Thursday, June 13, 2013

Photographic Gems Along Country Roads

One of my favourite things about living in this area is the proximity to the countryside. Within (literary) less than 10 minutes, we find ourselves in a rural setting. And we frequent the country roads often to relax, explore and – in my case – take photographs.


Sometimes we plan our route (you gotta love Google Map!) before we leave the house, particularly when we are headed toward another town as our final destination.


But quite often, we just wing it and see where we end up. Those trips are especially fun because surprises spring up along the way. Like the abandoned building in these photographs.



And the photographic bridge leading to it.



It is always a joy to discover these photographable gems on our journeys. Some are off the beaten road and slightly hidden, others are clearly in view.


I wonder what the stories are behind these abandoned places, which were brimming with life at one time.



They are scattered throughout the area I live in, and we stumble across them as we travel along country roads.


Since I got my first DSLR last spring, I have photographed hundreds of abandoned, dilapidated and decaying urban and rural structures. It’s become quite obvious that this is one of my favourite photography themes.



Do you like taking photos? What are some of your favourite photography themes?


24 comments:

  1. Martha
    great shots...
    I love to drive along the waterfront trail, country roads and explore our parks as well.

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    1. It's one of my favourite things to do. There's nothing like being outdoors and exploring.

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  2. beautiful photos ... I can hear the water running and feel the spray - you captured it perfectly!

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    1. That's nice of you to say...thank you! It was such an amazing spot. I could have stayed there all day.

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  3. I love water -- anything to do with the sound and the sight. This is a feast for me. xo

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    1. I feel the same way. I'm always happiest near water.

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  4. These belong in a magazine Martha!!!
    Love old buildings - love the way you captured them - where was this exactly???
    Because I need to have all information LMHO
    Beautiful post!
    XOX

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    1. Thanks, Suzan! That is really sweet :) Old buildings have character! This place was on a country road north of Kingston. I couldn't tell you exactly. It was one of those "let's see where we end up" kind of outings...LOL...

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  5. Martha, these are wonderful photos! Looks like an old mill site....being so close to those falls.
    My favourite theme.......you know I don't think I have one....I can pretty much photograph anything and get a 'kick' out of it.

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    1. That's what we thought, too...that it's an old mill. We have bumped into quite a few of them in the last year. I get there are quite a lot of them around. All abandoned. And all very photogenic.

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  6. Is there ANY rubbish in Canada? Just wondering...everything always looks so sparkling clean.
    I love the last two photos the very best, they look like post-cards.

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    1. You bet there is, Kay! I don't think there's any place where there isn't. But Kingston and the surrounding areas are - for the most part - very clean and beautiful. They are smaller areas, and that certainly helps!

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  7. Imagine how relaxing it would be to hear the water rushing all the time. I find the sound of falling water so soothing. I love candid shots, especially of my kids, when they are totally not expecting it.

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    1. I love the sound of water. Put me near water and I'm a happy camper!

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  8. The photos of abandoned buildings against running water are very evocative and unique. I love waterfalls, small or big. Thanks for taking us on this little journey, Martha.

    xoRobyn

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    1. This was a wonderful surprise as we drove along a country road. You can imagine how thrilled I was when we discovered it.

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  9. I love the little waterfalls

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  10. Wow, what a cool place!! And I know you can't there, but whenever I see water like this, I just want to go swimming in it! I can imagine people riding in carriages with horses there :D

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    1. Oh, I get that urge all the time! Especially when the weather is hot like it was that day. I just want to jump in and cool off.

      Once upon a time, people were riding in horse carriages along that road. How I wish I could time travel to see things like that!

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  11. As a teenager I used to like take photographs. I rediscovered the joy of this last Spring as I had time to relax and slow down my life. I would still like to learn and explore this art form. Last year, I discovered I liked taking close ups of flowers and I've always loved sunrises and sunsets. I always enjoy your photos, Martha. Thank you for sharing with us.

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    1. Sounds like you really like macro photography. I love those types of images! And sunrises and sunsets are spectacular. Those types of photos are wonderful to blow up and hang on a wall.

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  12. Your photos are fabulous. I like to take photos of flowers and, in particular, cactus flowers that I grow. I feel like, even though the flower fades quickly, I am saving to enjoy again and again!

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    1. I think that's one the best things about photography...capturing moments in time and being able to enjoy them when they've come and gone.

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