A universal trait among photographers is the ability to "see" beyond the mundane as a scene unfolds before them. It could be light glinting off a shiny surface, or shadows falling on an object, or, as in this case, leading lines and perspective.
Whatever it is, something catches our eye and we are compelled to record that moment in time.
So it was as I drove by this site today. The rails trailing off into the horizon got my attention, and since I always have my camera, I made a mental note to revisit the site on my way back home and capture the image my mind's eye conjured at that moment.
I have always been fascinated by The Railroad. The "vintage" feel of its antiquated mode of travel; the raw naked power of the engines as they pull their cargo; the simple symmetry of the rail and ties that guide the cars down the track...all hold a special attraction for me.
As I shot this image, the sight brought to mind the famous poem by Robert Frost, "The Road Not Taken". I have often wanted to run down a road or walk the rails, and see exactly where they take me...but I know that will not happen. So I'm satisfied to record the event and imagine...
|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.|
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