On the Road is a weekday feature spotlighting reader photo submissions. From the exotic to the familiar, whether you’re traveling or in your own backyard, we would love to see the world through your eyes.
This series was created by Alain Chamot (1971-2020) as a place to share our adventures and observations, no matter where we are.
I took this assignment literally so I have chosen pictures covering a span of years and places and subjects that are subjectively beautiful, soothing or calming to me. It was fun work and required actual physical labor (moving and going through boxes) in order to literally dig through the archives (prints and framed pictures).
Until I got home from Sanibel Island and put this picture of an osprey on the computer, I was unaware of the bug on the fish. It’s not sharply focused nor framed very well but, meh, negative space, blah, blah, blah.
I love the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado in general and Mt. Sneffels (14,150’) in particular. I’ve climbed this peak four times and like to think that even at my age, I might still have one more go in me.
This collared lizard certainly sticks out amongst the barren, dry rocks of Rabbit Valley in western Colorado. I presume his color is meant to attract a mate and hope it didn’t make him a target for predators.
I cop to including a picture I did not actually take. My lovely wife did. Her Reiki masters class was given permission to go in amongst the stones. She shot this one as she was leaving. I didn’t have to tell you where this is, right?
I have countless pictures of pelicans flying and floating on and around Sanibel Island but only a couple of pelicans in a tree. It’s just surprised me to see them in a place where I had not seen them before.
Lynn means lake in Welsh. This 1973 picture of Lynn Padarn was taken with a 35 mm film camera. The Moon is rising over the lake in the direction of Snowdon, Yr Wyddfa in Welsh. The slide was made into a print and the print scanned into my computer.
A hawk giving me the finger? That’s what it looks like to me. Shot through the screening of our back porch, it’s not as sharp an image as I would like but you have to appreciate the attitude.
This launch of a ULA rocket from Cape Canaveral was taken from about 45 miles away at the high school where I finished my teaching career. The exhaust trail is alternately illuminated by the rising Sun and in shadow from clouds.
My camera is always at the ready to make another attempt at getting the perfect hummingbird picture. I consider this the best but still with much to be desired. Luckily, they are permanent residents of Central Florida so I get lots of chances.
I took this picture in the late ‘60s with a Kodak Retina IIa Coat Pocket Camera loaded with 2475 Recording Film, ASA 1000. I developed the film and made the print myself. The location is Gillson Park in Willmette, Illinois. This is another scan of a print, a print I made from film I developed.