Weekly Photo Challenge: UP /Wild Weekly Photo Challenge: MOUNTAINS

“May your dreams be larger than mountains, and may you have the courage to scale their summits.”

Harley King

LOOKING UP

LOOKING UP

Let me begin by saying, I have always loved the mountains. Not sure why actually, I grew up in a typical suburban neighborhood where the land was quite flat. But I chose to go to a college among the mountains, and have traveled to many wonderful mountain locations around the world. This week, the Weekly Photo Challenge “Up”, and the Let’s Be Wild Weekly Challenge “Mountains” have given me the opportunity to share some of my favorite mountain photos.

AWE-INSPIRING

SUN-KISSED MOUNTAINSIDE

“Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer.”

John Muir

I’ve had the wonderful fortune to experience the Alps, the Cascades, the Rockies, the Alaska Range, the Great Dividing Range of Australia, and the Andes – each as fantastic as the next. Snow-capped or covered with flowers, steep or gently sloping, rocky or Alpine – I am totally enamored with them, no matter their shape and form. There is nothing more amazing than looking up toward the summit of one of the world’s great mountains as it climbs ever higher toward the sun.

GOLDEN CARPET

GOLDEN CARPET

“It is easier to go down the hill than up; but the view is much better at the top.”

Henry Ward Beecher

As a young college student, I studied abroad. One of my most vivid memories, after arriving with my friends in Austria in the dead of night, was waking in a lovely bed with crisp, lace bordered sheets, surrounded by the magnificent snow-capped Alps. It was the middle of July and the snow, contrasting with the alpine flowers, was amazing. That was a very long time ago but if I close my eyes, I can see it still.

AZURE

AZURE

“When planning to climb a mountain, pack a light heart.”

Dan May

Today, I live in an area of the world aptly named “The Lowcountry”, because for the most part we are right at sea level. The contrast of our everyday life by the sea, and our travels to the most mountainous regions of the world, is a dichotomy by which we are amazed and for which we are ever grateful. Because of this contrast, I’m including this post as a response to Ailsa’s Travel Theme for the Week “Contrast“.

All of the photographs in this post are from our trip to Patagonian Chile and Argentina, among the most beautiful and remote places in the world. Hmmm…that sounds like “Tagged P ” for Patagonia 🙂 Please click on the photos for greater clarity and detail.

To see more entries in this week’s photo challenge, click here

I’m participating in the online adventure travel and outdoor photography magazine Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggersThis week’s Challenge is: Mountains!

118 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: UP /Wild Weekly Photo Challenge: MOUNTAINS

  1. If your mountainous love affair was kindled in Austria, perhaps you know the Grossglockener?
    I have acrophobia and don’t do mountains, but nonetheless was thrilled to have The Big One on view outside my window for a few weeks. (And sometimes the clouds lifted and we could actually see it!)

    • Must admit I was quite young, and too foolish to think about the names of the peaks. I only know I was surrounded for the first time by 360 degrees of snow-capped peaks in the middle of the heat of summer. It was incredible.

  2. Wow, those are some truly fantastic photos! You are blessed to have been able to visit all of those amazing mountain ranges. I like Sun-kissed Mountainside and Azure most, but all of those are excellent photos.

      • Well, thank you! 🙂 I’m happy to hear that, in both respects. I really wish I could get out and photograph landscapes more often. Your recent landscape photos have been inspiring me. I may have to head out to the mountains sometime in the next couple of weeks for a change of pace. I’ve spent nearly an entire year doing nothing but bird and a little wildlife photography, but I love landscapes too.

  3. wow! as always, you have some stunning images!
    still playing catchup with lots of other tasks and hope to be back to let’s be wild next week! i hate to overpost, and i have quite a queue w/o the challenges. this one is tempting, but i have to get back to painting! z

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  5. Wow, these are just so stunning, and like you I’ve always loved mountains. They call to something very deep within me. I feel soothed and energised all at the same time just looking at your photos. Stunning!

  6. Spectacular shots Tina…love the touch of red from the roofs in the Andes shot and the Azure pic is nature at its finest. I’m guessing it was hard to walk away from that view.

    • Thanks very much Mrs Carmichael! We spent 3 weeks on NZ’s South Island several years ago and were blown away by the beauty of your little island. Hope to come back some day.

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  9. Beatiful mountain shots Tina. However, the first one when first came up blew my mind. It looked like you had posted it upside down. A second look confirmed, I must have been upside down. 😉

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    • Thanks Amy. I meant to say I’m a nature freak, which is better than being a freak of nature, but I forgot 🙂 Based on your lovely photos I know you are too!

      Sent from my iPad

  12. Oh, I just love mountains Tina. They are so majestic and beautiful. Thanks for sharing these beautiful photo’s and post. 🙂 *hugs*

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    • Thank you Cindy! I enjoyed reminiscing about our mountain travels while I put it together ! We are headed to China in September so I’m hopeful there will be many new shots in my collection!

  14. Beautiful Patagonia photos. I would love to go there. Dolomites were first on my list, so that is where I am headed this summer. Thanks for visiting my blog. I love your website. You had me with the video and George singing “Here Comes the Sun”.

    • Hmmm….need to add the Dolomites to my bucket list 🙂 Thanks for the lovely compliments on my shots and my website. A good reminder that I need to do an update with some new photos. So much to do, so little time!

  15. OMG….I am absolutely mesmerized by your talent….WOW….these are SPECTACULAR…..I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to experience them…”looking up” blows me away…..thank u!

  16. Wow, Tina! You have rendered me (almost) speechless! Your photography always takes my breath away, but these have touched my soul. What a gift!
    Take care, and have a beautiful weekend!!
    Elisa

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