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The Road Not Taken

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Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference. ~ Robert Frost

 

And I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference… This one line sums up how I have always looked at life. Explore where others may not have wandered. When I set out to travel, I don’t think to myself… where does everyone else go or how does everyone else do it. Instead I try to forge my own path and head in a direction that might not seem as likely.

This doesn’t mean I don’t travel to well-known destinations, because I do. But it does mean that I try to see that destination differently. Maybe I stay in a small pensione or albergo and not the well-worn hotel chain. Maybe I eat where I see locals and not the restaurant recommended by the concierge. It also doesn’t mean I travel alone. In fact, I rarely travel alone. I prefer traveling with friends, creating shared memories and experiences. Simply, I like to go to places and then experience aspects of that place that are not as well-worn by others.

This past weekend, two friends and myself headed off in search of something to photograph. We could have stayed local, gone to DC or Arlington or…. But instead we headed west. We had a general idea of where we would end up, but we took a circuitous route through the countryside of West Virginia. The rule in our car… just say stop and the driver needs to do his or her best to accommodate. This is likely to include driving until it is safe to turn around and heading back to the location. Also, we never question the stop request. Just because we may not have seen what the requestor sees does not mean the requestor did not see it. However, if you say, “that is cool” or “wow what great light” or similar, the car keeps moving. You must say stop.

Here are a few “Stop” images from that trip. Random lonely barns, abandoned cars, bored bovine… scenes of life in the country. As much as I love the big cities with their monuments to progress, I have often taken the road less traveled, and that has made all the difference.

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The Palouse – 2015

Road Runner Photography Tours is pleased to announce its 2015 Palouse, Washington Photo Tour, from May 31 to June 4, 2015!

With years of experience in the region, Don and I have mapped over 1800 miles in the beautiful location. This tour will have a maximum of 8 participants, so spaces will fill up quickly. We keep our tours small, so that each participant can receive the attention they need to capture beautiful images and so the group can stay flexible when responding to changing weather and lighting conditions.

If you are looking for an early summer photo adventure through the heartland of America, this tour is for you!

For more information and to register for this tour, click here. Early bird special ends November 16, 2014 at midnight.

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Sometimes it’s better in Black and White

 

Here is a slightly different take on the Palouse Barn from my prior post.  With the sweeping clouds above the barn, I think this one looks better in Black and White.  I had pretty much finished processing the color version when it occurred to me that it might look better in Black and White.

Lines and Light

Recently back from a trip to The Palouse and finally sorting through thousands of images. In processing my images, I have come to realize The Palouse is a sumptuous study of lines and light. The vastness of the landscape, spotted with stunningly dilapidated barns and trucks, is the perfect inspiration for artistry. The amazing thing, at least to me, is that some images scream out to be pure, while others scream out to be abstractions of themselves; be it color, texture, or tone.

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There is something for everyone is this amazing region of the United States and I for one cannot wait to get back. We are planning a photo tour there next June! Stay tuned for more information about our 2014 Photo Tour schedule.