I think photography, more than almost any other type of art, rewards going out into the unknown; encourages and embraces the serendipitous; rewards the exploration, and makes wrong turns often turn out to be the right road. So many of my photos came about by wandering into places I'd never been, not knowing what I'd find, and getting a little lost along the way. Even when I go to a place looking for a certain thing, I am still often surprised by what else I find. An angle or a viewpoint I didn't expect, or a some other hidden treasures I never would have known existed had I not gone out to see what I could see.
This small canoe, slowly bobbing in the current, was one of those unexpected finds. We were in Sandwich, Massachusetts, looking for an old mill, when we took a wrong turn, and found ourselves heading down the wrong road. We passed by this small lake, and I spied this boat at the edge of the water. The paint was weathered and faded, and the canoe slowly spun in the current, straining lightly against the rope that moored it to the dock, as the water lapped against the aluminum hull, echoing lightly across the lake.
Had we not been wandering, and had we not taken the wrong road, we never would've found this canoe, and this scene. In at trip full of lighthouses and countless New England towns, this was one of my favorite finds, and I never would've known it existed if not for that lucky wrong turn.
So get out there, and don't worry about taking the wrong road, or getting lost along the way. Because sometimes the best things come out of taking the unexpected path.