Its a travesty when someone who is glued to their camera and has a backlog of photos sitting on their memory card loses the darned thing, but you know what? You can't let it get you down. You've gotta get up, grab your camera, your empty smaller flash drive, and hit the back roads in search of more photos. I can't replace the photos I've lost, but I can take some new ones!
Part of the reason I haven't gone out and taken photos is because I am so clueless on the back roads. Basically I don't know where roads go, where the views are, and there is a good chance if I venture down many of the beautiful looking dirt roads I'll end up in the middle of someone's posted property.
The people in the Upper Valley are not as friendly about posted property as they are up in the Northeast Kingdom. Up north posted property is more of a suggestion and really doesn't apply to photographers. Down here, though, posted property means NO ONE except the owners, even on the edge their land along the side of the road. They are awful serious about it. It intimidates me, because I don't want to offend anyone... just snap some photos and be on my merry way!
Also, where we live we face east and have a massive hill directly behind our house that blocks all view of the west and indications of a beautiful sunset, my favorite time to be out photographing. Half the time the sun sets and I don't even notice. Then, before I know it, its dark and another day has passed without me taking a single photograph.
So, yesterday I made the point of getting out and driving around for the heck of it... I have to start somewhere. I have to get to know the lay of the land, what roads face west or east, and where the best 'unposted' sights are. There is no better way to learn than just meandering.