The photographic road we tend to travel most often is what John is asking us to share with you this week for the Lens-Artists Challenge. It’s a challenge that require some introspection on my part but I do know that my overall road runs mostly through nature, although within that milieu I consider myself to be eclectic. My motto? Perhaps this…

“Nature, especially wilderness, has a calming effect on the mind”Percy Fernandez

or maybe this…

“Nature never goes out of style”– Unknown

My road is slow and quiet…with time to stop and look. There’s a reason people in a group or on wheels rarely see wildlife.

I love to take inroads to see the little things that perhaps might be missed and share them through a photo.

“Sometimes you can tell a large story with a tiny subject “ Eliot Porter

My road can be literal and I’ve been down this one many times for most of my life. I plan travel it as long as I’m able.

“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

My road means wanting to see things no one else has seen or, if seen, have not really noticed as special. I want them to say, “Why didn’t I ever think to make a picture of that?”

“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.”― Marc Riboud

Sometimes my road even includes the city with all its distortions of nature and sees them as beautiful, yet I always yearn for the road back to and into nature to center me and bring me peace.

“Always seeing something, never seeing nothing, being photographer”
― Walter De Mulder

Wherever your road is and whatever it looks like, be prepared to taste the sweetness of life when the opportunity arises.

My overarching motto as a photographer is expressed perfectly in this quote I discovered while creating this post. It instantly smote my heart:

“When people look at my pictures I want them to feel the way they do when they want to read a line of a poem twice.” ― Robert Frank

Thanks to all of you who take time to view my photos, to “like” my posts, and most of all, to take the time to tell me what you like about them, how they touch you . That is soul food in the finest sense. ❤

Perhaps Jo will forgive me for also linking this to her Monday Walk challenge as it is indeed a walk, albeit a virtual one, through the philosophy of my photography and blogging.

  1. restlessjo says:

    You’re forgiven, Janet. I like your thinking, and I especially like that last quote. Have a great week!

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  3. Love this Janet, Nature never goes out of style”– Unknown the mountains and deer are my favs, but that interior shot is so full of details, so nicely picked.

  4. Nature is the grandest of all the museums. From the staredown with the buck to the scenic view of a valley, the big and small in between are there to enjoy for those willing to take the time to look. Love the poem, too. Have a good week, Janet!

  5. I have really enjoyed your photos Janet!

  6. Capturing a photo that good of a hummingbird is a true skill. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Ally Bean says:

    The Robert Frank quote is an excellent motto for you. I can see why it resonated with you. I like your approach to photography. Plus you take some darned good photos. Thanks for sharing them here.

  8. In the comments, Frank, I think said it best. “Nature is the grandest of all the museums”.
    You are a nature photographer if I could categorize it from this post alone. Wonderful views, Janet!

  9. Amy says:

    Love your take on, Janet! These photos are incredible. The distortions are creative and beautifully done.

  10. Beautiful! I loved the Buck. These are my kind of roads.

  11. Wind Kisses says:

    These words, these photos definitely speak to your creativity in photography. I wish I was sitting next to you at the fire pit overlooking the landscape. Wyoming…? The road in the distance takes you right to the edge of the hill with wonderment. And oh how I love the bee, who looks like she is holding on for dear life. Or maybe she is just hanging out with you. Have a good week.

    • I’m pretty sure you’ll be sitting there one day in the not-too-distant future or at least somewhere near there. 🙂 Yes, that’s Wyoming…from “the phone booth”, the place where we’re high enough to get cell phone reception as well as killer views. 🙂 The bee was hanging on and covering itself with pollen in a frenzy. It was such a joy to watch!

      Enjoy your week as well, which I know you will. I’m working on taxes now. Such fun. 😦

      • Wind Kisses says:

        oh boy…tax season. When we visited Ruby a few weeks ago the caretaker of the property didn’t have cell service unless she walked up the nearby hill. She named it, 2 Bar hill. lol. Clever.

  12. Tatiana says:

    Beautiful nature photography!

  13. bushboy says:

    Wonderful Janet so much to digest. I love the last quote as it can be so true. Pick a favourite? All of them! Each has it’s own special qualities 🙂

  14. Tina Schell says:

    So glad I caught this one Janet – loved it from start to finish, thoughts and images both. My favorite image is your bean. Seen dozens of them but yours is truly unique. LOVE the Robert Frank quote too.

  15. JohnRH says:

    Excellent. Bee shot and hummer are my faves.

  16. DeWetsWild says:

    I love tagging along on your road, Janet, because of the beautiful things like these that you point out to your travelling companions

  17. solaner says:

    Great thoughts, Janet. I love your approach for this challenge 👍
    The Tolkien quote fits perfectly 👍👍👍

  18. tootlepedal says:

    A very well met challenge. 🙂

  19. What a wild and wonderful set of photos! The Bean is so fascinating. Loved the macro of the bee trying to harvest pollen. Also, totally intrigued by the purple photo. It’s the surface of something, but I can’t figure out what.

    • Thanks so much! The Bean is wonderful all the time. The purple photo was taken inside my van as it went through a car wash. Those are suds on the windshield and the lights were purple. The light color changed as you went through, depending where you were in the car wash.

  20. Ju-Lyn says:

    I love “Wherever your road is and whatever it looks like, be prepared to taste the sweetness of life when the opportunity arises.” Just being ready to see the good things that come our way so that we don’t miss them.

    And I love this Monday Walk through your lens.

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