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Climb — and Photograph — Any Mountain (Travel Theme: Mountains)

Ailsa’s travel theme this week is Mountains.   I love seeing mountains, but I don’t like driving through them.   While I like looking at a stunning mountain vista, I don’t like getting too close to the edge.  So climbing isn’t something that I usually do either.   And yet, here are three images I have from doing those things.


I’ve been the driver for a few trips on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  I much prefer being the passenger, as I was on this trip a few years ago with my sister, because you can enjoy the scenery.   I took the original photograph while at a scenic overlook somewhere near Asheville, North Carolina.  A little Photoshop* trickery here, as the original image was really blown out.  I think I captured the colors of what many sunsets in the mountains look like.

Blue Ridge Mountain Sunset

Blue Ridge Mountain Sunset


This was taken on what was really a steep hike, not a climb per se, although there were a few giant boulders one had to scramble to the top of.   Snapped this picture of my son once I was seated safely away from the ledge.  This photo was taken when he was 14 or 15 years old.  Now an adult, he refers to this period of long hair as “a regrettably bad idea”.   I don’t think he follows this blog, but this may prompt him to admit it if he does.

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

And this one.   Oh my! was this beautiful.   This was taken at the summit of a hike through the Brazilian rain forest.   I had the opportunity to hang glide from about 1/2 down this mountain to the beach below, but, after toying with the idea for a few seconds, decided to take the safer route — by foot! — back to the beach.   I likely will not have another opportunity to hang glide in Brazil, but maybe some day I’ll try it somewhere else.

Gavea's rock, Brazil

Gavea’s rock, Brazil

Be sure to check out the wonderful photos that others have submitted as part of Ailsa’s weekly photo challenge.   Want to play along?   Post your image of a mountain and be sur to link back to Ailsa’s site here.

Travel Theme: Mountains | Ese’s Voice
Travel Theme: Mountains | lena de almeida
Travel Theme: Mountains | LoganBruin–An Unauthorized Autobiography
Travel Theme: Mountains | To Mother Earth, with Love
Travel Theme: Mountains | StandingStill
Travel Theme: MOUNTAINS part 1 | The Rewild West
Travel Theme: Dragon creeping across mountains | Travel with Intent
Travel Theme: Mountains | Ben Nelson’s Photo (Etc) Blog
Travel Theme Mountains |Alien Shores
travel theme: mountains | bob’s wife
Travel Theme: Mountains | Beach Treasures and Treasure Beaches
Purple Mountain Majesty | The Retiring Sort
Travel Theme: Mountains | Wind Against Current

*Used the following textures:  WaterColorArtPaper1 by Earl K Designs and Cherish and Chalk Magic by Kim Klassen.

Photo Friday (on Sunday)

This week’s Photo Friday prompt: Inside.

What's Inside?

What’s inside?

I don’t like shooting inside, but I like a good mystery!