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Around The Next Bend February 4, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Magick & Mystery, Mindfulness, Nature.

Why do we turn page after page in a ponderous book?


De Soto National Memorial

Or watch fictional figures frolic through manufactured lives on a screen?


Myakka River State Park

At times, it’s nothing more than curiosity.  Curiosity captures our imagination, holds us hostage, and compels us forward.


Emerson Point Preserve

We cannot break away until we witness what transpires at story’s end.


Myakka River State Park

In life, as in art, the future beckons, urging us on as the path unfolds before us.


De Soto National Memorial

And we comply . . . curious to discover what lies around the next bend.


Historic Spanish Point

Aah . . . that’s better!

After posting this, I learned (via Janna’s post) that Trifecta chose “path” as its one word prompt this week.  If you want to check out other entries, click HERE.


1. shreejacob - February 4, 2013

Curiosity tempered with a certain amount of questioning can be a good thing!! 🙂

nrhatch - February 4, 2013

If we weren’t curious, many of us would give up LONG before we reached the “finish line.” :mrgreen:

2. sweetdaysundertheoaks - February 4, 2013

Thank goodness for curiosity!

nrhatch - February 4, 2013

I agree . . . some days, curiosity (and chocolate!) are all that keep me going. 😀

3. ericjbaker - February 4, 2013

How different things would be but for seemingly insignificant decisions along the way.

nrhatch - February 4, 2013

I love playing the “what if?” game . . . What if I hadn’t returned from St. Thomas after Spring Break my senior year? What if I had moved to Florida 15 years earlier? What if I . . .?

But, no regrets here . . . all the seemingly insignificant decisions led me to this door and it’s a pretty great place to be.

ericjbaker - February 4, 2013

I think about the dumb choices I almost made but didn’t. For example, the party I was going to that time. My ex-girlfriend was bugging me to let her tag along because she was bored, but I kept telling her to buzz off. Mostly because she was a narcissist who couldn’t handle not being the center of attention and frequently irritated everyone else in the room because of that.

It’s a good thing I blew her off, because I met my future wife there.

nrhatch - February 4, 2013

That is AWESOME! A significant decision, indeed.

Plus . . . you managed to do in 5 sentences what “How I Met Your Mother” hasn’t managed to do in 5 seasons! 😀

4. kateshrewsday - February 4, 2013

Well, that’s uncanny. I’ve just written tomorrow’s post on very similar lines. Beautiful pictures, Nancy 🙂

nrhatch - February 4, 2013

Excellent! Can’t wait to see it (of course, that’s true of virtually ALL your posts).

I noticed that Janna’s last post is . . . “Unknown Path.” Spooky, eh? 😯

5. diannegray - February 4, 2013

A beautiful statement of curiosity! 🙂

nrhatch - February 4, 2013

Living life with “alert curiosity” keeps us awake and aware . . . and enthusiastic about discovering what lies around the next bend.

6. Booksphotographsandartwork - February 4, 2013

I’m definitely a curious cat!

nrhatch - February 4, 2013

Sometime we do something “just for the experience” . . . because we are curious about what it will be like. We may not ever want to do it again, but we’re glad we did it once so we could satisfy our curiosity. 😀

7. Waldo "Wally" Tomosky - February 4, 2013

Give me a shovel, a sifting screen, Peace River up to my knees and I would be a happy man.

nrhatch - February 4, 2013

There’s GOLD in them thar hills! 😀

Waldo "Wally" Tomosky - February 4, 2013

No gold – – – just fossils of camels, cappabarras, sloths, dugongs, sharks, equines, and everything that lived when Florida was part of another continent.

nrhatch - February 4, 2013

We attended a presentation at the South Florida Museum last year that showed the continents splitting apart in fast forward motion (like time lapse photography). Very cool to watch Florida come into being as we know her today.

8. dearrosie - February 4, 2013

I’m a member of the “curiosity club”! I always have to know what’s round the corner or at the top of the hill.
Love the pictures!

nrhatch - February 4, 2013

As I sorted through photos on my computer, I realized how often I snapped the path unfolding. It always urges me forward. 😉

9. Katie - February 4, 2013

I think curiousity is a necessity of life.

nrhatch - February 4, 2013

Life would be pretty dull without curiosity for company.

10. Bee - February 4, 2013

I really like the photos of different paths.

nrhatch - February 4, 2013

Thanks, Bee. I’ve been snapping photos of paths for some time without really noticing. Each one is a mini-mystery to solve.

