I try to take different routes to work to break up the monotony of the drive (not that I have a whole lot of choices unless I want to extend my commute to more than an hour). I'm also reading a book called The Artist's Way that's essentially a 12-week course on how to drag the creativity that's inside all of us out into the open. (Anybody else ever read it?)
One of the lessons deals with paying attention - close, careful attention -- to everything around you. So on my way to work each day, taking different routes, I've been practicing that while hoping I don't smash into the car in front of me. At this time of year it's hard not to notice the magnolias and dogwoods in bloom, the runners and bikers out in force, and even the pothole crews. But what else do you see on your commute that may seem mundane, but is actually photo-worthy?
For the next three weeks, until Friday, May 14, we're collecting great photos from your commute. If you don't commute because you work at home or are retired, then pick a route you travel frequently -- your daily walk, the roads you travel to take your kids to school, even the trip to the supermarket. If you can't stop on your way to or from work to take a picture, or don't have time, then return to that spot on your day off and spend more time composing your photo.
When you upload your photo, make sure you write a caption that describes the location of the photo, as well as your name and town. Your Boston.com screen name also will be published with your photo.
Choose your single best shot, one per photographer, and upload to this gallery.
NOTE: This is not one of our monthly contests. Our April contest, with the theme Doorways, is in full swing. In fact, you can see all the submissions so far -- 131 as of this morning! - on this Flickr search results page.
OK, start the challenge -- and pay attention!