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Roads More Traveled

March 23, 2011
Sunset Moonrise, Transcanada Highway

Sunset Moonrise, Transcanada Highway

The famous Robert Frost poem, “The Road Not Taken”, ends with a few lines that are easily seen as inspiration for the outdoor photographer:

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”

But what of the roads more traveled? Should I pack the camera away on these roads, or can I approach them photographically in a way that makes all the difference?

For my thoughts on this question, see my new article Roads More Traveled, just published at NatureScapes.Net.

The image at the right was photographed on a road I’ve definitely traveled a lot. There are a few turnouts along the Transcanada Highway between Banff and Calgary that I keep in mind as I drive along the road. On this trip, post-sunset colors played over a thin layer of high clouds while a full moon rose over the hills. I quickly pulled over at one of my favorite stops and took the opportunity for a moody late evening composition.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 24, 2011 00:28

    Looking forward to reading the article… I love the other version of that quote:

    “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And was nearly killed by a bear.”

  2. March 24, 2011 18:45

    Very nice article Royce, full of great advice, accompanied by some of your typical stunning imagery. Particular favorites for me are the twisted branch, the summer field, and the ice.

  3. March 24, 2011 21:18

    Ali: Yes, that poem is a favorite one up here too!

    Mark: Thanks very much!

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