Friday, April 2, 2010

Country Roads, Waysides and Sights Found Along Them...

Photos 1, 2 and 4 were all taken on Hwy 278 near Grays, SC... just start driving from Barnwell to Bluffton, you'll know it when you have the right spot... it's breath taking. Number 4 is someone's yard; I just couldn't resist snapping this picture. As I stood on the side of the road, I was afraid of being run over or either shot, but the flowers were beautiful.

Photo number 3 was taken on a rainy winter day in Port St Joe FL, a small town on the Gulf Coast of Florida.

The 5th and 6th photos were taken in or around Fair Play SC, I fell in love with this old building; and the 7th one is of a ancient Indian Mound near Helen GA, I stood on the side of the road again for this on as I often do but I do get out and wander a bit at various times and that takes us to the final three photos... though two of them were taken in the Fall I just had to include them as they both take along the country roads of upper South Carolina.

The final photo was taken in a yard I have passed for years as I drive around Barnwell. Many of us watch and worried as the highway department changed the highway route and took part of his garden. I finally got up the courage to stop and ask could I wander around with my camera and this old birdbath just struck me as beautiful and a beautiful way to recycle (it's cracked and won't hold water).

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

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.

Old building in Fair Play, SC

A wonderful mail/paper box I found near Fair Play, SC

Nacoochee Indian Mound

Located on Ga. 17 just east of Ga. 75 near Helen, Ga.

Pumpkin Patch in the Georgia Mountains


Ann said...

Two roads meet .....................and that has made the difference.

I studied this poem in the last year of my high school. I didn't like the subject, i didn't like the teacher. But I liked the poem, and it's almost 40 years ago, I still think of it.

Indeed I have taken the different road many times.

Thanks for memories.

Rebecca said...

The tree lined road is wonderful - I would love to stroll down it!

Pauline said...

Clever how you put your first shots and the poem together! They fit each other perfectly. Particularly love the first two shots! And the last, too.

Kerry said...

These are some beautiful pictures of the south; those gardens in SC are lovely aren't they? And I can never resist pumpkin patches. Great shots.

Jama said...

I love that second shot, awesome! and something we can never find here.

Scriptor Senex said...

Very skilfully done - the shots and the poem; thank you!

Doreen said...

the first two shots are jaw dropping for me. gorgeous!!

Manang Kim said...

Great shots!! I like that mailbox very unique! Happy weekend!

Country Roads

Barry said...

Some stunning photographs here, but I think my favourite is the second one with the great limbs of the trees forming a canopy over the road.

Anonymous said...

Love the poem and the way it is worked in among your shots. Great FSO. Thanks for sharing. Blessings

Chef E said...

I love the poem and the pumpkins, hey I think you just named my first poetry book, or one of them!

Thanks for this wonderful post!

Gordon said...

Tremendous! Thanks for going the extra mile!

Kathy in CA said...

Awesome shots! Love them all!

That poem is especially appropriate, too.

SOL said...

Such gorgeous photos! I enjoyed looking at them all!

~JarieLyn~ said...

Oh my goodness, that second shot takes my breath away. It is beautiful. I loved your variety of shots and the poem was excellent.

GingerV said...

I enjoyed the poem and the photos very much, thank you for sharing.