Some days everything seems clear, even when the road ahead might appear long and far away.

“The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Other days, you can’t really tell where you’re headed and feel as though you’re descending into darkness.

“Life is not always perfect. Like a road, it has many bends, ups and down, but that’s its beauty.”
― Amit Ray, World Peace: The Voice of a Mountain Bird

Some days, you’re not even sure it really IS a road and or even where you’ll end up.

“If you have men who will only come if they know there is a good road, I don’t want them. I want men who will come if there is no road at all.”
― David Livingstone

But even when it seems darkest, there’s often a rainbow, some beauty, something for which to be thankful.

“If you don’t go to very difficult roads, you will only reach places where everyone reaches!”
― Mehmet Murat ildan

for Lens-Artists Challenge #100 – The Long and Winding Road

  1. Tina Schell says:

    Wow Janet – spectacular post this week. The images are gorgeous and the quotes are perfect for them. I loved the Tolkien opener and your rainbow image especially

    • The Tolkien quote is timeless and one of my favorites. I love how easy it is to look for quotes about any given subject with the internet. The rainbow had me running back into the cabin for my camera because I knew it wouldn’t last long.

  2. Dan Antion says:

    This is very well done, Janet. I love the photos.

  3. lifelessons says:

    I agree with Tina. Well done.

  4. de Wets Wild says:

    Thanks for taking me along this Sunday morning, Janet. I really needed it!

    • Then I’m even happier than usual that you could come along with me! This place gives me great joy and I’m happy when it does to others, too.

  5. Sue says:

    The Tolkien quote was the first thing that came to mind when I saw the prompt! Love your varied selection of roads here

  6. What a lovely post Janet!

  7. Resa says:

    his is a very wonderful post, Janet… pics, sentiments and quotes! Thank you!

  8. pattimoed says:

    Hi, Janet. I agree with Tina. A great post this week. Lovely, lovely shots. The last one really captivated me with its beautiful light and colors. I couldn’t agree more with your quotes, too! Take care and be well.

    • Thanks so much, Patti. From photographers of the ability of you two, it means a lot. 🙂 I hope you enjoyed the weekend and have a wonderful upcoming week.

  9. Su Leslie says:

    This is a really lovely post Janet. Your photos are beautiful and the quotes just right.

  10. JohnRH says:

    Great photos, great quotes. Well done.

  11. Wind Kisses says:

    I loved the message in this, and the photos evoke a sense of calm and curiosity. Very nice. Donna