Straight? Narrow?

So much for the straight and narrow way.


Often we think there’s got to be a direct, simple path to wherever we’re going physically, mentally or spiritually. By now I suspect most of us realize that most routes are anything but straight, narrow or direct. I’d  like to see the builders of the  line of that road try to traverse the rising landscape. Actually I’d rather not–because of the destruction that would come with the roadway.  Even when I was shooting this image I was thinking that the road would not outlast the land on which it lays.  Roadways are puny human efforts in comparison to the land sculptures of Nature. Perhaps it’s our awareness of our own limits that causes some among us to push beyond the boundaries of balanced existence in order to attempt to assert control over the world. Well, no human constructed control system ever outlasts the natural world. We can build all the ingenious pyramids we want, but in the end, we’re just biological organisms mainly composed of water.



  1. lesliepaints said,

    October 11, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    What I DO like about that road in your photo, Eva, is that it is tiny in comparison to the beauty surrounding it. UGLY are those roadways we have constructed into major cities of our country. So much concrete and asphalt that we artists dub paintings of a landscape of a city a cityscape these days. I suppose our journeys of self look BIG to us, but in the scheme of things, I ponder the multitude of journeys all taking place all over the world and become dizzy with it. Our individual roads are tiny like the one in your photo in comparison. Beautiful photo!

    • October 12, 2010 at 7:16 pm

      Leslie, I concur about the tiny road–and I am gleeful that it is so tiny. We may be tiny indeed–but–all those journeys all over the world–what do they all signfy?

  2. echostains said,

    October 11, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Lovely photo – a shame about the road slicing through it. But you’re right, we do always think that there should be a straight path leading us to our destination – even in our lives. As usual, we are wrong. what a journery though….

    • October 12, 2010 at 7:15 pm

      Lynda, hi. I could have easily not included the road in the photo. But I did because of its contrast to the landscape and all it represents. Yes, what journeys we take–from the salons of Paris to the moniter screens of blogland.

  3. artistatexit0 said,

    October 11, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    This road in its “straightness” represents the kind of linear thinking that doesn’t appreciate that the journey is just as important as the destination.

  4. slpmartin said,

    October 12, 2010 at 2:04 am

    I rather like the scale issue noted…it places into perspective man’s attempt at altering the world.

  5. clegyrboia said,

    October 12, 2010 at 10:18 am

    a man called Alfred Watkins had the idea of ley lines in the land ley-lines connect different ancient sites together he claims. Where i live are many ancient sites so here i went connecting the sites with a ruler as how he said ok BUT Looking from a high rock you can see that the lines are not straight they only can be straight on a map on the ground they are not. People have a hard time to walk straight, in the ancient time they did not bother cutting down a tree they went around it and certainly did not blow up a rock they would walk around it.

    This road is made by somebody who took the map and ruler and connected two our more points straight forwards perhaps thinking quick and smart. Yet it is known when driving long on a straight road is boring to the point of falling asleep.
    The landscape is old and might keep many awake the contrast makes it almost beautiful

    • October 12, 2010 at 7:24 pm

      You referenced Ley Lines–and it seems appropriate to share my version of them with you–

      I suspect the connections between ‘sacred’ places is due to the sensitivity of certain people to these ‘lines’–and hence attempting to locate concentrations of energy flowing through the land and universe.

      I think you’re right target on about the roadmaker and all the rest, land artist.

  6. Joe Andrews said,

    October 12, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    nicely said, i think my own path has seemed to take a wandering line, like all over the map so to speak. deep thoughts, elegantly spoken and well thought out. i like to believe that all road (or paths) lead “home”..

    • October 12, 2010 at 7:26 pm

      “home”—and how does each of us define “home”? Perhaps the more we explore and discover the more our paths ‘wander’ to home?

  7. October 14, 2010 at 9:20 am

    I like this photo because you can see the scale of the mountain against the road, making the road seem quite insignificant. Nice thoughts as well 🙂

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