On the Road

“Photography to me is catching a moment which is passing, and which is true.”

~Jacques-Henri Lartigue


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The Coffee Mug, Elko, NV


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The Steward, Butte


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Flying A, Truckee


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Thunderstorm, Montana


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The Crystal, Elko


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Loose in the Palouse


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Clouds, Washington


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Gus’s Lunch, Butte


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Silo, Washington


β€œThe real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”

~ Marcel Proust


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  1. Another solid set, top to bottom. I especially like the thunderstorm skies.

    I suppose that’s an advantage to traveling through the open roads of the west – it’s easier to pull over and take it all in. I have to wonder though, was the motorcycle zooming through serendipity while pulled over, or shot through the windshield?

  2. Love your Thunderstorm, Montana image! Well done.

  3. Gorgeous, Jane and so well-observed. I love your photographic eye! And what a clean car mirror you have! :). πŸ™‚

  4. Where’s that multi-love button now? No favorites, I really do love them all. The crispness of the photos with signs is excellent. I like what you chose to include in the frame for Gus’ Lunch. The blue twilight of the streetscape – Crystal Theatre – just perfect. “Thunderstorm” is so well-conceived and carried out – just the right depth, light, color, – everything. πŸ™‚ That loose motorcyclist plunked himself right in the perfect spot on those curves, what serendipity!! (He was stationary, right?) Just kidding. And oh, that mine sign is chilling, horrifying. I know your camera system is different from mine but I’m curious, you mostly use a zoom when you’re traveling, right? That’s what I’m guessing for these. I’ve become very comfortable with several primes, which are good for what I do most days but not so much when I’m on the road.

    • Hi Lynn, Sorry for my delayed reply. Your response made my day– thanks so much! Very fun to explore these new places. You’re right, I used my Fuji 18-55 f/2.8 zoom for many of these but I switch to primes often. I love my 90mm f/2 and 35mm f/2, but they don’t give me the flexibility I need when shooting all these different scenes. Some of these are with my Panasonic Lumix LX100 – great small camera. Thunderstorm is with an iPhone! πŸ™‚

  5. LOVE all of these! They remind me of a Northern Plains road trip we took a few years ago – an eye into what so much of our country looks like.

  6. spunky post …..loving the ‘in your face’ feeling….also the colors…WOW!

  7. Interesting to see faraway places, Jane >>> particularly like the thunderstorm, the clouds and the silo. The silo looks almost unreal, the image getting over towards the surreal >>> it could be an alien spaceship that has just landed! A πŸ™‚

    • Hi Adrian, Now that’s an interesting thought! It does look like it was just dropped there for some earthly investigations. This was a fascinating part of the country to explore. I’m so glad you enjoyed what I found– thanks very much! πŸ™‚

  8. Jane, you just keep blossoming more and more in your work., every post is a delight to see.

  9. What’s been really fun is that I traveled many of these same roads roughly a half century ago. You’re bringing many memories back in sharper focus. You have no idea how I appreciate it. They’re all beautiful places with their special unique beauty and flavor.

  10. So many wonderful shots here Jane. The light in the first one! Gorgeous. And the curvy road in the Palouse, and the thunderstorm. So stunning.

  11. “Photography to me is catching a moment which is passing, and which is true.β€œ

    ~Jacques-Henri Lartigue

  12. Road trip delights! You’ve captured the essence of these places with beautiful photographs. The storm shot brought back some happy Montana memories, seeing the distant or not-so-distant storms sweep across or towards us, wondering if we’d get hit…
    Thanks, Jane!

  13. hi!! i was wondering if you could take a look at my recent posts and give me some advice on them? it would mean a lot as i’m just an amateur and starting out. i love your pictures, they never fail to impress me. thank you!!

  14. Those signs! I wish we had them. On the other hand: ten of these signs would probably occupie half my country. (Not really of course, approximately two-thirds would be a more adequate guess) Pun aside, great pictures. The Palouse picture really did me hold my breath. Wonderful.

  15. Fun series, Jane. The clouds behind the ‘Flying A’ in Truckee is great as are the pleasing curves of ‘Loose in Palouse.’

  16. πŸ™‚ OMGosh I was there in ’75 & ’92 πŸ˜‰ thanks for sharing this πŸ™‚

  17. I like that last photo of the Silo best – all good though. The tracks left in the field by farm implements tells a story to me – I can almost imagine the tractors, trucks, or whatever driving in the field. It shows activity without actually showing the activity. Very cool.

    • Hi Jai, This was my first time exploring the Palouse- have you been? I’m happy with your reaction to that photo- it is a place where your imagination will wander. Thank you so much for your visit and comment.

  18. Beautiful Jane! Love these photos!

  19. Very nice images but I think my favourite is “Loose in the Palouse”… simply gorgeous. (Suzanne)

  20. Great shots. Like the one of the looming thunderstorm the most.

  21. The Seward…are they daring one to become a miner? All these shots say β€œGo West young man.”

    • HI Sharon,
      We learned quite a bit about mining on this trip. The mines in Butte are long closed (and wreaking environmental havoc) but they were active and running in Elko, NV. -one of the largest suppliers of gold in the US. Glad you enjoyed these western images, thank you!

