This and That by Steve Shor - Country Roads

Country Roads

For me the topic of “Country Roads” brings to mind many fond memories I have of touring the countryside in New England, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. These are places that I lived or had summer jobs or went to college. More often than not these excursions were solitary and was a way to get out of the city and re-vitalize and re-energize. The curvy roads and scenery of trees or bluffs or creeks or rivers all float back to mind and I can vividly recall the thrill of expectation as I rounded the next curve or came to an area I had enjoyed before. I was even fortunate enough to have owned a convertible sports car for some of these memories. Yes, drives or walks or biking out into the scenic, more rural areas has always been a treasured activity for me. What a great topic to have for our October salon. And it is even more special at this time of year since the Fall colors will be starting to emerge.

There are so many fine areas around Minnesota and Wisconsin that no one should have trouble finding a picturesque place to take some photographs. Will it be along the Mississippi River along route 35 or 61? Will it be in the Lanesboro area of southern Minnesota, will it be in the farming communities to our West and North West or will it be along the bluffs of Lake Superior?

In fact if you have a particularly beautiful location it would be great to share this with our membership, please send me a short description of one of your favorite scenic drives for future reference.

If you want some choices, well I have listed some links below to scenic drives both in Minnesota and Wisconsin. In Wisconsin they have what is called “Rustic Rural Roads” throughout the state and a really neat interactive map that describes where that road is when you click on it in the map. I have been to several of them and they truly are unique.

Scenic Minnesota Trips

http://www.exploreminnesota.com/my-favorite-minnesota/list/26593/hawkeyes-favorite-roads-in-minnesota-for-a-scenic-cruise

http://www.exploreminnesota.com/byway/directory

http://ridermagazine.com/output.cfm?id=1204129

Scenic Wisconsin Trips

http://www.dot.wi.gov/travel/scenic/maps.htm (Rustic Rural Roads)

http://www.amazon.com/Scenic-Driving-Wisconsin-Aaron-Cieslicki/dp/1560445580

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/076032980X/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_1?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe- 1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=1560445580&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=1CQRER7EWNBDDQ7J3GMH

When out on your trips you might want to carry both a wide angle lens as well as a telephoto lens and your tripod since you never know when you might want to take a picture in waning light or with moving water in the background.

Also it might be worth having a polarizing filter to help reduce glare and get more saturated colors and maybe a graduated ND filter in case the sky is bright and the foreground is dark.

Other than these the rest is up to your imagination and finding a neat location.

Have a great experience.

- Steve

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first of four articles which unfortunately went unpublished last year. Please note– the articles may refer to previous topics and contain out-dated links. However, the articles still contain valuable information worth reading. New articles are on their way soon… Enjoy!

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