Photo Challenge: The Road Taken
“All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.” Earl Nightingale
When we are sure that we are on the right road there is no need to plan our journey too far ahead. No need to burden ourselves with doubts and fears as to the obstacles that may bar our progress. We cannot take more than one step at a time. Orison Swett Marden
Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens. J. R. R. Tolkien
I just go with the flow, I follow the yellow brick road. I don’t know where it’s going to lead me, but I follow it. Grace Jones
When I saw the title for this week’s photo challenge, the first thing that came to mind was Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” However, I was equally aware that this assignment was for roads we ventured down that opened up surprising gifts of art, discovery, new ventures and more. So I went back to my drawing board and thought about how to respond. What came to mind was the idea to feature photos of special moments and artistic findings captured through the lens of my camera on my trips around the East Coast of the USA; mainly Boston, Woodstock, Omega in Rhinebeck, NY, Fort Point Channel, Westchester County and more… What became apparent as I put my photos together is that when we venture beyond our comfort zone and stay keenly aware of our surroundings, we are able to capture memorable moments. The road taken allows us to open the door to inspiration, artistic expression, miracles, and more. When we travel to new places, revisit old favorite haunts and agree to venture down a road and take in everything that calls our attention with fresh, new eyes, we make new discoveries that pop up to welcome us. The center shot from my local library is an example of a place I visited for years but barely paid attention to the beauty of the place… I decided to take a new road, to wear new lenses and the experience was different.
“There’s a lot of optimism in changing scenery, in seeing what’s down the road.” Conor Oberst
Still round the corner there may wait, A new road or a secret gate. J. R. R. Tolkien
A great man does not seek applause or place; he seeks for truth; he seeks the road to happiness, and what he ascertains, he gives to others. Robert Green Ingersoll
I’ve learned that fear limits you and your vision. It serves as blinders to what may be just a few steps down the road for you. The journey is valuable, but believing in your talents, your abilities, and your self-worth can empower you to walk down an even brighter path. Transforming fear into freedom – how great is that? Soledad O’Brien
As promised, I’ll share the specifics of my post. My center photo is from a hallway in my local library. I turned my head while borrowing a book and the hallway lights caught my attention. Some of my shots were from the “Convergence” of Boston sculptures at the Christian Science Plaza; see last week’s post. The stone tiger is “Tiger Mothers” by Donna Dodson and Liminal is the metal fireplace both at the Plaza in Boston. The red swimmers are Boston’s Fort Point Channel SOS (Safety Orange Swimmers) The Buddha was in front of a store in Woodstock. The flowerpot hear at Omega and the Circus you know about… Some were from Woodstock, and Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, What you see above and below are art installations, beautiful pathways and a corner hallway in my local library with the most beautiful antique lights. Come back later for more details on the photos featured. hank you all!
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Weekly Photo Challenge Post: – The Road Taken – For this week’s challenge, show us something that surprised you on “the road taken.” It could be a heritage building in your city or town as seen from a new-to-you angle, a yummy meal on a road trip detour, or the penny you found on a casual stroll. (I still love to find pennies — always a small thrill!) This challenge is wide open — show us the excitement, surprise, wonder, or amazement of your “road taken.”
Have a relaxing day!
Positive Motivation Tip: Stay open to the roads that appear on your journey.
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.