30 October 2007

Photo of the Day - The Road Less Traveled

As I mentioned in my previous 'Photo of the Day' post, I recently went on a hike to Catoctin Mountain National Park with my Dad while he was in town. I told him before we went, that we were on a "photog mission." That is, I really wanted to take some fresh shots so that I could post them here. One of my favorite shots is what I call, the 'Trail Shot.' I find that I take these kinds of shots whereever I go. It doesn't always have to be a hiking trail, but it could be a road, a narrow passage, or even a cute alley tucked away behind some tall buildings. This shot, I really like because you can follow the length of the un-blazed trail as far as the eye can see. I love the way the light and shadow are scattered, but still manage to pick up the lush greens, bright yellows, oranges, and rich browns along the trail.

I don't know why I'm so drawn to shots like this, but nevertheless, I am. Whenever I shoot one of these, a single line of Robert Frost scrolls through my brain, "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference."

Here is the rest of the poem for you to enjoy:
The Road Not Taken
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.
by Robert Frost
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