My Body is Bitchin’

And I mean that in two senses.

First, I like my body. If I were able-bodied, I might have a little less around the middle and a little bit tighter ass like I used to, but I just can’t be as active as I once was. I’m a fifty-year-old disabled man, I’m not sweating it.

But second, and the point of this post, I’m laid up for a few days. On my second to last day in Big Bend National Park, I pushed a little too hard for a little too long, and now I’m paying for it. I took the easiest path on the easiest canyon trail in the park, which was gentle and smooth almost all the way, and took my time and mostly butt-scooted my way up the last little bit to where I took this shot. My spine is a wreck, and I shouldn’t have pushed even that much. But I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything, and plus, I got this shot, which I love. On my last day, I should have rested in the tent, but a tent on the desert floor in the summer is no place to be, no matter what. I spent the day at the visitors centers, just hiding from the sun as best I could.

Yesterday, I turned the wheels west and got up on top of Mount Lemmon, near Tucson, Arizona. The temperature here is much more conducive to a few days holed up on my air mattress in the tent, so I’m going to take a few days to do just that, then spend a few days exploring the mountain. There’ll be no pushing, for certain.

I did manage a bit ago to get a bath and shave on this ledge that overlooks this magnificent vista. It’s probably the prettiest bath I’ve ever had, if not the most graceful. I’m not very graceful to begin with, and when I’m in this much pain, I’m positively clutzy. But it was wonderful to get the desert off me, and be bare-assed naked outside again.

I’ve kind of got a thing for that, if you hadn’t noticed.

Oh, and for those of you who keep asking me to turn around and face the other way when I do nudes, here you go, turned around and facing the opposite direction.



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Louis Shackleton is a boudoir, portrait, art, event, and wildlife photographer formerly based in Wilmington, NC and now traveling the continent in his 2001 VW Passat named Gypsy.

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