Leading Lines

Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Leading lines suggests a path to me. Debra and I have each composed our images with lines leading us off in the distance. Where is your path taking you on this lovely Friday?

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Today my image is of the road located near my home.  Each day I turn onto this road to go to work, to the store or even to visit my daughter.  Sunday morning, McKenzie and I set out for a walk in order to photograph this road while it was still quiet.  Many of the streets in our development are lined with beautifully colored trees this time of year.  In the spring these trees are typically covered in white flowers, turning to the lush green we see during the summer months.

The development I live in is approximately 15 years old, my family and I are one of the few original owners still living in these homes.  The economy in our area has been very poor, and many homes had gone into foreclosure.  Fortunately, within the last few years, there seems to be a resurgence, and people are once again moving back.

We live a few miles from Historic Smithville (www.historicsmithvillenj.com/), there is a walking path from my home which leads directly to the village shoppes.  Once there you will find numerous stores, restaurants, a carousel, arcade games and the lake. During the warmer months there are pedal boats and during the Christmas season, the lake is adorned with small trees which sparkle in lights timed to music. The part of NJ I live in is very flat and we are surrounded by water, whether it’s the salt marsh or ocean.  Today’s topic was “leading lines”, and I wanted to share with you, where those leading lines in my neighborhood lead.  I hope you have gotten a feel for my home which is quite different in comparison to Carolyn’s’ home.  Just looking at our two photographs, it’s apparent how different our surroundings are.

During the winter months, I will revisit this road, to give you a sense of its beauty when it is snow covered.

Until next time . .. Deb


This image of mine was taken on Los Osos Valley Road in San Luis Obispo California. The gorgeous orange flower fields were calling my name and I had to stop to take some photos. The mountains you see in the background are part of the Nine Sisters, a chain of volcanic peaks from San Luis Obispo to Morro Rock. One day I’ll post a picture of Morro Rock.

San Luis Obispo County has been my home since 1981. We moved here from Santa Maria, in the county just to the south of us. I’m a California girl through and through. Born and raised here on the central coast.

The landscape where I live mainly consists of rolling hills, large oak trees, and beautiful open fields. This is just a small sample of the beauty in San Luis Obispo County. Check back or follow us to see more photos in the future of both San Luis Obispo County and New Jersey.

Camera Settings: f/14, 1/20, iso 100

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