Landscapes – Weekly Photo Challenge

“A landscape image cuts across all political and national boundaries. It transcends the constraints of language and culture.”

Charlie Waite

BRIDGE TO BEAUTY, SOUTH AMERICA

BRIDGE TO BEAUTY, SOUTH AMERICA

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.

HISTORIC BEAUTY, SCOTLAND

HISTORY ON A PRECIPICE, SCOTLAND

“It’s an immensely liberating feeling when you’re out in the landscape, concentrating on creating a photograph, and you’re absolutely flying.”

Charlie Waite

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.

CHINA'S GREAT WALL

CHINA’S GREAT WALL

SUNRISE, ANGKOR WAT

SUNRISE, ANGKOR WAT

“Photographs – especially those of people, of distant landscapes and faraway cities, of the vanished past – are incitements to reverie.”

Susan Sontag
Some of nature’s most wonderful landscapes are that much more appreciated because of the effort required to reach them. The beauty of Ha Long Bay in Vietnam, and the majestic creatures of Botswana come to mind as having been arduous journeys that were very much worthy of effort.
SHIPS, HA LONG BAY

SHIPS, HA LONG BAY

CLASSIC BOTSWANA

CLASSIC BOTSWANA LANDSCAPE

“A path is a prior interpretation of the best way to traverse a landscape.”

Rebecca Solnit

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.

MOONLIGHT, CALIFORNIA

EVENING MOONLIGHT, CALIFORNIA

IN THE HEARTLAND, MICHIGAN

IN THE HEARTLAND, MICHIGAN

TANGERINE SUNSET, KIAWAH ISLAND

PALMETTO SILHOUETTE, KIAWAH ISLAND

“All landscapes ask the same question in the same whisper. ‘I am watching you — are you watching yourself in me?’ “

Lawrence Durrell

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.

WIDE OPEN SPACES, ALASKA

WIDE OPEN SPACES, ALASKA

SHANGRI LA, CHINA

REFLECTIONS, SHANGRI LA, CHINA

“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.

107 thoughts on “Landscapes – Weekly Photo Challenge

  1. Tina, one thing is for certain ~ you have traveled to some mighty beautiful places. Incredible shots, each one had me thinking “I’d sure like to be there…” and one, followed by another and yet another…quite a path and I think you opened it up so well with The Bridge To Beauty shot. Onward to more such places this year. Cheers.

    • Your lips, God’s ears as they say Randall!!! Headed to the Pacific Northwest this summer, hoping for many more glorious landscapes along the way. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Your photography is superb Tina, you manage to capture not only the beauty of the scene but the feeling of awe that looking at it gives a “spiritual feeling of tranquillity”

    • What a wonderful compliment Pauline, thanks so much. Of course, conveying the feeling of the experience is the goal of every photographer so your comment means a great deal to me.

  3. Wonderful and breathtaking!!! Thanks a lot!!! The Angkor Wat is wonderful, super atmospheric..It promises a world full of adventures and smells… And I really love the way you have cropped the Botswana one… It is simply perfect!
    Have a good week Tina!

    • 🙂 Thanks Jo – Scotland had so many glorious landscapes it was hard to choose! My ever-patient husband was an amazing companion as I had him stop at every turn 🙂

  4. Beautiful photos, and such meaningful quotes as well. Charlie Waite’s quote is so insightful. A beautiful scene of nature has the potential to make everyone stop and see that each of us live in such beauty in this amazing world. And Susan Sontag! Photographs certainly capture and preserve the beauty of what has been, each of them a time capsule in itself.

    Yes, there is always something wonderful to appreciate around us wherever we may be. All we got to do is slow down and take a look 🙂

  5. What a beautiful post, Tina! All these landscapes are breathtaking. And I know what you mean with the peace and spiritual oneness we can experience in nature.

  6. I love seeing all the photos of “exotic” places (are my places exotic to others?) and I also love seeing the daily beauty of what’s outside my window and in “my” park. Taking photos really makes you look at things and that’s worth a lot, even if the photos aren’t always as wonderful as yours.

    Have a marvel-filled week, Tina.

    janet

  7. As always, an amazing set of landscapes for the challenge. I love the misty Angkor Wat photo. When I went to Cambodia, my camera got stolen and my pics from that trip are all from a disposable camera ! It was pre-smartphone obviously !

  8. This post reminded me of the very broad spectrum of travels you have experienced and shared with us thru the years… . How blessed we all are

  9. An embarrassment of riches here in your landscape shots, and I feel lucky, as you do, to have seen so many of them in person. Every one is a gem; the lighting in each is so different and spectacular. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Beautiful images, Tina. Being able to travel and see other places is a real gift, isn’t it? You’ve been to some very wonderful corners of our planet. Thank you for sharing.
       
      and what a great quote at the beginning, by Charlie Waite. it brought to mind a visit to the far eastern corner of the former West Germany, when there were still two Germany’s, long before I had a digital camera. The country had been divided rigidly along the old borderline between specific Bundesländer (the German equivalent of states in the USA).
       
      This resulted in a somewhat jagged line, and standing in a particular spot, it was possible to look across a landscape that, as the crow flies, alternately covered West Germany, East Germany, and back to West Germany again. It also meant that for one of the villages of East Germany, its train station happened to be situated on the ‘wrong side’ of the border, and so it stood, stranded and unused in West Germany, as a silent monument of how senseless such arbitrary borders can be.
       
      It had no effect on the birds that flew across the meadows, but it prevented people from connecting. And yet to look at the scene, it really was but one landscape. Had all but forgotten that story until I read your quote.
       
      Thanks for sharing.

      • Hi Kris, Thanks so much for sharing that story – it really illustrates the quote perfectly doesn’t it?! Glad I was able to push that memory up from the depths 🙂

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