We often travel the same roads, over and over, following the familiar route until we can literally make the trip in our sleep. I remember doing just that more than a few times, arriving at home and barely recalling the details of the journey. Now that I am in a new country, with new roads to explore, I am making a concerted effort to literally take the road less traveled.
Today I went out to shoot some time-lapse at a location I found a few days ago while out with the family. It was a nice view looking over the valley and I was pretty happy with the images. The light was fading, and a bit of rain began to fall, so I packed up my camera bag and headed off to pick the kids up from school.
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On the way, a small side-road caught my eye. The road headed towards the west, and I was running a bit early, so I thought I would check it out and maybe find someplace interesting to take a couple of shots before the light was gone.
Driving up the narrow road I passed a lovely farmhouse, rounded a bend and came across a huge abbey. Photographing the abbey was more of a project than I was prepared to tackle, so I continued up the road to find a place to turn the car around.
Which is when I came upon the most magical vista, bathed in golden light. I jumped out of the car and had time to shoot about half a dozen shots before the sun dipped behind the hills and the light was gone.
At the risk of stating a rather obvious metaphor, experiences like these remind me to always be open to taking the unexplored road. Sometimes there is a brief window of opportunity, that if missed is gone forever.
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