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The Road Less Traveled

 

“If we know exactly where we're going, exactly how to get there,

and exactly what we'll see along the way, we won't learn anything.”  ―  M. Scott Peck

 

Tiel, Netherlands



The Road Less Traveled

 

“If we know exactly where we're going, exactly how to get there,

and exactly what we'll see along the way, we won't learn anything.”  ―  M. Scott Peck

 

Tiel, Netherlands



comments (49)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 28 Mar 2012, 00:54
Wonderful find, Ginnie, and beautifully documented.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Ray.
  • Anyes
  • Canada
  • 28 Mar 2012, 05:41
Learning is what it is all about smile
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Anyes, you're right!
You're not kidding! Could also be "The Buck Stops Here" smile
Wonderful image as usual Ginnie- you've such an eye for this sort of thing!
Ginnie Hart: Oh, I like that, Elizabeth: "The Buck Stops Here." That's a good one! Thank you. smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 28 Mar 2012, 06:41
The philosophy is absolutely right Ginnie: part of the joy of existence is bundled up in the unknown and unknowable

I don't think I'll wait for the next train...
Ginnie Hart: The older we get, Chris, the more we know the truth of this, don't we! Thank you.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 28 Mar 2012, 07:26
Love the quote. So true. Wonderful image, it always tickles me when I see things like this.
I think the next train will arrive in a few hours, they already put down the rails....
Ginnie Hart: It's a great book from awhile back (1978) by a great author and pyschiatrist. Back in my day. smile

And yes, I can see you getting tickled by this unused track. It was written all over your face. grin
Sage quote to compliment this excellent image. Great find, Ginnie. (:o)
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, dear Roz. It's hard to believe that book came out in 1978!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 28 Mar 2012, 07:31
an interesting observation and find -and I could imagine that you discovered some left, lost things ...- there is some past often forgotten ... M. Scott Peck is right -we love to be surprised ... - but Goethe may be right, too: "Wir sehen nur, was wir kennen." (we see only what we know)
Ginnie Hart: It does make you wonder whatever happened to this piece of history, Philine, doesn't it. And yes, I agree with what Goethe says as well. So true!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 28 Mar 2012, 07:32
Astrid's dream of spring yellow is a pure delight for soul and eyes!
Ginnie Hart: I have just read her your comment, Philine. Bedankt. Did you know you can send her a card from her post as though it were a comment? It's one way of not letting her get away with disabling comments. grin
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 28 Mar 2012, 07:47
Dont think this road (rail) has been traveled for a while I like the words Ginny
Ginnie Hart: It's been awhile, Vintage, and it sure makes me wonder why! Thanks.
Wise words indeed. however, in this case we know exactly where we are going....nowhere gringringrin
Ginnie Hart: HA! Some things are no-brainers, Bill, aren't they...even at our age! grin
  • sil
  • Italy
  • 28 Mar 2012, 08:02
Love the quote and the pic is just perfect!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Sil. Grazie.
nature on its own
Ginnie Hart: Ja, inderdaad, Chantal!
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 28 Mar 2012, 08:42
that's funny, i just called a photo 'the road less traveled' you must have stolen my idea from the collective unconscious hahaha... neat pic, the rail looks bent, it's a crooked road, that leads to God smile you know what, i just want to say that i am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO freakin' sick of that stupid captcha thing on everybody's photoblogs lol i dread hitting refresh on it 27 times before i can actually READ something lol
Ginnie Hart: Great minds and all, on the same page, Elaine! smile

That recaptcha thing is definitely a challenge. I've become so used to it I just grit my teeth and bear it. Actually, sometimes I squint my eyes and can see it better. grin
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 28 Mar 2012, 09:17
Love the metaphor - both visual and verbal. It resonates so perfectly with me today!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Marcie. It's definitely good to remember sometimes why we aren't given a ctystal ball throughout life!
I didn't realise that the Beeching cuts extended to Holland.
Ginnie Hart: I guess the seeds were carried here by the wind, Chad. smile
This could have been taken here thirty years ago. Since then all the rail beds were turned into walking trails - right across the province. Brings back memories.
Ginnie Hart: I have a feeling this is true in many places around the world, Mary. Thanks.
  • Pedroeric
  • United Kingdom
  • 28 Mar 2012, 09:57
Well spotted and taken Ginnie nice verse to go with it but it just goes to show what man puts down nature takes back eventually.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Peter, and perfectly said!
  • Fred Adams
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 28 Mar 2012, 10:35
Good title Ginnie - I would hope they'd convert it into a cycle way!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Fred. But you know the Dutch...they already have a cycle path nearby!
  • John Prior
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 28 Mar 2012, 11:01
Love the mystery of abandoned tracks. I'm surprised the scrap metal boys have not pilfered the rails by now.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, John, about the mystery. The scrap metal? Hmmm. I'll have to ask Astrid about that!
  • Laurette
  • South Africa
  • 28 Mar 2012, 11:30
A wonderful capture and find Ginnie and very wise words. Beautifuly seen and captured.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Laurette!
Cool shot, Ginnie!
This has gone back to nature. smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Jimi. In that sense, this feels apocalyptic: everything going back to nature!
I don't think you could have picked a more suitable quote to accompany this image, Ginnie. Wise words, indeed.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Beverly. Once I thought of the title, the quote came naturally! (Don't you love how that works!)
great shot.
Like the composition.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Rob.
What a very true item of wisdom Ginnie, and to pair it with this picture, which you know some of us train buffs will just love, is great thinking on your part.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Brian. To be honest, I totally forgot how this would appeal to all you train buffs! I can't believe that....
Love this as the 'end of the line'
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Richard, and as Elizabeth said, the buck stops here. smile
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 28 Mar 2012, 15:52
We have a similar situation in the UK each autumn when trains run late due to "leaves on the line"; it always seems to come as a surprise. smile Your quote from M. Scott Peck is spot on.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Alan. It's always a story waiting to be told whenever I see such a place.
Nature captures the land back. An interesting and thought provoking image ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: In that regard, Martin, this is almost apocalyptic! Nature eventually takes over. Thanks.
In my country, this would be a prime candidate for "Rails to Trails."
Ginnie Hart: Even though I live in the Netherlands, Jack, I am an American and know exactly what you mean. Too bad we don't have a good, speedy rail line, however, that connects us everywhere all over the States!

