Weekly Photo Challenge: Regret

By Vladimir Brezina

This week’s Photo Challenge is Regret.

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth…

Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken

35 responses to “Weekly Photo Challenge: Regret

  1. Stunning effect…with a deep thought to go with it.Yep, its hard to choose when 2 roads are laid in front of us…there’s always this question, “what if…” Cool black and white effect!


  2. Lovely photo — and the poem fragment is a good choice. The regret seems to be resolved in the poem , “and that has made all the difference.” But our inability to have it both ways troubles us. Having taken one path we can never know what taking the other would have meant.



  4. Black and white photos can be real knockouts, like this one.


  5. Perfect take on the theme. Which road to take? Either one can lead to regrets.


  6. terrific photo and love the quote that you found


  7. brill’ photo and words to match, excellent. ;)


    • Thanks… actually the photo doesn’t quite correspond to the image I myself get from Frost’s poem, but it was the best I could do.

      In particular, the “roads” and woods in the photo seem a bit too gentle and manicured to correspond to the poem, but then again regret is a relatively gentle emotion…

      The history of that location, however, is not gentle at all. The photo was taken in England on one part of the battlefield of Bosworth, where in 1485 King Richard III lost his crown, and his life.


  8. Nice image. Where was it taken?


    • See my answer to cobbies69 above.

      More specifically, Bosworth Field, where the battle took place in 1485, is in the English Midlands not far from Leicester, where I spent quite a lot of time over the years and so visited Bosworth on several occasions. Today one can see there typical Midlands scenery

      a gentle landscape of farmed fields with interspersed hedges, copses, a canal, lanes and paths, at the divergence of two of which I took the picture.


  9. Beautiful Post. What a thought to go with a stunning picture. Great choice of theme for this week’s challenge. Like it a lot.


  10. Lovely photograph.


  11. Fabulous photo and verse … I am a big time Frost fan! Well done.


    • Thanks! Actually, at first I had quite a different photo in mind and, to go with it, some verses of Larkin. But then I realized that Larkin is not a poet of regret—many other emotions, but not regret. Frost seemed much more appropriate to the theme…


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  13. Dr. Brezina –

    Am I glad I stumbled across your blog. I’m an undergraduate student searching for graduate schools – my primary interest is in molluscan neuroscience, with a focus on cephalopods, but with an awareness that it is probably a good idea to work with Aplysia too. I have been poking around your lab webpage and the pages of the other PIs working at MSSM and I am impressed with the program in general.

    I should also mention that I know one of your lab’s alums – you might remember a high schooler that worked with you named Aleksandr Kivenson? I’m his significant other. He pointed me toward your lab, actually.


  14. Hi, Katharine,

    Talk about a stroll down memory lane! Of course I remember Aleksandr! I hope he’s doing well?

    Anyway, please do contact me off the blog at vladimir.brezina@gmail.com if you want more information on our program or graduate school in general.

    Hope to hear from you!



  15. Yup. He’s about to finish up his PhD at Brandeis on modeling an adenosine kinase. (Before you think WHOA UNDERGRAD AND PHD? I’m 23 to his 26; I was ill during my late teens so I didn’t really get going on undergrad until late.) I’m learning a lot from his experiences about how to – and how not to – go through grad school, too, besides cheering him through his dissertation (and I expect he will do so for me too).

    I will definitely contact you about the program; I have several questions about the Aplysia research program at MSSM and where my research interests might fit into it.


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