Lens-Artists Challenge #158 – Back Country Roads

cows, numbers, farm

“The beaten path only gets you where most people go. Be original and explore new roads.”

Nanette Mathews

This week our guest host, Beth of Wandering Dawgs, has invited us to leave the beaten path and wander some back country roads. Over the years my husband and I have often set off to do just that. I’m happy to have an opportunity to share some of our exploits, starting with the beautiful bovines above. We came across them and the farmstead below in our adventures along the country roads near the home of our family in upstate New York.

farm, tractor, silo
Down on the Farm

“A farmer is a magician who produces money from the mud.”

Amit Kalantri

In beautiful Montana , a good friend invited me to join her in photographing the glorious yellow canola fields. The colors of the red barn, blue sky and yellow canola flowers were a photographer’s dream!

canola field, red barn
Canola Fields, Montana

“Is there any sight more exquisite than a field of canary yellow rapeseed on a day of blinding sunlight?”

Stewart Stafford

Speaking of red barns, the image below is one of my all-time favorite scenes. Captured during a getaway in New England some years back, it’s an example of the importance of timing. We originally saw the barns at mid-day and I captured several images of the scene. That evening I was disappointed when I reviewed my results. We were fortunate to be able to return late the following afternoon and the images I’d envisioned were there for the taking in the waning light.

red, barns
Red Barns, New England

“Painted oxide red, silhouetted against colored skies of a setting sun, the barns were a dramatic, strong architectural presence.”

Hemalata Dandekar

I’ll close with a few images captured along the winding, crazy curving “off the beaten path” road which leads to my brother’s home in the Colorado mountains. I made these images one chilly morning as the sun was just beginning to rise. Fortunately the time change traveling west means sunrise is a bit more manageable for an Easterner like yours truly.

sunrise, woods
Sunrise, Colorado

“There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.”

Jo Walton
aspens, impression, panning
Impression of Aspens in the Snow

“I think that I shall never see, a poem lovely as a tree.”

Joyce Kilmer
red barn, american flag

“Freedom is a privilege, not a right. And as such, I have no right to ask anything of it, but I have the privilege of giving everything to it.”

Craig D. Lounsbrough
deer, woods
Local Residents

“How can a deer tell when a leaf falls silent in the forest? She hears it breathing differently”

Richard Bach

I hope you’ve enjoyed my stroll down memory lane (aka the back country roads) as much as I did – I look forward to seeing your responses to the challenge. Be sure to link them to Beth’s original post here, and to use the Lens-Artists Tag. We thank Beth and all of our guest hosts this month, and look forward to next week when our final guest host, Ana of Anvica’s Gallery leads us with her Postcards challenge. Most importantly, we thank all of you for your participation in our challenges and for your continued creativity and commitment. Until next week, please stay safe and be kind.

86 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #158 – Back Country Roads

  1. Super images again, Tina! As I love rapeseed, that is the one I returned to again and again. The combo red barn and the field and the sky – simply stunning.

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  3. There are also the Ogden Nash lines on trees which include “I guess I’ll never see a billboard lovely as a tree”

    Wonderful photos, and I realized that the one thing common on back country roads across the world are cows

  4. Excellent photos Tina! I love the red barns in New England, and that Montana canola field shot is a stunner – the composition with the barn is spot on 🙂 We call that rape here, and in early summer the bright yellow of the rape fields is amazing!

    • Thanks Teresa, happy to bring these to you. There are none near me here in the south but when we visit the north we always make a point of heading out to look for them.

  5. What wonderful memories. And. glad you went back to retake the barn in New England. It is stunning. And “home” for me. I am at the airport as we speak. My favorite is seeing the way you captured the canola fields in Montana. Always a pleasure to see your work Tina. Donna

  6. Beautiful back country road selection, Tina! The red barn image is fabulous. The canola field shot is my favorite. Thank you for taking us along.

  7. I always look forward to your posts, quotes, and gorgeous photos, but this one hit close to home because I do love the country. The holstein cows and red barns certainly did bring a smile to my face. Hope things on the home front are coming right along and all is well.

    • Many thanks Judy – still working on the home front but getting there. I’m with you on the cows and barns, so much fun exploring those country roads isn’t it?!

  8. We have to head north a good deal to get ‘into the country. My husband knows enough to slow down and let me know ‘horses ahead’ or–be still my heart–‘cows in the field.’ I love your country roads photos, Tina. Every one of them made me smile.

    • Many thanks Lois. Like yours, my husband is well-trained for slowing down when I spot an interesting subject Gotta admit I’m a sucker for cows crossing the road!!!

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  10. Tina, when I tried to comment on your site, I received a barrage of stuff. Just wanted you to know I enjoyed the post. Jane

    On Sun, Jul 25, 2021 at 9:05 AM Travels and Trifles wrote:

    > Tina Schell posted: ” MOO “The beaten path only gets you where most people > go. Be original and explore new roads.”Nanette Mathews This week our guest > host, Beth of Wandering Dawgs, has invited us to leave the beaten path and > wander some back country roads. Over the year” >

    • Hi Jane, so sorry that happened. Sometimes the ads are awful. I’d upgrade but then I’d have to start over with followers so I put up with them. Appreciate your perseverance.

  11. I must say that first shot was very moo-ving. 🙂 Sorry, couldn’t resist. Of course I love them all but the simplicity and POV in the shot of the canola field puts it at the top of my always-difficult-to-make list today. I’ve been off the beaten path many a time although paths beaten by animals hooves/paws are a bit different. I also very much appreciate the patriotic quote. Have a marvelous week.


    • Many thanks Janet – loved your pun! The canola was a treat for me and a fond memory. I had a hard time finding a quote I liked about patriotism but that one I thought was just right

  12. What beautiful images for this challenge Tina. My photo buddy Richard keeps telling us to follow the light, and you certainly did. I’m so glad you went back to get that farm scene in the perfect light.

  13. I love the first image and then I saw the cows and the red barns. And wow! The Montana yellow canola, blue sky and red barn is fabulous. Actually, I love all of these images. You really took me out in the country with them.

  14. Aren’t the back country roads (anywhere) just lovely, Tina? Yours are gorgeous and beyond beautiful! I love living the rural lifestyle, myself, and never get tired of this kind of scenery. I always enjoy your filtered works and love that aspen image. Thanks for the walk around the US and have a great week!

  15. Hey T-Bear, Loved these. Flying home today after a week on the Cape with family. Great fun. Ready to come home. How is your home coming along? Sure am missing a game with you. Hope we can get together soon. Dar

    Sent from my iPad

  16. So interesting to find that other people’s back roads are both so similar and so different from our own. Some of your scenery and agricultural scenes are very like ours – but one glance at the vernacular architecture, and I know it’s nowhere near. Beautiful shots as usual.

  17. “I took the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”
    – Robert Frost

    That canola field is spectacular. I love seeing those fields here in the upper Midwest. The New England barns look so nice, and are freshly painted. Beautiful choices for this week’s theme.

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