Back Roads of Montana

One of my favorite things is driving down country roads. I visit Montana when ever I get the chance because for wide open spaces it just does not get any better. Here are some of the photos I have taken on the back roads of Montana. If you have been to Montana leave a comment about where your favorite spot is.

Train TrestleRanch Horses

Old Barn

Truck in front of a homesteadAbandoned farm houseBuffalo skull in a pastureOld grain elevatorOld school houseCountry church

Feeling Like I Am Not Alone

Waiting On Spring Today's world is changing rapidly and as a woman in her 50's trying to not only learn all things technology but keep up with it is quite a challenge. I started writing my blog because I enjoy rural life, draught horses, and the people who live these lifestyles. But recently I have had second thoughts on all of this. Who today is going to read a blog about a culture that seems to be leaving in today's fast pass world? How can you build a business with images that the general public are not interested in?  I felt like I did not have anything of interest to say or photograph that could relate in today's culture. I was just about ready to scrap this blog and rethink my business, when I decided to read some of my followers blogs and others that I have enjoyed.

I think what I determined the enemy (internet, computers, technology ) to rural living is the thing that may just help to keep it alive. People with the same passions connecting and sharing their lifestyle is inspiring not only to me but to others living or dreaming of the same things.

So I want to thank all of you living out on a back road somewhere and writing your experiences and stories. You are helping this photographer and blogger to stay on the right path. The one a bit less traveled.

I will be photographing a group of men here in Belgium that are going to be plowing with their horses this weekend and going to an old timers" fair and I will post the photos here on my blog.

Have a great week.

The Country Road Is A Lifestyle

I am beginning  my blog on "taking the back roads" because that is where I find most of my joy. Living, working, traveling, hiking, exploring, relaxing, are all the things I usually do when I am  out in the country down a remote road of gravel, dirt or sand. My spirit lifts when I am here. It is just me and nature or I may have a companion like a dog, or horse along to keep me company but without breaking the silence that is such a part of why I am here. Just breathing in the warm breeze of that first spring day with the wind blowing ever so slight and smell of fresh grass from a new mowed hay-field fills the air  ahhhhhh this is where I come alive, this is where I feel free and inspired. This is where I am inspired to take photographs. There is more to taking the back roads than just taking photographs, it is a lifestyle. It is where I prefer to live and it enjoying all that comes from being away from the hectic life others live in cities. It is slower here, nothing needs to rush. Time just marches on without deadlines and meetings or shopping trips. It is just a place that is constant and alway available day after day enduring what ever the weather brings to its door step. Cold, snow, rain, ice, wind, heat, humidity, it is all the same to the road and the trees that grow on the side.

I have always enjoyed the people who live and work on these out-of-the-way back roads. They usually say what is on their minds in fewer words than most of us would have said at three. They see life for what it truly is and learned to live and grow with nature not against her. They provide the very things we all need first and usually are not interested in anything beyond that. They live simple, think simple,and stay simple. I find their silence addicting.

If you are someone who loves living on a back road, or someone who chooses to go there any chance you get, I invite you to follow my blog as I share with the stories and the photographs I take whenever I am down some country road or in a remote area. We are different from most, and we have a hard time understanding where the rest of the world is going, but as long as they keep our back roads alone everything  will be alright.