Monday, October 19, 2009

Moving on down the line


Late this cloudy, cool afternoon in Bend, Oregon, I decided to visit a favorite thinking spot and stroll down the Burlington Northern rails. I felt that I needed to sort out some troubling feelings and get some exercise at the same time. I spied this tumbleweed sitting against the track and a string of empty lumber cars parked on a siding, and considered, that the two elements together might produce a composition which reflected my present mood.

8 comments:

tapirgal said...

I like the photo. I hope it helped.

gogouci said...

Excellent! I dig vanishing railway tracks.

Raksha said...

This photograph doesn't evoke a sad feeling for me, or not terribly sad anyway. It's a very October feeling, reflective and a little bit wistful--but that feeling has its own kind of beauty.

Small City Scenes said...

Well sometimes we feel like the tumbling tumbleweed with no direction or like this fellow trapped between the tracks. a nice hike in the fresh air should help.
I'll send good vibes your way too.
Breath deep. MB

cieldequimper said...

That's a book cover.

Sylvia K said...

The shot says it all. I have to agree with Small City Scenes, we do sometimes feel that we are without direction -- like the tumbleweed, trapped between tracks going nowhere. But those times move on if we can let go of them.

My thoughts are with you, Lee.

Sylvia

Jacob said...

And your mood was...desolation?

Yikes. Great photo. I half expect John Wayne to come wobbling along saying "Howdy, Pardner!"

Did your physical and photographic exercise help?

BANJO52 said...

I too like disappearing railroad tracks or two-lane roads, but I always worry about cliche. Here you get clearly beyond that--getting the down low perspective adds a LOT to metal-ness and drama of the tracks, plus the scene in the distance. Then add to all that the interest of the tumbleweed. A really enjoyable (if not cheerful) shot. At least your feeling out of sorts--and what you did about it-- helped to create a fine shot.