Climbing into the Fog

Obscured majesty

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge provides the theme of Ascend.

Yesterday’s post showed the steps that are built as streets in hill towns in Tuscany, such as Massa Marittima. Today, I’m looking to what Nature provides in allowing us to ascend to great heights.

One of the mountains near to where I live is Mount Monadnock.  This mountain featured in the writings of transcendentalists, such as Ralph Waldo Emerson.  The word ‘monadnock’ is from the Abenaki language and means mountain that stands alone, which it truly does as it rises well above all the surrounding landscape.  Mt. Monadnock is a nice climb, as there are numerous approaches that are not exceedingly difficult, but still enough of a challenge to add interest to a hike.

Here’s one of the paths going up Monadnock…

Monadnock Staircase

This photo was from a day, when I went climbing with my good friend George.  We hoped to get a nice view of the surrounding landscape, but were disappointed, as the summit was shrouded by dense clouds!

Have a wonderful day!

Author: jansenphoto

A Fresh Perspective Photography is more than just a vehicle for capturing the world around me; it provides me with a palette and a set of brushes, with which I paint not only what I see, but also look to express the emotions that are evoked by the scene in front of me in that moment. Growing up in the Netherlands exposed me to a wide cross-section of visual arts that laid the foundation of my photographic view of all that surrounds me. Early influences were the Dutch Masters of the 17th century, to whom I was introduced by my grandfather during museum explorations; favorites among them are the scenes of quotidian life depicted by Jan Steen and Frans Hals and the vivid landscapes of Jacob van Ruisdael. My classical high school education was supplemented by the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum, where I spent many a lunch hour exploring its great collection. Here I was introduced to surrealism with a particular love for the approach taken by Salvador Dali; Dali also rekindled my appreciation for the work of Hieronymus Bosch, who often showed the folly of us mortals. Universal Connections My approach to any photographic subject is to look for understanding first; in this I look to establish either a connection between the viewer and the subject or capture the connection of the subject with its surroundings. The captured image then aims to portray this connection from a perspective that is part of my personal interpretation. This interpretation is often a form of externalized introspection, which may alternately display the connection of isolated beings and items with their environment or highlight the whimsy of the profound world, in which we find ourselves. The universe is full of connections, many of which are waiting to be discovered; part of my journey as a photographer is to document these connections. Any assignment, be it an event, a product shoot or a portrait session is always approached through communication with the client; this is where the first connection is established. Ideas are exchanged and a collaborative plan of action forms, ultimately resulting in a set of images that aim to exceed the expectations of each client. And, lest we forget, it is important to have fun while practicing the serious business of photography!

6 thoughts on “Climbing into the Fog”

  1. Thank you for this! I am so glad to be connected to you, as you often “bring me home”. A few weeks ago you were in Portsmouth, NH, where my family lives, and today…Mt. Monadnock. I can’t tell you how many times I trekked up there in my college years. I am sure you’ll go back, autumn was, for obvious reasons, my favorite. Happy Holday week. Thanks for making my day.

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