My Strange Addiction

I came home the other day and Addy had the t.v. on. “Hey, mama, wanna watch this with me?”

“What is it?” I rarely watch t.v. and when I do, I have to do something else simultaneously.

“It’s called ‘My Strange Addiction.’ This one is about this guy who eats glass.”

When your teenage daughter asks you if you want to watch a show with her, or do anything with her for that matter, you do it, even if the activity is number 192 on your priority list. So, I grabbed my laptop and plopped down on the couch. The strange addictions we saw were the glass eating guy (who has also recently started eating bullets), someone who takes 150 laxatives a day, a lady who is fascinated with death and is living for the day she dies, a woman who can’t stop applying make-up, and a mother who is obsessed with collecting rocks. Her entire yard is covered with rocks that she has brought home one by one and there are bowls upon bowls of them in every room of her house. Every time she goes somewhere, she’s focused on the ground and which rocks she should pick up and take home.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis last one–the rock lady–had me chuckling a bit at something I am now, since watching the show, thinking of as my strange addiction – the sky. I live in the Rocky Mountain west, so there is always a show going on up above with no repeated episodes whatsoever. A couple of summers ago I started photographing sunrises and sunsets and the amazing colors and cloud patterns that the mountains get before and after the frequent late afternoon rain and thunderstorms. There was plenty of moaning and eye rolling from the teenage daughters as I was constantly pulling over and getting out of the car to take pictures. You know, you can’t just get the shot and then be on your merry way because 30 seconds later things have morphed and are even more stunning.

The sky was really flaunting its capabilities one day when we were on what should have been a seven-hour road trip. My strange addiction made it longer. I reminded the girls that at least I wasn’t hanging out the window and snapping shots while going 75 mph. This is what I did before I learned some strategies for managing my addiction. Soon, the daughters acquiesced and started searching the skies with me and I know for a fact that they’ve got some beauties accumulating in their smart phone camera rolls.


The Riverside Parkway overpass to Hwy 6&50.

The best of my sky photos ended up in an ongoing Facebook album. The album had a lot of faithful followers until one sad day when the Facebook powers that be informed me that I had reached the limit on number of photos that could be uploaded. This occurred in the springtime, a particularly rainy spring, and the wild flowers in the surrounding desert terrain were going crazy. Well, you can probably guess what I replaced my sky obsession with.

Actually, I haven’t completely recovered from the sky. I still chase sunrises and sunsets. I am still hoping that the city will build a giant photography tower in the middle of town, with an East Deck that faces Mt. Garfield and the Grand Mesa and a West Deck that looks out toward the Colorado National Monument. Until then, I am always on the lookout for the best spots in town to catch the colors.

The other day, Amy needed something from Walmart. As we were driving there, the sky was concocting an incredible mélange. “I’m going to drop you off and let you run in on your own. I’ll be right back. Just wait for me out front.”


Sometimes the clutter of the city can actually enhance the subject matter.

She nodded, knowing without even asking what I needed to go and do. I didn’t have much time, so I took a little road that went behind Walmart and the Dollar Tree and Lowe’s. And guess what? Score! First of all, it’s quite lovely back there; I mean, in comparison with the front-of-the-store parking lots. And the Riverside Parkway overpass to Highway 6&50 was showcasing the sunset all too well. There was no question about it–this location would suffice as a fix for my strange addiction.

9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Trace
    Jul 24, 2013 @ 16:04:42

    What a great addiction.. and I annoy my family with it all the time.. We have a couple of groups that meet in Junction to talk about and shoot pictures.. so let me know if you are interested in being a part of those.

    You should check out to add your pictures.. free, plenty of space, mobile..


    • Randee
      Jul 25, 2013 @ 07:58:23

      Trace, obviously I love photography, but I don’t know if I will ever move beyond the point and shoot. The reason is that I want to carry my camera with me at all times and this includes when I am running, kayaking, grocery shopping, teaching… well, you get the picture. I just need to have a small camera. But, let me know when you all are getting together and perhaps I’ll show up. I’d love to meet you!


  2. Linnea
    Jul 24, 2013 @ 17:44:56

    You do get some beautiful shots! I don’t think I get up early enough to catch the whole sunrise thing. 🙂


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  4. Maureen
    Oct 09, 2013 @ 11:39:50

    I collect rocks, and take lots of outdoor pictures… Much to the annoyance of my traveling companions : )


    • Randee
      Oct 09, 2013 @ 12:26:26

      Well, I have to be honest. After that episode of My Strange Addiction, I was tempted to get started with the rock collection idea. I thought it looked cool to have bowls of rocks sitting around the house. Now I’m kind of fired up about it again…


  5. annetteharris42
    Oct 12, 2013 @ 05:35:57

    Is’nt the sky amazing. I find your addiction pretty cool. Your blog posts are very descriptive and i like that. I am new to blogging and do it all from my phone. So, my posts are short. I will get better with a computer. But, your style of writing keeps your readers attention. Keep up the good work.


    • Randee
      Oct 12, 2013 @ 05:49:10

      Welcome to blogging! I can’t imagine doing it from my phone, but lots of people do. I think you’ll like the community here and the community will like you if you’re the type to leave comments and connect. So, I appreciate your feedback. It’s the type of feedback that motivates me to keep writing. Thank you for that.


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