I haven’t participated in A Word in Your Ear’s photo challenge in a while, but when Sue’s dictionary dealt up ‘mountain’ this week, I got very excited indeed.
What is it about mountains that draws people to them? Well, they’re beautiful. Yes, but why? Why do folks almost universally stand in awe when presented with a mountain range? Why is a mountain landscape so much more appealing than, say, a vast plain of corn or the seemingly endless green of the flat Yucatan forests? Is it their sheer bulk? Is it the infinite diversity of form and slope and shape? Is it the way the eye trips over them, slides through the valleys and up the peaks, holds them against the overwhelming immensity of the empty sky?
I don’t know, really, but when holiday times come around, our family usually heads for some elevation. Here’s a collection of shots from some of your travels – hope you enjoy.
Apple tree and mountains, Radnig, Austria
Bog cotton and mountains, Trafrask, Beara Peninsula, Ireland
View from cable car, Bohinj, Slovenia
Cemetery and steeple, Hallstatt, Austria
Church steeple, Radnig, Austria
D and Grandma, Renvyle beach, Ireland
Lake Bohinj, Slovenia
Mountain hut, Jezersko, Slovenia
Na Pali coast, Kauai
Deer, Kleefeld, Austria
Evening lake, Connemara, Ireland
Cemetery, Beara Peninsula, Ireland
Flying over Greenland
Hiking, Kleefeld, Austria
Horses at Makek Farm, Jezersko, Slovenia
Gulf of Kotor, Montenegro
Kylemore Lough, Ireland
Lake Bled, Slovenia
Late afternoon light, Reinsberg, Austria
Makek Farm, Jezersko, Slovenia
Please do not plummet to your death, Slovenia
Snow-covered mountains, Greenland
Snowdrops and peaks, Austria
Summit, Nassfeld, Austria
Taro fields, Hanalei Valley, Kauai
Waimea Canyon, Kauai. The tiny white spot is a helicopter, to give a sense of scale.
Wild iris, Trafrask, Ireland
Sella Ronda, Campitello, Italy
Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
Thanks once again, Sue. A marvelous word this week!