This week’s is an interesting challenge: Roads. The idea was to show something interesting, with a “road” as an important element in the composition. Class members took quite a bit of liberty with what a “road” is and with how important it should be as an element in the composition. Photos ranged from superhighways in urban areas to abandoned roads that were no longer recognizable as roads. The road was generally an important element in the composition, although not always. There were cemeteries, cityscapes, mountains, seashores, beaches, etc. Mine was pretty much middle of the road (pun intended). I was not sure what I would find as I left on a photography excursion on Sunday, and I was not sure what I had when I got back, but I had a pretty good idea that I had an image that would suit the challenge.
The “metadata” for this image says “There aren't that many scenic roads in my part of north Texas, but I like the combining and intersecting linear elements along Old Ida Road in Grayson County. Minor LR edits and cropping, and better in B&W than color.”
I have several other “road” images, some of which I have only traveled once, and others many times. Here is one from Australia:
And one from California:
And one from Hawaii:
This is the Keanakolu Highway, also called the Mano Road. It was an important thoroughfare from the Kona area of the Big Island to Waimea on the north side of the island. It is now the only realistic way to get to Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge, on the windward slope of Mauna Kea. You have to have a four-wheel drive vehicle to travel this road. To the refuge, it is 12 miles from the place where you turn off the paved road, and it takes all of an hour to drive it.