A wending, winding country road takes the traveler to places of peace and beauty.
There is great adventure out in the country, although it doesn’t look like what the entertainment industry, with its repertoire of explosions and car crashes, defines as adventure. Adventure in the country involves walking and driving along these narrow, little used roads, which head straight into the heart of rural beauty, silence, and tranquility.
One of the hallmarks of country roads is that they’re generally not straight. Winding their way through and around landmarks – hills, rivers, fences, trees, ditches – country roads take things slowly, which isn’t such a bad thing, because in our society, we take very few things slowly.
But when we do take things slowly, we breathe more deeply, think more deeply, and allow our eyes to wander around and observe the landscape around us. Especially if we are walking, we are more likely to stumble upon a small animal – a rabbit, a mouse, a deer, a squirrel, an owl – who doesn’t hear us approach until we are practically upon them. Such encounters remind us of a very busy, very purposeful world that operates around us whether we are aware of it or not.
While we are in the office, fretting about a project, the falcon is perched on a post, keeping an eye out for rodents. A small bird hops in the grass, looking for seeds. A fawn in the grass sits quiet and still, awaiting the return of its mother.
Country Road, the artwork, reminds us that such a world does indeed exist, and it invites us to enter into that world for a moment, leaving behind the frenetic pace of “modern” life and just absorbing the quiet. The adventure is in the discovery – of the wildlife, of what is around the next bend in the road, of the changing shape of the clouds in the sky.
Featured in 28 Fine Art America groups.
May 31st, 2017
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