The Life in My Years

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This week’s Lens Artist Challenge hosted by Ann-Christine is curves.

Looking through the archives, I found that I wasn’t at all thrown for a loop.

So allow me to throw a few curves.

A bend in the road always adds some drama to a photo. The viewer is left to put the imagination to work. Where or to what does that curve in the road lead to?

Autumn country road, Wisconsin

At this curve in the road in Shipshewana, Indiana, the old (an Amish carriage) is followed by the new.   

In the mountains of Montana a dirt road curves into the distance.  To where?   

Rivers carve curves in the land.

A towboat pushes a barge up the Mississippi at Lansing, Iowa.


Des Moines River outside of Ottumwa, Iowa.

Curves are visible everywhere in manmade structures.

Sunrise through the curving arch of St Jean’s Gate, Quebec City.

Water curls over the wheel at Mabry Mill, Virginia.

Barn roofs curve up.

And barn roofs curve down.

Curves and arches are everywhere at the Golden Gate Bridge. Below, the curving undercarriage of the bridge is visible through the arc of a gun port at old Fort Point beneath the bridge.

In the end, nature has the last word.  Below, a tree branch curves and winds around the wire in an old deer fence.     

To see Ann-Christine’s take on curves please follow the link and visit her site, Leya. From there, you can link to the sites of other lens artists.

26 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #191 – Curves

  1. Anne Sandler says:

    Amazing post and beautiful photography! Perfect for this challenge.

    1. Paul says:

      Thank you so much Anne for visiting and for the kind words.


  2. eden baylee says:

    Hi Paul,
    So many curves, all different and each is compelling in its own way.
    I liked how you moved from the upward slope of a barn roof to one in the opposite direction. Nicely done. 😀

    1. Paul says:

      Hi Eden,
      Thanks for the kind words.

      Old barns. Hardly a day passed on that trip through the Midwest that I didn’t see some old barns. I’d guess maybe two days, when I was stuck in Omaha because my flight home got cancelled.


  3. These are all beautiful! I think my favorite is the Mabry Mill. 💚

    1. Paul says:

      Thank you Lisa.
      Yep, the Mabry Mill was a must stop on our way to Richmond.

  4. Leya says:

    So delighted you took time to post for us, Paul! A beautiful gallery, where I cannot choose and pick – I have to have them all. Maybe the gate of Quebec City, the mill and the barns will bring me back for a fifth look! Or seventh…or ninth…for them all.

    1. Paul says:

      Hello Ann Christine, I’m glad you liked my gallery. Your kind words are much appreciated.

      1. Leya says:

        ♥ As is yours.

  5. Tina Schell says:

    An amazing set of images Paul. I loved them all but the barns really caught m

    1. Paul says:

      Hello Tina,
      Thanks for visiting and commenting. There’s just something about old barns that attract people with cameras dangling from their neck.

  6. The dirt road in Montana curving toward the mountains–wow! To wake up every morning seeing that from your front porch! Mabry Mill on the Blue Ridge Parkway almost needs no caption.

    1. Paul says:

      Hello Marie,
      Yes, the Mabry Mill. I went out of my way on our trip through Virginia just so that I could photograph that mill. I’ve read that it’s the most photographed attraction on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
      Thank you for visiting and commenting.

  7. alison41 says:

    I enjoyed all your pics, but two in particular, showing items we don’t have in South Africa: the waterwheel at the mill, and the Amish carriage.

    1. Paul says:

      Hello Alison,
      Thank you for visiting and commenting. That mill is one of the most photographed structures in Virginia. We went out of our way during our drive just so that I could photograph it.

  8. Toonsarah says:

    Ooh, lots of great shots here! I love the dirt road in Montana, the collapsing barn and that unusual view of the Golden Gate Bridge 🙂

    1. Paul says:

      Hello Sarah,
      Thank you for visiting. If you do ever visit (or return to) San Francisco, visit Fort Point under the bridge. Lots of unique views and photo ops of the bridge and, from the parapet looking south, of the coastline.

      1. Toonsarah says:

        I’ve been to San Francisco many years ago (1991, our first US road trip!) It’s a city I’d love to return to one day so I’ll bear this tip in mind – thanks 😀

  9. JohnRH says:


    1. Paul says:

      Thank you John.

  10. selizabryangmailcom says:

    Beautiful photography. One does wonder where the roads lead…
    In my neck of the woods there’s a popular hike to a place dubbed The Bridge to Nowhere. Once you get there, the remains of a bridge built in the ’30s literally ends up at a holed-up, no longer accessible thruway into a mountain.
    But it looks like your roads keep going, thankfully. So the adventure can continue…. 🙂

    1. Paul says:

      Thank you so much for reading and for the kind words.
      “One does wonder where the roads lead…”
      That’s the great thing about photographing a curving road that leads to the unseen place. It’s the drama.

  11. Loved your curves. I’ve got a few of my own. Chuckle. Great post. Muriel

    1. Paul says:

      Hello Muriel,
      Thank you. I have a curve of my own – and it’s unwelcome.

  12. Nice curves Paul!

    1. Paul says:

      Thank you Pam!

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