I like roads.
I like roads for lots of reasons. Usually, they’re going somewhere, so if I’m on them, that means I am too. I particularly like roads across remote areas, because that means I’m in a remote area. They also look great. And in nice wild areas, they’re often really straight, too, which makes them look great as part of a landscape.
These are a few I’ve seen in the last few years, at various times.
The one at top was one of the first of this sort of shot I attempted. It was too good not to try, really. It’s taken in Flinders country, a few hours north of Port Augusta on the way up towards the Oodnadatta Track in the South Australian Outback. The next one is also from SA, but a different stretch of road very close to Port Augusta, set in attractive farmland near the Remarkables, a small range of picturesque hills not to be mistaken for the mountain range by the same name in New Zealand.
This shot is from Route 66 in California- I like the low wide perspective.
The one below is from Death Valley National Park. It’s an awesome stretch of black-top not far from Stovepipe Wells and the Mesquite Dunes- a fantastic strip to cruise if ever there was one.
This one is also from Death Valley- and from the heart of the valley, too, near the salt flats and one of the world’s lowest points above-ground below sea-level (if that makes any sense). It was also quite warm.
And this one is also Death Valley- on the way in to the park from the south. I like how the road just keeps going and going into the landscape.
I love this shot (which you may have seen before) of the North Coast Road in Madang Province, northern Papua New Guinea. The North Coast Road was one of only two sealed roads in Madang. From Madang you could head south and east, where the roads split, one towards Morobe Province and Lae, and the other towards Eastern Highlands Province and Goroka. Or you could head north, where the North Coast Road ran along the coastline for three hours, linking small villages until it hit the town of Bogia, at it’s far end. From there, it deteriorated into an unsealed road, and grew progressively rougher and rougher until it hit the swampy terrain around the Ramu River, and stopped altogether. From there, it was canoes only. There were no interior roads save for some violently rough four-wheel-drive tracks running like fluke-mines straight into the hills. Madang remains one of the poorest and least accessible parts of what is predominately a poor and inaccessible island. The North Coast Road is, however, a stunning drive, and was one of the highlights of working in Madang, with alternating views of spectacular tropical coastline, lush green hills, deep overhanging forest, and the idyllic little gardens and thatched housing of small hamlets along the way. (Note: Most of the way, the road was not this smooth!)
These two are a little more recent and both taken from Western Australia. The first is a highway between the Stirling Ranges and the Porongorups which I snapped one sleeping Sunday morning on an early photo-drive on my way to find a windmill. The second shows a sealed road running through the Stirling Ranges themselves, a great drive if ever you get the chance, with striking views of the mountains and a real sense of open, untouched wilderness.
No more road-trips on the horizon for me just yet, but I’m always on the lookout for an attractive road shot while cruising around, so I’ll hopefully have some more for my portfolio before too long.