Saturday, October 17, 2009

The Brenda Photo Challenge

I was visiting Judy of Through Squirrel Eyes a couple of weeks ago and she mentioned this photo challenge. The chosen theme was actually her suggestion. The hostess for the challenge is Donna of Made In Heaven and the challenge has its own blog page here. Challenges take place about every two weeks. The theme this week is Highways and Bi-ways. Since I live in West Virginia my inspiration for the theme was a John Denver song.


Take Me Home Country Roads

On my way out to do errands I often leave the paved roadway for a leisurely drive down a nearby one lane dirt and gravel road. Along the way a portion of the roadway is canopied by the closely lined trees along either side of the road. I feel as if I'm being sheltered by the overhanging branches. I stop and step out of the Jeep. There is a stillness and a dampness. The sun splashes brightly on the roadway behind me casting shadows.
Ahead of me the sun filters down through the trees beckoning me toward the light and my continued journey. Urban life is just out of sight.
On another day this leaf covered road lined with trees in their autumn splendor would be a welcome change of pace. It twists and turns and rises and falls across hills and hollows leading me past steep pasture land and forgotten farms and often opening up to reveal far reaching vistas stretching across mountains underneath clear blue skies here in my 'Almost Heaven.'
Though it beckons me to explore its mysteries, today there are places to be and errands to run and I must be on my way.
When the errands are done and my bones have grown weary I'll head down sun-dappled patched roads.
Soon, I'll Round The Bend and the driveway on the right will carry me home.

35 comments:

quilly said...

Thank you for taking me for this scenic drive through the fall foliage. It was lovely and the air smells great!

John Woo said...

I love autumn, inspite of the rains... it is so bright and colourfull...

Thom said...

Absolutely stunning. It's so pretty there and the fall colors make it just that much better. I might have to do this one next time it comes up :) Thanks for sharing this :)

Nessa said...

You have very beautiful roads to travel. Gorgeous.

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Donna said...

Oh Carletta! How beautiful! Look at those fall colors!!
Thanks SO much for playing with us!! Hope you do again!hughugs

Sally said...

How wonderful - you live in such beautiful country!! Thanks for sharing, and have a great weekend! :)

AL said...

Oh wow...the colors are fantastic, I can see orange, maroon, how nice to see them all!

Dimple said...

Thank you for showing some of your world. I love country roads, just as I love living in the country.

Brenda said...

Breathtaking drive and perfect for this challenge!! Welcome!

Janet, said...

Very familiar sights. I need to go out and take some fall pictures, too, before it all disappears into winter. Very pretty.

kaye said...

what wonderful roads to go for an autumn ride on.

WR said...

Beautiful selection of photos and lovely post to go with it!

Twisted Fencepost said...

Beautiful pictures, Carletta. Reminds me of home.
I love tree covered roads like those you pictured. There is one near me, although it is a two-lane, I still enjoy driving through there.

Icy BC said...

This is awesome! I love the peaceful feel and the colors of the earth..

Jeanne said...

Love your title first, a favorite song of mine. And all your shots are so tranquil and beautiful Carlotta. Lovely!

Donna said...

How lovely! Country roads are the BEST! And even your blog header is right in there with the photo challenge theme, LOL!

Pat said...

Carletta, What a beautiful drive. I wouldn't mind running errands if I had to drive that everyday! Love the fall colors and the bend in the road. Your descriptions fit the pictures so well.

SquirrelQueen said...

You have a beautiful drive, I love all the colors of fall. Our trees are finally beginning to turn but they will never compare with these. Thanks for the tour, I enjoyed every turn.

As I started looking at your photos I saw the music player on your sidebar, I knew you would have the song I wanted. Right now John is singing Take me Home ...

I'm glad you joined the challenge.

Judy

Splendid Little Stars said...

Those roads are simply gorgeous! How lucky you are to live in this area! a lovely post!

Ebie said...

It would be a real treat for me if I have this drive everyday. Lovely fall colors!

Ebie's Highway Challenge.

wenn said...

hi..love the country roads..hv a nice weekend..

Tes said...

Oh wow, explosion of colors! Beautiful autumn scenery. You have lovely photos, Carletta! Cool looking trails.

Butterfly Gardener said...

I love your country roads. The fall colors are beautiful. Great job!

Janie B said...

Gorgeous scenery! Fall foliage on country roads...what a treat! Thanks for sharing.

Tom said...

My kind of roads Carletta...

JunieRose2005 said...

Oh! Carletta-so happy you joined in with the photo challenge meme! I've only done it once but Donna and Brenda are both my FB pals as well as blog buddies.

(BTW-speaking of Face Book- -would you like to join in there...If so- look me up--My real name is June Kellum)


Your entry here is just breathtakingly beautiful and this John Denver song is very dear to my heart! This has always been one of my 'most loved' songs of his!


Hugs))


Junie

Raven said...

Such lovely scenery. There are roads here, especially on the PA side of the border that have a similar quality. Lovely post. I'm a big John Denver song. You can't help but sing along with him.

Rose said...

Carletta, this was beautiful...one of your best!

Kim said...

Hello! I came to your blog via Raven...she told me you live in WV...my husband and I just returned from a quick trip down there and loved it so much, we're going back in April to buy land!!! The most beautiful scenery I've ever seen! We are so excited to go back! We're looking just outside of Green Sulphur Springs (well, you take that exit off 64, anyway).

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Carletta: This is one of my favorite songs, I love driving the country roads of PA. It does take me home to my country. Your photos are so special.

Craver Vii said...

Tree canopies, splashing sun, urban life just out of sight... Imagining the sound of gravel under my tires, I feel it beckoning to me, too.

Quilt Works said...

You ive in a very pretty area!

Gel said...

Autumn on country roads: great combo!
Super photos to accompany John D's song.

Grace Olsson said...

teh ways to the freedom...have a nice sunday

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