  22. What a great road trip so wonderfully presented.

  23. Once again, your photography is stunning, Jane! I love the quote at the end …. β€œThe real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” I relate in more ways then you know. Beautiful post all the way around. The way you both capture and edit your word is truly incredible!! xo

  24. Fun post Jane, thanks for taking us along with you on your western journey. Funny how so many of those places still exist out there. Loved them all but especially your drive into the storm

  25. Excellent collection. I like the road signs. But also the pictures of the open road.

    • Thank you, Rabirius. I love signs, too, and it’s fun to find one that speaks of a certain time period. And, I can’t resist shots that have that inviting road in front of me. I appreciate you stopping by. πŸ™‚

  26. Once again you sent me on a quote quest. What you cited is a simplified version of the original, which I found in “The [Female] Prisoner,” the fifth part of Proust’s huge extended novel In Search of Lost Time:

    “Le seul vΓ©ritable voyage, le seul bain de Jouvence, ce ne serait pas d’aller vers de nouveaux paysages, mais d’avoir d’autres yeux, de voir l’univers avec les yeux d’un autre, de cent autres, de voir les cent univers que chacun d’eux voit, que chacun d’eux est.”

    Here’s the English translation that accompanied it in Wikiquote. Unfortunately the translator wasn’t identified.

    “The only true voyage of discovery, the only fountain of Eternal Youth, would be not to visit strange lands but to possess other eyes, to behold the universe through the eyes of another, of a hundred others, to behold the hundred universes that each of them beholds, that each of them is.”

    • Hi Steve. Once again, an impressive google search. Glad you satisfied your curiosity on the quotes- I like the simplified translation of the one I found better, although this one is probably more accurate. And, I hope you enjoyed the images. Thanks.

  27. Incredible images Jane πŸ™‚

  28. Super! I think these need a sound track. Like what were you listening to as you were driving up to these scenes? (or what did you want to be listening to? …. ‘There’s a girl my lord in a flat bed Ford…!!!)

  29. Very tranquil shots along the roads, Jane. You did very well to capture the colour of street and scenery. Some places you go are just more quieter than others. Like Yvette, I really like the thunderstorm one. Something very moody about it. Hope you enjoyed being on the road πŸ™‚

    • Hi Mabel, One of the great things about traveling, as you know, is finding the small towns and everyday, yet extraordinary, scenes of life. Thank you so much and it’s lovely to hear from you. πŸ™‚

  30. Wonderful, dear Jane! Espacially the thunderstorm in Montana!

  31. Wonderful as usual. The one I stopped to think more about is Gus’s Lunch, chili and sandwiches. What is the story of Gus? Why chili? How long ago was it painted? There is a story there.

  32. Wonderful set of pictures from your road trips.

  33. πŸ™‚ I can’t decide on which image I like best. They’re all great!
    Have a very HAPPY Sunday, dear Jane!
    Claudia πŸ™‚

  34. Stunning series..makes me so keen to go to the USA again…that Montana storm..so impressive and the Palouse ..oh my the shapes and forms to be found there..gorgeous indeed.

    • Hi Paula, I hope you make it back sometime soon. This part of the country is so diverse – you would have such fun with your lens. And the Oregon/CA coast is sublime, as you know. Thanks very much. πŸ™‚

  35. Very nice roadmovie! πŸ™‚ Thunderstorm is great! (probably because it reminds me of the day I was caught by one.. if you like: https://harrienijland.wordpress.com/2014/08/13/tercui-2014-prt16-25-minutes-on-a-mountainside/ and the next two posts) Thanks and see you! πŸ™‚

  36. Something that struck a chord in the old floorsweeper in me is the cleanliness of these environments. The Crystal Theater street is remarkable. I will be sharing these will the local version of Slobbis Americanus. All this preaching aside…..what a great way to start my day! Thanks!

  37. I like all the photos, but my favorite is the motorcycle in the Palouse. Something about the lines and shapes really strikes me. I also love the colors and minimalism on the Truckee sign.

    • Thank you, Jeff. Hints of some of what you were just shooting recently. Wish I had more time exploring some of these small towns which are photographic gems. Glad you enjoyed – especially those in particular.

  38. Wow, great photos wake up the longing. Next year we are planning another motorcycle tour in the United States.

  39. These are great, Jane. ❀️

    Sent from my iPad


  40. I really like photographs n Β° 4, 6 and 9
    No. 4, for the light and this curtain of stormy rain in the distance
    n Β° 6, for the movement of this motorcyclist on the winding road and this reminder of sinuosity in these sand dunes
    n Β° 9, for the framing, the light and the presence of this huge sillo

    • Hi Yoshimi, Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment. I really appreciate it. All great memories on this trip. Interestingly, the photo with the motorcyclist is in the Palouse, which is an agricultural area in Washington, and those are wheat fields. They certainly do look like sand dunes! πŸ™‚

  41. what great shots from the road – the thunderstorm one is extra cool – that must have been even cooler in person

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