Saturday, October 18, 2008


Aside from the couple of main roads in Mathews County, most other roads (side or back roads) look exactly like this. You could stand right on the yellow line and not see or hear a car for 15 minutes (or days) or longer, depending on where you are.

One day I stopped my car in the middle of the road and stood there taking pictures. In this case, it only took approximately 3.25 minutes before I heard a car approaching from behind. Actually, what I really heard was the beating of my heart as I struggled to put away my camera, leap into my car, put the car in gear, miss the correct gear, rev the engine in neutral, and sweat bullets while the car came closer and closer to my car which I've said was stopped in the middle of the road. I uttered a few select words, screamed, cried, mopped my brow, took a deep breath and finally started moving just before the vehicle got close enough to realize there was Some Lady standing in the middle of the road, in the middle of nowhere, taking pictures.

And just what was I taking pictures of?

The answer depends on your perspective and how long you've lived--or not--in a place like this.

Here are some possible answers:

1. This is a photo of the sun glistening through the last green leaves of summer. The trees gracefully define the bend in the road, and the bend in the road represents the change in seasons from summer to fall. Fall is just around the corner.

2. This picture represents Man vs. Nature: We civilized creatures carve and pave roads through nature, but nature finds a way to shine through and co-exist.

3. This picture proves how ridiculous it is for a grown woman to stand in the middle of a road, stare at the trees and take picture after picture when in fact she's right in the middle of a two-lane road--on a corner no less--where a car could come right up on her at any moment.

4. Someone should call the law when a picture like this is taken.

5. This is a picture of nothing. The End.

There are many possible descriptions or interpretations. If you have any to add to the list, feel free. My vote is a combination of #1 and #5 above.

But next time, I'm pulling off on the shoulder to play this game.


Grandma J said...

Which end is the "to" and which is the "fro", which is to "coming" and which is the "going"?

It's late, I have brain freeze from triple choc ice cream.

Anonymous said...

You are braver than I am. There is a bridge that crosses Brighton Dam between Montgomery and Howard Counties, Maryland, and on the east side, both sides of the road are completely covered in an invasive, large-leafed, kudzu-type vine. Upon first glance, it appears lush, but once you realize that the stuff covers EVERYTHING - light poles, guard rails, trees - you realize that this stuff is taking over the world.

I wanted to stop and photograph it, but the road happens to be a heavily-traveled east-west route (we're still waiting for our "intercounty connector" to be built) and even parking and walking across the bridge would be inviting trouble. So I actually tried slowing down and sticking my hand out the window with the camera to take a few snaps. You can imagine how well that worked out.

I'm still thinking about a way, though.

Rebeckah said...

I think you are someone who takes life by the horns and is not afraid to take risks : ). It is a very beautiful picture. It makes me think of that Robert Frost poem. I LOVE that poem! Hope your Saturday is PERFECT!

Keeper Of All Things said...

Ummmm maybe it's a picture of your life journey , and there's a turn up ahead?
To deep for a saturday morning huh???????

Mental P Mama said...

I'm starting to think you may have been Thoreau in a former life.

Bear Naked said...

6. This picture is the first of a series of photos showing the way to get to CBW's house.
Bring wine.

Bear((( )))

Anonymous said...

7. Enticing, the road beckons me to go a little further, savour more of the beautiful lush trees and see what might lie just out of sight.

Knowing it's a CBW pic, there might be an interesting building and it's accompanying history just waiting to be discovered.

big hair envy said...

This is a picture of a road JUST LIKE the one I will travel to see you at ACDS on the 24th! I have written myself a note, and will come up with a way for you to identify me. Don't forget to hang your crab hat on the chair!!!

We'll confirm later in the week. I. CAN'T. WAIT.

cats said...

You are right. This road looks like all the others. I have an old house back in woods by my house. There are cleared trails down there that my son has made. The old shack is on the water. I have to get you to take a picture of it sometime soon. You would absolutely love it. The owners live in Vermont. Yes, we have been inside. I did not see any NO Trespassing signs. The house is awful, but the location is awesome.

foolery said...

#7 This is a picture of the place where all the vipers hide and wait for an unsuspecting Come Here to come along so they can


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