Lens-Artists Challenge #222 – The Mountains are Calling

Torres del Paine, mountains, Patagonia
Torres del Paine, Patagonia

“Some see mountains as obstacles. Others as a canvas.”

Richard Paul Evans

This week Amy has challenged us to go to the mountains, and so we shall. Because we live at sea level it’s obviously a trip to the archives for me. I’ve opened with the most impressive mountains I’ve ever seen, those of Argentine and Chilean Patagonia. Breathtaking in their size and splendor, they are among my most vivid memories. Seen above, the glorious Torres, and below Mt. Fitzroy towering above Laguna de los Tres. Shared with a good friend, I count this as the most invigorating and beautiful climb I’ve ever done.

Patagonia, Chile, Argentina, lake, snow, mountains
Mt. Fitzroy and Laguna de los Tres

“Only mountains can feel the frozen warmth of the sun through snow’s gentle caress on their peaks.”

Munia Khan

In a single day, one can see spring, summer, autumn and winter in the world’s mountains. Exhibit A, all three of today’s opening images can be experienced in a single day in Patagonia.

flowers, mountains, Patagonia, lake, snow
Nature’s Bounty, Patagonia

“The climb speaks to our character, but the view, I think, to our souls.”

Lori Lansens

From South America we travel approximately 11,400 miles (18, 400 km) to China where of course the most famous (and world’s highest) mountain range is the Himalayan. While I’ve not been there, I have visited several other Chinese mountains, all beautiful and all very impressive. My favorite, of course, is home to China’s Great Wall, the Jundu Mountains.

The Great Wall of China, Jundu Mountains

“The danger of an adventure is worth a thousand days of ease and comfort.” 

Paulo Cuehlo

I have been fortunate to have seen the three places in the world at the top of my wish list – The Great Wall, the wilds of Africa, and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. All three vastly exceeded even my wildest dreams. But some less-famous wonders have also made their way into my fondest memories, including a slow cruise among China’s Karst Mountains in Guilin.

Guilin, Karsts, boats, haze
Hazy Day Among the Karsts of Guilin, China

May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.”

Edward Abbey

Sadly my journeys to some of the magnificent mountains of Europe and Australia preceded my use of digital photography and are consigned to my photo albums and scrapbooks. But having included some of the world’s far-away mountains, It’s only fair that I share some of the more impressive mountains here in the U.S. I’ve begun with the Alaska Range, home of Denali which rises 18,000 feet (5,500 meters). It is the highest mountain in North America and third highest in the world.

alaska, mountain, snow
The Alaska Range, Denali National Park, Alaska

“Climb the mountain so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.”

David McCullough Jr.

Perhaps the best known mountains in the U.S. are the Rockies. While there are amazing vistas of the Rockies throughout the western U.S., perhaps the most magnificent are in Montana’s Glacier National Park, which shares its borders with Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta, Canada. The following two images are from our visits to Glacier NP.

Rocky Mountains, vista, mountains, Glacier NP
Rocky Mountain Vista, Glacier NP, Montana, U.S.

“Sometimes in life, we don’t get to choose the mountain; it chooses us.” 

Neal McCoy
Glacier NP, clouds, flowers, mountains, vista
Above the Clouds, Glacier National Park, Montana, U.S.

“Mountains are the beginning and end of all natural scenery.”

John Ruskin

I’ll close this week’s post with an image that speaks to nature’s beauty as seen among the red rocks of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. There is much joy to be found in our world despite its challenges, especially when seen from within nature’s bounty. Photography helps to remind us of that which awaits those fortunate enough to seek its peace.

flowers, red rocks, Rocky Mountains, Colorado
Nature’s Gifts, Rocky Mountains, Colorada, U.S.

“Always be thankful for the little things… even the smallest mountains can hide the most breathtaking views.” 

Nyki Mack

Sincere thanks to Amy for the opportunity to stroll down Memory Lane. Living in the Low Country it is sometimes easy to forget the glory to be found among the world’s magnificent mountains. We look forward to seeing the peaks you’ve captured both near and far. Please remember to link to Amy’s beautiful original post here, and to use the Lens-Artists Tag.

Thanks also for the many beautiful responses to Ann-Christine’s Flower challenge last week. What an amazing array of blossoms you shared. Many of them were flowers I was seeing for the first time. Wishing everyone a great week ahead. As always, please be sure to stay safe and be kind.

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113 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #222 – The Mountains are Calling

  1. Wow ~ you have some incredible images here, Tina… and again, you have Patagonia screaming my name to come for a visit. The Patagonia series you have here is excellent, especially the opening shot… although your ‘four seasons’ photo is beautiful and described perfectly. Glacier with the fogbank below is pretty tough to beat, which leads me to ask: how could you live at sea level after seeing and experiencing such places? I do not know 🙂

  2. Breathtakingly beautiful, Tina…I had hoped for Patagonia and you featured it, Guilin and Glacier and the flowers…I quite stopped breathing. So much beauty, so much beauty is hard to fathom, take in and digest. I don’t understand how you could walk away from these sights – I would have stayed forever…

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