October 17, 2009

Photo Challenge: Highways & Byways

Time for a new Brenda Photo Challenge! The theme is Highways & Byways. For this challenge, I am presenting a cross-section of beautiful countrysides we have visited in the grand USA.

First up to the plate is a scene from Parke County, Indiana, known as the Covered Bridge Capital of the World. Beautiful country roads lead you to 31 historic covered bridges. This is the lovely Melcher Bridge (1896) in the early fall season. It is 83 feet long and crosses Leatherwood Creek. The photo was taken at f/8 and 1/125 second.

Melcher Bridge, Parke County, Indiana
Last year, we were fortunate enough to take a jeep ride in the hillsides of Aspen, Colorado, at the autumn peak. The jeep driver stopped along the way for us to admire spectacular scenes like this one. The camera settings were f/7.1 and 1/200 second.

autumn scene on jeep trail outside of Aspen, Colorado
And, as luck would have it, a caravan of horses passed us on a dusty trail in Zion National Park. This image is a perfect “the end” shot for our slide shows! The photo was taken at f/9 and 1/320 second.

horses along a trail in Zion National Park


  1. Such beautiful Colors!! Isn't our country gorgeous? Love the trail ride shot! Happy weekend to you!!hughugs

  2. Oh, Donna, I love your pictures. They are always so good! And each one captures the theme just perfectly.

  3. How wonderful~you always make me feel like I've "been there". Gorgeous shots!

    Have a great weekend! (hugs)

  4. Oh Donna they are unreal. I especially love the horses one. I can feel the dust in my eyes!!!!


  5. The colors of the trees in the second are very vibrant. Horse having fun with the dusty trail. Nice photos.

  6. Simply beautiful pictures my friend. Beautiful!

  7. The colors of the Aspens are my favorite but I have a thing for covered bridges and the horses' behinds are great!!

  8. Love your photos..especially the end. LOL..

    If you take a peek at my blog, and scroll down a post or two.. you can view some of the countryside that surrounds me and also a covered bridge located in McGee's Mills, PA.

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos..

  9. Wonderful photos....and anything to do with Colorado or mountains sends me, hmmmm, somewhere wonderful.

  10. love these-- can't choose a favorite.
    two thumbs up!
    happy weekend to ya-

  11. Wow , beautiful pictures of a beautiful country. Nice to meet you too and thank you for visiting.

  12. That's just beautiful! I love the middle photo with the colors of the tree changing..

  13. I couldn't say which one I like the best - all are beautiful. But maybe, just maybe, I'd pick the horses, kicking up dust. That's not something I'd see every day. Lovely!

  14. Hi Donna,
    These are wonderful shots!
    Covered bridges and mountain views are perfect for the theme.
    Love your ending - too cute.

    Thanks for visiting!!

  15. I clicked too soon. Hope that went through but it probably has no link. Sorry. :(

  16. You always have beautiful pictures! My favorite is the horses on the dusty trail!

  17. Beautiful as always Donna. Love them all but I think my favorite is the end shot. You really captured a ride on the trail perfectly with the dust they're kicking up.

  18. Donna The scenes are wonderful and the clarity of the photos ~ just excellent! :)

  19. What beautiful photos! Every one evokes a mood. The contrast in colors in the middle photo captivates me.

  20. Donna, I love the golden aspens! The last shot reminds me of the old cowboys movies!

    The covered bridge is something I want to see when I get a chance.

    Enjoy your weekend!

  21. hi..that's so beautiful.. hv a nice weekend..

  22. Awesome photos, I love all the color in the trees. The covered bridge is especially pretty in the autumn.
    Thanks for the tour.

  23. Oh wow, such wonderful photos, Donna! I love the photo of Aspen, Colorado -all that yellow -marvelous! But the horse kicking dust is not something to behold -cool take!

    I posted mine so late. I was tied up yesterday! :)

  24. Lovely, lovely, lovely...sigh.....

  25. Hello~I've just strolled into your blog for my first visit...I've enjoyed taking a peek at your past posts. You've got so many wonderful treasures.

    The one thing that could cheer me up as I watched summer close was... the anticipation of fall and all the autumnal colors that come with it.
    Providing creative inspiration for photos like yours.

    I've bookmarked you in my favs.
    I look forward to coming by your charming blog again.
    Come by for a visit. Your company would be nice.

    Sweet wishes,

  26. Sorry I am a little late on the commenting. I love these pictures, especially the last one. Makes me want to be on one of those horses!


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