Country Road - Summer (Image 2)

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    Country Road – Summer (Pt. Two - continued from Image One) ~ Somewhere near Aroma Park, (pop. 850), Kankakee County, 55 miles south of Chicago, Illinois.

    Driving along the back roads, time shifts. It ceases to run by my watch; moving instead at the speed of the sun inching across the sky, and of shadows creeping – molasses slow - across the ground. ~ View On Black

    Different sounds – grasshoppers, cicadas, birds, the rustle of plant and leaves – replace the sound of the radio and my precious jazz. I have to turn it off, lest I miss nature’s own symphony of the subtle, the intermittent and the natural. Sounds without melody can be cacophony; in the city they are. But here - unscripted, unrehearsed, eons old – they are harmony.

    “Who lives out here,” I wonder, as I pass neat and tidy, 100-year-old white-washed frame houses with swing-benches and flower pots hanging serenely on the porches. On occasion, one sees a sign of life; someone in a tractor way out in a field or watering a garden near the house. If you wave at them, they’ll usually wave back. “What are their lives like?” I try to imagine “these lives” as I drive along these quiet little roads nestled between rows of corn stalks setback along roadside buffer strips of hay-like mown grass. Sometimes, I think can. Usually, I can’t. Perhaps I am just romanticizing the whole thing.

    Eventually though, dusty, lonesome, black-topped roads evolve into paved streets with divider lines, stop signs, stop lights and names instead of numbers like 50525 S. The streets lead to highways and speeds of 75 miles-per-hour. The windows go up, the air conditioning and music go back on, and big green and white signs point the way to Chicago.

    But, my mind’s eye usually holds onto those little “country road – summer” images for the rest of the drive home.

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    1. egold. 74 months ago | reply

      Wonderful work, Bob. Love it a lot.
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    2. jane.siet 74 months ago | reply

      Brilliant, just brilliant.

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    3. ayellowjuly [deleted] 73 months ago | reply

      oh, this is so dreamy~
      i'm in love with the colors and the vintage feeling!

    4. starphototegal [deleted] 72 months ago | reply

      great
      excellent pp and nice framing

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    5. Gert van Duinen 70 months ago | reply

      How could I have missed an exceptionally composed and treated landscape like this mate. Love the greenzzz all over the plate. Magnificent touch my friend.

    6. PamAnna (lenabem) 70 months ago | reply

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    7. Nadia Abduch 67 months ago | reply

      Simplesmente magnifico !!!!!!!!!!!!

    8. Beatriz García Courel 66 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Texturiza *ME, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    9. Ariadna Bach 65 months ago | reply

      great texture!!!

    10. ¡TK! 64 months ago | reply

      gorgeous, just saw you on explore... HDR with textures is not easy to do (i'm dipping my feet into these waters), but you seem to pull it off with great effect.

    11. Knartist 61 months ago | reply

      Interesting treatment, well done!

    12. Brooke Golightly 57 months ago | reply

      Wonderful, wonderful colors. Love it.

    13. Jerzy N. OFF/ON 48 months ago | reply

      Wonderful, thank you for posting...
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    14. Philippe Hernot 48 months ago | reply

      Superbe, la photo est excellente.
      Félicitations !!

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    15. Terry Pellmar 48 months ago | reply

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    16. Nebojsa Mladjenovic 48 months ago | reply

      b> Your work borders on magic!!!
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    17. Rutsi 39 months ago | reply

      This shot is an artistic treasure! Seen in
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