I am sitting in a small cafe at my Inn on Ko Samui. I am drinking the last of a cup of hot breakfast tea, no sugar, no milk.
If I stop and listen, I can hear a wide variety of birds and insects proclaiming their existence to the world. I can hear water splashing as a couple plays in the pool fifty feet behind me. The trees talk to me as the wind passes through them. A group of ladies that work here are having a conversation that I cannot understand, but still it is beautiful.
If I stop and smell, I catch a whiff of curry from the kitchen and a light touch of salt from the ocean. Underlying those smells is the purer air of a natural place less touched by pollution and human hands.
Everywhere is green. The sun is shining. It is eighty-four degrees, or twenty-nine in Celsius. A not-so-stray dog lies nearby, content with his own patch of sunshine. A gardener is watering the flower garden. The gravel in the driveway crunches as a delivery truck arrives.
It is not the same for everyone. This is paradise. It is the daily grind. It is an escape. It is a last hurrah. It is the goal of years of planning. It is an opportunity. It is home.
For me, it is one in a growing list of temporary homes where I try to capture a piece of the local spirit and hold on with all my might. It is a place where I shape my understanding.
Rhys Martin was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1981. In 2009, he sold everything he owned and left the country, living out of a backpack for ten months. He discovered a passion for photography while traveling throughout Southeast Asia and Europe.
After returning home, he looked at his home town and Oklahoma heritage with fresh eyes. When he began to explore his home state, Rhys turned his attention to historic Route 66. As he became familiar with the iconic highway, he began to truly appreciate Oklahoma’s place along the Mother Road. He has traveled all 2,400 miles of Route 66, from Chicago to Los Angeles. He has also driven many miles on rural Oklahoma highways to explore the fading Main Streets of our small towns. Rhys has a desire to find and share the unique qualities of the Sooner State with the rest of the world.
Cloudless Lens Photography has been featured in several publications including This Land, Route 66 Magazine, Nimrod Journal, Inbound Asia Magazine, The Oklahoman, and the Tulsa World. In 2018 he published his first book, Lost Restaurants of Tulsa.
Rhys loves to connect with people and share his experiences; ask him about enjoyable day trips from Tulsa, locations along Route 66, and good diners or burger joints along the way.
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…and all God's children said, "Amen."