Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Life Through My Lens - Backroads and byways...

Take the back roads instead of the highways. - Minnie Pearl

Two roads diverged in a wood and I - I took the one less traveled by, 
and that has made all the difference. - Robert Frost

Recently, as I was returning home from a few days out of town, backroads and byways I'd never before traversed beckoned me to follow. I headed their call. Vistas vast and seemingly unending greeted me as I followed the winding twists and turns of the road.

I was struck by the reflection of the surrounding scene in the window of this one-room schoolhouse. I thought to myself what an amazing thing it must have been to have such views encompassing one while learning.

One room schoolhouse - Fruita, Utah

This scene seemed to capture a sense of homecoming, of peace and serenity, after a day spent eking out a living amidst the beautiful but often unforgiving terrain. I am in awe of the perseverance and courage it must have taken to settle and thrive in the shadows of the redrock.

Gifford Farm, Capitol Reef, Utah

I think perhaps a little bit of their pioneering spirit lives on in me because as I left the majestic landscape behind me I longed to stay and explore. Yet on that day I had to finish my journey home. Still, it seems as though a part of me was left there wandering among the monoliths and crags awaiting the time when I return again.

Yes, I do exist - despite rumors to the contrary...

Adventures & Misadventures of Daily Living

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  1. What a beautiful area! If I had that scene out my window I would never get anything done.

  2. Utah certainly has some breathtaking scenery. I wanted to spend more time through there- so much to see.

  3. now that is the farm to have. beautiful scenery. wow, what a view!! (:

  4. Really beautiful! Love the reflection and that barn next to the red rock is stunning. Joining you from Deb Duty

  5. What a gorgeous place! Beautiful shots. Oh how I'd love to visit!!

  6. The barn against the red rock is stunning! And peaceful at the same time. Beautiful photos!

  7. Backroad traveling is so exciting, because you never know what visual treasure you will stumble upon...the trick is to be sure to leave yourself with plenty of time so you can savor every minute of the journey.