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).
WaterGirl asked for some soothing photos as we prepare and persevere through election and beyond.
This is a random collection of photos I’ve come back to time and again, each of which brings me joy.
I hope they bring you a moment or two of calm. Presented in no particular order, except to start with sunrise and end with a solstice moon.
If I had the energy and inclination to get up before dawn, I could see the sunrise over the beach every day. This is one of the prettiest I’ve been there for. I love the way the light catches the clouds above.
This was taken on a stretch of shore separated from Edisto Beach by an inlet that can be waded across only at low tide. This pier was visible for a few months but is now covered completely by sand. I wonder who built it and when, and how often it has been revealed and buried again. It amazes me how much the beach varies, not just with daily tides, but with accretion or erosion after each major storm.
Took this while sitting on the beach. I love the fuzzy haziness, especially the chimney. I think the house looks more like a painting than a photo.
This was taken at sunset, on the sound-side of Edisto. I thought the clouds looked like waves, and I loved the silhouette of the palmetto against the sky.
I loved the Paris After Dark series, and I hope we can add a series on Rome in the future. My daughter spent a semester there in 2011, and we were fortunate to be able to visit for a week (which was nowhere near enough time). I wish I could tell you what this building is–just one of many fascinating sites we encountered walking around the city. This has been the background image on my iPad for 9 years, and I never tire of seeing it. I don’t know why exactly, but I just love this photo.
All of the restaurants in Rome set out welcoming displays in their doorways every day. This was one of the simplest, but I found it oddly appealing.
We celebrated my 50th and my Dad’s 72nd birthdays with dinner at the Sunset Terrace restaurant at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville. This was our view.
Cody (left) and Lucy (right), engaged in what I called ‘synchronized dog.’ We lost Cody shortly after this was taken, but while he was with us Lucy stuck to him like glue and would mimic his every position. He mostly tolerated her. As I know all jackals appreciate, I miss him every day.
This was taken on a stiflingly hot, windless day, on a friend’s boat, on one of the creeks that feed into St. Helena sound. I think this is my all-time favorite of all photos I’ve ever taken (so far).
Taken with an iPhone, so not the best quality. This was a summer solstice full moon, the first in the Northern Hemisphere since 1967 (according to the internets). Wishing you all peace and tranquility.