“Roads are for journeys, not destinations.”
It seems to me that most everywhere we travel we happen upon interesting roads leading to even more interesting places. My opening capture, for example, was in one of the most remote areas of Scotland. Although our weather while there was mostly beautiful, on this particular day we experienced some of Scotland’s famous damp fog. I found it quite magical, as was the road we traveled to find it.
“Concentrate on the road ahead, not on the road behind”
Mehmet Murat Ildan
Unlike the fog in my opening capture, the vista above is a better example of Scotland’s incredible light. For every cloudy moment there is an equal or much longer moment during which the sun bathes the fields in glorious sunlight that must be seen to be believed.
“Failure, loss and defeat are just mile markers on the road to success.”
Speaking of glorious, the Andes Mountains of Patagonia are, in my opinion, exactly that. It’s hard to describe the first time you round a corner and come upon a vista like the one above. Breathtaking in every sense of the word.
“The road to home is when we find our hearts filled with the stories of our people.”
From majestic to simple, the beauty is the same. Above I’ve shared a capture of a lovely farmhouse in Provence in France. A very friendly pup felt it was his duty to welcome us to his home, set wonderfully within a copse of trees.
“Be bold and fly toward the unknown. Discover a road that was never known.”
From the countryside to the towns, the beauty of Provence travels perfectly along with you. Here we see a small street running through the charming storefronts in the heart of Aix-en-Provence.
“The road never ends … only our vision does.”
Not unlike Patagonia, the mountainous areas of China offer stunning vistas at every turn. Above we see the sight that first greeted us as we made our way toward the area of Shangri-La. No wonder it’s come to be synonymous with earthly paradise.
“Potholes on the road of life sharpen our maneuverability skills.”
Also in one of the furthest reaches of China’s more remote areas, the beautiful rice fields of Longsheng. If you look VERY closely you can see a rather large truck at the far end of the winding road, which offers perspective on just how amazing this geography can be.
I don’t know where my road is going, but I know that I walk better when I hold your hand.”
Alfred de Musset
Finally (I know, you’re thinking…..about time!!) I’ll close with a personal favorite place….deep in the midst of California’s forest of giant redwoods. Of all the wonderful places I’ve been it stays with me as one of my favorite journeys ever.
May your roads always lead to wonders never imagined.