Sunday, January 2, 2011

From the Archives - Serendipity

Road Cut, Cherohala Skyway, North Carolina  
 © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved  (Click on image for larger view)

Sometimes beauty is found in the least expected places. In this instance, it was found in a road cut on a mountain highway in western North Carolina. Such serendipity is one of the true joys in life.

Photography note: This is a found scene that I almost passed-up. While driving by, I happened to glance over and notice the colors and textures, but kept going. I was impatient to reach my next destination. But the little voice in my head kept saying, "Go back Doug, go back and take a second look" After several miles, I finally turned around, and drove back. I found a safe place to park, jumped out, and made the picture. Sad to say, it wouldn't have been the first time I passed on a potential shot because I was  rushing to be somewhere else. But this time it worked out well.


  1. Really like this image and its tones and colours that are so subtle. Lovely!

  2. If you're saying that's not a texture you've added to the image, Doug, it is truly incredible. It would make a fabulous wall hanging really blown up big!

  3. J'aime bien la transfiguration picturale de ce pyasage!
    Bon début de semaine lumineuse et chaleureuse!

  4. fine composition. stunning processing!!! almost nothing is too important to not stop and take a photograph. an even worse sin is to not take a shot because you think that the conditions are going to get better. shoot, shoot, shoot! and then as ansel adams said, the most valuable tool in the the darkroom is the trash.

  5. painterly quality crafted piece. lovely in toning and textural force, lovely.


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