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The Path of Least Resistance


The path of least resistance can be used to describe certain human behaviors. In these cases, resistance is often used as a metaphor for personal effort or confrontation; a person taking the path of least resistance avoids these.

The Path of Least Resistance


The path of least resistance can be used to describe certain human behaviors. In these cases, resistance is often used as a metaphor for personal effort or confrontation; a person taking the path of least resistance avoids these.

comments (21)

a really nice shot! the sky is amazing, and this path through the field is lovely.
blackdog: Thank you Charles ;o)
That's the path for megrin

Love the sky on this one Mike, the curve of the clouds
blackdog: No surprise there William ;o) A sky sofa as Philine described it ;o)
  • Chris
  • England
  • 23 Feb 2010, 07:31
This is one powerful picture Mike: when you see Master Phillips at Hanbury you can lectgure him on how to take a damn good b&w picture!
blackdog: I will pass on your instructions, looking forward to the day out ;o)
  • spoon
  • Romania
  • 23 Feb 2010, 07:52
lovely sky. love those little white puffs. b&w works well, too.
blackdog: Thank you :o)
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 23 Feb 2010, 07:54
Sometime the path of least resistance is the best choice, sometimes its a copeout for people who cant make the hard decisions
blackdog: Too true - I often make things harder than they should be though.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 23 Feb 2010, 08:17
I have some intellectual problems to combine your introducing thought with the photograph- but the white clouds look overwhelming and I would like to take seat on one of these cloud sofas while looking down to all the walkers passing along this path - and I like the tiny light-stripe at the distance. I imagine the cornyellow of the wheat-fields! ('Resistance' is for me no foreign word- but mostly only by words, sometimes by behaviour and action!)
blackdog: I like your idea of a cloud sofa ;o) The path is intended as a metaphor for taking the easy road - often this can be a good thing, and too often we make things harder for ourselves than they need to be ;o)
Ufff...Stunning B&W shot!! Great light, great sky. Great work.
blackdog: Thank you ;o)
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 23 Feb 2010, 09:43
Now I have understood your words- the penny has dropped! - surely you know the parable of the two paths, too, the narrow and stony one and the broad and comfortable one- this is the latter one for sure - but imagine: Chris's rebellish Ratty had hidden between all the cloud sofa's- ohje, then he needed some "personal efforts" and more acrobatic acts than he did before!
blackdog: LOl just seen your second comment ;o) Yes the two paths. And then the Buddhists have the middle path as well. Also the spirt travels faster than the body...

O, nehm du den Bergweg und ich geh zunieder,
Und ich werd' in Schottland vor dir sein,
Doch ich und mein Schatz sehen uns nie wieder
An dem schönen, schönen Hang bei Loch Lomond.

I even found the refrain in German ;o)
  • paul
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Feb 2010, 10:06
I like the play of light on the field in the distance
blackdog: Gets a bit lost with the wide angle I'm afraid. It was a super day.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Feb 2010, 10:09
Someone has obviously been before you to ease your passage along the way! Stunning treatment to this one - those clouds are amazing.
blackdog: Just wish it was this easy in Winter ;o)
  • kimera
  • Germany
  • 23 Feb 2010, 10:52
nice treatment, impressive clouds
blackdog: Thank you ;o)
Wow. The cloudscape is incredible and the lavender is highlighted just right.
blackdog: Thank you Mary, but a wheatfield I believe ;o) You did get Philine excited though ;o)
That is excellent! A Likey.
blackdog: Thanks Nigel - a double likey today. Not had one of those for a very long time!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 23 Feb 2010, 12:26
Oh, sorry, "lavender" (Mary)? -we have to look at the colour pic- violett-blue lavender fields are my dream of summer (as I saw in the Provence, but surely in England, too, for in the NT gift shops it is always smelling of lavender- and I bought some little lavender bags there)! After a walk through this large lavender field I might get asleep and fall down onto the soft cloud pillows!
We use in German and Dutch the metaphor "Wolkengebirge" = cloud mountains/ Nederlandse bergen" =clouds - I didn't find that image in English!
blackdog: Sorry to disappoint both of you, but it is wheatfield ;o) We do have Lavender fields but not locally I'm afraid.
  • Santi
  • United States
  • 23 Feb 2010, 15:31
Stunning B&W with these amazing clouds.
blackdog: Thanks Santi ;o)
At times, a confrontation is not worth the effort, Mike. Oftentimes, it's a good idea to make one step back in order to to make two steps forward later. smile
Good graphics here, but I struggle reconciling the two halves. I feel both of them are way too powerful to be in the same photograph and compete with each other for attention. I think they might make two wonderful images: one of teh skies with a bit of the field, other one of teh field with a bit of teh skies. smile
blackdog: Interesting about the competing strength of the two halves. For me the path was the subject, so I guess I shouldn't have used the red filter on the sky. Too often we make things too hard for ourselves - go with the flow ;o)
i will take that path of least resistance any day Mike, glorious shot m8, superb b&w with super duper tonessmile
blackdog: Me too ;o) Do you know Dale photographic in Leeds? Good shop? They have a deal on a lens I am interested in ;o)
  • Richard T
  • Back in Leicester UK
  • 23 Feb 2010, 18:57
Apart from being a fine image Mike ... we have to remember that these are paths of historic importance and that for many many years farmers would deliberately ignore the fact that they are legal rights of way and would let crops grow on the designated route. Then it was real push and shove to follow the route across fields to the stile on the opposite side ... and then to find barbed wire had been used to make the challenge even more tiresome.

Similar images 15/11/07 and 1/6/08

blackdog: They still plough them in winter unfortunately which means they are virtually impassable - all they would have to do would be to drive the tractor along the path and then at least we could walk in the ruts as opposed to stumbling over the plough... rant rant ;o)
In Spanish we say:
"Esto es tremendo, yo me quito el sombrero".
I do not know if this expression exists in English:
"This is terrific, I take off my hat".
Who was who said "Resistance is Useless", the Daleks I think. Great sky.
blackdog: Did you see that original Daleks are for sale - must admit I am tempted ;o)
You've made the most of the clouds. Interesting that the path should be so straight. I was always taught that left to their own devices, people tend to walk in slight curves.

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