they come up with.
Sunrise – Sunset.
JoAnn and Kate moved to a farm outside Austin. We went to visit them and we saw this enormous spider eating a moth.
JoAnn’s neighbour is named Tony.
He’s a really nice and friendly guy.
It was JoAnn’s 40th birthday, so we celebrated and ate some cake.
Later that week we went to see Chris Hadfield at BookPeople (my favourite shop in town!). He was charming, interesting and a wonderful storyteller. Everyone was mesmerized by him.
Late fall has the best light. I met this new kitty while walking and light-watching.
This photo is blurry but this dog was really friendly and jumped to say hi as I walked by.
Sneaking around seems to be my favourite activity.
We saw this dog-mobile in our neighbourhood. I could title this photo “Austin, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways?”
It finally started to get cold and all the leaves in the trees turned yellow and orange. I was constantly distracted by the beautiful colors.
Beed, the dog on the half shell.
Since we are not American, we don’t really celebrate Thanksgiving. Because of this, I saw the holidays as the perfect opportunity to head West and explore Big Bend. It was a very long drive but when we stopped at a gas station in the middle of nowhere and I saw these kitties, I knew West Texas was going to be as cool as I had always imagined.
We stayed in a small cottage in a lady’s backyard in a town called Alpine. The decor really set the mood for the trip.
I loved this flag.
We went to Marfa. It was completely deserted because it was Thanksgiving day. It was beautiful and desolate at the same time and it t reminded me of Peter Bogdanovich’s The Last Picture Show.
I could almost hear Hank Williams playing in the distance.
Every drive and every landscape was jaw dropping. You can’t really see it here, but in this picture an incredibly long train was crossing the plain.
In the afternoon we explored Alpine. I met this little friendly dog who secretly was a bull.
It was great to have the town almost to ourselves since it felt even more genuine without any tourists or people bustling around. There were just a few families scattered here and there. One of them was playing old Mexican tunes on a radio and it could be heard from a long distance.
This cat watched a closed bar.
And this man rode his horse around town.
Texas’ sense of humor.
Posters on a window showcased dogs up for adoption.
And suddenly, I was exactly were I had wanted to be since I was eighteen years old and day dreamed about the West and having my ranch.
The next day we started exploring Big Bend, which is incredibly vast. After two hours driving we reached Santa Elena Canyon. The right side of this picture belongs to the USA, the left to Mexico.
Pictures cannot capture the scale of Big Bend, but you can get a sense of how big the canyon is by looking at how little the trail on the right appears compared to the walls.
We then went on another hike. This time it was to the actual Last Frontier.
All the plants were prickly and all the rocks could potentially hide a snake or spider.
I had never seen anything like this place, it was amazing. But despite being almost winter, the sun was scorching.
Of course, I immediately fell in love with the landscape.
I tried to engrave everything in my brain but it was so big, so varied and so beautiful that it was impossible.
Big Bend biker.
The next day we went to the Chisos Mountains. They were a small oasis of greenery within all the surrounding desert.
Bears and mountain lions lived there. Unfortunately, we didn’t see any. But we did see tarantulas, deer, javelinas and roadrunners!
We hiked up a mountain.
And saw this strange caterpillar. I thought he looked like a giant worm from Dune if one could imagine that the rocks were boulders.
The view from the highest point of our hike. What you see between the “window” between the mountains is desert.
We then went to see Terlingua, a touristy ghost town. I liked the mixture of elements in this altar at the graveyard.
On our last day at the cottage, I appreciated the subtlety of this corner.
And on the way back we got lost and ended up in London, Texas. It was a one street town and I decided to take this picture to send to my family. I was laughing because many cars drove by and I felt rather silly as everyone looked at me.