Weekly Photo Challenge – Foreshadow

“A memory of golden grey, foreshadowing a pale tomorrow.”

Taproot, The Episodes



Long ago, as a young girl, my parents drove me through the Appalachian Mountains of Pennsylvania on the way to my first day of college.  I can clearly remember a conversation from that trip, which I was reminded of when I considered my response to this week’s challenge “Foreshadow”.



Shadows present,  foreshadowing deeper shadows to come .”

Herman Melville

I had been admiring the mountains, commenting on how beautiful they were.  My mother, never interested in anything much beyond our  own backyard, concluded that my interest was inherited from my father – who always looked for beauty in nature and often talked about traveling to see the world.



There are things that are not yet, but which cast their shadow before.”

Agatha Christie

Now, I am the first to admit that, like many little girls, my father was my idol.  It seemed to me even at a young age that he had chosen a much more interesting path than my mom.  Her comment that long-ago day foreshadowed what was to become one of my passions – seeing the world and all of the wondrous things in it.



“A way foreshadowed is not a way made.”

Donald G. Mitchell

As a nature lover, mountains are high on my list of favorite things.  I’ve been fortunate to have seen and photographed some of the world’s most impressive ranges.  One of my fondest memories was waking up in crisp white linen sheets and down quilts surrounded by the Austrian Alps in the middle of summer.  We’d arrived in the dark the night before and the snow-capped peaks were dazzling as they reflected the morning’s light.



“Difficulty need not foreshadow despair or defeat.”

William Hastie

On another adventure my husband and I arrived in Denali National Park at about 9pm one evening during our trip to Alaska.  Mount McKinley, the highest peak in North America, was glorious in the deep dusk of Alaska’s midnight sun.  I happily shot away until finally turning in at 11pm.  Little did I know this would be the last time the mountain would be visible during our entire week’s stay in the park.  It remained shrouded in fog, which I later learned is much more the norm than our first night’s clear view.



Foreshadow, plot buster or red herring… only time will tell.”

Tana French

This summer, my husband and I will add to our mountain experiences as we explore some of China’s majestic peaks.  Who could have known that the wanderlust and sense of adventure foreshadowed so long ago would take me to so many amazing places and introduce me to so many incredible sights.   Here’s to adventure, wherever it takes us!

This week for the first time I’m also posting to Sonel’s Black & White Challenge “Upward” .  To see more of those entries,  click here.  For more “Foreshadowing”, click here.



136 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge – Foreshadow

  1. WOW…absolutely amazing…Patagonian peaks just spectacular…😜..thank u for taking me along on your adventures…I sooo look forward it….😜😜😜😜

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  3. Wonderful Tina!! Roommates for those years and didn’t realize your Dads’ inspiration !! Loved him!!

  4. Well done Tina…really like b/w shots of mountains, brings out the ruggedness of the landscape. Makes me want to get on a horse and ride thru. Or maybe that’s just from watching too many old Gunsmoke episodes…lol. Enjoy your trip to China.

    • LOL, showing your age! I remember it well so I guess I’m showing mine too!!! Thanks for your lovely and funny comment!

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  6. Great story. That comment was definitely foreshadowing for your future. I love all the mountain pictures. I’m sure you’ll find the Chinese mountains amazing… and will share pictures, right? 😉

    • :-). Thanks and yes, good guess! There will definitely be photos, altho if what I read about China’s air pollution is true they may have a bit of a grey cast to them :-(. Thanks for stopping by and for your lovely comment!

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    • Thanks Uday! I agree the mood does change dramatically with B&W. somehow I thought it made the mountains look a bit more imposing.

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  7. Great stunning B&W’s. It is hard to pick which one is best when all of them are. Black and white can show so much more drama than most color. The shadowing in B&W creates the only one part of the drama the other part is the lighting. Which all your photos due that magnificently. Jim

  8. Terrific views Tina, and a B&W masrteclass; evoking Ansel Adams. As I read in previous comments, don’t let to visit the Peruvian Cordillera Blanca, it is really amazing!

  9. wonderful photos and stories! I especially like this quote: “Difficulty need not foreshadow despair or defeat.” Indeed. That really spoke to me today. thank you!!

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  11. We’re sharing the same passion for the mountains. Hope I’ll see the patagonian mountains for myself soon (if I ever quit the peruvian Andes and travel further south). In the meantime I’ll keep enjoying your snowcapped photos.

    • Thanks Charlie! It’s incredible there, just these humongous vistas with nothing for miles and miles. McKinley is really amazing; wish we’d had better weather for that piece but the rest of it was fantastic.

      • It is amazing what kind of landscapes you have. I am hopefully going to camp sometimes soon in the national park of Switzerland, and I hope to get some nice landscape shots aswell 🙂

  12. An interesting word that you have brought new life to… A foreshadowing of things to,come… These are lovely and as always I love your diary. Can’t wait to go to China, Linda

  13. What a stunning collection of mountain shots. Really beautiful in black and white. You’ve visited some stunning places, and I love the narrative running through this post about your father and the way he foreshadowed you and your love of exploring and travelling.

  14. you’ve captured the theme to perfection – Patagonia my favourite photo of the bunch. For me it’s deserts – mountains scare me rigid. Enjoy your next trip.

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  17. It was special to walk along with you…down the memory lane…in the photos, thoughts, the quotes. Mountains have (and always will) that very special place in my heart – maybe because I have grown up in a country that have only molehills. Or maybe because they really are as breath-taking, majestic and beautiful as they are in your photos.
    Have a wonderful time discovering new peaks, Tina!

  18. These landscapes looks stunning in Black and White Tina and you took great shots! I love mountains as well and it looks like you had a fun trip indeed. Thanks for including the upward challenge in the entry. 🙂 *hugs*

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  20. My roving side comes from my Dad too, Tina. Mam never wanted to stray much further than the Yorkshire Moors, though I can’t blame her for that. They are lovely. 🙂
    Love your Patagonian Peaks- so vivid even in black and white. China- I’m envious.

  21. Here’s to travel and adventure and thanks for sharing your beautiful images. We’ve known each other for 10 years now, but I did not know that your father inspired you as mine did. Open minds, and open hearts….both expand the possibilities in life.

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