11. joetwo - February 5, 2013

Wonderful reflection!

nrhatch - February 5, 2013

Thanks, Joe.

12. viviankirkfield - February 5, 2013

Love your photos, Nancy. There is always something that pulls us to see what is around the next bend as we are hiking a forest path. 🙂 Writers who master that technique in their work produce books that keep us turning the pages.:)

nrhatch - February 5, 2013

Straight and narrow roads are never as encouraging as twisting and meandering pathways through unchartered territory. And, yes, writers who want a “page turner” in our hands must toss a few curves into the mix.

13. colonialist - February 5, 2013

Those bends certainly inspire curiosity, and I do think far more cats have been stimulated than killed by that quality!
Of course, I am always round the bend, but that doesn’t stop me from being curious in more ways than one!

nrhatch - February 5, 2013

Curiouser and curiouser . . .

colonialist - February 5, 2013

I love it!

14. Tammy - February 5, 2013

How boring it would be without paths to twist and turn and show us the edges.

nrhatch - February 5, 2013

Indeed. Knitting up the rough edges and smoothing out the uneven patches is all a part of it.

15. Hudson Howl - February 5, 2013

Always good shtufffs here, but this one a personal favourite.

nrhatch - February 5, 2013

Thanks, Hudson! This one’s been percolating for some time . . . as the path continued to unfold.

nrhatch - February 5, 2013

You might enjoy this:

Dear comerado! I confess I have urged
you onward with me, and still urge you,
without the least idea what is our destination,
Or whether we shall be victorious, or utterly quell’d and defeated.
~ Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

Hudson Howl - February 5, 2013

can you hear the echo

nrhatch - February 5, 2013

What echo? . . . echo? . . . echo? 😉

16. Annabelle - February 5, 2013

Love the use of the photos; made me want to go explore a twisting pathway myself!

nrhatch - February 5, 2013

That’s the way I always feel when stumbling upon a bend in the road. Onwards!

17. jannatwrites - February 5, 2013

Your pictures are awesome – and I love that you wrote this BEFORE you knew the Trifecta prompt. I’m glad you linked up because I think the post is perfect 🙂

nrhatch - February 5, 2013

Thanks, Janna! It’s a lovely coincidence to write to a prompt BEFORE seeing the prompt.

18. Three Well Beings - February 5, 2013

And the points along the way are part of what lead us to what’s just beyond! Great way to illustrate…I am always curious. It makes for little boredom! 🙂

nrhatch - February 5, 2013

Exactly. When we are curious . . . we avoid some of the inevitable “been there, done there” mindset that creeps in from time to time. Because, of course, we haven’t done IT before at all.

19. Tokeloshe - February 5, 2013

What a great theme. Well done!
Love the perspective. .

nrhatch - February 5, 2013

Thanks, Tok! While sorting through photos, I noticed how often I shot the path curving away in the distance. It got me to thinking.

20. Grannymar - February 5, 2013

I love a path unfolding or going round a corner, they take me and my camera on many a voyage of discovery. I have quite a few photos of disappearing paths and roads in my computer.

nrhatch - February 5, 2013

That’s what I discovered while sorting through my digital archive. I didn’t remember taking as many as I ran into. There is something so enticing about heading around the next bend.

21. Pocket Perspectives - February 6, 2013

I think that “curiosity” is one of THE most wonderful qualities… and can lead to such remarkable discoveries!…love, love, love it! And I love those “around the next bend” photos..tons of them in my computer, too.

nrhatch - February 6, 2013

Thanks, Kathy. Sounds as if more than one “curious cat” has captured these bending pathways in stored photos. 😀

22. bluebee - February 7, 2013

One never knows what is…
Nice photos

nrhatch - February 7, 2013

Thanks, BB!

Curiosity trumps despair. Despair proclaims, “I have seen the future and it doesn’t work.” Curiosity replies, “Well, let’s just take a quick peek around this next bend before we do anything too drastic.”

23. KymmInBarcelona - February 7, 2013

Oh, but curiosity killed the cat, too!
Fun post.

nrhatch - February 7, 2013

Yes. Cats must remember that not every bend is meant to go around. 😉

24. atrm61 - February 7, 2013

Great questions & so well portrayed through the beautiful pictures & those lovely lines!Enjoyed it thoroughly:-)

nrhatch - February 7, 2013

Thanks! And thanks for stopping by. 😀

atrm61 - February 7, 2013


25. tedstrutz - February 7, 2013

Many paths… nice.

nrhatch - February 7, 2013

Thanks, Ted. Here’s to the next bend in the road.

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