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The Road Home by WayneBenedet The Road Home by WayneBenedet
The Road Home

The Razors Edge
of Darkness
Is Where We Find...
The Road Home


In our youth, we struggle to break free, to leave home and create our own distinct lives. Then, we spend those lives trying to create our ideal vision of home. Often we find it. But just as often it is found along the difficult edge of night.


This is Orca, my companion, my friend, my protector. He often comes on photo expeditions with me, and has frequently been of great help.

Update - November 22, 2010

The Road Home has been selected by The Road Home K9 Rescue for promotion. They are a a non-profit organization that helps to save Border Collies and other dogs.

The print is being featured on a calendar, on note cards and other products. Proceeds from all items purchased support The Road Home K9 Rescue www.cafepress.com/roadhomek9/7…

If you are looking for a unique gift this Christmas season that will support this non-profit organization, please consider making a purchase.

For information please contact Cathy info@theroadhome-dogs.org

August 2012 - the original signed canvas print has been sold. No others are available.

March 29, 2014,  Orca, the dog in the picture passed away this morning.  He was 14 years old.  He will be remembered and missed.
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DebasishPhotos Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow! Great work.
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Eowynsheildmaiden Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just beautiful and absolutely stunning. The shades of the trees create this desire to be there in this moment. I just adore the almost antiquity of this picture. The old wood barn, the oranges of the trees and the hints of green as well as the shades of grasses really paint almost a memory that I as a viewer have. Your  work is  stunning and gorgeous. Your dog also is what really makes this picture very special. My childhood friend was a beautiful border collie just the same. The variation of black and white as well as brown paws and whiskery mane about his face reminds me of your friend here. 
Best of wishes to a fellow photographer
~Haley
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
Hi Haley,

Thank for your visit and your comment on "The Road Home".  Orca was indeed a very special friend.  This was one of the first pictures I took with him.  I rarely ever set out to take a picture of him, but there are a few exceptions.  He came with me pretty much everywhere so even when he was not in a picture, he most often was there, behind the scenes keeping me safe and giving me company.

Thanks again for your visit.
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
This is one shot of yours that I haven't seen before.  It's a beautiful work, Wayne
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
thanks John.

There are only two copies of this piece in existence.  One is owned by the K9 rescue org, the other my my son Daniel.  Orca was Daniel's dog.  He was 14 when we got him.  When Daniel left home, Orca chose me which caused some conflict for Daniel and I.  So I stopped calling orca "my dog" and referred to him only as "my boy".  He is still my boy...
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tlmale Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
Beautiful photograph! It gives me a feeling of hope and has a great composition and colors! 
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
Thanks, it is a "built" photo, much like a painting is done.  The dog is my son's, but Daniel has been away for many years, so Orca, has chosen me.  He is now 14 years old and a dear friend.
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tlmale Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
Awww...sweet dog:)!
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
lol... My Boy,...
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marafx Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love it!
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2112yyz2112 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
Wonderful comp!!! Looks like a border collie?
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
yup... my boy.
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2112yyz2112 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
Have known a few, absolutely wonderous companions!
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
me too.
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asimstylex Featured By Owner May 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
this dog makes it more cool :)
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner May 13, 2011
my companion
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asimstylex Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
yes i read ur description :) i know
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TexanJedi Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Student Photographer
Amazing shot! :clap:
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webworm Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
Very beautiful!!
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1001G Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011
wayne , your lovely work has been featured here[link]
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tterrag7991 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome.
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Eluone Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Masterpiece indeed.
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1001G Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
not sure how I missed this masterpiece
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
it has been around, but buried.
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1001G Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
:nod: thrilled I found it
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Juno-Janus Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Professional Photographer
For me it's the most beautiful here on DA!
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thirdhand Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
i like this shot and it makes me miss the border collie of my childhood and running in the fields of Missouri and Virginia with him
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
Orca is a great companion who travels with me.

Every day we go for a walk in the country. Right now it there is snow on the ground. On Tuesday we had walked about a mile and returned to the truck. I discovered that I had lost my keys. We were three miles from home, and I had a class to teach in 2 hours. There was no option but to walk the mile again and try to find the keys. We were almost at the end of the distance we had walked, and had not found the keys. I was getting ready for a cold walk home (it was -15 C) when I saw Orca spin around and poke his nose into the snow. He had found my keys. We went back to the truck and drove home.
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thirdhand Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
Good story! I walk in the fields behind my house (many pics on my page) but no dog these days.
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
I always work alone and get into areas and situations where help would be a long time coming. For the first years I just took Orca, but now I travel with a locator. That was if I have trouble, I can signal for help. I can also just let my love know that I am OK and exactly where I am. Cell phones don't work in most of the places i go, so satellite is the only option.
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ChristianAcevedo Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
Sorry, it was "sensation", my bad =(
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ChristianAcevedo Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
I just got caught by this stunning potograph!. Loved the colours, and the mood, it gives me a peaceful sentation. Sorry about my english.
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
you did not need to make the correction.

The picture is old, and it is not really a photograph, but more of a manipulation, though the same negative is used over and over. The picture had gained some small usefulness, and is used by "Road Home K9 Rescue". For me, it is an honour to have them use the image.
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ChristianAcevedo Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
I understand now, to be sincere i do not know much about photography, just a little about composition and colours to set the mood in a picture, which in my opinion is the basic to an image, but if we take it to the practice with a camera, i'm just a baby. For sure i will read some entries of yours about photography, i want to improve too. :)
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
good luck with the reading.

if you have questions you can ask.
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roxiannie Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
Toto, where is Kansas? :lol:
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
lol
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Bonnyn Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
I like this picture. The dog is so cute ;-) Beautiful colours, golden autumn time, it's really wonderful shot.
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010
thanks, it is a rather special piece. The dog is Orca, he is my companion and travels with me most places. The image has also been sold to K9 Rescue. They are an organization that rescues Border Collies. They have the rights to use it in advertising so you may see more of it.
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prettyinpink3 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010
Awww.
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SpudMuffin Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010   Photographer
Beautiful shot. I wish there was a higher resolution available.
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010
I am sorry, but dA makes it impossible to protect my work if I post higher resolutions. If you want to see the quality, you can check it out on my other gallery which will give you small sections at full resolution. [link]

thanks for your visit.
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jafvis Featured By Owner May 31, 2010
O.K., I admit...it's the dog that puts the icing on the cake here. Auto fave!
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner May 31, 2010
lol... yup that's my puppy. He travels with me when I go into the field to take pictures.
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TrackerJohn Featured By Owner May 29, 2010  Professional Artist
Really like this. Reminds me of my childhood.
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner May 30, 2010
me too, I always had a dog when I was a boy.... now I have one again.
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Buri65 Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
Good tittle and better photo! :nod:
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
thank you,

this is a favourite of mine. The final image is heavily modified from the original exposure to bring out specific details.
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Buri65 Featured By Owner May 26, 2010
Its wonderful! Thanks for the beauty.
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MonkeyBone36 Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!! =D
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