Scenes From a Country Road


It’s often said that you cannot truly appreciate the beauty of a place until you leave it behind. No truer words were ever spoken. Here are a few of my favorite moments en route to our family reunion in the Adirondacks, where we shared a few stories, a few laughs, and lots of food, drink, and hugs.

My fictional town of Starling is inspired by the land I knew as a child and teen in beautiful upstate New York and the way of life I observe when visiting loved ones far from my current home on Long Island.

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How did you enjoy this last unofficial weekend of summer? What was your favorite moment of the season?

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15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. davidprosser
    Sep 02, 2013 @ 14:54:35

    Beautiful pictures Jolyse.I hope you had a wonderful reunion.We have a word for the ache inside when you leave home behind, we call it Hiraeth ( hi rye th ) the longing to be back there again. I can well imagine some of that feeling judging by the places you’ve chosen to photograph.
    xxx Hugs Galore xxx

    • Jolyse Barnett
      Sep 03, 2013 @ 10:56:34

      Thanks, David. Yes, I feel very nostalgic when I return to my childhood home. I miss my mother dearly (She passed in 2001 after a very long illness.), but I savor time home with my Dad, siblings, and extended family. I held my Great Nephew for the first time; he’s sixteen months old. I guess that makes me a Great Aunt, now doesn’t it?? LOL. Have a wonderful week! (((hugs)))

  2. Jill Weatherholt
    Sep 03, 2013 @ 14:09:11

    Lovely pictures, Jolyse! My family is from West Virginia and so many of your photos took me back to my roots. Thanks for sharing. It sounds like the trip was a perfect end to the summer.

    • Jolyse Barnett
      Sep 03, 2013 @ 15:21:53

      I’ve yet to visit West Virginia, but I can imagine there are many similarities between our rural roots. Thanks for stopping by, Jill, and enjoy the rest of your warm weather. (Oh, how I hate to see this season go…)

      • Jill Weatherholt
        Sep 03, 2013 @ 17:50:08

        The picture of the country road, the barn, the train track…all could have been taken in West Virginia. It’s a beautiful state, but I’m glad I grew up in the D.C. area.

        I hate to see summer come to an end as well. Although I do love fall, I don’t like knowing the cold temperatures are around the corner. Let’s get as much wear out of our flip flops as we can! 🙂

  3. Marcia
    Sep 03, 2013 @ 16:37:39

    Beautiful slide show, Jolyse! I pinned one of the pics (the rocky falls) to my ‘vacation spots’ board. I love the Adirondacks. The Catskills are gorgeous too. Hubs and i have been getting my Syracuse house ready to sell…almost done! I’m so looking forward to its sale ’cause then we’ll take a trip to Maine.
    Hope your holiday weekend was wonderful!

    • Jolyse Barnett
      Sep 03, 2013 @ 20:14:03

      I’m so happy you enjoyed the photos, Marcia. How exciting that you have a Maine getaway planned. I can’t wait to hear all about your adventures. Take care of you, and enjoy! 😀

  4. Donna Coe-Velleman
    Sep 04, 2013 @ 23:08:54

    Now we know where Rylie gets her photographic talent from. Nice pics!
    Enjoy your 25th

    • Jolyse Barnett
      Sep 05, 2013 @ 07:50:30

      Thanks, Donna. I’m looking forward to it. I think the anticipation is as wonderful as the actual vacation. Nah. The vacation is definitely even better. 😉

  5. Cheryl
    Sep 15, 2013 @ 17:20:03

    Wait -no goat pics?

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