Thank you for stopping by and commenting here.
These words are so true Ginnie and your perfectly illustrated them!
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Richard. Merci.
And some tracks are easier to tread than others grin Great image Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Martin! Thank you.
  • Kala
  • Germany
  • 28 Mar 2012, 19:01
There is something so poignant about abandoned railroad tracks. Great shot, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Suddenly I expect to see hobo ghosts, Kala! smile Thanks.
Great place u found, very well captured!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Andrei.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 28 Mar 2012, 19:19
Great quote with a perfect image to go with it.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Cherry.
  • Antoine
  • France
  • 28 Mar 2012, 19:43
Great image Ginnie. Have a lovely evening. Amicably Antoine.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir. Merci.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 28 Mar 2012, 20:27
Your quite reminds me of a full rugby stadium, where a woman would get up and start walking down the stands. While all the man in that area sing: We know where you are going!

PS. if the world was a nice place, we wouldn't need capcha.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Only from you, Louis. Only from you. grin

And yes about the captcha. (sigh)
So very true!! Shame some people forget about it and take shortcuts grin
Ginnie Hart: You're so right, Magdalena! Thanks.
  • george
  • Ireland
  • 28 Mar 2012, 21:55
For the road less traveled ain't for the faint of heart,
For those who choose to play it safe and never stray too far,
Me I want to live my life and one day leave my mark,
And it all might come together,
And it all come unraveled,
On the road less traveled,
Ginnie Hart: Well said, George. Well said!
John Ruskin had very similar approach on railways. He disliked speed on same grounds, loss of perspective and contact with senses. Very nice image Ginsmile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for this meaningful comment, Juan Carlos!
Oh I love disused railway like this, G!
There's one in North London, when you pop over here.
Do remember to visit the Parkland Walk.
Ginnie Hart: I'll have to remember that, LC. THANKS.
A sad sight Ginnie, there should be a steam train meandering down the track with happy people leaning out of the carriage windows. Well spotted though.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, I can certainly understand your POV, Les! Thanks.
  • Paule
  • United States
  • 29 Mar 2012, 04:08
End of the road....
Ginnie Hart: Yup. That's all she wrote! smile
  • Khalil
  • Lebanon
  • 29 Mar 2012, 09:28
Magnifique symphonie de branches et d'herbes joliment composée avec les rails qui constituent un excellent intrus.
Ginnie Hart: Merci, dear Khalil. Thank you!
  • tede
  • France
  • 29 Mar 2012, 18:00
I think the TGV is not been here long smile Superb image on the passing of time. Ginnie nice day.
Ginnie Hart: It's been awhile, Tede...and it makes me wonder what it was like before, in its day! Merci.
  • Oscar
  • Germany
  • 29 Mar 2012, 21:27
The rail to Hogwarts
Ginnie Hart: I like that, Oscar! smile
If any UK rail company sees this, the old excuse of 'leaves on the track' will be left far behind
Ginnie Hart: I'll remember that, Graeme. smile
  • rian
  • Vestavia Hills, AL
  • 30 Mar 2012, 01:22
this is a good catch! i like how nature claimed this back.. nice shot!
Ginnie Hart: In the end, Rian, I'm guessing Mother Nature will take us all back! smile
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 30 Mar 2012, 22:25
It's been a long time since that were in use. Love the quote Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Frida. Thank you.
And how many people would just keep going down those tracks that lead to nowhere, rather than striking off, through the fence and across the field...?
Ginnie Hart: I know, Linda. I know! The camera in hand seems to totally change everything for us, right?! smile
Perhaps it's the wabi-sabi in me, but I just love old train tracks. Always make me wonder how old they are...who traveled them and how long were they operational... and what are the people doing now...
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Robin. We're on the same page! smile Thanks.

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