Shrinking The Planet – One Ride At A Time

I’m Going To Stop To Take A Picture (Part 2)

Since I posted Part 1 of “I’m Going To Stop To Take A Picture (Part 1)” (which has been our most popular post by far to date) I’ve been mulling over exactly what constitutes “scenery”.  Having been going through the selection process of many of our pictures this afternoon, I’ve found that there’s a very definite question of interpretation.  Are we just talking about landscapes when we talk about scenery or can it be more?  Can people be in a scenery picture or do they distract the view from the overall viewing pleasure?  Well, having thought about it for a good part of the day I’ve come to the conclusion that…  I don’t know.

One thing I do know is that I’ve found that I have a lot of pictures that could be classified as scenery, so I’m not sure how I’m going to present them to you or how to best sum them up to you.  Hmmm…..  Will it just suffice to say that they recall beautiful or memorable scenes?  Is that too broad a definition?  I really don’t know.  So here’s what I’m going to do.  I’m going to show you some nice pictures and call them scenery.  The only rule is that there are no people in these pictures and then I am going to let you decide whether they constitute scenery or not.  Perhaps after you’ve looked at the pictures, some of you will care to comment on what constitutes a scenery picture and what you thought of the pictures I chose to post.   How’s that?

Oh and a last confession.  I must have as Carl Sagan used to say…  “Billions and billions” of pictures that could qualify as scenery and I have not posted them all in this post.  So if you are not careful, I just may post a Part 2a.  You have been warned.  I sincerely hope you enjoy these pictures from all over the world where we have been.

By the way, just in case you don’t know, clicking on one of the thumbnail pictures will open it to a full size picture and you can then click through the whole gallery of photos if you like.

9 responses

  1. Awsome “scenery” photos! I sometimes deciding what is scenery also. One of the larger problems I find when riding with others is that when I want to stop for a photo, some of the other riders see no interest whatsoever in what I find interesting. PS. What lightbox plugin are you using?


    April 29, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    • Bruce, It sometimes can be a problem to stop, but as you can see above, they return memories well worth the time spent. Sharing the photos later on with your traveling buddies sometimes helps persuade them that your stop cemented the reasons you went on the trip in the first place. Keep at it my friend!

      As far as the plug in goes, we have not added one, it is the stock functionality provided by

      All the best,

      Mike & Kim


      April 29, 2012 at 10:04 pm

  2. Wow, stunning photos. That would have been fun taking them all too.


    April 29, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    • Thanks so much. We had a great time taking them and believe us, the pictures do not do the actual scenes any justice.
      Mike and Kim


      April 29, 2012 at 10:00 pm

  3. Willy Maria Lopez

    Scenery would be a wide view of your natural surroundings. When instead it’s picture where your bikes are standing in the foreground and are clearly the subject I would not consider it scenery, but if on the other hand, your bikes are further away, not dominating the picture, they would just be part of the scenery. The same counts for people present in a picture. Far away they become part of the scenery, close-up it’s more a portrait as it were.


    April 29, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    • Some excellent points Willy! I’m far less confused now. Thanks!!!!


      April 29, 2012 at 11:08 pm

  4. Anonymous

    Mike I do not care what you classify these pictures as, I think too much time has been spent on Govermnet stuff to have this particular issue, they are stuff I have never seen B-4!! WOW



    April 30, 2012 at 3:43 pm

  5. tengoal

    Mike – I agree with Willy. Unlike you, I remain totally confused. It’s just part of who I am.


    May 26, 2012 at 8:21 am

    • I doubt it Matt. I hope that Wing is giving you plenty of picture taking opportunities!


      May 27, 2012 at 9:00 am

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