Past Reflection

Tent Camping
Camping – Davis, OK Area

Nothing better to do on a dark rainy day than scan old negatives.  I came across this one and thought I’d share.  I took this picture on a camping trip in late autumn of 1977.  The campsite is somewhere in the Davis area but the exact location has long slipped from memory.

I was young, dumb, and poor and the only camera I owned back then was a Nikkormat FTN with a 50mm f2 Nikkor H-C lens.  The 50mm was the only lens I had at the time.  In fact, it and the Nikkormat FTN were the only Nikon equipment I’ve ever owned.  I still have them both.  The film was Kodak “Pan-X Plus 125”.  I never have used B/W much so this was a treat when I came across the negative.

I wish I still had that tent, too.  It’s an 8×10 Coleman “American Heritage”.  Having straight sides there really was a lot of room in it.  I recall once, we had four cots setup inside.  Speaking of cots, I have no explanation why my cot is outside; I can’t remember a thing.  I wish I still had it because it would make a good cold weather tent for me.  It’s canvas and because it didn’t have a rain fly, the windows on the side zipped up tight.  It wouldn’t carry much of a load of snow, but it’d be warmer than the tent I have now.

Please excuse the scratches on the negative.  Back then, I kept negatives in the original paper envelopes in which they were shipped from the labs.  Again, I was young, dumb, and poor and didn’t preserve them properly.  It was years later when I finally bought sleeves and began to keep my negatives in them.  Of course, the damage was already done.

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