Thursday, August 17, 2006

My Beautiful Sierras




Since my childhood,
the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California/Nevada has always been my ultimate icon of the earth's beauty. Something rather strange happened to me on this latest camping trip though.

As I was sitting up at the lakes edge, admiring the beautiful white domes of granite stretching far away up the distant piney canyons, unbidden a picture of Iceland popped into my head - one of stark, wide open, miles-long vistas, with nothing to block the view.

I was at once chagrined and ashamed, that I would even for a moment compare another place to my bar of beauty, the Sierras.

It was disconcerting to know just how high on the scale of splendor I really do place that little country in the Northern Atlantic...

7 comments:

Minka said...

I think that little country deserve sa lot of praise for its natural beuaty. But, I have been sent some pictures from California with mountian ranges and I have uttered this sentence, to my utmost surprise: "It looks like Iceland!"
I guess it is hard to see the one without thinking of the other, if one has seen both.

Trée said...

Such brilliant eye candy. Terry, your blog has become a feast for the eyes. I really, really like that top photo. Very dramatic lighting contrast. Powerful image.

actonbell said...

WOW. I'd say this area is breathtaking.

bart said...

Thanks for your comment on my photoblog!
You have realy a very beautiful blog. Very nice pictures of nature.
Great eye for details! I like that.

Lindsey said...

You've seen so much! They're all beautiful.

tsduff said...

Monika, you are right. I never thought of anywhere else when I looked at my mountains until I laid eyes on Iceland. Now I can't help but compare.

Thanks Trée! I love the drama of the wild weather and even wilder landscape. Tame doesn't work for me.

Actonbell - Like most photos, these only give a glimpse of the true experience. You can't feel the biting wind, or hear the claps of thunder echo up the canyons...

Hey Bart - welcome back! Thanks for the kind words.

Linny, I love your comments - rare as they are. Thank you for stopping by :-D

:P fuzzbox said...

Those are just beautiful.