“A landscape image cuts across all political and national boundaries. It transcends the constraints of language and culture.”
I loved the opening quote by Charlie Waite. There is so much strife and discord in today’s world, yet there is never a quarrel with the beauty of the natural world we all share. How nice that Cheri’s challenge this week gives us the opportunity to share some of the beautiful landscapes we’ve seen around the world.
“It’s an immensely liberating feeling when you’re out in the landscape, concentrating on creating a photograph, and you’re absolutely flying.”
As I’ve often noted, I’ve been very fortunate to see some amazing places around the world. Again, I agree with Charlie that the exhilaration one feels when experiencing a special place, especially for the first time, is hard to match. I am particularly drawn to the magnificence of nature, but also appreciate some of the man-made beauty I’ve seen as well. Two wonderful example of man making the most of nature are China’s Great Wall and the wonderful temples of Angkor Wat, both shown below.
“Photographs – especially those of people, of distant landscapes and faraway cities, of the vanished past – are incitements to reverie.”
“A path is a prior interpretation of the best way to traverse a landscape.”
While it is easy to appreciate the glories of exotic places, some of the most wonderful landscapes can also be found in our own backyards. The captures below were made in areas much more accessible to those of us in the US.
“All landscapes ask the same question in the same whisper. ‘I am watching you — are you watching yourself in me?’ “
I find that not only exhilaration, but also a rather spiritual feeling of tranquility can be found when we stop to appreciate the beauty around us. While the photograph just above was made here on Kiawah, I’ve also experienced some wonderful moments of the peace that only nature can provide in more faraway landscapes such as those below.
“We travel to see beauty of souls in new landscapes.”
Lailah Gifty Akita
So many places, so little space 😄. Wishing you all the peace that nature can give.
To see the landscapes of some other bloggers, click here.