This week, share a photo that foregoes the straightforward in favor of the twisting and winding.

The quickest way between two points might be a straight line, but it’s rarely the most interesting one. From strolling around a new city to browsing the shelves at a neighborhood bookstore, it’s so often the unexpected turns that give meaning to our journeys.

The added value of twisting lines became clear to me on a recent visit to Bom Jesus do Monte, a sanctuary outside Braga, Portugal.

The casual visitor can take a quick funicular ride up the steep hill. The pilgrim, avid hiker, or toddler-free tourist, on the other hand, can climb up a few hundred steps through the woods before encountering the view above: a breathtaking, zigzagging stairway that covers the final stretch of the hill. You can guess which route is more rewarding.

For this week’s challenge, share with us your own take on zigging and zagging. It can be a winding path, the Herringbone pattern on your coat, a scar: any jagged line that tells a story. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

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  1. I have always found something beautiful about staircases. When I tinkered with photography I was drawn to the angles and shapes of stairs. As a writer, I heartily agree with the concept of zigzagging. A story that goes straight from point A to point B is not captivating like the unexpected twists and turns. This is what inspires me.


  2. How true. Meandering trails or taking side roads instead of highways often lead to interesting experiences, lovely photo opts, and sometimes interesting people as well.


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