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Scene & Story: November 2017


Ghost Trestle

So there I was, out for a walk around the neighborhood on a dull grey day in Maine, while chatting on my cell phone with my sister in California. I left the house with no expectations of taking photographs. (Stop laughing!)

I also had no expectations of adventure or discovery as I set off down the familiar street. But for some reason, when I reached the old, disused railroad tracks a mile or so from home, I turned down them to the left for the very first time. Now, to the right, the way I usually go, the tracks run between two neighborhoods, and all you can see there are glimpses of houses and back yards. But to the left — things began to get interesting.

There was a vacant field surrounded by brush and trees, their limbs mostly bare already. There were stacks of old railroad ties, weathered silvery grey. The ground sloped steeply down on both sides of the tracks, lined with trees, an occasional bough still festooned with bright-colored leaves. Water pooled in the low ground on both sides, reflecting sky and branches. There were scattered leaves of scarlet and gold along the tracks at my feet.

Photos needed to be taken! I was still talking to my sister via my bluetooth earpiece, and I began using my phone to take photos at the same time. Then…surprise!…I came around the corner, out of the trees, and saw the scene above. That’s my river, the one that runs behind my apartment building! That’s the oh-so-distant trestle that I’ve seen many times from the road. I had no idea it was so accessible, and within walking distance!

I kept walking, chatting away and blissfully snapping photos of all this newly revealed scenery, when suddenly — my phone died. No warning at all, it just shut itself off. That was the end of my walk, my talk, and my picture taking. I headed home as quickly as possible so I could plug in the phone and call my poor sister back to explain. Fortunately she loves me and is very forgiving.

There’s a moral to this story, and it’s this: Expect the unexpected!

There are other lessons to be learned, too. Notes to self:

  1. Get out more.
  2. Take the unfamiliar turn more often.
  3. Always take a camera . . .
  4. AND a backup power source!

I should know by now that I’m inevitably going to spot something I want to photograph. Whether I carry a camera and backup battery, or just a pocket charger for my phone, I want to be ready next time.

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Click here for the Scene & Story link-up at Paisley Rain Boots.

NOTE: December’s Scene & Story on Sunday, January 7, will be our last “official” linkup. Sarah and I have enjoyed hosting the linkup for the past year. It’s been a fun practice and I’ve loved the rhythm of this monthly post, but it’s time to move on to new adventures and projects in the new year. A heartfelt Thank you to those who have joined in over the past year. It’s been a joy to share the first Sunday of each month with you!


16 thoughts on “Scene & Story: November 2017

  1. You seriously haven’t been this way before!? My leading lines heart is going pitter patter at this sight. What a treasure so close to home.

  2. What an awesome find – and so close to home! I am guessing this same scene will look very different at different times of year, day… There is something so wonderful about that path not taken. I’ve definitely been out and had my camera and/or phone die on me. I always think I’m prepared, but then again… I love the way the lines in your photo lead to – who knows where

  3. Oh, Lee, what a find! I seriously love old railroad bridges. I foresee that you’ll be walking this direction more often and I’m looking forward to sharing your walks. I’m going to miss Scene & Story! Thank you for hosting this. It’s been a wonderful year with this group of bloggers!

  4. Wow! I see this railroad bridge in the snow, in the spring, in the full green of summer as others have said ~ can’t wait! Love the angle of this shot! Sorry to see Scene and Story go. Can’t wait to see what you come up with next.

  5. Awesome picture to stumble on this morning. I was just thinking about how I used to walk out onto an old trestle when I was young. It was abandoned, overgrown, and it felt like my own private thinking spot. Seeing your serendipitous discovery made me smile. Thank you for scene and story and for being a light in the dark.

  6. So often we allow habit to take over and we miss so much. I’m glad you made this change and discovered a whole new world of things to photograph. I love railroad trestles and looking down the line of railroad tracks.

  7. I’m so glad you took the other turn! What a discovery – I’m sure you will be back with a fully charged phone AND camera. You will definitely see more beautiful scenes to photograph and even share them with us!
    Thank you for Scene & Story, I’ve enjoyed it so much.

  8. What a beautiful find! I’m sure there’s more to discover in that space, so yes! Have your camera ready.

  9. I love every part of this story…and that photograph is simply beautiful. That picture and your story tell more than 1,000 words. Sisters are a very good thing too!

  10. I have to remind myself to sometimes take that unexpected turn, thank you for the reminder. Beautiful post, gorgeous photo, thank you

  11. What a beautiful scene this is, lee.
    I have so enjoyed your “Scene and Story posts.
    Have a wonderful week, my friend.

  12. Oh the bridge is so amazing Leon! The leading line is a gorgeous angle…next I’d be finding nooks and crannies to photograph, up close. I’ve enjoyed your scenes and stories this year. I look forward to your next theme. Have a wonderful week!

  13. What a beautiful scene you have captured here, Lee. The colours all blend in so well together and I love that opening right at the end of the leading lines of the railway tracks. there is such peace to be felt here.
    I am late in posting this month as I have been away for a few days.
    Thank you so much for organizing the link-up with Sarah. I have so enjoyed participating and i shall really miss it next year!

  14. It’s a captivating scene and must have been really surprising. I’m sure you’ll return to the bridge more than once.
    And I love the moral and lessons of your story, something to keep in mind! In my experience, the unexpected happens more often than not.

  15. Your advice is excellent for most occasions. Whenever we venture beyond our usual tracks we find something different and often exciting, too. Like this lovely scenery.

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