Monday, October 10, 2011

Ends Of The Road

FALL AND A PICTORIAL DIARY of my world reminded me of endings this holiday weekend. This adorable dog wearing shoes is well cared for despite its owner having possibly reached the end of his road in finding a lucrative job. By the look of the load on his bike, he now earns a living by cashing in discarded bottles. Perhaps he is content with a pet and the simple life.

These forlorn shoes in the sky swung in the breeze as if worn by an invisible dancer. The high flung sneakers tossed onto a telephone wire might never again touch the ground or pound the pavement with their heels.

This railway disappearing beneath weeds and overgrown grasses will never again know the screech of wheels down its tracks ...

but people still stop as a sign of respect before crossing.

New roofs eventually replace the tattered and old ...

old trees become brittle with barely a branch to hold.

Crumbling leaves dissolve into dust and vanish down drains while some of us ...

escape into churches in search for an afterlife at the end of the road.

On this Thanksgiving Day in Canada, I am grateful for fresh starts that like spring, can be foreseen in the leafy debris of autumn. It brings to mind words by American author Louis L'Amour who said about endings: "There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning."

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  1. I hope you had a happy Thanksgiving. Great sequence of shots from your world. I think this is the first time I've seen a dog wearing shoes.

  2. Wonderful set of assorted images from your world.

  3. A really superb group of shots for the day! Love the dog with his shoes! And the perfect, very wise quote by L'Amour! A wonderful visit to your world! Hope you have a lovely week!


  4. Okay, my friend, now I know anything is possible, because you just quoted Louis L'Amour. I remember I thought it was very adventurous of me to read his western novels when I was very young.
    The dog's shoes (worn to protect his pads from the pavement, I'm sure) are perfect, and they have reflectors, just like Lindy's winter boots.
    Fabulous photos. The old tree is gorgeous, and the unused train tracks make me wistful.
    Hope all is well with all of you on this Thanksgiving Day. Hope to see you for a walk to Kwomais before the end of the year.
    Luv, K

  5. Your posts often make one reflect. And of course admire your use of language.
    What a great bicycle path that overgrown rail track could make. And level of course :-)
    Maybe the man with the bike couldn't afford a skip, and was on his way to the dump to clear out some rooms.

  6. Interesting post!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  7. Love the quote and the theme of this post. Well done! I hope you have enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend,

  8. Happy Thanksgiving, what a great post and I loved the photos. I like how you connected all the photos with the same theme. Well done!

  9. Nice shots. Happy Thanksgiving!

  10. Great shots. The dog with the shoes is quite special, he doesn't seem to mind them.
    Happy Thanksgiving.

  11. Thanks for this excellent post. Those grown-over tracks speak of change and the mellowing that comes with time.

  12. The abandoned tracks speaks a lot. Great variety in your pictures.

  13. What gorgeous pictures! Full of melancholy somehow - and promise.

  14. I love that quote, it is just so true. I love the gentle winding down of life in the fall and there is always so much to give thanks for.
    I hope you and your family had a very Happy Thanksgiving.

  15. What a nice Holiday post. (I hope your Day was happy.) Lots to be thankful for -- and the quote at the end was beautiful -- endings and beginnings!

  16. Happy Thanksgiving Day!

    So many things to be thankful, the man has the dog to keep him company.

    Life is a blessing of love and contentment.

  17. Such an interesting commentary on this lovely series of photos!

  18. Even though Thanksgiving isn't a holiday downunder in OZ, I love the sentiments expressed so perfectly through your photos and the Louis L'Amour quote!

  19. Penelope, as your post with concluding quotation so beautifully showed, many endings evolve to renewal and hope. The shoes are dancing higher than they perhaps ever did before, the abandoned railway path and crumbling trees and leaves will host all kinds of new life, and along the way, a man takes care of his dog the best he can and people stop at a railway crossing where no trains appear. I don't know. Just something very pensive in your choice of photos and the significance you saw in them. And, as I near retirement, I traveled the drift of your thoughts with personal reflection.

  20. Awesome photos with awesome 'travelog' ~
    thanks, namaste, Carol (A Creative Harbor) linked with OWT ^_^

    PS Love the Louis La Mour quote ~ ^_^

  21. Happy Thanksgiving.
    Shoes for the dog may be a very good idea if he is on the trot most of the day, and possibly protect him from picking up Distemper.
    As for the rail tracks - never say never. Some of our railtracks that were axed by the infamous Dr. Beeching have been brought back to life by private enterprise.
    Very interesting pictures.

  22. So true! Everything you said. I don't even see a smidgen of Fall here in the desert. It has been dreadfully hot for this time of year. I am longing for some cool nip of air and a little change of color on the trees. Hopefully we won't blink and miss it overnight!

  23. Your post really made me think, and then half way through I started to worry, was she trying to tell me something? Were you quitting blogging?

    That quote, sigh. Beautiful I could see that written on the end of a hallway in my house of dreams...

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

  24. Penelope, you are so good at finding bizarre or interesting things! And, I like your thoughts about them and your photos. Despite the mellow brightness and the climax of richness and fruitfulness, autumn is the season to prepare for the onslaught of winter. However winter is not dead end if we know seeds lurk under the ground or buried in the snow to germinate. Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving.


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